A reasonable rundown from the other point of view:
edlt: Oops! Corrected title...
Here's the next installation of Bill Connelly's Five Factors metrics matchup between UM & Penn State. It's a bit busy, but what you see are columns of raw metrics for both offenses and defenses. The Category of the given metric is given in the two columns at the left. To the right of the team offense and defense metrics are the National Averages for that category. The last two columns are where the rubber meets the road...
The "M Offense vs. PSU Defense" column averages those two metrics to gauge the performance of the UM offense against the CU defense. Likewise, the "CU Offense vs. M Defense" averages the other two to gauge the performance of the CU Offense. From there, the column with the greater aggregate number has the competitive advantage...EXCEPT, in the three categories with asterisks: "Stuff Rate", "SD Sack Rate" and "PD Sack Rate", which are contra-metrics that gauge the offense's ability to avoid the given categorical description.
Anyway, the numbers showing the advantage are in bold, and as such it appears the matchups tilt in M's favor in all but one of the Five Factors: Explosiveness; and all but four sub-categories, those being Passing IsoPPP (passing explosiveness, measured as pts. scored per successful passing plays), SD IsoPPP (pts. per successful standard down), PD IsoPPP (pts. per successful passing down), and the same as against Colorado...PD Line Yards per Carry (bonus yards gained by running on passing downs...a.k.a. breaking contain!). As with the Buffs, gap integrity is going to be an important discipline for Wolverines success against the Nittany Lions. The IsoPPP advantage of PSU in both the standard and passing downs contribute to their advantage in the overall Explosiveness category. It's readily apparent that the most likely means to PSU success against the Wolverines will be through the big play.
If you're reading this you've probably already witnessed what these numbers are quantifying. Of all the individual metrics in the table, the IsoPPP numbers for M's Defense are particularly glaring. IsoPPP overall ranks #123, with Rushing IsoPPP ranked #108 and Passing IsoPPP ranked #109, and SD IsoPPP at #124. What's that mean? M is susceptible to big plays when opposing offenses are ahead of the sticks. Is this an over-aggressive stance by Don Brown's defense? Is it evidence of a learning curve as the team becomes more familiar with Don Brown's schemes? Is it the impact of injuries on the DL and/or in secondary?
(less T/O Luck)
 FIELD POSITION
 FINISHING DRIVES
Pts. Per Trip in 40
|-- RUSHING --|
|Rushing Success Rate||45.2%||17.1%||42.0%||37.4%||41.1%||41.3%||29.6%|
|Power Success Rate||88.9%||60.0%||53.8%||46.2%||68.6%||67.6%||56.9%|
|-- PASSING --|
|Passing Success Rate||44.3%||24.5%||44.2%||38.1%||40.1%||41.2%||34.4%|
|-- STANDARD DOWNS --|
|SD Success Rate||48.9%||25.5%||49.3%||45.7%||46.0%||47.3%||37.4%|
|SD Line Yds/Carry||3.66||1.35||1.77||2.78||2.96||3.22||1.56|
|SD Sack Rate*||5.1%||12.0%||3.8%||8.9%||4.5%||7.0%||7.9%|
|-- PASSING DOWNS --|
|PD Success Rate||33.3%||15.4%||29.5%||22.9%||30.1%||28.1%||22.5%|
|PD Line Yds/Carry||1.79||2.31||3.14||2.74||3.29||2.27||2.73|
|PD Sack Rate*||4.6%||14.3%||7.1%||12.8%||7.9%||8.7%||10.7%|
October is around the corner, so you know that means - Lot of pink adornments in college football uniforms and helmets and shoes, and marketing to boot in order to fund the fight of breast cancer globally, and a worthy and important cause that all is.
But I love you guys too, and as someone who has lost loved ones too soon in life to prostate cancer, I ask you to please "Get Yourself Screened!" as these NFL coaches (Cowher, Vermeil and Edwards) implore:
Also, some of you lucky devils who live in the state of Michigan and near Ann Arbor apparently have had access to some of the earliest detection methods of prostate cancer available on the planet at the University of Michigan. The Michigan Difference strikes again: http://www.mcancer.org/prostate-cancer/screening.
Check your fuzzy nuggets and your prostate as well. Save a life!
This was talked about on Scout a couple days ago and Sam mentioned it today on WTKA so it's fair game.
A 6th year is being explored for Drake Johnson. So that means he's most likely out for the season. Very sad.
Also, mentioned on earlier's MGoPodcast. Quinn Nordin is dinged up so that may be why Kenny Allen is doing every single kicking duty.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
8:30 PM EDT ESPN
Michigan player to watch:
Brandon Graham, #55, DE, Philadelphia
Does anyone know why Brian stopped doing TWIS? That was one of my favorite things to read and it doesn't seem like anyone has really taken over since he stopped. This week's stars would be:
FSU (Sunday - hangover edition)
Wisconsin in the 4th qtr
LSU (fun even when they win)