this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Currently the division standings are as follows:
- MSU (2-0)
- Michigan (2-1)
- Nebraska (1-1)
- Iowa (1-1)
- Northwestern (0-2)
- Minnesota (0-3)
This week, MSU plays Wisconsin, Iowa plays IU, PSU is at Northwestern in cross-divisional play. As always, we want teams from our division to lose to cross-divisional opponents. Nebraska also plays Minnesota in divisional play, and we could really benefit (in the short term at minimum) from a Minnesota upset.
Realistically, it looks like Wisconsin will take down MSU, Iowa holds serve and Nebraska cruises. This will result in a four-way tie for first place at 2-1 (but with MSU holding the only tiebreaker so far).
Predicted division after this week:
- MSU (2-1)
- Michigan (2-1)
- Nebraska (2-1)
- Iowa (2-1)
- Northwestern (0-3)
- Minnesota (0-4)
At this point, we need MSU to lose one more game (IU, Minnesota or Northwestern seem to be the most helpful for us, since it doesn't guarantee a win for Iowa or Nebraska) and Michigan needs to take care of business against our remaining schedule, especially Iowa and Nebraska [obligatory OSU is a must-win here].
Possibly helpful games (cross-divisional games and winless divisional teams):
MSU: Wisconsin 10/22, Minnesota 11/5, Indiana 11/19, Northwestern 11/26
Nebraska: Minnesota 10/22, Northwestern 11/5, PSU 11/12
Iowa: Indiana 10/22, Minnesota 10/29, Purdue 11/19
BTCG Berth Tiebreakers:
- Conference record
- Head to head
- Divisional record
- BCS ranking
Sorry for everyone sick of the MSU/Gholston talk. This just broke, and is relevant regardless of what some people will say. Gholston might be out because of the Michigan game, and him being out might hurt MSU which directly impacts Michigan in the division standings.
Anyways, on the Depth Chart released today, Tommy Gholston is listed as the starter. It appears that at the press conference today they'll be announcing that he was made a captain, or called a racial slur (which we know is untrue, but maybe Saint D saw a way out of of suspending his favorite defensive player by claiming this and is taking it).
LINK to news, not depth chart: https://twitter.com/#!/mattcharboneau/status/126319468858191873
UPDATE: Apparently, MSU is looking into a possible infraction in which they were made aware of (maybe they didn't watch the game). Also, it looks like they're only looking at one play. I wonder if it's the punch or the helmet twist.
Bigger joke than I thought. They're basically downplaying the whole thing, saying it's possible & only one play. I just hope the Big Ten Offices aren't as blind & stupid about this whole thing. Either way, we'll find out soon as the Big Ten only gives teams a few days to announce either way before they make their own announcement.
UPDATE 2: "I wouldn't characterize it as dirty play, I would characterize it as reaction." -Mark Dantonio
For those of you interested in what the announcers keep referring to as the "Wide Nine formation" in Lions games, here is Chris Brown's take on the topic. Basically, it's nothing new, nothing special; just telling your DEs to get really aggressive.
I just stumbled on this and found his rec for 4th and one scenarios to be ironic indeed!
Michigan Monday is up at the Ozone (edit: first two words of this post is the link.) Great read, fascinating take, you should go there. In short, I can tell you that they really diss MSU. Michigan, not so much.
Gerdeman goes on and on and on extensively about the cheap shots and bad officiating in the game. A few money quotes:
Michigan State committed over a half dozen personal fouls, though only four were actually called. They beat Michigan up on Saturday and the Wolverines took their beating politely and respectfully, never once raising a hand in defense, or calling out for help.
Yes, the Wolverines got legitimately beaten up against Michigan State, but they deserved a better showing than what they got from some terrible Big Ten officials in this game.
He also questions Borges' play-calling, in light of the wind and Denard's (lack of) accuracy:
The wind was a factor all over the midwest this past weekend, and some teams chose to take note of that fact (Ohio State threw four passes) and some teams chose not to (Michigan threw 31 passes).
I'm not saying throwing 31 passes in 24 mph winds is dumb, but there are certain types of passes that you do and do not throw in windy conditions.
Denard Robinson threw 24 passes, and a full one-third of them (that's eight for any Spartans reading this) were thrown at least 15 yards downfield. Not surprisingly, Robinson only completed one of these eight throws, and that was for the bare minimum of 15 yards.
Even so, Gerdeman is still solidly in the pro-Denard camp:
I'm still not sure what Devin Gardner's role is on this team. I do know that every time he takes a snap and Denard Robinson doesn't, the defense is winning. Even when Robinson is being contained, he's still a threat at any moment to score a touchdown.
Read the article. Great analysis, one of the best pieces I've seen. He does predict, given our performance in this game, that Michigan goes .500 in the last four games, ending with a 9 - 3 record. I personally wouldn't mind that, as long as we actually win against Ohio.