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Three yards and a cloud of dust... gone. I've been assembling the remaining eight season previews of Big Ten teams and one thing has jumped out: I am constantly talking about spread this, slot that, blah blah blah. The Big Ten has suddenly gone to a spread-crazy conference (no doubt a shamefully unsophisticated spread crazy conference, but here in the Midwest we can't handle the trooth).
Examine the following:
- Full spread teams (5): Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana
- Elements of the spread (2): Ohio State, Penn State
- Spread this (4): Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa
By spread I mean the shotgun quick-routes QB-running thing. Spread mania has, uh, spread: fully five teams will employ some variant of the spread this year as their base offense, and both Ohio State and Penn State will adopt it at least occasionally to take advantage of their athletic quarterbacks. Seven of eleven teams. Last year it was three plus Penn State attempting to convince people they were clever.
That's sort of depressing. One of the things about college football I'm terribly fond of is the whacked out variety of offenses nationwide. (And right, right, all those offenses are vastly different in ways that make them markedly inferior to "sophisticated" ones, but we're talking aesthetics here.) I have a lingering antipathy for Nebraska stemming from the whole 1997 thing, but I was appalled when they abandoned their wonderful, anomalous option offense in favor of a 70-10 asskicking at the hands of Texas Tech. I am now actively rooting for Bill Callahan to fail miserably so that the Cornhuskers revert to their pitch-crazy ways. Tom Osborne is governor or something, right? Can't he do something about this? It is filthy and wrong to see the ugly red N helmets tossing the ball around like the last sixty years actually happened. Now the last outposts of a crushing, line-you-up-and-kick-your-ass ground game are scattered about the non-BCS conferences. There's no weird national title contender, and I miss it. The NCAA should institute a rule where if you line up in the shotgun 90% of the time viewers get to punch you after the game.
Agim Shabaj, the guy with the highest ratio of trash talk to actual performance in Big Ten history, failed to make the grade. First Kellen Winslow, Jr., and now this? Why does God do bad things to good people? It is the mystery.
The RCMB sums it up wonderfully:
we just lost the best east-west runner that i have ever seen.
BALLS. Check the latest hot news: "Will Attend Milford Academy." Milford Academy is not Michigan. This means that ACT score was not sufficient. As mentioned, balls.
This shouldn't have a huge impact on next year. Watson, Massey, Branch, Johnson, Taylor, and maybe Walton still looks like a very nice DT depth chart. The thing is now Slocum's LOI is invalidated and he can go anywhere he wants. I have no doubt that Michigan will attempt to sign him again next year but it's not a sure thing. Thus the balls.
(HT: reader Aaron Hill.)
Update: FWIW, PA Sportwire reports that Slocum "intends on honoring his commitment to Michigan."
Apparently you can throw Georgia QB David Cone on the commit pile tomorrow. See for yourself:
"I need to talk it over with my family and my coach, but it looks like I'll be calling Coach Loeffler tomorrow to commit," Cone said. "I really like the academic and athletic reputation of Michigan, it's a great school."
mgoblog is stunned by this turn of events and not quite sure what to think. Cone's offer list looks like a guy who commits to Michigan State, not Michigan: Mississippi State, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky.
Michigan is still after vast huge name Tim Tebow. Some people believe that Michigan is leading. So why risk alienating Tebow like Florida did when it accepted TX QB Jevan Snead's commitment? If Cone was marginal or likely to stay under the radar, there would be no reason at all, especially in a year where Michigan has been very stingy with quarterback offers. mgoblog's conclusion is that Cone blew the doors off at camp. An occasional emailer who spars with me about Tom Lemming seems to have connections and claims that Cone outperformed fellow campers (and Rivals100 members) Neil Caudle and Pat Devlin. Is that true? It seems plausible at least.
So, uh, there it is. Cone must have been very impressive in camp. A lot of cojones for Loeffler to put his eggs in the baskets of Jason Forcier, who had one year in a passing offense, and Cone, who runs the wishbone and threw for only 1,015 yards last year if Michigan only takes one quarterback this year.
