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    Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    With Michigan being the only common opponent between Alabama and Notre Dame, 4 writers that cover the Wolverines were asked what they saw from both the Crimson Tide and the Irish this season:

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    it's strange, but i can honestly say i don't think we've really improved as the season has progressed. that being said, i think it's because we started the season in mid-season form moreso than because we had so much to improve upon.

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    Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    One of them said both teams are unbeaten. I stopped reading there.

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Like one of the writers stated, Michigan was in the ND game and they were not in the Bama game. RTR
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    Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Michigan's defense did get better during the season I guess, but they didn't have to face another offense like Bama's with so much balance. Michigan should have won that game but just dumb mistakes that they couldn't overcome. Golson was pulled in that game as well. I think we had highs and lows all season with the lowest being aTm. I fully believe we've learned from that mistake. Plus we destroyed team they played like Iowa and Pitt.
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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by davefrat View Post
    it's strange, but i can honestly say i don't think we've really improved as the season has progressed. that being said, i think it's because we started the season in mid-season form moreso than because we had so much to improve upon.
    Injuries, both season-ending, and limiting, as in AJ's, have had a lot to do with that...
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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by JBama_in_PCOLA View Post
    Michigan's defense did get better during the season I guess, but they didn't have to face another offense like Bama's with so much balance. Michigan should have won that game but just dumb mistakes that they couldn't overcome. Golson was pulled in that game as well. I think we had highs and lows all season with the lowest being aTm. I fully believe we've learned from that mistake. Plus we destroyed team they played like Iowa and Pitt.
    6 turnovers from Michigan and ND wins by 7 at HOME....

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjosecrimson View Post
    6 turnovers from Michigan and ND wins by 7 at HOME....
    Just to add some perspective, and bear in mind if I were betting on the winner of the NCG I would undoubtedly bet on Alabama: Michigan was losing 10-0 in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame pretty much sat on that lead and played it safe after yanking Golson early on. Michigan never had the ball down less than two scores after ND scored its TD in the second quarter. Michigan kicked a field goal with 3 minutes left to make it a seven point game. The offensive line and quarterback play has vastly improved since, namely Golic and Golson. In addition, one of those turnovers came as the half expired, and a couple more resulted in ND just giving the ball right back on Golson mistakes.

    To add more perspective, though, I bet 35 on Bama to cover 13 against Michigan. While watching that game, I told another ND fan that I hoped you guys didn't slip up at some point because I didn't want to have to play the Tide if we somehow made the Fiesta or Sugar Bowl... Irony

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Injuries, both season-ending, and limiting, as in AJ's, have had a lot to do with that...
    no doubt. but i was simply blown away by the michigan game. we really looked like we were in game 6 of the season rather than game 1. and our depth is ridiculous.

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Jalston Fowler being out for the season really hurt some of the multiples in the offense and depth at tailback. I think DeAndrew White was closing in on having his break out season too but Cooper having his own break out helped ease the loss. This is the best offense Alabama has had in a long time and I don't even think we got their best possible output due to injuries. Heck, AJ's back getting dinged up probably limited things too. Yes, he was playing better defenses down the stretch but he started sailing throws way more after that MSU hit when he had basically been spot on all season. Hopefully we'll see the McCarron from earlier in the season after this month of healing.

    The OL will take a step back next year but I'm excited to see what we can do next season with White and Fowler back in the offense.

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    Jalston Fowler being out for the season really hurt some of the multiples in the offense and depth at tailback. I think DeAndrew White was closing in on having his break out season too but Cooper having his own break out helped ease the loss. This is the best offense Alabama has had in a long time and I don't even think we got their best possible output due to injuries. Heck, AJ's back getting dinged up probably limited things too. Yes, he was playing better defenses down the stretch but he started sailing throws way more after that MSU hit when he had basically been spot on all season. Hopefully we'll see the McCarron from earlier in the season after this month of healing.

    The OL will take a step back next year but I'm excited to see what we can do next season with White and Fowler back in the offense.
    The "back" injury was more of a "shoulder" injury...
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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    HSV, you think it will improve with the amount of rest before the title game?

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    Re: Michigan beat-writers examine Alabama vs. Notre Dame

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    HSV, you think it will improve with the amount of rest before the title game?
    Yes, it already has...
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