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11/20/2018 - 6:29pm Both Higdon and Evans are…

Both Higdon and Evans are plenty fast to beat the OSU secondary when the last safety misses a tackle at 5 yards from the LOS, which is what happened on the long Blackshear TDs. No defense is fast enough to make up for being that out of position.

11/20/2018 - 6:25pm I haven't watched every OSU…

I haven't watched every OSU game, but hasn't Martell already screwed up 2 short yardage situations with false starts? Seems like that package has not been practiced well. Seems like the sort of thing that might catch Don Brown once and then be utterly smothered.

11/20/2018 - 6:14pm Was this photo taken…

Was this photo taken immediately prior to her yelling I AM THE SENATE and shooting lightning bolts from her fingers?

11/20/2018 - 3:04pm I don't recall anything…

I don't recall anything particularly egregious from this year's version of MSU, other than the phantom unsportsmanlike on Higdon (but I'd prefer that to letting things get out of hand like O'Neil did). For once the conference's best interests align with Michigan, so I don't expect anything worse than standard home cooking advantage. But BPONE, and all that.  

11/20/2018 - 2:49pm Not going.

"You'll will…

Not going.

"You'll will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy... except in Urban's staff meetings"

With the requisite Obi Wan pic

11/19/2018 - 12:08am Urban Meyer stressed out and…

Urban Meyer stressed out and losing looks almost as grouchy as Dantonio looks literally always. 

11/17/2018 - 5:55pm Indiana ain’t the Citadel

Indiana ain’t the Citadel

11/17/2018 - 5:55pm At the moment the starters…

At the moment the starters are getting beat. 

11/17/2018 - 5:53pm Mike fucking deBord is out…

Mike fucking deBord is out coaching Don Brown right now

also, the correct number of carries for Chris Evans on standard downs is zero. Higdon and Wilson are flat out better, Evans brings nothing in that role that they don’t. 

11/14/2018 - 9:37pm Vengeance is sweet!

Vengeance is sweet!

11/14/2018 - 1:57pm My problem is less that they…

My problem is less that they are doing the scheduling, more that the CFP committee and other rankers act like they don't. The fact that the SEC plays a glorified scrimmage instead of an extra conference game really ought to close the door on "SEC team that doesn't win the conference gets into the CFP", yet it hasn't. 11-1 B1G schedule should get a boost over an 11-1 SEC schedule if one of those 11 is to an FCS team.

11/13/2018 - 1:14pm I was thinking the same…

I was thinking the same thing. Michigan doesn't make these errors against teams they respect. The bust here wasn't because they weren't "up" or "focused" for this game, but rather because they felt like they could turn every play into a SportsCenter clip. Rutgers almost hit a couple big screens for basically the same reason, and I felt the same way about the Mason play you noted (also DPJ on the same drive, where he lost like 5 yards looping back to try to turn a medium distance catch into a huge gain - fortunately he caught the ball well past the sticks and it didn't kill the drive).

11/13/2018 - 1:09pm I think he's trying to…

I think he's trying to signal Kinnel that Blackshear is once again Kinnel's responsibility, i.e. that they need to "switch back" or undo the switch caused by the original jet motion (which Kinnel plays successfully).

11/12/2018 - 7:13am I think the big inflection…

I think the big inflection points were adding stadium lights and the BTN. When I was in school, the lack of permanent stadium lights meant no night games and only one or two 330 games. Otherwise it was always noon kicks. 

11/12/2018 - 1:03am Because trying to run after…

Because trying to run after pushing and shoving outside a bar, then taking your legal lumps for that bad decision, all out in public, is definitely morally equivalent to covering up child rape for decades. Or even repeatedly covering for a wife beater. 

11/12/2018 - 1:01am OCR changed the rules for…

OCR changed the rules for everybody and made schools reopen old cases with lower standards of evidence. Not just Michigan. Arguably double jeopardy. Not a cover up. 

11/11/2018 - 12:19pm Rutgers tried to catch a…

Rutgers tried to catch a Wolverine with a mouse trap.

11/11/2018 - 12:08pm What UFRs? Brian rarely does…

What UFRs? Brian rarely does UFRs for the OSU game.

