The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend’s stats that don’t show up in the box score. The Defense-o-Meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Rod-o-Meter
judges how emotional (positive or negative) Rich Rodriguez was following the game and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans’ performance.

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Defense-O-Meter: 3 of 4 Obis

We’re giving the defense three Obis mainly because Obi wasn’t the only player to show up Saturday. Jonas Mouton and John Thompson were solid in their first starts of the season. Brandon Harrison was impressive with his touchdown-robbing swat, and Donovan Warren almost had two picks.

Rod-O-Meter: 2 of 4 Rich Rods

Props to Rodriguez for adopting the new post-win celebration with the student section. But for a coach coming off his first win in a new job, he was pretty reserved. Granted, it was a win over Miami (Ohio), but c’mon, Rich — after all you’ve been through?

Hype-O-Meter: 2 of 4 Big Houses

With just 106,724 fans, the Big House had the lowest attendance since the 1998 expansion. Many of the students were late, but they somewhat redeemed themselves by singing along to “The Victors” after the game. One Big House goes to the marching band’s awesome boy bands-themed show. Oh, and we want less cowbell.

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