The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Amongst the usual collection of opinions of varying quality and sobriety, there has been some debate tonight about the pick-six thrown by Rudock; specifically, whether or not Grant Perry shares blame for the route he ran. CoverZero, for one, is adamant that Perry broke off his route and bears responsibility for the interception.
Since it appears that Perry ran the wrong route on the first interception and was the target on the overthrown second, this is an attractive idea, especially if one wants to protect Rudock's reputation. Perry is, after all, a freshman, and Rudock is not known for throwing interceptions.
Unfortunately, this interpretation does not fit the facts on the ground.
It is third down and three yards to go. Perry, a yard in the backfield in the slot, is assigned a quick out (I'm not sure what the technical name is, but this is close enough). He takes four full-speed strides forward, makes one juke move, and breaks outside toward the sideline, looking for the ball. At no time does he "break off" his route. Perry is just past the line to gain--this is where he needs to be to get a first down if he catches the ball. This is clearly the route he has been designed to run; this is the route he runs.
Now, Perry's route isn't terrific. His juke is quick but not deceptive, and as he runs to the sideline he leaks slightly downfield rather than running straight. It's not terrible, but it is there and it does increase the defender's window.
Rudock is watching Perry the whole time; Perry appears to be the primary read in this play. He watches Perry juke. He sees Perry running toward the sideline. He winds up and throws after Perry has already begun to break. The throw is accurate--it is aimed right at where Perry's hands will be when the ball gets there, past the line to gain.
However, the problem is that Utah's Justin Thomas has blanketed the route. He is not at all thrown off by Perry's deke; he immediately breaks with the route, inside of the receiver. Unlike Perry, he is not constrained by the line to gain; he is free to run back toward the line of scrimmage. By the time Rudock's pass is in the air, Thomas is cutting in front of Perry, running at an angle toward the line of scrimmage, cutting off any chance Perry has of catching the pass. Ballgame.
Perry's route isn't perfect; he could have made the window smaller for Justin Thomas. However, the window was still there. The only way Perry could have prevented this interception would have been to alter his route in such a way that he was running perpendicular to Rudock's line of sight, at a 45 degree angle toward the line of scrimmage, retreating from the line to gain. That would have been stupid--the purpose of his route is to gain a first down.
Rudock should have never made the throw.
This will be the thread for discussing any coaching or miscellaneous snowflakes and hot takes from tonight's game.
This will be the thread for providing your snowflakes and hot takes on the offense.
Down 3-10 at halftime...500+ posts in the other thread. Why not try and change the mojo for the 2nd half?
Let's go boys! Let's pick it up!