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I also think they are better then Notre Dame just not on this night. Our Defense is good, coming into the game our offense was 9/9 redzone. This was a fluke loss, Denard has to play better but this was just one of those days where everything just snowballed. Michigan outgained Notre Dame by 50 plus yards on the road, had 6 turnovers, and still only lost by 7.
Props to ND, did what they needed to do for the win im not going to make excuses for the loss or discredit it. Feel good for Teo, he is a standup dude
I agree, but Nebraska with Burkhead back is a really good team. With us playing them in Lincoln, it'll be really tough.
It's all about Denard and taking care of the ball. He doesn't have to light it up throwing the ball but he cannot turn it over. If he doesn't have another game like tonight we can win the remainder of our games.
I agree, I think that is one of the 2 toughests game on the schedule along with MSU. I can decide which is tougher. Nebraska runs a similar offense to us, but they are on the road. MSU has had our number lately winning 4 in a row. I'll pick Nebraksa ever so slighty just because it's a road night game and we have not preformed well in those atmospheres lately.
Not sold on OSU at all. MSU beats them next week.
This post was edited by TheDudeAbides21 19 months ago
MSU? I disagree. I think that's not one of our toughest games. Bell will give us fits but their offense is even more one dimensional than ours.
I'd say our toughest games left are:
@Nebraska >> @OSU >>>>>>> MSU
MSU has their issues like all the other big ten teams, but I like them more then OSU... OSU is soft and has regressed defensively even from a year ago. Braxton Miller won't put up those numbers in conference play and they don't have the players around him to take the pressure off of him. MSU and Nebraska are the two toughest games on the schedule. Purdue and OSU would be next.
I believe Neb and OSU will be the toughest from here on out. Both on the road as well.
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I disagree. MSU will not be able to score on OSU. Their OL is not good enough to push OSU around enough to score points and Maxwell and that passing game is just putrid. I mean seriously, Eastern was giving up 40 points a game and MSU could only put up 23 and that was with 2 late TDS. I see no way MSU scores enough to beat OSU.
I hate to tell you this but Braxton is only going to get better.
Braxton will no doubt get better throughout his career, but those numbers are going to be coming down in Big Ten play starting next week. State beats them, because of their running game and defense. OSU is soft on defense and can be had between the tackles. Something is amiss with them defensively.
MSU is still going to need to make plays in the passing game. Maxwell has not shown that he can do that.
UAB put up 144 yards on the ground against OSU and their ground game is horrendous. Cal ran all over OSU. MSU line is not great, but Bell will put up numbers against OSU. Im telling you their defense has regressed.
Frankly, being the "best team in the B1G" is nothing to be happy about.
Heck, the ACC looks better than the B1G this season.
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Definitely still have a good chance.
Denard has got to play better on the road, though.
This is one of those games that really tests the psyche of your team. The Alabama game was a straight up beatdown. This was against a similarly situated team and we took a shotgun and blew our foot off. How do we respond?
This game (like Iowa last year) was a game where Michigan outplayed the other team and ill-timed turnovers/stalled drives killed us. Denard had the pick right before the half last year in the red zone that really cost us against the Hawkeyes. Then we couldn't punch it in from inside the 5 yard line to tie the game. The defense played well enough to win but the offense played terrible.
We rebounded nicely from that game and Denard rebounded to go 31-45 for 5 Tds and 2 picks over his next 3 games, which were all crucial games for our BCS dreams. Our running game also had great life with Fitz back there.
I saw some good things tonight, and that place is a hell hole for Michigan to play in. Denard singlehandedly won the game for us in 2010 and in 2006 we had one of the best teams in college football. We hadn't won there since 94 and even that was a last second field goal. Still the potential for this to be a great season.
This post was edited by vcmarsh1 19 months ago
MSU can run for 150 and not score. They need to make plays in the passing game. What have you seen that makes you think they can do that?
Maxwell just needs to manage the game and not turn the ball over. Don't get me wrong I think OSU will be very good under Urban, but they are rebuilding in certain areas of their program just like Michigan is rebuilding in certain areas of their program... and I believe Michigan is further along.
I agree with you on one team, Neb will be tough. I have watched each of your games and have been impressed. The Buckeyes are still several year out
. Robinson will be the difference, special player that I would live to hate on but Can't. Good luck the rest of the way.
He didnt' turn the ball over against ND and MSU scored 3 points. He needs to do more than manage the game. MSU needs the pass game to make some plays or they won't score.
ND has a better defense then OSU.
And OSU has a better offense than ND.
Ohio State is not soft between the tackles at all. Nobody has really tried to run up the middle on them. Their weakness in the run game is on the edge. Their linebackers don't fight off blocks very well, don't take good angles, and don't wrap on tackles.
If that was not a fluke game for the defense....no doubt Michigan is the best team in the Big 10. Head and Shoulders. I'm not really worried about any games left on the schedule. We've played 2 of the best defenses already and I wasn't at all disappointed with the way we moved the ball on ND. Just turnovers. We really should have won that game by 14+ points but we didn't execute and ND made the plays. I think we roll over the Big Ten and that is no pipe dream. As long as we don't turn the ball over 6 times in a game again...we'll win every game by 10+
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Not sold on that, they didn't put up a score against UAB in the first or the third quarter. Outside of a blown coverage for a touchdown, they were absolutely stonewalled by Cal's defense in the second half of that game.
Agreed.. Plus, ND's offense is not one dimensional like OSU's. OSU has no running game. If you shut down Brax, you shut down OSU. ND can get you through the air with Rees/Golson and also attack you on the ground with Wood/Atkinson/Riddick.
NDs ground game has been horrible. It's like 89th in the nation. You can't discount Braxton in the run game for OSU. He has like 441 yards rushing. That would be like discounting Denard for Michigan. Braxton is by far the best runner on either OSU or ND. You must think ND has a better Offense than Michigan then. You can say the exact same thing about Michigan and Denard that you just said about Miller and OSU.
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