OT? - Live Mascot at the Eastern Game Yesterday

OT? - Live Mascot at the Eastern Game Yesterday

Submitted by mikoyan on October 3rd, 2011 at 12:18 AM

As some of you may know, I have been doing photography for an Eastern blog.  This has given me field access at Rynearson (and the Big House, which I'm still geeked about).  Yesterday at the Eastern game, they had a live eagle before the game.  It was from the Leslie Center in Ann Arbor.

As I was watching it, I was thinking how cool it would be to see a live wolverine at Michigan Stadium.  And of course...pictures.

http://michiganexposures.blogspot.com/2011/10/eagle-at-game.html 

Advice: How do you deal with fellow irrational Michigan fans?

Advice: How do you deal with fellow irrational Michigan fans?

Submitted by wildbackdunesman on October 2nd, 2011 at 9:09 PM

A week ago after the SDSU win, my wife and I went over to one of her friend's houses and there were a group of guys that kept saying a lot of irrational things.  I tried to argue them on much of it, but I got bored and didn't want to be the guy always arguing everything that was said.  How do you guys handle such situations?

I am sure I will meet these gentlemen again, is it worth arguing/discussing things with them?  Or is it better to just ignore?

 

More info...the following things were said that I felt irrational....

1) Denard Robinson is deliberately missing open WRs so the coaches will let him run more.

2) Benard (yes with a B) Robinson wouldn't even be a QB on any other BigTen team and should be moved to RB since we have zero good RBs.

3) Lloyd Carr was a horrible coach and any coach with his players over the years would have won a national title at least 3 to 5 times!!!

4) Hoke will never win in a blowout, because he was mentored by Carr who never won in a blowout. (I wonder what he is thinking now)

5) If Michigan was any good they would have blown out SDSU.

6) Carr always put in too many back ups.

7) Carr would rarely pass, it was always 3 yards and a cloud of dust, he needed to pass like Purude did when they were good.

8) Mike Martin should be benched for not living up to his potential.

9) Tom Brady was always a back up and Henson and Navarre started over him - further proof that Carr was bad (this is 100% BS and Navarre wasn't even there at the same time)

Inside the Box Score - Game 5

Inside the Box Score - Game 5

Submitted by ST3 on October 2nd, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/100111aac.html

Burst of Impetus

* This is the section where I discuss turnovers and other momentum changing plays. There was one burst of impetus in this game. Minnesota kicked off to start the game. That's it. They were never in it. I bet that "adjusted winning percentage" diary shows us pegged at 100% for the duration.

* For those that care, the turnovers were Mich: 0, Minn: 2. It's always nice to win the turnover battle, even if the team you are playing would be in danger of being relegated FROM the MAC. Notice, I wrote "from" and not "to". I think Minnesota would have trouble competing in the MAC this year and would be relegated to some FCS conference. I understand their starting QB was out, but they didn't do anything right all day.

Trash Cans Full of Dirt

* Craig Roh had a nice tackle early in the game for no gain. Later in the game, he had a tackle for a loss of 1 yard. The difference between these two tackles? One yard. He also gets credit in the box score for the latter, but not the former. When the box score starts including advanced defensive statistical metrics, I'd like to see them have TFNGs, for tackle for no gain. They are almost as important as the TFL, and way more important than the TWDF (tackle way down field.)

* The leading tacklers were Roh, Demens, and Countess with 5 each. That is such a wonderful sentence to write. The defense was only on the field for 47 plays. That's what happens when you hold a team to 0 for 11 on 3rd down conversions.

* 25 players showed up in the defensive stats section. Black, Van Bergen, and Ryan each recorded a sack. That's one less than we had so far this season. I know we played a couple run teams, but I like when the pressure leads to sacks as well as hurried throws.

Hexadecimal Points (HT: Number 7)

* Our helmets have wings! They also have numbers! If RR was still the coach, I shudder to think of the resulting outrage. It would certainly bring down the interwebz. I'm going to give Brady a pass on this because apparently the players asked for it, and it's their team.

* I would love to see 7A on Hawthorne's helmet. That's how he's listed in the defensive stats. M. Cavanaugh also shows up as 2H.

San Diego 49ers

* Our wide receivers have stats this week. Whoo-hoo! Hemingway had 5 catches and Gallon had 4.

Filthy

* When Chris Martin of B1G Network fame tried to describe Denard, he said the best way to categorize him was "filthy." We finally got the game in which Denard's carries were limited. He rushed only 6 times for 51 yards. He made us all breathe a little more easily by going 15-19 through the air. (That sound you just heard was the rest of the B1G cursing.)

