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Michigan Afternoon Games Open Thread
Who in the world are these guys announcing this game?
Glenn Mason was a good coach.
Big kickoff return for State.
Great fucking start. Give one of the shittiest offenses ever great field possession.
crap, went to make an open thread and accidentally made one in the diary section lol. I'm an idiot
The live thread sucks. Good gang tackling first two plays.
State false start.
Keep your fucking head Taylor
Lewan late hit.
Probably the first of many personal fouls today......
Glad I took the under.
Lets give me more than onw drive.
Lewan Totally killed that drive, thus affecting the play calling. Don't fret just yet.
MSU is defending Denard the same way they have the past couple years. Either he is going to have to throw well to beat them or a RB is going to have to have a good game.
It's one series. Nice punt Hagerup, keep defensive intensity up...
Denard can't run run run. We gotta fake the run with denard a few times to get the LBs to commit, then burn um a few times. They are tee off on denard all day. Denard won't beat MSU, everyone else will.
4th down for purdue in OT need a td
Yep. All day defense.
Let's go Al, dial up an offense today! Make throws Denard
Ohio state wins
Gotta soften up the defense, and let them settle down before picking them apart.
This is a bit ridiculous
This isn't all that unexpected. MSU has one of the top defenses in the country. The only thing worth getting upset over today would be if MSU starts putting it together on O.
Another good defense, another shut down.
Good play there!
Damn it Al, what are you doing?
Ok, Borges. I think we've established that QB draws aren't working.
that throwback screen is becomming a good little play for us.
Should have gave it.
daring Al to pass
Go deep please.
Kwiatkowski first down.
good find there for Kwiatkowski.
That flat pass is there all day with this cover four set up.
Fake the speed option, lose 4.
The damn ball off!!!!!!!
Have to keep punishing them outside for their ridiculous over-aggressiveness.
There LBers are coming hard on each play. This would be perfect play action time for Funchess.
Playing offense like we're scared of their defense.
Fitz had a TD if he slips one tackle.
He hasn't slipped a tackle all year.
Well, good D's are the kryptonite to this offense.
Or if they are going to do the read look, they should do what Malzahn did with Dwyer and Newton and draw them up as designed runs, but in this case design them for Fitz to get the hand off since it is OBVIOUS. they are keyed in on Denard.
Broges has no clue what he's doing. At all.
So do we just not "do" attacking the edges?
Need to make them pay for over playing the run.
If we could complete passes downfield we would. Unfortunately we cant
Our offense has been brutal so far, still can't check out of a play when they how blitz
Lets settle in for a defensive slugfest.....
It looks like both teams are afraid to move the ball. At least we passed midfield!!
Keep it up D the offense will get them next drive.
Just trying to bring the positivity in here, jeez.
They are basically run blitzing on every single 1st and 2nd down plays.
Relax on Borges. He just dialed up a beauty of a screen that if blocked right was pay-dirt...We be fine
just getting going. Faith.
State with 12 men on the field.
That's right announcers maxwell has been sooooo impressive.
It's the first quarter and it's 0-0. Neither team can move the ball. Let's hold off on that statement.
I'm not disagreeing with those facts, but my conclusion isn't that we're being outcoached. Coaching takes 4 quarters and at least a half to see the gameplan unfold. Just give it time. It's not like MSU is drawing up plays to move down the field.
you are overreacting.
wow a surprising good run fit from JT Floyd
Floyd tested, incomplete.
End of 1st tied at 0.
can't watch the game on TV and don't have my ipad. is there an app like iheart radio that will pick up a local radio station in Ann arbor calling the game?
Check out this thread.
awesome! thank you
Listen to the feed on mgoblue.com
Robinson needs to recognize that guy offsides and snap the ball.
Not our center
Robinson does not snap the ball. Though if he did I am sure he would do it fast.
Northwestern's helmets are pretty cool.
Is anyone else's btn audio choppy?
We need to run nothing but screens until they stop sending the house.
anyone else think denard is looking very tentative?
