Afternoon Games Open Thread
Obviously MSU-ND and Tenn-UF. USU-USC might be a good one too
Tenn is horrid. It is remarkable to think about a decade ago that was the best game of the SEC season almost annually and the best rivalry. MSU-ND is the best regionally at least, but its a pretty horrid slate. Tonights LSU-Auburn game would be fun 5 years ago but right now not so much despite Auburn's record. Stanford-AZ State I guess might be decent. Tough weekend for CFB.
"Oh, Tennessee and Florida, that's a traditional, good game...wait, no it's not." It replaced Miami-FSU as THE hot rivalry game...and now it means nothing.
Another reason The Game is the best: it always matters.
Logic: Sparty wins today. We win in Nov, and it all works out concerning the strength of schedule argument. Plus, I can't root for ND ever except when they play Ohio -- and that is more a asteroid game any ways.
I think one of the tiebreakers is out of conf record so in theory should root for ND. Frankly I'd like to see ND put up 30+ win or lose just to shut up this elite defense meme. A ND loss at home makes our win look not that impressive.
I don't think you get I meant. F the Irish forevermore! Regardless, I don't give a crap about polls and computer scores.
I care about Michigan doing the best they can year in, and year out; most especially against ND, MSU and Ohio. If we do well, we will have a good season. We win the BIG or make the BIGCCG, we will go to the Citrus bowl or better which should always be a secondary goal.
I don't root for MSU for this simple reason: in-state recruiting is where it all starts, and they are our primary rival there. I don't want them to get off to a hot start that might help them land a recruit or two. Also, I'd rather play a demoralized MSU squad in EL than a fired-up team that thinks it's invincible.
VaTech just failed to score in OT. Marshall with 1st and 10 now, only needing points to get the win
Silly media contrivance made "the rivalry" seem even more boring than it is.
Tim Brown just said a game involving MSU was the game of the century... LULZ
I didn't see what he said, but in his defense, the 1966 #1vs #2 game between the two was actually called "The Game of the Century".
Should have been more aggressive on offense.
The pan of the seats at Notre Dame Stadium would seem to indicate that the highest per capita concentration of bro-ness probably exists in South Bend today. Nice little introduction by Tim Brown though. NBC has to sell it somehow, I suppose.
Hoping ND wins by 20 today.
knowing that we made all of those insufferable Irish fans miserable last week, and then a titch more miserable last week by looking crappy
Game is NUTS.
Should have pitched it to Breaston.
Did ND hire Captain Kirk to be the new head coach?
to lesbians everywhere. Now if you said that his personal style tends to be vintage 80s lesbian, I think that would be accurate. . .
Evil vs. Evil in South Bend.
"Statistics are for losers" is the most STAEE thing ever
Hell of a time for technical issues.
Another missed FG. Double OT coming in Blacksburg.
EDIT: Triple OT?
These introductions make me hate ND even more.
Don't get me wrong, I can't stand them, but they consistently take a bunch of 2 and 3 star guys and have them playing completely sound football. I wonder how long MSU will be able to hold on to Narduzzi
til the end of this year
His stock will never be higher than this year. They lose 6 seniors after this season and get to play Oregon and Ohio State next year.
He's gone at the end of the year. If not a head coach han as a DC at somewhere like Texas..
At this point, he's ready to be a HC. He doesn't really need another DC position. He couldn't really prove himself any more at Texas, with its better players, than he can right now at MSU.
Starting at the 30 is the only way Sparty will ever score.\
EDIT: Or not score
Sparty missed FG from 30...
Could not have asked for a better start for MSU. 3 and out, partial blocked punt but in ends in SPARTY NO.
The Spartans spartaned on that drive. The FG had an awful slice and excellent field position is wasted, allowing the Irish to forget all about the blocked punt.
At least it was close.
Purdue rivalry reference -- DRINK
Virginia Tech goes up 29-21. Marshall needs a TD and 2-pt conv. to go for 4OT.
