Michigan beat a top-10 team. I normally don’t pay much attention to rankings. I pay attention to teams. So when people make a big deal about “Jim Harbaugh has a 1-10 record against top-10 teams at Michigan” or whatever the hell that stat is/was, it just doesn’t mean much to me. What’s his overall record? And has he beaten PSU, MSU, Wisconsin, and OSU? And Notre Dame? Those are the teams you can count on year in and year out to be good to great, and those are the measuring stick games. Sometimes they’re the top-10 squads and sometimes they’re not, but rankings are so subjective that they just don’t matter to me.
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Hassan Haskins is impressive. There are a lot of Michigan fans, recruiting gurus, prognosticators, etc. who might owe Haskins an apology, including me. I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 78 and then bumped him down to a 74 with a comparison to De’Veon Smith. From his commitment post (LINK):
I’ll probably take some flak for this because people don’t understand how words work, but from a running style standpoint, Haskins reminds me a lot of Adrian Peterson. He’s not as big or as strong or as fast, but he runs with the same style and idea of physicality. He’s not a blazing runner or amazingly elusive, but he has good vision and power.
Smith’s closest game to this one was probably his 12-carry, 107-yard performance against Penn State in 2016, but Haskins’s 20-carry, 149-yard performance in the pouring rain – when the Fighting Irish knew Michigan was going to run almost every down – is significantly more impressive.
Ed Warinner’s magic potion requires six weeks to work. I’m convinced now that the Warinner magic just takes half a season to percolate in the massive gastrointestinal tracks of Michigan’s offensive linemen. Michigan has rushed for 3 touchdowns each of the past three weeks, averaging 6.15 yards per carry (Illinois), 3.44 (Penn State), and 5.32 (Notre Dame) in that time. Penn State is #2 nationally in rush defense and gives up 1.99 yards per carry on the season. Notre Dame’s pass rush was getting home a little bit on Saturday night, but the offensive line was blowing holes open in the defensive front.
Cam McGrone made 12 tackles. That’s a pretty good number. The second-place guy on the team had 5. McGrone was all over the field, tracking down screens, spying on the quarterback, chasing sweeps, etc. This was probably his best game in a Michigan uniform, and he was already playing pretty well the past couple weeks. Michigan didn’t get a ton of tackles for loss (5 total) because a lot of Notre Dame runs seemed to inch just barely past the line of scrimmage. The Fighting Irish ran 31 times for 47 yards. In the last five games, Michigan’s opponents have run for 259 yards, or 55.8 yards per game.
Will Jordan Glasgow be the third Glasgow brother to get drafted? I asked this question on Twitter, and the response was a resounding “no.” And I get it; I wasn’t suggesting that he should. But he was a walk-on and underrated by many, and now he has 55 tackles and 4 sacks for one of the top defenses in the country. His overall numbers weren’t great on Saturday night (4 tackles, 1 QB hurry), but he was still all over the field.
Why did Shea Patterson throw left-handed out of bounds? More than anything else, that crappy little throw when he was about to get sacked signals a short NFL career – if any – for Patterson. I don’t like to place too much importance on an individual play, but I immediately had a flashback to Devin Gardner in 2014. You just don’t see NFL-level quarterbacks make panicked plays like that. In my opinion, Gardner was a better quarterback than Patterson – bigger, faster, more athletic, better deep ball, more accurate – but his decision-making prevented him from even making a practice squad.
This ain’t pass interference.
Can we all just agree this is one of the more embarrassing pass interference calls of all time? I mean…come on. This is a joke. pic.twitter.com/2m2ybtTfSb— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) October 27, 2019
It nullified a legitimate interception and led to Notre Dame’s only non-garbage touchdown. Gross.
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