Peppers at 10, which seems low.
The Lantern, student newspaper at Ohio had a commentary on October 4, 2011 by a Ben Axelrod related to the Tressel era. The salient points for the non link followers below:
After Pryor, Posey and four other teammates were suspended for the start of the 2011 season, Tressel made them promise that they would return for their senior seasons before letting them play in the Sugar Bowl. You know, because there's no better way to punish kids who claim they only sold stuff because they were in dire need of the money than by preventing them from making a living for one more whole year?
Had Pryor, Posey and Herron all declared for the draft following Tattoo-gate, Tressel would likely still be out of a college coaching job and the Buckeyes would be just as much of a mess on the field as they are now. But thanks to Tressel demanding players to return to a school that they didn't want to be at, OSU is likely facing charges of a lack of institutional control, as in less than a year, 10 players have been suspended for receiving improper benefits.
People like to pretend that Tressel transformed OSU into the national power that it is, when in reality, he's leaving the football program in worse shape than it was in before he got here, and that's a clear sign of having done more harm than good.
Even during hate week it's awesome to watch Ohio implode. That is a spectacular stat that over the past year 10 players have been suspended for receiving improper benefits. If that's not LOIC I wonder what the hell is...(as does the PAC 10/12 lobby).
Well, if I'm not speaking prematurely I'd say the fortunes of Michigan and OSU are slowly turning in opposise directions. Going into spring practice 2010 the Buckeyes were still the team to beat in the Big Ten. My aim here is not to pile on Buckeye misery but rather to emphasize how the FB programs tend to run in cycles after the Bo and Woody 10 year war. As I recall the 1980's were slightly advantage Wolverines. The 1990s were overwhelmingly advantage Wolverines - and we all know about JT and the Buckeye scorched earth hordes of the 2000s. Question is - is the tide coming in for the Wolverines? What do you think we can expect in the 201x years?
Sunday I posted a thread comparing the defense in the 1st and 2nd halves (here). I just felt that the team, especially the defense, was playing better in the second half and wanted to get some stats to compare. I just posted this to see if the offense had a similar trend. The conclusion? I don't know. The numbers look a little better in the second half, but they're pretty even, a couple games were outliers either way, and of course the WMU game wasn't finished. I guess the point is that the offense has scored when they needed to in the second half (NW, ND). So anyway, I have these stats so I figured I would share them.
WMU (not a full game)
1st: 14 points, 142 yards, 1 punt, 0 turnovers
2nd: 7 points, 157 yards, 1 punt, 0 turnovers
1st: 7 points, 85 yards, 4 punts, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 28 points, 378 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 interceptions)
1st: 14 points, 218 yards, 3 punts, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 17 points, 253 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
1st: 21 points, 247 yards, 1 punt, 1 turnover (fumble)
2nd: 7 points, 160 yards, 3 punts, 3 turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble)
1st: 38 points, 394 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
2nd: 13 points, 200 yards, 2 punts, 0 turnovers
1st: 14 points, 236 yards, 1 punt, 3 turnovers (3 interceptions)
2nd: 28 points, 288 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
Total (With WMU):
1st: 108 points, 1,322 yards, 10 punts, 6 turnovers (5 interceptions, 1 fumble)
2nd: 107 points, 1,436 yards, 7 punts, 5 turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble)
Total (Without WMU):
1st: 94 points, 1,180 yards, 9 punts, 6 turnovers (5 interceptions, 1 fumble)
2nd: 100 points, 1,279 yards, 6 punts, 5 turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble)
As chosen by Rivals' thoroughly scientific process (/s). But seriously, it's always cool to see any Michigan game getting national hype.
Best game: Michigan at Michigan State, noon, ESPN. Michigan makes the short drive to East Lansing to put its unbeaten record on the line against the Spartans (4-1) in a bitter in-state rivalry. Michigan State has won three in a row in the series. The Spartans have held four of their five opponents to seven or fewer points, but they face a tremendous challenge in trying to contain explosive Wolverines QB Denard Robinson and a Michigan offense that has exceeded 30 points four times.
Best unit matchup of the week: Michigan offensive line vs. Michigan State defensive line. Michigan State leads the nation in total defense and is third nationally in run defense. Michigan's offensive line has done a nice job controlling the line of scrimmage and that has to continue against the Spartans. Wolverines QB Denard Robinson certainly can scramble, but he would much rather run when he wants to rather than when he has to. Michigan's line has allowed a nation's-low two sacks, and TBs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Vincent Smith have been effective runners. The Spartans' front needs to clog up the middle Saturday.
Best coordinator chess match: Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges vs. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. The Spartans have surprised many by playing some of the best defense in the nation under Narduzzi. But Narduzzi will have to have his troops in top form facing Borges' attack, which is led by Denard Robinson. Borges is slowly opening the playbook and expanding the options for Robinson. The winning coordinator's team will have a big leg up in the Big Ten Legends Division race.
ESPN has an interesting article about Michigan's ability to successfully make adjustments this year. We are second only to Stanford (and one spot ahead of Bama) in terms of second half point differential.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison sat his players down in the visitors' locker room Saturday night at Ryan Field. It was halftime, and the Wolverines trailed 24-14, obviously not the best 30 minutes for a defense that had garnered praise for its turnaround from a year ago.
In Michigan's first five games, defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen said, the changes Mattison had made had been small and simple. This was going to be a big change in a small amount of time.
Michigan had been hurt by Northwestern's run option. The Wildcats had also unexpectedly run more bubble screens than anticipated, leaving Mattison about 20 minutes to overhaul his plan.
"It was a pretty serious thing," Van Bergen said. "To bump all the linebackers back the way we did, but it was successful."
Michigan pulled its linebackers off the line of scrimmage more to allow them a split-second more time to read where Dan Persa or Kain Colter would try to run an option. It also caused more traffic for receivers running short routes over the middle.
And like it has through six weeks this season, No. 10 Michigan had success.
Izzo and his wife, Lupe, have donated $1 million to the MSU AD, most of which will go towards the football scholarship program. This is a pretty solid thing for Izzo to do, obviously, and it appears as if he's trying to keep the football program and the hype around it going by matching it with monetary support. Link?
P.S. - Everything in the article is fluff (and Izzo earned it, I guess), but this one still made me shake my head:
"Supporting the football team was an easy decision," Izzo said in a prepared statement. "Coach [Mark] Dantonio is a man of character, building a championship program."
Everything was good until that whole "man of character" bit, but that's just my opinion. And of course, Beat Sparty!