[ED (Seth): By now you guys know Joe Pichey. You know about his recipes, and his blog, and why Stubb's sponsors them here, and why your doctor wants all this to stop. But I'm here to remind you anyway. Joe's blog is MMMGoBlueBBQ. Stubbs gives us some money to put his recipes here too because their CEO is a reader, and a nice guy, and he wants you to give his sauces a try next time you're in the supermarket. Your doctor: he wants you to cut out the saturated fats. Also maybe don't stand in the path of Michigan's defensive line. Actually if you're caught between a choice between having Italian sausage or Ryan Glasgow buried in your ribs, 9 of 10 doctors recommend the sausage. The 10th doctor is Doctor Durkin. He is a mean guy.]
Every once and awhile, you gotta fire up the grill and have a little fun. I love recipes that are a little sweet, a little spicy and a little charred on the edges. We all love that crispy edge, right? This is more of a technique than a recipe, but it's still tasty and really fun to make. I've used it on bratwurst, italian sausages and hot dogs so far, and all have turned out great. What's the benefit of this you ask? It adds some surface area that wlll char up nicely and it will also help hold some of the tasty condiments. Those ridges are fun!!! Just do it.
- Hot Italian sausages
- Hot dog buns
- Hatch Green Chili Anytime Sauce
- Sticky Sweet Sauce
- 12 oz beer
[Don't drink the beer; you need the beer. I said don't drink th—
Okay, go get another beer, and hit the jump]
"Superback" Dan Vitale is an excellent receiver/blocker. [Fuller]
Northwestern dismantled Minnesota, 27-0, last weekend. While the Wildcats defense proved dominant, the offense did not; Northwestern benefited from a defensive touchdown and a five-yard touchdown drive set up by a long punt return. That said, Clayton Thorson showed some improvement from his non-conference performances and the Wildcats eventually wore down the Gophers on the ground.
Can they replicate that against Michigan? Let's take a closer look.
Personnel. Seth's diagram [click to embiggen]:
Now with D-line rotation.
Spread, Pro-Style, or Hybrid? Spread. Northwestern was in the gun for literally every non-goal line snap until garbage time, and they don't huddle, either.
Basketball on Grass or MANBALL? A ton of inside zone with the occasional changeup.
Hurry it up or grind it out? This is a no-huddle offense that isn't quite at ludicrous speed but can push the tempo if need be.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the breakdown.]
You know, Matt was just like "if I sponsor this you have to do them all for the whole season" and I was like "okay but you know that was going to be likely since now I am not going to be overwhelmed with sadness two-thirds through" and then he made some sort of intimidating hand gesture. But his heart is in the right place?
FORMATION NOTES: At this point Michigan has few formation surprises. They're usually in a nickel. They alternate between three or four fronts. One is a three man line with the buck in a two point stance as a 3-4 OLB:
30 nickel slide
One splits the DEs a bit further and tucks the buck in behind the NT:
And then they run a lot of standard four man fronts.
Some of the four man lines will have the buck in a two point stance; I still denote those as four man lines based on the alignments of the DL.
Michigan swaps mostly between man under with one or two deep safeties and a cover three with a few different variants.
PERSONNEL NOTES: Standard rotation up front with Henry/Glasgow/Wormley in front of Charlton/Hurst/Godin. Henry got a lot of playing time after a couple weeks in which Godin was more prominent; Hurst probably played the best of anyone. Ojemudia got almost all the buck snaps until he was hurt, and from that point it was RJS.
LB was Morgan and Bolden with a scattering of 4-3 snaps that featured Ross. The secondary did not have Stribling so it was Clark/Peppers/Lewis/Wilson/Hill for the vast majority of the game. When in a 4-3, Clark left. When in a dime, Dymonte Thomas entered.
Michigan continued flipping Peppers and Lewis between outside corner and slot like they did last week.
[After THE JUMP: a defenestration]
Via John Counts at MLive:
Logan Tuley-Tillman was was arraigned on two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records.
All three are felonies. Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
He was instantly removed from the team on September 10 "for conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student athlete."
[Ed-Ace: Locked the comments on this post. If you think this is remotely acceptable behavior or a joking matter, find another blog.]
The Question: Which big ten players are over/underperforming your preseason expectations?
Underperforming: While I didn't expect them to be world-beaters, I didn't see Michigan State's safeties being so inconsistent, like twice-benched Montae Nicholson, or inconsistent and injured, as is now the case with RJ Williamson. With Williamson now out for most of the season, that secondary is vulnerable, and there may only be so much their excellent defensive line can do to mask the weakness.
Overperforming: Ryan Glasgow, Chris Wormley, Maurice Hurst, Matt Godin, and Taco Charlton. I'd include Willie Henry, as well, but I was expecting big things out of him this year. Remember when Bryan Mone's injury looked to be a huge hit to the defensive line? They've coped pretty well. You could also throw Jeremy Clark and Channing Stribling in here, as they've very much exceeded expectations, too. The defense was supposed to be good with a couple of weak points; at the moment, it's great, and thus far they haven't shown a glaring weakness.
[Jump for not draftageddon (until Seth goes)]
2017 Ann Arbor Pioneer OLB Antjuan Simmons is one of the hottest prospects on the recruting trail. In the last few weeks he's added offers from Arizona State, LSU, Miami (YTM), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, to name a few. While Michigan hasn't yet joined that group, they hosted Simmons for an unofficial visit during the UNLV game, and you can bet they're keeping a close eye on the local kid.
In a matchup of undefeated teams, Pioneer fell to Saline 37-21 on Friday in a game that frankly wasn't that close; it was 28-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Simmons made a big impact on both sides of the ball, however, making plays all over the field at outside linebacker while proving to be Pioneer's most effective means of moving the ball on offense. He finished with double-digit tackles, a sack, a fumble return for a touchdown, and a rushing touchdown (though he also fumbled a goal-line carry).
The fumble return, which occurred after we'd packed up (via The Saline Post):
[Hit THE JUMP for the scouting report.]