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What a difference 2 weeks makes, huh?
Just a couple of weeks ago The University of Michigan football team was imploding and MSU was talking about 9 wins, back to back wins over Michigan and a New Years day Bowl. Well, well, well, it looks more like the same old, same old in college football in the great State of Michigan. Some thoughts from Saturday’s games.
- It is time for the Sparty media and apologists to take stock of their program and realize that one win over a rebuilding Michigan team doesn’t represent a shift of power in the state. The litany of pro Dantonio recruiting columns in the Freep and News can give it a rest now. I don’t see it as a positive if you are getting the majority of your recruits from the State of Michigan if the talent is thin and sub-par. Face it, Michigan High School football talent has always been “top heavy” meaning there were only a few game changers a year to come out of the state. So Dantonio’s success in recruiting a large number of MIchigan kids isn’t really a valid argument; the real battle is for the top 5-8 players in the State of Michigan and the Wolverines have an edge in that department.MSU has a lot of good things happening, Athletic Director Mark Hollis is a top notch guy who does things the right way, Dantonio will win his share of games in E.L. and Izzo is Izzo, BUT…there is no shift in the balance of football power in the State of Michigan and all the squawking on the radio and in the papers won’t change the fact that Rich Rod will win with his system, particularly when he gets more of his own “system guys.”
- MSU’s loss to CMU is bad, but it isn’t as bad as it was once before, the MAC has improved and is playing a mjuch improved brand of football. Losing to CMU isn’t as bad as losing to Toledo in 2008.
- Yes, Forcier is gonna be a great QB. He’s just got something special that separates him from other young QB’s. He looked even more poised than Henne when he started as a true freshman at Michigan. The good news for Michigan fans is he isn’t likely headed to the NFL early and Devin Gardner may even be better than Forcier. Even the biggest Michigan hater has to acknowledge Forcier’s presence on the field.
- As much as I hate to admit it, MIchigan still isn’t “back.” There are just too many question marks on defense. ND is a potent offense so the next few weeks will tell the story. I am concerned that the D-line can’t stop the run, they are undersized and young. Isn’t it odd that Craig Roh is starting at defensive end but William Campbell hasn’t touched the field?
- Denard Robinson needs to play more….in a role similar to Steve Breaston. Clearly Forcier is the better QB, but Robinson could be electric if they could find additional ways to utilize him.
- Funny how a win over ND can change perspective. Looking at the schedule now, doesn’t it appear that the only two “tough” games are Penn State and Ohio State? Before the win over The Irish, I thought all the games looked “tough.”