So apparently there was a big game this weekend against a big rival. And apparently I watched it because I have this large hole in my heart where my love for Michigan used to reside. Perspective is big right now as I just got home after my 2 month old got out of the hospital after getting meningitis. But Michigan football is my escape and this was more like a sentence than an escape.
It was a strange game in that, outside of the two kicks and late INTs there really wasn't anything bad that truly stood out. No major breakdowns anywhere. Just a game where everyone played just ok. No big plays, no separation from receivers, not much from the D line or defensive backs. Just a lot of mediocre play through out.
One position question that seemed to be answered for me though was running back. I just like Smith a lot more than Green at this time. While Green didn't do anything bad, like fumble, he didn't do anything extra. Although, I felt like he missed some cutback lanes when he ran into the line. On the other hand, I saw Smith make a couple plays that should have helped out. One early in the game when he ran behind a great block by kerridge and trucked a pledger to pick up an extra 3 yards. All these extra yards.
The other play was one where the line broke down and let 5 players in the backfield. Somehow he turned a 3-4 yard loss into a 1 yard gain and almost broke out big. I know there's a lot that needs to be done to get this team on track, but I think this is a choice that can help this team a lot. I also thought Hayes did a good job on 3rd downs. I'd like to hear if anyone else had similar impressions or why I'm of the mark.