Pacific Rim 2 is going to be about giant robots built to fight Adam Jacobi
2014.09.13 - Miami Ohio at Michigan - http://goo.gl/s92l59
*New! Every snap video. Defense will be added later.
Every Snap [Offense] - http://goo.gl/dfKUvB
password to download .torrent file - 'goblue'
Other NCAA games will be added to OP later on during the week.
ps - upcoming post coming mid-week, looking for people to cut up every snap video for msu and ohio state games throughout the season. original broadcast files/tools will be provided. Really easy, just somewhat tedious. Takes about an hour per game.
I'm not going to lie, there's some strange goings-on in Boxscore land. Last week, Michigan outgained Notre Dame and nearly had as many first downs, yet was blown out on the scoreboard. This week, Michigan was statistically superior to Miami (NTM), yet, midway through the third quarter, I'm sure more than a few Michigan fans were having flashbacks to Akron. Miami's coach nearly had an aneurysm when they just barely missed a long pass. He believed they were in the game. Had that connected, well, it didn't so no need to go there. But that's not all. On MGoBlog's recap, Ace delved into the boxscore. Great read, but that's my thing, man. J/K. Brady Hoke even brought up some stats in his press conference. Numbers are flying everywhere. Today, I tried to find the boxscore on MGoBlue.com and notice they've moved it, reformatted it, and stuck a Chick-fil-A add right in the middle of it. Hey, MGoblue.com, haven't you heard, Chick-fil-A's not open on Sundays.
You may have noticed I changed the title. That's because I'm insanely busy this weekend, and I don't feel like diving into a Michigan-Not that Miami boxscore. I don't care how many Eagles fly overhead, this is just not a "Wow" event. It did get me to thinking back to simpler times. In the 70's and 80's, when Michigan had a stinker on the schedule and there was a threat to the 100,000 streak, we had something called "Band Day." High School bands from all over the tri-county area would be brought in to fill up the endzone seats. I'm talking about bands from Livonia, Novi, Romulus, and even from as far away as Troy. Prior to the game, all those bands would fill up the field and play one or two songs, and then march back to their seats. I always enjoyed the colorful pageantry that was Band Day. I say, if you are going to stick us with non-wow-events like Michigan vs. Not that Miami and there are ~10,000 empty seats, at least bring back Band Day!
Boxscore link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/091314aaa.html
Burst of Impetus
* The saddest part of this game is that Norfleet's kick return to start the game wasn't sufficient to firmly plant the impetus on our side. Numerous turnovers made this a game for 2 1/2 quarters.
* I think there was a sequence of plays where we may have turned the corner on this running game and left 2013 in the rear-view mirror. With 7:24 to go in the 2nd, Michigan was tied 10-10 with Not that Miami. A pass to Darboh brought the ball to Miami's 40 yard line. After that, Gardner was sacked for a 7 yard loss. I was thinking, "seriously?" My hope is that what happened next is the harbinger of good things to come.
- Green, Derrick rush for 27 yards...
- Green, Derrick rush for 11 yards...
- Green, Derrick rush for 8 yards...
- Green, Derrick rush for 1 yard to the MU0, TOUCHDOWN
Run game established, at least against the Miami's of the world.
* Gardner was 13 for 20 for 184 yards and 2 TDs. He seemed to do well in the absence of Funchess. This could be good in the long run if he's able to build chemistry with Darboh, Chesson, and Butt.
* Jake Ryan had 6 tackles and 2 QHs and may be starting to get a feel for this MIKE thing.
1 and 2
* One week after I questioned what the coaches were seeing in practice to give Derrick Green the nod over De'Veon Smith, Green showed all of us. His vision was much better than last week, and I don't think this is a question of the opponent. The hole is there, and he either hits it or he doesn't. Against Notre Dame, he didn't. Against Miami, he did, over and over again to the tune of 137 yards on 22 carries. My guess is, Green was much more relaxed going against Miami, knowing that they are vastly inferior to Michigan. This allowed him to play with more confidence and his performance improved as a result.
* Smith looked a little slow to me, perhaps he's got a boo-boo. He had a couple negative carries on slow developing east/west type runs. I'd much rather they pound him inside and put him in attack mode. He recovered from a slow start to tally 44 yards on 9 carries for a healthy 4.9 YPC.
* Miami did not score 24 points. They only scored 10 because we gave them a short field due to turnovers.
* Joe Bolden led Michigan with 7 tackles, and he had one nice pass breakup.
