Discussion in 'Lions and Football' started by Nemo, Apr 18, 2012.
Could have some great success like the Sanchez/Tebow combination...
Michigan's 3 losses have come to teams that are a combined 27-3 and one of those losses was even until Denard got knocked out and we had to go to a horrible looking backup.
On the winning side, we only really have 2 quality wins (MSU and NW), and neither was convincing.
So, it's difficult to really know how good this team is or how bad.
Which explains why they are ranked only 21st and probably won't finish any higher than 12th even if they win out...
Michigan is winning 42-10 against Iowa today. Some interesting stats.
Michigan leads in yards........500 - 200
Gardiner is 18-23 for over 300 yards and 3 td tosses.
Denard Robinson has run the ball 13 times for 98 yards.
Yes...............both are playing.
I was thinking..........Maybe this would work for Sanchez and Tebow in the NFL.........
I probably would if one of those guys could throw the ball.
I like having gardner doing the throwing. He's also a threat to run, but doesn't need to a much.
One thing for certain, Gardner has proven that he is the starting QB next season no matter if a five star high school QB comes to campus or not next spring. I say Hoke should use Gardner and Robinson in the remaining games just as he did today.
The defense can't be as lax as they were in the first quarter today if the expect to win vs The OSU next week.
Ohio State 26
You're right, nemo. Michigan IS back and things in the Big Ten ARE back to normal.
Gardner looked slow and his arm looked weak. Hard hitting game though, was fun to watch. Osu run d was formidable.
Zero points in the entire second half was the killer for Meeechigan. If they could have taken it down the field just one time for a TD, they would have won.
The QB "controversy" killed the Wolves in the second half. Gardner was too slow to react throwing passes to the receivers after the fact, probably wondering if he was going to be pulled next for the next play in favor of "shoelaces."
Borgas should have just ran Gardner as the main QB in the pro set, and then lined up Robinson as the decoy halfback ocaisionally handing off to him. Whenever Robinson was in there, the OSU knew it was a running play and was able to slow him down after halftime.
The play call in the second half was atrocious and the the turn overs in the second half killed all chances to go ahead for the FG or the possible game winning TD. The D did their best hold the Buckeyes to just the two FG. You have to wonder based on the mistakes they made, how they made it through the season undefeated??? But then again, they played a bunch of big 10 teams...
We went with plan "A" in the first half. It worked. We saw an excellent first half.
In the second half they adjusted to our plan "A"....so we went with plan "A" some more.
We got outcoached........both on offense and defense.
agree and disagree some... Don't think our Def coach's got out coached, two FG's in the 2nd half on the TO's we had... no complaints... the offense we saw against Iowa is what we all hoped to see yesterday, but we never really saw them open it up like I was hoping. The fact Denard was nowhere to be seen in the 4th Q is just amazing... down less then 7 and the guy could break one for the house on everyplay, he had to get some touches and that was a total failure on the OC.
We gave their QB too much time on too many plays.
That run up the middle for Hyde was open all day.
Goal line (red zone) defense was excellent.
At 8-4 Michigan can expect no more than the Capital One Bowl playing against Georgia.......
That's gonna be one tough victory to achieve.
In lighter news.....I'll project that MSU plays in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on the 29th against Oklahoma State.
Unless there's an opening in the Peter Pan Peanut Butter Bowl .................
Looks like The Sporting News is piggy-backing on your MSU projection:
Bowl predictions week 13: Notre Dame vs. Alabama is TV dream - NCAAF - Sporting News
With the Big Ten bowl tie ins.......its fun to calculate who we get to play.
Michigan vs Florida would be fun........
Once again it'll be a money grab and a UoM loss.
It's good to see Mich. can compete with the evil empire.
4 losses to teams that have 4 combined losses among them. And we only beat one team with a winning record (with a Hail Mary involved).
Again, it is very difficult to tell how good or bad this team is.
Notre Dame, Alabama, Nebraska, and OSU was a pretty fearsome foursome to have on the schedule. 3 of those came down to the wire.
I gotta say though, once they are out of the National Championship race, I really don't care that much. The difference between 2 losses and 4 losses doesn't bother me. I was bothered in the RichRod years when we were truly pathetic, but this year's team was competitive. However, there was something missing. Denard's turnovers stands out to me as being one of the main culprits.
The only game they were outclassed and out played in was the Alabama game. They should have won the other three but choked in both the OSU and Notre Dame games. Once Robinson went down in the Nebraska game, a possible win turned into a we don't have a QB ready to take Denard's place loss...
So I think they are better than their record suggests....
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