Does that dude actually not have a sense of smell? Like some sort of rare disorder.
I explain the term StaEEE to my wife who is an Ohio fan? I've tried twice.
And thank you. She finally gets it and quote, "Ok, I guess I can call them StaEE. Is that similar to us calling ourselves The Ohio State University." My response, "Sure."
LOL at NBC toeing the party line. "If we keep repeating how old this rivalry is, maybe everyone will buy that's why we dropped Michigan."
This could be a very good day for Oregon. If Tenn can at least hang with Florida that would make the Ducks demolition of Florida all the more impressive.
They beat tenn. Georgia struggled. Al out of conference win VT didn't look so good. Vanderbilt struggled against UMASS. Of course, a win is a win. The margin of victory only matters so much.
Has had some terrific throws in this game. NFL-quality. Unlucky there.
Marshall WR drops a TD pass in 4th down.
Isn't Hand at this Florida-Tennessee game? If so, let's go Vols.
No he's taking the SAT and will visit Bama for the Tennessee game
Not sure about that call right there. Oh well. First down ND.
Even though this is Sparty vs. ND, ND's "Luck of the Irish" i.e. that non-fumble/INC call still pisses me off
His arm was moving forward. He was clearly throwing the ball. What is the issue?
Agree, not a fumble.
PI, on the other hand - looked like it to me.
Driskel throws a pick 6 and is knocked out of the game. Looks like an ankle injury. Tennessee leads Florida 7-0.
Narduzzi won't leave for another assistant position unless the school he joins decides to pay state 250000. This clause in Narduzzi's contract gets revoked if Dantonio isn't the head coach at state.
You think that would deter Texas or Alabama or someone like that? Not a chance.
Well obviously not those programs but it may deter other schools. Why pay 250k when there are other good defensive coordinators out there that won't cost 250k? Especially when you know that Narduzzi will probably leave after a few seasons for a head coaching job?
If one of those schools thinks he is the best why settle for anything less? If your Bama and Kirby Smart takes off in the offseason do you tell Saban not to get the best possible guy? Also any defensive coordinator at that kind of level might leave in a few years so that really isn't an argument.
Ask Texas how the Many Diaz experiment worked?
The only kind of school he would leave to be a coordinator at would be a school that can afford that. He wouldn't leave MSU for another MSU-caliber program.
But it's more likely that he's just holding out for a HC position.
Narduzzi is a seven figure level coordinator. A 250K buyout won't be a deterrent.
Frankly, he should get a look as a high level head coaching job. Not sure if he's thought as a great manager type, but his track record is great.
Isn't Hand at this Florida-Tennessee game? If so, let's go Vols.
Taking bets for State's offense starting at 0 points. I'll take the under.
Bravo to Kelly for not kicking the 50 yard field goal here.
MSU can't get any pressure early.
That's the play you call on 4th and 3? Okay.
BK visably yelling at player - DRINK
Watching MSU's defense, going to the air is the way to go. They are super aggressive against the run.
The problem is that we haven't established outside deep threats like ND has. If state is going to sell out on the run like that then our best bet will be to attack the middle with Gallon, Funchess and Butt
Give a shit about these players? These are terrible intros
Wooo missed tackles...
Am rooting for MSU here
To give Mike Sadler his proper credit, they really should say that he is one of the best, most practiced punters in Division I. I mean, the man has his own highlight reel from just one game alone.
At least our conference is known for great punters.
I do think the teams have done well so far today although not a lot of meat on the schedule.
Biggest takeaway is ND OL has given Rees plenty of time. If our OL gets blown up...well you know... (edit: ND OL not creating many rushing holes however)
MSU has struggled to get pressure without blitzing all season. Given Rees's track record, I don't really understand why they aren't coming after his a little bit.
