Oh well. Go Sportons.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Oh well. Go Sportons.
Bell just lied about what he really said to Maxwell at halftime, I imagine that conversation was something like this "STOP THROWING THE FUCKING BALL AND JUST HAND IT OFF TO ME!!!!"
50 touches for Bell tonight (44 carries and six receptions). Clearly, they've got killer depth there.
Had to watch most of the game on mute...the announcers kill me. They were all over State's nuts.
State is a solid team. They will be fine. Boise is exactly what everyone thought. Overrated. Boise lost their entire offense and it showed.
Unless MSU can improve its passing game, teams will load up the box on Bell.
WHY THE HELL DIDN'T BOISE PUT 8 IN THE BOX ON EVERY PLAY!
Correction - BSU lost their entire offense and their entire defense. They had six returning starters and two of those were kickers. BSU also had some key players suspended.
Michigan State was suppose to win and they did. Great, and as a Michigan and Big 10 fan, this is want we wanted! It looks good for our conference and makes our eventual win over Michigan State looks better.
But as a team, Michigan State looks very beatable. I am more confident now, then before the game, that we can beat Michigan State come game time. Bell looked great, which is what I expected. But often he had to made something from nothing. Their OLine looked average and their receivers looked poor. The only other standout on offense was Sims, but I believe you can easily gameplan for a big TE with limited speed. Maxwell, who was suppose to take over where Cousins left off, left a lot to be desired. He struggled with pressure and his completetions were mainly to open receivers on very short routes.
Defense wise, Michigan State looked very good, but also still beatable. They were aggressive, but they also need to be aggressive to bring pressure. They run and pass blitz a lot, which is why Boise States trick plays gained big yardage. Borges need to realize this and scheme for it. But when State only tried to bring the 4 down lineman, they often struggled to get pressure on a very so-so Boise State OLine. The only other comment on State's D is that their CBs are big and aggressive, but Boise State was easily able to beat them deep when they tried to press. They had many potential TDs turned into PI calls because the ball was badly underthrown and the CB was playing catchup the to WR without ever locating the ball in the air.
With that said, Michigan should now be favorites to win the Legends division.
A side benefit is that our friends in EL should be a bit more subdued in their boasting for at least a week or two.
depends who ur MSU friends are.. my facebook is blowing up with Bell as heisman and how MSU is incredible for beating a poor Boise team
Honestly, last 5 year's I'd say Boise was the better program. Bigger wins, more wins, higher rankings, more guys in the NFL, probably a better recruiting class, but tonight Sparty had a defensive tackle taking handoffs.
I'm not too surprised by this game. I've argued since last season that MSU was likely to be in the 7-5/8-4 range. I don't think they have the offensive firepower to do much better. Cousins masked a lot of weaknesses last year.
At the very least, this does give some credibility to the B1G. 98% of football fans probably have no clue that this Boise State team is different than any other so MSU's win does look like a big win just from seeing a 30 second sportscenter clip.
Unfortunately for them, unless Maxwell improves the D and Leveon Bell probably won't be able to drag MSU to Pasadena
Boise's O line looked good, that's a great defense whose front 7 ran through our O line last year. Offensivle, Maxwell is OK, but they miss clutch WRs big time. They look beatable.
1st time a Boise State team has been held to no offensive TDs since 1997.
Maxwell has potential. He has a big arm and did what was asked of him in the 2nd half. We'll get a better idea of what he can do against ND. Their big problem on O right now is their receivers.
Hard to say how good their D is. Boise's offense looked TERRIBLE. Not a lot of talent at any position.
Maxwell may have the physical tools but he seemed to get happy feet whenever he was pressured. MSU adjusted in the second half by having him throw a lot of safe, quick passes, but in the future he's going to have to show the ability to stand tall in the pocket on longer-developing plays.
The guy needed to change his undies at the half. He looks absolutely terrified out there. He could of easily had six int's.
Sparty looked pretty terrible tonight, IMO, for a team that EVERYONE is picking to win the Big10. All week on ESPN and BTN, the talking heads are all over Sparty's jock, yet they looked like a team with a great RB against a pretty weak BSU team. I was impressed with their defense for two series in the first half, and then it definitely looked beatable by a balanced offense. IMO, Sparty was lucky as there were several deep passes that were mere inches from changing the game -- especially the one where the BSU QB slipped when he threw the pass.
