Scheduling a Winner

Submitted by Ziff72 on July 19th, 2011 at 7:11 PM

As many of you know I have been cup really full guy for the 2011 season for about 2 years.  We're getting close to some real football and I can't wait to put my money on the over 7.5 wins for Michigan(Easy Money).   Denard will be in the gun and  the defense will look completely different.  We get past ND and anything is possible.  I got an Insider at ESPN on the wagon as people are starting to look at us more closely.   It's an Insider so I'll just post the snippe about us.  Basically he looks at teams that have decent talent but a schedule set up to make a run if they play well.  He uses the Sparties from last year as a perfect example which we know all about. 



2. Michigan Wolverines



Keep Hoke alive! The Wolverines break in a new coach and buy into the Pure Michigan tourist campaign in clever fashion: They leave the state once before November, and that's a trip to distant Evanston, Ill., a short drive outside the border (where they'll see a 50-50 crowd, at worst). If Michigan gets by Notre Dame, it has a great shot to start 6-0 before a visit to East Lansing.


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July 20th, 2011 at 7:37 AM ^

There's going to be a ton of hoopla surrounding the game with perhaps College Gameday being there, it being the ESPN night game, and the fact that there are going to be A LOT of recruits there. I'd circle that as the game of the season because I think it means a lot for THIS TEAM in terms of their confidence as well as a gauge for their season in addition to future seasons (with potential commits). 


July 19th, 2011 at 7:50 PM ^

UM will beat SDSU. Remember all of the trepidation over facing UConn last season? Yeah.

Northwestern could be a challenge. I think they might be a pretty good team this season IF Persa has fully recovered from his injury.


July 19th, 2011 at 7:18 PM ^

If we lose to Sparty this year, I am going to move to Haiti for the rest of the football season. At least they won't have Sportscenter. We have a countdown clock and a DC who isn't bat shit crazy so I got that going for me, which is nice.


July 19th, 2011 at 7:28 PM ^

If we could beat one of ND and MSU, obviously I'd like to win both, but if we could take out one of those two we'd have a really good shot at starting 7-1.  We finish with four tough but winnable games, and going 2-2 in those would put us at 9-3 regular season.  I could dig that.


July 19th, 2011 at 9:16 PM ^

All of those games are going to be tougher than you think.  While I'm optimistic, ND, MSU, Iowa, Nebraska, and OSU are all very very tough games that I could see us losing. However,  if everyone takes to the system and we get some momentum, have some good luck with injuries, and have a few bounces go our way, I could see us having a really nice season especially with ND, Nebraska, and OSU at home. 

Don't kid yourself though, the defense will probably be stable enough compared to last year, but to go 10-2 or something like that, Denard is going to have to be even better this year and win some tough rivalry games a la ND 2010 to challenge for the B1G title.  


July 19th, 2011 at 7:35 PM ^

Haiti isn't far enough.  I could imagine myself moving to Haiti, then throwing Haiti on to Mars if we lose to Sparty again.  Seriously, I don't know if Mars is far enough away.


July 19th, 2011 at 7:47 PM ^

I should have thought it out a little better Haiti won't work at all. I would probably end up running into one of their recruits. With their global reach in recruiting, Mars really is the only place that makes sense.


July 19th, 2011 at 8:05 PM ^

Sparty is coming off an 11 win season, and we're coming off a 7 win season where we got stomped by every good team we faced.  I don't want to lose to sparty, but doing so is not the end of the world considering we're installing a new system on both sides of the ball.


July 20th, 2011 at 10:30 AM ^

I have a feeling State comes into our game 3-2 (beating 2 FCS teams & CMU...losing at ND and OSU).  Remember, they didn't leave the state of MI until November last year and only beat ND (at home) with a trick play.  Their 11 win season could easily have been an 8 win season.  They need to replace a few of their convicts and (while their RBs are good), they'll be one of the most disappointing teams (for MSU fans) this season.  

Do we beat them...I'm 50/50...but they weren't as good as their record last year (and neither were we for that matter).


July 20th, 2011 at 11:29 AM ^

Yup.  And that's what leads me to my 50/50 guess for the game this year.  MSU lost a number of important parts of their squad and lost very important coaches.  At the same time, we return almost everyone and bring in a vastly improved coaching staff.  In any event, if we lose, I expect it to be the last loss to MSU for a long, long time.


July 19th, 2011 at 8:40 PM ^

We will double improve this year on D. I say that because i think our past defenses are grossly underdevoloped. I think matty will be able to work out the kinks that the other coaches failed to pay attention to. I look for big will campbell cam gordon and josh furman to play big roles one way or another. And i look for mike cox to emerge as our back and to rush for over a 1000 yards and 10 tdz. You can call me crazy but we got worry about nebraska ohio and notre dame past that we could really end up with 9 wins. I am just jacked about our new coaching staff. I think rodriguez did a poor job devolping our defensive players.


July 19th, 2011 at 9:28 PM ^

It is really hard to develop players on D when they are literally on campus for about a month before the season. 

There were times that the average age of our defense was barely above the age to vote. 

Im not arguing that RichRod did not develop defensive talent, however that was not his job as a head coach especially with an offenisive focus. His job is to coach and develop the offense while hiring a guy to tend to the defense (this was his failure, hiring GERG). Thats what assistant coaches and coordinators do, they isolate one side of the ball. 

As for the players you mentioned, there is almost no question in my mind that you picked some buzz names. That being said, I dont see any of those guys taking significant strides this year. I think Will Campbell will be serviceable, but to be honest Im more excited about Richard Ash and Jibreel on the defensive line. At linebacker, I think Marell Evans will suprise people, and Jake Ryan will probably be taking the starting spot from Cam at some point this season.. I also look to Demens to take some strides in pass coverage.

In the defensive backfield, if Carvin Johnson doesnt take a huge leap I wil be shocked. Same goes for Courtney Avery. 


July 19th, 2011 at 10:55 PM ^

 I'm wondering if they will start Demens , Cam and Ryan at  LB this year. Does'nt seem like much of a stretch to me at all especially if Mike Jones ( who?) Mike Jones is still looking more like a safety than a LB.



July 19th, 2011 at 11:46 PM ^

I've thought about this.  Who do you put where?  Cam has been good at SAM but I think he could play WILL better than Jake Ryan (but maybe not) so I would think it went SAM - Ryan, MIKE - Demens, WILL - Cam.  But Cam and Jake could be switched.

This gets me thinking, how amazing would it be if your LBs were actually named Sam, Mike and Will?  And then how confusing would it be if they didn't play their corresponding positions? 


July 20th, 2011 at 2:07 AM ^

  It's a tough call especially if Cam is getting tired of musical chairs on the position chart. 

I'd move Ryan to SAM , Cam to WILL for a few reasons. Cam is playing out of position really no matter where he plays , with his skill set from play safety and being a WR you would think he would be an excellent weakside LB ( where is Magnus when I need his input) and Ryan being a natural SAM I'd pull the trigger. I'm just a fan tho and don't know the ins and outs of every position on the field.


July 19th, 2011 at 9:01 PM ^

That was before the whole OSU thing, but we do have a hard schedule. MSU and Nebraska will be top 25 teams throughout the year (probably), ND, OSU, and NW could all be ranked when we play them too. Iowa will still be ok despite losing some pieces. That's 6 tough games. I think 2012 is the year we can win 9 or more.