Another thing... I don't know how much credibility to lend this, especially because it originates from what is unquestionably the ugliest blog I've ever seen, but it was posted July 25th and predicts commitments from Patilla, Mixon, and Parris, plus somewhat shakier pronouncements on ultrasleeper Scott Szpyrka, Cone, and Rivals 100 member AJ Wallace. Mixon's intentions were publically known on the 25th, but to my knowledge the first Rivals/Scout indications of a Parris offer were on Rivals on the 26th, and absolutely nobody without connections to Michigan's camp had heard anything about Szpyrka until a note popped up on GBW on the 26th. So they're 3/6 on commitments already and predicted a Parris offer that came to fruition... it looks pretty legit to me. Hope it continues to be legit because Wallace is an important CB recruit.
It's on again, this time over at EDSBS.
1. What's THE critical game of the season on the national scene?
Chalk: Ohio State-Texas. If Ohio State wins, there will be a Big Ten team in the national championship game assuming that Michigan, Purdue, and Iowa follow through on their nonconference schedules--a significant assumption given that therein lie two games against Notre Dame and one against a pretty good Iowa State team, but not an outlandish one. The polls are ready to hype up the Big Ten, and if those for teams make it through the nonconference schedule without a loss, all four will be in the top ten or close to it. It would take a lot of round-robin losing for all four teams to fall out of the national championship picture.
And because I feel so bad for A) talking constantly about Ohio State in this answer and B) going chalk-city in answers one and two, a bonus pick: Iowa-Purdue. Every Midwesterner outside of West Lafayette will be pulling for the Hawkeyes, as an OSU-Michigan-free Boilermakers team capable of beating Iowa will be hopping, skipping, and jumping its way to the BCS and very possibly the Rose Bowl. Howls of protestation will erupt (again), but what are you going to do?
2.What's the most critical matchup for your team?
OHIO STATE AAAAAH! AAAAH!
Look, I don't want to answer Ohio State. It's boring and predictable. But I have absolutely no choice. Cheatypants Sweatervest is now 3-1 against Michigan. Up until last year the OSU losses were unfortunate but not worrying: the first was John Navarre and the Worst Game By A UM Quarterback Since That Time Demetrius Brown Threw Seven Interceptions. The second was a tight game in Columbus against the eventual national champions. You can look at both of those and sort of shrug and say "yeah, okay, that's mostly beyond your control." Not so last year's debacle, during which Michigan turned Troy Smith from a black version of Steve Bellisari into a black version of Michael Vick. That Ohio State team was horrific through the meat of the season but soundly beat a Michigan team that should have gutted the Buckeyes.
Houston, problem. John Cooper specialized in inexplicable losses like that and ushered in the 2-10-1 pax Michigana. If Cheatypants Sweatervest runs his record to 4-1 this year in Ann Arbor against what promises to be a Wolverine offense discussed in wine and song many moons from now, the shoe will be firmly ensconsed on the other foot. Michigan fans will start buying torches, assembling pitchforks, and getting boiled-by-oil riders on their life insurance policies. I don't want to see the other side of the John Cooper coin.
3. What's your wingnut upset prediction of year?
Georgia over Boise State. I keed, I keed.
Penn State over Ohio State: The college football equivalent of that horrific Indiana-Detroit Eastern Conference Finals last year, this series has degenerated into an uglyfest unparalleled nationwide. Every year someone wins without deserving it in any way whatsoever, usually off a freakish play by a tall fast Buckeye. This year Penn State will have a fighting chance because they have some guys--Derrick Williams, Dan Connor, Alan Zemitas, Justin King--who can make the big play that leads to the game's only touchdown.
Penn State will have a bear of a defense this year and the only issue they appear to have is a team that can successfully apply a power running attack. Ohio State will be singularly incapable of doing this. No one is going to turn off Ted Ginn but the Penn State secondary is going to be four seniors with proven ability--he won't go Oklahoma State on the Nittany Lions. Ohio State will struggle to score mightily.
How will Penn State score? Hell if I know. But it'll only take one huge play.
Michigan WR/OLB Quintin Patilla has committed after getting a camp offer. Patilla will come in as a linebacker. mgoblog generally likes anyone who gets offered at camp and a Rivals guru or two really liked Patilla as long as a year ago. Some concerns about his speed--which either is poor or does not translate to 40 times--seemed to be the only thing people worried about. Patilla's flexibility probably helped him get the offer. Michigan could accept a commitment from another linebacker past Graham, Patilla, and (presumably) Mixon and let everyone battle it out. Graham could end up at DE or Patilla at WR. As the #8 prospect in Michigan in what's regarded as a weak year in-state, he'll definitely be a three-star.
