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12/06/2018 - 2:39pm No, but it would be close.

No, but it would be close.

12/05/2018 - 11:56am We couldn't hit a 3 and they…

We couldn't hit a 3 and they hit a bunch of highly contested shots.  It happens.  Some key players had a bad game.  It happens.   The nice thing is they showed resolve and the D was its normal spectacular self.   No collegiate team is going to have multiple players routinely drain highly contested difficult shots.   NW missing the buzzer-beater was poetic justice.   If Simpson/Teske had gone a terrible 1-7 from beyond the arc this game would have felt way different.  Instead they went 0-7.  After North Carolina I was afraid we'd have an outing like this against Purdue.   Thankfully it was saved for NW and the talent-gap was just barely enough to counter it.  

12/05/2018 - 8:49am A lot of unfair hating on…

A lot of unfair hating on Davis.    Does anyone remember how hopeless Teske looked 2 years ago?  What about our point guard situation at the beginning of last season?   Matthews only scored 3 points last night - is that a harbinger of things to come?   Of course not.   At this point Davis is unproven.   Last night didn't inspire confidence.   Having said that I think it's too soon to just write him off.   It's concerning because this team lacks depth and even though we go 7-deep there is a noticeable drop-off when any of our starters leave the floor.  

12/04/2018 - 3:04pm Harbaugh is a good coach but…

Harbaugh is a good coach but he's not elite.  

12/03/2018 - 12:09pm I don't fault him for his…

I don't fault him for his decision and wish him nothing but the best.

It's unfortunate that he never played to his potential while at Michigan.  

12/03/2018 - 12:05pm I honestly didn't care which…

I honestly didn't care which team we drew.  I just want to come out of this bowl game with a win.   This Florida team is solid.   They are not great, but they are solid.  Does this qualify as a big game against a quality opponent?  I think it does and that's what scares me.   Harbaugh has been HORRIBLE in big games against quality opponents.   Michigan faced 3 quality (Northwestern is a tad below being qualityt) opponents this year and went 1-2 and of course failed in the 2 biggest stages.   Last year Harbaugh was 0-4 against quality teams and lost his bowl game against a very mediocre opponent that we should have thrahsed in an embarrassingly incompetent fashion.  

Harbaugh sucks in big games.   He really does and given that we had ZERO pass rush over the last 3 games and with Gary sitting out, I don't see how we contain their offense and our offense is the furthest thing from being explosive, even against bad defenses.   Hopefully my take is just recency bias due to the fiasco in Columbus.   

11/29/2018 - 10:28am I don't know if it hit 110…

I don't know if it hit 110 decibels.  I was at the game and it was really loud.   I'd even say it was Loudermilk.  

11/29/2018 - 10:26am I completely agree with your…

I completely agree with your assessment of Patterson.   He's very talented but his issues are mental.   At times he's tentative (not throwing to DPJ with half of the endzone open against MSU is the most obvious) and at times he bails out of the pocket too early which on a few occasions resulted in him rushing into a sack.   His best game was against Rutgers.   He trusted his linemen and his receivers.   He hung tough in the pocket, worked through his reads and made his throws confidently.    With him the tools are all there, he's just lacking consistency.   He probably needs another year as he wasn't as good as he's capable of being this year.   Having said that, I can see Dylan potentially passing him in the off-season.   

11/28/2018 - 2:51pm Very well-written, Ron.  …

Very well-written, Ron.   One of the biggest problems I had with our play-calling this year was it was too predictable.   I completely agree that we have weapons on offense that are under-utilized.  I count only a handful of times when a pass was thrown to Chris Evans in space.   Yet, when it was it was usually successful.    Our stud receivers should be getting more targets than they've gotten.  

Here's where I have some hope - last year's offense was abysmal.   Critical changes were made in the off-season and the improvement was dramatic.   We keep hearing about Harbaugh's stubbornness, but he DID make the changes necessary to fix our offense.   He just needs to do it again and if he does, considering how many returning starters we'll have, this offense could potentially be lethal next year. 

In addition to throwing a bit more I'd like to see the offense go up-tempo once in a while, just to mess with the opposing D.  I know that they were looking to grind teams down, rely on their D and control time of possession.   That's all fine and it mostly worked.   However, there is nothing wrong with scoring quickly.   

One final thought - I am not convinced Patterson will be starting next year.   I would not be shocked if McCaffrey passes him up and that's not a knock on Shea.  

11/28/2018 - 2:30pm That's a good point.  …

That's a good point.   Saturday was horrible but those games sometimes happen.   OSU got housed by Purdue.  Last year that got destroyed by Oklahoma and Iowa.   Harbaugh rarely wins big games but other than Iowa in '16 he doesn't lose to teams he should beat.  

