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11/12/2018 - 2:04pm Sad news. Got to meet him a…

Sad news. Got to meet him a few years ago. 

11/12/2018 - 2:03pm “I heard down here you guys…

“I heard down here you guys play this thing called de-fense. What is that, exactly? Some sorta pass play?”

11/11/2018 - 1:41pm USC 

USC 

11/08/2018 - 11:37pm To my knowledge it started…

To my knowledge it started on offtackle empire* a few years back. Also it’s not “Rutger,” it’s “rutger.”

*Big 10 blog where the MO is basically everyone making fun of everyone else. 

11/06/2018 - 12:12am I agree with them on Schiano…

I agree with them on Schiano. 

Hope they never let him go. 

11/04/2018 - 6:39pm I thought we’d go 9-3 with a…

I thought we’d go 9-3 with a loss to ND, one of Wisconsin, MSU and PSU and one to OSU. One came true, one did not and one remains to be seen.

But we are no doubt much better than I thought we’d be. 

11/01/2018 - 9:12am Good.

 

Who wants to bet…

Good.

 

Who wants to bet OSU hires him as DC after parting ways with Schiano?

10/29/2018 - 12:51pm They are pretty good. Not…

They are pretty good. Not great, and definitely not as good as they were last year, but still good enough to give us a hard time and even beat us if the stars align a certain way. We should not take them lightly or consider the game “in the bag.”

That said, I am confident that if both teams play well and luck breaks even, we win. 

10/26/2018 - 9:05pm I assume he keeps them in…

I assume he keeps them in jars. 

10/24/2018 - 8:58am Really good read.

So on the…

Really good read.

So on the fly/jet sweeps...what is it exactly that we aren't doing well? From your diagram it seems like we diagnosed the defense incorrectly--running toward the strong side, where MSU had at least one defender without anyone to block him. Or is it more of an execution thing? What did Wisconsin do correctly on their TD that we aren't doing here? 

 

10/23/2018 - 8:28pm Is Perles magic injectable?

Is Perles magic injectable?

10/23/2018 - 8:27pm I still cringe when i hear…

I still cringe when i hear that song in a drug store or wherever. 

10/22/2018 - 5:10pm They like to complain about…

They like to complain about Dave Warner but I think their real issue is a lack of talent and depth—especially on the OL. 

10/22/2018 - 9:35am Overall, lots to be happy…

Overall, lots to be happy about--especially (a) defensive dominance and (b) running for 183 on a team allowing 63 going into the game. 

My one complaint has to do with, what else, offensive play calling. Throwing short horizontal passes on first and second down worked early, both in terms of gaining yards and keeping MSU from keying in on run plays. But then we almost completely went away from it. I don't get it. Bubble screens, waggles, hitches, slants, quick outs, etc. I think if we'd executed just 5-6 more of these on non-obvious passing downs, the score would have been considerably more lopsided. 

10/22/2018 - 9:35am Overall, lots to be happy…

Overall, lots to be happy about--especially (a) defensive dominance and (b) running for 183 on a team allowing 63 going into the game. 

My one complaint has to do with, what else, offensive play calling. Throwing short horizontal passes on first and second down worked early, both in terms of gaining yards and keeping MSU from keying in on run plays. But then we almost completely went away from it. I don't get it. Bubble screens, waggles, hitches, slants, quick outs, etc. I think if we'd executed just 5-6 more of these on non-obvious passing downs, the score would have been considerably more lopsided. 

10/21/2018 - 10:47pm The lie makes them feel…

The lie makes them feel better about getting completely dominated. 

10/20/2018 - 1:07pm Doesn’t matter. Everything I…

Doesn’t matter. Everything I said above stands 

10/20/2018 - 12:42pm Just keep the horizontal…

Just keep the horizontal passing and zone running games going. Don’t panic. Use Mason. Control field position. Win. 

10/19/2018 - 6:30pm On your computer with a VPN…

On your computer with a VPN. That’s how I watched every game last year when I was living next door in Singapore.

10/19/2018 - 6:00pm I’ve never thought it was a…

I’ve never thought it was a question of emphasis, but of attitude. MSU often plays like they have nothing to lose, while we play like we have everything to lose. 

If we are focused and loose, we win. If we are tense and full of self-doubt, bad things could happen. 

10/18/2018 - 11:39pm A lot of people assume rain…

A lot of people assume rain benefits MSU because they’ve won some big ones in the rain—which is true, of course. But usually thats because they are good at (a) stacking the box on defense and (b) inside running. This year they can do (a) but not (b). They are more reliant on the passing game than we are this time around. 

I do think we will have a tough time running on them, but not as tough a time as they’ll have it trying to run on us. 

 

10/17/2018 - 8:46am Amen. 

2014, 2008 and 2009…

Amen. 

2014, 2008 and 2009 are a set of experiences I hope never to relive. 

10/17/2018 - 8:45am Interesting. I always…

Interesting. I always thought 11w was independent. 

What's the network? 

10/16/2018 - 7:26pm Now I’ve seen everything. 

Now I’ve seen everything. 

10/16/2018 - 10:48am Accuweather says “a couple…

Accuweather says “a couple of showers” in the afternoon. So a factor to consider but not to the degree it was last year. 

Also, I’m curious...so last year the rain was a problem because we still couldn’t run the ball with consistency *and* our passing offense was terrible. This year we can run with much more consistency and our passing offense is pretty good (though not great). MSU, by contrast, looks more like we did last year. 

Obviously they’ll bring their A game and throw the kitchen sink at us, but my question is: would rain still benefit them like it did last year, or would the roles likely be reversed? 

