|Mr. Smith goes to the End Zone (Photo Melanie Maxwell/MLive)|
For us Michigan fans of a certain vintage, "When You Were Young", this would have been the kind of Michigan game that you would have expected. It's "The Way It Was" and "The Way It's Always Been" but when you're "On Top", you don't always appreciate it. We've been "Losing Touch" with this, "For Reasons Unknown", but that is the "The World We Live In" in this Day and Age. "From Here on Out" it was "A Matter of Time" until someone came along to "Change Your Mind" that Michigan was back.
"My List" of things I wanted to see today was solid running attack, improved passing, and hopefully nothing to sweat in terms of UNLV's offense. "Between Me and You", "Somebody Told Me" that "Runaways" or blowouts only come if your team practices "Hard Enough". But "Everything Will Be Alright" if Michigan came out, did it's job and didn't suffer any major injuries. It's almost as if Michigan could "Read My Mind" during that first half "Joy Ride", a semi-repeat of "All These Things That I've Done" last week, and you could "Smile Like You Mean It" as Michigan made its "Bones" on a "The Rising Tide" of overpowering a much smaller Rebel team.
If I am going to be "Mr. Brightside", Michigan football is trying to be a "Prize Fighter", overpowering opponents by punching and punching, making them ask "Why Do I Keep Counting?" until they're "On the Floor". But "The Clock Was Tickin'" and the early scores by Smith, Chesson, and Isaac had "The Desired Effect" and UNLV had to "Swallow It", looking 2012 "Jacksonville" Jaguars-esque at times. They were "Playing with Fire", but "This Is Your Life" as a Mountain West team looking for a guarantee game, a "Flesh and Bone" opponent that would like to acquit itself as something more than just looking for a paycheck. But the scarlet and gray team from "Sam's Town" are "Battle Born" and were hoping that "Dreams Come True". But, caught in the "Crossfire", they ended up in "Lonely Town", their upset dreams just a "A Dustland Fairytale". Maybe if you made a few more plays in "Spaceman", you'd look something more than "Human".
(OK, I'm done.)
In the final analysis, Michigan does have some things to work on, before BYU and before conference play. They need to get the timing down between Rudock and his receivers. They need to keep refining, smooth, polishing the stone. But there is something nice in knowing that Michigan seems to have two legitimate options at running back in De'Veon Smith and Ty Isaac, as well as a returning Drake Johnson. If this season has a developing theme, it is that it's going to be someone new every week, and potentially every quarter. The leverage of using whatever's working and whatever the defense feels like just seems like, dare I say it, good coaching? On some level, we should not be too excited, Michigan beat two teams that will likely end up with losing records at season's end, but they looked like a team ready to do more. Next week against BYU and then the road trip to Maryland will be real eye-openers. But for now, I am happy with where Michigan is as a team.
"Goodnight, Travel Well"