I watched both the Utah State vs. MSU & App. State vs. Penn State games. I downloaded both games from YouTube and will be cutting up the relevant passing plays and making an 'Every Snap' video for how App State / Utah State moved the ball in the air. I think there's something to be learned from watching that tape, hence the enemy of the my enemy is my friend thread title.
Prior to watching the Michigan game, I commented to myself (in both games) - "if Michigan can move the ball in the air like either team, they will be a vastly improved team." I still believe that can be true, but the play calling needs to get way better. A pass on 2nd and 1 for an INT and running on 2nd and 14 killed two drives from ever really starting. I really threw my phone after those calls.
Shea should only be dropping back one out of every three throws he makes. Neither the Utah State / App. State OL could hang with the opposition DL. Here's the difference though - they only needed to hang in there for two seconds, not five!
Quick passes to the wide receiver on the outside should be getting called way more frequently. Spread the damn ball out, immediate passes can bail out a crappy/outmatched OL. We need to change the play calling to at lest mask some of these OL issues.
As I mentioned, I strongly believe there are some cues in the Utah State / App. State film we can learn from that will help us with a challenged offensive line. I'll update the post once I'm finished, I'm taking the train back to Detroit from Chicago so I have about six hours to kill/cut up the tape.