Night Games Open Thread 9/28

Submitted by Leaders And Best on September 28th, 2013 at 7:33 PM

#21 Ole Miss @ #1 Alabama (ESPN)

#10 Texas A&M @ Arkansas (ESPN2)

Arizona @ #16 Washington (FOX)

#20 Florida @ Kentucky (ESPNU)

#23 Wisconsin @ #4 Ohio State (ABC)



snarling wolverine

September 28th, 2013 at 7:36 PM ^

I suspect I'm not alone in cheering for Bucky against the Bucks.  This game could potentially determine whether or not we get a doubleheader against Ohio (assuming we, of course, win our division).


September 28th, 2013 at 9:36 PM ^

I don't consider RichRod my #2 by any means, but I wish him the best and hope he's successful.  He did his best, he wanted to stay, and it just didn't work.  And, in my opinion it didn't work mainly because of the defense.  If he was a little wiser to the traditions of UM and had Mattison for his d-coordinator he would still likely be our coach.  Granted, he didn't do that so he still failed, but I supported him as our coach and I will root for him.


September 29th, 2013 at 9:18 AM ^

I go even further than focusing on Rich Rod for those disastrous years. Certainly AD Bill Martin should get some of the blame for hiring Rich Rod in the first place. At the time this was considered the most important decision in Bill Martins career and one of the most in Michigan football history.

He was sleeping when Les Miles was available for that small open window of opportunity. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini was available at the time. So was Ron English and other assistants on the Michigan football staff. Brady Hoke was available. Michigan native and Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz would have probably jumped at the opportunity. All of these candidates would've kept up with the Michigan traditions.  


September 29th, 2013 at 9:48 AM ^

Les Miles is pretty sleazy. Maybe it's a by-product of having to compete in the SEC but I'm not really sure I want him here and glad we whiffed on him. 

If people didn't like how RR yelled at players on the sidelines, Pelini is worse and his tenure at Nebraska has been nothing short of a dumpster fire. Plus he's an OSU grad. 

I don't blame him for wanting to clear house from Lloyd's boys. Hoke was an unproven commodity at the time. 

Kirk Ferentz is god awful. 


September 28th, 2013 at 7:50 PM ^

It's not bad. Everybody is entitled to their opinion.

I'd rather both programs find success and maybe meet each other in a high profile game one day.

I think the thing that will make people stop talking about him is if we have a similar level of confidence in the offense as we do with the defense. I do think we're getting great players on both sides of the ball but the question is will they develop and we'll only know that with time.

Anyway go Ole Miss (puked a little) and Wisconsin. I will say though if Wisconsin wins what little credibility our conference has will go out the window probably but in case we are able to make it to the BTCG I'd rather not face OSU again.


September 28th, 2013 at 8:18 PM ^

but I don't miss the way he tears into his players on the sideline.  He is absolutely ripping into his QB after what looked like a smart throwaway without any good options.  Sheesh, he is about to bust a blood vessel.  He's going full Brian Kelly right now.


September 28th, 2013 at 7:58 PM ^

Yeah, those UW helmets are awesome. And for me, I adopted ASU as my 2nd favorite team when I moved to AZ.  So, I guess being archrivals of the Sun Devils and having RR as their coach, makes it easy for me to cheer against Zona.

I will say this though, given enough time RR could turn Zona into something special.  I think he could steal a lot of in-state Phoenix area talent if his system becomes Oregon Jr. in the PAC.

Zone Left

September 28th, 2013 at 7:53 PM ^

Between Stanford, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington to PAC-12 may have the strongest top portion of any conference in the country. The SEC has strong teams at the top, but it seems really close right now.


September 28th, 2013 at 7:53 PM ^

Comparison stats for Ohio State / Wisconsin...

Wisconsin Ohio St.
Yards/Play 8.0   6.6
Points/Play 0.583   0.580
Rush Play % 62.31%   60.17%
Pass Play % 37.69%   39.83%
Completion % 54.29%   68.24%
3D Conv % 51.22%   47.62%
RZ Scoring % 83.33%   100.00%
Wisconsin Ohio St.
Opp Yards/Play 4.1   4.5
Opp Points/Play 0.199   0.265
Opp Completion % 52.14%   57.14%
Opp 3D Conv % 34.78%   26.09%
Opp RZ Scoring % 77.78%   66.67%



September 28th, 2013 at 7:58 PM ^

Casteel has made a world of difference for RR. One thing I still regret is not offering him enough money to come with RR. 

They wouldn't be shutdown world beaters but serviceable with a solid O would have made a world of difference.