I just don't want to deal with the Liveblog today. And there are a number of good games in all 3 slots for a change. No #1 vs. #2, but a lot of depth this weekend.
Michigan/Late Afternoon Games Open Thread
With the Nebraska and Penn State game set to go over 3:30 on ESPN. Does ESPN switch to the Michigan game or keep this game on until its over?
The south half, enjoy Neb-PSU.
it's on ABC
On where you are in the Country.
Any stream? I'm at the razorback tailgate and would love to watch the live stream on my phone!
from Champaign is very windy.
Craig James... lucky us.
You could be a hooker.
Why isn't Mike Patrick doing the commentary if Craig James is there?
Miami - FSU
if somebody could post updates it would appreciated. Here in Ohio I'm getting treated to the end of the Cincinnati/WVU game on ABC and more Paterno drivel on ESPN.
Win win win win win win win win
Anyone got a stream? All of mine are Joe Paterno coverage.
Me too. If I am missing the game because of fucking PSU I'm am going to be pissed. I hope they haven't kicked off yet.
winds 22 mph...
COME ON CINCY LOSE ALREADY
Is anyone else getting a partially scrambled signal?
Toussaint is a man!!!!!!
That's what we are talking about.
NOW THAT's AN OPENING DRIVE!!!!
Good Job Blue!
On Mgoblue Toussaint's running off tackle for big yards.
I can't believe ESPN is preempting live games to talk more about Paterno. Epic level of bullshit here.
this is what happens when we call all run plays
This is beyond ridiculous!
thanks guys. Keep it up please
This is unreal. They can show this shit later, what in the world is going on????
Does he have on his face?
Well.. that was a little too easy....
Lets go D get a 3 and out.
Instead of showing the Michigan game, they're doing a PSU memorial post-game. This is disgusting. Paterno was fired for inaction so ESPN is spending the day mourning his career.
Now, they're carrying the post-game newser. They need to stop the PSU stuff and show football.
It is on ABC for me. Check the coverage map to see what channel it is for you.
ABC has coverage in the east and west. ESPN has the game in the southeast and southern plains states. Unfortunately, I live in the southeast.
Jake Ryan has to wrap up right there, but good pursuit by the rest
This is ridiculous. Fuck ESPN
ABC can go stuff themselves as well. They've pulled this stunt before with Michigan games.
YES! FG BLOCKED!
They tried to throw to AJ and JT covered! Score one for the Two Initials Battle.
3 and out
This has been picture perfect so far
Ok pitchfork and torch time in Bristol CT. Their overhyped, bullshit drama is officially bigger than the game. Unbelievable.
what is up with the crosses on their qbs eyes? renown shot?
lol auto correct
Anymore. It wasn't in Iowa, it shouldn't be in Illinois.
They start showing Michigan. Thanks for missing the first score, ESPN.
How did we score?
Huge run by FItz around 50 yards. Then Denard took a QB draw from shotgun into the endzone.
Denard up the gut for 9 yards... Fitz had about three carries for 70ish yards..(and a badass 65 yarder)... LETS GO
Off tackle runs with FItz, he broke a 65 yarder and punched it in a few plays later.
Whoops, it was Denard. My bad.
Toussaint 60 yard run followed by Denard about 8 yards
Let's get some more points offense.
Thank God WVY blocked Cinci's kick. No OT. Get Michigan game on NOW PLEASE
first row has the stream up finally
The sad part is, I get better picture quality with First Row streams than regular broadcast TV.
On their non-HD signal anymore. It's amazing it's not in black and white at this point.
needs to lose. This whole conference is a cluster.
I don't like that punt, but at least we pinned them deep.
Good persuit Ryan. And another 3 and out
Can't run up the middle on 3rd and 1! #MANBALL
Nice stop and it is nice to see Defense being played. MOARRRRRRRRRRR DEFENSE!
Tough call by Gallon
We have a decent fan presence there.
I was saying "you better not try to run" cus I trust our defense on 3rd and short runs. Feels weird to say that.
I think it is hard to read the punts in this wind. At least he was able to hold on.
I like how he just secured it then. Didn't try to make something out of nothing and lose it.
Can someone please tell me why the game is only in SD????
