Not that it’s that big of a surprise, Jeremy Fowler with CBSSports.com reports Two years after BCS title, Chizik appears to be out of Auburn's picture. (link)
Wonder how it impacts Derrick Green’s perceptions after being told recently by the coaching staff We are not going anywhere. He'd look great in Maize and Blue. Or what will be on Scot Loeffler's agenda after this season?
[Ed-Ace: Just to clarify, this is an opinion piece, not a report. Sure doesn't look good for Chizik, but Fowler is running a long way with a lot of 'no comment's.]
While I get the East/West split, I am baffled to explain why Temple is in the West. Louisville is clearly the better option.
Will Hagerup continues to take the funny facial expression world by storm. His latest contribution is this gem (LINK):
Many thanks to QB Waggle for the blank:
Here are two other, not-as-good blanks:
Do your darndest.
Mods, feel free to delete if it's too off topic. But I had to share this with the board.
I thought it might be interesting to look at the general direction of the rushing offense and defense as well as the passing offense and defense of Michigan and Iowa through the last decade and see if the two were comparable.
One of the more interesting things that you can immediately see, I think, is the general downward trend in Iowa’s rushing productivity through the years, and whether this is attributable to AIRBHG or to a general shift towards a passing-oriented attack is an interesting debate, to be sure. Ours, on the other hand, spiked last year after an uptick in 2010, preceded by years of stable rushing production.
Michigan and Iowa have been relatively comparable in average passing offense throughout the past decade actually, often being within a few slots of each other when it came to conference standings and typically always a middle-of-the-pack team when it comes to conference totals.
The one thing about passing defense that you’ll note right away, of course, is the very dramatic drop in average yards allowed for Michigan when compared to Iowa’s over the last two years in particular. It is interesting that we actually were not that much worse than Iowa in this regard in 2010, but you can see what a difference Greg Mattison has made in this aspect of the game for us.
Rushing defense is an interesting one here – Iowa’s rushing defense has historically been better than our own actually, save for one season in these charts. Last year this year, the numbers are showing signs of becoming fairly equal for both teams, however, but we’ve faced some potent running attacks this season, so if the schedule were different, it would be interesting to see what these would look like without, say, two offenses that weren’t running the option on us all game.
Week twelve lines and over/unders are up and that means MGoBlog's 238947324th best weekly post is back.
Recap (game, who covered, by how much, over/under, by how much):
Northwestern @ Michigan: Northwestern (4), over (+16.5)
Penn State @ Nebraska: Nebraska (1.5), over (+2)
Wisconsin @ Indiana: Wisconsin (41), over (+21.5)
Purdue @ Iowa: Purdue (8.5), push (51)
Minnesota @ Illinois: Minnesota (14), under (-27)
Notes: Wisconsin really, really hates IU. Also, Purdue upsets Iowa and that game provides the first push since I've been making these posts.
If you picked last week, see how you did here.
Week Twelve (line listed is for the home team):
Minnesota @ Nebraska (-19 +/- 53.5)
Indiana @ Penn State (-17 +/-55.5)
Purdue @ Illinois (+7 +/-50.5)
Northwestern @ Michigan State (-6.5 +/-44)
Ohio State @ Wisconsin (-3 +/-52.5)
Iowa @ Michigan OFF OFF
Please please please be the upset of the week Minnesota. I don't see how Ohio is the underdog in Madison, although apparently the experts are taking Wisconsin to cover. The over looks like a great bet, though. I'd also take the under in MSU v. Northwestern.
Big question of the week: Where does MGoBoard put the line and over/under for Iowa v. Michigan? What's the change between the Denard numbers and the Devin numbers? Using Sagarin's Predictor, M should be right about -15. Edit: Thanks to Brian for pointing out in UV that some places are taking action at M-20.
Kansas State @ Baylor (+12.5, +/-71)
Stanford @ Oregon (-20.5, +/-64.5)
Wake Forest @ Notre Dame (-24, +/-44)
No line for Alabama, they play an FCS team this week. Last week I included Arizona, with no listed line for their trip to Utah.