Yes they are not bringing a lot of blitzes... ND strategy is to throw over the top almost every play. No intermediate level throws - everything has been a 20+ yard pass. Interesting. Kelly obviously sees that as a way to beat this defense and thus far its effective in moving chains.
Evidence that our sorry ass Nickel pacakge is unnecessary. Also, bout time Dennard is called for something. Holds every play.
"NO FLY ZONE"? Not so much. They really leave their corners on islands.
The corners have the benefit of being able to hold onto jerseys of wr most of the time though.
Jeez Kelly....nothing but chucking is your gameplan? I thought he was some kind of genius
Notre Dame's gameplan is hilarious. It's like their offensive coordinator is Rex Grossman from the unleash the dragon parody.
Sparty DBs playing hard press coverage. Far bolder than our coverage.
Gotta give them credit for that, although they have to because they send everyone else for run stop.
Awful shame about Marshall. That would have been a boon to Anyone But Alabama 2013.
Every game on right now is a dumpster fire.
Why is it that we get so much grief for having a quiet stadium when ND's place is funereal ?
Because ND is pretty much irrelevant to most people nowadays.
Damn...Kelly is utterly predictable at this point. Gets close to the redzone and goes run game all of a sudden, god forbid a short pass here or there.
Maybe he didn't panic he just thought it bounced out of the endzone...
Tuitt has been invisible in both the UM and mSU game thus far
You know minus his pick 6...
on Mr. Nix
Jesus. Nice catch.
It's safe to say Mattison and Narduzzi are in Kelly's head. He 2nd guesses himself so much against MSU/UM.
is absolutely delightful
EO 1st quarter, Tennessee up 7-3 at Florida.
Staee receivers will probably catch everything Nov 2nd. Thats what is most upsetting about how terrible they are
Hey, it's possible to check into a different defense when the offense audible
As bad as MSU's offense has been this season, they have not trailed in a game yet. Let's see how they do when trying to come back from a deficit. If ND can get a double digit lead, MSU could be in some real trouble.
Then again, it is a rivarly game.
Shouldn't that be targeting?
Who refs ND's home games?
After one, SD State leads Nebraska 17-14. The last few days haven't been good for a certain Mr. Pelini.
head shake. As if dirty isn't Sparty's openly admitted M.O. on D.
60 mins of unnecessary roughness in effect for MSU
MSU committed a personal foul? I, for one, am shocked.
MSU players should wear bullet proof shoes
LOL 60 minues of unnecessary roughness
Brian Kelly is finding his inner Lloyd Carr. Stubbornly trying to establish the run no matter what. Even if it's going nowhere.
I've always thought personal fouls should be like technical fouls in basketball, or yellow cards in soccer. If you get one, that's your warning, and a second should be an ejection. Accummulating them in back-to-back games should bring punishment as well. There needs to be more teeth behind it than just the 15 yards.
Why not an orange card?
plus that comes in handy on those plays where two personal fouls cancel each other out
I think that is a terrible idea. The 15 yards and automatic first down is enough.
Maybe your idea works for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
So, you think a guy who celebrates too much in the endzone should be at risk of ejection/suspension, but not a guy who commits a cheap shot with intent to injure?
NCAA will suspend players after reviewing tape.
That's not much of a threat. Few players have ever been suspended based on the videotape. Two years ago, the Big Ten dragged its feet on punishing Will Gholston until the media outcry forced them to.
But if you make it automatic that anyone who gets two personal fouls, or a guy who gets one in back-to-back games, is ejected, then you put the fear of ejection in the back of any player's mind immediately when he gets one PF flag. Then he knows he's got to clean his act up the rest of the game, because the same official who flagged him once might do it again.
I like the idea. Particularly maybe having an elevated level of a penalty for some more egregious penalties, kinda like a yellow v. a red?
Gosh every pass play is 20+ yards
that MSU's rationale is to foul on every play with the knowledge that the refs can't flag every play. . . .
Wow shitty call!
Lots of penalties in the MSU-ND game so far.