One of those weird ABC-ESPN rules. It's HD on ABC in Michigan.
Wow, you're right. Thank you Craig. Now fuck off.
Yeah screen pass boY!
wtf was that? he had a lane...
Michigan has a running back
Toussaint having a field day so far
Fitz is shredding this defense up!
The power run blocking is opening up gaping holes in the D-line.
I'm liking this game plan so far. We are going to see some good stuff this game. Just Sayin'.
Well... Fitz over 100 in the first 10 min is never too bad....
theres 1 awful denard turnover, my prediction was 2 FWIW
He is a TO machine.
Demeans chasing AJ. Do not want
going to run Denard outside a tackle?
Denard really needs to learn how to wrap up the ball once he gets hit once. He has to know that they are going to gang tackle him to pop the ball lose.
zook outzooks himself again
Defense looking great
lol hand off on 3rd 10
It prevents turnovers.
Wonder how that was Borges fault too.
To all the people (including me) who say Denard is better as a running back - I present exhibit 12341092310.
He does have 2 running TDs.
gallon is so sick
Someone got popped!!!
Alright... almost back to where we just were!
Score some points here!
are those vuvuzelas i hear?
Huge 1st quarter!!! Well done Blue!!
Good first quarter. We need to finish these drives.
At the sight of a Michigan running back tearing up a good defense?
MANBALL can be a little fun, right?
(it autocorrects "MANBALL" to all caps now. :-)
I feel like I'm watching one of those WolverineHistorian highlight films of Michigan power running the snot out of some poor team back in the day.
More! Like! It!
Denard on the option!
safe to say Illinois run d is bad
Glad to see the team respond this way. The team looks great so far.
Another 3 and out and some points and Illinois will quit.
Nice kick! Who was that?
As soon as the announcers started talking about Penn State again I knew it was time to mute the TV and go with the radio feed.
Might wanna take that back
You should try out, we could use more cbs and you're obviously better.
Jaje Ryan looks good there on the outside contain.
Yeah that was great athleticism and acceleration to stay with the qb.
On the radio they said JT completely blew by his block, making the QB turn back into Ryan.
Bears a striking resemblance to Darius Morris, no?
15 yard punt!
Nice shitty punt by Illinois!
looks awesome right now. Let's keep it up.
Know if I thank the local ABC affiliate or Directv for showing the Miami game on BOTH ABC and ESPN? FML
Impressive all around pass-catch.
Awesome catch by Junior
koger really wanted that TD lol
Drag 'Em big fella!
Koger is making plays!
Great extra effort by Koger!!!!
But he does have some man love for our staff.
(Boy that sounds horrible).
Borges needs to call a good play here on 3rd down
We just ran straight into a blitz.
Ok Lace I see you out here!
he is out, GO FOR IT
Ahhh... he stepped out!
He's out for sure :-(
Go for the kill. Stomp those Roundtree demons.
Man up! Have Denard and Shaw attack the corner with an option look or something.
Ahhh man... should have gone for the easy points.
we should be up 28-0
Our goal line play calling is epically bad.
Is it me, or does it seem like review never goes our way?
There goes another Gorgeous Al playcall at the one yard line. Give it to Fitz, power it up the middle.
You would be bitch that they should have put it in Robinson's hands.
I actually wouldn't. You don't know me so don't try to say what I would do or say good sir.
4 anemic passes last week. 4 anemic running plays this week :(
have to convert there
Why not take the 3 points there? Jesus we just go out of our way to keep Illinois in games down there. 17-0 and ALL the momentum in the world - now we've got to hold on and see if 2009 is about to get a giant reset.
This thread will probably get mined for TWIS if we keep up this level of griping :-)
#1 The Iowa game. You have to try it and try to punch it in.
#2 7 > 3
#3 If you don't get it...it's 95+ yards for the other team. There is a decent chance you'll get the ball back around midfield should you fail.
#4 Jordan Kovacs.
We've left a minimum of 10 points on the board. Bullshit.
I don't understand why we don't EVER give Denard a run/pass option on the goalline.
Hell, Devin got a run/pass option on the goalline vs. N'Western and ran it in and Denard can't get one.
Ok...take it all back. LOL....we didnt have Kovacs back then.
Okay that was impressive.
Sire my child.
