"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
College football on a Tuesday. Something about it just seems right. So it's some small school from the South 9 times out of 10. It's college football. It's fans of some small school estatic to have their team on ESPN with the big boys.
Tonights EPIC SUNBELT GRUDGE MATCH features the Troy Trojans from Troy (We're from Troy!) versus the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, a team that lost to Minnesota. Both teams are 2-2 overall (3-way tie for best overall record in their conference) and 1-0 in the SunBelt coming in.
Troy is best known for their passing attack, currently ranked 6th in total passing yards (318/game) on the season. They aren't an air raid team, but comparable to Indiana with about 55% passes. They'll work at a jet speed type pace for much of the game as well. They, like Michigan are all about the offense. Troy is 99th in points allowed (32.5/game) but in points scored, they're 66th in the nation (34.5/game).
Middle Tennesse is quite the opposite. Against a tougher schedule (including Okie State), they've run the ball about 45%. They currently rank 32nd in the nation in rushing yards at 195.8/game. MT is allowing just 23.8 points a game.
Kick off is about an hour away at 8ET on ESPN/ESPN3. The line is Middle Tennessee -3 or -3.5 depending the site. O/U is 63, 63.5, or 64.
I'm liking Troy in the "upset." Their offensive system normally can tear a team up, and their QB this year has been pretty good for SunBelt Standards. If anything, it's better than bickering over frivolous things that you'd be doing in other threads.
Who ya got?
Fuck Ohio State
Can anyone help me find a specific picture of Denard that I'm looking for? My futile attempts at Google image searching have turned up nothing.
The picture is of him standing in Schembechler Hall admiring one of the Heisman trophies on display. I believe he is wearing his high school varsity jacket. I thought I found it on mgoblue.com some time ago but can't find it now. Any help is appreciated.
We've all discussed the issues we've seen through on the defensive side of the ball during the first five weeks of the season, as well as the 3-3-5 scheme that's been used. The defense is currently 73rd in scoring defense and ranked 102 in total defense (37th in rushing, and dead last at 120 in passing, http://statistics.ncaafootball.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=ncaa-football&pa...). Not good.
Understandably, the defense is very young and inexperienced, particularly in the secondary. I'm willing to accept this for now. However, at some point this season I think it's reasonable to expect to see some improvement from the defense and some better play. Aside from "just enough defense to win", how much improvement is reasonable to expect? And, at what point can we expect to see this?
Given the numbers the offense has put up, it seems that if they play just average, middle of the pack defense (scoring and yardage), it could make the difference between 8-4 and a better record, like 11-1.
As many of you know, MSU's defense is pretty ordinary. I know someone here recently compared the UConn and ND defenses as pretty similar (once their numbers are adjusted for Michigan's top level O).
Specifically, MSU has had a pretty bad pass D (sound familiar?). I believe they were rated around the same place as UM's pass defense prior to last weekend's games. Then, Michigan ran into an accurate 5th year QB who threw 64 times....and Sparty ran into an off-day by Tolzien on a run-frist team.
Otherwise, Sparty has a similarly bad pass D, but they look better on paper now because of mistakes by Tolzien and dropped passes. And it wasn't MSU's strong rush either. MSU did not put great pressure on the QB. I think they had one sack and a couple of hurries (worse tham UM).
They basically looked like a Michigan D. They allowed Tolzien to throw and let him try to be mistake-free and he wasn't. We allowed Chappel to throw and he was accurate (and threw a lot more).
Is it a low-risk or high-risk strategy? I don't know. But, it can work I guess....
While looking at both Scout and Rivals, I noticed that Scout has us listed at 11 commits for 2011. The one that stood out to me was Antonio Kinard. Now, I realize that he is at Hargrave Military Academy playing post graduate football, but I wasn't aware that the scholarship was being held for him while he does this. In a past UV, Brian stated that UM has taken Military Academy kids (including Chris Perry), but I wasn't quite sure how their commitments went as far as failing to qualify, but keeping a scholarship for when they do qualify. I am also confused on why Rivals would not be saying he is a commit if he was a sure thing to come to UM. Can anyone offer any insight on this type of thing?