The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
4B - October 19, 2011
THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
M A IZ E G / JG E The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score. The Denard-o-Meter measures the success of quarterback Denard
Robinson, the Beef-o-Meter judges how emotional (positive or negative) Brady Hoke was following the game, and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.
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He had one touchdown run, but the rest wasn't good.
The Spartans left him with less than 200 total yards.
And that pick at the end of the game? It's prob-
ably better if you don't think about it anymore.
What arethe things Hoke talks about? "Toughness,"
"physicality," "hearing football." Hoke admitted after
the game that his team was beaten in every aspect.
Brady Hokes He couldn't make a joke to redeem his perfomance.
The students packed their section hours before
the game. Between the two fanbases, the place
was rocking. There were some dull moments, but
when the fans needed to show up they did.
REDSHIRT JUNIOR ROY.
ROUNDTREE: He started to
come alive last week against
Northwestern and then broke out
against Michigan State. He had
just 66 yards but led the team
in receiving yards Saturday and
scored his only touchdown in one
of the game's biggest moments.
Down by 14, Roundtree caught a
pass on a slant route then broke
the tackle and took it 34 yards
for the score, bringing Michigan
within a touchdown with just
under 10 minutes remaining in
the game. Had the Wolverines
converted on 4th-and-1 from the
nine-yard line on their next drive,
(more on that in "Feeling Blue")
Roundtree's play could have been
seen as the game's turning point.
Roundtree was getting open all
day. His yardage total would be
higher had Robinson had some
better accuracy. Still after this
week's performance and 83 yards
against the Wildcats, Roundtree
is returning to 2010 form.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AL
BORGES: When you have one of
the best centers in the Big Ten (if
not the country) and a quarterback
who hasn't struggled to gain a
yard in his lifetime, conventional
wisdom says you run the ball on
4th-and-1 in a one-touchdown
game with six minutes left.
Borges called a play-action pass
instead. Denard Robinson got
rocked and Michigan lost their
best chance of tying the game.
Hoke can say his team didn't
execute, but Borges is going to
live with that misguided call for
a long time. Even disregarding
that call, Borges didn't adjust
well to Michigan State defensive
coordinator Pat Narduzzi's blitzes.
Robinson was under pressure all
day, and while it wasn't entirely
Borges' fault - Robinson and
the offensive line didn't perform
well - the Wolverines had no
answer to slow down the pass
rush and give Robinson enough
time to make the throw.
to feel this
one. We all,
need to feel
this one for
a while, but
-Michigan coach Brady Hoke on the
Wolverines' fourth-straight loss to rival
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TQP-10 PQ4..
Each week, Daily sports staffers fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10
points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on.
1. LSU (7): The Tigers are
the unanimous No. 1. They
better not choke with a week
2. ALABAMA: Can we
give Trent Richardson the
Heisman already? Real talk.
3. OKLAHOMA: The
Sooners keep winningby 30
points and keep dropping in
4. MICHIGAN DAILY: The a
Daily gains 7points inevery 'U
win over the State News.
6. BOISE STATE: There
could be four undefeated
teams this season. Boise
State is so screwed.
7. OKLAHOMA STATE:
The Cowboys destroyed
Texas. Take that, Longhorn
8. STANFORD: OK, forget
Trent Richardson, can
we give Andrew Luck the
9. CLEMSON: Clemson
almost choked against the
Terps. Don't worry, there's
still time for aletdown from
S. WISCONSIN: The Badgers
average more than50 points
agame. They needtoupthe
10. OREGON: The Ducks
lost LaMichael James last
thisweek. They're still good.
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what
happens in the 2011 football season.
No.1 LSUU(-1) at Tennessee
No.2 Alabama (-23) at Ole Miss
No. 5Boise State (-32) at Colorado State
No. 60kiahomaState(-5.5) at No. 22 Texas
No.7 Stanford (-20) at Washington State
No. 8 Clemson (-8) at Maryland
No. 9 Org(-i5) a vsNo.18Arizona State
No. 12 Georgia Tech (-8.5) at Virgnia
No. 15 South Carolina (-5) at Mississippi State
No.16 ilinois (-3.5) vs. Ohio State
No.17 Kansas State at Texas Tech (-3.5)
No.19 Virginia Tech (-7) at wake Forest
No. 20 Bayor at No. 21 TexasA&M (-9.5)
No. 24Ausburn (-1) vs. Fioida
Purdueat Penn State(-13)
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