Is going on here
Quote for truth.
wtf borges. He loves running into constant run blitzes for some reason.
Hell of a catch by Dileo.
My Italian brother!
with the sure hands
Damn. What a catch.
Denard trying to throw a pick.
OMG NOTRE DAME FLASHBACK MAKE IT STOP
There goes one wtf pass. Only three more to go this game!
Borges is more predictable than my bowel movements
They're reading something off formation
FITZ FINALLY YES!
Remind me of Welker
I didn't realize MSU's o-line injuries had gotten that bad.
Nobody from my high school has started a D1 game in 44 years, if you don't count kickers and punters.
why hes running backwards, plant yo foot and accept the bad run
Take the good with the bad
Into an obvious blitz
Ughhh he had him
That was on Roy broke too early.
In the corner on a safety or LB
Gibbons FG GOOD 3-0 Michigan
Points, but still disappointing
but using 6'5 receivers down there might be a good thing.
We need TDs, against this defense they're hard to come by. Still, I'll take a field goal.
We should have Funchess and Gardner get targets in the redzone.
Bullough AND Allen are literally waiting for denard to run. Gotta get them to bite on a fake or get them in coverage.
Please god screen TE screen sweep screen until they stop blitzing up the middle. They're completely selling out on the run between the tackles. We really need to adjust. They're so vulnerable.
Yeah, I'm not sure why we don't throw more "jump balls" / fades in the red zone. Denard is clearly capable and him being undersized is neutralized. Just has to get the ball up in the corner. We have the size with receivers.
Did the 11 jersey get unretired today or is that coming up later on the season?
Maxwell huge sack mmm
Guess who? Jake Ryan
Sparty going in the wrong direction, lol
Will have a big day. Can't be stopped.
240 lb. running backs who don't know how to block don't fair well in the NFL draft.
How is that not holding
Aaaand 45 yard reception gain.
Wow. That was just horrible, horrible coverage. Play the ball. If you get an interference flag so be it. You can't just let the receiver catch the ball.
He pushed off.
Wow northwesterns unis look like a tcu uni.
Just a little short? He fell way before the line.
Demens is having a heluva game so far.
Miss by Conroy
State FG NO GOOD 3-0 Mich Q2
Did we get out coached on that miss?
Great stop by the d!
Damn proud of you, Omameh.
Give the damn ball!
can he please make the right read? please?
Denard making the wrong reads.
The middle of the field is wide open! Throw a freakin crossing route.
We drive down the field with good play calls and then Borges goes back to the stuff that isn't working as well. Makes a lot of sense.......
Fucksake. Outside outside outside. And then, outside.
3 and out. Run game loosening them a bit.
It looks like just about every time Denard keeps he should've given instead. Not just today, but the last two or three years. Everyone's already targeting him.
I'm not positive that he's allowed to read on those plays. The "decision" hardly ever matches the read.
They are clearly going all in to stop Denard. I wonder if MSU is doing something that Denard has never seen before.
been bad reading any zone option. I think Borges tags his keeps most of the time now.
I'm actually glad that Denard didn't throw the ball there. He didn't like what he saw and quickly decided to take off.
Great, poor special teams play.
MSU isn't afraid to run blitz, then why no counter attack?
Come on, this just further reinforces UM's inability to move the ball on any good D.
Sometimes there's just not a play you can call. MSU has a solid defense, they win a lot of individual battles.
You're lucky my fingers are too big for this iPad. I tried to neg you and accidentallygave you a plus one.
It is too bad we can't really neg these people.
Look if you're QB can't make reads in the passing or running game then you can't do too much offensively.
lucky to be winning against this crappy team
Floyd getting fucking burned.
in the last 2-3 seconds. Was impressive.
JT Floyd is going to break soon. He's been relatively lucky.
Loving this defense!
Does Maxwell actually see the other players on the field, or is he just throwing indiscrimanately?
Going. We need a big play.
Those downfield shots are me. I'm fearful of the proverbial sun shining on a dog's ass.
