chance of bowl: 13.6%
I know all of the broadcasters made a big deal about the hurry-up offense that Rodriguez installed when he first came to Michigan because it was such a drastic change. I remember hearing and reading that the offense includes three tempos, including the fastest that is called "Jet."
Does anyone have any information/data on how many snaps per game Michigan runs the Jet tempo? Under what circumstances it is used? What plays are usually called at this tempo? The success rate of the plays called at this tempo?
[Ed (Misopogon): Bumped to diary for general diary-worthiness]
If, like me, you've heard "So and so is too small for the Big Ten" and wondered if that statement could be supported by data, you might find the following information interesting.
At the expense of some tedious data entry and time, I looked at the depth charts on the Rivals site for teams from several conferences. Shown here are the average weights for the O- and D-lines. (I thought those would be a reasonable proxy for overall team size.)
- Notice that our conference doesn't have the biggest offensive linemen. That would be the SEC.
- Our defensive linemen are noticeably bigger than those of other conferences (SEC excepted). I suppose that might be a reflection of the SMASHMOUTH football favored by Wisconsin, MSU, et al. Not sure, though...
- You have to go to the Sun Belt (!) conference to get relatively small offensive linemen. The Mountain West and WAC conferences are right there with the big boys.
Anyway, the numbers show that the Big Ten isn't anything special size-wise.
Another of my favorite myths or areas of silliness is this remark, which you often hear in pre-game shows: "X's offensive line outweighs Y's defensive line by Z pounds!!!" Of course it does. Any reasonable person understands that offensive linemen have a bigger average size. For the conferences, the average difference ranged from 21.9 to 35.6 pounds. Why state the obvious?
While we're on the subject of myths, one other thing:
The Badgers have just four offensive linemen in the NFL.
For all the glowing praise that Wisconsin's trained mastadons get, you'd think they'd have more players at those positions in the NFL. Four? Not overly impressive ...
Pretty surreal watching two UM QBs starting against each other (I wouldn't exactly say "go at it" -- 3 interceptions v. 153 yds total)... but the best line of the night was uttered by Ron Jaworski, I think, when he said something to the effect of -- "Both Brady and Henne have lots of Michigan records... but neither would be starting for Michigan right now."
Yikes, that's a fabulous thought.
Enjoy, brah. Keep in mind the highlights are just placeholders for the Bow Down Little Brother 2010 Review video.
This is from Peter King's MMQB column at cnnsi.com:
"The 'victory bell' rings two times -- when we win and when else?''
-- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, in a pop quiz to his weekly "Coaching Football'' class on campus at Ohio State, according to a story in Friday's Wall Street Journal.
One of the 49 students in class said, "Third down?''
"Third down? No! At graduation,'' replied Tressel.
The Journal reported that Tressel is the only major-college football coach to teach a class in-season. His class convenes early in the morning, twice a week, on the Columbus campus.*
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/10/04/week4/3.html#ixzz11UEippCz
It's just too bad Coaching Football wasn't available in time for Big Kat Katzenmoyer's collegiate education. Sounds like there's some seriously though-provoking, like heavy, significant shit being dicussed in Professor Tressel's little seminar there.
Seriously, Tressel's ability to manipulate the (admittedly gerbil-brained) media into believing that everything he does is in the interest of the fine young men of his football team - even when that includes creating an entirely bullshit course that would make Jim Harrick proud - is simply astounding.
*His class convenes early in the morning, for Pete's sake! That's old-fashoned values and well-shined shoes STRAIGHT TO YOUR MOTHERFUCKING BRAIN right there, lawya.)
EDIT: Some members of the MGoBoard have notified me that either only one football player has taken this course, or only one has ever received an A for the course, or something along these lines. Suffice it to say that this is not a class stocked with football players. HOWEVA, the overall bullshit level is still high, augmented by the fact that apparently Tressel sends his kids out to break down film of high school games, thus giving his program a nice little free archive of recruiting tape. Overall, this sounds like a PR effort and/or a chance for Tressel to try to make himself look more like Woody. Your opinion may differ.
After the win on Saturday, I posted a projected yards total in which Denard gained somewhere in the neighborhood of 2400/2100 yards for the season. It put him on pace to become the first 2000/2000 player in NCAA history (I assume).
The question is whether he can keep up these torrid numbers against stronger competition. I, for one, think he can - which is not to say that I think that he will. 2,000 yards rushing will be tough. But as long as he stays healthy, he will get his chance. If anything, the stronger competition will force him to stay on the field and keep trying to bang out yardage. He'll need to keep breaking the huge runs in order to have a chance.
Yardage Needed for 2000/2000:
As long as he stays close to achieving this milestone, I'll keep posting updates after every game.