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|3 days 9 hours ago||You mean the sideline||
You mean the sideline. The answer is, if the referees call it properly, it's a penalty for free kick out of bounds. If they do not, the return team gets the ball at the spot where the player ran out of bounds (à la BYU last week -- not that I'm saying the BYU player was attempting that).
There was an NFL team that was trying this a few years ago, right up to the point where an official blew the call and gave them possession inside their 10. I haven't seen it attempted since.
(In the NFL, it's actually even a little more generous -- you're not inbounds until you've established two feet in the field of play. So, if you can touch the ball via one giant stride from the sideline, before your second foot hit the turf, the correct call is free kick out of bounds).
|3 days 10 hours ago||This||
It wasn't a fair catch signal. I have no idea what the officials might have thought that they saw, but unless Peppers's head is at about waist level, it was a bad call.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Gah!||
Gah! Don't you even know dignity when you see it?
|5 days 6 hours ago||Ah, good point||
Obviously, lots of teams perform to the level of Michigan's defense against "nobodies."
Here are all of the games so far this year where a team has held their opponent to less than 125 yards:
As of this posting, there's an Auburn / Louisville game on the list with zero plays, so we can safely throw that out. There are 15 others. Here are the teams that have done it twice:
Boston College (vs. Howard and Maine), Pittsburgh (at Akron and at Virginia Tech), and Michigan. 7 of the 9 others are against I-AA schools, and then there's San Diego St. vs. Fresno St. and Alabama vs. ULM.
Regardless of how you feel about Maryland, the best two performances on this list are Pitt (bet you know who coaches them) and Michigan.
Of course, we all know that counting stats can be misleading. Here's less than 2.5 yards per play:
We get almost all of the original list, plus a few more -- Boise State over Hawaii and Minnesota vs Kent State are the only two that involve two I-A teams. So, that pretty much reinforces the first list.
Of course, the true bread-and-butter of defense is preventing points from being scored. Here's all of the shutouts so far this season, sorted by school:
Teams that have shut out two I-A opponents: Wisconsin (Hawaii & Miami NTM) and Michigan. Northwestern (Minnesota & Eastern Illinois), Boise State (Hawaii & Idaho State) and Appalachian State (@ Old Dominion and Howard) have shut out one I-A and one I-AA opponent. (Also: Hawaii has been shut out three times. They are, however, undefeated in games in which they score).
Finally, one last comparison without a link:
Utah: 393.5 yards total offense / 337 yards against Michigan / 412.3 vs all others / -75.3 difference
Oregon St: 338.3 / 138 / 405 / -267
UNLV: 378.4 / 235 / 414.3 / -179.3
BYU: 388.2 / 105 / 459 / -354
Maryland: 332.4 / 105 / 389.3 / -284.3
So, Michigan opponents are averaging about 232 fewer yards when they play Michigan than when they play anyone else.
Maybe -- just maybe -- there is a qualitative difference between this year's Michigan team and those of past years.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Well...||
The OP stated that he wanted to fly home after the game if possible. Some people would rather spend Sunday back at home rather than on a plane. Obviously, the chances of making a Saturday night flight are much better for a 12 PM kick than a 3:30 or 8 PM kick.
|5 days 19 hours ago||No||
Good God, No. Just, no. Everything about this is wrong.
1 - Rutgers defeating Staee is always a good thing. Just because.
2 - The "Overrated" chant is [B]awful[/B]. You are denigrating your own team when you tell the opposition they were overrated. "Ha, ha, you guys aren't that good. Even our lousy team can beat you!" There have got to be 100 better things to say. Hell, even "Little Sister" would be a better chant than this (and that's a terrible chant too).
Just off of the top of my head, here are a few. I'm sure there are other wordsmiths out there who can do better. But, [I]please[/I], no "Overrated."
|5 days 19 hours ago||Colley||
The Colley Matrix (former BCS component, ignores MOV, changed his poll in-season after the Horror):
This week: Your #1 Northwestern Wildcats at #19 Michigan.
(Methinks it's a wee bit early for unbiased computer rankings, particularly those which refuse to consider all of the avialable information).
|6 days 7 hours ago||Golly, and here I thought he||
Golly, and here I thought he was a paragon of class and restraint.
I still can't understand how any parent would allow their child to spend four years with that man.
|6 days 7 hours ago||This||
This is correct. Earlier suggestions that it could be announced next *Monday* are mistaken. The options are 12 days or 6 days.
Primetime games are set before the season starts. The options are noon and 3:30. The schedule is uninspiring:
I'd expect 3:30, given that the only other TBD game is Minnesota / Nebraska.
|6 days 8 hours ago||105 yards, again||
College Football Reference has a Play Index that includes all regular season games since 2000 and all bowl games since 2002.
Unsurprisingly, the 2007 Notre Dame game is the best defensive performance in modern Michigan history. These last two games may be the next-best... [I]regardless[/I] of the quality of opponent. Directional Michigan, Delaware State... nobody's been shut down like BYU and Maryland.
<= 120 yards
<= 2.5 yards per play
I haven't been able to find box scores for the 1997 season, but I wonder the last time Michigan held consecutive opponents to < 120 yards and/or < 2.5 yards per play. It's clearly been a while...
|6 days 8 hours ago||TD||
The play was right in front of me. Everyone around me agreed that Michigan dodged a bullet*. The receiver appeared to have half a step on the DB, and I'm not sure the safety had an angle.
