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Finally, Michigan takes our advice (lol)
That's a joke of course - Michigan taking my advice. I continually say, I'm no coach ...
But ... we DID express our hope that U-M would stay on the ground early, not come out anymore throwing it up. Stay on the ground, prevent turnovers, get Denard settled in ...
And this is precisely what U-M did yesterday.
U-M's first TD drive of 17 plays for 78 yards ... there were just 3 passes, 2 completed (10 yards to Roundtree, 8 yards to Devin).
U-M's next drive of 63 yards in 8 plays ... there was just one pass, completed (to Funchess for 14 yards).
25 plays ... 4 passes, 3 complete. And a 14-0 lead.
We expect U-M to keep that up next week, and the next (and ... we are so smart that we were wishing-predicting that for the ND game too, but it was not to be in that one - as Borges said in his next presser, they tried early strikes downfield ... and as we know, Bama game went the same way early).
We think running-early is the way to go ... successful or not.
What a big game this was - the biggest of the season. 3-2 now and they'll be 4-2 going into MSU.
Had they lost ... 2-3 would've been tough to dig out of - just mathematically I mean. When a team is at .500, the next game almost 'counts double'.
1. Denard dinged his throwing hand on his last play - a tipped/incomplete pass where he hit his thigh pad on the followthrough ... I'm sure they'll call it a booboo (if anything), but he dinged it in the ND game too remember. Something to watch.
2. Devin's shoulder separation ... he fought through it to make his TD catch ... but on the last ball thrown to him - another high one that went through his hands late in the game - I bet the shoulder prevented that catch. Again, something to watch.
Like last year, he's got himself a knee sprain that he's playing through with a brace ... however, he pulled up a little lame on the knee several times in the game if you noticed. Again, something to watch.