i refuse to even consider this a possibility
I will be watching Ohio vs. Sparty on ABC (ESPN), but you can find a full listing of games here:
Nice to win by a lot. And give up no points. I feel relaxed
1. Offensive playcalling. This was, by far, the best set of playcalls we've seen in the Borges era. The simple passing game from the RR days returned, and it worked. The zone-read continued to work. All the i-form stuff worked. And Borges added some killer new wrinkles, such as a deadly hb counter play from the spread that destroyed Minnesota all day.
1a. The dual QB sets!!! Fans were pleading for this in the RR days. We finally got it, and it was...shockingly effective. Not something we'll run a lot of, but I think we'll definitely see more of it.
2. Denard. He was fantastic, accurate in his passes, sure in his running and finally looked like the polished Heisman candidate he is.
3. The tailbacks. Toussaint was the star, but Shaw, Smith and even Rawls had good games back there. Throw in some excellent blocking and smart playcalls, and it looks like we might finally have the hydra our primarily spread-option offense needs to fire on all cylinders.
4. The O-line. Tremendous, dominant performance.
5. The D-line. They really kicked it up a notch today, and looked as good as any D-line in the country (though obviously this is against inferior competition).
6. Countess. Might not end up with the highest UFR score, but is he not the most promising DB we've had in years? Probably since Leon Hall, at least in my estimation. This guy's gonna be a true shutdown corner.
7. Gibbons. 3 FGs...when was the last time that happened? Sure they were mostly easy kicks, but this could be a turnaround day for him, and our kicking game in general.
8. The coaching and preparation in general. I really can't think of a single complaint here...this was the most complete game I've watched since we beat Notre Dame 38-0 in 2007.
1. Hagerup's one punt. Not that it mattered, but I'm stretching here for things to complain about.
Jerry Kill just confirmed on BTN, Gray isn't going to play in this one. If Michigan needed any more advantages they just got a huge one.
There was just a very good piece on Jordan Kovacs on Big Ten Network, a few minutes ago. His story is a very inspiring one. I'm glad to see the kid getting the pub he deserves and so glad that he wears the Maize and Blue.
College Gameday is in Madison for the Nebraska-Wisconsin game. They just made their Big Ten picks (I think all were unanimous):
- Ohio State over Michigan State
- Penn State over Indiana
- Illinois over Northwestern
- Notre Dame over Purdue
- Desmond says Michigan has a surprise.... (they win big!)
They're obviously saving the Neb-Wisc pick for the end of the show. If I made a mistake on any of those picks, let me know. I'm not paying 100% attention to it.