Buckeyes open as 17 point favorites against the Scum and personally, I think that’s a little low. In an interview I did for a UM podcast today, I think I committed to 43-12 Bucks (I’ll link to it when it goes live). What I haven’t seen yet and what I think is much more interesting is the over/under.
But before we get into that, a couple of thoughts on the 2010 Michigan season. Michigan climbed as high as No. 18 in the AP this year. With big wins over UConn (who could be a 4-loss team in a BCS Bowl), Notre Dame and Bowling Green, all signs pointed to the return of Michigan and even better, the Heisman Trophy for Denard Robinson.
Then they met Indiana (and Michigan State, and Iowa, and Penn State).
At that point, Coach Rodriguez smacked himself on the forehead saying, “Oh…you mean we have to play defense also?”
It basically comes down to this–the college football world is so desperate to see something that resembles football coming out of Ann Arbor that even the slightest shimmer is enough for the pundits to exclaim, “Michigan’s back.” Next thing you know, they’re all but ready to hand the Heisman to Robinson and bets are made on which BCS game UM will win.
Then reality sets in, we all realize that 65 points against Bowling Green really doesn’t mean all that much and we find ourselves here yet again.
Yeah, 12 points might be a little high but the Buckeyes have been starting slow. Michigan is a one-dimensional team. Once the Buckeyes adjust to stopping Robinson and force him to pass, game over. Even if Robinson does manage to find holes and starts putting points on the board, it’s not like we won’t have an answer for it.
Personally, I think the biggest challenge for Robinson is actually getting a chance to play. Wisconsin pounded the ball straight up Michigan’s throat and Michigan could not answer. In the post-game comments Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema spelled it out (per AP on ESPN), “”I said, ‘They can’t stop our run game,’” Bielema recalled telling his players. “Point blank, it’s just that simple.”
So that’s what Wisconsin did. They ran the ball and they ran it again. Don’t think for a minute that Tressel won’t do the same. When Coach Tressel finds something that works, he likes to repeat it again and again until it doesn’t. This could mean big (and I mean big) yardage for Herron with impressive numbers from Pryor and even Sane. Justin Boren and the rest of the O-line will eat the Michigan freshmen for lunch. It won’t take long for them to blow huge holes through the Michigan defense. When they’re not building highways out of the backfield, they’ll be giving Pryor enough time to Tweet about how he hopes Posey catches the long pass he’s about to throw.
Run the ball, run the ball again and leave the fans wondering what it would have been like to see Robinson take a snap or two.
Quote of the year
This has to be one of the best comments to come out of Michigan in a long time. In his weekly Presser notes, Brian at MgoBlog quotes Denard Robinson as saying,
“I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation. I don’t care what nobody say. We face them every day, and they just help us get better.”
No…seriously…I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. Robinson knows, he has to face that defense every day in practice and they’re really really tough.
The Song Remains the Same
I was going through some of my Michigan week posts written during the past couple of years and I was amazed to see how many of them could have been written today.
In 2008, I ticked off a Michigan blog when I suggested that Coach Rodreguez didn’t understand the importance of The Game. Maze and Brew thought I took Rodreguez’s comments out of context (and was pretty “dumb”) but read down to the last comment on the post. Ike got it and hit it right on the nose.
I actually brought that up in the interview with the Michigan podcast. I don’t think I intended to but I can’t get over the sense that Tressel approaches The Game in a way Rodriguez never will.
That year I also asked the question, “How do you kick them when they’re already down.” Rereading that post you realize how little things have changed. I asked the question again last year and I’m sure that if I can squeeze it in, I’ll ask it again sometime this week.
Last year I also took a tour of the wasteland. For a school that prides themselves on academics, sometimes you just have to wonder. Don’t believe me, scroll down the page of that post and check out the confusion faced by Michigan fans confronted with satire.
How Lame is Michigan; Examples #359 and #360
I’ve been documenting the lameness that is Michigan for a number of years now but I just don’t know what to make of this. I stumbled across this video on UmGoBlog.com. under the heading, “Journey To Columbus – Hype Video” (ex. #359 below)
At first, I thought it was satire. I thought that it must have been made by an Ohio State fan and they we’re poking fun at it. It’s got everything a satire needs, bad 80s music, melancholy Sylvester Stallone fu, ridiculous monologues from Rocky IV (really, didn’t Rocky jump the shark around III?). If you watch it on Umgoblue.com, something causes it to read “UmGoBlo” in the top right as the video plays. I kid you not folks. Check it out for yourselves.
I’ve watched it more times than I can stomach and I’m still not sure if it’s satire or not. It’s posted on a YouTube channel owned by, and I shit you not folks, “In Rod We Trust” which is another Michigan blog I’ve never seen before (ex. #360). At this point, I’m convinced that this is all an elaborate joke. Read the “Rich Rodriguez Thesis.” Stephan Colbert couldn’t hold a candle to these guys.
But here’s the thing, if it’s not a joke, this is the stuff that get’s Michigan fans pumped up. No ramp entrance, no glorious battle music, just man lust for a sad Sylvester Stalone. I watch this video and I get this horrible image of these guys getting all excited and messing up the plumbing in their dorm.
I’ll leave it to you folks. You’ve got to love the edits of last year’s Ohio State players walking off the field with heads hung low. Yeah…it was a real rough game.
And with that, it’s 12:37 a.m and…