I double dog dare you to call roughness penalties!!!
State unneccessary roughness.
60 minutes of unnecessary roughness
Thatta boy Dileo!Not bad for the white wideout!
i think i love dileo
Dileo is having an excellent game!
Dileo for Heisman.
DILEO!!! Flip the field on em!
They are definetely targeting Floyd today.
Dileo playing like a boss!
Way to listen Al!
Way to listen Al!
Is it just me or is he consistently taking the wrong running lanes. Cuts inside when he should go out. Obviously he doesn't have the view I have on TV, but his lack of pocket presence is frustrating. Imagine what he could do with better instinct.
lets keep passing down the middle...they're run blitzing and it's open every time i think
Wile doesn't have the leg.
Wow, how bad do you feel now?
Feel shitty, but I'll keep saying that, in case I'm a reverse jinx.
Thatta boy Wile!
Atta boy wile
Wile FG GOOD 6-0 Mich 2Q
Way to nail it kid!
That would have been good from 55+
We can haz long FG's?
Fake denard run? FAKE DENARD RUN!
Can't remember how long its been since I've seen us make a field goal that far
2009, vs. Purdue.
First half grades:
Defense - A
Offense - D-
Mattison for president. Referendum on Borges.
about to go up on ND.
Great play by Burbridge. He stood his ground and did not yield the first down.
JT taking back some swag
I think the chrome helmets were a mistake. The white pops better on the TV. The Spartan logo is hard to pick out between the green color and the green reflection of the field.
JT has technique and endurance.
Jake just took out like 3 dudes
He saw them, lined them up, and BAM.
Great return Gallon!!
Would Norfleet had take that one to the house?
A guy makes 7 people miss on a huge return and we're asking if someone else should have his job. Unbelievable.
Denard really just wanted that obligatory INT on the stat sheet.
Free INT for the stats. 6-0 at halftime.
We need to keep playing great defense and continue to take care of the ball. Did a good job of both in the first half. We are not Alabama yet and they are not LSU but the strategy in this game should be the one that Bama had in the national championship
Frustrating. He is so painful to watch because he is his own rate-limiting step.
Hopefully that does it for Denards INT quota.
What is the record for consecutive non-interception games for denard? 2?
I think it's safe to say that they are targeting Floyd when they go to pass.
Had he completely turned on that last bomb he may have had an INT
This is frustrating because their defensive strategy is exactly the same as last year and we haven't been able to adjust. We should abandon the read option entirely until they prove they can stop us on the edge and over the middle.
I think they would have more success running from the I w/ Iso's and leads.
Every time from the I today has been pass. It's so predictable.
Yea it is very disappointing, I'm still nervous and feeling like one play could change the whole game
But they're THAT good. You're right, we need to adjust.
Run right at them, get ahead of the sticks. Even if you just pick up 4 yards, it's a good play.
I'm not saying we just line up in the I and go "run right"/"run left." I'm saying go north-south not east-west.
Line up Rawls back there, take the snap out of the gun and hit them in the fucking mouth and let him fall forward for 4-5 yards.
Once they adjust to YOU, then go back to what you like to do in the read-option game.
I agree. My biggest worry was that we'd play right into their hands on offense and get their confidence up. I was hoping we could soften them up with some constraint and then go to the read option runs once they started questioning where the ball was going to go. You shouldn't be able to get away with the aggressiveness they're showing on every play.
Al's calling quite a game. Full of surprises. Keepin it close!
Good. He got that INT out of his system. Now it's go time
People forget, MSU was supposed to have a top 10 defense going into this season. They're no slouch.
We just have to be patient and win the field position battle, we'll break a play in the passing game if we just stick to the plan.
Defensively we have to win the game. We need perfection or close to it. Nothing wrong with a 16-3 win.
There's no reason to be concerned unless MSU puts it together on offense.
