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- with better performances in the red zone/goal line (Offense and Defense), thoughout the game/year
- with a better, less depleted and less exhausted (i.e. better depth and conditioning) defensive unit
- that scored last (momentum, tired defense again)
- with better/more consistent FG kicker (can make kicks, have more confidence in that kicker, giving more playcalling options in red zone)
home team (throwing into an end zone more familar; if they lose the coin toss, can choose end with more crowd noise)
|2 days 8 hours ago||Gotta say, I thought Finebaum||
Gotta say, I thought Finebaum was pretty spot on with his comments there:
"“I just don’t like what Urban said yesterday, when he acted like it was the media’s fault. ...Ezekiel Elliott was not under siege there. This wasn’t him walking out of the stadium; he was holding court,"
Urban talks "tough love", but certainly does have a history of enabling the better athletes on his squads.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I doubt Meyer would do||
I doubt Meyer will do much of anything. Of course he will try to spin it to their/his advantage, as he always does. And truth of it is, they probably will call more runs by Elliott this Saturday (and I predict various plays utilizing Braxton Miller more).
I recall in Urban Meyer's biography, written while he was at Florida, a couple of times he mentioned how when he was WR coach at ND, there was a game (I think they lost), where David Givens(?)- one of the best players on the team- was upset after the game because he hadn't touched the ball. Urban said that greatly influenced his offensive philosophy: get the ball in the hands of your best players, preferably in space.
The thing is, from what I saw (admittedly not the entire game, I missed most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters) Elliott had one good carry, and on the others didn't show much at all, hardly gaining anything, with very little drive. Whether it was his leg infection; MSU's scheme and performance; the weather or what, Elliott did not look as strong and explosive as he has in the past. Handoffs to him were not working. So it is not surprising there were fewer handoffs to Elliott than normal.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I don't think it is Urban so||
I don't think it is Urban so much wearing out his welcome- the fans and schools love the winning part- but the fact that his "turn it up to 11", "in your face", encyclopedia of motivational and pyschological tricks act is great for a couple of years, but probably wears on players after a while. The players also love to see the results on the field, but maybe it start to sound hollow, especially when the talk is revealed to be calculating and a little empty. It is the contradction of wanting to encourage and coddle superior talent, while trying to sound like a hard ass discliplinarian, eventually comes off as phoney.
No doubt- he is a brilliant coach, and there might be no better coach in the short-term of getting players to buy in, get results. But he always moves on to the next place willing to sell their soul to the devil. Bain Capital somehow comes to mind,
|3 days 6 hours ago||I would imagine Michigan will||
I would imagine Michigan will be changing up the depths of their safeties- making Barrett figure it out, and having to make throws to beat us.
The Safety high is presumably to clean up anything, screaming downhill.
I am less worried about the OSU perimeter game (don't know how accurate Barrett is with the WR screens and throws to the Flats), than I am concerened about getting gashed between the tackles on power or whatever (that's what I seem to recall from the 2006 and other OSU games), where the safeties come down too far (and the CBs are in press), and Elliott (or Barrett) breaks through for a long run for a TD .
|5 days 8 hours ago||Think maybe Harbaugh and Urbs||
Think maybe Harbaugh and Urbs are on the phone with Franklin tomorrow offering all the help he needs?
|5 days 11 hours ago||I just want these two teams||
I just want these two teams to beat the crap out of each other.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Bulleit Rye for the PSu||
Bulleit Rye for the PSu game.
Saving some Pappy Van Winkle for The Game.
|5 days 19 hours ago||While I prefer Bourbon||
While I prefer Bourbon itself, I generally find Rye (and most Canadian Whiskys) work better in mixed drinks.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Compared to Xavier, Michigan||
Compared to Xavier, Michigan didn't look like they were playing very hard. Loose balls, rebounds, driving to the basket, harassing defense, contesting shots- Michigan's effort was severly lacking.
XU looked like they had the intensity of tournament game; Michigan looked like they were playing a scrimmage.
"Wanted it more" is usually a lazy, non-sensical way of explaining a game, but for that "contest", it was the perfect description.
|1 week 7 hours ago||The stripes on the pants||
The stripes on the pants (blue-maize-blue) on the white pants helps, but the white jerseys on maize pants look much classier.
(Wondering how stripes on maize pants would look.)
|1 week 23 hours ago||Would give better clarity if||
Would give better clarity if we did it in mid-November.
Or the teams did it in December (1st or 2nd week), for all the teams that were not in their conference championship game, based on conference or division standings.
|1 week 3 days ago||"We were figuring out ways to||
"We were figuring out ways to jump offsides is probably the biggest thing in terms of theme.”
??? It looks like English, however....
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, but if they don't ask||
Yeah, but if they don't ask those "stupid questions", the reporters are not doing their job, at least as far as their bosses are concerned.
Despite what others on this board would have you believe, they aren't all stupid. Harbaugh is messing with them. Sometimes, it's funny, sometimes it's borderline adversarial. It's amusing to us, and things are on an upward trend, with no scandals or problems so far. But we shouldn't be surprised if some of them take the opportunity to pounce when opportunity arises.
|1 week 3 days ago||'bounce in our step". What||
'bounce in our step". What does that even really mean?
