Was really looking forward to seeing this matchup all day, but the score now stands at a humiliating 23-0, Nebraska (halftime).
Who knew Nebraska had offense?
With their defense the Huskers aren't going to need a whole lot of O. They are going to be a very good team next year. Let's hope Michigan's defense can turn around that quickly.
The Pac-10 is looking downright pathetic so far this bowl season.
Going into the bowl season, I thought the Pac-10 was one of the better conferences.
Going 0-2 against the MAC (Utah, BYU), UCLA having a close game with Temple (TEMPLE.), and now this... shocking to say the least.
Mountain West != Mid-american
Their defense is still doing most of the work tonight.
Ifififififififif ifffffff Nebraska had a merely top 50 offense, I imagine they'd have ran through their schedule and Texas, all the way to the title game. Their defense is just awesome sex granola candy. Arizona is no slouch.
I was expecting a dominating performance by the Nebraska defensive line, but more impressive is their secondary. The Arizona quarterback spends all his free time running for his life with no one to throw to.
Also really liking the Nebraska offensive game plan. They're running the QB a fair amount, and have been getting some nice short completions. But geez, the Nebraska quarterback has some of the worst deep-ball accuracy I've ever seen.
... and just as I type that, 80 yard touchdown pass from Zach Lee.
Arizona has a grand total of 33 yards.
If we had a defensive-oriented HC like Pelini, that might be possible. Since we don't, I think it will take a bit longer.
That said, let's see how good Nebraska's D is next year without Suh.
They showed some interesting stats from the last three years of the Nebraska defense (scoring, run, passing), which moved from all in the 110's to all in the top 10 (#2 scoring) within two years.
Well it's possible I guess, so let us send a hope and prayer to Greg Robinson.
that the Pac 10 will be seen as a worse conference by espn. Producing weak teams and drawing this negative attention away from the big ten. While I'm at it, I also want a million dollars.
signify a Nebraska desire to win by 40 ?
Arizona is averaging 0.25 yards per pass play. Impressively inept.
Really is shocking, considering the numbers:
Trojan Football Analysis had a nice post about the Arizona offense, which is based on a handful of passing concepts, a simple run game, and a few screen passes, out of many different formation sets.
Arizona has been putting up some impressive numbers, but looking back, it might just be the lack of competent defense in the Pac-10 (and/or Suh 93).
What an embarrassment for Arizona. Seriously, a top 20 team and cant put up any points in a bowl game?
They're about to sc... Oh, nevermind.
Probably the most impressive thing about this is watching Nebraska's defense at work. Arizona has 37 total yards as of the middle of the 4th quarter. Hopefully Michigan can get their D up like this. With our talent level and coaching though, it might take awhile, but it's still something to strive for.
33-0 Nebraska, Game Over
Arizona did manage to drive it down the field and get inside the 10 on their last possession. Mike Stoops opted to go for it on 4th and 3 instead of kicking the field goal and lost it on downs, giving Nebraska the shutout.
I expected this to be a lot closer, and it seemed like one of the better bowl matchups this year. Still was quite entertaining to watch Nebraska's defense at work.
The Pac10 sucking like hell in these bowl games (including USC, despite the W) takes away any guilt in rooting for Oregon - let them have one meaningful win for the sake of OSU not having one.
How in the bleep did Nebraska lose to anyone besides Texas this season? They have looked like the third-best team in the country their last two games.
Nebraska started out the season trying to run a spread and it didn't work very well. They played Lloyd-ball for most of the Big 12 season and let the defense win games. Now they had six weeks (or whatever) to practice the real offense and got it figured out. Notice how many big running plays resulted from sets where Lee was off the field, and they just snapped it to the mooseback?
Watching a zone read out of a two tight-end set was a thing of beauty. They are going to be good next year. That team has a lot of juniors, and comparatively few seniors who get PT, Suh and Asante the obvious exceptions.
And for the shoe-apparel freaks:
Nebraska wears Adidas, Arizona wears Nike.
Apparently someone doesn't need to get Hizz Guyzz in to win.
Thank GOURD Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez--who runs a scheme so specific that only HE knows who he needs to get into Ann Arbor to run Hizz Schemezz to win.
Yay! Rich Rodriguez! Here comezz national championships! Oh my GOUD YEZZZZ look out for Michigan Footballlzz in 2074!
Are you ASKING for a neg-banging? This isn't even close to on-topic... and you're spouting inflammatory, uh, words.
a bumbling piece of shit. I've noticed this trend in your posts.
So essentially, you're saying that 1.) Bo Pelini, unlike Rodriguez doesn't need "his" guys to win, 2.) Rich Rodriguez's success is predicated on the necessity for recruits that only he knows are any good, and 3.) that we ridiculously expect national championships at an arbitrary future date where we expect to destroy everybody.
Spot on. The exaggeration and sarcasm directed at the optimists is pretty cutting, but true. To claim that we are going to compete or win a national title in '11, '12, '13 whatever, is ridiculous. Nothing has been shown to give any basis of proof to this, other than that Rodriguez has been successful elsewhere. Well, this isn't the same situation that he's been in before. Because he was good at WVa doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be good here. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. In my opinion, the offense has fit the progression that we had hoped for at the start of the year, but the defense has not. If the defense doesn't shape up, and the offense doesn't reach its early year form, Rodriguez is gone.
Now to say that the KoB's post rambling or incoherent is frankly stupid, behind the vitriol and sarcasm are valid points.
But yes, this has nothing to do with the original topic and is therefore inane.
Those are all great straw men that he shoots down but don't bear out in reality.
1) RR has never said he needed to get "his guys." Some people on the message boards have but RR from day one has stated that the guys he had to work with hadn't played in any system and so he trained them to fit his system. It has also been covered exhaustively with solid research that the levels of inexperience on the Michigan roster the last two years have been ridiculously high.
2) Any coach's success is predicated on him recruiting players that he thinks will help him win. Sure there's a correlation between stars and performance but we also know specific cases where a player has lost stars or been overlooked by recruiting sites because of A)committing early in the process, B) Not attending camps, and C)no one knowing what position he projects at.
3) You might be right about having no grounds to predict national championships- at least no more grounds than every other fanbase in the country
As a guy from nebraska, Calahan had some really good looking recruiting classes,but Calahan couldnt develope the players that he brought in, Bo might not be able to recruit like the best but knows defense.
Everything this season on offense was horrible (8 turnovers against iowa state) and still kept it close because of the defense (9-7).
last year he was rotating at linebacker 2 walk-ons a true frosh and cody glenn which the year before was a runningback and was later kicked of the team. Defensivly he worked miracles.
Offensivly it was hard to watch this year unlike the last couple years, Nebraska couldnt move the ball. it was either run the ball or get nothing cause Zach lee, eventhough he can manage the game has a problem with consistancy in his passing game.
take it easy on me its my first post
Why do so many of the great coaches in college football right now have to be from the worst state ever? Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Bo Pelini, Jim Tressel and probably some more are from there (not to mention Bo, Woody and many others before)
The great ones often have to overcome terrible hardships in their lives.