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Agree. All the Borges bashing is over the top. Not only has he not had the proper players to run his system, but both his starting QB and #1 RB were suspended or injured for key games last year. Give Borges a fair chance. IMO that means you wipe the slate clean right now and judge him on 2013 and 2014. If our offense isn't an efficient killing machine a la 2011 Stanford and 2011 Wisky by next season, then it's fair to start griping. But blaming Borges for our losses up to this point is unfair.
Bama (13-1) ... Enuf said, but remember we also played without Fitz and Denard threw a couple of key picks that put the game out of reach early.
@ND (12-1) ... Denard threw four picks and fumbled in the red zone.
@NEB (10-3) ... Denard injured. Bellomy threw four picks in 2nd half.
@OSU (12-0) ... No Fitz. Denard can't throw. Devin threw a pick and fumbled twice and Denard fumbled once or we have an excellent chance of winning the game.
USCe (11-2) ... Good offensive gameplan. We lost because our secondary couldn't stop USCe on key downs.
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Idk. Maybe he'll spring it on OSU, but if I were Hoke/Borges I would not be running Gardner unless absolutely necessary this year... and that takes much of the bite out of the pistol. The last thing we can afford is Devin Gardner with a separated shoulder or broken clavicle. Or a concussion.
You're right. Your opinion doesn't matter. It's like me saying if you don't beat Cal and SDSU by at least 30 points each you should be worried. The ND game is the second game of the season and we are breaking in an entirely new offense. The ND game is always close. ND has one of the best defenses in the country (considerably better than yours). You know nothing about cfb if you think anything less than a 10 point win will be a disappointment. We ain't playing the Florida A&M Rattlers.
I thought that the little smiley face thing would be a definitive indicator that I was joking.
This would be the year to make noise in terms of schedule, but IMO our roster isn't quite there yet.
We have a terribly young interior OL. Our WR's outside of Gallon are unproven. Are RB's are either not incredibly talented, or very young.
DL lacks any proven playmakers, we lost our best LB and perhaps our best player, and the DB's are not the greatest of playmakers.
In my eyes Michigan looks like it will be a very solid team, but we lack the elite players to make us an excellent team.
8. Michigan is still young at a lot of positions. I would be very surprised if all of the young/inexperienced players stepped up consistently. I expect to see moments where Michigan looks like a really good football team, followed by moments that leave you scratching your head.
Way to take offense where there was simply none given. I didn't say anything about there being a disappointment if you win by 10 or less against Notre Dame, I said I expected it.
Just two notes on this. Penn State has a few solid options at qb including a transfer so I wouldn't write them off just yet. Plus, it's on the road. Also, Northwestern is setting program records in ticket sales this year. Not saying it's going to be a true home field advantage, but thought it was worth noting.
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Well, we've had a lot of trolling from your board lately so maybe I took it the wrong way. The reality is ND has a very good defense and except for Alabama no one put up a lot of points on them last year. Also, we've played ND 29 times since 1978 and 21 of those were one score margins of victory. The UM-ND game is always close. I would love to win by 10 or more this year, but it's more likely to be decided by a TD or less.
NW is a much better team than people are giving them credit for. Their base offense is difficult to defend and they have the ability to switch it up very effectively with Siemian at QB. Siemian is a very accurate passer who carved up our secondary almost at will last year. If they have a weakness, it's a slightly undersized defense. But it would not surprise me at all to see them finish in the top two of the Legends this year. They make me more nervous than Nebraska or Sparty.
NW will be a good team this year. But they're still NW and there's no reason why UM should lose to them at this point. Arrogant sounding? Yes, I suppose, and I don't doubt we will lose to them at some point. But UM is still more talented, and I like to think we have as good of coaching. Or at least we should. It's time the D stepped up. The spread option offenses are not going away; we better figure them out like Stanford did. As for Siemian, he did play very well agasint us...and only us. Otherwise he wasn't so good even against crappier D's than us. I'm sorry, but those windows he put the ball into and the back shoulder fade? I'll believe he can reproduce that effectively when I see it.
As for PSU, both QBs competing for the starting position have never taken a D1 snap. And they have like 60 guys on scholarship, and lost quite a few solid seniors. It is in a very tough enviornment, but we should still win. The time for excuses is running out. There are still mitigating circumstances surrounding this team considering the Carr/RR/Hoke transitions, but the best teams just get it done. UM needs to get it done.
A minimum of 9 regular season wins, with a win against MSU is a must.
I agree 100%. Michigan has to win tough road games and beat teams they may not be favored against. OSU is a must win game IMO, no excuses, the Meyer legend is out of control.
Are we good enough to win every game? Yes. But it rarely happens. Road games are always more of a challenge than home games. And every team has games they don't play their best. NW is never going to be 2012 Alabama, but they are now good enough that they can beat you if you don't play your best. As for Siemian, he impressed the heck out of me in our game last year. Coming off the bench cold, he was composed and his passes were near perfect. It nearly cost us the game.
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