* The defense is still not filling the boxscore in the dot categories, but we did get 5 QH's, 1 FF, 1 INTC, 2 BrUps, and 1 sack.
* Miami was held to 1 rushing first down and only 33 net yards rushing. I sense a trend developing...
* Miami only recorded 3 TFLs all game long; the two wide runs with Smith and the sack, for a total of 10 yards. I so hope this is no longer a thing worth discussing as we move forward.
* What look was Miami going for with their helmets? I can't decide if it was warmed-over vomit, or electrified vomit.
* We need Butt. A healthy Butt adds another dimension to our offense.
* Christian Kock punted 8 times for 301 yards. You know how when you apply for a personalized license plate and the DMV has someone review your request to make sure there's nothing offensive about it? Maybe we should do the same thing with peoples' names.
* M. Wamulumba recorded 1 tackle for Miami. Didn't Kid Rock sing a song about him? The lyrics went something like this, "Bawitdaba da diggy diggy Wamulumba da bang da bang." I think the Pewamo-Westphalia High School band played it at Band Day in '92.
Here it is, as promised. Complete with the outstanding final drive of the first half
Link for mobile viewers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzsmyg2N3c
Noticed this while breaking down the game for my WH-style highlights that I'll post later this afternoon.
Is Furbush being injured new or something that has been known?
In the aftermath of yesterday's game, I've seen a number of people claim that Shane Morris was "perfect" in his limited playing time. True, he was 0 for 2 passing, but both throws were dropped by their targets. I wanted to break down each passing play and see if his throws were as good as advertised.
The situation: 2nd and 7, ball on the Miami of Ohio 34
The play: Morris rolls out to his left...
...and throws to Keith Heitzman, who is fifteen yards downfield and five yards from the nearest defender:
The ball arrives precisely at the area directly in front of Heitzman's chest where one generally prefers to catch things.
Unfortunately, he fails to do so, and the ball passes through his arms, and bounces off this thigh.
CONCLUSION: Excellent throw to wide open receiver, pure drop.
The Situation: 1st and 10, ball on Miami of Ohio 23
The Play: Morris rolls out to his left again:
I'm pointing out these rollouts because I've seen some people claim that Shane Morris demonstrated a better pocket presence than Devin Gardner. Not so: two passes, two rollouts. Pocket presence: UNDEF.
Morris fires deep to Jehu Chesson in the end zone, who has a couple steps on the defender. Note the separation in this frame.
However, the throw is a bit behind, and Chesson has to put on the breaks. The defender closes the gap, and as the ball arrives, he has one arm on Chesson's back, and brings the other down, brushing off his face mask and settling in between his chest and his arms.
As he falls to the turf, Chesson actually does have the ball secured between his bicep and his forearm, but the impact with the ground jars it free to fall incomplete.
CONCLUSION: This throw was not terrible, but neither was it perfect. It was a bit behind the receiver, which gave the defender the time to close the gap and make a play, which he did well. A more accurate throw would have given the defender no chance.
On the day, Shane Morris had one excellent throw to a wide open receiver who dropped the ball, and one slightly off target throw which forced the receiver to try and bring it in with a defender in his face. It would be foolish to try to draw any sweeping conclusions from two pass attempts, but at a minimum claims of "perfection" should be put to rest.
I know BiSB does a much more funny version of this every Friday but for those who want a less entertaining preview earlier some thoughts on week 3. These are from actual viewing of games + box score/recap reading.
I am making these comments through the lens that
- Teams will attack us offensively via the air as our run defense is currently the team strength
- Teams will attack us defensively via pressure and disguised coverages until Gardner shows noticable improvement under duress. I think if I was a DC right now I'd press the run and focus all air support on Funchess (when healthy) and make Devin beat me with his secondary WRs - if he can find them. And I'd blitz often.
- The Big 10 really sucks.
Bye last week - same synopsis as prior review; beat 2 nobodies which is more than any team in the Big 10 can say. Their defense seems very legit and concerning. Offense puts up big #s versus nobodies, they do have a legit WR. Please return Ray Taylor and Jarrod Wilson.
Gophers first road game, and first game against a team with a heartbeat went swimmingly to the tune of 30-7 vs a TCU team that has not been all that since joining the Big 12. TCU somehow has 2 bye weeks in its first 4 weeks so this is only their 2nd game so not much to tell other than "they are from Texas where people play football a lot".
Minnesota can do nothing but run the ball so how do you stop Minnesota? Focus on destroying their run game. Which TCU did, holding them to sub 100. That is impressive because again - that is all Minnesota can do. Mitch Leidner was Mitch Leidner - 12/26 for 151 yards.... and wait for it... 3 INTs.
