...to sell it.
Alamo Bowl Open Thread
Hate to say it, but with 14 players down (likely because of it) Dantonio is calling an innovative game. I'm sure he will become vanilla again, next year, but this is solid for State.
They've also had essentially no mistakes after that first drive and only one or two real drops I can remember. Innovation (relative that is) plus no mistakes equals a good game. Still, Tech should be winning this game.
With our luck, we would have the RB throw a pick in the endzone, and the fake FG end in a turnover
C'Mon, Jinx God
Given the weapons they have on offense and the way they are opening up their offense tonight they could be dangerous if Dantonio is willing to be this creative. Cousins is not "fast" but he can scramble, they have 2 good running backs, and Dell, Cunningham, and Keyshawn back.
One of the announcers mentioned that Blair White was about all that MSU loses to graduation/departure. I hope junior LB Greg Jones goes pro. Here's a 2nd round projectin for him.
If the Rivals site is by elgibility, it looks like http://michiganstate.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp
DE 58 Trevor Anderson | 6-2, 260, Sr., TR
DE 89 Colin Neely | 6-1, 245, Sr., 2V
DT 70 Oren Wilson | 6-3, 288, Jr., 2V
DT 99 Jerel Worthy | 6-3, 297, Fr., RS
LB 43 Eric Gordon | 6-0, 223, Jr., 2V
LB 34 Brandon Denson | 5-11, 228, Sr., 3V
LB 53 Greg Jones | 6-1, 222, Jr., 2V
CB 29 Chris L. Rucker | 6-2, 197, Jr., 2V
CB 9 Jeremy Ware | 5-11, 188, Sr., TR
S 11 Marcus Hyde | 6-0, 205, Jr., 2V
S 33 Dan Fortener | 6-1, 203, Sr., 3V
QB 8 Kirk Cousins | 6-3, 202, So., 1V
RB 22 Larry Caper | 5-11, 215, Fr., HS
FB 45 Andrew Hawken | 6-2, 238, Sr., 3V
WR 3 B.J. Cunningham | 6-2, 210, So., 1V
WR 2 Mark Dell | 6-2, 196, Jr., 2V
WR 25 Blair White | 6-2, 205, Sr., 3V
WR 82 Keshawn Martin | 6-0, 186, So., 1V
TE 83 Charlie Gantt | 6-4, 245, Jr., 2V
OT 57 Rocco Cironi | 6-6, 310, Sr., 3V
OT 59 D.J. Young | 6-5, 310, Jr., TR
OG 67 Joel Foreman | 6-3, 310, Jr., 1V
OG 64 Brendon Moss | 6-6, 284, Sr., 3V
C 65 Joel Nitchman | 6-3, 296, Sr., 3V
LB - Brandon Densen ?
not being rude, just wondering
Can't say that I'm an expert on MSU personnel.
I wonder how losing 3 O-Linemen is considered unimportant. Then again, I guess I'm just presuming that there is some sort of logic coming from a commentator. Bad idea.
What's the deal with the seniors who aren't listed in gray (Anderson, Denson and War)? Are they RS juniors or did you leave them out by accident?
I'm not sure that these are listed by elgibility.
I hope they're done, but I'm not sure. Why would they care?
Does Potts coming out = TT staff being extremely conservative to injuries, due to the James incident?
Looks like Leach's absence has hurt Tech more than the missing Sparty players. It hasn't hurt Sparty that the refs seem to be making up for all the bad calls against Michigan many years ago.
WOW what a catch!
quite the vertical on that guy
I'm sorry, is the game still on or something?
Oh baby. Touchdown TT. Please no comeback drive here.
pick 6 would be nice, I would hit my parlay and make some loot.
I see another reason why Leach was fired - he clearly deprived Sheffield of food.
is very fitting
Good grief. TT has 28 first downs to MSU's 13. It's unreal that this game is close.
was going to happen. Man the way these guys jump on Tech my god some could make the basketball team!
MSU is using its timeouts too early. They may pay for it if TT scores a touchdown.
EDIT: ugh, another lucky break for Sparty - the TT receiver just plain muffs it.
The 40 seconds saved is 40 seconds saved. Lloyd used to do it. But it's not that improbable that MSU might find itself wanting the clock to go faster.
I agree with the principle of calling timeouts on defense, but I don't think you should do it with over four minutes left. That's too early.
And now they're screwed. Even if they score within 30 seconds, they won't be able to get the ball back without an onside kick.
does he ever. although I would say he conducted an on-air interview for the Tech job tonight.
job is stupid.
Um, is it just me, or is it unusual for coaches to go with what they think is most likely to win.
that's a novel concept you've got there.
Wow. Lots of confidence in that receiver. Great way to redeem himself after the drop on 3rd for the first down.
I wonder what spread TT's coach got on the game... LOL
Why is TT not running the ball and the clock? seriously end the game
that would be a game-ender
clutch catch . great throw.
EDIT: annnnndndddd touchdown! do not care about the B10 bowl record at this very moment
Ballsy. This is fantastic.
Edit: Insult to injury. Completely demoralized on that last play, can't stop a run up the gut. Cya Sparty.
3 x 40 seconds is 2 minutes. It wouldn't take much in-play action to run out the other 8 seconds.
Now State has a small chance for a score, on-sides kick, & another score.
When they got the 1st down, I thought they should let them score. You can't win without the ball. Letting a team score to get the ball back is a strategy that they fail to utilize too often.
Still, I'm glad they covered. :-)
Did MSU rip their defense out of NCAA 10? Becuase the only thing they run is Cover 2 and 4. Sometimes they get wild and rush 5.
If you didn't know any better, you'd never guess Dantonio was an old defensive coach. All three years he's been there, his offenses have been much better than his defenses.
Looks like Couch Burning 305: Advanced Methods is going to pay off for some sparty alums tonight. Hope they don't burn down the Advanced Institute for Brahsearch.
If MSU had won after OSU had won to start 2010, I'd start wondering what was going to go wrong next with Michigan Football.
What my prediction was going to be? Scurvy.
But it's still early!
wait for it...
wait for it...
No students yet...
Are there ever really students there?