Bell is a stud, no doubt about it. But, without a viable downfield threat -- other than Sims -- I don't see MSU as a "Rose Bowl" team. Maxwell looked lost to me, and made some pretty horrible throws, several of which should have been INT's that weren't. If he doesn't learn to deal with pressure in his face, it's going to be a long season for Sparty.
Because running the ball and defense has never gotten anyone anywhere.
Nice to see you fellas celebrating your victory over MSU already, don't wear yourselves out. Big game tomorrow night.
Shouldn't you be writing a letter to our athletic department stating how disappointed you are that Hoke is playing Fitz this weekend?
I really wouldn't have cared if Hoke started them. 1st offense, plead down. Not like it would have helped anyways.
I am more concerned about the safety of your players.
You're a fucking tool
I am not celebrating anything phork.
Yes, running ball well and playing good defense has gotten lots of teams a long way. But, when you play a team like BSU, whose defense is pretty pathetic, and you cram the ball down their throat, that doesn't mean that you're going to be able to do that against the tougher teams on the schedule. I really couldn't believe that BSU's DC didn't just load the box every down. When he did, Bell got stuffed. As someone else said, his YPC wasn't all that great.
Nice to see you have decided that Boise is already a really good team. You know nothing about MSU at this point.
I never said that Boise is really good. While you guys are burying and euligizing MSU they racked up almost 500 yards of offense and held Boise to 200. Get rid of the turnovers and this game is a blow out.
BIG championship course is now through East Lansing, or through Ann Arbor by way of East Lansing.
Good luck tonight fellas!
The 500 yards was against a team that returned two full time defensive starters, cockmuppet.
Did you not see the fact that the oline was Swiss cheese to a shitty Boise dline? Or that msu receivers looked awful? Or that Maxwell looked atrocious in the face of any pressure?
If you assume Boise is a good team this year then you guys looked awesome. But Boise should suck. They lost just about everyone this year. If bell doesn't break like 600 shitty excuses for tackles you guys aren't even in the game
I understand Bell had a lot of yards, but he didn't even average 5 yards per rush. And one of his carries should have gone for negative 2 yards if Boise could tackle but he got 35 yards instead. Yes, Bell had a good game. But any player who rushes the ball 44 times should have at least 200 yards. I'm more impressed how much State had to rely on him than I am with his performance. They are going to be in a lot of trouble if they are forced to do that again this year
He had 210 yards rushing and 55 more in the air...
Bell played great. He's the "real deal." But, if you cannot see that your offense is one dimensional, and that is a severe liability, then you're delusional. Oh wait, you're Sparty, my bad, delusional is your state of being.
Phork's actually a Domer, but he's an all-purpose troll. He can't troll about ND's performance on the field, so he desperately tried to attack Hoke's integrity in player discipline. With that, too, gone, he's got nothing left but to live vicariously through Sparty. That, my friend, is a cry for help.
Please, tell me more about Bell. I didn't know from the box score how many yards he had receiving....I can't read those darn things. So the "55" under the yards category for Michigan State receiving tells me how many receiving yards he had? How crazy is that?!?!
Shouldn't you be getting ready to watch Navy beat Notre Dame?
They looked extremely beatable
The msu offense looked bad against a team that returned 2 defensive starters. My guess is the 2 starters were 2-3* kids. So, yeah, I'm not impressed with the sparty offense.
They didn't have a player north of 3 stars on the field. Mostly 2's and 3's. If you go off of the rivals ratings, they're actually not that far off from CMU's. Who happen to have a competent quarterback and running game, and inexplicably get the spartans at home next week. This could be an opportunity to make some money.
I think you're serioulsy undervaluing Chris Petersen coaching ability. In 6 seasons that man has amassed an outrageous 73-6 record with the same 2-3* player you're talking about.
Doug Martin was a 2-star recruit in high school, and now he's the starting RB for Tampa Bay. The Lions have both Kellen Moore and Titus Young, both of whom were 3 stars that Petersen coached into the NFL.
Three good years in the last twenty.
Let's write a coffee table book about it.
Sparty had superior personnel, as many here thought they would, but their terrible play at QB and questionable playcalling kept the game close. I hope Maxwell is this bad against Michigan, when he faces a team that might be able to put some real pressure on him.