(original PP is at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-throwing-rock-against-slant. As always, text and analysis courtesy of Brian)
In this edition, Purdue recognizes that 8-in-the-box is like 9-in-the-box when the opposing offense is in 3-wide. But they're an enjuneerin' skool, so dey're smart like dat.
Wha'hoppon: Michigan has first and 10 on the 20 to open their third drive of the second half. They run a zone stretch left to Smith. Purdue slants the line against the stretch instead of flowing with it, which doesn't initially seem to do much except give Molk an easier reach block on the DT (one of several he had on the day, exactly as Brian predicted on MGoPodcast before the game). However, by slanting inside instead of maintaining outside contain, the playside DE forces Smith farther outside, where the MLB - the extra body Michigan can't quite block on this play - is headed at full speed. Purdue's paper, our rock, and Smith is stopped for no gain.
'Glass half-full' types will note that it required Purdue guessing right three different ways to stop this: 1) committing against the run with the 'extra' man, 2) slanting the DE inside instead of using him in contain, and 3) committing the MLB to the outside from the snap (although it could be argued that 2 and 3 are a combo meal). And the play was still just one ankle tackle away from being a big gain.
Hey all- I ran across these two videos(first time imbedder, hope it works) of Coach Bob Green from Montana State. Thought it might be good for a Thursday night laugh. Noticed it on Jimmy Traina's Hot Clicks at SI's Extra Mustard:
Game is well under way, but no one else ha one up here. I did see Chad Henne in pads and saw that he is the emergency 3rd string qb despite his injury. What is the extent of his injury and how long until he returns as a starter?
Jake Locker on Senior Night. Black out in beautiful Huskie Stadium. Cripple Fight in the Pac 10.
Washington (-2.5) hosting UCLA. I'll reluctantly take Washington to cover.
Alabama (-eleventy billion) hosting Georgia State on ESPNU. Why is Alabama playing on a Thursday night on a non-network?
Air Force (-19.5) on the road at apparently home field advantaged UNLV (10pm ET). Game is on CBS College Sports for those interested. Spread is wide, but I'm liking AF to cover.
Just curious. I haven't heard much about him in the last few weeks. Can anybody help me out?
I think we have come to the part of the year where our DBs need to start shedding the WR stalk blocking that showed up big time at Indiana and continued through Illinois (not even putting Purdue into the mix since it was a messed up game). Avery hasn’t gotten the worst of it, but Rogers needs to be shedding Wisconsin WRs that will gladly clear out a DB for the ground game. I would assume our own WRs do this enough in practice against our defense, but we cannot be giving up the extra 5-8 or more yards per running play to a team that will gladly grind out long drives to keep our offense on the sidelines. James should have the arm length at 6’1”, but needs to muscle up this week in particular. Extra Barwis for you sir!
(Yes, I did make the reference since it was the first time I was able to do so in any post I have ever written. For you posters younger than Gen Xers, Google it along with Captain Kangaroo to see what the old guys had for TV shows, also, get off my lawn! Damn kids…)