chance of bowl: 13.6%
Yes he may be a Mike Vrabel type eventually roaming around the field, but damn it, just leave the man on the line with the occasional drop into coverage.
- He is bigger and stronger this year (which makes him a better candidate than the last year version of the full time end)
- Players like RVB noted after the last game that the 4 man rush was getting good pressure
- I can't seem to recollect any highlight plays he has made 4-5 yards off the line as opposed to splitting a ND double team to make a TFL
- He has freak ability rushing the passer and should (should) be better at the point of attack against the run since he gained some weight
We are 1/3 into the season and I struggle with the concept that I feel we are limiting his potential with a scheme. I know, coaches know best and maybe he is sacrificed to cover up the deficiencies of the overall unit. However, I believe this is a special player that is very good at screaming around a tackle to collapse a pocket and good schemes adapt to a player's strength.
So, our local "experts" pick a tight shoot-out (as does the national media -- except for USA Today who has a 34-20 prediction). Chappell and his WRs deserve respect, however, their running game is suspect at best. But 48-44?
So, the question is this --- does our defense deserve such disrespect to assume a one-dimentional offense can pass deep enough to keep their running game relevant? Will UM just rush 3 all game in fear of the passing game, using nickel-back Avery and dropping Mouton in coverage all game and letting IU nickel-and-dime us all day. I don't see it.
This is the game UM opens up the blitzing from Ezeh up the middle and T. Gordon / C. Johnson from the edge. Chappell throws his first and second picks of the year. IU's run game cannot contribute enough to open up their offense. IU maxes out at 24 points and UM's offense goes 37+.
If UM beats IU 48-44 then we all need to accept a 6-6 season and the Dallas bowl... stories about a repeat of 2009 will fill our MGoBoard for weeks. Time for Wojo and clan to realize this isn't 2009. Time for the defense to make that point clear.
I have to say, I love the spread and shred. Rodriguez and Magee are going to have guys breaking records every year.
I can't believe how many entries there are for Robinson already. I am a little confused why Robinson isn't mentioned in the Average Gain per Rush (min 5 carries) after the BGSU game... maybe that is only for RBs?
Can't wait to see the next record go down. Maybe another Most Yards Gained record for D.Rob?
Am I right -- the ONLY victory by our 11 teams (or even 12, if you wanna throw them in) in the preseason over a RANKED opponent was tOSU over Miami (THAT miami). B10 didn't even play any many other games against currently ranked teams, other than Iowa's loss to Arizona, PSU's getting blown out by the Sabanites, and Minnie hosting the Kiffinites. (Somewhat its caused by teams on scheds not being good this year -- Missou, ND.)
Still, THIS SUCKS. So many reasons to hate cupcake schedules. League doesn't get creds or love nationally by playing cupcakes. Fans deprived of good games. Who wants to see four scrimmages. Doesn't prepare teams well enough for B10 games (although -- maybe we are all equally unprepared).
The main culprit, as I hear in the press, is that the ADs don't want to give up their millions of $$$ from home games. Even giving up ONE home game can cost a few million $.
I CALL B()!_!_$%!T on that. B10 teams get way, way more revenue annually from football than just abuot anyone else. Yet lots of other big-name teams can do away games (USC, LSU, Va Tech, immediately come to mind), their annual intake has to be less than most B10 teams.
To me, UM screaming that we can't afford to lose home games is like a rich CEO saying he can't afford to give up his bonus check. I mean, if our athletic budgets are bloated to depend on a cupcake meaningless 7th or 8th home game, then, the solution isn't to keep the cupcake and give up a home n home w/ Georgia or Tennessee... the solution is to cut the damn budget, because, it seems no on else is spending like that.
Just ranting. Very happy to see we're adding Bama in 2012, but that's just one game. Entire league needs to aggressive put good teams on preseason schedules.
Discuss amongst yourselves....
A Florida HS football head coach is suspended and being reprimanded for taking in a homeless kid and allowing him to play for his HS football team. I don't know about you guys, but this is very disheartening to me. The guy seems to be doing the right thing by helping a kid in need out, and then is punished for it.
What do you guys think?
As referenced by Tom Pickle in the Thursday night open thread OSU (NTOSU) needed to be held to under 463 yards against A&M last night and they ended up with only 351. With that result we move up to the #1 offense in the entire country (has that ever been true after 4 games?) at 563 yards a game (just 3 yards ahead of Oregon) while OSU (NTOSU) drops to 3rd place and A&M hops over OSU(YTOSU) into 7th place.
Here's hoping we keep it up (and combined with Oregon playing Stanford we might not need 600 yards to stay in first).