ND Center Wenger Injured

ND Center Wenger Injured

Submitted by imdeng on September 8th, 2010 at 7:28 PM

As per ESPN/SI - ND's backup center Dan Wenger has suffered another concussion and will likely not play against Michigan. He was supposed to be the starter as per Irish's breakdown of ND Offense here on MGoBlog - but he was passed over because of the first concussion in practice. The second concussion essentially eliminates him from considertation against Michiagan.

Obviously, hope Wenger recovers and there are no long term ill effects. Though you do have to think that in an already inexpeciened O-line, missing a fifth year senior is not very good for ND.

Thoughts on how this will affect the game?

Link:

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/news/story?id=5548331

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/09/kelly-wengers-notre-dame-c…

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/ncaa/wires/09/08/2060.ap…

Brandstatter on The Huge Show

Brandstatter on The Huge Show

Submitted by NateVolk on September 8th, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Ed: originally titled "OT: Spotted. Detroit Sports Media member who gets it."

 Don't get pissed for the subject line.

 It was Brando. And I know he hosts our coaches show, has for like 30 years, and has done play by play on the radio broadcasts since forever; BUT he also has done the Lions for a long time too, used to produce sports on Detroit TV, and is married to a Detroit TV anchor. He is a fan but he is no kool aid guzzler.

So I am stretching it out to the breaking point and calling him Detroit sports media.  They should include him with honorary membership or something. Those yutzes could use him. 

If you aren't buying my argument, no problem. I don't know if I do entirely either.

Anyways, he was on Huge today and it was mandatory take the longest route home listening.   He said avoiding turnovers makes a win this week very possible.  He also adeptly batted down Huge's theory that there had been no clutch defensive plays under Rich until the Floyd/Ozeh fumble against UCONN.  Then capped it off by crediting Rich with doing a great job in practices of reinforcing the lessons from last year and not believing  hype after early wins.

He basically said that the players have a handle on not letting down this year, because of the struggles after the good start last year.

Between Frank and Brando, we are really lucky to have guys like this handling the games, and doing these appearances getting out the word about Rich and the job he is doing. A lot of good Michigan fans, especially older ones, will never be on this blog.  They will listen to the radio though.  

Someone slipped Herbstreit some blue Kool-Aid

Someone slipped Herbstreit some blue Kool-Aid

Submitted by mgobleu on September 8th, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I don't really know how to take this, because although he's a buckeye, I typically think Herbstreit's take is meh, fairly objective. But it seems like he's on the kool-aid for us pretty hard against ND, while Desmond's enthusiasm is quite tempered.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5547646

I'm definitely in the camp with Howard, I was just a little surprised to see Herbie so high on Michigan after 1 game. Setting up his rivals for a fall maybe?

Tracking 2010 Turnovers -- Updated Thru UConn

Tracking 2010 Turnovers -- Updated Thru UConn

Submitted by Enjoy Life on September 8th, 2010 at 5:50 PM

After only 1 game, there is not much data. I will update this after every game.

Synopsis: A quick look at the TOM would lead you to believe that this was a very good game from the aspect of turnovers. But, NSFMF!

Take a look at turnover data for an “average” team – we all should take a long sigh of relief. Our 3 fumbles were almost twice (184%)the average per game  and over the past decade 50% of all fumbles are lost. We lost no fumbles. In addition, UConn had only a single fumble which is 58% of average and they lost the one fumble. Although, we were very close to having several interceptions, interceptions were a wash – no interceptions thrown but no passes intercepted either.

This was the first game against a tough opponent. We won the game and won the turnover battle and I have been ecstatic every since. But, there is still much work to be done in the area of turnovers. We need to put the ball on the ground less and force more turnovers in future games.

 

TO Lost

 

 

 

 

TO Gained

 

 

 

       

Opp

FMB

FL

Int

Tot

 

Fmb

FL

Int

Tot

 

TOM

Score

WLM

Uconn

3

0

0

0

 

1

1

0

1

 

1

30-10

1

ND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Umass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BGU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

osu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

3

0

0

0

 

1

1

0

1

 

1

 

1

                           

Extrap

36

0

0

0

 

12

12

0

12

 

12

   
                           

Per Game

3.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

 

1.00

1.00

0.00

1.00

 

1.00

   

AQ Avg

1.63

0.80

0.97

1.77

 

1.73

0.85

1.03

1.88

 

0.11

   

% of AVG

184%

0%

0%

0%

 

58%

118%

0%

53%

       

The Extrapolation is a straight line: [Totals] X [12 Total Games / Games Played].

Here is the detail of each fumble/interception and a comment providing insight if the turnover (or lack thereof) was significant.

Qtr

Time

Down

Spot

Player

Lost

Int

Force

Recover

Int By

Score

Result of Drive

1

0:27

Punt

M49

Gallon

0

       

14-0 Michigan

Missed FG

2

12:27

1-10

V38

Grady

0

       

14-0 Michigan

M TD (M 21-0)

3

6:00

2-G

V04

DR

0

       

21-10 Michigan

M FG (M 24-10)

3

2:29

4-1

M7

Uconn

1

 

Floyd

Ezeh

 

21-10 Michigan

Would have been Uconn 1st and goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M TD (M 28-10)

 Remember here are the correlations of TOM to WLM at season’s end:

TOM is a significant contributing factor in determining the WLM.

90% of teams with a positive TOM of 5.0 or greater had winning records
84% of teams with positive TOM had winning records
Only 41% of teams with negative TOM had winning records
Only 28% of teams with a negative TOM of -5 or worse had winning records

62% of teams with a positive TOM of 5.0 or greater had WLM of +4 or better (8-4 record or better)
38% of teams with a TOM of 0 to +4.0 had a WLM of 4 or better
Only 25% of teams with a TOM 0 to -4.0 had a WLM of +4 or better
Only 8% of teams with a negative TOM of -5 or worse had WLM of +4 or better

Details here:    http://mgoblog.com/diaries/turnover-analysis-part-3-what-impact-winning

So is Vinopal now behind Cam? Wasn't sure that was confirmed.

So is Vinopal now behind Cam? Wasn't sure that was confirmed.

Submitted by iawolve on September 8th, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Won't ask about third string if Van Slyke is still nicked up since that would leave the Gatorade cooler playing the outfield. I have not heard any Vinopal chatter in the fall. Any updates on how he is doing before I start my Cam Gordon Please God Stay Healthy candlelight vigil?

Wolverine Practice Squad: Carson Butler's NFL career lives on / Warren a Jet

Wolverine Practice Squad: Carson Butler's NFL career lives on / Warren a Jet

Submitted by jtmc33 on September 8th, 2010 at 5:13 PM

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/transactions/

Titans sign Butler to their practice squad;  D. Warren on the Jets practice squad is official (rumors early yesterday but nothing official).

Looks like no practice squad for Dutch, Moosman, Ortmann

Luck of the student section block M?

Luck of the student section block M?

Submitted by lhglrkwg on September 8th, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Sorry if this has already been pointed out before

So watching the UConn game this weekend, I noticed that the student section did the block M in the crowd again. That makes this (I believe) the 3rd time that we've done this since we started it against Wisconsin in '08.

Now think back to the 3 best home wins of the richrod era: Wisconsin '08, Notre Dame '09 and UConn '10. Those were also the only 3 times that we've done the student section block M. 2 awesome comebacks, and one Denard-unleashing victory. Pretty strong correlation, no? Maybe we should bring the block M out for every home game