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Stuff You Must Read Right Now
Not the Horror: The Escape - Your standard recap from AnnArbor.com. Obviously, the defense is disappointed, but some more on that later. From where I sat, I completely agree with Pete Bigelow, but it's nice to see Denard sharing the load a bit. Also, a bright spot: Michigan scored touchdowns on four straight possessions offensively, and responded well to Kovacs' clutch FF and FR. I'll be interested to see how Kovacs grades out, but it seemed like he was all over the place today. Glad to see him coming into his own. Despite the Roundtree touchdown negated by two penalties, also refreshing to see Michigan only commit 3 penalties for 16 yards, and only one for pass interference.
A Look Around the NCAA - Andy Hutchins on Denard, the ACC's suckage, and Oregon's squeaker.
Youth Ain't So Bad - ESPN's Ivan Maisel on the growing reliance upon underclassmen in college football. Pre-UMass, but definitely still work a look if you haven't done so already.
Looking Ahead, Defense Needs More - Bob Wojnowski over at the News points out that the Minutemen's success on offense was "no fluke". Great emphasis on what will be a bruising Big Ten season. Via DetNews dot com:
Now, Michigan will have to shift some focus from one Robinson to another -- Greg Robinson, the defensive coordinator. The Wolverines looked passive and fundamentally broken, losing outside containment again and again, even as Massachusetts' backs hammered up the gut.
Videos! Lots of Videos - MGoBlog has their usual excellent roundup of gameday videos. Don't watch the defensive snaps. It's nauseating. I noticed, along with everyone in the stadium, a distinct lack of QB pressure. This will certainly need to be addressed.
Big Ten Football
Decided Schematic WTF? - Brian Kelly's play-calling dooms the Irish for the second straight week, while Dantonio shows some scary guts and manages to look angry after an OT win. We wish him a speedy recovery after this scary incident. (Via DetNews dot Com)
Kelly's defense of his fourth-and-one call, via Chicago Breaking Sports:11
I just felt we had the right matchup and we had what I felt was a high percentage opportunity. We just didn't get it done. If I had to do it all over again, and had the same look and same formation, I would've done it again. Just didn't make the play in that circumstance that we should have. We will in the future.
Iowa Falls - BHGP with some reactions to the only Big Ten loss in a (fairly) uneventful afternoon of football.
Threet Foiled - A foiled extra point attempt doomed the other former Michigan QB in action Saturday against the Badgers. Wisconsin certainly looked exposed at times, and is lucky to escape with a win.
New Bowl Projections - Off Tackle Empire with an interesting and ridiculously early look at where Big Ten teams might end up this postseason. Seems Michigan might return to the Gator Bowl.
Looking Ahead Ain't So Bad - Though Michigan struggled, Indiana had a tough start against mighty Western Kentucky. Another ho-hum game for the Big Ten this week.
Heisman Hopes Dashed in Seattle? - Our soon-to-be division rival Nebraska makes short work of Washington and future NFL QB Jake Locker. I'll get this out of my system now - Nebraska scares me. Like Michigan, they've recently implemented a spread offense, but their defense is less "400 yards allowed to UMass" and more NFL-ready cornerbacks.
Mallet Tracker - Former Michigan QB looks strong in win over Georgia, leading his team to a late victory; his name should be on most people's Heisman watchlists along with the current Michigan QB.
Hawkish D Leads Falcons - Michigan's next opponent had 2 INT's returned for TDs against a scrappy Marshall team that fought WVU to the very last a week ago. Let's hope Michigan has far less turnovers than the Herd.
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