fair point that
Following last second loss to MSU on Saturday, the mass media sure is playing up the future Buckeye departures to the NFL, questions about Meyer's leadership, loose lips sinking ships, and questions about team cohesion after the loss:
I did not expect this for an 10-1 team heading into big rivalry game, but there you have it.
I'm sure Ohio State will bring their best and try to end their season on a spectacular note in Ann Arbor.
I'm just surprised that Urban Meyer wouldn't re-assert control and put the kabosh on all the prima donnas players and their divisive comments.
As for future NFL depatures, I don't know that these talented players would have stayed anyway had they beaten MSU on Saturday. I think most were preparing to go anyway, because they can.
Should be a great game on Saturday for the seniors on both teams regardless.
This is nice. Dennis Norfleet and his team are both having good seasons. Tuskegee is 9-2, with a 26-16 win over Catawba College last weekend in the opening round of the Division II playoffs. Tuskegee plays North Alabama on Saturday in the second round.
Here are Norfleet's stats for the season. He's been playing running back, and he's the team's leading rusher, punt returner and kick returner. It also looks like he had an 82-yard kickoff return that didn't result in a touchdown. So he still hasn't officially taken a kick to the house. His stats:
RUSHING: 83 carries for 646 yards and two TDs
RECEIVING: 8 catches for 140 yards, no TDs
PUNT RETURNS: 9 for 93 yards, no TDs, long of 35
KICKOFF RETURNS: 14 for 307 yards, no TDs. long of 82
So, you want to hang with Michigan Alumni to watch a game. But, the "MGobar finder" is very out dated.
Chances are, there is an Alumni organization that hangs in a bar close to where you are. Or, someone from the local Alumni Club can make recommendations better than locals on this board. Here is a simple, snark free way to find a bar:
Use the Alumni Club Finder to identify a club by a State:
- Click on the U of M club for that state
- Contact the people listed under “connect with us” (Twitter, FB, or LinkedIn)
- Ask them questions to meet your needs
- Get in your Uber ride and enjoy the night.
Offer not valid in Dublin, Singapore, or Jupiter
PS – you may find a link to local Red Wings, Lions, and Tiger fans within the Alumni pages.
RPS Part Deux: Comparing MSU to Michigan Defending Spread or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb vs. Man Free
Caveat: Again, I just watched the beginning and end of the game, blah, blah, blah...
Note: I added a basic field background to help communicate vertical spacing.
Last week I wrote about how Michigan defended the spread in the IU game. Today I'll compare that to how MSU defended OSU Saturday.
First, let's revisit how Michigan aligned vs. a 2x2 H-back look:
Notice how we are a man short in the box. If you're also noticing how it appears we have only 10 defenders on the field, it's b/c I tried to show the vertical spacing of the alignment; i.e., you can't see the Free Safety (FS) b/c he's 15-20 yards deep.
Similar to how Michigan aligned, MSU also had man over man on the Wide Receivers (WRs). However, MSU's safeties were no deeper than 8-10 yards, especially 8 on non-passing downs (what Bill Connelly of S&P refers to as "standard downs"). In doing this, MSU essentially has 8 in the box. If the safety over the H-back gets a run read from that H-back, the safety is down hill into his run fit.
In the comments of the previous diary, we discussed how playing no deep safeties is a recipe for spread adjustments like bubble screens and smoke screens; i.e. quick throws to the WRs. These are essentially wide running plays. Michigan has been using this tactic with great success the entire season--I'd guess that the success rate on these throws have been at least 90% for the Wolverines in 2015.
To take these away and remain sound defending the run, the defense needs OLBs and/or safeties aligned in such a way as to have the ability to defend both run and pass. Basically, the defense wants to have a man advantage against the number of eligible receivers on each side of the ball. In other words, if there are two receivers on a side, the defense needs to have three players in a position to defend them.
To have even 7 in the box, Michigan places a defender (in this case, the Will linebacker [WLB or simply W]) in a position to only play run and not be able to help on quick perimeter throws.
As you can see, the Spartans have safeties close enough to not be undermanned against inside running plays, and are also aligned so they have one more pass defender than the offense has eligible receivers to each side.
Again, I hope that Michigan does something different schematically against the Buckeyes than it did against the Hoosiers. If not, Ezekiel Elliot is going to have a Carlos Hyde type performance.