Outback Bowl Snowflake Thread

Submitted by justingoblue on January 1st, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Individual thoughts on the game go here. New threads about the game not containing news that is threadworthy or some kind of (relatively) complex analysis will be deleted for the rest of the evening.


Toby Flenderson

January 1st, 2013 at 5:19 PM ^

This is what I saw. I saw USC scoring on a big play within 2 minutes to go out by 7 and then devin throwing an arm punt to get intercepted. THis team could of packed its bags and quit making the result look like alabama but they didnt. Michigan fought this whole game. Was it perfect? Not one bit but MIchigan continued to fight and almost won the game against a top 10 team, a team if two years ago you said we had a chance against i would roll my eyes. Maybe i am too into moral victories but I am damn proud of this team.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:22 PM ^

...but fundamentals, technique and execution were subpar.  Too many big plays. Hoke will take blame, but will also note performance accountability by Team 133.

If you had told me in August that we would finish 8-5 w/o Denard as QB, no Fitz, JT or Haggerup, I wouldn't have believed it.

Thank you Team 133.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:22 PM ^

Is anyone so tired of watching secondary after secondary get burned??  When is the last time we had a good one?  97?  I can't stand it.  How hard is it to get some decent DBs?


January 1st, 2013 at 8:19 PM ^

We lost our best and second best corners in Countess and Floyd. So please tell me which schools out there have their 3rd and 4th best corners not getting burned. 

It takes time for recruiting to catch up. We have Dymonte Thomas, Channing Stribling, and Jourdan Lewis coming in, and the coaches continue to recruit hard for the secondary. It is coming, but depth doesn't happen overnight.

Again, the color commentators were trying to be delicate, but reading through the lines, they clearly indicated that Mattison has done a masterful job with subpar talent. The talent is coming.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:26 PM ^

Dissapointing game obviously, but I was really impressed with what I saw out of the offense. We were able to routinely open up holes for our RBs from under center against a great run defense. We haven't really been able to do that to this point, even against terrible run defenses. Add a guy like Derrick Green to that equation and that's a damn good rushing attack. Borges also had a pretty good game, though Gardner let him down a bit. At the end of the day, if we had either of our starting CBs available we probably win. All you can really do is look forward to next year.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:27 PM ^

I believe Vincent Smith's helmet came off before the "exchange" from Gardner.

Shouldn't the play be called dead at that instant?

(I'm actually OK w/ the review official overlooking that as a makeup call.  I think Spurrier would have gone Brian Kelly-purple had they reversed the call, and he's too old for that.)



January 1st, 2013 at 5:28 PM ^

Here are my snowflakes:

  • Sucks to be a close loss but it was fun to watch Hoke take risks.
  • Defensive line looked solid, secondary should will be better with return of Countess.
  • Gardner played great and is turning into the alpha dog leader of Team 134.
  • Ohio State didn't play today.

Sten Carlson

January 1st, 2013 at 6:58 PM ^

Fine. Sorry for the ad hominem attack. But, read through his posts, they are almost all whiney complaints. Nothing is ever good enough for him, and it's annoying as hell. I'll try to ignore him, but he contributes to nearly every thread with his snarky little jabs at players, coaches, and the program as a whole. It's a disgrace that he uses F.H. Yost's name as his handle in here. Yost was a great man, and contributed to building the greatest college football program in the nation. This jack wagon whines and complains about everything and has contributed FUCK ALL!

I really dislike people that claim to be fans, claim to love something, then do nothing but belittle it and those that are trying their hardest to again make it great. He's obviously entitled to his opinion, but I just don't suffer negative snarky people who just sit and shit on everyone as if they're the fucking bomb. I'd rather he go root for MSU, or ND, or his neighbor's softball team -- anything but the
Michigan Wolverines.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:49 PM ^

Our defensive line was not solid today. They missed so many sacks with arm tackles and there was almost no pass rush amongst them. Any pressure on the qb was created by blitzes which then left our weak secondary on single coverage that South Carolina continually exposed.

Ivan Karamazov

January 1st, 2013 at 5:29 PM ^

We need to work on a different technique for punt coverage, when the gunners dont get there against an elite returner (ace sanders) we are done for. I know im echoing Brian here but this game obviously made it apparent.

Also I am very excited to see the progression of Devin in the spring.  He has all the tools to be a great QB but he needs as many reps as possible to iron out his inconsistencies.



January 1st, 2013 at 5:36 PM ^

We kept hearing the hype about the freshmen in bowl practices, but I don't seem to recall them being in the game at all. Any thoughts on this? Are the coaches hesitant to play younger players on offense for fear of the mental breakdown? I thought Funchess was under-utilized I'm this game as well. Gardner doesn't overthrow him as easily as he does Gallon. Also, freshmen seemed to see a good bit of the field on defense, so maybe it's a Borges thing against freshmen?


January 1st, 2013 at 5:47 PM ^

Darboh and Chesson. They are 2 of the biggest receivers we have. I am pretty confident they haven't accumulated any stats this year, but I thought they have been in games. So does are their redshirts still in place? Borges seemed to pull out all the stop for the whole game, and those were 2 weapons that weren't used in this game.


January 1st, 2013 at 5:38 PM ^

I'd say at least I didn't blow $2-3k on a trip down there to see us lose, and I still haven't witnessed a loss in person since Wisconsin '10....

But that would be a lie; I'd still rather have been down there with the men.