 

(You're right about the creative gameplans though)

11/11/2018 - 10:43am I don’t think they are…

I don’t think they are keeping him off tape. Probably more like “don’t overuse him because we don’t want him hurt like McCaffery”. Give him a drive he earned, otherwise let Milton run around some. 

11/11/2018 - 10:41am Think it was mostly wind and…

Think it was mostly wind and the fact that their secondary was actually pretty good in man coverage most of the day. 

11/11/2018 - 10:39am Why is ragging on Peters…

Why is ragging on Peters this blog’s official pastime?

11/11/2018 - 10:36am Seems like the wind was…

Seems like the wind was tough on kickoffs. Rutgers’ return guy is legit and I doubt giving him the ball at the 15 with a running start was ever the game plan. 

11/11/2018 - 10:32am Just kind of weird to play…

Just kind of weird to play him, but only for two drives and never attempting a pass. Seems like a bit of a waste. 

11/11/2018 - 10:29am I think they started the…

I think they started the game too aggressive, in big play highlight reel mode, and that contributed to the busts. Not just the TD - a couple of dropped screens would have gained big chunks. Not enough respect for the opponent. They settled in after the TD though and were their usual dominant selves. 

11/11/2018 - 10:25am Didn’t you hear? The fact…

Didn’t you hear? The fact that Milton came in 3rd and didn’t attempt to pass is clearly because he’s the “real” backup and Peters is a soft checked out scrub. 

/s

It’s really funny to me how the whole board loves to rag on the announcers, but then eagerly flogs to death whatever dumb talking point the announcers pick to harp on for the day (in this case the “backup QB controversy”)

11/11/2018 - 10:21am I think the issue, here and…

I think the issue, here and on defense, was that everybody was going for the big play instead of just taking what they play design gave. You saw DPJ do the same thing in the same drive - give up yards to try to YAC his way to a TD. 

I don’t think the issue was not being “up” for the game, if anything it was a case of being too cocky and assuming they were so much better than Rutgers that they could do Madden stuff and pad their highlight reels. 

11/11/2018 - 10:16am There was at least one play…

There was at least one play I saw that had a mesh point, but I’m guessing you’re right that Shea was back to the early season “slider set to always give” mode. 

11/10/2018 - 6:43pm Guessing the runs were super…

Guessing the runs were super vanilla. Only even threatened a read option once with Shea in the game that I saw. 

11/10/2018 - 6:41pm Bit of poor damn Karan today…

Bit of poor damn Karan today, Tru got the best blocked runs

11/08/2018 - 1:28pm The end of the season will…

The end of the season will matter because of the conference championships and the traditional end of year rivalries. You can't tank a game because the margin is pretty thin. Consider Bama - they aren't going to rest starters or anything for the end of the season, because they want a shot at an at-large bid if they lose the SEC championship. That will still be true in an 8 team format.

College will always have a few yawners If you really want "every game to matter", there is much lower hanging fruit. Ban playing FCS teams for one. Declare Rutger an FCS team for two. And giving teams a bye makes the playoff less competitive by giving a huge advantage to the top two.

11/08/2018 - 8:56am The PAC12 isn’t that bad,…

The PAC12 isn’t that bad, they just lack an obviously elite team relative to the rest of the conference. Other than Clemson, is the ACC any better? 

11/08/2018 - 8:50am Yeah, those damn computer…

Yeah, those damn computer rankings, not seeing what an obvious juggernaut the ACC is this year...

11/08/2018 - 8:47am Why is 6 better than 8?…

Why is 6 better than 8? Seriously, it’s a single elimination tournament. Number of teams should be a power of 2. 

A bye is way too huge of an advantage for what is almost always going to be an arbitrary, subjective decision between two teams with 0 or 1 loss and few if any common opponents. It will be skewed every year by the huge SEC/ACC bias. 

Getting to play the 8 seed is advantage enough. If they need more, make round 1 at home sites. 

11/07/2018 - 5:01pm But this is a paradox! If I…

But this is a paradox! If I neg you for no reason, I'm doing it because you told me to, which is a reason.

