I've been waiting to see who Jeremy Gallon would be replaced with on the MGOBLOG header this year. Doesn't the banner change to a current player every year? Who should be there? I'm voting for Fleetwood.
There was a bit of a minor dust up between (edit: '15 TE commit) Chris Clark regarding visits and Sam Webb. Apparently Sam exchanged these texts with Clark and then shared his thoughts on the radio and via Twitter
- Sam Webb: “I’m doing my radio show currently, and guess who folks keep calling in asking about? Lol! I don’t want to misrepresent your position, so thought it better to ask you directly. Fans wondering if you do indeed plan on taking visits and if you’re still considering North Carolina. Any truth to either of those?
- Chris Clark: “What’s up Sam. As of right now I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing. It’s definitely a possibility."
Apparently Clark did not want that information shared and was initially upset but the misunderstanding has been cleared up.
Probably the most interesting part is that Michigan coaches had not spoken with him yet but after seeing the Sam Webb tweet, are now on the case and probably working hard to dissuade Clark and at least informing him of The Policy.
Later I asked a follow-up question about whether he had addressed any of this with the Michigan coaching staff yet, and he said he hadn’t up to that point. I included that in the blog as well.
About 30 minutes later he sent me a message expressing his displeasure with me tweeting the info and was upset that a Michigan coach had questioned him about the message I’d posted.
It sounds like the kid is still trying to figure some things out, so let's all just take a deep breath and give him some space.
I'd love to hear people's memories of this game, whether you traveled to South Bend or watched it elsewhere. This game ranks just under Judgment Day / 97 Penn State for it's pure epicness, highly anticipated, expecting-nail-biting-but-became-a-blowout-win.
I can still remember the hesitation going in to this game just because of all the flukey, stupid things that had happened to Michigan in that stadium - (a pass thrown into the stands being flagged for interference setting up a miracle FG, a ND QB dropping the football at the 2 yard line and getting rewarded a TD, a ref using an index card to measure for a Michigan first down, tipped passes, well timed fumbles and anything else you can think of going ND's way)... and then I wondered to myself, wouldn't it be great if for once we didn't have all that shit and instead just blew them out of their own stadium from the first quarter on like so many other teams had been doing for years at that point?
The ND hype machine - always undeserving but on overdrive at that point - ranked #2 because they blew out a so/so Penn State team, Brady Quinn Heisman to be, National Champs to be (no this time we mean it!), coached by Hugh Jass Charlie Weiss... and in the end: Henne to Manningham, Henne to Manningham, Henne to Manningham, sack Quinn, sack Quinn, sack Quinn, Irish toolbag fan flipping the bird to Steve Breaston in the end zone... it remains one of the most epic and memorable blowouts EVER.
I could literally not stop smiling the rest of the weekend. Once Michigan went up 27-7, I did something I never thought I would do, I unmuted the TV to listen to the NBC homer announcers and not even they could put a positive spin on this game...and these were the same guys that could spin ANYTHING, like in the 90's when ND was playing a bad game against Stanford and the announcers told the viewers that the Irish players had been studying all week for midterms and couldn't practice as much...because, you know, ND is the only college that has midterms.
So anyway, I loved this game. And I'd love to hear your memories of it.
Very difficult to read a team after 1 week but Northwestern lost to what was a horrid Cal team at home last week. I believe their only win last year was versus a FCS team.
Pat Fitzgerald was a bit of a star about 3 years ago and some corners of the universe had him as a candidate for the U of M job. I know he is a former player there so has close ties but looking forward at NW's schedule there is a real case to be made that after the next 2 weeks NW won't be favored in a game again until the end of November. I don't know how hot seats can get in Evanston but back to back seasons of dismay could be a major issue.
Here is what NW faces - I assume they win the next 2 although Northern Illinois is no cake walk; they beat Iowa last year. After these 2 games I don't see NW being a favorite to win any game until @ Purdue
- @Notre Dame
Only break is a bye week between Nebraska and Iowa. With the potential offensive firepower of Nebraska, PSU (via the air), Michigan and Notre Dame some of these games could get very ugly and the real possibility exists for a 7 game losing streak. Even if they close the season with wins vs Purdue and Illinois (will the team be lost by then?) you could be talking 4-8. And that assumes a win over Northern Illinois.
After Saturday's performance, how are you guys feeling about the most-abused position coach of the offseason, Darrell Funk?
I'll go first. My thoughts:
I honestly felt that "if Nuss wants to keep him, that's good enough for me" in January. And yes, disclaimers apply - it's App State - but the running game looked great, Gardner took one sack, and he definitely deserves some credit for getting Cole ready so fast.
We'll know more after ND, but I feel pretty good about Funk being on this staff.
SOME OF THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF WEEK 1 IN BIG TEN FOOTBALL
As it is difficult to delve into meaningful statistics after one game of play, although some people try all the same, we shall instead embark on looking at some of the highs and lows on various statistics around the conference in the first week of the new season.
Who scored the most points? That honor goes to Nebraska, which put up 55 (7 TDs, 7 PATs and 2 FGs) on a team which footballs while legally blind and with a broken leg, just so there is perspective here. Incidentally, Nebraska also allowed the fewest points for largely the same reason. Come to think of it, their 784 yards of offense was the most in the conference this past weekend too, and the 498 yards of rushing buried within that number. Who’s up for playing Florida Atlantic?
Who score the fewest points? Northwestern and Wisconsin share the bottom at 24 points each. In the case of Wisconsin, the one thing we know now is that Tanner McEvoy once walked into the path of a bicycle and scrambled but was eventually tackled at the LOS.
Rutgers gave up the most points – 38 of them to Washington State, which managed to move the ball well enough to outgain Rutgers despite losing. The lesson here is that a fade into the end zone might be the most Leach call ever.
Total defense? Here’s something you’ll never see again – Indiana gave up only 170 yards, aided largely by Indiana State’s inability to make intelligible use of the football. It’s actually a wonder that Indiana only scored 28 points, I would think.
Rushing offense? As mentioned, Nebraska was the most prolific, and at the other end of the spectrum, there was Penn State and their 57 yards of rushing. Indeed, 28 carries for 57 yards is the sort of stat that hits far too close to home around here.
Rushing defense is an easy one to cover here – Rutgers gave up 6 yards of rushing to a team coached by Mike Leach. Fail, right? Or is that “mathematically impossible”? Either way, not shocking. Ohio State gave up 370 yards of rushing to a triple option team in Navy, which again shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Penn State threw for the most yards – 454 of them – mostly because Christian Hackenburg and why not, right? Ohio State gave up on 20 yards of passing to a triple option team which….NAVY THREW A PASS?
The most efficient passing games this past weekend? Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in that order with ratings of 240.1, 237.2 and 218.6 respectively. On the flip side of this state, Nebraska, Maryland and Indiana made the opposing QBs look the worst.
As the games progress and the stats become more meaningful, obviously bona fide analysis and charts will happen, but for now, we are through the first week. Let us make the second a good one as well.
Title pretty much says it all for us.
Some other rankings of interest:
- FSU retains #1 and Bama retains #2 (despite close games for both), the rest of hte top 5 remains unchanged as well.
- MSU at #6, up 2 from last week (they'll be playing Oregon this week, who is ranked 4th)
- Ohio is at #7, down one from last week.
- ND was ranked 15th, up two.
- Nebraska went up 4 spots to 18th
- Wisconsin dropped 5 places to #19 after losing to LSU
Edit: Link (h/t BloomingtonBlue)
Double edit: Full rankings
- Florida State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Arizona State
- Ole Miss
- Kansas State
- South Carolina