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December 15th, 2010 at 6:47 PM ^

I don't think this is OT. 

Bowl practices are extremely important, for all the reasons given in the article.  It gives everyone 10 or so practices just to work on fundamentals like tackling, not fumbling, throwing mechanics, and tackling.  Plus it provides continuity going into the off-season conditioning program and spring practice.  That was really the biggest loss Michigan had last year when it lost seven of eight to end the season.


December 15th, 2010 at 7:24 PM ^

The extra practices during bowl season also help the coaches see what young players are making big strides and maybe able to be counted on next year. I think this helps the coaches better determine what positions the last scholarships should go to.


December 15th, 2010 at 9:01 PM ^

Yes it's true that being able to focus just on football, plus the idea that the team may be somewhat playing for RR's job will help.

But, we know the team should focus on the installation of one thing I really miss from Lloyd Carr's days: The Transcontinental!