well that's just, like, your opinion, man
New S&P rankings: Michigan #1 offense, #37 defense (and #18 academically in Times Higher Ed rankings)
The title basically says it all. Here are the links for offense and defense. I think if we were told before the season started that we'd have these rankings five weeks in with five wins, we'd all be over the moon...
PS Speaking of rankings, Michigan is #
19 18 in the Times Higher Ed ranking of world universities.
Down in the Mgo.licio.us links is an article titled "Kill not thrilled with what Tim Brewster left him". In that article is the following quote: "“We’re not athletically gifted enough. We’re getting slower. You have to recruit tough, you don’t make them tough. You have to recruit tacklers,” Kill said. "
How sad. Maybe it is the medication. I won't draw any parallels, but he needs to learn how to point differently.
Praise for Vincent Smith's toughness:
Aside: I'm still trying to determine which players weren't tough last year. /s
The defenses are yelling spoon!
And the offenses are the little guy pleading "Not in the face! Not in the face!"
This was a fun game to watch if you don't like either of the teams. Both teams have pretty good defenses and horrible, horrible offenses. MSU's only threat is B.J. Cunningham and OSU's passing offense is reminiscent of 2008 Michigan (The wonderful Threet/Sheridan days). Both teams have major issues with their offensive lines. MSU's problems can be explained by a lack of experienced personnel, but this is a little surprising for OSU.
Luke Fickell will not be the head coach of OSU next year. The only question is whether or not his replacement gets hired before the end of the season.
Balls were slippery...
But before we get too giddy here, it should be noted that there was a misty rain and the ball was wet, so that accounts for a tiny bit of the Herpy-derpy-ness. Like this:
The punter actually recovered the ball and got off one of his ugly-ass rugby kicks.
Stanton Nichols Cousins doing his best Tommy Rees impression.
MSU on D:
When you don't respect the other team's passing, you can walk up your safeties and do a lot of run blitzing.
On this play, the short side safety walks up before the snap even though 2nd and 9 is often a passing down.
The flanker comes in motion which makes the other safety tip off that he's in cover 1. The CB is playing run support all the way. The safety is blitzing the C gap.
The OSU TE is oblivious to the blitz and 76 (the RT) is doubling down the DT for some reason. Notice how the MSU MLB is completely free to clean up the place. OSU's O-line had trouble getting to the LBs all day long. I don't know if they've had a major philosophy change, but it looks like their linemen are not getting the right assignments on the zone blocking scheme.
The defense is clearly better to my eye this year, but I wanted to see if the box scores back that up. Two big metrics for the defense are how they do on third down, and how many big plays they give up. So I tried comparing the first five games of 2010 to the first five games of this season. I counted all the 20+ yard plays, running and passing.
I think the teams we've played this year are better on average, but we've played 5 games at home versus 3 at home last year, so maybe thats a wash. The opponents third down conversion percentage is just about the same, ~42% last year to ~39% this year. So we're better than last year, but only because of Minnesota.
We gave up more long passes last year, 13 vs. 10, but we gave up fewer long runs, 6 vs. 4. Perhaps that is a reflection of having senior starters at LB last year, and more experienced DBs this year.
|2011||3rd conv||attempts||Pct.||20+ run||20+ pass|
|2010||3rd conv||attempts||20+ run||20+ pass|
I know i will get negged for this, but i am on Facebook and saw Jordan Payton added University of Michigan to his education. I am not trying to read too much into this, but i am hoping he does indeed come to Michigan.
[ed: AARGH INAPPROPRIATE OT]