Overall, both teams looked good but not elite (top ten). For those who did not see the game, Northwestern lost the game when they fumbled the snap on a 4th and 1 late in the 4th qtr in Ohio territory down 3 points with around 2 minutes remaining.
Offensively, Carlos Hyde is the best RB in the big ten. He was unstoppable in this game and is why Ohio won. Braxton Miller was dangerous when breaking containment. We should consider using the "Alabama vs Denard" defense against Braxton to keep him in the pocket. Braxton was inaccurate and forced some throws when in the pocket and much more comfortable running and throwing on the run.
Defensively, they had major issues in the secondary. Northwestern receivers were routinely wide open and would routinely break the first tackle after a catch. They had an okay pass rush and was okay stopping the straigth ahead run.
Offensitvely, Vendric Mark is tlikely the second best RB in the big ten. Northwestern throws him bubble screens, lets him return kicks/punts and a lot of speed options. Trevor Simien was the QB most of the way and was very accurate when given time in the pocket. However, he seemed unable to recognize/handle the blitz in several key situations.
Defensively, they're Northwestern. Their defensive line was pushed back, they couldn't tackle Hyde, and Braxton missed a lot of open receivers. They did have an okay pass rush and forced a few of the Ohio turnovers.
A warm start to October! Feeling a lot more like August actually, with warm temps, humidity, and the chance of rain/storms. A very slow-moving warm front is just to the north of us (M-59 area), causing SE Michigan to remain in the summer-feel weather. Another weaker warm front will move up from the Ohio Valley later today and will keep rain chances in the forecast. While most of Saturday looks to be mostly cloudy and dry, there will be scattered showers possible and it's a day to keep an eye on the weather. The main threat of any passing storms will be heavy rain, but wind gusts and small hail can't be ruled out. The chance for rain/storms increases in the evening, and for those traveling-Sunday will be a cloudy, rainy day. I'll be at this game, and can't wait to cheer my heart out! Happy Homecoming!
A couple years ago we had wind and temps making it feel like 30 degrees - not the case this time! Overnight lows remained in the mid 60s, so that's where we start the day for you early at 'em tailgaters. Overcast to mostly cloudy skies, a decent chance for rain/storms continues from the overnight, and calm winds greet you this morning, with the main issue being fog. Fog may be dense in some areas, so if you're out on the roads early getting those last minute tailgating supplies, you may need to give yourself a few extra minutes. Into the low 70s we go for lunch, with a SSW wind at 5-8mph (a light breze, leaves rustle a bit), keeping mostly cloudy skies.
Although that chance of rain is small, we keep it around for kickoff. Warm out there, with the temperature approaching 80 degrees! Still a good amount of clouds, and we're not getting rid of that rain chance either. There may be a rumble of thunder in there as well. Winds are out of the SSW at 10mph (leaves and small twigs blow about).
Just a gentle breeze at the half with winds about 7-10mph. Mainly clouds, and the pesky chance of rain. Still very warm though as we slowly drop into the upper 70s.
Looking at mid 70s and mostly cloudy walking out of those gates, with SSW winds back to about 5mph. Rain chances increase for the evening, and don't rule out a thunderstorm. Mild temps ahead for the night-even by midnight we're still at 69 degrees, and only getting down into the mid 60s for overnight lows- so you can keep that tshirt on if you're headed out late to celebrate! Heading towards sunrise Sunday, we'll turn overcast and the rain/thunderstorm chances become much more likely.
Enjoy the game, and let's keep that Little Brown Jug where it belongs!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
I was at the UConn game and although the game itself has been analyzed and covered in great detail, I did not see much in the way of observations of what it was like in the stadium. Below are bulletpoints of the experience.
· This isn’t Ann Arbor! There was no traffic at all getting to the stadium, we drove right up to the front. Also, we were able to park at the stadium for 15 bucks! The drunk college students in Ann Arbor would be disappointed in how little they charged. Interesting overheard fact – the stadium was built at an old airport, we drove in on the tarmac. The stadium inherited all fifty million traffic cones from the airport and all of them were laid out in the parking areas.
· There is what appears to be the world’s largest Cabela’s next to the stadium. There were even signs directing people to the stadium or Cabela’s. I kept asking if people wanted to stop for cheese bread from Cabela’s – until someone finally figured out I thought it was a chain Italian place not an outdoors store.
· This is Ann Arbor! The percentage of Michigan fans walking into the game from outer parking lots was close to 90%. All of the UConn fans made fun of Michigan because they were so outnumbered, including a drunk girl who said Michigan “sucked her weenie.” She seemed confused.
· UConn played to its audience – both inside and outside at the merchandise stands, you could buy Michigan gear. There was one booth outside the stadium selling Michigan shirts right under the sign that said this is Husky Country. I don't think they fully appreciated the irony. The UConn band played the victors as well.
