Monday, October 4, 2010

Sparty Week is here

The celebration of the Wolverines win at Indiana is now over, it's Sparty week.

The 17th ranked Wolverines are 5-0, 1-0 in the Big Ten, and will host the 16th ranked Spartans, 5-0, 1-0, from Michigan State in a huge conference showdown in Ann Arbor.

The last time the two in state rivals met when both were undefeated was in 1999, when the Spartans defeated Michigan, 34-31.
The Wolverines are rolling on offense, lead by Sophomore QB Denard Robinson, who is electrifying college football from coast to coast.

Robinson is once again the Big Ten Player of the Week, the 3rd time in 5 weeks that the spectacular QB has been so honored.

Robinson is the first player in the FBS Division of the NCAA to rush for 200+ yards, and to pass for 200+ yards twice in one season.

Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana, Robinson totaled 494 yards of offense, scoring the game winning TD on a 4 yard run with just :17 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

Michigan must improve their defense to beat a very talented MSU offense, it's that simple.

Junior nose tackle Mike Martin is playing at the level of an All-American. 

Martin and the front 7 on the Michigan defense must pressure Spartan QB Kirk Cousins all day to help out the porous Wolverine secondary. 

Michigan is dead last, 120th, in pass defense in the NCAA, and that must improve for Michigan to challenge in the Big Ten.

Michigan should be healthy on offense this week, getting back RB Michael Shaw, who sat out the Indiana game with an injury, to help take some of the pressure off Robinson, who has basically been the Wolverines rushing attack this year.

Close games are going to be the norm the rest of the way for Michigan as they play familiar conference foes in Michigan State and Iowa the next two weeks.

If the Wolverines manage to win both games, they will be sitting at 7-0, and have a off week before heading to play at Penn State on a Saturday night in Happy Valley.

Here's hoping the Michigan defense finds that next level of play, a level that will tell opponents that they will be coming after them on every play, and own the line of scrimmage, smacking them in the mouth on every play.

Go Blue!

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