The thing about Rees is, he consistently gets outstanding coverage. Yet neither he nor his receivers ever do much.
Where was this inaccurate Rees 2 weeks ago?
against us. Otherwise, we would have lost, because our DBs were not playing remotely tight coverage or breaking up any passes.
Did he just say that field goal attempt was "incomplete"?
Midwestern football everybody.
Imagine if ND had any kind of seam route to throw to someone...MSU is abandoning the middle and Kelly still looking for fades.
This is pathetic and boring to watch. Exactly what I expected.
This game sucks, comedy of errors thus far.
Fieldgoals are "incomplete"?
Sparty won't be dangerous.
Of course Brindza did not miss when he played us.
on every single play. Something we couldnt even do against Akron. Does not bode well for our chances against them or any decent team. Mattison doesn't appear to have any confidence in his defense to play tight, rather than very loose.
Mattison hasn't even given our D a chance to play like MSUs is. And why do you say they're blanketed? ND has consistently driven down the field by beating MDU over the top.
have been to closely covered receivers. He has not had wide open receivers to throw to on almost every play, as our opponents have.
And yes, as I said, Mattison has no confidence in our back 7 not to get beaten deep over and over if he plays tighter coverage. So he plays soft, gives up a lot of yards, and crosses his fingers. Not a recipe for success this season, if it continues.
While it is effective most of the time, it leaves them open to the big play down the field. Gardner and company should have some chances downfield against them, they will need to take advantage of them.
I would also argue they get away with interference almost every play as well. They love to put their hands on receivers after 5-10 yards. Of course, it is smart to keep on doing if it is only being called occasional.
the "and company" is that you're talking about. We only have one receiver who is a credible downfield threat, and every opponent will have him closely shadowed, because they know that no one else can hurt them.
What does their tight coverage have to do with our D or our chances against any half decent team?
that's the way that talented defenses that win champioships play. Our pass D is very, very soft, and will get shredded against just about everyone. We couldn't even close down Akron's passing game, so what chance do we stand against Northwestern, Indiana, Penn State, Nebraska or OSU?
what it is has shown so far. Countess and Taylor may not be complete lockdown corners, but they both are experienced and have played solid in the past. The young guys should get better as the season goes as well. You can't assume the game we saw against Akron will be norm for the rest of the season. The Akron game is done and over, it was a unfocused and terrible effort, it doesn't mean that will a recurring theme.
Let's see what the team looks like tonight after what should be a wakeup call. If things don't look better, than the panic button may be more appropriate.
Our chances against a decent team?? You obviously forgot what we did to the ND def.
You don't normally hear a field goal described as "incomplete". I imagine we'll hear about a "no good pass" in the coming minutes here.
This game is getting to be an ugly one offensively for both teams. ND has 114 yards but only 3 points and they are 2 for 6 on third downs.
I didn't see anything
so does Sparty have two different sets of helmet stickers or something? I see the tiny block S on the right then something else on the left of the helmet stripe.
Iran-Iraq war - "It's a pity one of them has to win."
You don't want your qb getting hit by Tuitt or Nix...that's gonna hurt
I used to like watching football.
Wisconsin has a very good running game.
Who the hell is Jezzia Price?
lol....how long until forward progress stops? Good lord he was stopped for 2 secs
Northwestern 7- Maine 0 (8:15 2nd)
Notre Dame 3 - MSU 0 (11:00 2nd)
Nebraska 21 - S. Dakota St. 17 (12:00 2nd)
Penn St 14 - Kent St 0 (4:00 2nd)
Wisconsin 21 - Purdue 10 (7:00 2nd)
trainwreck I see.
This is such a crappy game.
if you want to see a comedy of errors, turn on Florida/Tennessee. Both teams have 3 turnovers on each side. And it's early in the 2nd quarter.
Both starting QB's have been knocked out also, doubt this is going to get any better.
I came here to see what happened to driskel.
