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College Football Open Thread Night 2
Go Western! Go FAU! Go SMU! Go Army!
Go Players Who Are On My Fantasy Team!
Holtz thinks OSU goes undefeated and wins the MNC.
This bodes well.
Mark actually made valid points as to why they won't go undefeated, but unfortunately most people look past said points. All they see is 12-0 last year even though they should have lost at least three, maybe four games. Whatever. They're in for a rude awakening this year.
Not really. Have you looked at their schedule?
Similarly easy to the 2012 schedule and they should have lost a few games. Their luck will run out eventually.
You mean Holtz didn't pick Notre Dame? Hell has frozen over friends.
he still said ND would go 11-1
Oh shit, State can't run the ball.
Why is everyone drinking Ohio's Kool-Aid? Lou said it will be Ohio versus Oregon with Ohio winning the title. That's fine though. I am glad M is underrated because it will be that much sweeter when we beat them.
So glad I'm not the only one who noticed that
saw it too HaLol
Try not to lose by 40!
NDSU is the two-time defending FCS National Champion. It will be a close game.
Go Northern Arizona is all I gotta say about that game.
That academic building behind the Spartan Stadium flagpole could use a new roof and new windows.
As of 7pm, the noodle is STILL in the stadium....
those 4 yard passes on the money.
Does anyone know why Arnett can't get on the field for MSU's offense? I know Burbridge is solid but it seems like they could use another weapon.
He's very much afraid. Come on max, you're playing western. Their coach is 27 years old. Relax buddy. We need you in there all year.
Lol. Bleh offense again
Did they make it out for the anthem?
Maxwell is looking a lot better so far than at any point last year.
State's OL, on the other hand...
LOL the Cleveland Indians
That certainly hit the ground. Looks like the ball slides right past his arms nd hits thr ground, then his arms secure it.
Sorry Sparty. No INT.
Sparty gonna spart.
Wow that offensive tackle just tackled his teammate twice.
That RB may have gotten a first down if it wasn't for the big hoss blocking him.
Is this the drinking thread? If so, I am currently finishing off a Three Floyd's Moloko milk stout. Epic Christmas Eve beer.
It is now.
I like the way you roll.
Thank you my friend.
I think every thread can morph into the drinking thread. Red wine as I watch Sparty-WMU.
What I said about Maxwell?
Not so fast my friend./corso
You can hear the exasperation in the crowd...the Cook chants should begin soon.
What a solid drive by maxwell...
WMU should just take 4 knees like in The Waterboy since sparty's offense is so bad that they'll eventually shoot themselves in the leg. You know, they're kinda known for that. Literally in Plaxico's case.
The General Insurance commercials are beyond awful.
Sparty fans are gonna rave about that lateral for weeks.
I'm still raving in the form of laughter at how stupid their entire student section looks in those foam hats they probably bought at the dollar store.
I hate those mouth breathers as much as anyone but that was a heads up, solid play.
Of course they need a gimmick to score.
Gonna be like that all year with their pathetic offense.
That's a gimmick? C'mon now
Ha. Nice lateral.
That was pretty sweet
Defense will outscore offense 4-5 games this year
If you include PAT on defensive TDs as defensive points, this might be true
They look fairly weak on their first two drives. Even the run game is looking weak.
which run game? the guy who has 9 careers to his career or the linebacker?
State scores the only way it can: with its defense.
Very nice play by Sparty, I must admit.
Western's QB has thrown 4 passes and 3 of them should have been picked off. That pick wasn't surprising.
State's defense isn't going to save them in the bulk of B1G games. Their offense needs to take off or they're looking at another 6 win season.
What does that make Mattison?
Mattison is the best. Duh.
if Narduzzi is top 5.
He does more with less than anymore. MSU does not have a roster full of 4 and 5 stars like Ohio, yet MSU's defense is much better than Ohio.
In other words Fickle sucks as a DC.
Agreed. Hate on him all you want but he has taken a lot of 3 star type talent and built a nice defense. Their back 7 this year is the best in the Big 10. UM and OSU have far better raw talent to work with year in and year out.
