Who benefits if the weather is rainy / drizzly?

Submitted by michgoblue on September 10th, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Assuming that the weather at game time is either rainy or that earlier rain makes the field somewhat damp, does this benefit Michigan or ND?  Does the rain have more of an impact by slowing down our running, or more of an impact by making it harder for ND to air it out?

Comments

Space Coyote

September 10th, 2010 at 10:43 AM ^

I think the rain is going to cause loose soil.  While some say, like yourself, that the rain will play right into the grass' style of play, I have to disagree.  I don't think the grass has nearly as substantial of a root system as the experts are saying.  I think last week it showed some signs of weakness in that department that went largely overlooked because of the opponent. I'm guessing the rain is going to be the losers of this affair

M-Dog

September 10th, 2010 at 1:01 PM ^

You are ignoring the history of the grass vs. rain series.  The grass has consistently owned the rain over the last 3 million years.  If you'd learn to use Google, you wouldn't embarass youself on a public forum.   

Yea, once in awhile the rain springs a surprise like in the 40 day Noah flood, but that is an exception.  You, and idiots like you, assume a trend based on a sample size too small to be statistically significant.  I'd neg you -1000 if I could for wasting my time with your moronic opinion.

ijohnb

September 10th, 2010 at 10:28 AM ^

While at first glance, it may seem that ND would suffer more as they run more of a vertical-ish attack than Michigan, or at least that is what they have the personnel for at this point.  However, Michigan's spread requires precision in terms of timing of fakes, handoffs, certain blocks, and short passes into the flat.  All of these things are made more difficult by a wet ball.  It cuts both ways almost the same.

joeyb

September 10th, 2010 at 10:32 AM ^

Thanks for posting this. MGoBoarders had not had a chance to voice their opinions on this topic in any other threads about the weather this week. Thanks again!

BlockM

September 10th, 2010 at 10:36 AM ^

No one. I heard they were going to cancel the game if it's drizzling. Or maybe I heard they were going to cancel the game if we had one more thread about this. Either way, we all lose.

jblaze

September 10th, 2010 at 10:40 AM ^

but maybe ND really focuses on Denard's running and makes him pass. This may hurt Michigan.

However, since ND passes like 60% of the time, maybe the ball is harder to catch on those short screans, so they would drop the ball more.

On the other hand, Michigan historically under RR has not followed the advice of HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL.

Basically, it's difficult/ impossible to tell before the game, but afterwards, it may be clear.

oriental andrew

September 10th, 2010 at 12:00 PM ^

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Brewers Yost

September 10th, 2010 at 1:21 PM ^

The team that wins. Post game nobody ever says that the losing team had the advantage in the rain. Most people use it as an excuse if there is a big upset or their team didn't win.

trublu4781

September 10th, 2010 at 2:36 PM ^

Them.  I heard that Coach Kelly insisted that when UM has the ball it will actually be switched to one made entirely out of sugar cubes.  The ol' melting ball defense. 

 

Well played Mr. Kelly, well played

jmblue

September 10th, 2010 at 2:06 PM ^

I have to laugh how, for the second consecutive time in this series, ND fans are going to get soaked, while we've had beautiful weather for the games in Ann Arbor for several times in a row.

TheOracle6

September 10th, 2010 at 3:55 PM ^

Both teams are playing in it, so it effects them both equally.  It's the team that lets the weather get to them that will ultimately fail.  Hold on to the damn ball and we'll be fine.