things go poorly
Chris at Smart Football calls out the conventional wisdom that the shotgun is somehow new and that old-school guys would not approve.
Robinson suffered a bruised knee but will play Saturday at Indiana, Rodriguez said. He will be limited Monday, but coaches are hopeful he'll be able to practice Tuesday.
The news isn't as good for redshirt freshman running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. Toussaint, nursing a sore knee, injured his shoulder after carrying twice for 66 yards and a touchdown. He'll be evaluated further this week.
Man is Fitz gonna be the next Minor/Brown where he cant shake the injury bug??? Hopefully its not bad, he seems like he is destined for greatness..
Back on August 8, I posted this in a thread (edited to bring up the word count):
I see clear-cut top teams in Ohio State and Wisconsin. After that it's a toss up for 3rd with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Penn State.
- Iowa: home versus Penn State and Michigan State, at Michigan and Northwestern
- Michigan: home versus Iowa and Michigan State, at Penn State, Northwestern off
- Michigan State: at Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State
- Northwestern: home versus Iowa and Michigan State, at Penn State, Michigan off (also OSU off)
- Penn State: home versus Michigan, Michigan State, and Northwestern, at Iowa
If we see these teams as evenly matched and hold serve at home in these matchups, and we assume that when any of these teams play Ohio State or Wisconsin they lose and Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue as wins, we get:
1/2: Ohio State/Wisconsin (8-0/7-1)
3: Penn State (6-2)
4: Northwestern (6-2) (loses tie-breaker w/Penn State based on head-to-head Penn State win)
5: Michigan (5-3)
6: Iowa (4-4)
7: Michigan State (3-5)
8-11: I don't care
I'd like to start a rational discussion on what we think might happen in the Big Ten season this year.
Obviously, the above is according to Hoyle, but I think the surprises will even out for the most part. Prediction: one of the teams in the "Fight for 3rd" category will implode and one will catch fire.
So, let me hear you, MGoNation.
Smart Football has a nice little article making fun of ESPN's Big Ten bloggers for thinking that the shotgun is some newfangled formation that Yost and Rockne would have despised:
Adam Rittenberg: So, [Brian] Bennett, we meet again. Good starts for both the Irish and the Wolverines on Saturday, and it should be a great one in South Bend. Let’s talk offense. What do you think Knute Rockne and Fielding Yost would say about these two systems matching up?
Brian Bennett: I think both coaches would have spit in a leather helmet in disgust. What’s the over/under on total number of snaps under center on Saturday? Five?