Thomas Rawls Destroys Purdue

Thomas Rawls Destroys Purdue

Submitted by Decatur Jack on September 6th, 2014 at 6:17 PM

For the second straight week, Rawls racked up over 100 yards for CMU, this time against Big Ten cellar dweller Purdue. He had 31 carries for 155 yards and 2 TDs.

Some Purdue fans remember this guy from his Michigan days, others were wondering where the F*** CMU got this guy. Via Hammer and Rails Game Thread:

This Rawls kid is Big Ten quality and he's killing us.
He's a grad transfer from Michigan
Sooo, you’re right.
Yeah, I know. He's one of the lucky few who gets to beat up on us for two different teams.
Put everyone on Rawls
And you might stop them. Then again…
#5 is running the other way when he sees Rawls coming
Rawls up the middle, first down - calling it

"This Rawls kid"; epic.

Also a game recap from WXYZ Detroit mentions Rawls.

Happy to see the kid do well. Go Blue!!

Why do they let Lou Holtz on t.v.

Why do they let Lou Holtz on t.v.

Submitted by Ryno2317 on September 6th, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Espn showed a clip of Holtz at a Notre Dame rally yesterday. In that clip, Holtz said students go to Michigan when they can't get into Notre Dame. Why does Espn think it's appropriate to have this tool on the air? In addition to being totally untrue as UM is a better school, Holtz just comes off as a total jerk.

We are the Wolverines (We didn't start the Fire)

We are the Wolverines (We didn't start the Fire)

Submitted by 247Hinsdale on September 6th, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Ask and ye shall receive.  This takes a more historical view than Texagander's.  I will be interested to see what other people come up with.


We are the Wolverines

Yost’s point a minute, first Rose Bowl just win it

Harry Kipke, winged helmets, Bennie Oosterbaan

Little brown jug, Benny Friedman, Fritz Crisler’s Mad Magicians

Bob Chappuis, Gerald Ford, Heisman Tom Harmon


Eliot, Crazy legs, snow bowl, those who stay

AC, Johnny Wangler, Indiana Corso strangler

Butch Woolfolk, ten year war, White’s phantom rose bowl score

Beat the bucks, 14-4, Clemson player danger



We are the wolverines

The leaders and the  best

And champions of the west

We are the wolverines

From Hoke to Yost

We have won the most


Jamie Morris, Mark Messner, Rob Lytle, Braylon Edwards

Vada Murray, Elvis Grbac, Tyrone Wheatley

Sam Sword, Marcus Ray, Jarrett Irons, Aaron Shea

Biakabatuka, Lamarr Woodley


Desmond’s touchdown dive, Heisman trophy comes alive

Golden boy cannot rally, 24-14 final tally

Glenn Steele, Mike Gillette, Ty Law, Rob Swett

Leroy Hoard, Mike Debord, Branch plants Morelli


We are the wolverines

The leaders and the  best

And champions of the west

We are the wolverines

From Hoke to Yost

We have won the most


Jon Runyan, Ian Gold, artificial turf is sold

Greg Skrepanak, Forcier’s comeback

Brady, Grady, Cato June, Schembechler  gone too soon

Denard’s got his shoes untied, Roundtree quiets the Irish side


97 gets its own verse, Woodson's Heisman is a first

Into thin Air, Title Share, Best of all, I was there

Ohio State sure was great, beating the team we love to hate

Michigan is number one, roses in the winter sun


We are the wolverines

The leaders and the  best

And champions of the west

We are the wolverines

From Hoke to Yost

We have won the most



From the Student Section

From the Student Section

Submitted by SaddestTailgateEver on September 6th, 2014 at 3:26 PM

[Note: Sorry for the week delay on this, reaching 100 points takes some time apparently…]

I’ll be trying to provide these write-ups as often as I can for home games. If you are familiar with the recent changes in student season ticket seating, skip to the next paragraph. For those who missed all the drama last season (and who could blame you), the athletic department decided inexplicably that none of the following contributed to the inability of students to show up to games on time:

  • Crappy scheduling,
  • Crappy timing,
  • Poor performance,
  • Rising prices,
  • Things being expensive in the stadium and thus eating before arriving, and
  • An athletic department that just seems to not give even a Norfleet-sized care about the student experience.

