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|Football Season Starts Boo||Sunday, 2008 August 31 - 3:04 pm|
|Michigan 23, Utah 25|
This game was not as close as the score indicated. Utah utterly dominated Michigan, and if not for a couple of turnovers and a flood of timely Utah penalties, Michigan would probably have lost by three touchdowns.
The good: Michigan's defense came alive in the second half. The defensive line was fast and aggressive, and Obi Ezeh looks like he could be a dominant linebacker.
The bad: Michigan's defense was porous in the first half, giving up way too many passing yards.
The ugly: Michigan's offense was ridiculously inept. Say what you want about Lloyd Carr and his conservative play-calling, but no Carr-coached team would have ended up with just 25 yards rushing against an undersized Utah defense. Egg? Laid.
Several things need to change quickly:
So how should we look at Rodriguez's debut game? Personally, I'm a little scared. Losing to a competent Utah team isn't the end of the world, but if the offense doesn't improve in a hurry, this will be a long season.
N.C. State 0, South Carolina 34
What can you say about this one? 138 yards of offense. Four turnovers. Freshman starting quarterback Russell Wilson carted off the field with a concussion. As bad as Michigan looked, N.C. State looked even worse.
Football season. Bah.
East Carolina upset Virginia Tech 27-22, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown with under two minutes remaining.
Bowling Green upset Pitt, 27-17, putting a damper on Pitt's dreams of an improved season.
Alabama beat Clemson 34-10. Clemson is supposed to be the ACC front-runner this year.
LSU avoided the upset bug, beating Appalachian State 41-13.
Missouri beat Illinois in a shootout, 52-42.
USC stomped Virginia 52-7.
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|Comment #1 from Jon (olafandyjon)|
2008 Aug 31 - 3:20 pm : #
I mean, I'm not jumping off a building because this is the first game in what is a transition year. But yesterday crushed any optimism I had of it being a glorious transition year.
Now, it's cliche, but true, that the biggest improvement in a team is between its first and second games. And Game 2 is against Miami of Ohio. But the youth of the offense has a lot of work to do before it makes that leap. Maybe Coach Rod needs to get Justin Feagin on the super fast track to starting. Or, like you said, Carlos Brown.
How about that wild play when the ball was snapped and the O-line didn't move? I mean, it's not like the O-line could do much more anyway.
I would submit, however, that a Lloyd Carr coached team with this lack of talent and experience would not have faired much better.
Another bright spot: I truly believe that the 4th quarter rally was a result of the conditioning program by Super Barwis. That will certainly pay off in the future once we can put this whole puzzle together.
|Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)|
2008 Aug 31 - 3:44 pm : #
|They did that stationary-O-line thing twice. I've seen that on other teams; it's designed to fool the D-line into not rushing the passer.|
I still believe a Carr-coached team would have run the ball better. Running the ball was such a point of emphasis for Carr. And also, Carr's zone-stretch play puts the decision-making into the hands of the running back, where we have depth and talent. By contrast, the spread-option play puts the decision-making into the hands of the quarterback, where we have precious little talent or experience.
One other piece of good news: highly-ranked high school QB prospect Tate Forcier committed to Michigan today. He attended the Utah game... and probably saw that there was a good chance he'd be able to start at QB right away.
|Comment #3 from Jon (olafandyjon)|
2008 Sep 11 - 10:25 am : #
|Yeah, I obviously check your blog out on a timely basis...|
That's a very good point about the zone blocking scheme. It's why Michael Hart became such a stud. I was thinking that even Lloyd couldn't get this collection of linemen to block any better, which is true, but you're right in that McGuffie and Shaw would be free to pick their spot.