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Old 12-31-2018, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Murphy, North Carolina
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I'm going to remain lenient on Harbaugh for now...but if he does not win his division next year with all of Michigan's rivals at home, and Urban Meyer no longer around to terrorize the Big Ten, it will be time to start asking some serious questions.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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I'm going to remain lenient on Harbaugh for now...but if he does not win his division next year with all of Michigan's rivals at home, and Urban Meyer no longer around to terrorize the Big Ten, it will be time to start asking some serious questions.
Donít sleep on Ryan Day.

The guy that called the plays and scored 62 against them. It ainít going to be easy. There were lots of wide open WRs that even the next guy after Haskins will find
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:51 PM
 
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Tough way to end a season. Florida dominated from Q2 on. SEC's tough...even their 2nd tier teams can destroy top 10 ranked teams from other conferences as we saw today.
I saw the score, but didn't get to watch it live. I watched a replay today, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be given the score.

Despite starting the game without 5 starters, the second stringers for the most park looked good, at least on Defense. The first half was a very close, back and forth game. The defense played well the first half. DT Solomon left the team after the OSU game, and likely 1st rounders LB Devin Bush and DE Rashan Gary didn't play to stay healthy for the NFL draft. I don't blame them for sitting out after what happened to Jake Butt, but it is still disappointing as a fan. Winovich was playing hurt and needs surgery, but he gave his all and had a decent game. Marshall was pretty meh at DT. 2nd stringers LB Devin Gil and DE Quity Paye played well played great in the first half. The game didn't fall apart until the end of the first half when both Gil and Paye got injured in the same series. With two 3rd stringers in the front 7, there was a noticeable drop off on the last series of the first half on. Franks had a little more time, and Florida also had more success running the ball. I only saw the crossing routes that OSU tore Michigan apart with once or twice.

The offense was a different picture. The Wolverines couldn't run the ball at all with RB Karan Higdon and LT Juwann Bushell-Beatty choosing to sit out. Karan was missed. If you would have asked early in the season, I would have said losing Bushell-Beatty would probably mean 1 or 2 less sacks and about 3 penalties less in the game. By the end of the year, he was playing better football, picking up blocks and maybe having 1 holding call per game. His replacement, Steuber missed some blocks and had a crucial hold in the red zone early in the 4th quarter with Michigan still having a chance. Michigan's offense was one dimensional, but WR Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples Jones had some nice catches. Perry and Black had a few nice catches as well, but also a couple of big drops. Credit Gardner-Johnson for Florida. He had a huge, athletic pick where he did a great job disguising coverage, that really was the big turning point in this game (after the injuries to Gil and Paye). He had a pick six off a pass tipped at the line. Gardner-Johnson is a beast and was a difference maker.

Overall, Michigan was still playing hard through the 4th quarter. Florida was a better team, especially once Michigan was playing their 3rd stringers on Defense. There are only probably 3 or 4 schools that don't have a big drop-off between their 1st and 3rd strings, and Michigan isn't one of them.
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:54 AM
 
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Michigan is 1-0 after knocking of the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State 40-21. Overall the Wolverines looked a little sluggish, not unusual for the first game.

The passing game was plus and minus. Overall, Patterson looked good, even though he was playing through some sort of injury. The RB's did a good job blocking during the passing game. Still too much pressure on Patterson, especially considering MTS's defense is among the worst Michigan will face this season. The O-line was starting 2 freshman tackles. The receivers had some nice catches, but a few bad drops that hit them right in the hand. Running game looked ok, but it should look better against MTS. Charbonnet looks to have some promise.

Defense has a lot to work on. Gray looked good at corner, but overall the pass defense gave up way too many yards to MTS. D-line pass rush didn't look good. Run defense was ok. A lot to improve on before facing Army next week.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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Army didn't look like it was last year in its opening game against Rice, who is one of the worst teams in FBS. Michigan might be in for a cakewalk, but I expect Army to be up for this game, just like they were for OU last year on the road.
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Old 09-07-2019, 10:48 PM
 
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Army didn't look like it was last year in its opening game against Rice, who is one of the worst teams in FBS. Michigan might be in for a cakewalk, but I expect Army to be up for this game, just like they were for OU last year on the road.
An ugly win for Michigan (2-0) over Army (1-1), 24-21 in double-OT. Michigan O had 2 good drives, but turned the ball over a ton and was inconsistent. Lots of penalties against Michigan this game. On D, Aiden Hutchison was getting blown of the ball most of the day, but had a key sack in the next to last play in double OT and then helped knock the ball out on the last play of the game. Paye and Uche had good games. The ref error that cost Michigan a touchdown on a fumble recovery that was returned to the endzone (the ref blew the play dead as he thought Mettelus' knee was down when he picked it up, though replay showed it clearly wasn't) almost cost Michigan the game. Still, if it weren't for a lot of Michigan errors, including the blown protection the next play which allowed a blindside sack/fumble that was recovered by the Black Knights, Michigan wouldn't have been in the position for one blown call to make a difference. The Wolverines have a bye week, then face Wisconsin in Madison on 9/21. Michigan better improve their execution quickly, or there is no way they'll beat the Badgers. The Badgers also have a bye week to prepare.
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:56 AM
 
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Patterson needs to play smarter if he wants to remain a starter. His fumble was terrible. A desperate effort when he should have secured the ball and taken the sack. Too many fumbles all around. Still 2-0 but work to do.
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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Patterson needs to play smarter if he wants to remain a starter. His fumble was terrible. A desperate effort when he should have secured the ball and taken the sack. Too many fumbles all around. Still 2-0 but work to do.
That was a great game. I noticed off the bat how the fumbling got the team into trouble. Had ARMY won, then I would have hated to be in that practice this next week.

Next game is WISCONSIN in two weeks. If they fumble like that against the Badgers, well, things may not go so well.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:00 PM
 
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Next game is WISCONSIN in two weeks. If they fumble like that against the Badgers, well, things may not go so well.
Agreed. Even without errors, I think the Wisconsin O&D- lines will push Michigan around a bit. The Wolverine O-line is young at the edges, and the D-line just doesn't have the depth that Michigan has been spoiled with recently. Paye and Uche are great, it's just their backups have a way to go.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:53 AM
 
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An ugly win for Michigan (2-0) over Army (1-1), 24-21 in double-OT. Michigan O had 2 good drives, but turned the ball over a ton and was inconsistent. Lots of penalties against Michigan this game. On D, Aiden Hutchison was getting blown of the ball most of the day, but had a key sack in the next to last play in double OT and then helped knock the ball out on the last play of the game. Paye and Uche had good games. The ref error that cost Michigan a touchdown on a fumble recovery that was returned to the endzone (the ref blew the play dead as he thought Mettelus' knee was down when he picked it up, though replay showed it clearly wasn't) almost cost Michigan the game. Still, if it weren't for a lot of Michigan errors, including the blown protection the next play which allowed a blindside sack/fumble that was recovered by the Black Knights, Michigan wouldn't have been in the position for one blown call to make a difference. The Wolverines have a bye week, then face Wisconsin in Madison on 9/21. Michigan better improve their execution quickly, or there is no way they'll beat the Badgers. The Badgers also have a bye week to prepare.
Wisconsin is tough. Michigan can make up for it by beating the badgers and annihilating Notre Dame. But it might be hollow since it appears Georgia will get to them first.

The annual Michigan-Notre Dame game used to be big on campus. It was hilarious to see the Domers partying with unruly behavior. Schembechler was awesome to see coach in person - RIP.
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