Instead they figured that students were not sufficiently motivated and that they wanted better cell service in the stadium. They thus switched to general admission, which I took as a semester long course in game theory. Things went about as expected with the stadium empty at kickoff against Akron and there being a footrace where it’s a small miracle no one was injured for UTLII. Enter Michael Proppe and the student government who turned a year of haranguing the misguided policy of the athletic department into a seating policy change that actually makes sense. 

Did it work?


Well I’d say so (disclaimer on the opener), but I’m biased just slightly by my location.

It is worth noting (per the play-by-play offered by @mikeproppe) that at MSU’s opener, their student section looked significantly emptier at kick off. This is likely both that it was in fact emptier, and that with equal attendance percentages (<100%) GA will always look emptier.


With the new seating policy here is a list of things that I did not do for the opener:

  • Wake up at 7am for a middling opponent.
  • Wake up more than 12 hours before kickoff (Ok that was for the ND game but still).
  • Get sunburned before kickoff.
  • Roast hotdogs over a makeshift grill made of a can of sterno.
  • Light said grill on fire.
  • Have to donate my tailgating supplies to actual tailgaters.
  • Be uncharacteristically tired by halftime.
  • Spend 15 minutes furiously arguing with fellow fans about their behavior during a veritable stampede (Again the ND game)
  • End up sitting in the wrong section without recourse because queues are hard, man.
  • End up next to an obnoxious opposing fan, just because she was willing to show up early (seriously whoever you were from Nebraska, the Ohio guy was more tolerable. Significantly)

And the list of things I did do for the opener:

  • Go to a pre-game brunch
  • Watch about half of the PSU/UCF game before trekking over to the stadium
  • Show up in time for warm-ups
  • Enjoy game, being loud and energized
  • Leave game with enough energy (and soul) left to want to watch all of the interesting matchups still on TV

During the Game

The student section seemed much more in order throughout the game. People seemed more cordial with each other (probably a combination of not having our souls sucked out of us through a straw, and the fact that we weren’t competing with each other for seats). People seemed louder and more engaged. And the wave was executed significantly better (it wasn’t the slowed, split wave from a few years back but hey, progress). Hell, some students near me even lifted the one App State fan for ASU's second touchdown because he was pretty drunk and they felt bad.

I won’t go too in-depth on my take on on-the-field analysis, as it seems that that has been handled pretty thoroughly, but my one hot take comes from the ASU drive early on where they faced a 3rd and 25. I could feel the anticipation welling up. The sense beaten into me by the last 6 years that this was the moment we’d get gashed. They’d find the seam, get a guy wide open 30 yards out and it’d be off to the races. Instead we shut it down handily. I was floored. Even against an overmatched, undersized opponent I had gotten used to the secondary getting torched like that, time and time again. So maybe this year has something different in store. We’ll find out tonight.

Yes, Yes, but about the cell service

While I wasn’t actively paying attention to the cell coverage/wifi. I will say it is significantly better. Was it the deciding missing piece in the fan experience? Absolutely not. It did help with the following game related activities: 

  • Checking in on H.A.I.L.: I could do it, progress made.
  • Getting “WE SAW YOU ON TV #rowA” texts: phone lit up like a Christmas tree a few times. Not complaining
  • Checking other scores during TV timeouts…well actually the new score board design is much improved and the ticker of the scores was a nice touch, so that wasn’t actually that important.
  • Coordinating post-game meet-up plans with out of town relatives: Possible.

Deal maker/breaker? No. But it was just that a nice touch that, assuming we address the actual problems, will eventually help improve the fan experience.

So is it better?

Honestly, it’s hard to say. I appreciate the superfan/seniority based seating. I appreciate it a lot. But in the long list of ways the AD is finding to make things more difficult and less enjoyable for fans (especially student fans), I’m just not sure how big of an impact this change will have. With the schedule still being what it is, and prices still being what they are, and games taking more and more time. I just don’t know. I’ll be curious to see how this holds up when the semester gets going, people need to be studying more, the weather gets colder, etc. The one thing I want to seriously point out though, is that the student section is approximately 60% of what it is last year. While I fully expect things to bounce back with a better schedule next year, that type of drop-off, regardless of schedule, is inexcusable. Yes non-students pay more for their tickets, yes they make up 75% of the attendees, yes they’ve been doing this a lot longer, etc. But the fan experience is significantly improved by having a loud and energetic and engaged student section (and a large one at that). It seems like we have a seating policy that motivates students to show up on time. Now let’s work on pricing and scheduling that get them to show up at all.


