somehow we're only 124th
In which I start to lose the will to live. There's only so many 2-5 v 3-3 games I can look at; can we just have a playoff between the MAC, MWC, Sun Belt, and WAC to decide this once and for all? Thanks to whoever created the "pillow fight" tag for me, by the way.
Last Week's Recap
I succeeded in overlooking Purdue v Minnesota, which, my bad. I'm not sure how, I remember looking at that game in week six.
I'm really happy I don't have a blogpoll ballot, because I would have a hard time putting LSU anywhere, especially after slogging out a win against McNeese State. Going 3-13 on third down and fumbling twice in a win is ugly, no doubt about it.
Boise State duly drubbed SJSU 41-0 in the first half, then must have started sending in random people from the crowd. Time of possession? 31:36 Boise St, 28:24 SJSU. TOP metric = useless.
Last, Georgia clobbered Vanderbilt 43-0. That must mean Georgia's issues are behind them Vandy was held to 140 total yards of offense, but at least their punter had a 300 yard day.
This Week's "Action"
Since I missed Purdue v Minnesota last week, and now that Brewster is gone, Penn State v Minnesota gets the nod for the Electronic Football Game bowl. For those unclear what this entails, Wikipedia:
When the players are set up, a switch is activated that turns on a small electric motor which causes the field to vibrate, and moves the players around the field. The imagination then takes flight as players run around the board in an unpredictable manner.
Nittany Lions Offense v. Gopher defense...get it? At least it's not the Pam & Ray show to boot. Penn State is scoring 18 ppg, and allowing 18 ppg, so I expect this game to be an 18-18 tie, with neither team wanting to play overtime.
The "Deja Vu" game is Ohio (Not that Ohio) v Miami (Not that Miami). This shouldn't be a bad game, per se, but just expect to do a double take when you see it on the ticker. They are actually fighting for the MAC lead, so any crazy BCS playoff scenario in which all conference champs are included may include one of them. To play Oregon. Riiiight.
Last, the "Zombie Braiiins! Join Us " game is Virginia v Eastern Michigan. UVA is coming off three straight losses, including a 44-10 clobbering by a depleted UNC team. Eastern is coming off a win against Ball State in overtime -- it was the Eagles' first win since the Bush Administration. Eastern has risen to #119 in scoring defense, passing erstwhile member of the UGOTW New Mexico. I don't expect this to be close, but maybe the Eagles can get a streak going. Win out and they're bowl-eligible! Also, if UVA wears their orange uniforms again, this game wins the "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" award a week early.
This weekly update is brought to you late by CMU's homecoming. Here's a look at a few recruits that I caught up with after the Iowa visit weekend. I'll pass along more info as I start to catch up.
5'10", 185 lbs.
Fort Myers, Florida
Dallas has dreadlocks, so he's ok by me. He's also very interested in Michigan, so much so that this past visit vaulted the Wolverines into the top spot. I was under the assumption that Michigan had been leading anyway, but this visit may have pushed it over the top for him. Every time he comes up to Ann Arbor he seems to be more and more comfortable with the surroundings and coaches.
Crawford was on the trip with highly touted teammate WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins has always listed Miami as one of his top schools, and often throws in Michigan and Clemson. There seems to be some problems up at Miami now, rumors that freshman safety Latwan Anderson is going to transfer along with what maybe two or three more young players. Miami also recently lost 2011 commit WR Eli Rogers, and while this isn't confirmed I've heard that they have some work to do to keep 2011 QB commit Teddy Bridgewater.
Just something to keep an eye on. If Miami continues to play poorly and starts to lose players and commitments, it may help Michigan's case. It also helps that his teammate is in his ear about joining him. They will both be back up for official visits around December. I'm more and more optimistic about Watkins as the time passes. Two unofficial visits to Michigan signal major interest.
6'4", 255 lbs.
Wormley is an important piece to the 2012 class on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan fans have been anxious about defensive recruiting, but the 2012 class could restock Michigan's depth chart in a big way. Early on I had reported that Ohio State was in the lead because of the attention he was getting from them, but that may have changed.
The game was good, besides the loss. Michigan has been moving up, they're up there right now. They just offered me too.
He likes to keep things close to the vest, but the word on the street now is that Michigan is the team to beat, and it may be pretty hard to beat them. [Ed.: The generally plugged Buckeye Planet mods are saying it's likely M, FWIW.]
Michigan has offered Wormley, as he said, which is a step in the right direction. He said that it feels good to have the offer, but he's probably not going to be making any decisions any time soon. Wormley will be one of the best players out of Ohio, and should be in the 4-5 star range when the rankings come out for 2012.
6'2", 213 lbs.
