"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."
So as the season kicks off tomorrow night are there any games this weekend that you think might be upset specials? Leaving the Bama game off the list any other games where upset looms large?
I like Auburn to beat Clemson with Clemson not having super-soph Sammy Watkins and still feeling West Virginias foot in their butt.
Wishful Thinking - Number two, you guessed it! BSU at MSU on Friday night. Yes at Sparty stadium, MSU Def is very good, and BSU lost almost everyone. Enter one of the best football coaches in the land Chris Peterson. This guy can coach and they will be ready, it happens every year. So much rests on the performance of Maxwell. I think its close and BSU wins a close one 20-16.
So, I was thinking about the hype surrounding the Michigan vs Alabama game on Saturday. Last year, IMO, the most exciting/best games that I watched, were UTL, Sugar Bowl, The Game and BAMA/LSU the first time they played. Not to meniton, that I'm a little bias because Michigan is my team. Now, UTL was early in the season and still ended up being the best game that I watched last year. With that said, what are the chances that in the first week of the season, that Michigan vs Alabama ends up being the best/most exciting game of the year? I think that it has all of the makings to be one of the best of the season. It has the hype, great players, high ranked teams (given pre-season doesn't matter), the defending national champion and the winningest program in college football. What does the MGoCommunity think?
So you are our OC for this game. You know a couple of things about Alabama and their defense besides the fact that they are really fast and very talented, likely the best defense we will face this year. You know that Saban defensively is of the Bellichick school, which means that he comes into the game with a mission of taking away the thing that you want to do most, and making you do the things that you don't really want to do. You also know that Bama is replacing a few starters with very talented, but inexperienced replacements that have certainly focused on stopping Denard and the run (the thing we want to do most) in the prep for this game. And you know that Bama succeeded at completely shutting down LSU, who wanted to run the ball and option in the championship game. And lastly, you know that last year, against the most aggressive pressure oriented defenses you faced (MSU, Va Tech) you struggled mightily.
Having said that, you know that this is a new year and that your QB is one year better, and your running game is one year better (if Fitz plays, if not, perhaps not), and your offense in its second year should be better and more comfortable and more capable overall. (Disclaimer: Borges knows more than this, but as fans most of us don't).
So knowing this, what would you do Saturday on offense? What would you emphasize?
Nothing earth shaking here but figured the board would want a link.
Does anyone think Mallory won't be the next DC once Mattison retires?