Notre Dame's Last Dance

Notre Dame's Last Dance

Submitted by Baldbill on September 6th, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I got the Tom Petty tune "Mary Jane's Last Dance" stuck in my head yesterday. I like it but then I started thinking about the game and felt a "wierd Al" moment.

So I rewrote all the lyrics to the song. I had to finish it...feel better now that it is out, I hope some enjoy.


They grew up in a Michigan town,

Had a hard workin’ coach who was touchin’ the ground

But they grew up tall and grew up right

Whippin them Notre Dame boys under the A squared lights.


Well, taught ‘em how to play in 1887

The liked to play the game, thought it was heaven.

We played a few games and kept on winn’in.

Yost said, “We had some fun, but we want to keep on grin’in

Keep on grin’in.”


Last dance with Notre Dame, one more time to inflict the pain.

I feel autumn blowin’in and I’m all ready for Washington.


Brady’s not happy, gonna pick that bone

You always play press, never that zone

I’m tired of bendy defense, tired of big losses,

Put the game on the backs of our hosses.


Oh, my, my. Oh, hell, yes.

Boys, put on those winged helmets.

Buy me a drink, sing the fight song.

Take ‘em as they come, ‘cause they won’t stay long.


Last dance with Notre Dame, one more time to inflict the pain.

I feel autumn blowin’in and I’m all ready for Washington.


Wolverines down on Moose Krause Square.

Fighting Irish are waiting there.

Lookin’ down from their doom room.

Nightfall will be comin’ soon.


Oh, my, my. Oh, hell, yes.

Boys, put on those winged helmets.

It was a long time ago when we didn’t play them.

We dialed up the PAC-12 and hauled in a gem.


Last dance with Notre Dame, one more time to inflict the pain.

I feel autumn blowin’in and I’m all ready for Washington.

Game Day Weather

Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on September 6th, 2014 at 9:38 AM
Sorry I didn't get this up last night - had a few storms roll through and lost power! Thanks to a cold front passing to the southeast, and high pressure building into the Great Lakes region, we'll have comfortable weather and just a few clouds staying with us through the game. Travel weather looks good both today and tomorrow as well.

If you're traveling to South Bend...


There were a couple light showers early on this morning but the main rain is south, with cloud cover decreasing from northwest to southeast over Illinois- it won't be long before it reaches Indiana too. There are a few sprinkles still popping up on the map mid-morning, most of them south of US-30. Starting the day overcast, but more and more of the clouds will break up throughout the day. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s until closer to lunchtime, when we finally break the 70 degree mark. Overall high of 73 degrees, with a north-northwest wind around 8-10mph until early afternoon, when it jumps up to 15mph (this is a little breeze-you'll see leaves and loose paper blow about). It should feel like a great fall tailgate!


68 degrees for the start of the game. Not a whole lot of cloud cover, which will let temps fall at a decent rate throughout the evening. Winds out of the north-northwest at about 8mph (it'll rustle the leaves).


You may want the sweatshirt by halftime! Down to 62 degrees with just a few clouds lingering. Winds are very light, just enough to feel it on your skin, at about 3-5mph out of the north.


Clear skies and calm winds leaving the stadium to celebrate! It will be chilly, temps down to 60 degrees and falling to the mid 50s if you plan on being out late. If you're headed home Sunday, you'll need the sunglasses -  sunny skies, light wind, and afternoon highs in the mid 70s (up from the low 60s in the morning).


If you're staying home...
Very similar weather, but it'll take a tad longer to get the clear skies. We'll reach the low 70s in A2 with a northwest wind at 10mph before it calms down closer to dinner. 65 degrees at kickoff, dropping to 55 by the end of the game. With clearing skies, if you're out late we'll drop to 50 by the last ride home. Quiet conditions continue into Sunday, with highs in the mid 70s and plenty of sunshine. Let's finish this out with a win!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for ABC in Flint, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!

