PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I think so. We were a pretty bad offense, & we still managed to put up 34 points on what some would consider a good Michigan defense in Ann Arbor. With them losing Mike Martin or whatever that Defensive Tackles name was, I'd say it might be easier to run on them this year. Plus we get them at home & our offense is much improved. But Michigan has Denard Robinson, & Jabba the Hoke will probably try to throw a few basic spread offense plays out there to try & give our defense problems. The game can go 1 of 3 ways: 1) Both teams score lots of points in a shootout & Ohio State wins, 2) Ohio State's defense gets inspired & finally shows up, Ohio State beats Michigan by a large margin, 3) we lose. Really doesn't matter how that would go down, a loss is a loss. Most likely I think both teams will score lots of points. If it comes down to a shootout, I'll take the offensive guru Urban Meyer at home to win it.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere, & Michigan still sucks
If it is a shootout, I like our chances. If it is low scoring, I'd say its a toss up.
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
Michigan's D has actually played fairly well, or at least it has far outperformed ours. I think it'll be a game with average scoring, maybe 35-27 or something similar
It's Michigans passing D that has performed well (3rd) but their rushing D falls outside the top 50. Given that our Rush offense is 8th nationally, I could see a high scoring game, at least for OSU. Wasn't 06 supposed to be a matchup of two dominant defenses? In all honesty, all stats get thrown out the window for the game, it could go either way.
Good point, Triv.
Another thing to think about: Denard is a much more dangerous runner than Taylor Martinez, but he doesn't have the arm, the weapons, or much of a rushing attack. Their better back, Toussaint, has underperformed, and Rawls is more like the rushers that we can defend.
You should bump this thread in two weeks after we play Sparty and travel to Lincoln in prime time. Currently, Michigan is ranked #10 in total defense and #23 in scoring defense. Nebraska will be the biggest test for our D before The Game and should be a good indication if the defense is for real. I don't see this game being a shootout like your last two games, but they might break 70 combined.
Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
Hail2victors9... I wanted to look at the Nebraska game as a measuring stick as well. If mich proves they can D-up Nebraska's run game it will give us a much better gauge to go off of... OSU, Mich, Neb all have very good running QB's and solid backs coming from a lot of spread formations. The Bucks have done nothing to show that we can stop these types of offenses and mich's D looks better so far but the jury is still out on how they'll handle a really good, run first, spread. It's interesting that Nebraska and OSU's D see it everyday in practice and aren't better at defending it.
I agree that the Nebraska game will be a good measuring stick for Mattison's defense.
Crazy as it sounds, though, Little Brother might have the second best passing attack Michigan has faced so far this season (Bama probably had a better passing attack, but did not need to throw against Michigan). The other teams were Air Force, UMASS, ND, Purdue, ILL.
Maxwell and his WRs are a work-in-progress. Obviously, they stuggled in the rain against Iowa. But Maxwell actually has a decent arm and the kid Burbridge has upgraded their attack. They now three good weapons in the passing game - Burbridge, Sims, Bell/Caper.
MSU's running game was overrated because their QB is not a threat to run and they're not blowing DLs off the l-o-s. They can be pretty one-dimensional. But they will be angry and playing with ill intentions this week against Big Brother. Meanwhile, Michigan's run defense is questionable.
As long as it doesn't rain again this Saturday, I like MSU's offense to be pretty productive.
I don't see MSU scoring more than 13-17 points against Michigan this weekend. They really can't score on anyone. As for the point made above about our rushing offense against Michigan's D, I agree that is what we must exploit to win the game.
I'm scared about Michigan's D. They've really turned a corner under Mattison. Personally, I see this devolving into a shootout between two playmaking quarterbacks. OSU will get their points, and I have no doubt that Urban will unveil some new packages/plays for this game--he knows how important a win is in this game--but UM's defense will get some stops, as well. I think that OSU's D can relatively contain Robinson (I'm sure that they won't soon forget what happened a year prior) and Michigan's run game, even if they have to sell out the pass to do it. That will be where this game is won or lost: can Robinson complete those short-to-intermediate passes that seem to be OSU's kryptonite of late?
Maybe it's just nastalgia, but I like 42-39, Buckeyes.
If you throw out Bama (NFL caliber Oline, Yeldon, Lacy, etc) and AF (relentless triple option over and over again, Michigan's rush defense average would be 91.8 yards per game. As is, the average is 148.2 ypg. Again, the next two weeks will answer questions about our run defense, but I think we will shut down bell pretty well, and I'm not overly concerned about a Nebraska team when Burkhead isn't 100%.
Today, I'm much more concerned with Braxton's run/pass ability than any other opponent. As I've said for the past two months, I'm confident Michigan will have the Legends division clinched by Nov 24 and The Game will be for pride and the polls. No offense, but I don't think an AP championship is within reach for the Buckeyes unless Bama goes down badly.
I think it'll be a George Costazna and be the opposite..low scoring defensive slug fest.
Run_Fido's favorite word is strawman.
If you throw out the last 2 OSU games, the defense isn't all that bad either.
There is all the makings for a quarterback shootout at high noon in this one. I just don't know though. With all the other stuff that goes into THE GAME unlike others it could definitely be a defensive slugfest too. If Denard eat's his wheaties and makes some plays in the pass game things could get interesting, but I know Urban will have the offense and the defense full throttle for this one. i'm goin something to the tune of 28-10 good guys.
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