"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
ND Rivals site with the report:
A source tells Irish Illustrated that Jamoris Slaughter suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Saturday night at MSU.
Notre Dame secondary has been decimated this season if the report is true. They would now have lost 2 starters (Lo Wood) and may have 2 freshmen starting in the secondary next week. Elijah Shumate looked good for them last night, but you never know when inexperience will rear its head.
You can't make this stuff up. Last week Brady Hoke came by our new tailgate location in the Blue Lot at the end of the game and said hello. This week no Brady but in his place Greg Mattison stopped over and spent a couple of minutes taking to our group before walking on.
Like Brady, he was all smiles, charming, funny (joked with my
avatar wife about her being born a Buckeye) and waited patiently for what seemed like an eternity while I fumbled with my IPhone (I kept hitting "Photos" instead of the "Camera" icon) so we could get the picture. And to top it off, while I was talking to Mattison, Dave Brandon walked by!
I think we may have the coolest parking spot in the world.
The Big Ten is utter poop at this point. A national embarrassment for a supposedly "elite" conference.
How can the league use all that money it has to improve its teams? (Legally and ethically of course, we're not the SEC.)
Is there anything that the Big Ten office can do at all to improve things? Sooner or later it will catch up with the league if it becomes irrelevant, and that pile of money will disappear.
- Denard will throw the "d'oh!" pick. It is frustrating to see it, but this isn't going away. It is great consolation to see 67% completions with 12.1 YPA, but "UMass" and all that. Michigan really needs next Saturday to be an outlier here.
- The Devins create a bit of a problem for the opposing defense. Maybe this isn't really a trend yet, but both Devins looked great on their respective TD catches, with Gardner's displaying the athleticism we have heard so much about.
- Toussaint is shifty and will burn you in space. After a slow start to the game, 2011 Fitz showed up and made several defenders look silly. Again, "UMass" and all that, but Michigan will need Toussaint to build on this performance.
- Michigan's Defense is "Bend But Don't Break". UMass couldn't bend it much, but they did have two 60ish yard drives in the first half and another that went for 11 plays in the third quarter. The middle looked soft again, allowing Cox to make some strong runs.
- The Devins - These two have completely changed the outlook for the Michigan passing attack. Now up to 5 combined TDs, I'd put the over/under for these two at 20.
- Roy Roundtree - Breaks through finally with his first TD of 2012. Kudos also to Fitz Toussaint for his first of the year and to Vincent Smith for punching two in from inside the 10.
- Taylor Lewan - Swam 5 yards through bodies to recover a fumble on the goal line for his first career TD. I can't imagine how that play must have looked from his point of view. Congrats also to Justice Hayes for his first career TD.
- Denard - 3 TDs through the air and one long one with his feet. 106 yards rushing keeps him on pace to top Pat White. I love that he doesn't tie his shoes but cringe every time an announcer has to point out how well he cuts in his socks. "D'oh" picks will continue, and must be accepted by fans, but hopefully a lesson was learned about when to reach out at the goal line.
- Will Hagerup - This guy is back and better than ever. I must have re-watched the 70-yard-in-the-air blast off the facemask of befuddled UMass return man 7 times minimum. Punts like that could be game-changers going forward.
shane played through mono. lost to rice 28-0. only played first half. 8/17 for 87 yards and a pick. they said he is out at least 10 days, but it could be much more. the QB for my high school football team got mono and was out for 2 months, because something about your spleen being really sensitive makes it so you cant play.
first post, thought it was post-worthy.
As suggested last week, I'll post a thread for everyone with a (well formed) opinion to share their thoughts on the game. Did a 50 point blowout appease anyone? Covering the spread? No defensive TDs yielded by the defense? Or did you still see the holes in our team, even after that whipping?