Football predictions after spring game?

Submitted by IPFW_Wolverines on April 16th, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I'd say 5-7 and that is being optimistic. I am sick to my stomach after watching that.



April 16th, 2011 at 1:36 PM ^

M will be fine.  The full offense isn't installed yet, and at least the defense looked to be a bit more confident.  No real prediction can be made from a spring game.  Spring game?  We're talking about spring game?  Jump to conclusions much?  

Robbie Moore

April 16th, 2011 at 4:36 PM ^

I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about the spring game. We're talking about the spring game man. We're talking about the spring game. We're talking about the spring game. We're not talking about a real game. We're talking about the spring game. When you come in the fall, and you see 'em play, and you see 'm play right, you've seen 'em give everything they've got, but we're talking about the spring game right now.


April 16th, 2011 at 1:36 PM ^

Considering they will more than double their practices under the new regime before they play a game, I'd say nobody has any clue.

And I'd leave it at that.


April 16th, 2011 at 1:40 PM ^

I will make the prediction that the BTN won't fuck up the actual game coverage like they did today. 4.5 months of practice better be enough for them, or I will return home and pillage their studio in Oakbrook.

03 Blue 07

April 16th, 2011 at 3:46 PM ^

True, but I do feel like in the past, the spring game gave us a pretty decent idea of where we're at as a team. Last year, we saw that Denard looked much better, as did the entire offense. Obviously, it's one scrimmage. But from what we've read about practice- from Due 51 and GBMW- it didn't sound too good, compared to what expectations were (competency, not a ton of unforced errors, some explosion). What we saw today seemed to jive with what practice observers were reporting, and, frankly, it was pretty disappointing. We looked like we did in the spring game 2 years ago; definitely not what I, personally, expected. I'd be lying if I said I was 't concerned. And everyone jumping down people's throats: of course- new regime, etc. But still, for the returning talent we have, at least on offense, I think that was pretty disheartening. I DID like what Borges was running on offense; I just didn't like our execution.

SC Wolverine

April 16th, 2011 at 4:15 PM ^

This is probably going to be key.  Assuming that in the summer the team develops beyond today's poor showing, they will still need to develop during the season to be competitive in the Big Ten schedule.  So that opening stretch of home games against (mostly) light competition may serve as a sort of preseason when the team develops to real competency.  I wouldn't be betting major dollars on the Notre Dame game, however.


April 16th, 2011 at 1:36 PM ^

They weren't showing a lot of their collective hand, I don't think. I'm not too concerned about the spotty QB play either. It will be there in September.


April 16th, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

wow people need to chill and take the positives from this. The defense looks alot better than last year. the new system is going to take some time. Im actually pumped to see the defense. I think the new offense will get it figured out by this fall. anybody else think gardner will start a couple games this year?


April 16th, 2011 at 1:39 PM ^

what spring game have you ever seen where you thought they were going to be NC the next year? new coach new system and what 3 or 4 weeks of practice give me a break and wake me up in august before the first game and we will talk


April 16th, 2011 at 1:40 PM ^

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.  They have only had 15 practices with this new coaching staff.  Wait until summer workouts and fall camp, before we pass judgement.

03 Blue 07

April 16th, 2011 at 3:49 PM ^

This honestly makes me feel better. Perhaps I was expecting too much, especially after last year's game where, in retrospect, a.) it turns out our D was awful, and b.) Denard didn't throw as well as he did in the spring game for the second half of the ensuing season.


April 16th, 2011 at 1:41 PM ^

Oh my God. People are freaking out after a spring game now? A post like this usually comes after getting beat by Toledo or App State. Not a freaking Spring Game.  


April 16th, 2011 at 2:29 PM ^

Don't forget the last few years the spring game was 1's versus 2's. I'm starting to think that was preferable to the panic and gnashing of teeth going on right now over a damn scrimmage five months before real practice starts. Screw actual learning and prepping for game situations, let's just let starters shred the backups so we can make Tate and Denard highlight videos set to music like before.


April 16th, 2011 at 2:36 PM ^

Jesus, it's spring.  I'll make a comparison to the one other spring game I paid attention to last year.  It was Stanford's.  In that game not a single offensive touchdown was scored.  The defense kicked butt, and that worked out pretty good for them.  True, we don't have Luck and we have new schemes this year, but just chill.  Be happy the D looked like it knew what it was doing.  We have enough playmakers on offense that I think we'll be fine.