KSU-NDSU about to kickoff.
How do you not want NDSU to win with this awesome fight song?
No way Maxwell finishes this game as QB.
That would've been a pick 6 against any good team.
Lets talk about westerns D. It's just phenomenal this evening.
Nice unsportsmanlike, dummy.
Unsportsmanlike conduct - d'bags, the lot of them.
And it wasn't the defense. Surprising.
Are offensive to watch.....
Sparty uses their hands better for committing penalties than catching balls
Sparty's gonna spart.
Sadler having a good game.
I'd like to see a replay.
Unsportmanslike from Sparty...why am I not surprised.
My GOD. Sparty does not even understand the meaning of the word "offense" when it comes to football. It's pretty clear this team will be similar to 2002 Ohio...good defense, bad to average offense. The only difference is this MSU team won't even sniff an undefeated season.
I just want Dennis Green to show up at the WMU postgame press conference and yell "THEY WERE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!"
okay that was a sick INT grab
And then #eating
this Western QB needs to sit down.....looking AWFUL out there.
He certainly doesn't inspire awe... If that's what you mean.
Jeebus, what an INT.
To steal eating.
It's funny because spartys liked to make fun of Denard for doing it. I bet it's cool when their guys do it.
There's the second.
Holy crap. The announce just blew my eardrums out.
That announcers "loud" voice is not nice to listen to.
Drummond doing his best impression of Woodson.
A great catch, as much as I hate to say it.
It wasn't even close to the same league as Woodson's. Nice but not even close to Chuck's.
I never said it was close, but I agree with you.
Also....BAHAHAHAHAHA Maxwell benched.
2nd unsportsmanlike conduct of the night for Sparty.
The first one should have been a penalty, the second one was stupid. College is becoming the No Fun League.
Drummond must look up to Denard. Stealing his eating thing.
Good d no offense
Well thus far Sparty is what we thought they were - top notch defense, lost offense.
I'm just going to say it again. States not going to be able to run the ball this year. Their lack of play from the quarterback position will kill them. This is western Michigan. Come on?
Is State's new OC the walrus from Tressel's days at OSU?
State running game looks horrible so far. What was the penalty after the interception for...the eating gesture?
So..with this Cover 2 under...WMU might want to think of something other than crossing routes.
Not sure where their points will come from against us. I think we'll be alright
It's going to be a long night for Western. Every throw by their QB has been really ugly, slow release, usually into double coverage. Sparty should have more than 2 interceptions right now.
anyone think it was weird seeing the old Michigan band director leading the WMU band? Just saying...
If you let those punts you've been catching at the eight yard line bounce once you can have the ball at the twenty.
Western needs to put in another QB. This guy with the epic name isn't getting it done.
And forcing everything.
how deadspin ranked MSU in the top 25 is beyond me.
BTN pre-game hosts predicted 10 or 11 wins for Sparty. Not quite sure what they see in their offense. I know they have a favorable schedule but this offense can't move the ball on Western.
Sparty's offense is horrible. Color me confident about that game.
Any moment now, the Spartans should reach close to 80 yards of total offense by most estimates, and it only took a shade over 15 minutes of regulation play.
Now now, maybe Western's defense is just that good........maybe.....
Honestly....this kids throwing motion makes Threets look fast.
appears to be awesome
Hope he has a backup or a bionic leg cause it could be a looong season for him!
Some people in various preseason polls ranked this team ahead of us...with this offense. Ok.
Yeah, Maxwell's career is over unless Cook gets hurt.
Has state crossed the fifty yet? I'm too bored to recall.
Bullough has some serious speed on the edge. I am sure Big 10 LBers will never be able to catch him.
Sparty offense on night 1 is fantastic...
With that last first down, Connor Cook just became Michigan State's second-most prolific rusher in the game to date. Oh yeah, all sorts of fun on this offense. Granted, it is Western that they are playing.
State feels the need to pull out the "end around" to try and get some offense>
This games going to get interesting. Wow. States offense is horrid.
