I think the first few games might be the strongest test. Navy is not a team we need to sleep on with a QB who has thrown 0-3 passes. This is a game where having a young QB might not all be about his performance. The coaches are going to give him a ton of attention potentially neglecting the other facets of the offense. Lets hope everyone, not just JT et al can step up to the challenge game 1
Results are everything, and sometimes as a coach you have to show some confidence in your players to execute. Penn St did the same exact thing to Michigan in the 4th OT, but they were able to covert. If they didn't, every one would be saying how dumb of a call that was on O'Brien's part...instead, it was genius.
As long as he is the only guy moving and is moving lateral or backwards it's a legal play (think of a motion WR). If he was walking forward, it would have been a false start.
If Michigan's oline could block, I wonder what the score would have been. You could play "what if's" all day long...
That theory doesn't work! I tried several times! Still blew over the limit...
There is no doubt the WR is a big weakness. Funchess has been playing hurt, and you saw by a couple of plays that Chesson isn't quite there yet. Losing Darboh in the beginning of the season was a huge loss IMO. This is leading him to single in on Gallon and when teams bracket him (AKA Uconn and Akron) he struggles.
Well we gave up 503 vs Cal so what's your point.
Northwestern is probably the best team, however, they also have the hardest schedule. I think it's between UM and MSU. Nebraska will not fair well IMO. UM's defense is solid and all of their misfortune has come from turnovers. Those should be easily fixed (plus Jake Ryan should come back soon). They looked incredible against an obviously overrated ND team. MSU looks a lot better with Cook at the helm, but their WRs cannot catch a cold. They're defense will keep them in most games.
I like the example of Thomas and Gardner as you put it. There will be a lot on his shoulders and he will shine at times and struggle in others. I disagree about the dynamic ability you mention though. I think M's offense has far more potential and defenses cannot key on one man and must respect the passing game. Devin can still scramble and is a pretty damn good athlete. M's offense will be significantly more balanced and less predictable then what they had with Denard.
"I would kick their ass if they started tweeting the tough guy stuff they must teach them to do up there."
You realize what an oxymoron statement this is right?
This is actually quite funny!
And Rutgers still may have gotten the worst of it. Crossover games with @Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also they play @OSU, @MSU, and @Maryland. Ouch
and NW which may likely be the 3rd best team in the B1G.
Edit: I think having to play @ State 2 years in a row was a serious oversight
I was just about to write that I bet there is a lot of Butthurt coming from UM about that schedule. In all seriousness though, that's some shit
Not sure I'd give the edge to OSU in development. This is the main area that UM will focus. Our advantage will be more in the play making department.
This staff seems to adapt real quick and find new targets when someone commits elsewhere. They do a great job of getting players who maybe weren't' on the board at first but then take advantage of coaching/program changes at other schools.
As this is true they lost a very productive player in Denard, I think he was more of a liability than an asset. Michigan got way too predictable with him in the offense
If think we are all under estimating UM this year. I might be alone here, but I am a little worried that the 12-0 season might have had a negative impact on us. We only won by 5 points last year and it was at the Shoe.
Michigan was plagued by a ton of injuries last year and while we are quick to point out last year's record, Michigan was in just about every game except Alabama (and yes if Denard stays healthy they beat Nebraska IMO). They played most of their tough games on the road as well. They lost some guys, but will be playing with personnel that better suites their system and have more talent and size.
I know that Urban will have this team ready to go and I hope that this team looks at Michigan as a power house that when the coin flips, we need to execute perfectly on every play. I have seen it too much in my lifetime where a much better OSU team loses to a mediocre Michigan team.
It's funny when I first saw his 40 time I said there is no way that was accurate! But then when He committed, I started to believe! Scarlet colored glasses...I think not!
Incredible article! This is the very fabric of midwest Football. This rivallry is important for both teams as well as for the B1G. When both teams are battling back and forth, it creates an even bigger "WIN" and a more heart breaking defeat.
This is why a loss would be devastating next year. I don't think that we will be favored to lose any game. He (as well as Kelly at ND) has set the bar very high. A 1 or 2 loss season next year could look really bad to all of us. I see this team getting better and will be interesting to see year 2 under Urban.
Michigan is the real deal. Plenty of scorers and play real solid defense. I think we turn it around but a win in Columbus is a must against Michigan. The focus has to be on Purdue though. Looking ahead will only have you looking from behind.