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Hoke already walking a tightrope

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08:16 AM ET 09.10 | Well, that didn't take long. Just two games into the season, Brady Hoke is starting his tightrope walk. After Saturday's 31-25 survival of Air Force, his Michigan football team is embracing reality: The future is now. Aside from the defensive captain -- safety Jordan Kovacs -- the younger players are Michigan's present impact players on defense. ... "We recruit them because they're pretty good players," Hoke said Saturday when asked why so many freshmen are seeing the field in crunch time. "I think they're all competing." No one will fault Hoke or defensive coordinator Greg Mattison for embracing playmakers -- especially after the debacle in Dallas getting whipped by Alabama. But the transition to the younger players could get uncomfortable.

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September 10, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Safe to say you can add J.L. Smith to that list.

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September 10, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Michigan won like they did last year. They probably will end with a lot of wins that don't look impressive on the scoreboard. DR will end up averaging about 400 yards of total offense. And Alabama will still have made him a non-factor in their game.

Before the game everyone was telling us DR was a Heisman candidate. That we had never seen anyone as fast as him. Sandy Underpants wrote about 5 paragraphs on why we would lose. Now, Michigan sucks. Oh well.

September 10, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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DR will end up averaging about 400 yards of total offense.

per game.

September 10, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Hoke is doing what he has to do. He has to run Robinson as that is his only chance to win. Next year he'll begin running his preferred offense, the pro-set. As for the D, well he is out of Carr's players and RR's are not up to what he needs so he is usung his recruits.

September 10, 2012  09:25 AM ET

In other words...this a rebuilding year?

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September 10, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Maybe Hoke got Sabanated?

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September 10, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Ideally they will. Too subjective with no basis for voting and creates an advantage for teams that haven't even played.

I still support the 1st poll being after the first week in October. Give voters at least 4 games to review. Get through the cupcakes a a game or 2 in conference.

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September 10, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Ideally they will. Too subjective with no basis for voting and creates an advantage for teams that haven't even played.

Read that it creates more clicks than any weekly columns, so they are here to stay

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