1 hour 22 minutes
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starts at 1:00
Offensive line was okay at running, JBB holding his own against monsters is a particularly nice surprise. Three yards a carry is misleadingly good against this D. Speight’s actual interception was not a bother but some of the plays under pressure were not great bob.
starts at 22:46
DUDE. PFF, which gives a 50 to a player who’s basically replacement level, gave #1 offensive tackle in the country a 49, and that’s the best offensive line performance from Wisconsin of the game. Glasgow doing Glasgow things because he can; too dominate to find snaps for Rashan Gary. Good Don Brown stuff. Jourdan Lewis…DUDE.
Special Teams and Game Theory
starts at 40:15
Don’t get Kenny Allen—mechanics of kickoffs and punting are apparently very different, Ace learned from watching warmups. False start penalties—Harbaugh was demanding a disconcerting signals call.
Talking Big Ten with Jamie Mac
starts at 49:53
JamieMac’s sports bigamy had a good weekend. Open up the dusty rolls of Sparty No! Western Kentucky is adopted. Indiana’s defense ranked ahead of their defense—is this a fluke? MSU’s offensive line hitting the panic button. Iowa is broken; Cole Croston is not working out. Can Purdue recall a quarterback? Penn State’s “fingerprint win”, Armstrong’s weapons are breaking.
“Hear My Train A Comin'”—Jimi Hendrix
“You Got Me Floatin’”—Jimi Hendrix
“House Burning Down”—Jimi Hendrix
“Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS
"I hope we're all up on the latest changes to the NCAA rule book." [Fuller]
Wait, substitution. Wait. Wait, what?
So when the bearded lady rushed into the center ring to launch the football out of the cannon through the flaming uprights at the end of the Evanston Circus, Michigan obviously made a substitution. Northwestern did not make a substitution, but they, according to the Rules, could have. If they did, it seems like that would have taken more time before the official gave the ready for play, and potentially wasted enough time to run the clock out. In this parallel universe game which is crazier than the actual circus which unfolded, does Michigan get to attempt the field goal? How are the rules applied in that situation (which thankfully did not happen)?
UPDATE: NEVERMIND the below, as I missed this section in the rulebook:
Late in the first half Team A is out of timeouts. A pass play on third down ends inbounds at the B-25 short of the line to gain with the game clock showing 0:10. Facing fourth down and three, Team A immediately hurries its field goal team onto the field. RULING: Team B should reasonably expect that Team A will attempt a field goal in this situationand should have its field-goal defense unit ready. The umpire will not stand over the ball, as there should be no issue of the defense being uncertain about the next play.
Thanks to Maize and Blue Wahoo. I will self-immolate now like a Northwestern fan observing his team playing football.
We should have been screwed. The NCAA rulebook has a specific mention of this very scenario:
Late in the first half Team A is out of timeouts. A pass play on third down ends inbounds at the B-25 short of the line to gain with the game clock showing 0:30. Facing fourth down and three, Team A gives no indication as to its next play until the game clock reads 0:10. They then rush their field goal unit onto the field, and Team B then hurries to respond.
RULING: The umpire moves to the ball to prevent the snap until Team B has had a reasonable opportunity to get its field-goal defense unit onto the field. The umpire will step away when he judges that the defense has had enough time. If the game clock reads 0:00 before the ball is snapped after the umpire steps away, the half is over.
That is in blue along with various other new rules (like "minimum time for spiking the ball") this year, so it must have just been added. If Fitz tried to substitute, the rulebook says that the refs have to let him and the clock would then run out.
This is of course terrible since it prevents the sort of exciting thing that happened against Northwestern and replaces it with the clock running out because the defense can't get aligned in time and should be immediately stricken in the name of fun… except maybe it doesn't exist?
Game ref Bill LeMonnier:
“When a team is coming out and it’s the last play of the game and they substitute with their field-goal team, the defense is not given the opportunity,” referee Bill LeMonnier said. “Usually there’s match-up time on substitutions. When it’s the field-goal attempt like that on the last play of the half, then there’s no match-up given.”
This is in direct contradiction of the rulebook. So… yeah. I don't know. The only thing that may reconcile these two points of view is the rulebook stating that the team getting the FG unit out there spent 20 seconds doing nothing, whereas Michigan was clearly going GO GO GO as soon as Gallon was tackled.
Spiritually, if you can't get your FG block team on the field in that situation and the other team can get the play off, screw your field goal block team. Fire drills forever.
[After THE JUMP: talking Funk, safety rotation, and the latest bizarre email.]
GIS throws this at you when you google for Darrell Funk, so congrats Firstbase