things go poorly
Stanford's defense, playing 9 upperclassmen and 2 sophomores on defense (compared to M playing 5 underclassmen, sometimes more and as many as 5 freshmen) gives up 626 yards and 52 points to a spread offense.
Oregon: 626 yards on 80 plays, 7.825 yd/play
Indiana: 568 yards on 98 plays, 5.8 yd/play
Michigan: 574 yards on 45 plays, 12.756 yd/play
Be careful what you wish for...
Well, after the debacle today, USC should fire Monte Kiffin. I mean, his D gave up 31 points and 537 yards to a Washington team that is 66th in total offense and 66th in scoring offense and lost to a 1-4 BYU team. Don't know why USC hired that guy.... [sarcasm]
But seriously, even with all the blue chippers that USC stockpiled during Carroll, USC defense has struggled. Hawaii even shredded them. Could it be the talent or inexperience? (I used Rivals ratings)
Nickell Robey - true frosh CB (4*)
Shareece Wright - senior CB (4*)
Jawanza Starling - sophomore safety (4*)
TJ McDonald - sophomore safety (5*)
Hmm, does this look similiar to some other team that we know?
James Rogers - senior CB (4* WR)
JT Floyd - RS soph CB (3*)
Cam Gordon - RS freshman safety (4* WR)
Thomas Gordon - RS freshman safety (2*)
Jordan Kovacs - RS soph safety (Walk-on)
Even one of the best D coordinators of all time (Kiffin), hasn't been able to turn USC's D into a shutdown unit. Experience is so key in college. Everyone thinks that freshmen, blue chippers, and new starters can just jump in and become All-American players instantly. It takes experience, gametime and in the system, for players to fully blossom. I think Michigan fans should heed this advice as we watch our D, especially young and inexperienced in the secondary, go through growing pains. Monte Kiffin isn't going anywhere, and neither is Greg Robinson.
I hate that Juice Williams holds the record for the most yards by an individual in a single game at Michigan Stadium, 431 yards. I am reminded of that every time I see my former college roommate, who is a big Illini fan. As much as I would love to see Denard break it next week, the same buddy is coming to visit and we're going to the Iowa game, and I would love to let him witness in person the breaking of Juice Williams' record. Over or under 2 weeks before Denard breaks this record?
Not in HD. But for anyone interested.
Some observations about our team coming out of this game. Many of these are not necessarily new observations, but confirmation of prior observations now that we have seen the team in B10 play:
1. Our defense really is as bad as we expected. IU has a good passing attack, no doubt, but they are a 1 dimensional team that can't run for crap. They marched down the field on just about every drive.
1a. We are actually going to win a bunch of games, but to do it, we are going to have to put up 30+ points in every game.
2. We are going to put up a ton of points, regardless of who is on defense.
3. Denard is as good as we all thought ,maybe better. He is a game changer, and runs the 2-minute drill (1 minute this time) as good as any QB.
4. V. SMith is not good. Perhaps he needs more time to fully recover from his ACL injury. He had the 50 yard TD run, but until the 10 yd line, we pretty much just ran through an open hope. He couldn't consistently pick up more than 3 on the worst rushing D we are going to face. WE need Cox to step up if given the chance.
5. Time of possession = irrelevant. Who cares how long it takes to score, so long as you score on just about every drive.
6. Barwis = the real deal. Despite being on the field for more than 2/3 of the game - often in long bunches of time with limited substitutions, the D never looked winded.
7. Gallon needs more time before he is a return man.
8. Always bet on the "over."
Been a long wild day and Paterno has just sent me over the edge. I have no idea what coaches in the Big Ten have been thinking, but based on these decisions and their status maybe they won't be making them much longer.
1. Earlier today Zook has a 4th down deep in Ohio St territory down 7 with 4 minutes to go and kicks a FG?!?! So you think it will be easier to stop OSU on a 3 and out, force a punt and then drive the length of the field against OSU than pick up 6 yds? Idiot.
2. Lynch passing up a 4th and short in Mich territory is just beyond comprehension considering our defense and our offense.
3. Paterno down 14 with 4th and 6 near midfield elects to punt...hmm so you haven't scored a td yet but you think you can stuff Iowa, drive down and score then onside and score again in 5 minutes, but you don't want to risk a 4th and 6? Joe Pa was awesome and he probably didn't even make the decision, but just horrible.
4. I can't pinpoint just 1 Brewster debacle on the last drive but it was epic in the fail. That was more a LOL than anything the use of clock and play calling was terrible but they never got a yard so it didn't matter.
I love RR and it worked out but wasting a TO after Hemmingways catch was driving me crazy as well. The clock is stopped for you no need to waste a time out. You wasted a potential play and limited your options had Denard gotten stuffed.
Bad day for Big Ten coaches.