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Topic: Nebraska (0-1, 0-3) at #19 Michigan (1-0, 3-1) Post Game

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #70 on: September 21, 2018, 01:40:18 PM »
this game scares me a lot for two reasons.

1) Harbaugh is a stubborn sob. He's going to try to force the run when he's got a QB who can really spin it. Which probably means the game will be closer than it has to be. Instead of coming out and letting Shea throw it all over the parking lot and try to score points fast- he'll probably come out and try to run run run, let Shea throw 20 times or less and run 45-50. Stupid. With a captial S.

I think we'll see that against the hardest games on the schedule. But the season is still young and Shea and the WRs clearly don't need to be broken in (you could argue that the OTs do, but it seems the passing game can work well enough with quick drops to mitigate that and unless we switch from Runyan/JBB to a younger guy or two, I'm not sure they can make the most of that opportunity to grow).
The run game by comparison has a lot more potential than it's shown and will be more important as the season goes on. So I want them to "burn downs" working on that. It's the only way. And in a game like this, that should be a luxury we can afford. No doubt UNL may keep it close or win (I don't expect this but it's possible). However, if that happens, then Michigan's goals for the season are in big trouble no matter the play calling.
2) The defense has been lethargic. They just aren't playing with the same kind of edge and the same kind of urgency that we've become used to seeing out of a Don Brown defense.

This game definitely worries me.
Now that the DTs are getting straightened out (Mone and Kemp are playing far better now as resetters of the LOS [in opponent-invariant ways] ... and that's before the actual starter, Solomon, comes back), my biggest concern for the defense is melting away.
ALL of the remaining concerns are in the defensive backfield, which has downgraded from an A to a B-level.
The trouble safeties are having with slants is frustrating and probably won't go away this year. And it can't really be fixed by putting another corner on the field. Because Don Brown's solution to jet sweeps is to bring a safety down whenever a WR goes into motion. Which means the offense could always just motion away from the third corner. The most realistic solution is more zone. Which is [sigh] fine, but anathema to date for Don Brown at Michigan.
The trouble that Lavert Hill is having is ... mind numbing. He's not obviously injured. And yet he's nowhere near the player he was last year when he and David Long earned the right to be the highest rated returning CB duo this year.
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #71 on: September 21, 2018, 01:54:17 PM »
Part of a weekly series from mgoblog. I like how the Nebraska defenders have blackshirts instead of up-stars.





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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #72 on: September 21, 2018, 02:31:21 PM »
Husker fans are pinning their hopes on a Michigan OL that is nowhere near the mess they think it is, and an 18yo freshman QB with one game of collegiate experience. If the roles were reversed, they'd think talk of an upset was laughable. It is.
Oh that Michigan OL is a mess. Total mess. The tackles are garbage with a capital G. Neither one of them can pass protect. Neither can the top 2 RB's. Higdon and Evans flat out suck in pass pro.

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #73 on: September 21, 2018, 02:41:05 PM »
Oh that Michigan OL is a mess. Total mess. The tackles are garbage with a capital G. Neither one of them can pass protect. Neither can the top 2 RB's. Higdon and Evans flat out suck in pass pro.
everything is relative and Michigan's O-line is MUCH better than Nebraska's
if Michigan's O-line is really nearly as bad as the Huskers, then it could be a good defensive battle, if Chinander the D-coordinator calls a great game.
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #74 on: September 21, 2018, 02:45:55 PM »
No reason to be concerned. We have no DBs that can cover your WRs, no WRs that can outrun your DBs, no OL that can block your defensive front, and one LB that can run with Patterson...he'll be suspended for the first half.
I believe Mo Barry was ejected in the first half of last week's game
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #75 on: September 21, 2018, 07:43:26 PM »
A pic from the 1962 Husker's game in Ann Arbor

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #76 on: September 21, 2018, 08:23:01 PM »
The previews for Michigan tend to be good reads and this one has me more nervous than I was before:

https://mgoblog.com/content/preview-nebraska-2018

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #77 on: September 21, 2018, 08:49:16 PM »
Much good reading there

I don't know why you would be more nervous

but, I hope you are nervous at halftime tomorrow
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #78 on: September 21, 2018, 08:54:11 PM »
1919, 20, 21, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 44
WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
1979, 81, 82, 84, 87, 94, 98
2001, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #79 on: September 21, 2018, 08:55:35 PM »
Much good reading there

I don't know why you would be more nervous

but, I hope you are nervous at halftime tomorrow
No matter how it goes, I'm somewhat more worried about the first half. Don Brown is a 2nd half kind of DC. And being down Khaleke Hudson for the first half (targeting last week) is looking like a bigger deal than I first expected. His replacement is smart and solid with fundamentals but far less talented/quick, and Michigan could really use that on blitzes and getting to the edge. Thank goodness for Devin Bush and the DEs, at least.

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #80 on: September 21, 2018, 09:08:58 PM »
I'll be happy if it's a game at halftime.

I would also like to see Nebraska clean up the mistakes.  Turnovers and penalties
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #81 on: September 21, 2018, 09:12:33 PM »
An upset would really jump start the Scott Frost era. 
1919, 20, 21, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 44
WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
1979, 81, 82, 84, 87, 94, 98
2001, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #82 on: September 21, 2018, 09:16:02 PM »
It gave Devaney's era a big boost in 1962
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Re: Nebraska (0-2) at #19 Michigan (2-1) Game Week
« Reply #83 on: September 22, 2018, 06:06:37 AM »
I can see Martinez making a couple plays with his feet.  Michigan has always had trouble with QBs like him.  But it will not be enough.  I think Michigan makes a point to “out hit” Nebraska in this one.  Frost’s comment from 2016 has not been forgotten.
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