alternate headline: man does job
It's one thing for a running back to have quick feet; it's quite another to have feet capable of nailing an unblocked guy's feet to the ground and teleporting an opposing nose tackle from one side of your guard to the other.
Of course, on this play Toussaint wasn't the only guy with super powers. The SDSU DE running the scrape exchange made himself invisible, at least to Kevin Koger.
The Setup: First and 10 for Michigan on the SDSU 16, up 21-7 and driving to close the game out. Michigan will run the zone read (I think; I'm sure I'll be corrected if I get it wrong) out of the shotgun, pulling Kevin Koger to open the backside.
Wha'hoppon: Robinson sees the LB come down for contain and so hands off to Fitzgerald Toussaint. Koger misses the DE coming down the line on the scrape exchange, blocking the LB that had already been neutralized by the handoff.
With a free hitter staring him in the face, Toussaint takes a half-step to the outside, freezing the DE and changing the momentum of the NT being blocked by Omameh. This puts him on the wrong side of the hole, and Omameh rides him out of the hole as Toussaint comes through one step ahead of the DE. Good downfield blocking lets Fitz ride his OL to a 9-yard gain.
Full YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxVJpWo2NOc&hd=1
Has anyone seen this before? Turn on MTV2. The QB for Seattle is the daughter of former NFL QB Mark Rypien. The daughter of the GB Packers' owner plays on Green Bay's team as well. Pretty crazy stuff.
Very compelling game, yes? I like Sparty here. As much as I was all "Notre Dame blew you out, what a bunch of LOSERS," that kickoff return TD was really the difference in the game. I thought State contained Floyd pretty well, say, like I wish we could have done that. And when did Cunningham get super good. He was always stellar, but I never really saw what I am seeing now. He's clearly a pro and I wasn't even paying attention. State's LB play has also been strong, at least to the naked eye, and I thought that was going to be a weakness for them. They have been lethargic as all hell, I will give you that, but I thought they were snatched pretty quick from the Top 25 after a losing a nearly impossible game to win. (ND had to win that, if that would have been us that week, um yeah, not a chance.)
I also don't think it is legit to consider OSU all washed up as many around here have, especially local media, but I think this sets up well for State. Ohio still trying to find itself, State with a ton of experience. O-line weak, but they overcome it and get the W 24-16. I also want that to be the case, because I don't want them stewing for two weeks about a loss and then going Ivan Drago on us in their military gear. A State win tommorow is good for Michigan, IMO.
There's been a lot of rain this week in Ann Arbor, and there's more expected tonight, leading to the inevitable parking closures for the Minnesota game. The details from MGoBlue.com:
PARKING UPDATES FOR SATURDAY (OCT. 1) VS. MINNESOTA
Due to recent rainy weather, the U-M Golf Course parking entrance off Main Street will be closed for Saturday's (Oct. 1) game against Minnesota, and the grass areas at Pioneer High School (Purple Lot) will be closed. Additional updates and closures will be posted here as necessary. (Last update: Friday, Sept. 30, 3:20 p.m.)
There are a number of parking options on football game days around Michigan Stadium. Many lots are permit only but there are also numerous options for guests looking for day of game/cash sale parking. Please go to the Football Parking Lot Information website for a list of options and prices.
NOTE: Radio stations WAAM (1600 AM), WJR (760 AM), WTKA (1050 AM) and WWJ (950 AM) carry game day weather and parking information.
[Ed: you know what? I'm just going to bump this instead of linking it again.]
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October is hours away. And so is the start of the 2011 Big 10 conference season. Out of conference games are more or less over and we're about to begin an historic Big 10 season, one with Nebraska in it, two divisional races and a winner-take-all championship in, of all months, December. This will be season to remember, but will Michigan be a factor? The numbers from September are in, and the early math points to the Wolverine's showdown with Nebraska in November being for the division title.
But we've all been here before with Michigan looking good on the verge on the conference campaign only to see the September numbers wither with the changing seasons. I have a feeling this year will be different, but that doesn't mean the Wolverines will run the table or boss their division. My prediction for the division has always been its pretty mediocre and that we'll see three teams tied atop at 5-3. Michigan has as good a chance as anyone to hit that 5-3 mark. My other prediction was if they beat ND, they would be one game better through ten games than a year ago, so that's 8-2 heading into the nasty double date at the end of November with the Huskers and Ohio State coming to town.
There are plenty of storylines to be had in tomorrow's league opener for Michigan against Minnesota. The Little Brown Jug is on the line, fer gawd's sake!! We get another data point in the evolution of the new offense. How does Minnesota look with the whole Jerry Kill situation? Can these young, new playmakers on the Michigan defense continue their progression. And, of course, in my world, can Michigan cover the point spread. Generally speaking, I don't consider covering the line or not a true storyline for the masses. But in Michigan's case this season, I do. Don't forget, the Wolverines didn't cover a single point spread in Big 10 play a year ago. That's only the fifth time in the last decade that any FBS school didn't cover against the closing game in all their league games.
The paranoid ninny in me is naturally not happy that Michigan is the biggest chalk on the Big 10 board in the wake of last year's 0-8 ATS mark and 4-20 ATS mark the last three years against the Big 10. Obviously part of that is Minnesota's serious sucktitude so far this season. But some of it is indeed a changing mindset towards Michigan within the gambling community. Back in the summer, not only was nobody betting on Michigan, but everybody and their pet cats was betting against the Maize and Blue. However, a month into the season, Michigan has showcased some defensive competency, they still have Denard Robinson and, well, the rest of the Big 10 just looks terrible. The result? A major shifting of the odds in favor of Michigan. The Wolverines used to be 8th in line on the board with Big 10 Championship odds, checking in at +1600. But with the shifting Big 10 odds, today they are third in line at +800, behind Wisco and Nebraska. And when books re-released lines for future games on Monday, Michigan, which had been an underdog in almost every Big 10 game available, is now the favorite in almost all those games.
[ed: specifics after the jump. Thanks for being terrible, Big Ten.]