11/28/2018 - 11:01am Compared to RR/Hoke this…

Compared to RR/Hoke this program is definitely better.   It's a lot better.   Having said that, UM is paying Harbaugh and his assistants a shitload of money.   4 years in this team should be elite and it's not.   And it's not just the coaching salaries, look at all of the money spent on the facilities.  

Through 4 years the defense has been what should be expected (for the life of me I have no idea what happened to our D-line over the last 3 games of the season though) but the offense has been nowhere near good enough.   Changes have to be made on that side of the ball.

11/28/2018 - 10:40am Bottom line is that over the…

Bottom line is that over the course of 4 years Harbaugh's offensive units have never produced better than mediocre results.  

I don't know what the silver bullet is, but what we've been doing isn't working and needs to change.  

11/27/2018 - 2:04pm Against Rutgers and Indiana…

Against Rutgers and Indiana the pass rush was barely there.  Something happened to that unit after Penn State and for the life of me I have no idea what that was.

11/27/2018 - 1:46pm The '16 team was better.

The '16 team was better.

11/27/2018 - 1:40pm Was I wrong?  In 4 years how…

Was I wrong?  In 4 years how many wins were against legitimately good teams?

11/27/2018 - 10:42am The best Bowl for Michigan…

The best Bowl for Michigan would obviously be Rose.   The only way that happens is if OSU makes the playoff.   They won't make the playoff if they don't beat Northwestern.  I'm probably not going to watch the game but I will keep tabs on the score.

11/27/2018 - 10:38am Having Notre Dame on the…

Having Notre Dame on the schedule is not why we lost to OSU.   That is a terrible premise.   During his time at Michigan Harbaugh does not win big games.   Period.  He doesn't.   How many wins does he have against teams that finished in the top-25?   His best wins were Wisconsin in '16 and Penn State in '18.   He's 2-7 against his rivals and those 2 wins were against a 3-9 Sparty and a 7-5 Sparty that barely survived against Rutgers.   His biggest win on the biggest stage was the Bowl blowout against a very flawed Florida team that had an anemic offense.   On top of that his road record is really bad, especially against good teams.   Michigan has road games against Penn State and Wisconsin next year.   I am going with 80% probability that both of those games are losses.  

Coming into this year the meme that Harbaugh can't beat his rivals and can't win the big games was just a dumb narrative.   4 years into his tenure it is now a reality.   I am terrified that Michigan is going to get obliterated in their Bowl game.   

11/27/2018 - 10:22am Yes.  This.  It really is…

Yes.  This.  It really is that simple.  After Penn State our D-line fell apart.   We can talk about formations and scheme until we are blue in the face.   The biggest glaring problem was that our D-line got ZERO pressure against OSU.   Zero.  Haskins doesn't throw well when pressured or on the run.   When he has time and is allowed to set his feet he's lethal.   What happened to our DE's?  They were lethal all season and then dropped off a cliff in the last 3 games.   The entire DB defense is predicated on pressure up-front.   I can count on my junk the number of times Haskins was hurried in that game.   No pash rush and no RB/QB contain.   Rutgers and Indiana were a harbinger of things to come.   I am dreading our Bowl game.  

11/12/2018 - 11:25am Both Gary and Winovich took…

Both Gary and Winovich took shots to the gonads.  Gary managed to land his groin on a helmet and Chase landed his groin on a knee.   

11/12/2018 - 11:23am The most likely explanation…

The most likely explanation is he's not in game shape yet.   Due to missing so many practices his route tree is likely limited and we saw Patterson really develop some chemistry with DPJ, Collins and Gentry (Martin too) last Saturday.   Black is most likely behind in that regard.  

He's not some secret weapon that Harbaugh is trying to keep under wraps.  He has missed most of the season.   There is no easy way to integrate him into the offense this late.  

The Rutgers game was weird.   Here is a list of receivers that I don't recall being targeted even once:

Black

Perry

Eubanks

McKeon

All RB's FB's not named Evans

11/08/2018 - 10:01pm Where to watch UM football…

Where to watch UM football in Ann Arbor?

How about the Big House?

11/08/2018 - 11:14am 1.  Don't take them for…

1.  Don't take them for granted.  Stay focused.   Run the playbook and hopefully score early and often.

2.  If we are absolutely dominating get Patterson out of the game early.   Show trust in Peters and let him run the offense.   He has plenty of talent.

11/07/2018 - 3:53pm What about a hoops team that…

What about a hoops team that has more fouls than points?  That very nearly happened last night in the first half for Norfolk State - 13 points and 11 fouls.

11/07/2018 - 2:57pm Excited isn't the word I'd…

Excited isn't the word I'd use but the player I most want to see on the field on Saturday is Peters.  He is now our #2 and absolutely needs to get meaningful snaps.

