So, a quick recap of the game on Saturday:
As a Michigan inhabitant for my entire life, I know better than to not be properly prepared for the cold. I screwed up. Ski pants or bibs should have been a must. I was numb walking into the game and at half-time and it didn’t get any better once Michigan woke up and started scoring.
The snow was a nice touch and made the Michigan – Indiana game the leading highlight after the fact.
Did we learn anything? I learned that I’m beginning to doubt Jimmy Harbaugh and some of the game decisions he makes. Granted, O’Korn didn’t have a great game. He played OK, but Michigan needs great game out of him this week down in the Horseshoe. Harbaugh will need to earn his money this week and pray for slightly better weather in Columbus. And he needs to find plays that O’Korn can comfortably execute, meaning he might have to pare down the play-book slightly in order to achieve better execution.
In addition, after Lamar Jackson’s Thursday night flop, Jabrill Peppers had an opportunity that Jimmy and Peppers both squandered, not that Peppers got a chance to touch the ball that many times. Which, with Speight out and considering all the previous games where Jabrill ran from the QB position when Michigan was up 20 earlier this season, why didn’t Harbaugh use Peppers more on offense? Sooner or later, he is bound to bust one. Those decisions, Jim. Those decisions need to improve.
There is going to have to be a lot of improvement in a week if Michigan expects to keep it close in the Shoe. Maybe I sound a little down right now, but you want to see improvement anywhere heading into suckeye week…
However, the players seem ready. I’ve read a few articles and they want this game. Tuesday practice is “full speed” which means it’s the hard day. Butt and Peppers both had the same message:
Come ready for practice on Tuesday!!!
A GameDay Nod to Western Michigan: Row the Boat!