Mike Lantry, 1972
Bowl eligibility. Check.
Winning record. Check.
Now that Coach Rod is looking like he has shown tangible progress, I expect (more like hope) to see more razzle dazzle from the offense. He has said in previous interviews that he wants his offense to execute the basic plays well before adding new wrinkles. There is no better time than now since (1) opponents have 10 games of film which they will think they know the tendencies, (2) Michigan will be underdogs in both remaining games, and (3) not much to lose since Coach Rod has met most people expectations this season.
This offense is good enough not to depend on trick plays to score. The variety of "razzle dazzle" I'm referring to are other options and misdirection, like the reverse to Grady seen against Purdue. Here is a wrinkle from Coach Rod's offense we have yet to see this season:
What do other mgobloggers like to see?
This is an interesting trend for the Big 10 teams the game after playing Indiana:
Oct 2 @ Indiana- W 42-35
Oct 9 vs. MSU- L 17-34 (Michigan was a 3 point favorite)
Oct 9 vs. Indiana- W 38-10
Oct 16 @ Wisconsin- L 18-31 (OSU was a 4 point favorite)
Oct 23 vs. Indiana- W 44-13
Oct 30 vs. Purdue- W 44-10
Oct 30 @ Indiana- W 20-17
Nov 6 @ Penn State- L 21-35
Nov 6 @ Indiana- W 18-13
Nov 13 @ Northwestern- L 17-21 (Iowa was a 10.5 point favorite)
Nov 13 vs Indiana- W 83-20
Nov 20 @ Michigan- TBD..
OVERALL: Big 10 teams are 1-4 in the game after they play Indiana, with 3 outright losses by favorites in Vegas. You could also say that Big Ten teams are 0-4 in this game against teams that aren't Purdue. This might not mean anything but let's hope it does and it continues.
While the bye week is good for the team and getting people healthy, personally I am having difficulty with it. There is still the bad taste in my mouth from the Iowa game, and all I want is to cleanse my palate with a UM win. But, sadly, I wont get that for at least another week.
So, my question is: what are you all doing to cope with the bye week today? Is it a Wife Day, like Six Zero, or something different? Going to the bar to watch some other good match-ups from around the country? Photoshopping Lloyd Brady a little more?
Personally, I will be spending my Saturday reflecting on glories past. I will be watching the Capital One Bowl victory over Florida, the overtime wins against State, the 2008 Wiscy game, and the 2005 Penn State game, to name a few. I plan on using this Saturday to bask in the past, and renew my hopes for this year and years to come.
Please share your Saturday plans, and maybe help some others find ways to deal with the off-week.
To take a break from the Sparty Hate threads and over-analysis of our defense, I figured I would share something about the new policing of party attempts by Madison. I hope Ann Arbor doesn't adopt a strict policy like this. I feel sorry for our BigTen brothers.
Madison's city attorney's office has slapped three University of Wisconsin-Madison students with fines totaling more than $86,000 — that's about $28,000 apiece — for hosting a house party last month that led to more than 130 citations, Madison police said Tuesday.
Bucky's 5th Quarter has a break down of their game against MSU up. I found Part II with pictures especially interesting.
The first "picture paged play" is an example of Sparty taking example of soft zone coverage from the Wisco LBs with their tight end I can see happening this friday. All in all a good read, any thoughts?
EDIT: Also while watching BTN I noticed Greg Jones on the long James White touchdown run. He doesn't really get blocked, takes a few steps following the running back, and gives up and walks after the cut back. Made me giggle thinking about our running game.