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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 7:10 a.m.

A flawless Denard Robinson Michigan's best shot against Ohio State?; Buckeyes ready for upset-minded Wolverines and more

By Kaleb Roedel


Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will be looking to lead the Wolverines to an upset win over rival Ohio State at The Horseshoe on Saturday. file photo

The Michigan football team's chances against Ohio State on Saturday rest on the shoulder pads of quarterback Denard Robinson, feels Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press.

Rosenberg writes, "Robinson is Michigan's only shot Saturday. It's not a great shot. But it's a shot. If Robinson has the running burst he had early in the season and makes smart decisions, maybe U-M (7-4) can get into a shoot-out with the eighth-ranked Buckeyes (10-1). And then, who knows what could happen?"





Thu, Nov 25, 2010 : 11:21 p.m.

Ben thanks for your comment. i have been thinking that since he got to michigan. nice to know someone else thinks the same.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 10:46 p.m. good or better than Wisconsin. Couple that with the fact that they hate Michigan and would like nothing better than to grind our faces in the dirt. This one could get ugly.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 7:19 p.m.

I still think playing Denard somewhere else (WR,HB) would be better for the team than making him manage the offense.

3 And Out

Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 4:56 p.m.

Rosenberg...the commie spy guy who sold secrets to the Russians in the 50s?

David Vande Bunte

Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 1:04 p.m.

Michigan's chances don't ride on Denard Robinson. They ride on Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway, Kelvin Grady, and the other WRs to find ways to get open. Without the WRs getting open, Robinson can't make Ohio State pay for focusing on him. If Ohio State can shut down the WRs, cutting off Robinson's ability to throw out of pocket, Michigan has zero chance. Michigan needs to be able to have Denard scramble out of the pocket, and then have the CHOICE to throw or run, rather than be forced to run because nobody is open. Denard is going to be Denard. But he will need help. If the WRs can find separation, Tressel can't focus completely on the run, and will have to play a more balanced defense, which will help Denard be able to make those scampers down the field. If the WRs can't break free from the secondary, Tressel has less to worry about from the Michigan offense, which will allow OSU to shut down Denard's running lanes.

Sean T.

Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 12:43 p.m.

The article rang true, Denard is the offense. Other players on our team have had a few moments but nothing consistent or even threatening to the other team. OSU is an elite team in our conference and we have shown that we can't beat good teams in 3 seasons. So expect the same ole' crap this Saturday and hopefully we can score a respectable amount of points since that's all that matters with RR.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 12:25 p.m.

There's truth in this... Denard Robinson can't have an average or poor game and Michigan having a chance. And... if Denard does light up early, I would hope we'd see the offensive numbers for other players show up as OSU keys on Robinson more and more. There's been a trend the last few games that concerns me a lot -- Denard Robinson having his passes batted at the line. He's not that big, and he'll be facing some very tall and aggressive OSU linemen. Let's hope he throws over or around them, not trying to throw through them. I've long maintained it is not the sign of a healthy team when the quarterback leads in rushing yards. For Michigan, that is the case by a wide, wide margin. This team is Robinson right now. I love the kid -- I love his abilities and I love his attitude. But you can't win week after week on the shoulders of a single player. You just can't. And Pryor is a bit overrated... but watch out: that kid is getting better and better, and his focus and determination to be better is inspiring. We'll see good to great things out of him this Saturday. And next year he's going to be potent.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 10:14 a.m.

SMILEY: Overrated vs underrated QBs. NFL scouts care about yards rushing, passing and personal accomplishments. FANS care about the team's wins and losses. Compare DR vs Pryor at the end of his sophomore year the week of the Michigan game. No contest. We have a team-player and a leader. You have a injury-prone prima dona.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 9:31 a.m.

OSU and Pryor are competing for ANOTHER B10 championship. UM and DR are NOT. I love DR, but it's about the TEAM, not one player.


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 8:59 a.m.

Pryor is overrated and Denard is underrated. Still going to be a tough game for the Wolverines though. GO BLUE!!


Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 8:50 a.m.

In a team sport with 24 positions (11 offense, 11 defense, kicker, punter) your hometown sports-writer sees your only chance against OSU riding on the performance of ONE player. That speaks volumes about the quality of this team. A gimmick-oriented offense, an anemic defense and a non-existant kicking game sums up the current UM program. Unfortunately, to save $1.5 million, you can't fire RR until Jan. 1.