Lake Nona, Florida
Michigan's quarterback commit was in Ann Arbor for his first game, and really enjoyed seeing the atmosphere. Sousa has only been playing football for a few years, so hasn't been too sure how he stacks up, or how well he's prepared for the next level. His coach told me that meeting Michigan's quarterbacks gave him a better glimpse of his potential:
The game experience was great, and Kevin enjoyed the excitement and everything. Sousa finally realized how gifted he is physically after meeting each quarterback and seeing their performance in the weight room. I just hope they show him the interest they should because he's a steal.
I've mentioned the last bit before, but it seems like there may be a lack of communication going on. I'm not going to speculate on the reasoning behind that, for obvious reasons. We'll see how it plays out.
- It looks like the Illinois game will now be the date for the big Dr. Phillips visit. So far commit Demetrius Hart, S Roderick Ryles, WR Chris Gallon, and QB Nick Patti are scheduled to be there. If Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix shows up, then his recruitment might get interesting.
- DT Kevin McReynolds (6'2", 280 lbs, 4 Star) is now interested in Michigan. He spoke with the coaches last week, and said he would like to make it up for a visit. Here's his junior film, and a video of how he currently trains. Michigan coaches will be at his school on Friday, so it sounds like they're turning up the heat on Kevin.
- [Ed.: A newspaper article indicates CB Greg Brown was scheduled to be at Syracuse this weekend. That might be an indication the two parties are looking to go separate ways.]
Another forum post on this earlier, but RR confirms.
Sigh. This doesn't sound like a motivating tactic. And we're pretty well stacked at OG. Not good, don't see how he can move like he'd need to in our OL zone blocking scheme. And we are not stacked at NG behind Martin. Bye-Bye dreams of Roh-Martin-RVB-Campbell line of Death and Destruction in 2011.
EDIT: Bonus speculation on who's moving from OG to OT, and switching safety positions.
I just wanted to give a big shout out to Moe Sport Shops for the quick delivery of my Dhani Jones Signature Bow Tie.
I know there was a post on this last Saturday but I wanted to remind the community that the bow ties are still available and they're for a great cause, C.S Mott Children's Hospital.
Here's the link - http://www.moesportshops.com/products/view/1413/49
And the description tag from Moe's page about the bow tie:
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Here's a cool video of Dhani earning a little more money for the cause:
Sorry for the link, I can't get the video to embed.
So the forum topic on NFL coaches' playing careers got me to wondering about where the Big Ten coaches played and if any of them played in the NFL. So, here is the comprehensive rundown. As of now, it includes Tim Brewster. Nothing on interim HC Jeff Horton, as I can't find any info on his playing days. Note that Brewster and Fitzgerald appear to be the only ones who even attempted to play in the NFL - Brewster got cut in 2 training camps, and Fitz signed a FA contract with Dallas, only to give up playing after the preseason.
Not really sure what any of this shows other than that they all played college ball somewhere with varying levels of success (Fitz easily the most decorated, many of the others just have token notes that they played). They're just alphabetical by school, but if I had to rank the top 3 based on what I've found, it'd go Fitzgerald, Brewster (I know, right?), and Pelini.
|Illinois||Ron Zook||DB||Miami (NTM)|
|Indiana||Bill Lynch||QB||Butler||4 varsity letters; Captain of basketball team|
|Michigan State||Mark Dantonio||DB||USC (NTUSC)||3-year letter winner|
|Minnesota||Tim Brewster*||TE||Illinois||Training camps||2-time All-Big Ten|
|Nebraska||Bo Pelini||FS||Ohio State||2-year starter, co-captain|
|Northwestern||Pat Fitzgerald||LB||Northwestern||FA with Dallas, one preseason only||2 time Big Ten DPOTY, Nagurski and Bednarik trophies twice, CFB Hall of Fame|
|Ohio State||Jim Tressel||QB||Baldwin-Wallace||4 letters, 1 all-conference|
|Penn State||Joe Paterno||QB/CB||Brown|
|Wisconsin||Bret Bielema||NG||Iowa||4 letters|
Looking through the depth chart, it looks like we have 1 freshman, 4 sophmores, 4 juniors and 2 seniors starting on offense and 2 freshman, 4 sophmores, 2 juniors and 3 seniors starting on defense. That seems pretty similar to me, yet the results are anything but. I understand that there are TRUE vs. redshirt freshman getting pt on defense, which accounts for some of the disparity, but how can the offense be among the nations best so young, while the defense is among the nations worst. All of the talk coming in was how complicated RR's offense was and how it would take a few years for it to develop as the right type of players got the right type of experience. So far that has held true and we are starting to see the fruit of their labor. Is our defense that much harder to figure out than our offense? Is the talent better on offense than defense? Or has the coaching been that much better for the offense? In the immortal words of Jerry Seinfeld (or at least Jerry Seinfeld impersonators), "What is the deal?"