Four Plays - Michigan @ Notre Dame - 2014

Four Plays - Michigan @ Notre Dame - 2014

Submitted by EGD on September 6th, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Four Plays – Michigan @ ND 2014

This series examines the probable individual matchups Michigan expects to face against particular opponents on one each of Michigan’s basic running and passing plays, as well as defensively against a couple of the opponent’s base plays.  I did four of these last season, and would have done more, but after games like Penn State and MSU I eventually just became too demoralized to keep going.  Not only that, but Borges would install new concepts every other week and I couldn’t keep up. 

A new season is upon us, however, so it’s a nice day to start again.  For the first 2014 edition of the series, let’s take a look at Michigan’s visit to South Bend in the (sniff) final matchup of this iconic series.

When Michigan has the ball…

1.     Inside Zone Left

The Appalachian State UFR showed that RT Ben Braden struggled with his run blocking technique and RGs Joey Burzynski and Kyle Kalis were inconsistent.  Michigan should get some help on the right side of the line with Graham Glasgow returning, but the best bet for running the ball may be to go left behind Mason Cole and Erik Magnuson.  Shown here from a “Shotgun Deep” formation, this inside zone play is designed to attack the “3-hole” between offensive guard and tackle, but the back must read the blocks and may attack a different hole if a defender gets caught out of his gap or too far upfield.  As for Notre Dame, Bob Diaco and his cats & dogs are out; former NY Jets defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder is in.  He supposedly runs an aggressive 4-3, mixing under and over fronts and using lots of pressure.  


LT Mason Cole: Covered; block SDE Romeo Okwara, who is covering him

LG Erik Magnuson: Uncovered; release to second-level and block WLB Jaylon Smith

C Jack Miller: Covered; reach block NT Jarron Jones, who is covering him

RG Graham Glasgow: Uncovered; chip DT Sheldon Day, then release to block MLB Joe Schmidt

RT Ben Braden: Covered; block DT Sheldon Day

UTE Khalid Hill: Covered; block WDE Ishaq Williams (haha) Isaac Rochelle, who is covering him

RB – Derrick Green: Receive handoff and aim for 3-hole between LT and LG; read blocks, make a single cut and head downfield

Advantage: ND

Though Cole, Magnuson, and Miller graded out well against Appalachian State, this play calls for Cole, a true freshman, to single-block ND’s upper-classman DE and for Magnuson to hunt down Jaylon Smith—one of the best young linebackers in the country.  On the backside, expect Braden to struggle with Sheldon Day, even with help from Glasgow.   


2.     Four Verticals

Cover 3 gets its name from the three defenders (i.e., both CBs and the FS) who play deep 1/3 zones over top of four underneath defenders.  Four Verticals is designed to attack Cover 3 by forcing those three deep defenders to cover four receivers.  The outside WRs occupy the two cornerbacks, leaving just the FS to deal with the two inside receivers (the Y and the U, as depicted above).  In more advanced versions of the play, one or more of the receivers will run option routes, adjusting their patterns after the snap to exploit the holes in the defensive scheme or coverage techniques.  Here, the U receiver will run a fly route—but in the event both safeties drop deep (e.g., in a disguised Cover 2 scheme), he will covert to a post route and attack the open middle of the field.


XWR Amara Darboh: Run fly (9) route vs. BCB KaiVare Russell (doof) Cody Riggs

YWR Dennis Norfleet: Run option fly (9) route vs. FS Max Redfield

LT Mason Cole: Pass protect vs. WDE Ishaq Williams (blarblar) WDE Isaac Rochells

LG Erik Magnuson: Pass protect vs. DT Sheldon Day

C Jack Miller: Pass protect vs. DT Sheldon Day

RG Graham Glasgow: Pass protect vs. NT Jarron Jones

RT Ben Braden: Pass protect vs. SDE Romeo Okwara

RB Derrick Green: Pass protect, then release to flat

UWR Devin Funchess: Run fly (9) route vs. FS Max Redfield

ZWR Jehu Chesson: Run fly (9) route vs. FCB Cole Luke

QB Devin Gardner: 1-step drop (from shotgun); read free safety to see which of the inside receivers he plays tighter on; read “inside-out” on opposite side of field; if corner plays outside receiver, throw to inside receiver and vice-versa

Advantage: Michigan

Successfully defending Four Verticals requires advanced zone coverage technique; the underneath defenders must jam the inside receivers, while the corners and safeties must be able to split their receivers and stay in position to make a play on a ball thrown to either one.  Yet ND will be missing its best starting CB due to honor code violations, and starting safety Austin Collinsworth is also out with an injury.  To make matters worse for the Irish, starting DE Ishaq Williams is also out because of the academic scandal.  That’s a lot of vulnerabilities—and expect Michigan to take full advantage.


