OT: Smart Football on WVU's post-wheel combo

OT: Smart Football on WVU's post-wheel combo

Submitted by iawolve on October 3rd, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The maddening part about this is how easy it seems in concept and how devastating it is to a defense. This is has to be something we could easily run out of our base set using Gallon in the role of Austin. I really like the optionality there with that outside wheel. Craziest line in the story is that it takes Holgo three (!) days to install his offense. As always, great stuff from Chris Brown



Last Day: $50 Canvas Print of Charles Woodson or Desmond Howard

Last Day: $50 Canvas Print of Charles Woodson or Desmond Howard

Submitted by mgoganksta on October 3rd, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Mike Farrell talking about Shane Morris

Mike Farrell talking about Shane Morris

Submitted by robbyt003 on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 PM


At first he discusses the possibility of Max Browne taking the #1 spot from Robert Nkemdiche. (I think that is highly unlikely)



This leads me to another quarterback who will arguably be the subject of the most controversial discussion we need to have when it comes time for our next rankings in early December. Of course, I'm talking about Warren (Mich.) De La Salle's Shane Morris.

The lefty was awarded his fifth star following summer appearances at numerous camps as well as The Opening and Elite 11. However, after completing just over 50 percent of his passes as a junior, Morris started off this year 40-of-83 for 456 yards with three touchdowns and three picks. Then he was diagnosed with mononucleosis and could be out for the rest of the season, which makes it unclear if he'll be ready to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January.

So, was the poor start due to mono or was it more of the up-and-down play from last season that held him back from his fifth star? Mono is unlikely to affect him long term when it comes to his college career, although it could delay his immediate impact depending on how long it takes to recover and gain back weight. His senior year playing sample will certainly lead to some detailed discussion.

More than likely he will lose his 5th star (whoopty doo) and hopefully he will still be able to play with a lot of his teammates in the All-American game. 


BigTenNetwork 2 go help needed

BigTenNetwork 2 go help needed

Submitted by MinorRage on October 3rd, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Looking like I may end up being preoccupied during the game this weekend with a company golf outing. Has anybody used BTN2Go? I've used it before live and it was great. What I'm worndering is how quickly do the replays work? If I get home 30 mins after the game starts, can I use BTN2GO to start watching it from the beginning right away? Or do I need to wait until midnight or something?


Any help would be much appreciated.

OT New Rules a Problem in Waiting

OT New Rules a Problem in Waiting

Submitted by wildbackdunesman on October 2nd, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The automatic 10 second run off if a helmet pops off an offensive player late in the game is a horrible rule.


Imagine this scenario...

National Title Game, Alabama trails Florida State by 4 points, but gets a huge play down to the 1 yard line...First and Goal with 9 seconds left.

The clock will stop, but they have to be ready to run a play or spike the ball as they have no time outs....oh wait what is this, an offensive player had a helmet pop off -- automatic 10 second run off.... 

Game over...Florida State wins the National Title!


Horrible rule, that any down to the wire game can end based on a helmet coming off on accident and causing a 10 second run off.  Any other opinions on this?  Maybe it isn't a big deal, but it bothers me.

Urban files complaint to B1G

Urban files complaint to B1G

Submitted by marti221 on October 2nd, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I didn't see this posted yet, not really sure if it's post worthy. But apparently Urban has filed a complaint to the B1G about the whole "eye gouge" incident. I tend to lean more towards the side of this type of thing being pretty prevelant in the trenches, and no action should really be taken. However I do think it IS pretty "Bush League," as that idiot Matt Millen put it on CFB Live.

Borges Uses Bye Week to Evaluate Every Play Call From Road Games

Borges Uses Bye Week to Evaluate Every Play Call From Road Games

Submitted by Michael Scarn on October 2nd, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Good article from Meinke about what Borges did with the bye week: looked for flaws in his gameplanning and playcalling.  I, like many on this blog, have been tough on him, so it's good to see him acknowledging problems and looking to address them.  My biggest beef has generally been his stuborness, so this is encouraging.  


"I took every single play we ran and evaluated it," Borges said.

Borges didn't reveal his findings, but did walk through his process.

He said there are three types of playcalls: No. 1 is a play that favors the offense, No. 2 is one that could go either way and No. 3 is one that favors the defense.

"As a playcaller, believe me, as hard as the fans are on me, I'm about eight times harder on myself," Borges said. "If it's even close, I'll call it a No. 3 play.

"We meet with the players, we'll go over even the plays I didn't call well. You got to understand in football, if you're honest with yourself and your honest with your team, the players don't just lose the game. Everybody loses the game -- or wins the game. So you got to show them, 'This is where I put you in a bad situation,' so they trust you, and (know you're not) blaming them for the mistakes."


I assume this is all gleaned from his presser today, so I'm anxious to read that transcript.  

