this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
On occasion, I find it illuminating to peer into the MGoBlog archives and "check the pulse" of the blog at certain important points in the past. A particularly relevant post from Brian below, following the infamous 2007 contest and the postgame comments from Mike Hart and Mark Dantonio:
Oh, now it's personal? You mean it's unlike all those other games when a host of kids who never even got looked at by Michigan (save three or four per year) played their instate rival and then immediately collapsed afterward? Oh shit. We are in serious trouble now. It's personal. I am liquidating my assets and moving to Tahiti, as Michigan will never beat Michigan State again.
I saw the other topic digress away from football so I thought I would start anew.
First, I'm not going to compare QB to QB, RB to RB, etc. YOu can't compare Kirk to Denard. It's an apple to orange comparison and they won't be playing against each other anyways.
First, I will start with my key's to the game.
1. Can MSU's Oline hold up? I am a frequent lurker so I know that the majority of this board thinks our OLine is a joke. I will freely admit it is our largest concern, but don't just think UM is going to roll in and dominate. The OLine played pretty well against OSU in not allowing a sack and had a respectable 4.5 YPC until the 4th quarter prevent offense came in. I don't expect us to run as well as we did against UM last year, but if we can just run enough to keep Mattison honest, we should be ok. Also, the Oline has to hold up against the blitz packages. If UM wins this game, it is because Martin and VanBergen dominate.
2. Can Denard protect the ball? Our defense is good. Probably the best you have faced this year. I'm not saying we are LSU or Alambama good, but our DLine is deep and talented. Our secondary has ball hawks every where. Johnny Adams and Trenton Robinson picked Denard last year. Our other starting corner (Darqueze Denard) had the one handed ESPN pick against OSU. Our new starting safety Isiah Lewis is a huge hitter and although he is a first year starter, he is a big upgrade over Hyde from last year. Our starting linebackers a
Very interesting write up on the historical source and origin of MSU hatred and resentment of the Wolverines.
Henry Tappan may have been a royal bastard back in the day. Maybe there were a lot of powerful oligarchs hell bent on choking the life out of any rival institutions in the state. But in the end it does read like the perspective of one with a massive, untreatable inferiority complex.
Oh well. If anything I'm sort of glad they got their shit together and called it "Michigan State University". The Michigan A&M Spartans would have sucked.
For the first time in 30 years, all major Florida schools (The U, UF and FSU) are absent from the charts.
Seems hard to believe.
They have tons of talent. Possible reasons:
Coaching transitions for all three.
Harsh competition and schedules.
What do you think?
I know there are a few users around here who have established themselves as rational MSU fans. I've seen some pretty unbelievable comments in other places (no links, you go to these places at your own risk) about how Michigan is so over-rated and MSU is going to kill us, so I'm interested in hearing some more rational insights. So, this is for you. After seeing how we handled our first away game, what are your thoughts for this weekend? Homerism aside, do you agree with the odds placing MSU as the favorite?
During the first half of Saturdays game I remember complaining out loud that the D-line was getting held quite often but to no avail to the referrees. I DVR'd the game and always rewatch on Mondays and I just realized that the entire D-line switched jersey's to last years away jerseys. This years jerseys are definitely more form fitting and much tighter than the past couple of years. I hadn't noticed this happening at all in any of the previous games and also took note that none of the other defensive players made this jersey switch. Am I just crazy or do you all think that this was done to try and draw more holding penalties on the Northwestern O-line? I suspect and it looks as though the old jersey's are easier to grab and would be easier for an official to see a hold.
Maybe an out of the ballpark thought, but just an observation and wanted to see if anybody else noticed it too.