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Maryland @ Michigan, Saturday, October 6th, Noon EDT, ABC National/espn3 video

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  • The UFR Offense is interesting ..... if you like detail. If you don't scroll to the bottom of the piece and you'll get this:

    Michigan's entering a stretch of critical games against some extremely mediocre pass defenses. Mediocre pass defenses without the kind of DEs who could cause an OT reversion to form. Wisconsin: 115th in sack rate. MSU: 77th. PSU: 45th. The best efficiency D of that bunch against the pass is PSU at 47th. With Patterson hitting the groove and Gentry fully weaponized, Michigan should take their passing offense out of the garage and do... shifty things.

    Up article is this tid-bit: Michigan:

    ........ Michigan's offense, which is close to dead last in tempo and runs 65% of the time on standard downs ........

    Fuck that... and I think that is Brian's point. So, we agree. And so do most people in the universe of M football's critical observers.

    I like Harbughffense and it's run-centric properties. The numbers tell us that pounding works ..... against the first 6 teams M played minus ND, and Brian actually thinks this is an outlier. His keen eye does not think the OL is world beaters but it is way better than last season's cluster fuck. The right side is good, the left, meh. Runyan has turned in two consecutive pass-pro + game performances but he's had trouble in the run game so, WTF ..... pass the damn ball.

    https://mgoblog.com/content/upon-fur...se-vs-maryland
    On Harbaugh's expectations for M football in 2015 (NFL NETWORK): We'd rather be about it than talk about it."

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    • Notre Dame is outlier because they're a good team. Not because M just played so damn bad.
      Dan Patrick: What was your reaction to [Urban Meyer being hired]?
      Brady Hoke: You know.....not....good.

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      • It was good to get another datapoint supporting the notion of significant inseason OL improvement, which my eyetest suggests is happening. WMU ends got more passrush than I've seen in a few weeks now. Given the QB injuries of recent years -- it's been more common in this decade to go into The Game with an injury-limited QB or a backup than with a healthy one -- I personally wouldn't be opening up the offense until you know the QB can be protected. In the meantime, sure -- keep working on diversifying that ground game. It feels like we're inching toward that opening people are clamoring for, and I'm fine with the pace of progress.

        And I agree that Michigan is able to amass a pretty incredible amount of muscle on the right side of the LOS.

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        • Originally posted by iam416 View Post
          Notre Dame is outlier because they're a good team. Not because M just played so damn bad.
          Correct.

          In the context of Brian's thought on the ND outlier thing, he was speaking to the point that M's rushing O against ND as compared to the other 5 teams demonstrated it was not good because ND IS GOOD up front. The others not as good.

          I'd add that after Fall Camp, given the shit-stain that was the OL in 2017 and as far as we knew then, there was not a great plus-up in OL talent in 2018, the outcome of the run game v. ND should not have been a surprise. We can look back now and in light of what we have seen from the run centric style of Harbaughffense this season, that just further supports that picture.
          On Harbaugh's expectations for M football in 2015 (NFL NETWORK): We'd rather be about it than talk about it."

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          • Originally posted by iam416 View Post
            Notre Dame is outlier because they're a good team. Not because M just played so damn bad.
            Yes, and no. Yes, Notre Dame is by far the best team that Michigan has played this year. No, that doesn't mean that Michigan hasn't improved greatly since then. We're seeing something similar to the Jake Rudock 2015 evolution in the Michigan offense. M lost to Utah in Rudock's first game as a Wolverine, but went on to a very successful 10-3 record in Harbaugh's first year. Other than the Utah loss, there was the freak loss to eventual playoff team MSU, and a spanking at the hands of OSU. Could be something similar this year. With Shea Patterson getting more comfortable, we're probably better than we performed in the opener against ND.

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            • Sure, teams improve. Notre Dame has improved a lot on offense as well. So, even with M getting better, the relative distance between the teams is probably about the same.

              I dunno. ND plays at NW so we’ll see.
              Dan Patrick: What was your reaction to [Urban Meyer being hired]?
              Brady Hoke: You know.....not....good.

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              • ND benefited from a ton of penalties, metal mistakes and awful spots that directly extended their scoring drives.

                I'd love to play them again.

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                • Of course. Like every other M loss. In any event, it looks like M will get that chance in the CFP.
                  Dan Patrick: What was your reaction to [Urban Meyer being hired]?
                  Brady Hoke: You know.....not....good.

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                  • Originally posted by iam416 View Post
                    Of course. Like every other M loss. In any event, it looks like M will get that chance in the CFP.
                    Not so quick -- first we have to get by Wisconsin -- TWICE

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                    • https://wisconsinvsmichigan.icu/

                      LOL! Must have been made by a bot, but credit due for the most calming picture I've ever seen with a game review.

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