"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Reaching out to experienced football minds here.
The knock against blitzing, it would seem to me, is that it is a high risk, high reward tactic.
Yet, in situations where these things hold true...
- You have a great offense
- You have a marginal defense
- You have an inexperienced secondary
- You want to maximize your possessions given that you are 6th in the country in points per possession (thank you Rash)
- You want to prevent the opponent from limiting your possessions with a measured, ball-control offense
- The opponent has a great offense
- The opponent has a marginal or weak defense
...is not the downside to an aggressive, disruptive blitzing campaign relatively negligible?
- You would increase the number of possessions for your offense against a bad defense, probably yielding a higher PPP than average,
- You would decrease the need for your secondary to be better than it is, and
- You would prevent one of the few things that would give us all gray hair on Saturday: enduring long, glacial drives by Chappell that have us into the second quarter with perhaps a single TD on the board (a la UMass in the first half).
It seems Indiana and Michigan State fit the above profile perfectly.
So, expert panel, please describe the downside of this strategy against such teams. (Note: I am assuming a rational blitzing scheme, not jailbreak insanity every play.)
There is debate about what the word "Hoosier" actually means, but about this there is no debate: Indiana is known for being good at basketball and tragically bad at football. This week's schedule wallpaper explores the idea that after all these years, the University of Indiana is still just trying to figure out football. I love the idea of an Indiana shooting guard about to be trucked by a Michigan running back.
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
How it was made
This wallpaper was created using parts of 9 different images: a closeup of a red cushion, a scrapbook that was stretched to fill the screen, a vintage photo frame, a Life image of the 1955 Michigan vs. Army football game, an Army football helmet cut out of a different photo from the same game, a basketball player from an unidentified school, an old photo with water spots and other features to give the base photo a distressed appearance and two scans of watercolor brush strokes that were sampled and repeated to form the Michigan and Indiana logos. I made color and contrast adjustments to just about every element to accomplish the final look.
All of the 2010 Schedule Wallpapers
I think we win, but that seems REALLY high considering IU's offensive power.
Let's hope the money is right.
Let's assume for the sake of argument two plausible scenarios for next week: MSU gets their hat handed to them by Wisconsin, and we beat Indiana on the road.
What kind of psychological condition is MSU in when they travel to Ann Arbor a week later?
a) they don't give a crap; they're our little brother and they want to kill us
b) their egos are dented and they play with less conviction/confidence
c) they're more dangerous still
d) something that I haven't thought of
P.S. If this kind of looking ahead or conjecture is not your cup of tea, that's great; you are not required to respond
My friend and I are planning on going to the game at IU this year, and this will be our first time in Bloomington. We've both taken trips to EL for an MSU-UM game before to sit in the student section, but other than that, we have no experience in other stadiums in the Big Ten.
We were planning on buying tickets through the UM ticket office in order to sit with other Michigan fans, but we were told that the seats were at the mercy of the IU Athletic Dept. I don't mind having "bad" seats if it means I sit with fellow Wolverines, but we can easily get "bad" tickets from other sources for a cheaper price.
I guess my question can be both general and specific:
- Can anyone who has gone to a game @ IU comment on the seating of opposing fans?
- How "nice" are other B10 seats for opposing fans?
If anything I'm curious to know how other B10 stadiums seat their opposing fans, especially given that our own athletic department seats many opposing fans in the top rows in the SE corner of the stadium.
Does anyone know of a bus company that will charter people for the away games? I saw quite a few charters at the Notre Dame game and figured that there would be one for Indiana, Purdue, Penn State or Ohio State. Any help would be greatly appreciated!