Does it hurt anyone else to be rooting for the bucks?
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Nope. But I'm probably in the minority that likes Ohio to win all their games until Michigan.
It seems like this backup center is holding up pretty well vs Hankins
Hey, he threw the ball away instead of throwing an interception under pressure.
Can you do that?
Replacement refs would have called that "good".
Boston College leading Clemson 21-17 late in the 2nd quarter.
Laces out Dan..... Conroy
Conroy...has been a downer for Sparty this year. Surprised by that one.
He's lost his confidence on the field and in his life.
As bad as the Ohio pass defense is, it doesn't help the Spartans cause that Maxwell has a penchant for targeting graduate assistants on longer passes. Also, the ground also causes incompletions.
This is kind of like last year's game between Sparty and OSU. Both of them playing awful, neither looking like a team that deserves to win.
If we don't completely throttle this MSU offense at home it will be a disgrace. They are horrible. Now, their defense will cause us some trouble, and we saw what happens when Michigan gets pressured last week; but there's no way MSU should be able to be successful on offense.
OSU has struggled to stop the run this season....and to counter that Dantonio has Maxwell throwing 25 times in the 1st half? I must be missing something in that.
Looking good for Tiger fans thus far, on both fronts. Tigers lead 2-0 and White Sox are trailing 3-0.
Knock on wood, please.
Urban mentions that MSU is blitzing every down; helllooooooo max protect, Mr Borges. That means hellooooooo signle coverage. Helloooooo Mr. Funchess.
we all hoped it would be!
If this were the SEC they would call this a magnificent defensive spectacle.
But it's the B1G, and we know better.
before we can get the ball to Funchess we must be able to handle the pressure with an accurate pass...not exactly our forte.
True enough. It is well demonstrated that when Michigan sets its mind to it they are capable of protecting Denard and giving him time to throw; much of the dangerous pressure he endured in South Bend was from players the playcall deliberately left unblocked.
The UM-MSU key has been unusually consistent in the past decades--run for more yards, win the game. With Michigan's need to push the Spartans to their heels and the questionable passing offenses of both teams, that is just as true as ever this year. Michigan needs to get something done up front.
Defense is really optional in the Big 12.
Optional? You're generous. If nobody has taken the option, is it really an option?
Good point, but look at it this way as well - if you're in the Big XII and your team is wont to give up between 600-700 total yards in a game, the option is everywhere and everyone because obviously nobody is covering. The playbook is chock full of "just sort of run to this spot and stand there in case a receiver should come by" plays apparently, and "zone coverage" is measured in parsecs.
Marshall has outgained Purdue, yet trails by four TDs. That's pretty amazing.
INTs and pick-6s will do that to you. We should know.
Illinois lies down on its back and begs no more from a dangerous PSU bent on revenge AT Illinois. And the John L. Smith Razorburns just. . . keel over to hell and die against the Aggies.
Can there be many people in a more miserable situation in life than John L L L L L Smith? (Excluding those with deaths in the family, homeless, other obvious things much worse, etc). You're bankrupt, you don't know what state you live in, you get a special opportunity to coach a good football team for one season, and... nobody will ever hire you again. The team is in full-on meltdown mode.
His brother passed a few weeks ago. Bankruptcy, his brother's death, and this nightmare of a season.
I laughed at his "smile" press conference. I felt really bad for him once I found out that his brother passed away earlier that week.
I must have forgotten that. Man, that's awful.
I mean, when he was an MSU coach he was fun to make fun of--but seriously, this is an awful set of circumstances, and other than investing unwisely (in a market that nobody realized would crater the way it did) he hasn't done anything to ask for this kind of disaster. It's not like he was the one hiring a mistress on his football staff, after all.
That was some bad football.
Before we speculate too much on how to beat Staee we better set our sights on beating a really good Purdue team away next week.
What is your definition of really good? Really good for Purdue or in general?
Really good for Purdue. Hope seems to get the maximum from his low ranked recruiting classes.
...we have a brief piece on how Taylor Martinez has improved his arm punting skills this year, as well as Jesse Palmer squinting and looking off-camera, wondering what Lou Holtz is doing back there...
I'd make fun of the Taylor Martinez throwing...but after last weekend I am going to try to hold off on ripping any other QB and throwing.
Purdue has a good d line that plays fast and physical. I'm curious to see how we handle it. Not worried about their o much with the way our d is playing.
Kawaan Short is terror.
He is similar to Worthy. A lot of snap count guessing but isn't an explosive player.
I love that our D had a great game against ND but we only have one other good game against UMASS (and we arguably had the worst defensive performance against them to that point). Aside from that we got blown off the ball by 'bama and cut to death by Air Force. I'm not trying to be super-negative but we shouldn't be anointing the D as great just yet
This is a thoroughly unimpressive game thus far.
Georgia's really melting down here. An extra point will give Tennessee 20 unanswered.
Georgia does not look that impressive.
Definitely Doesn't look like a top 5 team !
Richt gets on list of hot seat coaches, Georgia becomes highly overrated. Lather, rinse, repeat.
still cant believe that 5 Star LB Lawrence Thomas is now a no name fullback.
And there it is. Tennessee 30-27, a game a lot of people were already calling "over." And, who could blame them? I thought it was too.
Good to see Storm Klein playing...NOT!
OSU getting away with mugging Maxwell there. Refs let a helmet-first hit on a defenseless receiver go in the first half, too.