Michigan football fans: A 50-point win is fine, but Notre Dame presents trouble
ANN ARBOR -- Brady Hoke didn't exactly sound like a coach who had just scored a 50-point win Saturday.
The Michigan football coach again expressed concerns with his offensive and defensive fronts, thought his running backs should get more north and south, sounded frustrated with a lack of forced turnovers and was far from pleased with his special teams.
Making matters more interesting is the fact that Michigan's next opponent (Notre Dame) is anything but the cupcake the Wolverines ate over the weekend against Massachusetts.
Michigan has one week to sort through its issues and prepare for its first true road test of the season, and the variety of questions surrounding the team has fans sitting just as unsettled as Hoke.
- kubrick66: How come Michigan just put up 63 points and I'm more apprehensive than ever? Maybe it's because the defense continues to struggle against the running game... Or maybe because the OL and running back position are still a huge question mark. As Denard goes, this team goes. I'm just not sure yet which direction they're headed. OL, DL, running backs need to step up because as competition get tougher Denard is going to need a lot more help if this team want to meet their preseason goal of Big Ten champs.
- TulsaTom: I didn't get to watch the game (not on my cable package) but a 63-13 win sounds like a sound thrashing on paper. However, UMASS had only scored 6 points going into this game and the amount of yards they got against U-M is a concern. If they are still struggling against the run it doesn't bode well with the teams left on the schedule who run the ball a lot better than UMASS.
- 3069von: (The Notre Dame game) may come down to who ever has the ball last, because the D will give up plenty of points
The Fighting Irish (3-0) are coming off their most impressive win of the season, a 20-3 thumping of previously unbeaten Michigan State, and should be extra ready to play Saturday considering the back-to-back heartbreakers they've dropped to the Wolverines.
However, perhaps the one thing Michigan fans still feel comfortable about is the main reason behind that Notre Dame heartbreak.
Quarterback Denard Robinson.
Robinson has racked up eight touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards of total offense against Notre Dame in his last two outings -- and if history serves as a guide, Michigan will lean heavily on him again this weekend in South Bend.
- heartbreakM: Good news going into ND week: Denard has statistically done well against them in 2 straight games, and ND didn't find a way to stop him for 4 quarters. (Of course, last year, the first 3 quarters were pretty bad). If he can find open space, which was not to be found against Bama, then he can be dangerous. He absolutely has to hit passes and Michigan needs to alter the game plan from the first 3 to misdirect and open spaces.