* Vincent Smith was also filthy, with a TD running, receiving, and throwing. He was named the Hardest Working Player," by the B1G Network. (For some reason, this reminds me of the old "Taco Bell Unsung Player Award" they used to have during Pistons broadcasts. It rotated between Rodman and Salley, until they were both Sung Players.) In my opinion, the hardest working man was Michael Schofield. Due to our lack of depth along the O-Line, he played the whole way. I think he must have had 20 more snaps than anyone else. That is a hard working player. I thought that the way we controlled the ball, we must have run 100 plays like Indiana did to us last year. Nope, only 73. Lots of runs keeps the clock moving. Still, yeoman work by Schofield. (Yeoman, that's a good thing, right?) 

 

Rittenberg: Russell Wilson B1G's best player

Rittenberg: Russell Wilson B1G's best player

Submitted by wolverine1987 on October 2nd, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Rittenberg, in ESPN and his "five things we learned this week" column, has #1 as "Wisconsin is the conference's best team and Wilson it's best player." Also gives our defense kudos in #5, (alongside unfortunately, also praising State).

I haven't watched more than a quarter or two of Wisconsin, but to those of you who have: would you agree with the statement on Wilson?

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/48634/what-we-learned-in-th…

 

Brightest College Future - Jake Ryan or Scott McVey?

Brightest College Future - Jake Ryan or Scott McVey?

Submitted by JCM26 on October 2nd, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Jake Ryan and Scott McVey played side by side at Cleveland's St. Ignatious H.S. as LBs - Jake usually played outside while Scott usually played inside.  As you are aware Jake is a Wolverine and Scott is a Buckeye.  There has been quite a bit of discussion as to which player was actually better in H.S.   I think Scott missed a number of games to injury as a senior while Jake had a fairly decent senior season.  We all know Jake is begining to shine here at Michigan along with our defense in general, but I'm not sure how Scott is fitting in at OSU (I've only seen bits and peices of their games).  Question is who do you think may have the better career in college?

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-2-11

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-2-11

Submitted by Ace on October 2nd, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Still not a whole lot going on this week, though Notre Dame inches closer to Michigan by grabbing near-consensus four-star running back William Mahone. Action since last rankings:

9-27-11: Indiana picks up Jacarri Alexander. Minnesota picks up Tyren Hills.
9-30-11: Notre Dame picks up William Mahone.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 22 3.50 3.64 3.41 3.59 3.53
2 Notre Dame 16 3.44 3.81 3.50 3.50 3.56
3 Penn State 17 3.18 3.29 3.29 3.29 3.28
4 Ohio State 12 3.25 3.42 3.17 3.33 3.29
5 Michigan State 14 3.14 3.14 3.07 3.14 3.13
6 Wisconsin 10 3.10 3.40 3.20 3.50 3.33
7 Indiana 19 2.53 2.58 2.55* 2.79 2.61
8 Northwestern 16 2.50 2.56 2.44 2.19 2.42
9 Iowa 10 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
10 Minnesota 21 2.48 2.33 2.10* 2.66 2.39
11 Purdue 17 2.71 2.41 2.40* 2.65 2.54
12 Nebraska 7 3.14 3.29 3.29 3.57 3.32
13 Illinois 9 2.50 2.63 2.75 2.50 2.72

*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.

On to the full data, after the jump.

 

#1 Michigan - 22 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Kyle Kalis OL OH 4 5 4 4
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB MI 4 4 4 4
James Ross LB MI 4 4 4 4
Joe Bolden LB OH 4 4 4 4
Terry Richardson CB MI 4 4 4 4
Erik Magnuson OL CA 4 4 4 4
Jarrod Wilson S OH 4 4 4 4
Tom Strobel DE OH 4 4 3 4
Ondre Pipkins DT MO 4 4 3 4
Pharaoh Brown DE OH 4 3 3 4
Blake Bars OL TN 4 3 3 3
Devin Funchess TE MI 3 4 4 4
Chris Wormley DE OH 3 4 4 4
Mario Ojemudia DE MI 3 4 4 3
Kaleb Ringer LB OH 3 4 3 3
Matt Godin DE MI 3 3 3 4
Ben Braden OL MI 3 3 3 3
Anthony Standifer CB IL 3 3 3 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH 3 3 3 3
Allen Gant S OH 3 3 3 3
A.J. Williams TE OH 3 3 3 3
Sione Houma FB UT 3 3 2 3

No change for the Wolverines.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jarron Jones DT NY 4 5 4 5
Ronald Darby CB MD 4 5 4 4
Tee Shepard CB CA 4 5 4 4
Sheldon Day DT IN 4 5 4 4
Deontay Greenberry WR CA 4 4 4 4
David Perkins LB IN 4 4 4 4
William Mahone RB OH 4 4 4 3
Taylor Decker OL OH 4 4 3 4
Nick Baratti S TX 3 4 3 3
C.J. Prosise S VA 3 4 3 3
Justin Ferguson WR FL 3 3 4 3
Mark Harrell OL NC 3 3 4 3
Romeo Okwara DE NC 3 3 3 4
Chris Brown WR SC 3 3 3 3
John Turner S IN 3 3 3 3
Scott Daly LS IL 2 2 2 2

The Irish add running back William Mahone, who chose Notre Dame over Penn State, Michigan State, and Pitt.

