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It's been said before, but the Texas and Florida meltdowns this year just shock me week after week. As bad as our defense has been I at least can see the reasons for the problems. What do the Florida and Texas fans reconcile themselves with when they look at their offenses?
I guess teamwork and chemistry do matter.
Are we still talking to Christian Westerman? "Son don't you want to come to a stable program like the 1 here in Ann Arbor instead of the rebuilding project in Austin?"
The craziness of football this year highlights why you have to savor every win no matter how it looks.
It dont matter if its getting late, we're letting the good times roll tonight. Even in great years the numbers of nights we have during the year to celebrate a MICH football win arent that many. Pour a drink, pour a shot, roll a joint, whatever floats your boat. We're partying and talking all things MICH in this thread.
How about what its like to be a member of the defense tonight around campus. Michigan won today because its DEFENSE DIDNT ALLOW AN OFFENSIVE TD. I've had countless talks with folks trying to figure out how many games MICH would lose, yet still score 30. Never crossed the mind, we might win a game and not give up a TD.
ITS THEIR NIGHT AND WE ONLY WISH WE WERE AT THE PARTY WHERE KOVACS IS HOLDING COURT TONIGHT
Any MICH topic goes, but we can start with basic favorite moments of the game today.
The good and the bad. These "ho-hum" non-HD highlights will have to do for now until the HD folks gets their vids up.
Teamwise? Perhaps I should branch out to conference-wise, or even nationally; surely we must be closing on this dubious mark...
With play concluded and nothing to do except wait for the BCS tomorrow, here's your Big Ten Bowl Outlook, with two weeks to play.
First, the standings (ordered by projected conference finish)
TEAM, W-L / ConfW-L; Games remaining, Proj Record
Wisconsin, 9-1 / 5-1; @Mich, NW, 11-1 / 7-1 (Higher BCS than Mich St , OSU)
Ohio St, 9-1 / 5-1; @Iowa, MICH, 11-1 / 7-1
Mich St, 9-1 / 5-1; PUR, @ Penn St, 11-1 / 7-1
Iowa, 7-3 / 4-2; OSU, @Minn, 8-4 / 5-3
Penn St, 6-4, 3-3; IND, MICHST, 7-5 / 4-4
Illinois, 5-5 / 3-4; NW, @ Fresno St (?!?!), 6-6 / 4-4
Michigan, 7-3 / 3-3; WISC, @ OSU, 7-5 / 3-5
Northwestern, 7-3 / 3-3; @Ill, @Wis, 7-5 / 3-5
Purdue, 4-6 / 2-4; @MichSt, IND, 5-7, 3-5
Minnesota, 2-9 / 1-6; Bye, IOWA, 2-10 / 1-7
Indiana, 4-6 / 0-6; PENNST, @ Purdue, 4-8 / 0-8
So first we eliminate the non-bowl eligible (Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana), leaving us with 8 bowl eligible teams. I'm now going to rank them by overall record instead of conference record:
1) Wisconsin (highest BCS), 11-1
2) Ohio St (2nd highest BCS), 11-1
3) Michigan St, 11-1
4) Iowa, 8-4
5-t) Penn St 7-5
8) Illinois 6-6
Now it looks like the Big Ten is going to get two BCS teams if the form holds as expected, those should be Wisconsin (Rose Bowl) and Ohio St (at-large). The Big Ten affiliated non-BCS bowls are:
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, 1 Jan)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, 1 Jan)
Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, 1 Jan)
Insight Bowl (Tempe, 28 Dec)
Texas Bowl (Houston, 29 Dec)
TicketCity Bowl (Dallas, 1 Jan)
Little Cesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit, 26 Dec)
The non-BCS bowls go in order of selection, with the only requirement being you can't choose a team more than 2-losses different than the team you're "supposed" to choose in that slot (i.e. the Capital One Bowl with the #2 Big Ten selection can't choose a team with more than 2 losses more than Michigan St, the highest Big ten team not in the BCS). With that being said, here's my bowl projections:
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, 1 Jan): Mich St v. SEC #2 (right now LSU or SEC champ game runner-up)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, 1 Jan): Iowa v. SEC #3 (Fla / So Car / Alabama)
Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, 1 Jan): Between Mich & Penn St... I'm going to say Mich since they're a more attractive team at this point. Michigan v. SEC #6 (Ark/Ken/MissSt)
Insight Bowl (Tempe, 28 Dec): Penn St v. Big 12 #4 (Mizzou or Baylor)
Texas Bowl (Houston, 29 Dec): Northwestern v. Big 12 #6 (Tex A&M or Texas)
TicketCity Bowl (Dallas, 1 Jan): Illinois v. Conf USA #1 (UCF)
Little Cesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit, 26 Dec): Big Ten will vacate this slot since with two Big Ten BCS teams, we won't have enough to fill this
- I really think Michigan is a lock over any other 7-5 team in the Big Ten, and MAYBE, just maybe we're more attractive than a 8-4 Iowa to a bowl committee, meaning we're looking at a range of Outback through Texas Bowl. Unless we upset both Wisconsin and Ohio St, and Michigan St drops one game the last two weeks, we're probably out of the Capital One Bowl. Even with two upsets, we're probably still looking at best at the Outback Bowl in a pick em vs. Iowa since Mich St would get a Rose Bowl and Wisconsin would get a BCS at-large. Realistically, I'd say pack our bags for Jacksonville
- Northwestern with Persa out for the year isn't a real attractive team anymore. Illinois could jump them in picking if Illinois can manage to win one out of two against a Persa-less NW or Fresno St.
- I don't think there's going to be a big consternation over the bowl selections this year. If the chalk holds as I predict, everything should shake out realtively according to plan with the possible Michigan / Penn St swap for the Gator / Insight Bowl
- A 6-6 Illinois team could still get a New Years Day game. wow.
If somehow the Big Ten only gets one BCS team, the only change I tihnk would be is everybody moves down one slot....
except I don't know how but I have this feeling that Jerry Jones would LOVE to have Michigan in his Dallas bowl game on 1 Jan, especially with alumni coming back in two years for the '12 game vs Alabama. can he personally vouch for 10,000 Northwestern tickets at the Insight Bowl?:)
- EDIT:: The Dallas bowl game (TicketCity Bowl) is not the Jerryworld Spectacular, but a bowl game being staged at the ACTUAL Cotton Bowl. So yeah, no Jerry Jones conspiracy theories...
Currently watching the Oregan @ Cal game on VS. Cal is keeping it surprisingly close.
I live in a small town in northern Pennsylvania. A local D-II football program turned itself into a Sprint Football team (I believe club with Navy, Army, etc). The idea of it is a faster pace game with lighter players. Watching Oregon's fast pace between plays and overall for four quarters game after game, I wonder if their style of the Spread offense is a hybrid of Sprint offense.
Link for League information: Sprint Football
Sorry couldn't find very good video.
No student athlete may compete in any contest involving another Sprint team until they have demonstrated the following: a body weight of 172.0 lbs. or less while simultaneously (within ½ hour) having body fat of 5% or greater and urine specific gravity less than or equal to 1.020.
Looking at Oregon's o-line:
LT- #69 Sr. Bo Thran- 6'5" 281lbs.
LG- #77 So. Carson York 6'5" 286 lbs.
C- #54 Sr. Jordan Holmes 6'5" 300 lbs.
RG- # 68 Sr. C.E. Kaiser 6'4" 290 lbs.
RT- # 79 Jr. Mark Asper 6'7" 322 lbs.
TE- # 42 Jr. David Paulson 6'4" 241 lbs.
That is an average weight of 295.8 lbs on the o-line without TE. With TE, 286.7. Is this Oregon offense a hybrid of sprint (conditioning focused) and spread (split conditioning/weight training focus) offense?
While it would be suicide to cut too much weight, could there be a potential upside to have a faster pace offense with lighter players compared to the other team?Does my thin theory have any possibility or is it busted?
P.S. Just as finishing this player went down with "apparent cramp". Commentators have said that teams playing Oregon my fake injuries to slow pace and catch breath. Oregon up by 1 now.