Friday, October 14, 2011
Posted by Jeff
Anyway, there's nothing I can say about NW that hasn't either already been said or is just no longer relevant anymore but I will make a few points. The post's title refers to a stat many of you probably recognize: the margin by which Michigan has outscored their opponents in the 2nd half this year. Through all the analysis I've read about the halfway point of the season, after all the times I've rewatched each of the first 6 games, this is what stands out to me most. This is obviously a team accomplishment that requires the efforts of both the offense and defense, but the 21 really sticks out; score one for the Mattison hire as the jumpstart of Hokeamania. Michigan is strangely a 2nd half team--something you couldn't say at all during the RichRod era or even towards the end of Carr. Not that I ever want to enter 2nd halves down but having Mattison warms my heart infinitely more than Greg Robinson. When the opposing head coach specifically drops your defensive coordinator's name during an on-field halftime interview, worrying about his adjustments, you know you're going to get some stops. And therefore, have a chance to win that game.
Mr. Burns. I am officially not scared of anybody in the Big Ten (it used to be only Nebraska as the auto-loss but Crick's injury changes that for me); Michigan has a chance to win every game on their schedule. I repeat: Michigan has a chance to win every game on their schedule.
Let that experience not be this week though. Michigan State preview to come in... 30 minutes.