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On the bright side, the Michigan defense is playing pretty well. Notre Dame's offense hasn't been able to establish any rhythm, and the Wolverines have been a big reason why.
Offensively, Denard looked sharp early on, but is obviously struggling now. The two botched trips in the red zone can't happen in a big game, though. Calling a halfback pass on 2nd and goal is most likely a call Al Borges would like to have back. Turnovers have also hurt, as Denard is clearly pressing at this point.
With all that said, the defense is playing well enough to keep Michigan in the game for four quarters. You'd like to think Denard is too good and too clutch to not bounce back at some point in the second half. This is still a very winnable game if the Wolverines can take care of the ball.
This post was edited by Todd Worly 19 months ago
From your mouth to God's ears.
I agree, it is being overlooked how well the defense is playing. Their offense has had wonderful field position for all of their drives and our d has looked pretty good.
If Denard cuts down on mistakes, we're still in it. If he continues to make unbelievably bad decisions, we get blown out.
Smiths int was on first down which makes it even worse of a call.
Yup, to both of the two above points.
I feel it would be acceptable to fire Borges at half time.
If Michigan calls an under center play action before they even get a first down, I'm turning off the television.
Could have sworn it was second down, but a bad call either way.
Not a whole lot to add for the second half that I didn't say about the first half. Very, very encouraging game out of the defense tonight. Coming into tonight's game, I honestly didn't know if Michigan's defense could play well enough to actually win a game for the Wolverines against a tough opponent (as opposed to relying on the offense to outscore the opposition). The defense really impressed me tonight.
Offensively, the bottom line is that you can't turn the ball over that many times and squander that many red zone opportunities against a quality opponent on the road and expect to win. Michigan still had a chance to do so, but the margin for error was pretty much zero by the end of the game. When you're playing against another quality team, you can't force your team to play perfectly in order to succeed.
I know this issue has been discussed until we're all blue in the face, but I really don't think Michigan has figured out a way to best utilize Denard's abilities and mask his deficiencies. It's still too much of trying to force a square peg in a round hole, and that's not going to work against quality defenses.
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