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Posted on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 3:16 p.m.

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez on Wisconsin's offense: 'Scary'

By Staff

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez was on ESPN Thursday to talk about the Wolverines' game Saturday against Wisconsin (noon, ESPN). Asked about Wisconsin's offense, Rodriguez noted that it is "scary" and said, "We know they’re going to have some runs. We know they’re going to have some plays. We've just got to minimize the big plays."



Fri, Nov 19, 2010 : 8:38 p.m.

Scary? Is that his professional opinion?


Fri, Nov 19, 2010 : 12:34 p.m.

I've got $5,000 bet on Wisky to cover the 4.5 pts. on this one....easiest money I've EVER made in my life. My god it's like taking candy from a baby sometimes. Final: Wisky 52-UM 21


Fri, Nov 19, 2010 : 9:13 a.m.

Other than blind faith, I see no reason to be optimistic about the outcome of this game tomorrow. Wisconsin = Huge offensive line and power running game vs Michigan = Undersized defense designed to stop, well, I don't know what it's designed to stop (so far nothing). Wisconsin will control the clock and just wear out that defense. On offense, the best player we have is about 4 games past his prime. He's beat up and not performing any where near what he did before entering the Big 10 season. The simplistic offense has been figured out by our opponents (QB draw right, QB draw left, slant pass, pretty much = our offense). Much like the other good defenses we've played, they will take away DRob's running lanes and force him to throw the ball. Other than slants and posts, DRob is not very accurate. His downfield passing game is marginal, so the defense doesn't really respect it, further clogging up the running game. Long pass plays in this offense are short throws with long runs. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't "spread" out the defense. While I don't expect an 83-20 beat down, if Wisconsin can score 80, they'll certainly do it. This is probably the biggest mis-match we've faced all season.


Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 9 p.m.

We win, 145-143, 3 OTs.


Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 6:45 p.m.

I think the only good defense we can put up is a good offense. Our Offense needs to keep Bucky's O off the field as much as possible. That means NO TURNOVERS. And we need to score - A LOT. Then the game becomes winable. Otherwise, it'll be a long day.

3 And Out

Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 5:55 p.m.

Michigan will have to play a near perfect game on both sides of the ball to beat Wisconsin. That, includes no turnovers. Unfortunately in the Rich Rod error, Michigan has ranked at the bottom of the league in turn overs, a trend that continues this season in BT play. This offensive system statistically puts the ball more at risk. No more excuses, we have to play a clean-game on both sides of the ball to win this one. No turnovers, no big plays on D and wrap up and tackle.


Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 5:23 p.m.

Whisky won't need to pass. They have something we don't and that is SIZE. I honestly expect to see Wisky running early to break the morale of the defense then start airing it out... at least that's what I'd do. Wisky is going to understand that to beat UM you have to stop Denard, so I hope that Tate starts, it would be a wrench into Wisky's planning. UM this year has started every game the same: - Start Denard - Run Denard - GOTO "Run Denard" Later in the game, someone remembers there's actually a team out there too and the ball gets handed around a little more. I don't think that establishing one player as your sole threat early is going to do it. I think you need to establish you TEAM as a credible threat then exploit the holes with your mobile QB.

Sean T.

Thu, Nov 18, 2010 : 4:30 p.m.

Try to force Wisky to pass early and you may survive the onslaught.