Because truth be told the defense played likeb it was banged up pretty leg-tired to me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah. Just as long as we||
Yeah. Just as long as we realize that if he was coaching for anybody else, we would probably be thinking, "He's kind of a dick, isn't he?"
|1 week 3 days ago||Rudock's RTG (however that is||
Rudock's RTG (however that is calculated) was at 301 at one point in the game, which is fantastic. (He finished at 190.8. Sudfeld was 122.9 for the game).
|1 week 3 days ago||4. The receivers are running||
4. The receivers are running better routes, and being more aggressive.
5. The pass protection- particularly RB blitz pickup- have improved.
6. After Utah, he has calmed down and does not panic, does not get rattled.
7. He is seeing the field better, using his eyes better, and going through progressions better.
8. Increased confidence from coaches, fellow players, and himself.
9. The game plan and play calls have changed because:
|1 week 3 days ago||Well it's generally good when||
Well it's generally good when people are happy and grateful and proud of where they are from, at least, as long as they are not too obnoxious about it.
|1 week 3 days ago||+ Michigan Stadium is just||
+ Michigan Stadium is just about the same age as he is!
|1 week 4 days ago||That is really cool. God||
That is really cool. God bless you and he both.
|1 week 4 days ago||statistical analyses?||
The sample size is unfortunately small for good comparisons, as most teams have only a couple of OT games a year at most. But I would like to see statistical analyses. One would predict (not sure in what order, or the interrelationships beween variable) but the record in OT might favor the team:
One aspect about college OT that surely affects things is the team that is on D at the end of the 1st OT is usually on D at the beginning of the 2nd OT period.
|1 week 4 days ago||Another way to cut back on||
Another way to cut back on overtimes is to give a nudge or an incentive to resolve the game in regulation.
e.g. No coin flip to begin OT (unless the game ended 0-0). The team that scored LAST, gets 2nd choice; the other team (that had the lead before they were tied), would get 1st choice.
A team rallying late, under current rules has a 50% chance of winning the coin toss. If they knew that merely tying to score would mean the other team would effectively win the toss, then going for 6 versus 3; or 2 verus 1- would become slightly more desirable.
|1 week 4 days ago||Start them farther back and||
Start them farther back and it will be more difficult to score, meaning more periods. If anything, start them at the 20. That means (barring defensive penalites), the offense cannot gain more than one first down.
I've thought that the score in overtime should be listed after a decimal 28.14 to 28.07, or something to put things in better perspective.
[For that matter, it seems to me OT wins and losses should be treated differently when speaking about conference tie-breakers, playoffs, and such]
|1 week 4 days ago||Punt and Kickoff teams yes.||
Punt and Kickoff teams yes. But FG and Extra Point kicks can be crucial in OT
|1 week 4 days ago||Maybe because I haven't lived||
Maybe because I haven't lived in Michigan for a long time- but I don't bear the animosity toward MSU that many seem to here. Have met only a few Sparties aborad, and they were actually sane and reasonably intelligent beings. None were obnoxious, even in their fandom.
Once Harbaugh has righted the ship, and/or Dantonio is gone, more than likely MSU will return to being only an occaisional pest. OSU, OTTOH, is the greater [athletic]* rival- on the field, and especially in recruiting- over a much larger area and period of time.
*while both might consider Michigan their athletic AND their institutional rival (and maybe we should throw Illinois in there too!), Michigan clearly considers Ohio State and MSU as their athletic rivals; while Northwestern as the closest thing to an institutional (or more accurately, their academic rival.
[Now if we were in the Pac12, then Cal and UCLA, maybe Stanford would certainly be our rivals. But then if worms had machine guns...]
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll bet his agent loved it||
Kind of wish he'd answered the question about the differences between coaching at the college and pro level.
Whoever was asking the question was obviously doing a "Harbaugh is in his Element" or "Home for Good" type piece.
Would feel a little better with more of a hint of if and when and why he might ever leave to go back to the NFL. I'll bet at least his agent loved him for the evasive answer.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Seeing as he admitted||
"Seeing as he admitted inquiring about the rule weeks ago, the Butt play was clearly deliberate. I love the attitude, but I'd prefer to stay focused on football and not tricks."
Hmmm. Maybe he was already told that it was questionable. Maybe that was the point. To put every future opponent on alert:
This Harbaugh guy is so crazy, his team might try anything. Or they might just give it to the FB and punch you in the mouth.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think that was the idea.||
I think that was the idea. It went well beyond defeating Rutgers. It was about stressing upcoming opponents so they won't know exactly what to expect, have to stay on their toes the entire time and prepare for anything, and simplify their defense to stay sound- which will make them much easier to attack.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's Not About You, Rutgers||
Obvious to me that Harbaugh's game plan was about the next three games, as much as it was about beating Rutgers.
He wanted to build up Rudock's and the team's confidence. Check.
All in the safe, cozy laboratory called Michigan Stadium (as opposed to the next couple of games on the road).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||three different ways...||
3) win out, MSU loses to Maryland[unlikely], or PSU [which is conceivable, though we wouldn't want to wait until after that game to know our fate for sure].
I seem to be one of the few here that hate MSU far less than I hate OSU [who are a greater nemesis over the long term]. But then, I haven't lived in Michigan in a couple decades.