When Notre Dame has the ball…

3.     Outside Zone

Outside Zone remains the staple of Brian Kelly’s running game.  Unlike Inside Zone, a physical running play in which the offensive line tries generally to drive defensive players out of their gaps, Outside Zone calls for agile linemen to step across their defenders and seal them inside (reach blocking).  Defenders must fight to avoid being sealed—but in doing so, must also be careful not to flow too far outside, lest they open up cutback lanes behind them.


WDE Frank Clark: Defend backside C-gap vs. LT Ronnie Stanley

NT Ryan Glasgow: Penetrate backside A-gap vs. LG Conner Hanratty (try to demand double team from C)

DT Willie Henry: Penetrate playside B-gap vs. RG Christian Lombard

SDE Brennan Beyer: Fight outside block of TE Ben Koyack to defend playside C-gap; set edge point to force run inside

WLB Joe Bolden:  Defend backside B-gap (watch for crackback from invisible slot receiver)

MLB Jake Ryan: Defend frontside A-gap vs. C Nick Martin

SLB James Ross: Defend frontside C-gap vs. RT Steve Elmer

Advantage: Even

Notre Dame has a veteran line with some quality players, but could be shaky on the right side with a young RT and a new starter at TE.  Michigan is stout in the middle, but small at SDE and the move to a 4-3 Over base has shuffled their linebackers’ responsibilities around.  No clear advantage for either team on this play.


4.     Stick/Draw Packaged Play

Notre Dame’s biggest offensive weapons this season are in the backfield, with several touted RBs and QB Everett Golson returning from a one-year academic disqualification.  For Michigan, the greatest concerns with the defense lie in the middle of the field—where distinguished SAM linebacker Jake Ryan has moved to MLB, veteran inside linebacker Desmond Morgan is reportedly out with an arm injury, and new (though talented) players start at safety and nickel.  One way ND might test these greener players is through a packaged concept that targets the MLB.  The line pass-blocks and the TE runs a stick route; the QB reads the MLB to see if he drops into coverage on the TE or plays the run—and then either hands to ball off to the RB (if the MLB drops) or throws to the TE (if the MLB plays the run).  This play destroys zone coverage, but Michigan has moved to primarily man-to-man coverage this season.


FCB Blake Countess: Bump & run coverage vs. SE DaVaris Daniels (hoohoo) Chris Brown on fade (9) route

NCB Jabrill Peppers: Coverage vs. Slot WR Amir Carlisle on out (8) route; defend C gap vs. run

WDE Frank Clark: Penetrate C gap vs. LT Ronnie Stanley

NT Ryan Glasgow:  Penetrate weakside A-gap vs. LG Conner Hanratty, C Nick Martin

3-tech DT Willie Henry: Penetrate strongside B-gap vs. RG Christian Lombard

SDE Brennan Beyer: Pass rush vs. RT Steve Elmer

WLB Joe Bolden: Read pass or run; against pass, cover RB Cam McDaniel; against run, defend B gap

MLB Jake Ryan: Read pass or run; against pass, cover TE Ben Koyack; against run, defend A gap  

SS Delano Hill: Cover deep half

FS Jarrod Wilson: Cover deep half

BCB Raymon Taylor: Bump & run coverage vs. WR Corey Robinson

Advantage: Michigan

This play puts Michigan’s newest starters (Jake Ryan, who is new to MLB, and Delano Hill, who is new to starting altogether) under stress.  But Ryan is, as they say, "a football player."  And Hill may be a new face at SS, but he’s reportedly a high-IQ guy who should at least be in position.  Having a war daddy at the 3-tech position also helps; Lombard is a well-regarded player but if Henry can 2-gap him then the draw play won't work anyhow. 

Go Blue!