Michigan Monday: Things I learned on Saturday

Big House BobSenior Analyst IIOctober 18, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass during the game against the Michigan State Spartans on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Michigan Wolvereines 34-17.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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When I sat down on my couch on Saturday, I had Christmas-like thoughts running through my head. The weather was warm, and it felt like a great day for upsets.  I turned on the Illinois-Michigan State game on the BTN, and this thought danced through my head: Could Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State all get upset today?

Well, we know only Ohio State went down in a football game that I hope all the Wolverines watched. Why you ask? Not because both teams remain on Michigan's schedule (that is a good enough reason to watch), but Wisconsin gave us all a textbook example on how to upset a highly-ranked team at home. The young Wolverines need to take that class, and read that book a couple of times.

Back to my list of things I learned on Saturday that was strangely educational:

  • For the young Wolverines, the more things change the more, they stay the same.
  • Illinois is an improving team and out-played Michigan State for close to three quarters but couldn't score touchdowns.
  • Michigan State seems to be a team dedicated to not beating themselves. They just wait for the other team to make a mistake and then win the game. 
  • The Minnesota Golden Gophers Athletic Department has a crystal ball. They started writing a press release firing Tim Brewster on Friday if he lost on Saturday. They did, and he got fired.
  • Michigan for the second-straight year made Indiana look much better than they really are. 
  • Purdue always seems to play better after their first string QB goes out with an injury.
  • Kenny Demens is the answer at middle linebacker for Michigan.
  • Watching Michigan play this year is not good for my blood pressure.
  • The Michigan coaches need to spend more time at practicethe soccer team's practice.
  • I'm still really upset about Devin not red-shirting.
  • Michigan needs both Denard and Tate this year. 
  • David Molk might be just as important to the Michigan offense as Denard is.
  • This ABC/ESPN mirror thing is strange. I had the Michigan game on both ABC and ESPN channels. I can't get Texas and Nebraska?
  • Speaking of Nebraska, I was real worried about them joining the Big Ten last week. Now I feel better.
  • I would like to see a replay of the Auburn-Arkansas game. 
  • The Big Ten champ this year might have one or two losses.
  • My lucky shirt from Weeks 1-5 isn't lucky anymore.
  • Those new Tech Fit jerseys didn't look any different.
  • Michigan's defense can make an average offense look good.
  • Greg Robinson might not be the answer at DC. Even I knew the draw was coming on 3rd-and-16, and the whole Demens thing is mystifying. 
  • Michigan should put their starting offensive line in for field goals. Big Will blocking? I know he was an offensive lineman in high school, but come on; Iowa had their first team defense line in.