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|23 min 12 sec ago||About This...||
As a note to the OP, it's probably better if you create the thread as the news is released only because changing the title will not change the timestamp on the thread necessarily - that's the thing which would need to change for this to remain near the top. We can do that for you, but it would take one of us remembering this thread was buried somewhere within the first few pages, of course.
|59 min 1 sec ago||"Best"...||
I was thinking about this a bit too - definitions of "best ever" are going to be wide and varied. If we were going to base it on sheer production and that's all, it's going to be hard for Funchess to catch Edwards perhaps, but I think if we think about it based on pro potential perhaps, I think Funchess has the potential to be right up there anyway. Again, it's a subjective thing to say, but I certainly don't mind a QB having that level of confidence in a WR. It's nice to see really.
|1 hour 21 min ago||Serious Equipment....||
It might take some serious equipment....
|5 hours 29 min ago||Regarding That...||
Damefan was rightfully chased away from here (at least for the time being) some time ago, but he does maintain a blog in which the last post was dated some four days ago. If nothing else, his skills of center justification and semmingly inappropriate emphasis on various words in the middle of sentences are greatly improved from last year.
|6 hours 33 min ago||Good Point...||
You're right, of course, and it was admittedly a bit lazy of me not to break it out, particularly when we're talking about the Air Raid in the case of WSU. I keep forgetting, for example, that some Big Ten offenses traditionally sit in the middle of overall YPP because, with noted exceptions like Wisconsin, some tend to be more or less balanced (with a slight lean towards the run, in several cases, as I recall) .
Actually, 80% passing (56 out of 70) was a smidge higher than their typical ratio from last season too (which was closer to 75/25, which is pretty standard for Leach-style offense, I think)
|7 hours 23 min ago||Very Cool...||
I rememeber that you had posted about the plans for this weekend bout a week, perhaps 10 days ago, and I am glad to see it turned out to be as awesome as it sounded for you. If I am judging the panoramic shot correctly, we might have not been that far apart in terms of where we sat, but there aren't many bad views in that place, eh?
|7 hours 35 min ago||To Add A Little...||
To extend that thought a bit, if the lemon is eaten, then MGoBlog maintains its reputation as a site which tends to keep its arrangements, if you will, and that only makes us look better as a group. Even if it means getting a week's worth of Vitamin C in one sitting, if we show others that we are not to be trifled with and we will eat lemons, I think we gain respect.
|16 hours 10 min ago||Noticed That As Well...||
I had the same thought as LongLiveBo actually - Blake's was a remarkably similar hit to Woodson in the Baylor game in 1997. It is still just one gme, of course, but I've just been enjoying the notion of being rather deep in the secondary and getting deeper with each class. As for Countess, he is hopefully setting up to have a rather nice year out there.
|16 hours 51 min ago||Posted Previously...||
Awesome Charles Woodson Nissan Heisman House commercials (new)
These made it to the board a few days back. I know it is a pain, but remember to open new tabs when searching the first few pages of threads - generally, something like this will make it to the board rather quickly.
|17 hours 59 min ago||Watching Now...||
SMU's QB should have just shouted "500 dead or alive!" on that pass which ended up being intercepted. Awful throw.
It's been reasonably efficient as usual for Baylor - those 31 points are only spread across 205 total yards, but when SMU is begging you to have the ball with excellent field position, it's easy enough to achieve that.
|18 hours 26 min ago||Note To The Board....||
As a general note to the board, DrWolverine19 cannot hear you under that screenname anymore. His license to practice MGoBlogging was taken away due to gross etiquette negligence and blog malpractice. Seriously, when you respond to a warning about concern trolling with concern trolling, it's pretty clear someone is simply too bothered by the stick up their...you know...to even read what you said.
|18 hours 46 min ago||Even Better...||
Even better than this, despite the loss, Washington State outgained Rutgers in that game overall 538 yards to 496 yards. What it means for Rutgers defense on a yards per paly basis, across WSU's 70 snaps, is that they still were averaging 7.69 yards per play allowed. That's still pretty subpar and comfortably somewhere in the bottom two quartiles of overall defense most days.
|20 hours 16 min ago||Concern Trolling...||
In the spirit of fair-mindedness, I have to ask as I have a role in making sure these things are mitigated around here - is your entire repertoire simply concern trolling or would you perhaps be willing to provide constructive insight now and again? If the former, do let me know and I will simply show you the door right now. Friendly warning, if you will.
|22 hours 20 min ago||Seeing Him Again....||
Well, there are several TBD times still on the schedule, of course, but the chances of seeing Galloway again among what is known are probably not great. I very much doubt his team gets the Penn State game, and the Miami (OH) and Indiana games are 3:30 PM kicks which, even if they end up on ESPN or ESPN2, still stand less than a 20% chance since I think 6 or 7 different teams from ESPN rotate through those games.
|23 hours 31 min ago||TeamRankings...||
Team Rankings' model is a bit more aggressive when it comes to the point differential as they give Michigan a 23.6% win probability (based on 2013 statistics, mind you) and a likely score based on simulations of 30-20.
The link to the comparative stats that they use, also 2013 stats, is here - LINK.
|23 hours 52 min ago||A Bit Selective...||
Is the kicking game an area of concern?