WOOOOOO... atta boys!!!
One mo' time!
Come on! Enough with power running already.
The.. Eff.. On.. Another effing epic fail red zone trip...
facepalm guy is facepalmming somewhere
they keep faking the reverse when the reverse looks open
they keep faking the reverse when the reverse looks open
Said Borges is one of the best in the business.
He's killing us.
Terrible playcalling on that drive.
No plays would work if execution is that poor.
That's now 13 points (minimum) left on the board.
WTF? I am baffled by the playcalling.
pocket awarness is so bad....
Yeah it's not just Borges, Denard doesn't "feel" the pocket very well. He runs are never improvised, that needs to happen.
In the red zone has been awful lately. Borges is frustrating me. A lot.
does anyone think that if we did a reverse we would have scored a TD instead of lose 10 yards.
Red zone offense is a total joke. Just run up the gut and kick fg's, that would be better.
Well we knew he was gonna throw atleast 1 today
They call a run blitz on every play, we do we keep running at it?
I'll say this...there comes a point (and Nebraska is facing this same challenge, as OSU)...you have to trust your QB to move the ball in the air.
They're sending the house every time, it's so obvious.
Stop complicating things and burn them on a slant!
You guys remember Roundtree's TD vs. MSU? Same thing. You want to send 8? Quick slant--->break tackle--->house.
Zook vs Borges - clash of the coaching Titans
The red zone playcalling is still bothering the heck out of me. Is it so hard to roll Denard out and give him a run/pass option? If we keep blowing red zone opportunities, we're going to keep Illinois in this game...and that makes me nervous.
At least the defense is getting great pressure! It's helping defend the run AND pass.
Yes, this one dimensional stuff is killing us. But at the same time Denard doesn't seem to read those options well. I have a feeling he would just chuck it into triple coverage instead of running.
They were great for a quarter and now they are swiss cheese. And I think Craig James is right, Robinson is more like 180-185 and he can't compete against 250+ guys hitting him. Illinois must be listening to the broadcast because they are putting 9 guys in the box and daring Robinson to throw.
Put in Bellomy!
Jesus Christ Denard stop turning the fucking ball over.
Blake countess is really good
Thank you Mattison.
Our D is kicking ass
Our defense is blowing them up today!!!
Mattison is so so much > than Borges
Now put these idiots AWAY
But yeah, Mattison is outperforming Borgas.
Countess may be good...Kovacs may be great...Mattison is the best part of the entire defense.
Serious question: should Devin get some snaps this drive? They're keying on Fitz and Denard...gotta throw. Keep Denard or go with Gardner?
Too soon. It would look like a panic move
I can respect that.
I'd like to see them mix him in a little, but not a wholesale change.
I would keep in Denard until the 2nd half. We should just run out the clock and kick a field goal here.
the D is really stepping up today.
are executing it well so far. If the Oline can open holes and the backs be patient enough I think there are running lanes in the middle. I think on the play where Shaw lost so many, it was because he ran by the hole in the middle of the line.
craig james is so stupid, there are 12 teams in B1G he was right and didnt even know it
Who would've ever thought in a million years that the strength of this year's team would be the defense?
12 teams in the big ten dipshit.
I love odors. he is so consistent
lol @ boise.
Definitely lol at Boise. But If they lose Houston becomes the darling for non bcs qualifiers and they couldn't stop Rice.
Yeah. Touché. I would love see Boise lose. That blue turf hurts my eyes.
I love odors. he is so consistent
Wrong board dude.
Shit man. It's so obvious. They're not allowing us to run anymore. You've sucked them in. BURN THEM!
Somewhere Mike Debord is smiling.
Sidenote: Anyone else notice the Illinois marketing staff blasting Hip Hop's Greatests Hits over the loud speakers?
Stop, drop, shut'em down open up shop
Sooooo many missed opportunities.
Frustrating. It should be at least 24-30 to nothing or so.
101 ways to not score in the redzone
when we complete wide open TDs
16 points (minimum) left on the board....lol. This is stupid.
We should be up 30-0 at halftime. That is sickening.
Please let that count
Kudos to Mattison.
not a fumble...
Overturned. What's that the last 5 challenged td's?
Ugh.lucky for us Illinois' offense is a mess.
