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Burst of Impetus
* This is the section where I discuss turnovers and other momentum changing plays. There was one burst of impetus in this game. Minnesota kicked off to start the game. That's it. They were never in it. I bet that "adjusted winning percentage" diary shows us pegged at 100% for the duration.
* For those that care, the turnovers were Mich: 0, Minn: 2. It's always nice to win the turnover battle, even if the team you are playing would be in danger of being relegated FROM the MAC. Notice, I wrote "from" and not "to". I think Minnesota would have trouble competing in the MAC this year and would be relegated to some FCS conference. I understand their starting QB was out, but they didn't do anything right all day.
Trash Cans Full of Dirt
* Craig Roh had a nice tackle early in the game for no gain. Later in the game, he had a tackle for a loss of 1 yard. The difference between these two tackles? One yard. He also gets credit in the box score for the latter, but not the former. When the box score starts including advanced defensive statistical metrics, I'd like to see them have TFNGs, for tackle for no gain. They are almost as important as the TFL, and way more important than the TWDF (tackle way down field.)
* The leading tacklers were Roh, Demens, and Countess with 5 each. That is such a wonderful sentence to write. The defense was only on the field for 47 plays. That's what happens when you hold a team to 0 for 11 on 3rd down conversions.
* 25 players showed up in the defensive stats section. Black, Van Bergen, and Ryan each recorded a sack. That's one less than we had so far this season. I know we played a couple run teams, but I like when the pressure leads to sacks as well as hurried throws.
Hexadecimal Points (HT: Number 7)
* Our helmets have wings! They also have numbers! If RR was still the coach, I shudder to think of the resulting outrage. It would certainly bring down the interwebz. I'm going to give Brady a pass on this because apparently the players asked for it, and it's their team.
* I would love to see 7A on Hawthorne's helmet. That's how he's listed in the defensive stats. M. Cavanaugh also shows up as 2H.
San Diego 49ers
* Our wide receivers have stats this week. Whoo-hoo! Hemingway had 5 catches and Gallon had 4.
* When Chris Martin of B1G Network fame tried to describe Denard, he said the best way to categorize him was "filthy." We finally got the game in which Denard's carries were limited. He rushed only 6 times for 51 yards. He made us all breathe a little more easily by going 15-19 through the air. (That sound you just heard was the rest of the B1G cursing.)
* Vincent Smith was also filthy, with a TD running, receiving, and throwing. He was named the Hardest Working Player," by the B1G Network. (For some reason, this reminds me of the old "Taco Bell Unsung Player Award" they used to have during Pistons broadcasts. It rotated between Rodman and Salley, until they were both Sung Players.) In my opinion, the hardest working man was Michael Schofield. Due to our lack of depth along the O-Line, he played the whole way. I think he must have had 20 more snaps than anyone else. That is a hard working player. I thought that the way we controlled the ball, we must have run 100 plays like Indiana did to us last year. Nope, only 73. Lots of runs keeps the clock moving. Still, yeoman work by Schofield. (Yeoman, that's a good thing, right?)
Rittenberg, in ESPN and his "five things we learned this week" column, has #1 as "Wisconsin is the conference's best team and Wilson it's best player." Also gives our defense kudos in #5, (alongside unfortunately, also praising State).
I haven't watched more than a quarter or two of Wisconsin, but to those of you who have: would you agree with the statement on Wilson?
Jake Ryan and Scott McVey played side by side at Cleveland's St. Ignatious H.S. as LBs - Jake usually played outside while Scott usually played inside. As you are aware Jake is a Wolverine and Scott is a Buckeye. There has been quite a bit of discussion as to which player was actually better in H.S. I think Scott missed a number of games to injury as a senior while Jake had a fairly decent senior season. We all know Jake is begining to shine here at Michigan along with our defense in general, but I'm not sure how Scott is fitting in at OSU (I've only seen bits and peices of their games). Question is who do you think may have the better career in college?
Still not a whole lot going on this week, though Notre Dame inches closer to Michigan by grabbing near-consensus four-star running back William Mahone. Action since last rankings:
9-27-11: Indiana picks up Jacarri Alexander. Minnesota picks up Tyren Hills.
9-30-11: Notre Dame picks up William Mahone.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 22 Commits|
No change for the Wolverines.
|#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits|
The Irish add running back William Mahone, who chose Notre Dame over Penn State, Michigan State, and Pitt.
|#3 Penn State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Nittany Lions.
|#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits|
No change for the Spartans, which includes a continued state of denial that Se'Von Pittman is a serious flight risk to Ohio State.
|#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits|
No change for the Badgers. Reggie Mitchell and Arthur Goldberg both get three-star ratings from 24/7.
|#7 Indiana - 19 Commits|
The Hoosiers add JuCo linebacker Jacarri Alexander. Dante Blackmon picks up three stars from ESPN and two stars from 24/7.
|#8 Northwestern - 16 Commits|
No change for the Wildcats.
|#9 Iowa - 10 Commits|
No change for the Hawkeyes.
|#10 Minnesota - 21 Commits|
The Gophers land unrated cornerback Tyren Hills, who will probably be starting next season if Saturday's game was any indication.
|#11 Purdue - 17 Commits|
The Boilermakers don't add any commits. Danny Anthrop gets a two-star rating fron ESPN.
|#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits|
The Huskers, after adding their first commit in a month and a half last week, go back to doing nothing.
|#13 Illinois - 9 Commits|
No change for the Illini.
"I felt we should've run iso's," Hyde said.
"They kept running off the edge, so I thought we should hit them in the middle. We've got to get better. I told the coaches some plays we should've run, but I don't get paid to coach, so I guess they don't listen."