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12/29/2018 - 4:48pm Well, there are many…

Well, there are many similarities with their team records and offensive philosophies. I remember fans being frustrated with some of our conservative offenses back in the 1980's. 

We were usually good enough to win 8 to 10 games every season, but the offenses were hardly ever good enough to win a National Championship or many bowl games.

The Big 10 was much easier for us to win back in the 80's and OSU played the same boring conservative style of offense. 

Therefore we could often beat them during that time.  

12/24/2018 - 9:17pm Oklahoma still arguably has…

Oklahoma still arguably has the best offense in college football. They could possibly win a real high scoring game against Alabama.

12/18/2018 - 11:54pm So there will be some…

So there will be some fireworks tomorrow? Well, technically Sparklers are fireworks. So don't be surprised if we're all just waving Sparklers around tomorrow. Maybe light some packages of Jumping Jacks. 

I mean, we really don't know what Harbaugh's idea of fireworks might mean. 

Though like a bunch of kids, most of us will be hoping for some great fireworks.  

 

12/17/2018 - 4:28pm The cracks actually started…

The cracks actually started showing when we played Rutgers. They ran for almost 200 yards against our defense.  

12/16/2018 - 10:58pm It just seems like it's…

It just seems like it's always the fans of the losing team who start saying one game shouldn't matter for recruiting a player. 

One of my friends told me the "one game shouldn't matter" statement about a week ago.

Though if we would've won, my friend and many other people would've said that should send a huge message for Harrison to come to Michigan.

One game could matter, especially in a close decision.

Let's just hope that he still chooses Michigan.

 

12/03/2018 - 9:32pm The bowl game would most…

The bowl game would most likely only be meaningful toward possibly influencing some recruits.

Though that might be enough, depending on the recruits.  

Some of us wanted Michigan to play another team so we could get a chance for a statement win, but there just weren't many teams we could've made a statement win against in a bowl game.

LSU would've been a more desired match up, but Michigan wouldn't have gotten great credit for defeating them. They're pretty much considered the same as Florida.

A brand name SEC team with a weak offense and a good defense. In fact, Florida actually beat LSU this season.

Michigan playing Georgia would've probably been the only real chance for a statement game. So basically only one team would've provided us with that opportunity.     

   

12/02/2018 - 3:50pm No, but it wasn't just Joey…

No, but it wasn't just Joey. I mean, they were all chipping in and having a long laugh fest about the over and under being so low. 

It wasn't really about the defenses, those laughs were making comical fun about the offenses.   

12/02/2018 - 3:18pm How many people just watched…

How many people just watched the bowl announcement and heard all of those TV guys clowning our offense?

So to the people in our fan base who keep defending our offense. I really hope you were listening. We have to change some things. 

I hope Harbaugh was watching and felt disrespected by those comments. 

12/02/2018 - 2:14pm I understand where you're…

I understand where you're coming from, but man I don't feel we're in the position right now to be saying the Florida team sucks. 

Florida could be saying the same thing about us and that there's no upside in playing Michigan because of the way we looked in our last game.

If they beat us, many people will just say Michigan had already proven they weren't that good anyway. 

I guess I'm a little sensitive because after that OSU game, a lot of people are using the "sucks" word on the internet to describe Michigan right now.   

12/01/2018 - 7:59pm And don't forget about…

And don't forget about still trying to win time of possession even when you're down by 20 points. You gotta win that time of possession. 

12/01/2018 - 7:49pm Man, but the bad part is…

Yeah, but the bad part is... that you can say the same thing about Michigan when it comes to OSU. Ugh.

12/01/2018 - 7:22pm UCF trying to win a wild…

UCF trying to win a wild shootout, which a good team needs to be able to do sometimes.

12/01/2018 - 5:51pm Higdon did a great job for…

Higdon did a great job for us this season. Though he just didn't have the speed to do some of the things those Maryland running backs did to that OSU defense.

 

12/01/2018 - 4:55pm Well, both teams sometimes…

Well, both teams sometimes use uptempo and pass to their WRs more, especially Alabama with Jerry Jeudy. Those are some of the changes Harbaugh needs to do with our offense.

Though I'll admit that they are somewhat similar, but a just little more aggressive on offense.  

   

12/01/2018 - 2:42pm Well, most Michigan fans…

Well, most Michigan fans would want the team to go to the playoff. Though it's about accepting when the team doesn't deserve to be in the playoff and it being wrong and unfair if they were included.

There's just no scenario that rightfully places Michigan ahead of OSU in the final playoff rankings. 

Sometimes people have to realize when their opinions are unjust and wrongfully bias, but it's often difficult for some people to do it.      

 

12/01/2018 - 2:14pm It just some desperate…

It just some desperate homers hoping for some things to happen that wouldn't even be fair or right. 

Imagine if Michigan had blown out OSU and then lost to NW in the Big 10 Championship game. Most of us would feel that we should still stay ahead of OSU in the final playoff rankings.

We would be saying. "We finished with a better record and we totally destroyed them on the field."

Case closed.