11/07/2018 - 4:59pm How do you kick a website?

How do you kick a website?

11/07/2018 - 4:57pm Maybe HUEL should spend less…

Maybe HUEL should spend less time making "clever" ads for the podcast and more time delivering features?

Or stop running ads on this website at all. Their ads mostly remind me who to blame for the backwards steps the site has taken in intuitive layout and features (although at least it crashes much less often).

11/07/2018 - 3:17pm I've been saying this all…

I've been saying this all along - 12-1 > 11-1, so we should be more worried about Bama losing in the SEC championship than getting one loss in the regular season.

Best case scenario is for Bama to poop the bed against somebody before the SEC CG and then beat Georgia anyway. Guarantees the SEC loser has at least 2 losses.

11/07/2018 - 3:11pm Are you sure? Mine didn't.

Are you sure? Mine didn't.

11/05/2018 - 3:27pm Beyond the neutral zone, a…

Beyond the neutral zone, a blocked kick is basically a punt. It would be illegal touching for the kicking team to field it (so they can down it by touching it). In or behind the neutral zone, it's treated as a fumble and either team can pick it up and advance it.

11/05/2018 - 3:17pm Definitely a launch, and it…

Definitely a launch, and it was sheer luck the initial contact was to the shoulder. I could see a no call if there was zero or minimal head-to-head contact, but there clearly was (even if it was the secondary contact) and it was hard enough to cause a head-snap and the unmistakable helmet-to-helmet crack sound.

Launch + forcible contact to head or neck = targeting.

11/05/2018 - 3:13pm Harbaugh handed Janklin a…

Harbaugh handed Janklin a business card from his agent, "In case ya need it in a month or so, James".

11/05/2018 - 12:42pm I think Peters position…

I think Peters position behind DCaff probably has as much to do with a) being hurt early in the season and b) being less like Shea than DCaff as it does with any lack of talent on Peters' part. What I mean by b) is, I think DCaff is better at running the offense designed around Shea than Peters could be. That doesn't necessarily mean that an offense designed around Peters, QB1 would be less effective than the offense you'd build around DCaff.

I agree the fanbase is writing Peters off too early and the people basically salivating for him to transfer so they can say I told you so is kind of gross.

 

11/05/2018 - 8:56am For all the “don’t look…

For all the “don’t look ahead” types, and for all the “I want OSU at their best” types, an OSU loss gives Michigan a one game cushion in the B1G east - Michigan could take any one loss and still get to the championship game. Nothing wrong with that. Go Sparty. 

11/05/2018 - 8:31am Appreciate the effort. Sorry…

Appreciate the effort. Sorry you had to pull double duty yesterday. 

11/05/2018 - 8:25am That wasn’t up when I was…

That wasn’t up when I was writing my post. A simple “hey the regular podcast is coming soon” in the front page post would have cleared up a ton. 

11/05/2018 - 8:08am MGoBlog isn’t a charity, it…

MGoBlog isn’t a charity, it’s not a PAC, it’s a business. I, as a customer, am voicing my disappointment with this particular product. 

Im glad Brian has an interest in “local” politics and I don’t mind him using this platform occasionally, but in lieu of one of my two favorite features on the blog kinda sucks (especially since this particular bit of politics is useless to me as I am out of state) 

All will be forgiven if we actually get an OSU UFR this year

11/05/2018 - 7:52am Because as we all know,…

Because as we all know, there is nowhere other than MGoBlog to get political information on the internet. 

I appreciate Brian’s interest in it, but the podcast really is something I look forward to on Monday mornings, so this was definitely “toothbrush on Halloween” as one poster noted already. 

11/04/2018 - 3:33pm What? “My guy is faster than…

What? “My guy is faster than your guy” isn’t exactly a trick play or wrinkle. Getting that on tape forces teams to respect it, which will open up things underneath. 

11/01/2018 - 9:26pm By losing Moorhead, Penn…

By losing Moorhead, Penn State basically gave Don Brown a 12 month halftime. We've seen what DMFB can do with half an hour.

11/01/2018 - 2:51pm The people in category 2…

The people in category 2 apparently can't count the number of losses OSU had last year.