I don’t think Michigan has any delusions about what they say in Ann Arbor Saturday during Michigan’s 35-7 win over Oregon State. The Beavers are a young, bottom of the pack Pac-12 team, the kind of team that Michigan use to steam roll with regularity. Yes, there will be tougher sledding ahead and a few painful loses along the way but Saturday’s game marked Michigan’s slow return to “man-ball.”
“Man-ball” is what is currently being played in E. Lansing and Harbaugh’s goal is to reinstate that style as be rebuild the Wolverines, although he may not have the personnel to completely maul opponents, you can see it all over his 2016 recruiting class with road-graders like five star offensive linemen like Ben Bredeson (6’4″ 280), Devery Hamilton (6’6″ 270), Michael Onwenu (6’3″ 367), and Eric Swenson (6’5″ 300). Michigan is likely to also land four star OL Terrance Davis (6’4″ 307) and potentially another offensive lineman following the dismissal of Logan Tuley-Tillman last week. Every one of these recruits is a highly recruited 4 or 5 star talent would would fit in with the new mauling offense that Harbaugh will employ with the Wolverines.
It was obvious in the second half that Oregon State wanted no part of tackling De’ Veon Smith on Saturday, the slow methodical pounding that Michigan put on OSU was just too much for a young, inexperienced team, they didn’t quit but they certainly didn’t have an answer for “man-ball.” Just like Michigan has had NO answers for Michigan State in recent years! What happened on Saturday marks the slow grind back to basic B1G football for Michigan, it is what Bo, Mo and Lloyd did for 40 years in Ann Arbor. Maybe this time Michigan fans won’t want a “change.”
Here Harbaugh discuss the running-back play as the offensive line.
Week 2 Bowl Projections
I love bowl projections, so here is the latest from Jerry Palm.
PALM’S BIG TEN BOWL TEAMS
Iowa: Holiday vs. UCLA
Michigan: Outback vs. LSU
Michigan State: Peach Bowl vs. Florida State
Minnesota: Foster Farms vs. Arizona State
Nebraska: TaxSlayer vs. Ole Miss
Northwestern: Pinstripe vs. Virginia Tech
Ohio State: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
Penn State: Citrus vs. Georgia
Wisconsin: Rose vs. Oregon