View from the Sidelines: Over the Hump

View from the Sidelines: Over the Hump Comment Count

Ethan Sears October 20th, 2018 at 9:29 PM

Remember the third quarter?

 

Michigan State scored off a trick play, after a turnover, tying a game in which it had been outplayed and it was like every iteration of this rivalry amalgamated into a five-minute span. It felt like you knew exactly how the rest of this thing was going to go, because we had seen this movie before.

 

When Michigan went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Khari Willis dropping a surefire interception, it seemed like a prelude. Instead, it was another break in a game full of them, ending in a narrative-changing 21-7 victory.

 

If some of those breaks go a little differently — if the Spartans come down with a first quarter tipped ball instead of Nico Collins, if they do the same in the third quarter instead of Zach Gentry, if Willis doesn’t drop that pick — this might be a column about how the Wolverines still can’t get over the hump. Those plays have gone Michigan State’s way of late in this rivalry. And being able to win that weird, intangible element — clearing the “everything always goes against us” hurdle — might say more about Michigan than anything else it has done.

 

“Our team never blinked the entire time,” Jim Harbaugh told reporters. “They played hard, they played smart. From the pregame shenanigans, there was no backing down today by our guys. From then on.”

 

[After THE JUMP: A column]

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Michigan State Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh and Players

Michigan State Postgame Presser: Jim Harbaugh and Players Comment Count

Ethan Sears October 20th, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Things Discussed

  • The pregame incident
  • The trash talking, general chippiness
  • Shea Patterson's touchdown throw to Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • The running game's effectiveness
  • How Michigan turned it around after the third quarter

[After THE JUMP: These two teams don't like each other]

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Monday Presser 10-15-18: Jim Harbaugh

Monday Presser 10-15-18: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Ethan Sears October 15th, 2018 at 8:55 PM

Things Discussed

  • There's a rivalry game happening this week, if you haven't heard
  • Josh Metellus and David Long are playing pretty well
  • Harbaugh isn't talking about injuries
  • No, seriously, he's not talking about injuries
  • Nick Eubanks' emergence as a big-play threat

[After THE JUMP: He's also not talking about the gameplan]

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Monday Presser 10-9-18: Jim Harbaugh

Monday Presser 10-9-18: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Ethan Sears October 9th, 2018 at 12:16 AM

Things Discussed

  • Injury updates on most everyone who is injured
  • Many people are saying Shea Patterson should be benched, apparently. Jim Harbaugh is as surprised by this as you and me.
  • Zach Gentry's growth
  • Harbaugh on Alex Hornibrook and Jonathan Taylor
  • Who's calling plays?
  • Human to animal comparisons

[After THE JUMP: Things get testy]

 

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View from the Sidelines: Now what?

View from the Sidelines: Now what? Comment Count

Ethan Sears October 6th, 2018 at 9:43 PM

The obvious question came with an obvious answer.

 

Do you guys feel like you’re adequately prepared for Wisconsin next week?

 

“Absolutely,” said Cesar Ruiz. After Michigan's 42-21 dismissal of Maryland, it was hard to expect another answer.

 

The obvious follow-up — why? — continued the pattern. Michigan has been preparing well, practicing well and, all things considered, playing well. Yet, after six weeks, we know little more about this team than we did in August.

 

Well, let’s walk that back a little bit. We know Shea Patterson is as good as advertised, that the defense hasn’t lost a step, that the offensive line maybe isn’t all that bad. But all six games have gone, more or less, the way they were supposed to go. A one-score loss at Notre Dame in Patterson’s first game where a couple 50/50 plays went the Irish’s way; blowout wins against Western Michigan, SMU and Nebraska; a comeback victory at Northwestern; a game that defined routine against Maryland.

 

That’s half of the regular season, and other than a bad first half in Evanston, there’s been little outside the realm of the expected. Starting right now though, with a gauntlet of Wisconsin, at Michigan State and Penn State, we’re going to figure out what this team is.

 

[After THE JUMP: Unpacking this]

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Northwestern Postgame Presser 9-29-18: Jim Harbaugh

Northwestern Postgame Presser 9-29-18: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Ethan Sears September 29th, 2018 at 10:36 PM

 

Things Discussed

  • The comeback
  • Shea Patterson's performance
  • The defensive shift from first to second half
  • The holding call against Higdon. Yes, there is righteous outrage.

[After THE JUMP: I still can't believe they won that game, honestly]

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Monday Presser 9-24-18: Jim Harbaugh

Monday Presser 9-24-18: Jim Harbaugh Comment Count

Ethan Sears September 25th, 2018 at 12:12 AM

 

Things Discussed

  • Rashan Gary is setting an example
  • A few long tangents ... we got a Zach Gentry question that turned into Jake Butt and Sherrone Moore
  • Special teams talk
  • Injury update on Tarik Black, non-injury updates on Kwity Paye and Chris Evans
  • Aidan Hutchinson is doing things

[After THE JUMP: Words that Jim Harbaugh said]

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