This game is a nightmare. Two times 20 points flashed up, but both times it goes down.
Why they be all reviewing our touchdowns and shit?
Denard and the Oline have to execute in the second half.
lmao he picked it up on his knees anyway
Why no 35-0 here? :(
Moar touchdowns pleeze.
Anybody else notice how they screwed up and didn't include Michigan on the trivia question? (stadium was rededicated as Memorial Stadium in 1945 by Yost to prevent it from ever being renamed Yost Stadium).
That is all
Hope you packed your bags...
This is almost as bad as the Iowa game and we're winning.
Why is it that whenever I watch our games I'm just waiting for things to go wrong? I have so much more sympathy for MSU fans over the last few decades.
why hurt the stat line
Just padding the int stats.
Anyone want to join me?
I'm already there man.
I'm there with you. Jim Beam Devil's something or other. It's 90 proof and wonderful.
Great first quarter, awful 2nd. The turnover-itis makes my eyes burn.
I was hoping I can get through the halftime without seeing any psu stuff
we need to throw more. We almost got a touchdown doing that in one of the last drive.
What the fuck was that?! I hate to bitch when we're winning, but goddamn! Borges is pissing me off.
This is the dumbest thing I have seen. Who else do you want in at QB.
Personally, I would like to see Tom Brady in there right now.
For example, lets say the fumble was on Michigan goal line, if there were ten seconds left, Illini fumble, Michigan picks it up runs it in for a TD and the clock runs out. Would they add no time?
We were robbed of at least five seconds. I was yelling at the screen, but they didn't listen.
what do you mean? He has played great today 6-7 in passing with no one blocking and stupid play calls.
I have lost faith in both Denard and Borges.
Pull the gun out of your mouth.
In happier news, Georgia is crushing Auburn 35-7 in the 2nd.
Is Richt still on the hot seat after this win
No, he will be on the hot seat again when they lose to LSU in Atlanta in a few weeks.
That said, who knows what the power players at Georgia could be thinking. One scenario would be Georgia and Florida (rivals) to the Big Ten, citing the cutthroat nature of the SEC. However, recent NCAA scholarship reforms will help solve some of the problems in college athletics today. As for Richt, his contract runs through 2013. He only has one loss in conference so far this year, which might help. Then again, he's already making 2.8 million a year.
Can we leave Borges in the locker room?
I'm sorry. I really don't understand why people attack Borges so much. Yes, he has had a few poor moments, but that would be true of any o coordinator.
He just engineered 250 yards in one half against the #6 D in the land with a below average throwing qb, who has struggled throwing in the red zone his whole career. (See MSU last year).
Play calling is not the reason why it's only 14-0. It's maybe a part, but execution has been awful at key points, most notatably 3 qb turnovers.
Agreed. Denard just isn't a good passer. Accept that fact. Borges is calling good plays, and we can't execute at all. Do I want Gardner in? No. But this is frustrating!
I don't understand it either. He has called some great plays throughout the game. Sometime it isn't the play call, but the execution.
And, you know, sometimes really good defensive players making plays.
It's not like we are playing Kent State. Sometimes, good defenses get inspired and make plays.
Thank you, the play calling hasn't been that bad. The execution has been killing us.
You have the most electric quarterback that is incredibly fast and you don't have him roll out at all.
He did call some roll outs. Are tou watching the same game we are?
They rolled him out a bunch at the beginning of the season, and his accuracy on folklore was 20% lower. Without setting his feet, Denard is an even worse passer.
is a good example. Should have been a pass with a bit more underneath and to the back of endzone. Instead, it was a bullet giving Odoms no chance, albeit a smallish receiver.
The hail mary was another one in which DR throws a bullet, overthrows his deep guys (nothing new) and gives them no chance to make a play. I know it's a low percentage play and I'm nitpicking, but man, oh man, the wasted opportunities.
Just hope it doesn't bite them in the 2nd half.
Earlier this season, Brian was bitching about how ineffective our rollout pass plays were. Fans have terrific hindsight.
You watched the Illini D? They are send a outside LB off the edge all day. It's taking the roll out away.
And then, to counter it, Borges calls a screen that Denard throws to Oline.
ya that's y
first half ever played