Football Study Hall has an article up on West Virginia's offensive woes. I thought it relevant to MGoBlog because the question the author asks is quite similar to the questions being asked about Michigan and Borges: what is the problem with the offense? Who is to blame?
His conclusions, based on his analysis of the Kansas game, will sound awfully familiar to us:
The lack of inside running or downfield passing meant that, apart from the first and last two drives of the game, the Mountaineers had no effective base plays off of which they could build big-play constraints. Holgorsen and Dawson attempted to reassert the ground game in the second half, but poor line play and the inability of the offense to punish cheating defenders rendered this strategy almost dead on arrival. Short gains on first down led to repeated second-and-long and third-and-long situations.
His conclusion is that Holgorsen shouldn't be fired, that the schemes are sound but that
An accumulation of lackluster recruiting, graduated players, and injuries have depleted West Virginia’s roster. The current mishmash of players lacks consistency more than anything else, making Holgorsen’s job a difficult one. That said, he must work on the run game for the rest of the season and the off season in order to overcome his depth issues.
Again, this sounds familiar, albeit with some small tweaks. But certainly the lack of consistency has been one of the chief symptoms of Michigan's current offensive ills.
For me, what's interesting is that Holgo is the architect of a very trendy offense -- the Air Raid -- that comes Smart Football-approved, but ultimately he has the same problems that a more traditionally-oriented Al Borges offense does: can't run inside, can't pass downfield.
This isn't an exoneration of Borges, of course, because one could always argue that Holgo is working with much less than Borges is (WV's recruiting rankings have been in the low 20s and low 40s over the past four years). On the other hand, it does tend to illustrate that bad offenses can share the same problems even when they're diametrically opposed in terms of their philosophies.
George Campbell was previously ranked the #3 overall recruit for 2015, so he could only move down, right? Wrong! He moves up to #2 overall, despite a junior season that did not feature him much at his assumed future college position of WR, due to his team not passing much (although he appears to have still been a standout when they did throw, and also excellent on the defensive side of the ball).
Total Updated ESPN300 here:
The future still looks really bright!
Auburn fans do NOT want Alabama fans getting hold of student tickets, and are taking some pretty hilarious steps to do so.
The Auburn Ticket Exchange is a facebook group for Auburn students to negotiate ticket prices, buy and sell, etc. Tickets go on a student's "ignited card," which is swiped at the gate (although anyone can use anyone's card) for entry. Buying a ticket from a student (if you're not a student) involves borrowing their ignited card (for a deposit on the card). Anyways, moving on from that.
it's getting real up in the ticket exchange.
In response to Alabama students attempting to join the group and/or messaging members of the group, the group is now "closed."
Anyone on any University of Alabama network was booted from the group, and this is checked daily.
The group quickly bans any member caught selling tickets on the Alabama Ticket Exchange... permanently. If they're not a senior, they're going to have a tough time ever selling a ticket again as a result.
Oh yes, it's Iron Bowl time, and the insanity has definitely already begun.
Edit: Now the mods are deleting all posts not directly related to buying and selling tickets, so there's less posts about not selling bama fans tickets or complaining about how the mods are nazis, and less craziness on the timeline in general, but it's still happening.
This week's scouting report is on Sugar Land (TX) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere, who was offered by Michigan last week. Michigan is looking for a RB in the 2014 class and has little/no hope of pulling in consensus top back Leonard Fournette, so they're casting their net a little wider with the offer to Enwere. He's currently committed to Cal.
Ive started another youtube page and thankfully no videos are being removed anymore. I thought uploading the 100th game would be a good start considering Michigan vs Ohio is in 11 days. Cant believe this game was 10 years ago hopefully we can replicate the results next saturday. Enjoy. Sorry dont know how to embed videos
I just noticed that in the aftermath of the game on Saturday there wasn't an appreciation thread for Brendan Gibbons. Despite his one shaky game at Penn State, Gibbons has been solid for the past two years. Gibbons drilled a 44 yarder on Saturday to extend the game and also made another field goal in 2OT to extend the game, in addition to his two other field goals on the day. Gibbons holds the record at Michigan for the most consecutive Field Goals and PATs made. Gibbons has drastically improved over his four years of playing and is now one of the best kickers in the Big Ten. Brendan Gibbons has improved the happiness of all of us with his many clutch kicks, including on Saturday. Brendan Gibbons, we appreciate you. Go Blue!