things go poorly
Ryan Ermanni theme on WDFN this morning:
It's ok to be excited, and leave the tempered analysis and last year talk to the hater critics. We're fans and being excited is what we do.
I think he is going to another topic at the top of the hour, but the podcast will be up shortly. It is worth a listen. Simple concept, but I forgot it getting wrapped up in the conference schedule.
Two great wins. Enjoy. I hope you all are doing the same.
Female steps in as kicker - 2 extra points and a field goal.
I really liked the photoshoped Heisman meme posted yesterday. Here is another photo, presumably the same photographer, that is strikingly foreshadowing of the Heisman pose. (personally, I like yesterday's pic stiff arming the ND defender better than this one, but you can't have too much of a good thing.)
The Michigan Monday at O-Zone yesterday said that Denard was only passing to primary receivers. Obviously, on a beautiful play action pass where Roundtree is wide open and scores a TD, that makes sense. Won't work so well against a lockdown defensive secondary.
I am not football savvy enough to know how to tell who is the primary receiver, and who is secondary. When Roundtree and Tay Odoms and Koger and Hemingway are all lined up, what gives away who is the primary receiver? I'm sure that if Denard uses all his receivers, it will open up the field even more. Is this just a case of the game getting slower and slower for Denard, as he gains experience?
I do think our OL has done a great job, and is responsible for a lot of our success this year.
What is Fitzgerald Toussaint's health status? Is this a nagging injury that will last all season, or will he be good to go? As the O-Zone suggested, our RB production has been pitiful. This is partly because of what ND gave us defensively, and partly because of Dilithium Denard, but it is also partly on Shaw & Smith. I'd like to see more production out of our RB corps. I don't mind having a stable of backs, but at least one of them needs to shine.
Week 2 Recap
Officially, Michigan State and FAU had 36,000 people at the game. Half of them must have been in the bathroom whenever the cameras showed the crowd, though. Eastern Michigan dropped a close one to Miami(NTM) 21-28, and so, like groundhog day, Toledo stays in Ohio for another year. Wisconsin did well against SJSU, but Tolzien was 15-22 passing, which must have hurt their numbers. The Cupcake award therefore posthumously goes to Maryland (!) for putting up 62 on Morgan State. And last but not least, Louisvile scored all 23 points in the second quarter to beat East Kentucky by 10.
Week 3 Preview
The "Torch and Pitchfork" Game of the Week is Virginia Tech versus East Carolina. VT needs a win, and ECU has scored 100 points in their first two games. Get ready for more schadenfreude from the Hokies.
The "Think of the Children" game this week is Boise State versus Wyoming. Boise needs to destroy everyone in their path, thanks to Virginia Tech, and Wyoming is coming off a 34-7 loss to Texas last week. I expect Boise State to score just under 100.
As I refuse to taunt the gods of I-AA, I won't put Michigan versus UMass in, and instead give Washington State versus SMU the "One Legged Man Ass-Kicking" award. WSU sqeaked out a win against Montana State, while SMU beat UAB 28-7. Plus, WSU has USC next week to look forward to, which is nice.