It wont be interesting. WMU might have as many first downs as MSU gets points... 13? Every pass by Western is at risk of an interception. Every one.
Without Bell they are who we thought they were!
Funny how different Hoke is from Dantonio. I think it has to do with the history of the program being awful. He talks up his players to the point you think they are a NFL team. Everything in camp has been awesome, every player has been special, quote after quote "I love what I see from ABC player" and "XYZ has stood out all camp. Meanwhile Hoke when asked about a specific player just says coach-y stuff like "He has been practicing...He is competing." I get why Dantonio does this since the psychology of State is one big loss and they implode year after year, but I thought I would see Alabama North here based on Dantonio's descriptions.
I'd actually like to see Riley Bullough play well since I live in the same area he's originally from
Well, sorry man. Dude runs sideways.
Wow, western has an great defense!
This is actually quite embarrassing for the state of the B1G. Come on sparty, you SHOULDN'T be this bad on offense.
Maxwell averaged 3.3 yards per pass.
Cook is averaging 3.2.
At least Cook can run, I guess, for State's sake.
I wonder if MSU's defensive players resent that their brethren on offense can't do squat?
That was PI on Dennard
Dennard got away with som PI there...
Absolutely. Short of pulling his shirt/arm off, I'm not sure what else the ref needed to see there.
pass interference by dennard
Love seeing that fool, Dennard, celebrate after that incompletion, as if he had anything to do with it. It was a good throw, the WR beat him, and Dennard had to tug a little on the WR's arm to make him miss it. Nice missed call, ref.
So what's next FAU vs UM?
boooooo to weather delays. Come on...
At least there are other games. The Texas Tech/SMU is close.
Hmm. Western Michigan-Lightning-Inducing-God. My boys and I had the fun of the UM-WMU two years ago.
That was a fun opener!
Hinterland while cap. Good stuff.
Even God hates the MSU offense. Had to pull out the lightning to ge them to stop
7-0 NDSU. NDSU is taking it to K-State. 2-time defending FCS champs aren't intimidated at all. Dangerous team.
Got Northern Az vs Rich Rod in less than an hour - its aboslutely pouring here in Phoenix. Its still sunny in Tucson right now, but they have a 30% chance of storms later in the evening.
Staee better keep scoring on D. They can't throw deep and they can't run...... on Western
just went up 7-0 on K-State.
They did win the FCS National title last year. Where have I heard that bed... /ducks
Did Snyder retire again or something? How is North Dakota State up 7-0 on K State?
K State is replacing 9 defenders. NDSU returned a punt to the KSU 25 or so and punched it in
Bison go up 7-0 on K State. 1 min left in first
So if WMU took a knee every play this would be 0-0.
If anyone is looking for a random football game, Texas Tech and Southern Methodist are tryinf to out-FG each other over on ESPN. Both teams combined have rushed for all of 46 yards and we're about 1/3rd of the way through the second quarter. Sounds bad, but it is something.
Tech is starting a true freshman walk on at QB as well.
Anyone else having problems with the sound after commercials? I'm streaming online, it goes to commercial, and then when it comes back the sound doesn't come back on unless I click the sound bar again.
Yeah, pretty annoying. If you just click the sound bar, it fixes, but still annoying. The broadcast also appears to lag far behind live feed, which is annoying.
Edit: I guess you had already figured out the sound bar part...
On the app? No I have had any problems.
I can't watch the game at the moment, but all this chatter about State's offensive struggles pleases me.
There's a lightning delay.
Strong point. Strong. Point.
Just put in Damien Terry and invest in the future. Not like production will drop off
As bad as their offense is it isn't a seive when it comes to turnovers. Terry as a freshman QB would more than likely turn the ball at an unacceptable rate. That is the main knock against Cook as well.
Yeah, but they don't actually know if that's a problem or not yet. He's done well enough in scrimmages. It's not a great situation to start the true frosh I realize, but the product on the field right now is an utter failure.
