At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
First the favorite Spartan thread. Then the 10 year anniversary Spartan Bob thread. Then the most gut-wrenching loss to Sparty thread.
Look folks, Bo was right when he said it's easier to remember the losses than the wins but I think we're overdue for a favorite wins over Sparty thread. We've got so much more to choose from with wins than losses. So please post them here...please.
After watching Brian's Duck video link and thinking about the game on Saturday, I think I have the wrinkle Gorgeous Al is going to drop on the Spartans. I think we are going to midline Worthy. Worthy wants to jump the snap and cause pain well let's just let him. I think we use his aggressiveness and lack of football smarts against him and have Denard read him.
This allows the Oline to get out on the talented but inexperienced LB's and block them(our strength) and solves the problem of our guards trying to handle the monster Worthy(our weakness). This will tire Worthy and make him more hesitant to bust thru the line slowing his pass rush.
Once the Spartans adjust it will allow the other plays to work better.
There you go. I'm still nervous we wasted our best wrinkles against Minnesota like we have in years past, but I have seen nothing so far from Borges that I am not optimistic he has something great planned. Look for the Midline option on Saturday as my guess at one of our tweaks.
As the great Bart Scott said once.....CAN'T WAIT!!
I know all too well we've lost the last three games to these guys but in my lifetime there were three nut-crunching losses to MSU that are stuck in my memory like the first fat chick you hooked up in the dorms when you were too drunk to notice but not drunk enough to forget what she looked like (more on that some other time).
1978 - MSU 24 - Michigan 15
The only conference loss for one of Bo's truly great teams. Senior QB Ricky Leach's only loss to MSU derailed Blue's march to a possible National Championship season as Kirk Gibson goes off (yes he played football too) and almost single-handedly defeats Michigan. The term "Arrogant Asses" is born.
1990 - MSU 28 - Michigan 27
#1 ranked Michigan makes a furious comeback and has a chance to steal the win (MSU outplayed us that day by a LOT) only to have the game end on the mother of all controversial "no calls" in college football history. Little known fact - the ref who ate his flag that day in the end zone was the high school coach the year before of the MSU defender who DIDN'T interfere with Desmond on the two point conversation attempt.
2001 - MSU 26 - Michigan 24
Spartan Bob....multiple drive extending defensive penalties against Michigan and.another insanely obvious no-call on the last play of the game leads MSU to two point victory that literally changed the rules of college football.
And besides the obvious answer "all of them" which one is yours?
The perspicuous readers of this blog may note that the Clockgate game was actually on November 3, 2001, so the term "anniversary" may be technically incorrect. But since MSU is on tap this weekend it seems like a fair time to discuss the Spartan Bob / Clockgate game. In my opinion, Spartan Bob (Bob Stehlin) epitomized the noxious element of the Spartan fanbase. They won the game (Smoker to Duckett pass), and therefore any mention of the fact that one of their officials apparently purposely cheated to give the Spartans an extra play was dismissed as "whining". Michigan was ranked 6th in the polls at the time.
Making matters worse, Brent Musberger was calling the game. (If you're a fan of Musberger, I apologize to you. And I am frankly surprised that Musberger's mother reads this blog.)
I can't think of a bigger douchebag Spartan than an adult who was proud of cheating on behalf of his team, ultimately driving a change in the "who can be a timekeeper" rule. Hopefully Spartan Bob's not wearing that shit-eating grin after the game Saturday:
Hey everyone, I really hope this works. I looked everywhere on here and couldn't find this yet. I remember this coming up earlier in the week on another post about Vincent Smith pointing his fingers like a gun at the Northwestern Linebackers.
This gif was on TomVH's Twitter feed that I found on WolverineNation.
This is my first time trying to link a picture so please don't kill me if it doesnt work.
The Pick Six standings are starting to settle down. There will still be lots of change over the course of the season but fewer teams will make 15+ place jumps and so people will move up and down slower in the standings. If you've forgotten your username send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I can look you up.
Pick Six welcomes the Houston Cougars into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. All 31 people who chose Houston are glad they finally made it into the poll. With 31 people Houston was actually the 6th most popular unranked teams. The only top 8 most popular unranked teams that have not gotten into the rankings yet are BYU and Iowa. With the way the season is going so far, it looks like only BYU has a chance of ever being ranked, and that is a pretty smal chance.