I mean, I get they can just bring an extra guy into run support, but I figure stuff like zone read and stretch could be extra effective if their DE’s are slipping. Also we can just mash them with Mason. 

10/12/2018 - 9:22am Agreed. All the offending…

Agreed. All the offending parties at the Freep are gone. All the people they were after at Michigan are gone too. 

 

 

10/11/2018 - 12:09pm I’m still skeptical about…

I’m still skeptical about how they’d hold up against an elite DL, but are there any elite DLs left on our schedule?

Serious question. Obviously OSU has the talent but, Nick Bosa aside, they’ve been underwhelming—and Bosa is out anyway. Not clear when he’ll be back. 

As for MSU, they’re great against the run but not against the pass. 

10/10/2018 - 4:26pm NW beat MSU with 8 yards…

NW beat MSU with 8 yards rushing. 

10/09/2018 - 11:31pm FEI is so weird. We score…

FEI is so weird. We score much better than MSU on every metric they collect and yet are ranked 4 spots lower...

10/08/2018 - 10:35am Totally agree. Also worth…

Totally agree. Also worth noting that being a Michigan grad doesn’t mean much. Michael Rosenberg was a Michigan grad. 

Nick isn’t a troll, isn’t a hot take machine, and is actually very knowledgeable and insightful. Do I always agree with him? By no means. But he’s a huge upgrade for the Freep compared with the yokels they used to pay to cover the beat.

10/08/2018 - 9:22am I don't get the Baumgartner…

I don't get the Baumgartner hate. He isn't relentlessly negative in a cheap and thoughtless way, like Drew Sharp used to be. He's just critical. But this blog is also critical--often about the same things, and to the same degree. I don't think Baumgartner's views are far off from Brian's. 

Anyway, I thought it was a good article. Love to see that we are able to add complexity, rather than be forced to reduce it. 

10/07/2018 - 6:06pm I dunno, man. I just don’t…

I dunno, man. I just don’t think Patterson has the numbers for an early NFL exit. He’s good, sure, but the offense will bring back most people and so he’d likely benefit from another year in terms of draft placement. I feel like he’s coming back. 

 

10/07/2018 - 1:23pm It would be interesting to…

It would be interesting to see our stats through 6 games last year 

10/07/2018 - 12:57pm How do you know we won’t…

How do you know we won’t have them for the next 3 games?

Gary is likely back for Wisconsin and early word on Dwumfour suggests that it isn’t a long term injury. No word any which way on Kemp. 

10/07/2018 - 12:16pm Passing spread offense. 

Passing spread offense. 

See also: good passing spread offense coupled with surprisingly not great defense, meaning they need more TDs than you’d think they’d need. 

10/07/2018 - 12:14pm What he said has nothing to…

What he said has nothing to do with who wins our game. He’s talking about ethics and why people would want to play for a program with those priorities. 

10/07/2018 - 11:50am What’s your rationale for…

What’s your rationale for stating that passer rating is superior to QBR? Aside from the fact that our guy does better in it, of course ;)

10/07/2018 - 11:49am Comes up at a cool #9 in the…

Comes up at a cool #9 in the conference 

10/05/2018 - 9:13pm “Out-athlete” is not a verb. 

“Out-athlete” is not a verb. 

09/24/2018 - 10:38am Look, was our dominating…

Look, was our dominating performance at least partly attributable to Nebraska being bad? Yes absolutely. 

But did our OL also show *basic competence* that it hasn’t shown, even against equal or worse opponents, since 2016? Also yes. 

I don’t expect us to mash MSU or OSU into fine dust, but I don't expect us to get utterly *mashed* anymore either. I do think we are seeing real, tangible progress since that week one loss. Our OL is progressing nicely.

09/24/2018 - 9:23am Awesome, and Wisconsin runs…

Awesome, and Wisconsin runs a similar D, don't they. So that's good. 

But--and here's a question for the OL specialists--how portable is this to, say, a quarters defense with 4 down linemen? 

09/22/2018 - 4:53pm The OL is getting better and…

The OL is getting better and it’s not just the level of competition. NU night not be good but their front 4 aren’t worse than WMU’s or SMU’s. Our guys are playing smarter and more disciplined every week. They absolutely dominated the LoS—something we haven’t seen much of since the mid-00s. This is what we want—need—to see going forward. 

Are we good enough to beat OSU on the road? Maybe, though still seems like a stretch to me. But are we good enough to beat any *other* team in the conference? I think we are.

Doesn’t mean we will, granted (I still think we’ll roll into Columbus 9-2, as I did preseason). But it certainly looks possible now, and it wasn’t that long ago that it simply did not. 

 

09/21/2018 - 5:07pm No

No

09/20/2018 - 7:32pm Won’t change the fact that…

Won’t change the fact that they are the Big 10 favorites, but he’s their best defensive player by a mile. Like if we had lost Hurst last year. 

Could seriously impact their postseason chances. 

09/13/2018 - 9:20am Always a good read. I agree…

Always a good read. I agree on shotgun and spreading the field. I'd like to see more of that. 

09/13/2018 - 12:36am What the hell is wrong with…

What the hell is wrong with you? He's a ****ing sophomore. Give the kid a break. 

09/13/2018 - 12:34am I just negged him for good…

I just negged him for good measure. 

09/11/2018 - 11:22pm Seeing as how we won a…

Seeing as how we won a national championship 3 years later, I’d say it’s not worth speculating about. 

09/08/2018 - 11:28am Better blocking from OL…

Better blocking from OL. Blitz pickups by RB, FB. Higdon and Evans back in the groove. A couple big plays in the passing game. Defensive dominance. 

09/04/2018 - 9:21am This just in...asshole is…

This just in...asshole is asshole.