11/07/2018 - 1:46pm None of this matters if we…

None of this matters if we don't win out.  

11/06/2018 - 10:58am Those seem awfully difficult…

Those seem awfully difficult to attain.

Nevertheless, I love it!

11/06/2018 - 2:01am This is why we play the…

This is why we play the games, I guess.   It's really difficult to pull an upset of this magnitude in college football given so many glaring disparities between the 2 teams.  

11/05/2018 - 10:46pm Michigan was the better team…

Michigan was the better team in '16 and still lost.   

 

This game scares me and it is absolutely critical for Michigan to win this one.  

11/05/2018 - 5:56pm I agree that he needs to get…

I agree that he needs to get a couple of series with the starters running a complete offense before being a handoff statue.   

It would be nice to see him play at least half of the game, maybe bring him in before the game is a complete blowout so at least some of his snaps are somewhat meaningful.  

Note:  I'm not 100% convinced this game is going to be easy.   This game will be a test as to just how focused this team is.     

If we are up by 4 touchdowns and are running the ball at will, I think that would be a good time to bring Peters in.    

11/05/2018 - 5:52pm This might just be a down…

This might just be a down year for OSU.   Since Urban Liar arrived a 2-loss season has been considered a failure.   

I think MSU will give them everything they can handle next weekend and may out-tough their way to an upset victory.  

Meyer is a great coach and they will be ready to play when we come rolling into Columbus.  Keep in mind Michigan has not played well on the road this year.   

11/05/2018 - 3:50pm Peters has thrown one pass…

Peters has thrown one pass this season and it was a bad interception.  

That said, I think he's serviceable.   Our offense takes a step back with him, but my gut tells me he'll manage the game just fine.  Supposedly he was #2 on the depth chart coming into the season and then suffered a minor injury which moved Dylan up.   He has performed very well and secured the #2 spot through his play on the field.   

Milton is raw talent.   Peters has some polish and some game experience, not to mention 3 years in the system.   I don't see Milton moving ahead of Peters unless he has truly checked out and it's obvious he just doesn't care.   

Hopefully we start really fast and build a huge lead and Peters gets inserted with an opportunity to run the full offense and not just hand the ball off a bunch of times. 

11/05/2018 - 3:15pm "The postgame handshake…

"The postgame handshake between coaches was brief and seemingly cordial, but afterwards James Franklin stopped and turned back to Harbaugh. Harbaugh was already jogging into the tunnel. Franklin stared a hole in his back for a good five seconds before turning back to the field, seething."

I can't find video evidence for this and it's something I'd absolutely love to see.  

11/05/2018 - 9:55am After looking like a…

After looking like a juggernaut at the beginning of the season OSU is now looking mortal.   Personally, I'm trying not to think about OSU right now.   1 week at a time.    What I want to see this Saturday is for us to jump out to a huge lead quickly and then get Peters a bunch of snaps.   He's the #2 now and really is in need of some game-time reps. 

10/26/2018 - 12:50am I'd love to know what the…

I'd love to know what the Rutger factor was in the Georgia Tech vs Cumberland game.  I've read that Cumberland had negative offensive yards in that game but since Georgia Tech outscored them 222-0 they probably didn't hoke since 222+ negative yards seems like an impossibility.

10/25/2018 - 3:26pm This is absolutely hilarious.

This is absolutely hilarious.

10/23/2018 - 9:25am I find it impossible to…

I find it impossible to believe he could be on the hot seat over one blowout loss.   The guy wins football games.  Period.  2 losses in  a season is a disappointing year for OSU under Meyer.   We have yet to have a season with only 2 losses under Harbaugh.  

Heck, he only solidified his job when the Zach Smith scandal broke.  

He's only leaving O$U if that is what he wants.  He calls the shots down there.  

10/18/2018 - 2:31pm This is a great read (and…

This is a great read (and great video embedded) from a site called:  Badass of the Week:

 

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/m3wolverine.html

10/17/2018 - 2:43pm I agree with you regarding…

I agree with you regarding the NW game.  It's a game they were supposed to win handily and instead it went down to the wire.  Usually, the script is reversed.   Michigan has the game in hand only to allow an inferior opponent to come back (Indiana '17 springs to mind, but it's hardly an outlier).   We had the lead late in all 3 '16 losses and couldn't find a way to win.   Against NW we made a comeback victory scoring 20 unanswered points.  I felt that winning that game that way was far more beneficial to this team than a blowout victory.  Just knowing they have the ability to grit their way to a tough road win on a day where things weren't clicking should be fairly huge for their psyche.  

10/17/2018 - 1:42pm Before the season started I…

Before the season started I felt this game was Michigan's most important game to win.  Gotta get that Dantonio monkey off their collective backs.  MSU '16 team was so bad that victory over them felt cheap, almost like it didn't count.  

