Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ohio State would have lost to Penn State last night

Ohio State was lucky to face Penn State early in the season and in Columbus. If they would have played them in Happy Valley it would have been a repeat of last year. Morelli looked much more comfortable with a few more games under his belt and with the added bonus of playing in front of a frenzied home crowd. Surely, the win over Minnesota accounted for some of his newfound confidence. Add that Penn State's defense played even tougher then they did in Columbus and that equals a long night for OSU.

Ohio State should be very worried. Michigan won in a very hostile environment. I doubt Columbus can get that loud. Troy Smith will be having nightmares of Alan Branch coming at him. It could be painful. And it sure doesn't look like Smith will be able to run wild against Michigan ever again.

How about the emergence of Arrington? The injury to Manningham could spell triple trouble to OSU with Arrington, Breaston and Manningham back - it may be the best receiving corps in the country.

Do Smith's Heisman hopes end with a loss in Columbus in November?

According to the Michigan front seven - Hell, yes!

2 Comments:

Blogger Alvin Borromeo said...

Andy,

Wow, that's a pretty bold statement. I'm not certain I would go so far as to say PSU would have beaten OSU if they played the game last night at Happy Valley. By your logic, UM should be No. 1 right now. I like where Michigan stands presently in the polls. Not that UM needs any motivation to beat OSU, it would be so much sweeter for them to beat the No. 1 team in their back yard.

And yes, I agree with you. With Arrington, Manningham and Breaston, UM has the best receiving corps in the country with a QB that knows how to get them the ball.

GO BLUE

12:45 PM  
Blogger EEWillison said...

Yawn. Self congratulations abound. I guess that Adrian Branch must be a true freshman this year. If not, I wonder why he allowed T. Smith to run wild in last year's defeat.

Perhaps he got a bit better this year. I'm sure that Troy hasn't gotten any better, or perhaps he has taken several steps back, and now has adopted the strategy of standing around scratching his chin while defensive linemen run at him.

Perhaps he will forget how to play football on the Saturday morning of The Game. Perhaps poor Troy will be abducted by aliens on the night before the game. There you have it. Two scenarios which would give Michigan a good chance to beat OSU.

As for the greatness of your receiving corps, our second string guys, Brian Robiske, Brian Hartline and Roy Hall would start over Manningham, Arrington, and Breaston.

9:29 AM  

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