In fact there have been 11 preseason unranked teams who have made appearances in the poll. Nine of those eleven are still ranked this week (South Florida are the teams that returned to the unranked masses).
We also have to say hello to Michigan State as they reentered the poll with a #23 ranking. We went 3 weeks without anybody from Group D in the rankings. Surprisingly the return of points from Group D didn’t have much of an effect on the leaderboard. None of the top 16 people in this week’s standings picked Michigan State.
Other than that the only major changes were Texas dropping to #22 and Florida dropping out of the poll. That gives the 330 people who picked Michigan an advantage over the 344 people who picked Texas.
Individual Ballot Analysis
Once again our leader stays on top from last week. But it’s not actually BlueMars24 and Cottonpicker whose fortunes fell with Florida. This week, Willhouse stays on top with 95 points and claims first place all by himself. It’s his West Virginia and Clemson picks that are keeping him in first.
The perfect ballot has finally cracked 100 points this week with #1 LSU, #6 Oklahoma State, #4 Wisconsin, #23 Michigan State, #13 West Virginia and #8 Clemson. That is three teams earning at least 20 points this week.
The two people with the worst possible ballot actually have managed to go even lower than last week’s 20 points. This week Florida State dropped out of the poll so Oregon is their sole ranked team earning them 17 points. If Oregon somehow loses badly to Arizona State and Stanford there could be the mythical zero point ballot.
Weekly Brian watch
Not much to update here. Brian drops slightly to 70th place. West Virginia picked up a few more points but Texas lost them and more.
Judging your picks
Even though the perfect ballot is at its highest point yet, the average ballots are falling. The mean and median of the MGoBlogosphere is 55 points (down from 60). A ballot picked randomly would be expected to have 49 points this week.
A full two thirds of the MGoBlog pickers are above that random level. So congratulations MGoBloggers, you are definitely value-added Pick Six Pickers.
Games to Not Watch
As stubob pointed out in his Ugly Game of the Week diary most of the Top 25 is taking on cupcakes. However I think he posted far too pretty of cupcakes in his post. Most of these matchups are against bad cupcakes. Arkansas is not playing this week but 7 of the 9 active Top Ten teams are favored by 2+ touchdowns. The average line on those 9 games is 22 points.
So, no these games do not deserve good looking cupcake pictures. Before we list the good games to watch here are 2 games that will satisfy your urge for carnage.
Indiana at #4 Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin –40, Over/Under 60
#3 Oklahoma at Kansas
Line: Oklahoma –35.5, Over/Under 72.5
Here are two games where the winning team might cover the point total all by themselves. The last time Wisconsin scored more than 60 points was last year against Northwestern (70), Indiana (83) and Austin Peay (70). Scoring 60 at home against the Hoosiers should be no problem.
It has been a surprisingly long time since Oklahoma scored more than 72.5. It goes all the way back to opening day of the 2007 season when they scored 79 against North Texas. However they have scored in the mid 60s seven times since then.
Games to Watch
Despite all the crappy games this week one can actually find a solid day of good football that will have an impact on the Pick Six standings. In order of quality:
- #11 Michigan at #23 Michigan State (noon, ESPN)
- #18 Arizona St at #9 Oregon (10:15, ESPN)
- #6 Oklahoma St at #22 Texas (3:30, ABC/ESPN)
- #20 Baylor at #21 Texas A&M (noon, FX)
- Florida at #24 Auburn (7:00, ESPN)
We’re all obviously going to be watching the Michigan game but keep an eye on any highlights of the Baylor-Texas A&M game. Both of those teams will be fighting to hang on to their ranking for one more week. After plummeting down the poll 2 weeks ago both teams had a pretty easy matchup last week that kept them around the bottom of the poll. The loser will be unranked next week and probably for several weeks afterward.
After the Michigan game switch over to the Oklahoma State game at Texas. Depending on how good you think Texas actually is, this might be the Cowboys toughest game until December 3 against Oklahoma.
Then watch the Florida-Auburn game at 7 pm. Auburn barely stayed in the poll at #24 and Florida is the top unranked team. The winner will probably still be in the 20-25 range but how far down the unranked teams will the loser drop? At the same time as this game, I will also try to watch some of the Iowa-Northwestern game. While it doesn’t affect Pick Six, it should be a pretty good game.
Finally, watch Arizona State at Oregon playing at 10:15 eastern time until you fall asleep in front of the TV. This has the potential to be the best game of the weekend but it also has the potential to be a blowout.