ESS EEE CEE!
He's 5'8 but his lower body is 6'5 lol
ND can't stop short yardage situations for shit
Well they did one, but for some reason the refs decided "forward progress" was measured in AOL login times from the mid-90s.
MSU has literally no idea how to run a passing game. Just missed passes, drops, off route running. Just silly out there.
#20 for MSU reminds me another #20 I once knew.
Mike Shaw because of all his talking after every play?
MSU got a coupe of critical, deflating first down makes. Huge third down now, as these things go. No way does this miserable game suggest that we'll have an easy time with MSU.
MSU should just wildcat every play. Hill has been impressive - kid runs with heart.
Dantonio & Kelly currently facing off in an intense competition of who can grimace the hardest and look the most disgusted with their team. I can't tell who has the edge.
I hope lewan and gardner meant it, otherwise MSU is likely to beat us in EL. Our team is too pretentious, acting like the shit, almost losing to Akron. Note how poor our road record is combined with how long we havent won a title too. Players have gotten way too much positive attention relative to our former players who actually won and deserved it
Thanks for that, bro. Maybe take a breather and sit this one out.
is done and over with. I would be suprised if we don't see a more focused effort tonight and for the rest of the season.
Well game over I guess, why even waste the gas to travel to EL? This game isn't even half over yet, might want to wait til the game actually ends before we make ludicrous statements.
Like I said, i hope lewan and gardner meant it, because otherwise a ton of realism is gonna slap alot of people here. Our players receive far more attention than they deserve. Lets see them go to EL and win first.
How much do they "deserve?" All seems pretty standard to me.
With all due respect, gtfo.
Our poor road record? We haven't played a road game yet this year? Terrible comment.
To be that drunk.
You sir win.
You do know our game isn't until November, correct?
MSU takes the lead in ND's big rivalry game. 7-3 - that's an SEC score!
10-10 tie? Shows how boring this game is.
Kelly's seat gets hot.
In Notre Dame's defense if Michigan was losing 70% of the time to a non-conference opponent over 10 years I think we would be screaming at Dave Brandon to schedule better also.
the fuck is TJ Jones? Dennard is on Daniels so Jones should be getting a lot of targets.
So it's either a swing route or a 30-yard pass. Great gameplan.
AJ Johnson is having a hell of a game.. The Tennessee Florida game is also an ugly slogfest
Connor Cook looks kind of good, for an MSU quarterback. This is not preferable to the offensive tire fire we've previously been seeing
today. Can usually count on him for greater accuracy.
Rees is horrid today.
Lmao yakety sax turnovers in this terrible terrible SEC game
wow 2 more turnovers in the Tennessee Florida game in a two minute span.
So kelly stops running the ball when its working against us but decides to ram his head against the wall against state?
To be fair Rees can't hit the broadside of a barn today.
could sparty be any more terrible on offense? its still painful to watch. i have one employee at the hardware store that works for me thats a sparty fan...out of 11 of us. enough said.
big BLUE over big green every time!! we own this state!!!
Tennessee's fourth turnover. The ball slips out of Vols QB hand ala Brady Quinn, ends up in the hands of a Florida defender for yet another turnover.
Oh hay guize...I was posting in the morning thread still, wondered what happened to everyone.
Welcome to the party, pal.
Nathan Peterman of Tennessee is still better than any of State's QB options.
So Hill was killing it in previous drive, and Coach D comes out with a Bullough at RB on next drive. Yeh.
Tennessee-Florida drive summary
Florida-Turnover on Downs
And... Florida gets another TD on the board.
Meanwhile in South Bend...
Michigan State is averaging 3.1 yards per pass and 3.2 yards per rush. Notre Dame is averaging 5.2 yards per pass and 2.5 yards per rush.
Quarterbacks a combined 14/36...
I know CBS has to pump this game up for excitement, but this is the ugliest 17-7 game you'll see on TV, and that includes the rock fight between ND and MSU.
