"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
I gotta admit I was pretty pissed on Kovac's missed tackle on the last TD drive. But in hindsight realized that had he made the tackle which was beyond the first down marker, there probably wouldn't have been any time left after the next series of downs. (Speculating that they would have scored anyway) After all was said and done it's a good thing Indiana scored when they did.
|National Rank||Yds/Pts Per Game||National Rank||Yds/Pts Per Game|
|Rushing Offense||3||324.4||Rushing Defense||20||101.2|
|Passing Offense||38||240.6||Pass Defense||78||227.4|
|Total Offense||2||565||Total Defense||41||328.6|
|Scoring Offense||9||41.4||Scoring Defense||36||18.6|
|Rushing Defense||37||125.8||Rushing Offense||20||220.2|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||79||129.47||Passing Efficiency||12||166.09|
|Total Defense||102||433.6||Total Offense||23||460.6|
|Scoring Defense||73||25.4||Scoring Offense||24||36.2|
|Net Punting||88||34||Net Punting||35||38.05|
|Kickoff Returns||104||18.72||Kickoff Returns||66||21.31|
|Turnover Margin||T-15||0.8||Turnover Margin||T-43||0.4|
|Pass Defense||120||307.8||Passing Offense||39||240.4|
|Passing Efficiency||4||181.29||Pass Efficiency Defense||29||110.68|
|Tackles For Loss||T-61||6||Tackles For Loss||103||4.2|
|Red Zone Efficiency||6||6.48||Red Zone Defense||54||4.93|
|Red Zone Defense||71||5.26||Red Zone Efficiency||49||5.35|
Let me start by saying all the stats above can be found here:
I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert on the metrics and their relationship to the outcome of this game but I will make a few quick observations and let everyone else draw whatever conclusions they choose.
1. Looks to be the classic coin flip game, it's basically strength against strength and weakness against weakness.
2. The second number in the red zone effeciency categories is simply the total number of points scored devided by the number of opportunities. The national ranking however is based on a flat conversion ratio. These numbers jumped out at me more than any others.
3. I'm sure there are all sorts of metrics that I could have added/included/weighted, I didn't, this is meant to be quick and dirty.
4. According to the numbers, and this game looks to be about execution.
In my opinion if we win the turnover battle, finish with TD's in the red zone and can tie on hidden yardage (penalty yardage + return yardage) we should win this game.
P.S. A warning to those pining for old school big ten football this should be another barn burner. Then again, as with the rest of this post, I'm not saying anything most people didn't already know.
Last weekend my Dad, Brother, and I were blessed with the opportunity to take a trip to Ann Arbor to watch our first every Michigan game in Michigan Stadium. This is was an especially big deal because we live in Oregon, so our travel was a little more extensive than just driving up on Saturday morning before the game.
During the months leading up to our trip we posted on the blog, and read everything we could about where to stay, eat, and what to see while in Ann Arbor. It is no stretch at all to say that this trip was nothing short of amazing and a large part of that is due to the Mgo community. We relied on your expertise and you did not let us down.
We were able to enjoy Zingerman’s twice, watch Michigan crush Bowling Green, take in some Michigan Volleyball, walk through Yost, and even took a tour of the Big House. The tour was especially amazing because not only were we able to go through the locker room, see the new additions to the stadium, run down the tunnel, and play around on the field, we were also able to get a signed copy of Robert Soderstrom’s book The Big House. This may not seem like a big deal, because he signs books for anyone that buys a copy, but our copy is a little different.
While on the tour each participant is required to wear a nametag. Well everyone writes their name and goes about their tour, not us. We decided to spice up the tour a little bit by using the names, Denard, Tate, and Zoltan. So when the author was signing our copy of the book we had him make it out to Denard, Tate, and Zoltan.
I would like to say thank you to everyone on this blog that helped us in so many ways make this one of the best trips we have ever taken. The city of Ann Arbor was amazing and there was no shortage of people willing to take the time to help us find our way and make our trip more enjoyable. So to everyone at the MGOBLOG, MDen, Zingerman’s and anyone else we asked for help along the way, thank you.
Since the 2010 schedule is so similar to the 2009 schedule, I figured I'd compare where we are now to where we were a year ago. The below numbers compare our four out of conference games and Indiana:
2009: 198.8 yds/game, 24 passes/game, 60.4 comp %, 9 total TDs
2010: 240.6 yds/game, 24 passes/game, 73.1 comp %, 9 total TDs
2009: 284.4 yds/game, 46 rushes/game, 18 total TDs
2010: 324.4 yds/game, 46 rushes/game, 20 total TDs
2009: 225.2 yds/game, 6 total TDs allowed
2010: 307.8 yds/game, 8 total TDs allowed
2009: 126.6 yds/game, 6 total TDs allowed
2010: 125.8 yds/game, 9 total TDs allowed
So the split is exactly the same on offense: 24 passes/46 rushes per game. Same gameplan. The offense is 80 yards better than last year (split evenly beetween the run and pass), though that has only translated to 2 additional TDs. The defense is 80 yards worse, ALL OF IT attributable to the pass. This has translated to an additional 5 TDs allowed. Same record each year: 5-0. Close games with ND and Indiana.
This is...a bit sobering. The good news (I guess), is that our many problems have been whittled down to one: the pass defense. The bad news: we have no immeadite solution to that problem. The next 7 games are gonna be tense.
I know there was a thread on this last night, but that was right after the game and thus a little unreasonable in terms of wanting the video to be up. However, it should be up at this point right? Let me know if any of you can steer me in the right direction.
The Associated Press Top 25 Poll
Updated: Sunday October 03, 2010 12:21 PM
Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 5-0 1,497 1
2 Ohio State (1) 5-0 1,401 2
3 Oregon 5-0 1,379 4
4 Boise State (1) 4-0 1,341 3
5 TCU 5-0 1,250 5
6 Oklahoma 5-0 1,183 8
7 Nebraska 4-0 1,172 6
8 Auburn 5-0 1,045 10
9 Arizona 4-0 898 14
10 Utah 4-0 860 13
11 Arkansas 3-1 825 15
12 LSU 5-0 819 12
13 Miami (FL) 3-1 769 16
14 Florida 4-1 681 7
15 Iowa 4-1 670 17
16 Stanford 4-1 663 9
17 Michigan State 5-0 607 24
18 Michigan 5-0 555 19
19 South Carolina 3-1 450 20
20 Wisconsin 4-1 316 11
21 Nevada 5-0 286 25
22 Oklahoma State 4-0 173 NR
23 Florida State 4-1 162 NR
24 Missouri 4-0 99 NR
25 Air Force 4-1 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia83, Kansas State69, USC52, Texas33, Northwestern25, Oregon State12, Baylor10, Virginia Tech8, UCLA8, North Carolina State4, Penn State1