Also, Scout.com has released its initial Top 100 list with the ever-popular Myron Rolle at the top. Recruiting board will be updated within a day or two with the information. Initial impression is that there are a freaking ton of Ohio guys on the list, probably far too many. Current commitments Brandon Graham and Justin Boren are #12 and #29, respectively, and almost-commitment Cobrani Mixon is #79. Haven't had time to look at the list extensively yet but at first glance there is a lot of disagreement between Rivals and Scout, seemingly more so than usual.
I just need a name for it. Suggestions are being taken.
Click-equivalent-run, don't click-equivalent-walk over to Straight Bangin' for a dystopian vision of internet obsession that even mgoblog hasn't reached yet:
I woke up at least four times last night because I was having a nightmare in which Michigan lost its season-opening game against (the) Ohio State (joke of a) University.
Dude. Vijay at IBFC also has a schedule proposal that will never ever happen even though it should.
GBW has an article on incoming CB recruit Chris Richards. Richards has joined the Brandon Harrison "I was short but now I tower over you peons" campaign by growing from 5'11" to 6'1". Richards will redshirt. Scout also has more Myron Rolle. Same carefully neutral tone but if you'd like to overanalyze what he said I would say that the article is a negative one for Michigan. I am moving my tiny Myron Rolle figurine farther away. (Also, more mention of Meyer and his goddamn text messaging. OMG LOL U R A LOOSER!!!)
Other people are still talking about this whole Braveheart thing though I have personally sworn off it. CFR weighs in (negative) with a philosophical take that accuses mgoblog of "living what amounts to a fairly numb existence," which means that he definitely hasn't read any of my liveblogs. A brief clarification: when I ask "How would I know?" The question is more "how would I be able to tell if your hypothesis is correct, given that you have given essentially no reasoning to support it?" New blogpoll voter Braves & Birds (<--blogroll and link away, EDSBS) then does a demolition job on CFR's Boise-Georgia post. Never attack Georgia in winter. Or something.
Also, Blogpoll Roundtable #2 should be coming up soon, whenever EDSBS stops looking for naked pictures of Rosario Dawson.
Finally: A blog from the cradle of Joe Tiller! And a blogpoll voter, completing our collection of conferences. In other blogpoll voter news, Football Outsiders has provided a severe injection of credibility by deigning to participate. Excited am I.
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This is what we are talking about, is it not? The mindless pregame blather about wanting it more? How sports commentators are, more often than not, just saying something to say it?
If you want to read HP's response, it's here. But I'll save you the time. HP's response to my duel-inducing slap consists of: cheap shots at Lloyd Carr and Dr. Z, links to his posts which I declared to be characterized by the above nasty words with a reasoning-free declaration that they are not those things, and mischaracterization of my post via omission, and... Christ... a lot of words full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Yes, mainstream dumb drives me crazy. Yes, I'd like it if that was no longer the case. But HP is no Kwisatz Haderach. Look. I don't want his to get "fisky," as EDSBS has accurately accused me of being in the past. I don't want to pull something out of context and hold it up and beat it to shreds. So what I'm going to do is pull something that I believe sums up the whole thing. HP says:
...I did explain what the offenses had in common (comparing their balance and yardage and scoring output) and why they are so hard to defend and how it affected the teams (I noted they went 55-2 against the rest of college football last season)....
He references this post, which is all the explanation we get. Read it. If it's something you find convincing and thorough, well, I guess I've lost. To me it consists of "these six teams have good records and rack up a lot of yards and are balanced so they're real good but Oklahoma doesn't count because Oklahoma isn't sophisticated." This is nothing you wouldn't read from, say, Matt Hayes. Same with useless top ten lists of fastest players or best Heisman winners. Superficial, all of it, and when the Superficial One calls out everyone else for being superficial, well, them's sissy-boy slapfight words.
Respect from the MSM (and anybody, really) will come from actually doing good work with research behind it--and I don't mean checking the top ten offenses last year to see which of them had really good seasons. Others are capable of doing this and have done so. I think it's under a year before BGS starts getting a lot of mainstream attention, not because they're calling people out for accountability, but because they're covering Notre Dame better than anyone else. So. I suggest everyone put up or shut up.
I promise that I'm shutting up on this now. And then I will put up sweet things later that will make Trev Alberts collapse to the ground, repentant, crying, begging for penance.
(And why do I blog? For the hot blog groupies.)