Denard Robinson continues breaking records, enjoy it while it lasts

Denard RobinsonMichigan’s Denard Robinson became only the fourth QB in FBS history to rush for at least 4,000 career yards in a victory over the Fightining Illini.

It started as it seems it always does for the Wolverines, Denard Robinson was hurt and left the game with an undisclosed injury in the first quarter.

Instead of sitting out, Robinson returned after only missing one possession and scored on a 6-yard run. The score was his second of four as Michigan started to pull away 17-0 late in the first half.

“It was just a boo-boo,” said Robinson, declining to say what sent him out of the game briefly. “It’s all good. It didn’t bother me at all.” According to ESPN.com.

Obviously it bothered him a little.

Robinson, who is known for his “boo-boo’s”, accounted for 287 yards which game him 10,000-plus career yards on offense.

He also put up some unlikely passing numbers as he connected on 7 of 11 passes including a perfectly thrown ball to Devin Funchess in the end zone.

The 128 rushing yards accounted for his 18th career 100-yard game on the ground, including a highlight for the ages with a 49-yard run that gave Michigan a 24-0 lead.

“He made people miss tackles,” Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman said. “He’s a very, very good football player. He had a sensational game.”

There is no denying the offensive talent of Robinson, but his accuracy problems will never allow him to translate into an NFL quarterback.

While Robinson continues to set records for Michigan, don’t expect to see much of him in the NFL.

NCAA College Football Top 25: Week 1 picks and scores

(1) USC vs Hawaii

USC is my pick to win the national championship this year, and for good reason. They’re a complete football team. From quarterback, to running back, to the men outside catching the ball, the Trojans are loaded on offense. Matt Barkley is the orchestrator to the Trojans passing attack, and future first round picks Marqise Lee and Robert Woods are the main pass catchers. Penn State didn’t have many elite players to begin with, but once players found out that they could transfer without having to sit out a year, star running back Silas Redd decided to leave for USC. Redd will be the biggest key for USC’s success this season because everyone knows Matt Barkley and USC’s defense will be extremely strong, but can Redd’s running abilities be able to keep teams from rushing Barkley at absolute will? For this game, USC will have no problems, but I don’t expect them to completely unleash all of their talent for four quarters. USC wins 52-17.

(2) Alabama vs (8) Michigan

I won’t go into too much of a rant about how the top of the SEC is a tad overrated this year, but, well, they are. Alabama lost six defensive players to the NFL, along with the top running back prospect in Trent Richardson. Quarterback AJ McCarron did well in the BCS National Championship game against LSU, but is he really ready to play a quarterbacking role not mainstreamed around “don’t make a mistake”? Don’t get me wrong, Alabama’s rushing attack will still be very strong, and the offensive line will have no troubles creating gaps through any defense they face, but is Alabama as dominant as they were last year? Absolutely not. And remember, they still lost one game last season, despite winning the national title.

That being said, looking at the betting line, Alabama is favored by 14 points. This was complete ludacris to me, but of course the underdog had to shoot themselves in the foot. Michigan’s leading rusher from a year ago in Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended for this game due to off the field issues. This only puts more pressure on quarterback Denard Robinson, as if there wasn’t enough. Alabama’s young, yet talented defense can now focus on not allowing “shoelace” to escape the pocket and make plays. At the end of the day, with Toussaint being out, and Alabama being able to run the ball at will, I expect Vegas’ prediction to hold true.Alabama wins 27-13.

(3) LSU vs North Texas

As I said before, I won’t get much into how Alabama and LSU are much less dominant than they were a year ago. Even though I believe LSU won’t reach the national championship game this year, they’re still much more talented than the Mean Green. I will say one thing though, if you’re a betting man (or woman) bet North Texas. LSU is not going to win by 45 or more points. LSU wins 45-10.

(4) Oklahoma at UTEP

I will give Oklahoma some credit. They are opening up the season on the road. Most of these “top teams” can’t say that. But, they are playing UTEP. Not much to say about this one or many of the games this weekend, other than that one team is extremely more talented than the other. In this case, it’s the Sooners. Oklahoma wins 56-7.

(5) Oregon vs Arkansas State

The Ducks are my favorite NCAA Football 13 team to play with, not that that makes any difference whatsoever here. Part of that reason though, is their backfield. If one were to argue that Oregon has the top two backs in the country, I could disagree, but I wouldn’t be irate about it. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are the first Pac-12’s true thunder and lightning. (Sorry Lendale White and Reggie Bush, but you were in the Pac-10) Barner and “Dat” are what makes Chip Kelly’s team what it is. An up-tempo, 60 minutes of hell, (if you want to call it that) football team. In this game, we won’t see much of the two. At least if you watch the whole game. If you want to see the new thunder and lightning, stay tuned during the first half. Oregon wins 63-7.

(6) Georgia vs Buffalo

My anti-SEC bias ends here with Georgia this season. That only happens because I like the Razorbacks to win the conference this year, but nonetheless, I don’t think the Bulldogs are the sixth best team in the country either. Bias aside, Georgia is a very good football team. With quarterback Aaron Murray leading the way, the Bulldogs won’t have any problem starting off their 2012 campaign. Georgia wins 52-10. Read more…

Glenn Rice creates March Madness for Michigan: History 101

Glenn RiceThe year was 1989.  Toyota launched its luxury brand Lexus, the Mirage hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas, the US Government provided a $150 billion bailout for hundreds of saving and loan associations, and Senior Forward Glen Rice set the college basketball scene ablaze leading the Michigan Wolverines to a National Championship.

Rice averaged 25.6 points per game that season earning the Big Ten scoring title and all-conference honors.  Despite his ability to seemingly score at will Rice saved his best performance for the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines entered the 1989 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Southeast behind Oklahoma and North Carolina.  Despite having a talented roster the team had underachieved and to make matters worse their head coach, Bill Frieder, had been fired just prior to the tournament after his secretive agreement to coach Arizona State the following season went public.  This left Rice and his teammates in the hands of interim head coach Steve Fisher who had been promoted from assistant.

But then it happened.  Everything that makes March Madness great culminated in to one helluva ride for the Wolverines.  First it was Xavier, the South Alabama.  Next to fall would be North Carolina in the Sweet 16 and the Virginia in the Elite Eight.  Game after game, shot after shot; Glen Rice was on fire and the Wolverines appeared to be a team of destiny.

In the Final Four Michigan was pitted against Big Ten rival Illinois, a team they had lost two at home by 16 just a few weeks prior.  Michigan won a late on a put back by teammate Sean Higgins.  The Wolverines were on their way to the Finals against Seton Hall.

The Championship game would go to overtime.  Wolverine Point Guard Rumeal Robinson sank two free throws with three seconds left to give Michigan the victory.  Rice poured in 31 points and 11 rebounds.  It was amazing to watch as he just wouldn’t miss.  Three pointer after three pointer; it was like he was shooting the ball in to an ocean.  The basket seemed that large.

Rice set a tournament record, scoring 184 points in six games.  If you did the math you know that equates to over 30 points per game; a streak that will never be duplicated.  Rice paced Michigan’s 1989 improbable run to the NCAA Championship.  It was indeed one of the greatest Cinderella stories in tournament history.  One of the many beauties about history is that it tends to repeat itself from time to time.  So the question has to be asked; who are this year’s Glen Rice and Michigan Wolverines?

Only time will tell.

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