I know that I said that we can keep threads that address specific points, but I don't know that there is nearly enough data on the kicking game yet, and I don't know that this is going to add a lot more than what was already discussed in threads.
|23 hours 59 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
For old time's sake, as he's a favorite of mine from the Beilein era to date...
|1 day 4 min ago||Not Too Impressive...||
The defensive performance of Oregon was "meh" - 370 yards against a team that probably would be completely stifled by other defenses. Actually, the Coyotes ran a few more plays than the Ducks did, so even the tempo of Oregon can be overcome if you can manage over 70 offensive snaps per game (South Dakota ran 73 snaps). It turns out to be an average of 5.06 yards allowed by Oregon.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Regarding Conclusion #1...||
First and foremost, well done OP!
With regards to the first portion of the conclusion, I would like to say that I also noticed this. I believe Hecklinski has said numerous times that they actually run the WR corps through some of the same blocking drills as the OL to instill some of the principles in them as well, and now it seems to be paying off with the switch in scheme (or perhaps it is the dedication to an organized philosophy that brings out this skill in these guys). I was impressed either way.
|1 day 3 hours ago||At OP's Request...||
Funchess for Heisman 2014
Somewhere in mid-thread, the OP requested its removal, and if I might inject my own opinion, we might want to hold back just a little bit on this sort of talk at the moment. The season is young yet, and while I also see Funchess as in a good position to have a nice year, we do a nice little test coming up next week.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Nice Article...||
"Michigan showed spread formations, I-formations and double-tight end looks. But at the end of the day, everything was based on simply taking what was there -- rather than forcing something that wasn't."
This might have been the most visible difference, and it was nice to see. You saw checks into other plays, decisions being made right in the formation, things that were virtually absent last year. Most importantly, that run check mentioned in the article came on one of the many plays where Gardner did indeed "MIKE before the hike", and it worked out quite nicely. I really do like Nussmeier's presence on the sideline - trying to study his players and see how they are doing in realtime and coaching them on the spot. It seems to make a huge difference with this offense.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Context And Usage...||
There's not enough yet to seriously comment right now, of course, but it does get tracked behind the scenes for later discussion. "Excited fuck", "Angry fuck", and a few other major categories are now part of the analysis, and functional usage was added late last season - it was more or less a three-way race between adjective, interjection and adverb. It saw a lot of use as an infix in the Penn State game, especially as overtime wore on.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Not In Earnest...||
Definitely not in earnest, I would say. There was only one reference to firing someone, but it came around the time of the Gardner sack if I remember the time stamp correctly and was part of string of joking (well, semi-joking) statements. That being said, the staff is indeed off the hook for yesterday, if the mood chart (which I didn't publish this week) is accurate.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Well...||
Well, I would hardly say "sweet" in reply to anyone's injury (hopefully, that's not what you meant), and I do wish Collinsworth a speedy recovery. What it does do, of course, is deplete a very depleted defense, and that makes our game next week seem that much less stressful somehow.
As for the academic fraud investigation, a few articles out there in the Chicago media mainly are making it seem as if we won't get a meaningful update on this until sometime in the middle of this coming week. There is supposed to be some sort of meeting about it between Swarbrick and Kelly and other parties then.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Among The Quotes...||
The Detroit News quoted him regarding this:
“Look at that schedule, if they can win in South Bend, they’re (7-0) before they go to East Lansing, an area they’ve been three or four of the last five years,” ESPN analyst Kirk Hebrstreit said this morning. “This team has a great chance with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, he’ll be able to get them to establish the inside run game, they’ll be able to throw the ball easier throws for Devin Gardner."
It's the high end of the the popular 9-3 pick around here, but going 10-1 into The Game? I don't think anyone here would complain about it.
|1 day 16 hours ago||On The LSU Sideline...||
I imagine the conversations among coordinators and assistants (particularly with Chavis) sound like this about now...
|1 day 16 hours ago||Just Off Camera...||
It was just off camera, but the wall actually held the pocket long enough for a stray brick to get a screen pass off for the first down. Masonry is driving and currently at the EMU 34-yard line.
I had to chuckle at the Chaplin-esque music that ESPN chose just because it seemed to fit the moment in all of its stark lack of glory.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Wisconsin Offense...||
Statistically, at least to this point, it is exactly what you would think it is - about ten minutes into the game, 104 yards of offense, 98 of which are rushing yards. On a mere six attempts, that's a shade north of 12 yards per rush.
...and as I am typing that, Wsiconsin forgets about a guy who promptly takes a nice little pass rather a long way. In fact, to the end zone.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Extra Official....||
I believe the Big XII was the first to do it, and the Big Ten and ACC have since followed suit. It is definitely a conferce-to-conference thing, from what I remember. The NCAA did give the go-ahead to conferences to do this if they wanted. I think the concern was missing things on backside runs, holding calls, possible chops and a few other things.
|1 day 18 hours ago||OK, I Admit It....||
As I tend to be on-guard on gameday in the mod role, I was half-prepared with something like the "Clown Question" meme, but I opened this and laughed. Well-played, sir.
Also, to the person who said "Bellomy" because his stats are, as of this moment, unblemished, good call.