Tommy Rees is getting pulled here soon.
having denard as your qb is like living with your parents...it's pretty fun and enjoyable, but i think i'm ready to move on to bigger and better things
By fun and enjoyable you mean you don't have to do laundry and food is free?
yeah denard comes and does my chores on tuesdays and thursdays
Because it's going to be hard for Gardner, Bellomy OR Morris to top Denard in year 1.
IMO, Gardner and Bellomy split time at the beginning, Bellomy wins and Gardner becomes a permanent #1 WR by the time the B1G season rolls around.
State's offensive gameplan: chuck it and see what happens.
Not a bad strategy. Maybe our DBs can turn their heads one of these times and get a pick. And by 'our DBs' I mean Floyd.
That kind of works for joe flacco in the nfl.
This is the first time Mark Emmert has made sense.
Miller ran for 136 yards vs Staee. He actually processes and reacts to the situation around him. Denard is either told not to think or he just can't. MSU capitalizes on that.
Maybe on short yardage but I say stick with Fitz.
Soften them up!
typical Denard throw
Make a basic throw under pressure... I'm ready for what's next, for better or worse... It's just exhausting to watch him play.
Dammit. HAVE to cut out the negative yardage plays. Can't put Denard in 3rd and long.
We sure must think our run O is amazing as much as we're running it.
I think Hoke has his stellar defense and just wants the offense to sit on the ball and not do anything to jeopardize small leads at this point. They'd rather ice a six point lead than force the issue and risk a pick.
Notre Dame down 14-7 to BYU. Figured they'd lose to Oklahoma and USC, but not the cougars.
Hard to believe so many better offenses couldn't put up points. I'm not watching the game so I don't know if those are offensive points.
The second score was a short field after an interception.
Thats says the team with the most rushing yards wins this game?
to create a turnover.
When both feet are in the air it's hard to make a cut.
The dline needs to get more hands in the air. Seems like they could have had a few bats
Life must be terrible when you are so negative
Are you fucking kidding me?
Why do I feel like this is the game right.
Again with the bad play calling and lack of execution :(
What a little girl we go down by one and you fold
Horrible defensive series.
There goes the shutout...
Looks like Sparty made the adjustments and Borges didn't.
We're down 1, but we're getting handled.
This is what happens when you can't score. Defense isn't going to stop them everytime even if it is MSU. Denard is fucking terrible against real defenses.
Dude you came out against ND and hid for two weeks. Please GTFO.
Hid?I've been here. I was at the Illinois game though, but thanks. It's good to know I have my own internet stalker...
against non-garbage Ds?
Sparty is terrible this is disgusting. We are playing like shit.
Quit being negative. GTFO
You have attacked Denard relentlessly every bad game. I've yet to see you credit him when he makes a play or has a good game. So screw you.
To earn that check..,
We're being thoroughly out coached.
I got a baaad feeling about this now. We needed the TD's. The cushions the DB's are playing with just have me nasty flash backs.
Defense eats our offense for breakfast.
I would trade Denard for John Navarre in a heartbeat. Never thought I'd say that.
Hope you got something up your sleeve Borges.
I don't know how that tackle in the backfield didn't happen. We had like three dudez ready to kill their duuuuuuude and it just diddn't happen.
I'll let someone who knows more about football correct me if I'm wrong, but I really think Kovacs needed to end that play in the backfield.
We go down and score and make our statement. We got this. 23-13.
We go 3 and out. Time to D up and keep it close.
This just isn't what I expected. Hopefully the boys can get something going in the 4th.
They were bound to score one or two. As are we. A little patience goes a long way. Lots of time still
Not with this these play calls
Al's gonna establish the running game or else!
Can I officially panic now?
Tell me when
How come every other team that played MSU knows to attack the outside? All our pass plays are right down the middle
Michigan continues to do exactly what hasn't worked while MSU changed things up to get a TD.
This is Deja vu. I'm tired of watching two read option plays and a shitty pass play in a three-and-out. We need to switch it up, and switch it up quickly.
This feels so much like the last four years its making me sick
We're staring 14-6 right in the face...