BTW, Muschamp looks like the AT&T version of Luke Wilson. I doubt I'm the first to say that, but it needed to be reiterated.
If Rees was accurate ND would have 21
How many 3rd and 1s are they going to not get by running the damn football
30-0 with the 1st half almost over. Is Maryland good?!?!?!
If there's one thing WVU fans aren't used to, it's bad offense
Apparently ND loves the idea of dumbing down their offense against MSU.
4th and 1 here comes a shot at the endzone
Edit; brian kelly may be less imaginitive than mike debord...he is so incredibly predictable
So Brian Kelly might want to recruit a FB, just throwing that out there.
Well, that's the crappy refereeing I've come to expect from CFB.
Let's face it, most announcers are dullard masters of the bleeding obvious. But the announcing is as torpid as the play-making today.
Well, ND Nation is getting what it wanted. That message board has been calling for a run-heavy ND gameplan forever. I'm curious to see how they react.
"Boy you'd be hard pressed to find 10 really competitive college football match ups today. Uhh. The strong have loaded up with the weak."
"Recovered by Notre Dame so no problem."
I will not miss the homer announcing every other year.
You seem so angry all the time, what's wrong with him licking his hands to get some extra grip on his spitballs?
If you knew where those hands have been.
Meh he's just trying to channel his inner Gaylord Perry.
He puts a swab of peanut butter on his fingertips inbetween plays
My dog licks his balls less often than Rees licks his fingers.
My dog licks rees's hands less than Rees licks my dogs balls
Nice pass to the band.
Why did ND waste a timeout on first down?
Nevermind they scored anyways.
every time I see Kelly I want ND to get hammered.
and see Dantonio.
ND fight song.
OK, so now that ND is in a position where they actually should run the ball (1st and goal at the 2), they pass? Brian Kelly, man...
No timeouts, had to throw for it.
Whoops, you're right. (I'm watching without any sound - I forgot about the TO situation.)
There was a moment there were I honestly believe that Rees might just start a little game of catch with himself and the MSU band, but he actually finds someone semi-open and connects for the TD. If nothing else, the Irish will take the lead into the locker room in an otherwise ugly game.
Nice catch by TJ jones. Tough throw tough catch for a back of the endzone in route
can do that - they have the reach/height.
I resent that.
is whoever they played really, really that bad?
both. Certainly I don't think anybody could argue that Ohio has played anybody decent yet, since Cal is still terrible. Their offense looks very tough to stop, but their defense seems to be vunerable to the big play at times.
I think it goes without saying that UM will have to improve between now and the end of the season, in order to knock them off.
OSU's offense looks unstoppable, but their D is not as good as today suggested
Still, a shutout is a shutout. While I will not deny that they have a good offense, they've played 3 scrubs and a Cal team with a first year head coach.
Maybe that offense really is as good as it's looked so far, but I'll wait to see how they look once the competition stiffens before I deem them to be unstoppable. Wisconsin will be no pushover next week, especially with Melvin Gordon looking as good as he has. And if Northwestern plays up to its potential, that game will come down to the wire and could go either way.
UM would beat them by 54? Just kidding.
Seems like ND's game plan is to play for the Pass Interference flag on every play.
State's corners play man to man and are very aggressive.
MSU's defensive backs do committ borderline PI most of the time, so that doesn't seem like a bad idea.
A lot of empty seats in The Swamp
of Rees. Not sharp today...still hoping ND wins though (I have to take a shower aftr saying that)
I think he's a little antsy because of MSU's pass rush. Our front four needs to step it up to do likewise (and/or Jake Ryan needs to get back soon).
Pat Narduzzi gets the most out of his Defense...everyone knows their role and they play sound.
The stat of the half might be the fact that MSU managed only 90 yards of offense in the first half of this game. They ran 31 plays, so that comes out to a cool 2.9 yards per snap, which is less than last week but more or less in line with their overall average thus far, as I recall.
