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Old September 11th, 2016, 07:18 AM   #1
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Arrow Colorado @ Michigan, Post Game Discussion.

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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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Old September 11th, 2016, 08:42 AM   #2
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Colorado looks better than expected. This could actually be a decent test
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Old September 11th, 2016, 10:09 AM   #3
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They are a middle of the pack B1G/Pac 12 team; Nebraska, Penn State, Minnesota, & Indiana is probably the B1G's middle... They are tons better than both UCF & Hawaii who both were even worse than I expected.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 10:27 AM   #4
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The preseason spread was -27. They beat Colorado State and Idaho State (FCS) both teams, they should have beat.

Their QB, Liufaiu, is the big surprise. He's good, like Dennard at 3/4 the speed that can pass on the run, a Dangerman.

IVO the problems M had with contain and/or when the play broke down for CFU, this could be problematic. I think Brown has to be careful with pressure, over running plays and all that. He has to put his defenders in places to succeed and once done, discipline is key. Stay in your lane, spy the QB.

I don't think Brown was overwhelming against the CFU spread but better than Durkin's more passive approach. Another good test. Hope Lewis and Taco can play but worry about Lewis being rusty. Stribbling has been solid. Clark awesome.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 11:19 AM   #5
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Colorado looks better than expected. This could actually be a decent test
The Colorado Cupcakes are NOT a decent test. Michigan's first actual opponent with any credibility is Wisconsin, and it's in Ann Arbor.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 01:49 PM   #6
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I don't think so. UCF did expose that we don't have spread offenses under wraps yet. Colorado's dual-threat QB spells trouble. Anxious to see what the week of preparation does.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 05:01 PM   #7
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Spread is out with M at -20. That's down from preseason -27, not that it means shit other than the bookies think Colorado is better because of the QB play which was an unknown to start the season and has turned out to be very good in the first two games against poor competition.

Harbaugh did mention loss of contain v. UCF's QBs and also mentioned that there were 4 plays that accounted for almost all of their total run yardage. He also mentioned Brown making some good adjustments to that in the second half. I don't remember that but we tend to amplify the negatives associated with the big plays. I doubt Harbaugh liked any of that. My sense is there will be more awareness of QB scrambles off broken plays and some different approaches to the read option keepers.

Hoping for a better performance v. the spread (it seems) to pass Buffaloes. UCF was spread to run for sure and got some game with that offense. Should be interesting.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #8
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20 is too much, Colorado is better than what most expected. Not sure how well M matches up with them as I haven't seen any of them.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #9
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Then how do you know it's too much?
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Old September 11th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #10
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Then how do you know it's too much?
Gut, I guess ........

I think the UCF game opened some eyes. The key to defending the spread is LB and S discipline. I watched a couple of plays in the Colorado v. Idaho State recap. The QB would look like he was running a stretch keeper, he'd suck the Ss up and then toss a pass to any open guy on his side of the field.

The Ss can't bite on this nor the LBs over-pursue to the QB taking themselves out of the play. Better for LBs to contain and Ss/CBs to be on their man like glue. Don't give the QB a free throw to the open guy 30 yards down field with overly aggressive play toward the QB looking like he's running a stretch play.

Easier said than done in the heat of the moment.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #11
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Watched Colorado. Agree with the sentiment that 20 is too big a spread. I'll be happy with a win in this game. We SHOULD pound a team like Colorado but until I see us actually smother a spread offense I am not a believer.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #12
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UC isn't a cupcake, but I'm not worried about a loss. Can see the final margin being anywhere from 14-28.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 05:24 PM   #13
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Neither M or Colorado has played a top 90 FBS caliber opponent yet so it's hard to say how good either team is. Colorado has been very impressive beating up two awful teams, it could be but I don't think this game is a blowout.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #14
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Jim Leavitt coached with JH at SF too, probably has a good idea of the offense. Jimmies and Joes, but still.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 09:10 PM   #15
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20 points is a lot to lay especially after the physical beating UCF delivered to M.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 09:09 AM   #16
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Seriously, you are all sandbagging. Colorado may be better than Hawaii or UCF, but they still fit into the ceampuff category. I think you all realize you have one of the weakest non-con schedules in the country, and it makes you feel better to build up the strongest of your weakling opponents.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 09:19 AM   #17
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Colorado has outgained their two opponents by an average of 587.5 to 160.5 and they beat them by a combined score of 100-14. There isn't any data that says that they are a bad team this year.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:05 AM   #18
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To be honest, I'm not sure that many UM fans really care too much about the make up of the schedule outside of it being a shitty home schedule this year. We've been too beaten down over the past decade to take any win for granted and if we somehow manage to make it through our schedule unscathed, I don't think any of us will care one lick about whether or not Colorado was good. Not to be too cliched, but we really are in "taking it one game at a time" mode. I expect us to beat Colorado and hope we smash them, but I think it will be years again before I'm not nervous about even the worst opponent.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:10 AM   #19
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Correct. Im way past what the perception of the non con schedule is. Who gives a fuck.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:30 AM   #20
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