No Wheaties were harmed (or eaten) in the creation of this thread. My thoughts: Devin + Devin = Good. OL improved a bit. JR III solid game. No TOs, yea! Commence...
If we rename Jeremy Gallon to Devin Gallon, then we will be truly unstoppable.
Maybe throw in a Devin Green too.
How about adding Devin Bryant, Devin Glasgow, and Devin Kalis as well?
I may be too optimistic, but I think this team will improve in every game that we play. This is a trend in every Brady Hoke team that we have had. They improve throughout the season. Look at last year, the team that played South Carolina in the bowl game was a much better team than the one that played Alabama in the kickoff game. I think we will be firing on all cylinders by the time we reach the finale against Ohio State and I think it all started today.
I would say not too optimistic at all, in 2011 and 2012 both the offense and defense improved over the course of the season noticeably. Perhaps it is unsurprising that teams should improve over the season (after all: more practice, more games, more experience) but after the troubles between 2008 and 2010 and watching our teams seemingly regress, especially defensively, it is a welcome and refreshing change.
Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas. That's Baylor's remaining October lineup. They were up 56-3 on West Virginia at halftime before putting in the second team and making the game look like a shoutout instead of an obscene blowout. They've played no one, but when your lowest point total after 5 games is 69, I'm impressed.
About Michigan...much better. We were at 5 yards per carry against an average FBS defense before we spent 1.5 quarters running into nine man boxes. Running game was much better. Gardner was somewhat inaccurate, but played within the offense and threw with authority all game. Overall, the offense's best performance outside of ND.
The defense had trouble getting off the field for a good chunk of the game. Their overall strategy of keeping everything in front and forcing teams to execute down the field is working and showing up in the box score. Once Ryan returns, I think we start to crank up the pressure, but Mattison seems to want to hold off to let Wilson grow and hide information from Meyer and Pelini later in the year.
Braxton Miller is a player, but that OSU team presses when they can't get huge chunks of yards.
My observation is that it seems that we need to schedule nothing but night games from now on if we want the student section filled with students before the game. Noon games against crappy teams (Akron) leave the section about half empty at kickoff and 3:30 games against conference teams (Minnesota) leave it about 1/3 empty so the solution is obvious.
Schedule all night games. They seem to be able to show up on time for those.
My observation is that we should make like a duck and do what Oregon does, which is dynamically resize the student each game based on demand.
I think this is going to happen soon. The AD will get creative and offer two different student ticket packages and put more tickets on the open market.
For the life of me, I do not understand why it seems to be so hard for the athletic department to think of things like this.
What do they do exactly?
I took a couple of pictures I'm going to post later today. Both taken one minute to kickoff - one of the student section (about 2/3 filled) and one of the alumni section (completely filled). Clearly there is a problem and positive reinforcement (The Hail program) didnt work and then negative reinforcement (General Admission) hasnt worked so the time has come to start cutting the number of tickets sold.
I can't wait, please hurry.
Did it eventually fill up?
But, it thinned out at half time. My daughter is a senior this year and most of the people she sits with left at half time. They were hungry and getting hung over from all the pregame drinking. I guess it was better when I was a student and we could drink at the game. I didn't party until I got to the game. I also paced myself and concentrated mainly on can cannabis consumption, not alcohol which makes you crash once you've crossed the line. So, I guess the solution is to legalize the leafy stuff. Dave Brandon should get behind that right now.
I have ever seen in my life. What the fuck was that?
They definitely started it too early. 21-10 is not a blowout, especially given how turnover-prone we'd been prior to this game.
With general admission is that everyone gets there and fills the lower part of the bowl early. This makes it look worse this year than years in the past.
I'm willing I bet students show up more now on a percentage than they have in past 'generations.'
In the early 90's when I was there, the student section were packed.
I was there in the early 90s as well .... Football back then was much better. Yep, I'm now old with that saying...but it's true.
I'm willing I bet students show up more now on a percentage than they have in past 'generations.'
You would be wrong. Watch an old Michigan game on BTN (or WolverineHistorian's YouTube channel, if any games are left) and you'll consistently see a full student section at kickoff. This business of the student section being 25-50% empty at kickoff is new.
The weekly edition of this complaint rules. Who cares .... The south end zone also had gaping holes in the seats (not as big as north). That's what happens when you play shitty competition. When we get to the beef, the seats will be full.
Funchess at WR looks like a win. Still confused by the defense.
"Funchess is listed as a tight end, but you played him as a wide receiver. Was that the plan?"
Why, oh why could he not respond with "no, that was Gardner's fault. He kept lining Funchess up in the wrong place."
that would have been stoopid
way to a stupid question. Why he couldn't is much more complicated.
A 29 point win is always solid.
Was Taylor Lewan playing tight end or right right tackle in Toussaint's last touchdown? What was this formation? Also Bryant pulls hard.
