"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
How this works again:
- Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-30" or "35-31 Michigan", or "28-24 Go Blue", or "38-0 Harbaugh!" etc.
- The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
- First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
- If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
- If nobody got it right or I don't hear from the winner(s) we push it to next week or let it go.
About Last Time:
It was good but nobody guessed it would be THAT good. :(
This Week's Game:
Nooner with the jobbie nooners of the conference.
And on the Line:
That'll come in handy for getting out of there after the storm.
One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and moderators exempt from winning. The algorithm finds the winners as it chooses. The algorithm is self-correcting. The algorithm consistently runs power. The algorithm is banned in Jersey. The algorithm has a weird thing going on with Utah these days.
Saturday's game at Maryland has officially been moved to a noon kickoff because of concerns over Hurricane Joaquin. U-M press release:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan's football game at the University of Maryland on Saturday (Oct. 3) has been moved to a noon EDT kickoff from its previously scheduled 8 p.m. start, the Big Ten Conference announced.
The Big Ten has been in counsel with Maryland and Michigan throughout the week on the course of Hurricane Joaquin and its possible effects on Saturday's game. The three entities agreed that moving the game time was the appropriate decision.
"The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin," said Jim Hackett, interim Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans."
Michigan (3-1), ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll, and Maryland (2-2) will open their Big Ten schedules at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. The game will be aired live on BTN and BTN2Go. Please check local listings for complete broadcast information.
Minnesota-Northwestern is also being broadcast at noon on BTN, so check out this page to see what channel the game will be on in your area. Locally, at least, Michigan-Maryland will be on the main BTN channel instead of the overflow.
38-0 at halftime, so this game was functionally over here.
West Virginia ranks tenth in defensive S&P+.
Michigan is fourth.
Only a biblical weather event could possibly save Maryla-- OH COME ON.
Anyway, Maryland got thwacked 45-6 by West Virginia last weekend, and the final score doesn't even do it justice; the Mountaineers carried a 38-0 lead into halftime. Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe went 10/27 for 67 yards and four interceptions, was pulled for Daxx Garman—who added a pick of his own—and still was named the starter for Saturday's game. Their most dangerous offensive weapon is a 5'7" cornerback who doesn't play offense.
Michigan's defense is still picking bits of Cougar out of their teeth. This won't be pretty, hurricane-influenced weather or not.
Personnel. Seth's diagram [click to embiggen]:
Maryland's starting left guard, Mike Minter, had season-ending surgery on his labrum last week. To replace him, the Terps slid right tackle Ryan Doyle to left guard and inserted 2014 five-star recruit Damian Prince into the lineup at RT.
Spread, Pro-Style, or Hybrid? Spread. Maryland kept the run-pass distribution pretty even throughout, even when they were down huge.
Basketball on Grass or MANBALL? Mostly zone stuff.
Hurry it up or grind it out? The Terps aren't a hurry-up team. Sometimes they'll try to get off a quick snap, but usually their pace is pretty easy to keep up with.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the breakdown.]
[What is this? Joe Pichey, serious bbq-ing dude, has been writing up tailgating recipes on his blog MMMGoBluBBQ and we "borrowed" him. Stubb's sponsored it because they're fans of the site and good people, and this whole Joe-MGoBlog-Stubb's-Readers thing seems like a match of destiny. Who's got it better than us?]
I think the Harbaugh Hype train is gaining a little momentum and rumor has it, it's fueled by Bacon Jam. Maryland has brought in a little hurricane hoping to slow us down, but didn't realize we are fueled by BACON JAM and DARK BEER. This condiment is extremely easy to make and can be spread on almost anything. I've loved it on brats, biscuits, hamburgers, waffles, chicken sandwiches, breakfast tacos, grilled cheese and on and on and ......... This is sweet, salty, spicy and spreadable. You can also finish this in the crock pot and keep it warm all game as your guests dig in.
- 1.5 lbs Bacon
- 1 medium yellow onion and 1 red onion (Diced)
- 3 garlic cloves (Minced)
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider vinegar
- 3 TBS Maple Syrup (Use the good stuff)
- 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 8 oz Dark Ale Style Beer
- 2 TBS Stubbs BBQ Seasoning
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
[After the jump: due to the likelihood of bacon coma you probably should be warned not to operate heavy machinery or an FBS offense after consuming this, unless you actually do have an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.]
Where has the line improved from the first week?
“Oh, they’re getting better, you know. Really building a good brotherhood amongst each other, great communication, playing with better pad level, really paying attention to details of what we’re trying to teach them. So, it’s exciting.”
What about that forecast? Do you prepare differntly for heavy rain? Do you do drills?
“No, not really. I mean, you always take it into consideration. Everybody has the wet ball drill and different things like that like everybody practices. We’re keeping our eye on that, but you just plan. You don’t change your gameplan. You just go with your gameplan that you originally wanted to and stay with it. I’ve been in situations where you change everything because of the weather and it really messes with your mindset.”
Jay says you guys are a weatherproof team for the most part-
“Who said that?”
Jay said you were a weatherproof team for the most part. What does that- do you agree with that?
“What, weatherproof? Yeah, absolutely. Whatever Jay Harbaugh says, that’s what I agree with. Oh yeah, absolutely.”
Is that a testament to your versatility?
“I just think that what we do offensively, it’s- we can spread out, we can bring it in tight, we can throw the ball deep, we can throw it intermediate, we can run the toss play. We’ve got a lot of different things. We’re not one-dimensional, so we can adapt and change quickly for what people are giving us.”
Was it significant to have the BYU game when you did? A turnover-free, kind of smoothed out offensive game?
“Uh, it was positive. I think it’s something that you build on, and that’s what you want to be, turnover free. Absolutely. That’s what you’re striving every week to be, so that was good. Really good.”
[The rest after THE JUMP]
You’ve got to be pretty pleased with the play of your group through four games.
“Yeah, definitely really pleased. Lot of room for improvement still, but we’ve made a lot of plays and are gradually improving week to week in terms of technique and everything.”
After one week it looked like Jake was going to be kind of the focus of your group; he caught eight balls, and now you guys are spreading it around. Which is more desirable, to have a lot of different guys or one that you know will [inaudible, but they’re insinuating a go-to guy]?
“More desirable would be to have more guys that you know you can trust, so I think we’re working towards that. Spreading it around is good. I think being able to get a bunch of guys on the field and not have anyone know who you’re throwing the ball to or whether it’s run or pass is a good thing, so we like having more guys involved.”
A lot’s been made of the wide receivers’ blocking. How do you like your group in terms of that?
“Yeah, we’re doing a nice job. The receivers are setting the bar really high, though, in terms of their effort through the end of plays and second-effort blocks, cut blocks, so they’re giving the rest of the offensive players something to strive for and putting really impressive stuff on tape.”
Khalid [Hill] was saying after the game that that was sort of an important moment for him to actually get involved in the offense again. Have you seen sort of a difference in him over the last few weeks, and even now with sort of a confidence boost from that?
“I don’t think a difference necessarily in him. I know obviously he was excited, and then the group’s excited for him to get a few touches and to have his number called but he’s been working hard. I don’t think he’s approached anything differently.”
[After THE JUMP: Hopefully the MARS game is more fun than the MOON game]