#3 Penn State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Tommy Schutt DT IL 4 5 4 4
Camren Williams LB MA 4 4 4 4
J.J. Denman OL PA 4 4 4 4
Eugene Lewis WR PA 4 4 4 4
Armani Reeves CB MA 4 4 4 4
Joey O'Connor OL CO 4 4 4 3
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 4 3 3 4
Brian Gaia OL MD 3 3 4 3
Skyler Mornhinweg QB PA 3 3 4 3
Anthony Stanko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Nyeem Wartman LB PA 3 3 3 3
Jesse James TE PA 3 3 3 3
J.P. Holtz TE PA 3 3 3 3
Austin Johnson OL NJ 3 3 NR 3
Malik Golden ATH PA 3 2 3 3
Jake Kiley CB NH 2 3 2 2
Derek Dowrey DT VA 2 2 3 3

No change for the Nittany Lions.

#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Bri'onte Dunn RB OH 4 5 4 4
Joshua Perry LB OH 4 4 4 4
Warren Ball RB OH 4 4 3 4
De'Van Bogard S OH 4 4 3 4
Pat Elflein OL OH 3 3 4 3
Jacoby Boren OL OH 3 3 3 4
Frank Epitropoulos WR OH 3 3 3 3
Blake Thomas TE OH 3 3 3 3
Roger Lewis WR OH 3 3 3 3
Luke Roberts LB OH 3 3 3 2
Tyvis Powell S OH 3 3 2 3
Najee Murray CB OH 2 3 3 3

No change for the Buckeyes.

#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Se'Von Pittman DE OH 4 4 4 4
Aaron Burbridge WR MI 4 4 4 4
Benny McGowan OL OH 3 3 4 3
Tyler O'Connor QB OH 3 3 3 4
Riley Bullough LB MI 3 3 3 3
Zach Higgins OL OH 3 3 3 3
Jamal Lyles LB MI 3 3 3 3
Josiah Price TE IN 3 3 3 3
Nick Tompkins RB GA 3 3 3 3
Kyle Kerrick WR PA 3 3 3 3
MacGarrett Kings WR FL 3 3 3 3
Jermaine Edmondson S OH 3 3 3 2
Evan Jones TE OH 3 3 NR 3
Kodi Kieler OL MI 3 3 3 3

No change for the Spartans, which includes a continued state of denial that Se'Von Pittman is a serious flight risk to Ohio State.

#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Dan Voltz OL IL 4 4 4 4
Vince Biegel LB WI 4 4 4 4
Kyle Dodson OL OH 4 4 3 4
Vonte Jackson RB WI 4 4 3 4
Bart Houston QB CA 3 4 4 4
D.J. Singleton S NJ 3 4 4 3
Walker Williams OL WA 3 3 3 3
Hugs Etienne CB CA 3 2 3 3
Reggie Mitchell CB PA 2 2 2 3
Arthur Goldberg DT PA NR 3 2 3

No change for the Badgers. Reggie Mitchell and Arthur Goldberg both get three-star ratings from 24/7.

#7 Indiana - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Gunner Kiel QB IN 4 5 4 5
Nick Mangieri DE IL 3 3 3 3
Dan Feeney OL IL 3 3 3 3
Jordan Wallace LB IN 3 3 3 3
Kevin Davis WR IN 3 3 3 3
Adam Kranda TE IN 3 3 3 3
Wes Rogers OL IN 3 3 3 3
Mike Cotton LB IL 3 3 3 3
Shawn Heffern DE IN 3 3 3 3
Sebastian Smith S OH 3 2 NR 3
Darius Stroud LB KS 3 NR JC 3
Jason Spriggs TE IN 2 3 3 3
Tanner Kearns TE OH 2 3 2 3
Caleb Cornett WR IN 2 3 2 2
Alex Todd OL OH 2 3 2 3
Jacob Bailey OL IN 2 2 3 3
Dawson Fletcher S OH 2 2 2 2
Dante Blackmon CB GA NR NR 3 2
Jacarri Alexander LB IA NR NR JC NR

The Hoosiers add JuCo linebacker Jacarri Alexander. Dante Blackmon picks up three stars from ESPN and two stars from 24/7.