Dispelling a Myth: Purdue's Front Seven

Dispelling a Myth: Purdue's Front Seven

Submitted by mgowill on October 2nd, 2012 at 2:14 PM

[Ed-S: Bumped to Diary. FWIW here's Michigan's OL versus those guys last year:

Offensive Line
Player + - T Notes
Lewan 7 1 6 Would like to see him more involved somehow.
Barnum 3 2 1 Also picked up a –2 on the last play he was in on but I didn't hit him for it since he was obviously injured.
Molk 15 2 13 Even got a killer reach block for old times' sake.
Omameh 13 7 6 Had some issues with Short.
Huyge 7.5 2.5 5 Easy time on the edge.
Schofield 5.5 10 -4.5 Big step back from two weeks ago. Did get a thumper late.
Mealer 0.5 - 0.5 On last drive charted.
Watson 3 - 3 Got in on some of the edge bashing.
Koger 14.5 2 12.5 Completely clobbered his DE whenever asked to.
TOTAL 69 27.5 72% Moore put up a –1, FWIW. Strong day almost hitting 3:1.
Player + - T Notes
Protection 22 6 79% Team 3, Toussaint 1, Schofield 2. Big bounce-back.
RPS 20 9 11 Throwback screens always work.

So Short caused some problems for the guards and will again; the rest of the guys did okay]

So last year Michigan had 339 yards on the ground versus Purdue.  Fitz had a career day in which he ran for 170 yards on 20 carries.  Denard passed the ball 14 times and completed 9.  Never did he seem pressured very hard.  Now this year some of my friends are nervous about Purdue and their front 7,   so it made me curious enough to look into it a little farther. 

So let's look at their personnel first.  Of course any discussion about Purdue's defense begins with their potential first round draft pick - Kawann Short.  The 6'3" 315lb senior tackle leads the team in sacks at 4, has recorded a respectable 9 tackles (7 of those for a loss (!)), and has one pass deflection.  Also worth noting is his 3 (!) blocked kicks already this year - Short is disruptive, to say the least.  Ryan Russell is a 6'5" 275lb sophomore, and has been disruptive as well.  He has recorded 13 tackles (4.5 of those for a loss) and 2 sacks so far this year.  Bruce Gaston is a 6'2" 303lb junior tackle who has chipped in 8 tackles, half of those were for for a loss.  So they have the ability to put pressure on you from the middle and the end.

At linebacker, the Boilermakers lost Dwayne Beckford just before the season started.  Beckford was the team's second leading tackler last year but was told to pack his bags after his 4th (!) arrest since 2011.  Will Lucas, a 5' 11" junior, is the team's leading tackler with 25 and has also recorded one sack.  Joe Gilliam is a 6' 1" 227lb sophomore that has chipped in 15 tackles (of which zero were for a loss).  Not the most disruptive linebackers you will find, but serviceable nonetheless.

So there are some good to playmakers in their lineup, but even their own fans are worried about whether or not they can maintain tough defensive play for a full 60 minutes. Here's a quote from Boiled Sports after the Marshall game -

Tim Tibesar's defense has been good when it's needed to be, but consistency is still tough to come by

Read the whole article here - http://www.boiledsports.com/2012/10/distant-replay-purdue-marshall.html

Something else I found interesting was comparing how Purdue's run defense ranked versus their opponent's opponents defense (?).  I'm pretty sure I said that wrong, but here's are the charts of Purdue's opponents and how they performed against their other scheduled opponents (better way to say it?)  Anyways....rankings are determined by yards per carry.


2 PURDUE 31 105 3.4 1
4 MOOREHEAD ST 63 282 4.5 2
3 COASTAL CAROLINA 48 217 4.5 3
5 JACKSONVILLE ST 52 327 6.3 2
1 TENNESSEE-MARTIN 48 123 2.6 0

Although Purdue's numbers look good, Tennessee-Martin held Eastern Kentucky to less yards per carry than Purdue.  I'll repeat that because it is worth repeating.  Tennessee-Martin held Eastern Kentucky to less yards per carry than Purdue.  Tennessee-Martin also did not give up a rushing touchdown to Eastern Kentucky.  Next up for Purdue was Notre Dame.


4 NAVY 46 293 6.4 5
1 PURDUE 36 52 1.4 1
3 MICHIGAN STATE 34 122 3.6 1
2 MICHIGAN 31 94 3.1 1

This is the game that is driving the hype.  While this game is a stellar performance by the Boilermakers, I would probably apply a jet lag/Ireland factor here on Notre Dame's flat performance.  Even then FWIW, Notre Dame hasn't done well rushing the ball at all this year either (unless you count Navy), so there is that.  The following week we can see why there is concern about consistency in the front seven.


4 BALL STATE 33 180 5.5 1
2 ILLINOIS STATE 32 103 3.2 1
3 PURDUE 38 169 4.4 1
1 MICHIGAN STATE 29 46 1.6 0

Purdue gave up slightly less yards than Ball State and just as many rushing touchdowns.  Giving up more yards and more yards per carry than Illinois State and just as many touchdowns.  Looking at their last game, you could say that Purdue did well by keeping Marshall under 100 yards, but a further look at Marshall's rushing performance tells a different story.


2 WEST VIRGINIA 45 132 2.9 2
3 WESTERN CAROLINA 48 185 3.9 2
1 OHIO 22 59 2.7 0
5 RICE 50 334 6.7 6
4 PURDUE 23 95 4.5 0

This shows that Marshall doesn't run the ball well, unless they're playing Rice.  Purdue also gave up 70% of the yards that West Virginia did in half the amount of carries.


So while I was hoping to debunk Purdue's front seven, it looks like they are pretty legit.  Well...sometimes.  So which version will show up on Saturday?  If we get the Notre Dame version we will be in for a long day on the ground.  If we get the Eastern Michigan version, Denard and Fitz should have an easy day.  I'm hoping for the latter, obviously.