Sparty offense has gone from bad to horrific. Mawell Silver Hammer was the most efficient passer in the Big Ten last year without accomplishing anything. Because Sparty insists on running drag routes, hitches and end arounds as big plays apparently because its qbs can't complete a pass beyond 10 yards, how are they going to compete against Indiana?
I'm not kidding, even if your defense blows up the other team's offense, your own offense has to do something. This offense is pathetic. Who is going to take Riley Bullough and Langford seriously as running backs. No one.
If you really like field goals, the SMU-Texas Tech game is your game at this point. SMU ran a nice, futile draw play on 3rd and 17, forced to punt and now Texas Tech may have actually figured out that touchdowns may be mathematically possible. Neither team is above 50% on 3rd down conversions at this juncture.
I'm actually cautiously optimistic about Tech so far. They are starting a true freshman walk-on at QB,and he has actually looked impressive save for a few terrible decisions over the middle. They're having some consistency issues, but not entirely unexpected. Also, Gilbert is turrible.
I'm officially not worried about Michigan State. I know it's the first game and all but their offense is just plain bad. There defense may be good but it's not Alabama dominant.
If they can't hold teams to less than 20 they will, most likely, lose every game.
UM barely won at home versus MSU last year. This year(and next) UM visits East Lansing. You should be concerned. If you have a great defense--and they have a great defense--you are in every game.
The problem with that is the defense has to play well for them to even have a chance. That is a ton of pressure to put on one unit.
Yeah, they've had the entire off season to roll this unit out? This is what those terrible years recruiting does. Not to mention players like Edwin Baker basically just quitting the team when he left to go un drafted.
Weird stuff always happens at Spartan Stadium. Dantonio will be lying and the weeds and will be ready. No way they play against Michigan.
State isnt beating Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Iowa, or Northwestern at the very least, if this is their offense for the year.
Why is the K-State student section doing the sign language symbol for asshole?
They are proclaiming what the state of Kansas is to the United States.
From the Tampa Bay Times -- East Lake H.S. Jake Hudson threw 61 yards to George Campbell for a touchdown. PAT was good by Daniel LaCamera.
Nice to see George get one tonight. They're up 42-0 in the 3rd.
Anyone know what channel Arizona is on, Uverse Ann Arbor area?
As a Steelers fan, I am not too happy with his apparently injury proneness since turning pro.
Quite literally, about 40% of their total offensive production left for the NFL Draft with Le'Veon Bell, and indeed, it shows in this game against a MAC team that went all of 4-8 last year.
State would probably only win 3 or 4 last year without Bell.
Jesus. looks like half the stadium left.
K-State gives up an ugly INT deep in their own territory.
Look at the ND State go!!!
Brian Cole. Is this where you want to play your college ball?
but but but Blackwell
Dantonio seems to regret not pulling a Bielma when his stock was higher...
Hey, he just said he's not concerned about anything. Dude's ready to play football.
In the weeds, man. In the weeds...
I wonderi f Narduzzi is wondering why he didn't go be the DC of aTm after last yeah and how this year is looking.
I tilt my head at your comment combined with your sig line.
Drinks sir. Drinks.
They lose 6 seniors from his defense next year... that would be the time for Narduzzi to go get his head coaching job.
NDSU's FG try dings off the upright.
Went over to RCMB and found this gem.
"I'm just gonna accept that I'll never get to Pasadena."
That might be the best option for them at this point.
They had their chance last year and will NEVER sniff the opportunity again, especially next year with the new alignment.
Play the freshmen right now. God I hope they do.
hey look at that they finally called Dennard for his armbars
Got caught, and he didn't even see the ball.
Is an even bigger tire fire than I could have possibly imagined. Delightful.
DPI Dennard held him up.
That guy commits PI every time he gets thrown at.
So a freshman WR has now gotten past ALL WORLD Dennard twice in under a half. Interesting. Mr. Chesson - your speed is being requested ...
Oh my. Western starting to find holes.
My god, if WMU can get some damned offense going, they could be dominating this game.
Of course you could say that for State as well
again...this QB is really really bad
Terry, who had a lot of practice hype?
again...this QB is really really bad
again...this QB is really really bad
This is couched as "College Football Open Thread Night 2." Detestable.
