Hello loyal readers…all 4 of you! Sorry I have been away from the blogosphere the last few weeks, but I have had a lot going on that didn’t include Michigan football. For those of you that care, I’m a lawyer and sometimes that means working a lot of hours and some things take a back seat. Unfortunately, this blog was one of those things. Now that work has somewhat calmed down, I will be able to get back to blogging on a regular basis and I hope to be more thorough and insightful for the rest of the season.
I won’t bore you with a recap of the Michigan/Michigan State game, but I will try to give you my take on a very eventful 6 weeks of Michigan football. As we all know, the Wolverines roared out of the gate to a 5-0 start behind the incredible talents of Denard Robinson. Robinson put the Wolverines on his back and literally carried them to a 5-0 start. In the process, he has put himself in the thick of the Heisman trophy discussion. He couldn’t beat a tough Michigan State team this past Saturday, but that is nothing to be ashamed of. MSU looks to be the real deal this year and has a real shot at going undefeated. Nobody outside of Colin Cowherd thought the Wolverines had a snowball’s chance in hell of that.
Sitting at 5-1, this is where the season starts to get really interesting. This is where Rich Rodriguez will show his true colors. Either he leads this team to a bowl game or he crashes and burns. His team needs one win to become bowl eligible and the schedule doesn’t set up for them to automatically get there. They will likely be an underdog in every game they play with the exception being at Purdue and possibly at Penn State. They also play at Iowa, home against Illinois and Wisconsin and at Ohio State. Wow. Tell me which game they are going to win to get bowl eligible. I would say Purdue, but that’s not a gimme.
These last 6 games will decide Rich Rod’s fate. If he can somehow go 3-3 and end up at 8-4, he will earn another year and Michigan will likely be a top 15 ranked team in the preseason of 2011. If he goes, 1-5, look for someone else to be coaching in the bowl game. In order for Michigan to win some of these last 6 games, two things are going to have to happen. Denard Robinson is going to have to stay healthy and the defense is going to have to start tackling people. Neither of these is likely to happen.
The way Robinson plays is what makes him exciting. He plays hard and he plays all out. Unfortunately, he’s not that big and his style leaves him susceptible to injury. We’ve already seen him miss portions of games this year with minor injuries. As he gets into the meat of the Big Ten schedule, his chances of playing the same style and staying healthy are minimal. However, when he is on the field his team has a great chance to win. The same cannot be said for this defense. They are young and they are inexperienced. That is a nice way of saying they give up points like a Las Vegas hooker gives bj’s….frequently. The only difference is that hooker probably works harder. The UM defense has been terrible this year and they are about to see some of the better offenses in the conference. They had better figure out a way to keep their offense in games or Rich Rod could be working at the Citgo in a few months.
Well, it’s all in front of the Wolverines at this point. They have chance the to have a great season. If someone would have told them they would be 5-1, they would have taken it in a heartbeat. What they do with that 5-1 start is entirely up to them. Stay tuned for the biggest comeback story in college football or just another chapter in saga if a dying powerhouse.
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Written by Nick English