#8 Northwestern - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Adam DePietro OL PA 3 4 3 3
Greg Kuhar DT OH 3 3 3 3
Dean Lowry DE IL 3 3 3 3
Kenton Playko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Eric Olson OL MA 3 3 3 3
Jack Schwaba TE PA 3 3 3 2
Ian Park OL PA 3 3 3 3
Malin Jones RB IL 3 3 2 3
Mike McHugh WR PA 3 2 2 2
Dwight White CB TX 3 2 2 NR
Connor Mahoney OL PA 2 3 3 2
Dan Vitale S IL 2 2 2 2
Joseph Jones S PA 2 2 2 NR
Chris Fitzpatrick OL KY 2 2 2 2
Jaylen Prater LB OH NR 2 2 NR
Terrance Brown S CA NR NR NR NR

No change for the Wildcats.

#9 Iowa - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jaleel Johnson DT IL 4 4 4 4
Ryan Ward OL IL 4 3 4 3
Maurice Fleming CB IL 3 3 4 3
Ruben Lile ATH MI 3 3 3 3
Cameron Wilson WR OH 3 3 3 3
Mitch Keppy OL IL 3 3 2 3
Michael Malloy RB IA 3 3 2 3
Drew Ott DE NE 3 2 3 3
Laron Taylor LB MI 2 3 3 3
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 3 2 2

No change for the Hawkeyes.

#10 Minnesota - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jonah Pirsig OL MN 3 4 3 4
Isaac Hayes OL MN 3 3 4 3
Jamel Harbison WR NC 3 3 4 3
Philip Nelson QB MN 3 3 2 3
Jack Lynn LB IL 3 3 2 3
Dinero Moss S FL 3 2 3 3
Dominic Twitty DT NJ 3 2 3 3
Brian Nicholson LB FL 3 2 2 2
Jordan Hinojosa DT FL 3 2 NR 3
Nick Rallis S MN 3 3 2 3
Maxx Williams TE MN 3 3 NR 3
Rodrick Williams RB TX 3 NR NR 3
Mitch Leidner QB MN 2 3 2 3
Drew Davis LB NC 2 2 3 3
Samad Hinds TE FL 2 2 3 2
Josh Ballesteros LB FL 2 2 2 2
Eric Murray CB WI 2 2 NR 2
Scott Ekpe DT TX 2 2 NR 3
Isaac Fruechte WR MN 2 2 JC 2
Barrington Morris LB FL NR 2 NR 2
Tyren Hills CB LA NR NR NR NR

The Gophers land unrated cornerback Tyren Hills, who will probably be starting next season if Saturday's game was any indication.

#11 Purdue - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jordan Shine S IN 3 3 3 3
Ryan Morris TE NJ 3 3 3 3
Austin Appleby QB OH 3 3 3 3
Jordan Roos OL TX 3 3 3 3
Jonathan Curry TE AL 3 3 3 3
Paul Griggs K NC 3 3 3 3
Aloyis Gray ATH IN 3 3 2 3
Andy Garcia LB FL 3 2 2 2
B.J. Knauf WR FL 3 3 2 3
Jimmy Herman S IN 3 3 2 3
Devin Smith OL AZ 3 3 JC NR
Steffon Martin LB AZ 3 2 JC NR
Carlos Carvajal TE NY 3 NR 3 NR
Anthony Brown CB FL 3 NR NR 3
Thomas Meadows K VA 2 NR 2 2
Jordan Woods WR MI NR 3 2 3
Danny Anthrop WR IN NR 2 2 2

The Boilermakers don't add any commits. Danny Anthrop gets a two-star rating fron ESPN.

#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Paul Thurston OL CO 4 4 4 4
Greg McMullen DE OH 4 4 3 4
Michael Rose LB MO 3 3 4 4
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL 3 4 3 4
Tommy Armstrong QB TX 3 3 3 3
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3
Deion Jones LB LA 2 3 3 3

The Huskers, after adding their first commit in a month and a half last week, go back to doing nothing.

#13 Illinois - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Tajarvis Fuller LB FL 3 3 3 3
Cody Quinn CB OH 3 3 3 3
Joseph Spencer OL OH 3 3 3 3
Vontrell Williams DT IL 3 3 3 3
Elliot Faerber WR KS 3 3 2 2
Tyler Barton S FL 3 2 2 2
Jason Robertson WR IL 2 3 3 3
Joey Warburg OL KY 2 2 3 3
Zach Jackson S FL NR 3 3 3

No change for the Illini.

OSU's Carlos Hyde not a happy camper

OSU's Carlos Hyde not a happy camper

Submitted by jmblue on October 2nd, 2011 at 3:01 PM

"I felt we should've run iso's," Hyde said.

"They kept running off the edge, so I thought we should hit them in the middle. We've got to get better. I told the coaches some plays we should've run, but I don't get paid to coach, so I guess they don't listen."

http://forums.the-ozone.net/messages/102327.html