| 8 years ago||
Yeah i dont care how much he beasts still a piece of sh*t in my eyes...on another note
Penn State is a 23 1/2 point favorite :wow: thats not a good thing they dont need to get overconfident at all. I still have a feeling it will be a close game with our history with Michigan...I hope not though Id love to destroy Michigan
U-M puts Toledo in past, looks ahead to Penn State
BY MARK SNYDER
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
There are few believers in the Michigan football team as it prepares to face third-ranked Penn State in State College, Pa.
The Nittany Lions, who U-M coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday had "no weaknesses in any of the three phases," are 23 1/2 -point favorites, the largest spread against a Michigan team in memory.
"It's an unusual place to be, being a 23 1/2 -point underdog going into a game," defensive end Terrance Taylor said. "It makes you angry, and it makes you play better. ... The more people say, the more angry we get, the harder we're going to work."
That's the approach Rodriguez took after the crushing loss to Toledo, trying to avoid the finger-pointing, a Sunday speech he said was less angry and didn't have the same tone as after the Illinois pounding.
Knowing the importance of keeping the Wolverines together, he used the meeting for a reality check, trying to keep the focus on the next week.
"He's managing the team very well," said punter Zoltan Mesko, explaining that Rodriguez used a real-life scenario -- having a sick child -- to keep football losses in perspective. "What you have to do with Toledo is it's over. Mourn about it for 24 hours and forget about it."
A few times during Monday's weekly news conference, Rodriguez said the best medicine for the Toledo loss was that there's another game looming this weekend.
Even though that opponent might be the most talented and certainly most productive U-M faces all season, Rodriguez called it a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge.
He even has some players, in the midst of a 2-4 start, seeing it that way.
While the days of a Mike Hart guarantee are gone, Taylor isn't expecting the 45-point-per-game Penn State juggernaut to roll over the Wolverines.
"I see a hard-fought game, especially on defense," Taylor said. "As a defensive unit, being with those guys every day, more than my family members, I know how they feel and they know how I feel. And when we step on the field at Penn State, it's going to be a different mentality, it's going to be a different feeling, it's going to be a different game. We're just going to talk with our pads. It's going to be a real different game. It'll be a different team out there come Saturday."
Considering the Michigan defense only allowed six points against Toledo, it's a reasonable outlook.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that's only half the game. None of the offensive players nor Rodriguez can make a similar statement. Despite his countless examinations of the offense, Rodriguez is still entering games with essentially half a team, needing an outstanding defensive effort to have a chance to win.
"Our guys know where we're at," he said. "We've got to be able to create some turnovers on defense and some things on special teams to help our offense out."
He plans no overhauls or major changes to the offense, saying it will "stay the course."
"As I told our team, there's a lot of positive things that are happening that maybe everybody is not seeing," Rodriguez said. "All they see are the games on Saturday and, unfortunately, that hasn't been real positive at times."
AND WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE MICHIGAN FANS AT?
Disappear when you suck? I wanna talk some sh*t haha