If they paired a decent offense with their D and they'd be a BCS-bowl contending team.
Pair an average defense with their offense and they'd be looking at a 3ish win season
And yet they are in the game. MSU is going to play every game clsoe this year with that defense.....and that offense. Kings is a good WR but can they get him the ball enough? They will be playing a lot of games that finish within 3-5 points, no matter the opposition.
Just brewin' up another classic here in South Bend.
Seriously, that rivals ad? Michigan State and ND? What a joke. There is so much ND dick sucking going on in this TV coverage .. I can barely keep watching this
ND dick sucking is part of the NBC contract.
What do you expect from Norte Dame Brodcasting Company.
RB running into the QB. Just like they drew it up at half time.
Connor Cook kinda reminds me of Jay Cutler in that he's better throwing on the run being chased by D-Linemen and hitting his checkdown than staying in the pocket and making throws.
Wonder why it took so many games for him to be the starter.
Maybe he plays bad in practices.
He's still 8/18 for 72 yards at just 4.2 ypa
post that. Cook may look better relative to what they had before, but those numbers would not be considered good by any normal metric.
Pass complete to Lyles. "And Lyles was a defensive end until just a couple of weeks ago..."
Cripplefest in South Bend in a nutshell.
Nix is getting absolutely bullied out there. Pathetic.
Nd linebacks still going crazy.
What is the deal with the half eaten apple on the drums?
Is MSU's offensive line good?
Apparently they have 100 starts within the group. Don't know if this makes them better and they're just getting it?
Decent, clean game so far.
at home against Utah State. Would LOVE to see USC get beat, and the meltdown afterwards.
Utah State finished the year in the top 25 last year, and has a very good QB.
Utah State is no joke. There's a reason why their coach from last year is now the head coach of Wisconsin. He helped develop them into a pretty good team before he left.
It ended in a field goal, but that was a good drive by MSU. Some nice power football.
After seeing ND 3 weeks straight, Tuitt and Nix are faaaaar from being first rounders. If MSU's perennially terrible OL is dominating you, you've got some work to do.
drive equals dominating. Still don't think MSU is over 4 yards a rush.
Nix and Tuitt have been ineffective all game. They're getting single blocked too effectively.
averaging only 3.5 yards a rush. They may be keeping Nix and Tuitt in check, but that is freeing up other guys.
My point is if you're a 'first rounder' you shouldn't be getting single blocked by Staee's cavalcade of mediocrity.
This may be a bit of talking out of my ass, and I haven't read throuhg all of the comments which will most likely be obvious, but I've been a bit impressed and/or surprised at Sparty's offense today. Granted, I haven't watched play-by-play as I've been watching multiple games but I'm going to claim that they're going to be typical Sparty this year. The pushover theme that was going on based on their offense being completely terrible I think is over. They're coming into form and frankly that sucks; they'll be a legitimate opponent.
It is not because of their offense though. Their defense will likely keep them in most games, just like last year. They still only have about 150 yards of offense in this game though, that is still pretty terrible. UM had more yards against ND through not even two quarters.
Edit: They have 165 yards so far, averaging 3.9 yards per pass and 3.5 yards a rush. That is still terrible anyway you slice it.
They've scored 10 points in nearly 3 quarters of play with 165 yards of offense.
We just expect them to be terrible so doing anything at all on offense makes it seem like they're doing well.
Remember though, Michigan scored 41 on ND and Purdue 24.
True. And to the points above, you all may be right in that we've/I've been a bit conditioned to think their offense is otherwordly bad when maybe it's only just bad.
I guess though I've been impressed by some of their running backs/runs and their QB is also hitting more marks than I expected. Caveats apply for sure.
And now they toss up a terrible trick play pass, go figure.
A dig, a slant, an out. Why is everything all of a sudden a fade/go.
every time the announcer mentions "Dennard" (sp?)
Borges more than right now.