· Unusual for a home college game – you could buy beer at the stadium. This is because it is off campus for UConn. According to UConn student, the Patriots were originally going to play there, but backed out and UConn took over. All the concessions were really cheap – and a good mix, you could even get a funnel cake or cupcake!
· Not a bad stadium for only holding 40,000, although with the temporary seats added just for this game it looked like a cross between a high school stadium and a real stadium like the big house. It looked like Michigan fans outnumbered UConn fans in the stadium as well. The temporary added seats, in the endzone, where we were siting, was almost 100% Michigan fans. The most annoying part was, since the seats were added, they checked the tickets like crazy, making it hard to get in and out of the section.
· The benefit to only 40,000 seats – we were close to the action. It was great to see and Michigan drove toward us in the fourth quarter. It was a great angle to see Morgan’s INT and return. The downside – security would randomly stand in our way and we couldn’t see at the goal line.
· It was a good mix of Michigan fans, both young and old, looked like lots of families. A lot of Michigan gear, including a lot of shirts I had never seen before. Vamos Azul shirts were especially popular. There was also an Elvis sitting in the bleachers. The only non-Michigan fan that I saw was a girl in a UConn shirt who was bawling and carrying nachos. We were all curious as to what her deal was. Also odd, the girl behind us broke her foot? And had to be carried up and down a couple of time at the game, and didn’t ask to sit at the number of handicap seats that were open in front of us.
· The biggest downside in the stadium– no information anywhere – the video/reply board was behind us and there was only three little information bars around the stadium and two of them usually had adds on them. I was using twitter to see down and distance for most of the first half.
· The UConn fans started to get a little chippy at the end of the first half and for much of the second half. There were also a number of Ohio State fans – who I guess were there to see if Michigan would lose? One random guy in a Michigan state windbreaker seemed to follow us around as well.
· There were a ton of games between the plays – students tried to kick field goals, throw footballs into a hole, trivia, they played follow the football under the three helmets, they threw t-shirts into the stands, all during timeouts.
· They were stuck in the 80s – they played Guns and Roses, Def Leopard, and a whole lot of 80s rock during the game. Every third down of Michigan’s the PA would play welcome to the jungle. It got old.
· It was weird to see a grass field. Any stop in action there were kids out there fixing it.
· This was a huge game for UConn – they honored past captains of the UConn football team, as well the 2013 woman’s basketball team with Geno Auriemma. Ray Allen and Donny Marshall were also on the field and spoke during breaks in the game.
· At one point they showed Derek Jeter on the video board – and everyone booed. More Red Sox fans than Yankees fans in Hartford I suppose, and I am assuming he was showing his Michigan pride and not UConn spirit. His lady friend did not look pleased to be there.
· They showed their video highlight of past seasons…it was a DJ Hernandez TD. No mention of his current coaching position and certainly no mention of his brother, Aaron.
· They were not equipped to deal with getting the largest crowd ever at the stadium (42,000 how cute) out of there- we sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes without moving. It was a long game, but we still didn’t make it home until 2 am. Unclear if Cabela’s would have been open but we were really craving cheese bread
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Now, for the record... no, not really. I think we come out awful big in this game, and make quite a statement that most of the sportswriters are rightfully cautious to believe.
Michigan big, with or without magic.
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This week's miniprogram. as always, let me know if any questions or comments. only changes this week were on the O-Line with the Bryant-Glasgow-Miller switch, not sure who to plug in at second LG. hopefully it won't matter.
Ok, ladies and gents, I'm back at it for B1G season. Hopefully, I'll be able to spend some more quality time working on these now that I have multiple days off in the coming week. In the meantime, I've put together a modest wallpaper for this week's historic rivalry (yes, we know what those are, ND).
I have two versions of this wallpaper, so I hope you at least like ONE of them. I was a little surprised when I looked at how horrendously one-sided this rivalry has been. I read a hilarious article posted before last years game by a very realistic Minnesota beat writer who essentially said it's time for the rivalry to end - because it's not really a rivalry if only one side wins. I know we're all in that place where we want TomVH to hold us while we get nervous about opponents that normally see three levels of the depth chart, but seriously, Nick Sheridan beat Minnesota - at Minnesota. Nick "I am the black death of Michigan football" Sheridan. Let that sink in. Now remember that Hoke has yet to lose at home, and that Iowa (yes, the same Iowa team we destroyed last year) just smacked this Minnesota team around. Somehow, I don't feel so nervous anymore. Because, really, is there any way this team is WORSE than the team from <404: "file not found">? Yeah, I don't think so.
So there it is. THE_KNOWLEDGE has imparted his goodness and mercy upon us and let us know ahead of time that we're going to win, so let's just enjoy the game and these "lovely" wallpapers.
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Desktop - Sheridan Edition (16:9) 1920x1080
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Enjoy and GO BLUE!