Question: We saw Lewan switch sides to run block to the right several times. Why couldn't we run the same play mirrored to the left? Wouldn't that hide the play much better? It's pretty obvious we're going to go behind Lewan if he switches sides.
My guess is the coaches want future opponents to see something on film that they will take advantage of later.
You can see how run toward the boundary gives you a decent man to man advantage. If they were to run devin on this with the rbs leading the way, it would do some damage.
If you ask the announcers, they will tell you that they aren't sure if Lewan even played LT.
Ugh I heard them say that. One of many cringe-worthy moments. I used to like Mike Patrick quite a bit.
But lewan cannot be a TE based on his number and not being eligible, he is still an OL in that the d does not need to respect him coming of the line. What they were doing was running an unbalanced line, brining a tackle from one side to the outside of the other tackle. They still have 5 OL in the game, it's just that the center isn't in the center. Also they have brought in magnusson to be.a 6th OL at times and run an unbalanced there as well.
This is what I thought too - that's the unbalanced line in the "I", and I think here they go with a back offset on the strongside with a single WR, as I recall. I could be wrong there though. It looked like a variation on something that I know Stanford does a fair amount, and Wisconsin has its own version, I think, which they call "The Barge".
Thought the offensive line played better. Devin was a little inaccurate at times, but I thought handled himself well. Defensive line needs a better push. When is Norfleet going to take one to the house
James Ross III
James Ross...He still has some room for improvement in coverage, but looks great against running teams like Minnesota.
Isn't this james ross? the LB
They did good and I'm a sympathizer, but it is a little awkward explaining to my friends visiting from out of town the logistics behind why the student section wasn't full when the rest of the stadium was.
Isn't there a huge line now for general admission? That might be 80% of the problem from Saturday.
Yes. I showed up to the stadium about 30 min early and spent a good 5-7 minutes waiting in line. I'd have to imagine the lines only got longer as the game got nearer.
South end zone also not full.
Those critcizing the student section yesterday have no idea what they're talking about. At kickoff, it was probably 70-75% full
Wait, you consider a section that is 25-30% empty at kickoff to be good? For a 3:30 game?
Anyone know wat the attendance was yesterday?
111k and change
The change was 079...compared to UTL II, the place seemed a bit unfilled.
I also sat across from the student section and It looked to me like it was almost completely full shortly after kickoff.
Yup. Student section was very fun to watch
Fer fuck sake!
Who gives a flying fuck whether or what time the students section fills up?!? So sick if hearing about it!
The Wow Experience requires that the stadium appear to be full at all times. Don't you know what kind of damage a little band of empty seats can do to the brand?
The students will come. They can't bear to be disconnected from the net.
of impact having Jake Ryan back on the field will make. Seems like it might be one of those moves where a couple guys slide over into their intended positions instead of playing out of their comfort zone.
Plus JAKE RYAN!!!
I'd guess that if the whole stadium was GA, and everyone got compressed down toward the field like the student section is, then the whole stadium would probably look similar to that at kickoff.
Also, I StubHub'd my tickets, as did most of the people sitting around me yesterday. That isn't available to the students, right? I'd bet if people weren't able to resell their tickets there would be many bigger holes in the attendance each week.
Maybe we should just lay off the students for a while?
Because of the GA policy, it looks worse than it is. Students compress towards the lower rows. Also, I'm not sure the GA policy incentivizes students to show up in time. Would you rather continue to tailgate a bit longer and not wait in line, then be 5-10 minutes past kickoff or would you rather go stand in line just to make the kickoff?
Purely speculation on my part, but that may be some of it.
This is unrelated but I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a video of the short Dhani Jones' "Lets get fired up" video they've played at the games recently. It makes me laugh everytime. Thanks
I like the o-line shake up. Glasgow had a good, if quiet, day at center and Bryant looked good pulling around and sealing guys. He had some issues targeting guys at points, the first play might have been a TD if he released and took the safety instead of blocking the LB the FB was already blocking. He also faded late, allowing guys to get under him and push him back at the end of the game. Overall a positive development though.
graded out on Brian's UFR. Considering he was going against a future NFL draft pick I thought he did really well.
Still a bit frustrated by teams getting big 3rd and longs against our defense. I really think the D should not have let MN go on the 1st QTR long time consuming drive. 2nd half was played better. Offense sputtered on a couple of drives. I thought the first half score should have been 21-3, and the final being 48-10 with some mop up opportunities for the backups. The positives are the stiffer 2nd half defense and I like the way the O line dominated the trenches during the 3rd quarter. If we can keep improving by the MSU game I think we will have a real chance to top MSU on the road and NU on the road, though both these games will tight. I think we will be psyched to play OSU at home and if they're ranked 2nd or 3rd in the country it will really be great to beat them in the big house!