Akron replay second half now on BTN

Submitted by ijohnb on September 15th, 2013 at 12:01 PM
For maximum impact, watch it while sticking needles under your fingernails and skinning your elbow repeatedly on concrete.

Comments

allintime23

September 15th, 2013 at 12:09 PM ^

Every great season has a moment like we had yesterday. Well, most great seasons. Some at least do. I'm not worrying about anything going forward. We have time to get things right in before real games start in mid nov.

ijohnb

September 15th, 2013 at 12:23 PM ^

I actually think that yesterday was more a case of how the planets alligned then anything.  Lack of push and pressure from the respective lines is and has been a problem, but I really don't think that yesterday is a predictor of things to come.  As generic of an excuse as it may be, I think yesterday was actually "just one of those days."  I have to say though, and I have not wanted to because it sounds like an excuse when there is no acceptable one, but was anybody else surprised like almost right out the gate at how physically competitive Akron seemed to be.  You could look at Central and know that they were simply physically outmatched and did not matter how hard they played, but I noticed early on that M really did not look to have any noticeable physical advantage in terms of pure size and athleticism.  I don't think Akron is going to be a bottom tier MAC team. I know they have struggled early on, but I think they looked pretty good and will probably be pretty competitive going forward this year in that conference.  Hats off to them.

jabberwock

September 15th, 2013 at 12:41 PM ^

and I don't think the sky is falling but  . . .

Devins poor decisions/turnovers.  The big plays against the secondary.  Poor coaching motivation/gameplan, BOTH lines playing abysmal (and worse than the last 2 weeks) and Wile's almost-block-shankasaurous fest?  Against the Akron Zips?

That's a lot of planets!

 

jmblue

September 15th, 2013 at 1:33 PM ^

We have issues that need to be resolved.  I would not be surprised to see some personnel changes in the coming weeks, particularly up front.

At the same time, I think this was at least partly a case of Terry Bowden & Co. gameplanning their hearts out for this one - by far their biggest game of the season - while we were focused more on other games.  They had Gardner well-scouted - they knew his move to avoid pressure in the backfield and sent pressure from the other side, and also jumped some of his favorite routes.  Bowden was a pretty good hire for them.  He's been around the block and I think he'll make them more competitive.  Meanwhile, our offensive and defensive gameplans were pretty barebones, definitely less creative than we've seen.  

 

UMgradMSUdad

September 15th, 2013 at 5:03 PM ^

I agree with you about Akron coaches being good, experienced, and game-planning for this game for weeks if not longer.  What better way for a smaller school to show improvement and earn some credibility than to play toe-to-toe or perhaps earn a victory against a top 20 team?  

As far as personnel changes on the O-line, I think that is possible but not probable.  

jonvalk

September 15th, 2013 at 12:23 PM ^

It's alright, guys. NCAA Football 13 tried the same shit with me and Akron (made them incomprehensibly good) and I squeaked out the win. I went on to win them all. We're good.

StraightDave

September 15th, 2013 at 1:09 PM ^

All fourth quarter UM rushed with four DEs and got no push at all because UM gave up about 50lbs.   What was the reason?   I think the Naval Academy has more beef on the d-line than UM. 

UMgradMSUdad

September 15th, 2013 at 1:30 PM ^

If Michigan is going to have a game like this, it was a good week to do it.  They have an opportunity to make improvements and show against UConn that they are a much better team than they showed against Akron. 

dcmaizeandblue

September 15th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

What is the matter with some of you people? I'm not going to go out of my way to watch the game again but it was still a win. That automatically pulls it out of the "I'd rather hurt myself" category.

Is it like the last few years never happened? Michigan 2008-2010 finds a way to lose that game. They won it there is a difference.

cheesheadwolverine

September 15th, 2013 at 8:54 PM ^

The difference between wining this game and losing it was not anything Michigan did well.  I know everyone wants to make a narrative out of everything, but this one was simple dumb luck.  Off the top of my head, we won by four in a game where they missed two field goals and Akron threw an interception directly to a defensive back from the two yard line.

98

September 15th, 2013 at 3:55 PM ^

yesterday would have been a worse loss than the loss to app state. are you telling me you think this team is ready for a run at the B1G championship? If so you are a lunatic.