landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
The three top rushers in the conference are all QBs: Taylor Martinez, Denard Robinson, and Marqueis Gray. The three top rushing QBs in the country are all in the Big Ten. In addition to those three, Nathan Scheelhaase, Russell Wilson and likely future starters Braxton Miller (ugh) and Devin Gardner (yay) can all burn you with their legs. Adam Rittenberg discusses this trend.
Right now, B1G has a better crop of running QBs than any other conference - who would have predicted this state of affairs 10 or even 5 years ago? Hopefully the inability to defend against a mobile QB is one Michigan tradition that doesn't come back.
I contacted the Michigan Athletic Department about getting Season DVD's from them each year and offered to pay nicely for them. They got back to me saying that they would not be able to accommodate due to TV rights etc...
Anyone know of a place that does package and sell season DVD's? I ask because I have a friend that is a Nebraska fan and he gets them every year. This would be really cool to have for the cave- a season DVD library.
Welcome to week 4, and the season has started taking shape. There's still a number of 0-fers going out there, including surprises like Boston College and Oregon State. Not as surprising is the fact that about half of the Sun Belt conference doesn't have a win yet. Lucky for them there's always conference play.
This week we highlight three games. Is highlight the right term for this column? Maybe "Spotlight of Shame" is a better term. We start in the SEC with Georgia versus Ole Miss. Georgia is 1-2, but the two losses are to Boise State and South Carolina, while Ole Miss has losses to Vandy and BYU. Ole Miss is sporting offensive numbers near the 100's, so look for Coach Giggity's Rebels to take sole possession of the SEC - West basement. Sidenote: I love that the divisions are South Eastern Conference - East and South Eastern Conference - West. Maybe the Big East will use that naming scheme if they split into the Big East - East and Big East - West. As a personal note, I will always cheer against any team named for or referencing the South in the Civil War.
Next we have San Jose State versus New Mexico State. Over the last three years, the two teams have combined for 10 wins. If there was ever an argument against regression to the mean, this is it. Or maybe their mean is just bad. Bear in mind that New Mexico State's win this season came against Minnesota, while NMSU is near the 100s in most offensive categories.
Finally, the big game this week is the Dan Hawkins Memorial Buyout Bowl, featuring Colorado and Ohio State. Oh how it does my heart good to be able to put OSU in here. First, this game is on ABC/ESPN, so the nation gets to watch. Second, Ohio eked out a win against Toledo in week 2. Third, they're coming of an impotent loss to Miami last week. Ohio's QB job is a pick-'em, and CU looked reasonably good last week against CSU and against Cal. I still can't cheer for CU after '94, but I will still happily wish for OSU to lose. So it's this:
Scott Kennedy's Tweets on the game against San Clemente were mentioned by Ace here, but I just read the recap on Scout too. There's also game film of Eric in action against Murphy. I'm not an expert breaking down x's and o's but I know alot of our MGoBloggers are. Not a great camera angle, but knock yourselves out. Go Blue.
Edit: Sorry, I don't know how to embed from Scout, if it's even possible.
Burgeoning Wolverine Star has a couple of new picture pages that are well worth checking out. The first is on Kenny Demens figuring out how to defend the jet sweep versus EMU:
and the second is about pulling linemen on the QB stretch play.:
Both are well worth reading. Take away points:
- Kenny Demens may make mistakes, but he corrects them. HOORAY!
- We should zone block more.
Someone with creative skills please, please, please create an Mgoshirt with Al's mug on it that just says 'Gorgeous' below the pic.
I would buy 9 of them and create a softball team so I had a place to distribute and stare at awe at said shirts.