Friday, September 12, 2014

Lazy Man's Michigan Preview: Miami (Ohio) (NTM)


See what I did there. I replace "Red" with 'Chicken'. Clever, right?

How do you bounce back from an embarrassing loss to a rival in the final scheduled game of the series? You order up a team that hasn't won a game since October 27th, 2012. Yes, you read that correctly, 2012.

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (0-2, 0-0 MAC) @ Michigan Wolverines (1-1, 0-0 B1G)
Michigan Stadium, Saturday 9/13, 3:30 pm ET BTN

Offense
Well last week happened. This week I'll be looking to see how these kids respond. All the backs (running and Quarter) had a bit of a rough go last week. I suspect they will bounce back just fine. The offense line will continue to gel and look more like they did against Appy St. I'd like to see one of the running backs distance himself from the other. I'm now firmly on Team Smith. But, honestly I don't care who it is, I just want to see one.

Devin Gardner needs to show that he can spread the ball around. He needs to develop his vision in the pocket. He has way to many weapons to just lock into his first option and make a poor throw or take a sack. Progress, young man. Progress.

Defense
Can a brotha get a jam at the line, please? Please? I actually played cornerback in high school, on a state-runner up football team. We typically played man, as it was a small school and our schemes weren't that developed. That, and it was the stone age. Anyway, you are going to fail as a defense back, playing man if you can not disrupt the receiver's routes. You can't give up the inside and you can't let the receiver stay in time.

PLUS, you have to disrupt the timing to give your front 7 a chance to get to the quarterback. Frank Clark is going to go postal on the secondary if he has another game with 350 "almost sacks". These aren't Notre Dame receivers we're talking about here, so I don't think this will be an issue. If it is, may the good lord help us all.

Special Teams
For the love of Bo will a kicker please put the ball through the damn uprights. I'm not sure what's going on in Wile's head, but he ain't right. I get the miss on the second kick, he slipped. But that's three other kicks now that just looked awful.

You. Kick. Ball. Uprights. Simple.

Prediction
I can't see Michigan struggle in this game. Just way too much of a talent difference. This is a team that is going to beat up on inferior talent and struggle against good competition. It just is. They're still too young and green offensively to be dominate.

That said, everyone loves a Mac-Snack early in the season. And thankfully, this snack is more of a Twinkie than a bag of Jack's Link Jerky. No messin' with Sasquatch this day my friends.

Michigan 48 -10

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