After watching U-M fall to the Utah Utes this afternoon, my feelings about this team and this season are confirmed. U-M fans, put your seat belts on because this year is going to be a rocky ride.
The game began fairly well, redshirt sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan started out 9-14 for 89 yards and a touchdown. But it was all downhill for him and the maize and blue from there. Michigan gave up over 300 total yards IN THE FIRST HALF to the Utes and fell behind 22-10 at the half.
After a botched hand off to begin the second half, head coach Rich Rodriguez made the switch at quarterback to redshirt freshman Steven Threet. He didn't fair much better, but at least he didn't make a turnover. It looks like Threet is the better quarterback of the two, but neither one are able to run the spread like it is supposed to be run. My guess is that Rodriguez is going to bring in a freshman next season to run his offense.
The defense in the second half was great. After allowing 313 total yards in the first half, they made some adjustments at halftime and only allowed 28 total yards after that. All that Utah could muster in the second half was one field goal. Michigan's special teams played well also. They were able to cause a fumble, block a punt and an extra point.
This game was interesting to watch because they are both running the same offense (the spread). Michigan was running it for the first time in a game. Utah has been running it for years now, and it showed. The only comfort that I can give myself is that once Michigan gets more players in that can run the spread offense, they are going to be tough to beat. Rodriguez is running this offense with a lot of players that Lloyd Carr recruited. But until then, we may be subject to more games like this.
So buckle up Michigan fans. Please keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times because this year is going to be a wild ride with many ups and downs.