Harbaugh and his staff get paid boatloads of money.   If they continue to lose these rivalry games....

10/16/2018 - 1:55pm We are tailgating (but not…

We are tailgating (but not going into the game) with some Sparty friends.   My contribution will be buffalo wings cooked in the barrel cooker with a hickory chunk over the charcoal for a little smoke.   Given my screen name this really shouldn't be a surprise.  

10/16/2018 - 10:05am I've yet to jump on the…

I've yet to jump on the Harbaugh bandwagon.   But I will say this, he takes this game very seriously as does the team.   I remember the RR/Hoke years where MSU was simply tougher/grittier.  No more.  They didn't just beat us during the RR/Hoke years, they POUNDED us.   In most of those games we weren't even competitive.   In '15 that thing happened.   '16 we allowed the game to be closer than it should have been, which was disappointing.   Last year, we beat ourselves by turning the ball over 5 times.  Gotta play loose and confident and play for a full 60 minutes.  We are a better team this year.  Take care of the football and properly execute and we will win.  

10/16/2018 - 9:48am For as nice as the Wisconsin…

For as nice as the Wisconsin win was, one thing about that game greatly concerned me - our passing game was putrid.   Wisconsin's secondary was absolutely decimated and they had no pash rush.   From a throwing standpoint, that was Patterson's worst game of the season.   Yes, he was a bit shaky against NW and ND but he looked even more uncomfortable last Saturday and was given ample protection by his line.   We are not going to rush for 300 yards against the best rush defense in the country.   200 yards is probably unrealistic.   But MSU's defense is vulnerable to an aerial attack.   We came out throwing against Wisconsin, which was absolutely the correct coaching decision given their strengths/weaknesses on D.   It simply didn't work and that frightens me against MSU.  

10/16/2018 - 9:43am Part of the turnover battle…

Part of the turnover battle is luck.   Well, last Saturday they fumbled 4 times and recovered all of them.   They also threw an easy pick that was dropped.   My hope is that they used up some of their turnover luck against PSU.  

10/15/2018 - 7:47pm As much as I don't want to…

As much as I don't want to see it rain, I don't get why people think it's an advantage for MSU.  If it's a monsoon like last year it will limit both teams' passing.   This bodes well for Michigan for a couple of reasons:

1.  Both teams have very good and comparable run defenses.   However, Michigan's rushing offense has been far better than MSU's this year.   Run-heavy game for both teams:  Advantage Michigan.

2.   If both teams are heavily reliant and one-dimensional with the run it will result in a lot of stalled drives.   This means both teams will be punting quite a bit.   Advantage:   Michigan - bigly.

10/15/2018 - 2:03pm I still just don't quite…

I still just don't quite trust this year's team.   Dantonio has had Michigan's number and MSU treats this game as a personal Super Bowl.  

Michigan played poorly in 3 of its 7 games this season, so consistency is an issue.

Michigan has been a heavily penalized team so far this year, which is another concern.  

MSU has the nation's #1 run defense and Michigan's passing game was inexplicably weak against a heavily depleted Wisconsin secondary.   If we can't effectively pass against MSU we will be in trouble.  

MSU seems to get every conceivable break when playing Michigan.

No doubt Michigan is the better team, but this might be a bad match up.  Michigan has some demons that need to be excorsized in this game.  

10/15/2018 - 1:57pm Clearly Peters has been…

Clearly Peters has been passed by McCaffrey.    Given that DM has one more year of eligibility I'm confident Peters will transfer.   He enrolled early and hopefully he can graduate at the end of the '19 school year, transfer and be able to immediately play with 2 years of eligibility remaining.  

10/14/2018 - 7:55pm I hear you and I agree.   On…

I hear you and I agree.   On paper we are the better team.   But the last decade has left me "shell-shocked" (nicely stated) as well.  

 

The one nice thing is that in the 2 losses under Harbaugh against MSU we were extremely close.  Given the talent disparity between the 2 teams the likelihood of them beating UM by more than 1 score is slim.

I was happy when I saw they beat PSU.  Most importantly it amps the up the meaning and importance of this game.   But it also gets their rabid fan-based revved up which makes this fun. 

 

10/10/2018 - 3:50pm Their pass D has struggled…

Their pass D has struggled so far this season but they have a stout front 7.   This is a team we need to pass first against.   Pass pro has been surprisingly good of late and with Patterson's ability to extend plays and throw on the run we have the potential for a big day in the air.  

10/09/2018 - 2:36pm One of the things I look…

One of the things I look forward to is the meltdown at RCMB after they lose a game.   It's priceless.  

10/09/2018 - 2:16pm A win is a win.   Until we…

A win is a win.   Until we start beating them, we haven't passed them.