Get ready for a pretty cool, cloudy, rainy day, and a bit breezy too! A cold front is pushing across SE Michigan and will make it into Canada/the Ohio Valley Saturday afternoon. Although that system will clear our area, a mid-level system will keep rain in the forecast for game day. While as of now most of the rain looks to fall in the morning and become more scattered in the afternoon, I'd bring along the raincoat just in case. Let's send those Hoosiers home with a loss in their pocket!
Probably not a morning for the iced coffee! Temps remain in the low 40s through sunrise-about 8am. Cloud cover has increased during the overnight and we're waking up to mainly overcast skies and passing rain showers. A light breeze out of the WSW will start the day, but winds will pick up throughout the morning and into the afternoon. By mid-morning, winds are out of the WSW at about 10mph (small leaves and twigs blow about). Heading into lunchtime, they're up in the low teens, and we begin to get gusts around 15mph (small trees sway, papers blow about). Lunchtime temps will be nearing 45 degrees, but with the winds expect it to still feel like the low-40s. Cloudy conditions prevail, with light showers across the area.
Sweatshirts on for this one - 46 degrees at the kickoff! Happy mid-October Michigan! Still feeling a bit of a wind chill in the low 40s. Winds are out of the WSW at about 12mph, with gusts in the mid teens possible (you'd see some white caps on the water, it's a moderate breeze). Any bits of sun will be few and far between - lots of clouds hanging around and a light passing shower is possible too.
Might be time for some hot chocolate! Still hanging on to the mid 40s, some of the clouds, and the chance of rain. Still relatively breezy, with winds staying out of the WSW around 10mph or so. The wind will die down more and more during the later part of the game.
Walking out of those gates with a win - and probably headed for somewhere warm, even if it's to grab a cold one! Temperatures will be dropping quickly throughout the evening. Looking at about 45 leaving the game, 43 by the end of dinner, 40 for your late night activities, and into the upper 30s for that walk home after closing time. Winds will begin to calm during the end of the game, falling to about 7mph, and staying between 3-5mph the entire evening and into Sunday. A decent amount of the clouds will stay with us, and a slight chance of rain will hang around until we head into Sunday morning. Go Blue!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
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From the Michigan twitter account.
GSU has a storied program among HBCUs. Here's a little from the story-
Not the only woes for GSU athletic. Their basketball team went winless last season. 0-28.
Grambling's storied football program is in complete disarray. On Tuesday, players walked out of a meeting with coaches and administrators. On Wednesday, they skipped practice altogether in protest, then repeated the boycott again today. And interim coach George Ragsdale hasreportedly been fired. The players aren't happy about how they're being treated, but they're not alone. Heavy cuts in state funding have wrecked the school's athletic budget, and everyone—players, coaches, and administrators alike—is bearing the brunt of it.
According to the Shreveport Times, the players are upset because they had to take buses to recent games in Kansas City (approximately 1,200 round-trip miles) and Indianapolis (1,500 round-trip miles). They're also not happy that coach Doug Williams—the program's most distinguished alumnus—was fired last month, just two games into the season.
I know we have been piling up on Borges, but I don't think Mattison should get a free pass for THE DEBACLE.
Before the game, the common mantra for defense was to utilize blitz to break the true frosh QB under pressure. However, at least for the first half, blitzes were few and far between, resulting in most of the touchdowns that PSU scored during the regular time.
Just how bad of an idea is it to NOT blitz against Heck? Here are the numbers.
|Rush||Count||Completion %||Avg Yards||TD Allowed||Sacks||YPA|
As you can see from above, the old adage is correct - the freshman QB does not handle pressure well. When we brought five or more, we were able to bring havoc (3 sacks) and limit YPA (less than 2!). But we only brought pressure only 1/5 of the time. What would have happened if that ratio was more like 50%?
Even worse, when we stepped off the gas and rushed three, Heck was able to complete passes for big yardage (9.4 YPA) and threw most of his touchdowns.
I just don't understand why we would give a freshman QB time to throw, ESPECIALLY when they are in the red zone. If Mattison brought the pressure from the get go, we don't allow 21 points to start off. How different this game would have been if we were ahead by 1 or down by only 3 going into the half?
Mattison blew it. We had a chance to completely dominate PSU, and we decided not to.