I'm at the game with MGoGarbs, keeping track of the game for you. We'll be keeping track of stats for Wyatt Shallman, Matt Godin, and Drake Johnson. Most of those stats should come when Pioneer has the ball. Let me know if you have any questions or requests for information.
Which school filled with scandal do you think Urban Meyer is most likely to coach?
All through the year - we've been seeing some excellent wallpapers by worthy successors to Monumental.
I was wondering if we'll see some Illini wallpapers (I haven't seen one as of yet - but incase there is one already - if someone could please point them out, I'd appreciate.
Video companion to the Picture Pages 'Zone Minus Read.' Analysis courtesy Brian, as usual. Original Picture Pages at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-zone-minus-read. So this time I've got proper lowercase letters and the slo-mo is working again. That means next time I probably will have effed-up lowercase letters and no slo-mo.
Setup: It's second and three on Michigan's first drive of the second half. They come out in Ace one-wide against Iowa's 4-3 under and will run an inside zone.
Wha'hoppon: Michigan doubles the NT and strong side DE as the LBs flow straight upfield. The critical point here is when Lewan just chips the backside DE and then goes out on a LB. This leaves the DE as a free hitter. There are a lot of things you can do differently with Denard in the shotgun reading that DE (the DE would either have to keep contain on Denard and open up a cutback lane for Fitzgerald, or go for Fitzgerald and leave Denard one-on-one against the safety). Since they aren't, he's free to more or less make the tackle. Brian also questions Watson's decision to block the SLB outside and ignore the DE, but I'm not sure the result would have been any different - the SLB would have been maybe one step later in pursuit, but the DE got to the spot so fast that one step probably wouldn't have mattered.
Original Picture Pages at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAQefW9nCkg
I believe our mod overlords have stated tthat starting a thread on something such as this is legal but time will shortly tell.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Penn State Assistant Coach Mike McQuery has been placed on paid administrative leave by the university. ESPN is also reporting that McQuery notifiied the team tonight that he "is no longer their coach" with no further comment at this time.
Per Rivals, Laquon Treadwell is visiting Illinois for the game this weekend. It's not only giving him a chance to see Illinois, but Michigan as well. I can't wait for him to get on campus for the OSU game though; I think that once he get on campus with his mother, we'll see a commitment.
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Also, the coaches offered a preferred walk-on spot to Taybor Pepper, a long snapper.
Again, article is paywalled, all the information is in the header.
If you're traveling to Champaign...
For you super early-bird tailgaters, Champaign won't hit 40 degrees until 8am, and with a SW wind at 10-15mph, wind chill will make it feel like 30. By 10am, wind chill still hanging on, and although it will be 48, it'll still feel like it's in the low 40s. That wind has picked up a bit also, still out of the southwest, but up to 17-22mph (small trees sway). Temps will hit 55 by 1pm, SW winds up to a steady 22mph, and gusts possible up to 25mph (empty plastic garbage cans tip over, you can hear the wind "whistling"). Cloud cover will increase during the day, but tailgating should be mostly sunny.
Remember it's a 2:30 CT start! Reaching the high of 59 degrees with mostly sunny skies for kickoff. And that wind's not backing down... SSW winds at 20mph, with gusts up to 32mph (it's difficult to use an umbrella, you need to use effort to walk against the wind).
Dropping just a degree or two for halftime, still a warm 58 degrees. Partly sunny skies by now, as more and more clouds build their way in. SSW winds remain high also at 20mph, and expect gusts up around 30mph.
Experiencing not nearly the same cool down as Friday night, Champaign will stay mild. Even by last call, temps will only be in the low 50s. The clouds continue to build for a mostly cloudy evening and staying that way overnight. Those SSW winds stay at 20mph, with gusts still possible up to 30mph, increasing into Sunday. If you're driving home on Sunday, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a chance of rain, highs in the low 60s, and windy conditions-be careful driving as gusts could be up to 40mph!
If you're staying home... A partly cloudy morning with SW winds at 10mph gives way to more sun during the day, and the winds picking up a bit. We'll see upper 40s by mid-morning, but don't forget that darn wind chill-making it feel like the low 40s. Winds will rise to 15mph, and some gusts will be up to 20mph. Ann Arbor will reach 54 degrees by kickoff time, with gusts now possible up to 22mph, remaining out of the SW. We'll get a mini-break from the wind for dinner-time, then it'll pick back up and increase overnight, along with the cloud cover. If you're headed out, by closing time we'll be at 48 degrees, SSW winds between 15-20mph (wind chill 40) with partly cloudy skies.
Go Blue and have safe travels, or have fun watching here at home!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
I'm starting this thread to give everyone the chance to look stupid and to talk about something other than the horrors of Happy Valley.
My (probably stupid) predictions:
1. Both teams struggle to pass b/c of the wind (see thread below), and this helps cause a relatively low-scoring game.
2. Michigan struggles against Illinois' ground game early but stiffens up as the game goes on.
3. Illinois comes out with terrible memories of last year and is fully prepared to stop Denard's single-wing runs.
4. Michigan is sharp as far as not making mistakes, motivated by last week and memories of the 2009 game.
5. Ron Zook does something stupid, and emotional/mental let-downs cost Illinois in several key moments.
6. Michigan forces three turnovers and gives up only one. This is the difference in the game.
Final score: Michigan 21 - Illinois 17