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Michigan 29, Air Force 13

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Box score (PFR)

Michigan played Air Force. They played Air Force because their last permanent AD was a total doofus. Don’t schedule Air Force. Michigan had to spend a week preparing for this game and very little of that preparation will benefit them against anyone else this season. Just what you want for a young team. Thanks, Dave. Again, don’t schedule Air Force. And don’t shop at Toys R Us. They’re going bankrupt, by the way. It wasn’t really Dave Brandon’s fault; he’s just the fall guy here. But either he’s too stupid to realize Toys R Us was setting him up to be the fall guy when he took the job or he’s a real piece of garbage and took the job knowing they were going bankrupt so he could pick at the carcass. Neither would shock me. Don’t hire Dave Brandon to run something. If he was CEO of gravity, we’d all float away.

Michigan did beat Air Force, at least. To see how they did, let’s look at the

Player Grades

The grading scale goes from -3 to +3 for each play. Penalties are counted in whatever phase they were committed. “Short” throws are 10 yards or less, “Medium” is 10-20, “Deep” is over 20. Everything else (scrambles, throwaways, etc.) is under “Miscellaneous.”

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So what happened?

First of all, take those grades with a grain of salt, given that Air Force plays a rather, oh let’s say, unconventional style of football. It’s very possible I may have missed or not picked up something. If you saw something different from what I did, my Twitter handle’s at the end of the blog.

Anyway, the defense turned in a great outing. Seven of Air Force’s points came by way of a major bust by the defense and three more were set up by a Chris Evans fumble. This was very impressive, especially for a young group. Chase Winovich was a major problem. It looks like teams are making a point of running away from Rashan Gary’s side and with that being the case, Winovich’s emergence has been very nice to see.

Devin Bush and Mike McCray were all over the place. Josh Metellus made up for the big bust by shutting down quite a few runs. Khaleke Hudson was excellent in coverage and capped his day off with a pick.

On offense, uh, well, hey, how about that defense, huh? Pretty great, right?

Okay, fine, the offense was meh again. They moved the ball somewhat well, but drives stalled out when they got to the red zone. Wilton Speight ended up in the negatives, though while he certainly didn’t have a good game, it felt better than he graded out. Ty Isaac had another great game before leaving with an injury. Chris Evans fumbled early and didn’t get back into the game until after Isaac left. Karan Higdon was okay, but missed a big cutback lane.

The offensive line was just okay, save for Ben Bredeson, who had a very impressive outing.

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Helmet Stickers

Up to 3 may be awarded per player. Not necessarily the highest-graded players since different grades mean different things to different players.

Offense

3: Ben Bredeson, Ty Isaac

2: Sean McKeon

1: Mason Cole

Defense

3: Chase Winovich, Maurice Hurst, Devin Bush, Mike McCray, Khaleke Hudson

2: Lavert Hill

1: Rashan Gary

Special Teams

3: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Quinn Nordin

Helmet Sticker Count

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Go Blue!

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