The entirety of the offseason, I have been asked what the Wolverines are going to look like.
"Is this new offense the real deal?"
"Do you think this is the year?"
Shea Patterson scrambled on the first play of the game for positive yards, only to fumble the ball away in their own territory. Setting the scene for an 18yd rushing touchdown by Blue Raiders quarterback, Asher O'Hara.
To paint the picture, here's a tweet by our own Anthony Bellino that he used to convey his emotions:
Is that too harsh? Because really, it was that bad. The good news is that a win on opening night is a better start than the Wolverines had last season after losing to Notre Dame. The final score was 40-21 and even though the Wolverines looked sloppy at times, there were some positives to the game.
Urban Meyer Was Right:
I know you Wolverine fans hate to hear this, but Urban was right in his prediction about Michigan's offense. Although the RPO style of offense is a much needed update to the archaic system Harbaugh ran last year, it will take time to become a well oiled machine. Shea Patterson for example, has proven himself as an efficient two way quarterback. There were times he looked brilliant on the keeper, but also at times tried to do too much. In the beginning of the game he ran recklessly east to west, looking to spring a home run play, often ending up in a loss of yards and an opening drive fumble.
The receiving corps remains looking fantastic. We knew the receivers would be the strength of this team, returning playmakers such as Nico Collins, and a finally healthy Tarik Black. Even with Donovan Peoples-Jones sidelined with a foot injury, both Collins and Black had touchdown catches of 20+ yards.
In Harbaugh's defense, he did say that he wanted both Patterson and McCaffery to share time at quarterback this season. We just didn't fully know what he meant by that. We saw them each take their own series, we saw them switch every play, and hell we even saw them on the field at the same time! Patterson ended the night with the majority of the playing time, going 17-29 for 203 passing yds and 4 total touchdowns. McCaffery went 2-2 for 17 yds and had a 6 yd rushing touchdown. So not quite a controversy yet, but it could end up taking a mental toll on Patterson if the crowd starts chanting for McCaffery to come in. After all, they were BOTH on the program cover.
Here's what Jim Harbaugh had to say of them both taking snaps:
Time Will Tell:
Although it was a less than stellar start for the Wolverines, there is still a lot of football to be played. The offense will eventually start clicking, and the defense looks as solid as it was last season (minus the Ohio State game). We still have yet to see the team with Michael Dwumfour, Jon Runyan, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Donovan Jeter. Harbaugh seems to be optimistic about all of these players, most of them returning for next week.
Don't hit the panic button just yet, football has only just begun.
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