I just wish this “compare/contrast” banter between Michigan-MSU fans would simmer until the week of Oct. 12 (leading up to the Oct. 17th collision in Ann Arbor). I can just imagine how intense it is going to be that week, considering how moxie “some” Michigan fans have suddenly become after their team’s big win over Brigham Young, and how defensive “some” Michigan State fans have become (to Michigan’s success) despite their own team’s No. 2 national ranking. Ah, the passion and “personal” aspect of college football when two schools stand a mere 63 miles apart. I guess it comes with the territory.
Jim Harbaugh’s greatest strength is maximizing his talent. But a close second? His consistent characteristic at post-game or Monday noon pressers of giving out accolades to his staff members. In this case this past week to Defensive Coordinator D.J. Durkin and Passing Game Coordinator Jedd Fisch. Not all head coaches do that.
The best “one word description” of that first half performance for the Michigan Wolverines in their 31-0 thumping of Brigham Young? “Flawless!” Yes, flawless, indeed. That came at halftime from Michigan Football Broadcast analyst Dan Dierdorf – who is definitely not one to mince words.
The Amara Darboh “Odell Beckham Jr. catch” on Saturday – OK, I saw it in person from the press box, and now I have seen it 20 to 30 times on replay. But I say keep it coming — serve it up another 20 to 30 times. Incredible one hand grab.
How critical is Michigan’s Saturday night’s tilt at Maryland? Hugely critical — not because the Terrapins are a good team, when you consider they were thumped at home to Bowling Green and blown out on the road at West Virginia. But because the Wolverines have been absolutely horrendous on the road the last few years. This 2015 campaign under Jim Harbaugh is about baby steps. Winning on the road is one of those baby steps – regardless of the caliber of that road opponent.
The most absolute pathetic stat from the 0-3 Detroit Lions in their humbling 24-12 home loss to Denver on Sunday night? The Lions running game — 19 carries for 28 yards — are you kidding me? Less than 40 yards per game for these first three games. Joique Bell, 10 carries for 6 yards. Look, this system is just not working. My God, you need some balance in offensive football, at all levels. It might have worked for the Colts when Jim Caldwell was steering that ship – certainly not the case so far for the 2015 Lions.