Report: Michigan to play LSU in citrus bowl (source provided)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward (not verified) on November 30th, 2015 at 10:01 PM
The Detroit News says that we'll be taking on LSU. Most of us knew it was a possibility and is still pure speculation, but I haven't seen anyone post a semi-good source if any at all. A Louisana talk show host claims to have spoken with representatives of the citrus bowl. Should be a fun game to watch. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/201…

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johnthesavage

December 1st, 2015 at 12:15 AM ^

I don't understand the fear of LSU, I think they are a great matchup for us. We've been very tough against the run all year, with only two exceptions -- Indiana ran tempo and gassed us, and OSU had a deadly running QB and also went pretty fast. I don't think LSU can hurt us the way those teams could, even with the great RB. And I think Rudock will look good against their pass defense, which is mediocre. We win that game if it happens.

Cope

December 1st, 2015 at 6:46 AM ^

This would be an awful matchup. Our glaring bane vs their dominant strength. Did you not see how Glasgow was our team run-stopper? Surprising I'm finding myself saying our pass offense (along with pass defense) is our strength.

ijohnb

December 1st, 2015 at 9:21 AM ^

Cheering against a Les Miles coached team is an issue for you? And LSU does not run the type of rushing attack that is a problem for us. I can't figure out why people are having trouble with this distinction.

The Mad Hatter

December 1st, 2015 at 9:36 AM ^

I'm a huge Miles fan and I think he's a lot better coach than many on this blog give him credit for, so it's not just about their monster RB.  He's a Michigan man through and through, and I don't like to root against any of our own.

 

DrMantisToboggan

December 1st, 2015 at 10:34 AM ^

Indiana and OSU gashed us with basically the same strategy. LSU's run game is much closer to Penn State's who we stopped (and OSU, Northwestern, and State didn't stop) just fine without Glasgow. Fournette would get some against us, but it would not be cold blooded murder, we can hold our own against a power attack, even without Glasgow. 

JamieH

December 1st, 2015 at 3:11 AM ^

You mean ENTIRELY meaningless.  Look, of course you want to win every game, but any bowl game that isn't part of the playoff is a glorified exhibition game.  There is no way in hell you would burn a player's redshirt in a non-playoff bowl game.  NONE.  

I have as much chance of playing in the Citrus Bowl as Mone does.

ijohnb

December 1st, 2015 at 6:24 AM ^

not meaningless. If you are going into every year believing that any post season appearance not involving the playoff is meaningless, you are not going to like college football for very long. The Citrus bowl v. LSU is no more or less meaningful than the Rose Bowl against Stanford. In fact, because I think LSU is better than Stanford, I think it is more meaningful. It will also probably have comparable viewership as the playoff due to the day and time it is played. The bowl season is fun and the playoff has not changed that, or it least it shouldn't or the sport is going to suffer.

Salinger

December 1st, 2015 at 7:35 AM ^

You do not burn a redshirt for a bowl game. Plain and simple. Its not a means to anything but game experience which Mone would get much more of with a full year to play. You make this call if you are playing for a national championship only.

FlexUM

December 1st, 2015 at 8:14 AM ^

Agree that there is no way you burn a redshirt on a bowl like this. 100% agree. But these bowls are not meaningless at all. Only 4 teams make the playoff. You can't just a season but just making the playoff or not. Michigan beating LSU and ending up in the top 15 matters. It won't get them a national championship but it is a guage on where this team and program are. 

I never understood the importanace of bowl games until I was working as an atheltic trainer at BG and saw how much urban meyer cared about them. For an established team like osu who is truly in "championship or bust" mode that may be different for a team building and growing it most certainly matters and will go a long way in recruiting and showing where this program is at. It is not the be all end all and no reason to burn a redshirt I agree but it does matter.

Jumpman Maize

November 30th, 2015 at 10:05 PM ^

I'm good with this. Hope for 10-3 and all the recruits. Also, beating LSU will keep the hype train chugging to a preseason top 8 ranking. And the Jordan uniforms. Should be a better-than-terrible, depressing, boring offseason

Salinger

December 1st, 2015 at 7:41 AM ^

JT Barrett has something to say to you about being a not-very-good-passing-qb against Michigan when having a beast RB in the backfield. (See TD passes to Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall)

I mean I hear you on the zone read and QB keeper stuff, but you cannot say our D minus Glasgow hasn't been a little exposed especially against elite running attacks.

I guess the question is whether LSU can try to keep us even a little honest throwing the ball with a month of prep. I haven't watched enough LSU ball this year to know if they can or not. 

Jumpman Maize

November 30th, 2015 at 10:09 PM ^

We can contain Fournette. He's been disappointing this season compared to what people are making of him. Look at his stats once he plays decent competition. Also, remember Glasgow, and what this defense was before he got injured. LSU doesn't have a passing threat, both IU and OSU had that, so we can focus on the run and the run alone. Should be a good game, but I could see us winning by two TDs, if Glasgow can play.