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Stuff You Must Read Right Now
Denard Injured, Again - Denard Robinson dislocated two fingers that sidelined him for most of the second half of the OSU game. Tate promptly came in and threw a terrible pick on the first play of the half. Let's hope Denard can stay healthier in the future. Also: what was up with Michigan's special teams? Will Hagerup is an extremely valuable asset for Michigan, and his absence hurt. Just a drop in the bucket, but still.
Uhh... what? - Twitter is bad for athletes. Case in point. Many schools don't let freshmen address the media to let them deal with a season of a mentally grueling sport (not just football) before allowing them to talk to reporters. Twitter skips the maturation process and lets athletes say things they'll later regret. I'm even willing to give this Florida player some slack - losing to a rival sucks, as I need not point out to this readership. But there's a right way and a wrong way to handle that. Twitter falls in the latter category.
Boise State Loses a Heartbreaker - Wow. I'm pretty shocked, especially because Brotzman's a great kicker. One of the greatest chokes in recent memory. Michigan fans can certainly empathize with special teams woes.
Disturbing - Sadly, this piece is probably true. The Cam Newton scandal grows, and it looks like the Buckeyes aren't the only school to pay their players. (ed: This isn't sore losership at all. It's bias.)
More after the jump.
Rich Rodriguez: Perpetual Optimist - RR seems to think Michigan can't get any worse after the 37-7 drubbing. This author is inclined to agree.
Should Denard Be All-Big Ten? - Pete Bigelow lays out the case for and against Michigan's star sophomore. Hint: yes. Trying to keep these first few posts Denard-heavy. Optimism!
Wojo Calls for RR's Firing - Title says it all, but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with Wojo on this one, though he's usually spot-on with his analysis. Brian at Genuinely Sarcastic seems to agree.
Less Vinny Smith is More - A good summary from Touch the Banner echoes something many have thought for weeks - why does Vincent Smith get so many rushing touches? He's a better receiver than Shaw, but that's about it. He's too small to run up the middle.
Agree to Disagree - After missing last week's post, this is a tad late, but every bit of it is still true. Well done by our pals at the Rag. One of the worst parts of losing is the inter-Michigan bickering about coaching. I'm guilty of it as well, but it'd be nice to just ignore all of that sometimes.
Big Ten Football
At Least Sparty Isn't Rosy - Wisconsin's late surge in the past few games, OSU's big win, and a close victory this weekend might just doom MSU's Rose Bowl hopes. A very small consolation for the Wolverines.
Wooah, Badgers - It's pretty easy to make a case for Wisconsin as the nation's best team. That offense is scary. The question is, how did the Wolverines hold them to under 50 points? Maybe GERG should keep his job. Kidding.
Gordon Gee is an Idiot - But we knew that already. OSU's SOS is extremely poor, and unfortunately Michigan doesn't help things.
Shannon Out at Miami - The 'Canes have fired Randy Shannon after a 7-5 season. Rumours about Jon Gruden aside, I wouldn't mind seeing him as Michigan's next defensive coordinator. If he'll take the job.
Bowl Projections - SB Nation breaks down the BCS top five, which has solidifed after Boise State's heartbreaking loss.
OU Edges OSU, No, Not THAT OSU - In the game of the week, Oklahoma scrapes by Oklahoma State. Check out the tip-drill INT from this game. Highlight material, indeed.
Incredibly Important YouTube Clip of the Moment:
As mentioned earlier, the OU-OSU interception. Probably all over SportsCenter by now, but one of the advantages to living abroad is not hearing the insipd ESPN anchors debate RR's job security.
Until next time, Michigan Faithful. Cheers!