2018: I'll leave the board (not that anyone cares) if Michigan doesn't go at least 10-2 RS

Submitted by ScooterTooter on January 1st, 2018 at 6:45 PM

I've had my time to vent. Now I want to bring some perspective back to the board. 

Regardless of what happened today (which was an abysmal loss), Michigan will be a more talented team next year than they were this year. 

On offense they return:

Bredeson, Onwenu, Ruiz, JBB, Gentry, McKeon, DPJ, Evans, Higdon, Black and numerous other contributors. They have three legitimate options at QB. Peters was not good today, but the offense was missing a number of players and he is only a RS Freshman. Patterson was a 5-star QB. McCaffery was also highly rated. 

On defense:

Gary, Bush, Hudson, Long, Hill, Metellus, Kinnel, Hudson, Furbush, Watson and possibly WInovich. While I think the defense was overhyped, they were certainly a very good and very young unit. They should improve despite losing Hurst and even if they lose Winovich. 

I will gladly take returning nearly the entire team + Jim Harbaugh's entire body of work and predict that this team wins at least ten regular season games. I have said I was not surprised when Michigan won 10 games in 2015 while many of you were shocked. I will make the same prediction today and to be frank, it doesn't even feel bold. 

The real question will be whether or not Michigan can take that 10 win baseline and turn it into a special season. If one of the QBs actually wins the job (and not just by default like the last couple of years) and if the offensive line can produce above average tackles among their half dozen bullets, I think its well within the realm of possibility. 

What say you? 

Comments

ijohnb

January 1st, 2018 at 7:13 PM ^

depends on whether Patterson is eligible. As of right now, our offense has structural and personnel issues that are prohibitive of a real contending season. It is what it is, we are a competitive football team again, but really not a whole lot more than that.

reddogrjw

January 1st, 2018 at 6:48 PM ^

if Higdon doesn't fumble, game over

DPJ fumble - blame the coaching for that one?

 

the one TE fumble blame the coaches

 

the picks?  bad decisions by a RS Freshman

 

a re-shuffled OL struggles to run block

 

and we lost by 7

 

everyone needs to chill out

ThadMattasagoblin

January 1st, 2018 at 6:54 PM ^

If my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. Time to stop making these mistakes especially against a mediocre SEC team. It's a trend: Remember the kick return for a touchdown in the Orange Bowl, the Iowa fieldgoal, the MSU punt, the OSU spot. There have been massive clock management issues in lots of these games too.

MGoBrewMom

January 1st, 2018 at 9:50 PM ^

I still think he's right.

We are closer to being good, than being bad. I honestly think there is so much talent, but the discipline and fire isn't there, and that falls on JMFH. I love him. I don't think there is a better option at head coach, but I hope looking back he figures out how to get some discipline in these highly talented athletes. Just when something good happened, a late hit or a fumble. The late hit after SC got a first down gave them 15 yards, then a TD...then turnovers near the goal line. Any one of those things are different, and there is a good chance we had a different outcome.

We DO say that all the damn time--and I'm sick of it too, but considering years past, I think we are closer to (sans qb, ugh) being special good, than stinky bad. And Peters just seems (in my untrained, and very humble opinion) to not have mental capacity. I am so rooting for him..but shit... he looked defeated early in 2nd half. So, get a QB, and we have a lot better of an offense. Maybe its him next year, but SP or DM are right there.

I feel you... this loss sucks

evenyoubrutus

January 1st, 2018 at 8:40 PM ^

Can't disagree with you. I keep wanting to believe the idea that this is really only year 2 in terms of recruiting, but he signed 2 QB's in that first class, one of whom was close to the top 100. Meanwhile MSU doesn't ask their players to do anything beyond their capabilities and somehow looks efficient and like they have an identity.

FrankMurphy

January 2nd, 2018 at 3:59 AM ^

MSU really blows up the idea that the issues have anything to do with inexperience or youth. As much shit as we talk about Mark Dantonio, the dude just wins. They just completed a 10-win season including signature wins over us and PSU with a team that's about as young and inexperienced as ours.

readyourguard

January 1st, 2018 at 7:06 PM ^

5 turnovers today

Crucial turnovers against Ohio State on last drive

Peters fumbles near goal vs Wisconsin

Turnovers all over the field against MSU

Last year:

Game ending INT vs Florida State

3 deadly turnovers vs Ohio State

Bad INT vs Iowa last year

These coaches are doing a terrible job teaching ball security. So is DPJs muffed punt the coach's fault? Their track record leads me to believe "yes". Coach better.

Muttley

January 1st, 2018 at 7:21 PM ^

that our offense could turn into only FGs.  The FGs came on possessions starting from

  • the SC 46 (fumbled punt)
  • the SC 31 (fumbled handoff))
  • the M 40 (kick catch interference 15 yds))
  • the SC 32 (Furbush INT, Higdon fumble, SC Punt))

There wasn't much to feel good about offensively through 2 1/2 quarters. Then the defense cracked and we returned all of the favors.

Football Heaven

January 1st, 2018 at 6:50 PM ^

It all depends on QB play.  Better QB play, even modestly, is a win vs state, ohio and carolina.  My confidence in that position since Rudock has decreased, rapidly this past year.