Al Borges says he's lost 70-plus pounds. He's got jokez, too. "It's like tossing a lawn chair off the Titanic."— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) September 30, 2015
Eight years removed from his final season at Auburn, Borges returns as the enemy coordinating San Jose State's offense. He's a changed man, too. He's traversed the California highways at two jobs and coached on the sidelines of Michigan. "I learned a lot of stuff about myself, but I've learned even more about the greatest game ever invented, and what might be the worst business ever invented," said Borges, who was fired at Michigan following the 2013 season.
By outscoring its last three opponents 94-14 and entering the polls for the first time since Nov. 2, 2013, Michigan looks like it has the potential to surpass preseason expectations.
TL/DR? We're going to beat them badly, 23 - 0.
I've been quite busy lately and haven't been able to post as much as I'd typically like to, either here or at my own blog. But I had some free time last night and saw something in last week's game that I've wanted to touch on for years, as it is one of my favorite ideas in football, and one of the main reasons I love Harbaugh's offense so much.
It just so happened that Brian's Offensive UFR really helped expedite the process by pulling the clips I would have had to on my own; so you not only can love the UFR in its own right, but also because it helps me produce content that I otherwise wouldn't have time to make in many cases. So yay UFR.
Anyway, it was important to give the reader a basic understanding of defensive gaps. This is the A-gap (between Center and OG), B-gap (OG and OT), C gap (OT and TE), D gap (TE and Flanker), E-gap (outside flanker) and sometimes all the way out to F-gap (outside outer most WR). Then I wanted to explain how pulling OL and FBs inserted into the LOS impact how the defense sees gaps, and how it makes it difficult for defenses to defend these ideas. So I did that here.
Harbaugh has always utilized these concepts, all of them, from spreading the field, utilizing bunch and trips formations, multiple backs, even the "Emery" formation (which is something I don't think gets used enough, that or it's varients I think are extremely effective ways of getting power in space and forcing DBs to be ILBs on the edge) are all about manipulating the defense's ability to be gap sound. In this post, I looked specifically how Harbaugh utilizes multiple FBs to not only add additional gaps, but also take away defensive keys. This, of course, forces defenses to think, which causes them to delay, which causes them to get popped in the chin and driven off the ball. So it's a great concept that I wanted to highlight.
I know there have been threads for College Park advice before, but given conditions and changing plans, opening it back up. Considering the potential for rain and lack of hours for good tailgating, does anyone have recs for quick restaurants close to the game that might not be completely overrun? I have a parking pass near the stadium, but am guessing that places right on campus will be bonkers.
Edit: Screw it, what advice does the board have for the team tomorrow?