It is doubtful there is a Big 5 conference team better suited for UM's strength than the Golden Gophers.
A scintillating game between Rugters and PSU yesterday if by scintillating you liked a lot of turnovers and bad offense. Gary Nova QB of Rutgers is the Tate Forcier of east coast football - he has enough mobility to tease you, he makes enough bonehead plays to make you bash your head in the wall. They do have a VERY good RB named James who PSU did a great job stifling. So it was the Gary Nova show. Which is not a good show. But dangerous enough against our young secondary to put enough fear into you. And it's a road game.
One thing to note is Rutgers has "Virginia Tech like" special teams; they have the most kick blocks in CFB since 2009. Did not know that. Blocked another last night. I propose went offered FG attempts v Rutgers, Brady puts on the headset and yells "HELL NO" and just goes for it. Or doom might happen.
Rutgers defense pressured Hackenberg all night. Caveat that PSU's OL is 2013 UM. But they did a pretty darn good job and have some athletes out there - Devin needs to not do bonehead things in this game or at least do them on Rutgers side of the field. It was also an impressive environment. The fans will be jacked for UM.
This the other side of the Rutgers conversation. PSU has a solid defense which caused all sort of havoc for Rutgers. They did impressively stuff Paul James to 51 yards on 14 carries. They have a Mike Martin type DT - he is a bad man. Nova gonna Nova but still 5 INTs is impressive. We have 1 INT in 3 games for comparison. Devin is better than Nova but man, I dont like the sounds of turnover creating secondaries one bit. Mock as you wish but a UM defense going on the road and holding anyone to 10 pts would be cause for celebration.
Offense is all Hack. He is under pressure all game, every game behind sieve OL. But as stated in past until clock is 0:00 you will not feel safe with him on the field. Led last minute drive, actually scored TDs twice on last drive, first was called back for OL holding. Shook it off, threw a 25 yard beauty down the sideline, and then they walzed in for another TD.
PSU is built to give us issues. They dont run well so I doubt they bother. They dont protect well but we have to prove we can create pressure against teams with actual 3 stars on them. Hack might throw 50x in this game. Their defense is stout enough to give us issues. Can't give them short fields.
Bye week. Not a good matchup. Run defense remains excellent - only gave up yards to Oregon in the 4th. Pass defense has issues but so does our pass offense. Brings a NFL caliber QB with a bevy of WRs. Their OL is pretty stout in pass protect but not as good as last year in run game. So we should do well in run defense but it's going to be an air attack. Oh yes - on the road. Pass.
Proudly continued a tradition of Big 10 teams losing to MAC teams, fell to Bowling Green 45-42. Proudly continuing a tradition of not fielding a defense. Put up 582 yards of offense and lost. Hey at least it was a road game for Indiana.
After a strange 1st week, Sudfeld woke up and was 31/41 for 347 yards. Tevin Coleman had another monster week - 24 carries for 190 yards. If this guy played for Georgia they might be talking about him for Heisman. He has 437 yards... in 2 games. His AVERAGE rush is 9.3 yards. Yes, adjust for competition but damn. Rush defense will be tested severely this game.
Projection - very similar game to 2013 - lots of points for both teams.
Bye week for 0-2 team that right now could project to a 4 win team.
This started very badly for our new brothers of the Big 10. West Virginia raced out to huge lead but then remembered they are West Virginia. WVA QB played great (511 yards) but they still almost lost. Either Maryland has some of the best special teams in the country or WVA has some of the worst.
Maryland's QB is CJ Brown. CJ Brown is like a very poor man's Tim Tebow. He was 19/35 for 241 yards. He was also Maryland's leading rusher with 161 yards including a 75 yard scamper. Maryland's second leading rusher? Dude with 4 yards. Stefon Diggs looked scary when he got the ball - but getting him the ball is a challenge.
All in all, a very flawed team with huge variability week to week based on what I've seen and read. So a perfect fit for the Big 10.
Destroyed baby seal. Facing an interesting team in Cincy on the 27th. Let's check back after then - probably not going to know what OSU is until late October at this point. They did lose their 2nd best player on defense this week (this is me saying that since I love me some Joey Bosa, others would argue it was their best defensive player). So without their best offensive player and their best defensive player - this looks like a team that will face some challenges, and road games will probably be an issue for a very young team. But we play them on the road so high probability of welp even if they are "Fickell-ish."