 

12/01/2018 - 1:56pm Yeah, I also wanted OSU to…

Yeah, I also wanted OSU to play before Oklahoma to help me better decide my rooting interest.  

12/01/2018 - 1:37pm The players most likely don…

The players most likely don't carry any greater emotions for the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl isn't as big of a deal like it use to be at one time and especially to these young kids.

You're just going by the way some of the people in our fan base feel about the Rose Bowl because some of our fans remember when that was the highest bowl game for a Big 10 team. 

 

11/28/2018 - 8:24pm I'm not disagreeing with you…

I'm not disagreeing with everything you posted. Though If what Harbaugh is running offensively is so modern, why aren't more big time coaches using a similar offense?

I mean, pretty much all the other great college football coaches are using high powered offensive schemes. 

I believe the fact that we hardly ever use up tempo, keeps our offense from being extremely modern. 

Harbaugh doesn't seem to embrace how simply going up tempo can wreck havoc on a defense and that's one of the changes we need in our offense.

I also feel the passing game should be used more.

 

11/28/2018 - 12:23pm It would probably be better…

It would probably be better to hope for OSU to lose to NW and miss the playoff, then also lose their bowl game, while Michigan wins their bowl game.

I mean, if we're just hoping, then that would be the ideal scenario.  

11/27/2018 - 11:46pm Please tell me what do you…

Please tell me what do you mean? I simply stated that Army has a running game that's better than Michigan's ground game. 

I mean, running the ball is basically all Army does on offense and they're one of the best teams at doing it. 

I believe Army would've been capable of running against that weak OSU defense. Army's time of possession would've most likely limited OSU's opportunities to score 62 points.   

11/27/2018 - 11:41pm Most of the WRs were all…

Most of the WRs were all very young and inexperienced last season. They've gotten much better as an unit over time.

Therefore Harbaugh should've tried it again, but it's just not what he really wants to do on offense.  

11/27/2018 - 11:13pm Harbaugh had already told…

Harbaugh had already told recruits that the offense would be different, but he didn't really change anything.

Nico Collins said he agreed to come to Michigan because Harbaugh told him that we were going to start using more 3 and 4 WRs formations.  

Many of us were so thrilled when we found out that news. Though once Nico was signed, sealed and delivered, Harbaugh went right back to running his same stubborn offense.   

11/27/2018 - 11:01pm Army actually has a much…

Army has a much stronger and better running game than Michigan. It's what they specialize at doing. 

Heck, Army's running game probably would've kept the OSU offense off the field for long periods of time and made it a lower scoring game.

Michigan doesn't run the ball as well as Army. Therefore we should've been passing more to stay in the game.   

11/27/2018 - 9:38pm Some other people have…

Some other people have mentioned that idea on this blog. Though why would the SEC and the other warm weather Power 5 Conferences agree to that kind of playoff system?

They wouldn't care for the idea of sending one of their teams somewhere to possibly play in the snow.  

People apparently forget or don't know that the Power 5 Conferences get together and agree on a certain playoff system.

11/27/2018 - 9:07pm The numbers might indicate…

The numbers might indicate that Michigan would still have a chance to jump OSU.

Though the committee would be really criticized if they didn't let the way we lost to OSU be the deciding factor to keep them ahead of us.   

OSU would also still finish the season with a better overall record than Michigan.  

11/27/2018 - 8:04pm There's no way for us to…

There's no way for us to jump to the #4 spot anymore. OSU could lose to NW in a blowout and they would still rightfully belong ahead of Michigan in the final CFB playoff rankings.

11/27/2018 - 1:54am Our D line for whatever…

Our D line for whatever reason just didn't play well during the last few games of the season and that made the overall defense seem totally different. 

The D line actually played bad against Rutgers and Indiana, but we kinda brushed it off as no big deal.

I mean, both of those weak teams rushed for almost 200 yards against us and we couldn't generate any pass rush against IU. The Indiana QB was getting plenty of time to throw the ball.  

Many of us felt it was because IU probably had a good OL and we would do better against OSU's weaker OL.   

Though it turned out that our D line was just falling apart down the stretch and was no longer playing good against anybody. 

Now a lot of people are questioning Don Brown's defense, but the main problem was the D line just suddenly started playing awful.

 

11/26/2018 - 4:37pm Yeah, Ambry might become a…

Yeah, Ambry might become a great player for us, but it didn't seem like a good sign when he wasn't brought in to replace Watson.  

11/26/2018 - 2:15pm "If the bowl games "don't…

"If the bowl games "don't matter" then cancel the bowl games."

Well, now that there's a playoff system, the bowl games don't matter. In fact, most of the bowl games haven't really mattered since the BCS Championship game started. 

The bowl games are just money generators and outlets of entertainment for the fans of college football. 

 

11/26/2018 - 11:46am Well, one of the OSU players…

Well, one of the OSU players said they had been preparing for Michigan all season long in the player promo comments before the game. 

We don't know if he meant that literally. but it's quite possible.