* Note: only as related to the shutout, of course. :-)
|6 days 8 hours ago||I thought this was hyperbole.||
I thought this was hyperbole. It isn't. Likely had 91 yards on four kickoff returns and 23 yards on three punt returns.
Those aren't great numbers, especially by his standards... but they're more than their offense accumulated. That's... incredible.
|6 days 9 hours ago||This year vs. previous years||
I thought this game would be a yardstick for Michigan. A week of reading their press clippings; an opponent that had just been eviscerated; heck -- Maryland even had the dreaded players-only meeting. Michigan went on the road and put together a workmanlike effort in dismantling an overmatched team. Under the last couple of coaching regimes, I don't believe that would have happened. Coach Harbaugh has this team focused on the task at hand and improving week to week.
|1 week 1 day ago||Harbaugh||
If Michigan is lacking in intensity against Michigan State, I will be stunned. You know how Sparty loves to chirp. I'm sure Coach Harbaugh has heard from NFL Sparty over and over again the last few years. I'm equally sure that he will pass his displeasure allong to the team. Any player that somehow isn't fired up for MSU isn't likely to be traveling to Minnesota.
Now, that's no guarantee of success, but I don't fear this Michigan team, with this coaching staff, overlooking Staee's emotional state when they play in Ann Arbor. If anything, I expect plays specifically designed to exploit it -- misdirection, counters to plays they've already put on tape, etc. MSU may win, but they'll have to earn it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Holy Roller||
It's not listed as a change on the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Roller_(American_football)
Still, the remedy would be simple -- all forward fumbles recovered by the offense could be returned to the spot of the fumble, just like the NFL fourth down and late-game rule. Then there'd be no advantage to a deliberate fumble. A turnover near the goal line is such a huge play in the game, particularly when it results in a touchback and gives the opposition 20 yards [I]plus[/I] the ball.
|1 week 1 day ago||14-0 Michigan||
|1 week 1 day ago||First down, West Virginia||
That's the worst rule in football. If the ball goes out at the 1, it's Maryland's ball, but if it hits the pylon, it's West Virginia's. It makes no sense whatsoever. Make the defense make a play -- if the ball goes out of the end zone without the defense gaining possession, return it to the offense at the spot of the fumble (or at the 1-yard line, if you insist upon allowing forward fumbles).
|1 week 2 days ago||Expectations||
I've been trying to curtail my expectations. Keep in mind that even Charles Woodson didn't get on the field for offense until his junior year, and even then he didn't play many snaps. We just tend to remember the ones where he did play. :-)
Let Peppers continue to learn the defense before he starts using his practice time to learn the offense. If he ever does get into a game on offense, it's not likely to be a surprise for the opponent, given the amount of offseason chatter there was. Heck, it's possible that the whole point of all of that offseason talk was to get opponents to prepare for #5, "just in case." Every minute another team spends preparing for something that's not going to happen in the game is an advantage for Michigan.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't remember watching the||
I don't remember watching the Holiday Bowl in '84 -- and I would have been too young to make a critical analysis -- but when they played the highlight of the game-winning touchdown during the ABC broadcast, all I could think was "where's the holding flag?" I guess missing holding calls is just another college football tradition..
|1 week 4 days ago||The two best teams in the||
The two best teams in the country that year were OSU and Michigan. Sure, the Rose Bowl was a disappointment, but you're discounting the value of emotion in college football. I'm not saying that Michigan would have beaten Florida (although they certainly did the next year), but I attribute the Rose Bowl performance to the fact that nobody in the program wanted to be in Pasadena.
|1 week 5 days ago||...||
I don't have a link, but those two statements are not mutually exclusive. Michigan could be a favorite to win each game while still being predicted to lose several in aggregate. E.g., if you're a 75% favorite to win each of 4 games, your projected record is 3-1 -- on average, you'd win 75% of the four games.
|1 week 6 days ago||Football maybe..||
Final Four Muppets were pretty damned legit.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||FYI: BTN is a FOX/Big Ten||
FYI: BTN is a FOX/Big Ten partnership.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Because sometimes good||
Because sometimes good sportsmanship includes knowing when to tip your king. The only thing that timeout accomplished was putting 22 young men at risk of injury one additional time. Play the game out, but don't call timeout to extend it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Because Harbaugh was playing||
Because Harbaugh was playing to win, not playing for stats. Taking the penalty would give them another play, on which they might have scored.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Darboh must have offended the||
Darboh must have offended the Pass Interference Visibility Gods. He seems to be the repeated victim of egregious no-calls.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Especially given that the||
Especially given that the last number looks suspiciously like a credit card number and is probably linked to the guy's faculty purchasing account. Although, given that I doubt Heiko scanned it personally, that ship had probably already sailed...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
For years, Troy Polamalu played the deep safety position in the victory formation for the Steelers. I don't recall ever seeing him make a tackle, but if there'd been a turnover, he might have been able to prevent disaster.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||:-) Fair enough. But I know||
:-) Fair enough. But I know that I've seen pre-game band performances before. Even if not everyone is involved, I'd still like more MMB and less rock. :) Pre-game quiet would bother me less than the rock also.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||$50 at the golf course. I||
$50 at the golf course. I didn't see the price for Pioneer.