BTW your heros are multiples. here's hoping you never meet them.
A burnt couch.
Says the guy who is reading an MGoBlog message thread.
I'm surprised you're sober enough to sign up for this account. If I was watching this MSU offense and actually cared, I'd be obliterated right now.
I don't get any part of this post
also - they're embarrassed by you. they tolerate you for the revenue. don't let their polite jests fool you.
Your not as drunk as I think I am!
I think the 500+ posts we had for opening night last night must show our obsession with Venderbilt....
I think our defense is going to eat MSU's offense alive.
Eat their offense alive.
Darqueze Dennard commits a penalty on the first play coming back on from a weather delay. It's almost poetry in a strange way.
On a positive note, Mike Sadler has almost 200 yards on punts, so he is getting some quality time here.
of Western's QB? I haven't seen many opinions.
He's in a three way tie for the worst QB on the field this game.
Nice. Maxwell takes the sack.
I'm impressed by the way sparty has come out on offense after the game delay.
3 yd out on 3rd and 8....lol hahahahaha
LOL the boo birds are out in EL. I...cannot...wait...to play MSU.
With the "real fans" in the stands too
Heh. 3 and out for MSU. Crowd booing already.
The crowd is chanting "WE WANT..." I can't make out the last part. Clearly they don't want Maxwell in the game.
Probably "We want Terry"
Smoker? Cousins? Stanton? Anyone with eligibility not named Cook or Maxwell?
What are they chanting? "We want ___"?
ONE MORE YEAR OF LEVEON BELL ELIGIBILITY!
No. Can't have him. My Steelers need him...whenever he isn't hurt.
JOHN L SMITH! At least he could field a semi-competent offense?
I'm assuming they'll get better as the season wears on, but this is really fun to watch tonight. The quarterbacks both look despondent.
Better? Probably, but not that much better. This is a 7 win team, tops
NO FLY ZONE - DERP
I believe I said...this game will get interesting.
Indeed. Apologies. I didnt think MSU offense was THIS bad. ...or that Western had a QB who could complete a pass.
Nice pass! Go Broncos!
Suck on that, Dennard
Nice catch! Can they score?
Holy...western with all friggin night to throw the ball.
I predict Terry gets in the fourth quarter, runs around, does some cool flashy things and leads MSU to the 13-7 victory. And from there MSU is in full QB controversary with 2 more "cupcakes" ahead of ND. Enjoy Sparty.
Man. State's secondary is getting burnt constantly.
Methinks they are going to bring some heat here
SO I take it Dennard spent all summer reading his press clippings? Because 3 times a WMU receiver has gone right by him. #DennardIsland
Great idea. Better regroup, give the offense a chance to rest before their next series.
Apparently the crowd was chanting "We want Terry"
Is that their 3rd string QB?
Depends on which version of the depth chart you read. He's a frosh named Damien Terry.
It's a 4 quarterback race, guys.
And Western's QB hurt. Western could very well win the game now.
I have a feeling this redshirt frosh QB for Western is still better than any of the staee QB's.
Yep. I was right.
Vaunted, my ass
I say again
Frosh QB ftw!!!! Sparty might be in trouble.
I'm laughing my ass off. QB goes out, some dude who looks like he's 14 comes in on 3rd and 10 and tosses a TD. Epic Sparty.
In East Lansing.
Broncos backup QB with a TD pass for his first collegiate snap. Awesome.
LOL, backup QB says, "FUCK YOU, OVERRATED SPARTY." First play, third down and ten. Awesome touchdown.
They aren't rated and try to not post like a total 12 year old. I know it's hard for you.
Every team is ranked in case you didn't know. MSU is just outside the top 25.
and piss off
Or everyone else?
If you can complete the deep ball, you are going to get ample opportunities against Sparty.
Luckily, Devin throws a great deep ball and Gallon is great on bringing them home.
Wow, first career pass is a TD against MSU's D. Good on you.
Has never played at the college level before?
Best QB in the building???