 

11/26/2018 - 10:04am The lack of a pass rush was…

The lack of a pass rush was perhaps the biggest problem, but it was still just one of many problems that we've been discussing.  

11/25/2018 - 11:38pm You're right about the…

You're right about the Maryland running backs having more speed, especially McFarland.

Higdon got some real good yardage on one running play. I felt McFarland would've scored on that play if he had ran through the same opening in the OSU defense.

11/25/2018 - 9:39pm Yeah, many adults were also…

Yeah, many adults were also wondering why we weren't copying some of those plays.

The OSU defense and secondary was not great this season. Our talented WRs would've most likely had success running those same routes against them. 

I guess the only answer is... our head coach is just determined to do things differently on offense.

11/25/2018 - 3:50pm You're right about both…

You're right about both units playing awful.

I believe many people are complaining about our offense, because we knew OSU had a great offense that could possibly score well against our defense, of course not to the degree they did.

Though we still thought our offense would totally destroy OSU's terrible defense and make it a shootout if it had to be that kind of game. We really couldn't do what some other teams did to that OSU defense.  

Michigan managed to get 39 points, but it wasn't from good consistent offensive play. If our offense had played better, we could've possibly kept OSU off the field for 14 of their points. 

The game could've been a shootout with both teams scoring in the 50's, just like OSU vs Maryland. 

Michigan might have lucked up and won.   

 

11/25/2018 - 2:20pm "Nobody was complaining two…

"Nobody was complaining two days ago when this game plan rattled off 10 straight wins." 

Come on now. Where have you been? I mean, some of us were pointing out the concerns about our passing game long before we played OSU.  

11/25/2018 - 11:37am People are and were…

People are and were complaining about the offense and defense. Though it's tough to thoroughly analyze and discuss the failures of both units at the same time. 

We all know that both units failed, but this thread is about the offense.  

11/24/2018 - 8:57pm I'm not a part of the fire…

I'm not a part of the fire Harbaugh crowd, but one question is starting to surface. 

What does Harbaugh bring good to the table schematically as a head coach?

He's not a defensive guy and now we're slowly finding out that he's not a good offensive guru either. In fact, far from it. 

I mean, Saban brings defense and Urban brings offense. What good schematics does Harbaugh bring to the table? We thought it would be on the offensive side of the ball, but that's not the case. 

He just seems to fit being our head coach because of his personality and background with Michigan.   

I believe that's the reason why most of us still want him as our head coach. Though those feelings will change if he doesn't start winning against OSU.

11/24/2018 - 7:34pm The PSU defense actually…

The PSU defense actually played OSU very well earlier this season. Many of us felt that was a good sign that our defense would be able to shut OSU down.

A fan of PSU came on here and posted that we won't be able to contain OSU like the Nittany Lions did.

He said PSU is really good at playing some strong zone defense and Michigan is mostly man to man and probably aren't as good with using zone defense as PSU.      

I guess that PSU fan was right.

 

11/24/2018 - 5:09pm Then why were many other…

Then why were many other teams totally dominating the OSU defense throughout this season? 

We don't run the type of offensive scheme that could make them look bad and that falls on the head coach. 

You might be right about Haskins and the OSU WRs, but other teams were still able to make it a shootout because OSU's poor defense.

11/24/2018 - 4:56pm You're right. We have good…

You're right. We have good talented WRs, but our head coach and his scheme is holding that talent back. When we were forced to open things up some, we saw how well Nico can perform.

Sometimes it seems like playing WR in Harbaugh's offense is just a notch above playing WR for one of the military teams.    

11/24/2018 - 4:43pm You're just looking at the…

You're just looking at the 39 points and not really focusing on the overall performance of the offense. 

Some of our points came after the game was pretty much decided.    

11/24/2018 - 4:26pm No more falling for all of…

No more falling for all of that great defense hype we hear almost every season. 

Our defense always seems to totally fail or flop toward the end of these games against OSU. 

 

11/24/2018 - 4:14pm Not in our offensive scheme…

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11/24/2018 - 4:13pm Not in our offensive scheme…

Not in our offensive scheme because we don't use WRs very well. In fact, we kinda lied to get Nico here by telling him we would have a more WR friendly offense.

I remember him saying he was told that from the coaching staff. 

11/24/2018 - 3:56pm You're right about the…

You're right about the defense. This is a total bad game on both sides of the ball. You just pick which side you want to talk about. 

Some people are choosing to talk about the offense right now, but we'll get back to the defense.  

11/24/2018 - 3:32pm One of the few times…

One of the few times Patterson runs and he get's hurt. These game has been an injury disaster for us.

11/24/2018 - 3:29pm That's total crap! I mean,…

That's total crap! I mean, other lesser talented teams in the Big 10 find ways to beat OSU almost every season.

11/24/2018 - 3:27pm Shea really throws the ball…

Shea really throws the ball short a lot of times.

11/24/2018 - 3:06pm No it's the offensive…

No it's the offensive beliefs by our head coach that help hold this team back. The team is never prepared are capable of winning a shootout because our whole scheme is conservative throughout the season. The defense can't always shut every team down.