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09/18/2018 - 3:18pm The problem is that you've…

The problem is that you've bought into all of the other nonsense that they've sold you, so naturally this makes sense.

Athletic departments are intentionally in the red.  It's a bookkeeping fiction, mostly made up of the paper value of the scholarship.  It allows them to justify taking in ever-larger amounts of money, requesting endless donations, etc.

Title IX is also a red herring.  There is absolutely nothing in there that would require that women's cross country get paid as much as a football player.  For example -- they could offer to split gate revenue with the players. At UConn, it might be more lucrative to be a women's basketball player than a football player.  At Wisconsin, the reverse is likely true.  Neither situation is illegal, because neither of those is discriminatory.

09/17/2018 - 5:47pm On a related note, though,…

On a related note, though, in football, receivers often look to the head linesman or line judge for confirmation as to whether or not they are lined up appropriately.  But since Bush was obviously onside, there are no rules as to where he can stand, so... color me perplexed.

09/16/2018 - 10:53pm You can't take everything…

You can't take everything away from the offense.  If they mix in more zone, they give up more completions into the soft spots in the zones; depending upon the zone design, usually the flats and the spot about 10-15 yards downfield behind the first set of defenders and in front of the next.

Perfect offense beats perfect defense every time.  The goal of the defense is to decide what you want to take away and how best to do it, depending upon the strengths of the oppositions.

Personally, I think it would really help if the referees would call the pick, though.  While I wasn't convinced that the busted coverage was a pick, there were at least two others that were pretty darn clear.

09/16/2018 - 9:19pm No, because there's no role…

No, because there's no role reversal necessary.  Both teams were in basically the same spot in '97. Michigan handled it with class and was not rewarded.  Nebraska handled it without class and won half a national championship that they didn't deserve, with special assists from Peyton "waaaah that was my Heisman waahhh wahhh wahhh my daddy said it was" Manning and Phil Fulmer.

09/16/2018 - 9:09pm Signing bonus, yes;…

Signing bonus, yes; guaranteed salary, no.

The team can take steps to try to recoup some of the signing bonus (see: Johnson, Calvin).

09/16/2018 - 9:06pm George Costanza approves.

George Costanza approves.

09/16/2018 - 1:58pm OK, so let me make sure I…

OK, so let me make sure I understand:

SMU's rankings before the game were sacrosanct, handed down from football Valhalla and never to be questioned.

Michigan's rankings before the game were meaningless, because look how they played against SMU!

Positional rankings aren't the end-all, be-all at the end of the season, although they usually tell much of the story.  But after week 2? Come on, man.  Troll harder.

09/16/2018 - 12:28pm John U. Bacon would love…

John U. Bacon would love this thread.

Michigan wins a game by 25, most of the conference loses, and it's Michigan that needs to be terrified that the sky is falling.

Adjusted for sacks, SMU had 5.4 ypa passing and 4.2 ypc rushing.  They scored three touchdowns: one on a busted route after a minor pick (probably not OPI); one on a drive kept alive by two terrible PI calls and a questionable targeting call; and a third that was more legitimate, but still helped out by a questionable defensive pass interference call and a push-off on the actual TD reception (to be fair; they SMU did have a TD called back on a holding call earlier in the drive).

On offense, Michigan scored on its final six possessions of the game.  Will Hart punted twice, and if Sean McKeon comes back to the ball on the INT, it's likely the final seven possessions instead of six.

The team looked fine.

09/16/2018 - 4:27am I'm torn on that.  PI is a…

I'm torn on that.  PI is a huge penalty in the NFL, because it discounts the possibility that the receiver wouldn't have made the catch in the first place.  It can turn a 10% probability of a completion into certainty.

The only spot fouls in college football are PI (but it's capped at 15 yards) and intentional grounding. Intentional grounding has always bothered me, because it should be something like 5-10 yards from the spot of the foul.  As it is, it's essentially no penalty at all -- you'd only do it if you were going to get sacked, so the effective penalty is nothing.

After watching the UM/SMU game, there is no way that I want pass interference to be an uncapped spot foul in college football.  "Throw it up and hope for a flag" might actually become the most efficient offense.

I could be talked into it for targeting, but only if they can figure out, once and for all, what targeting actually is.  With the rule as it stands, I foresee a huge, controversial game-changing call based upon some targeting that existed only in the mind of one official.

I do agree that the SDSU player was rewarded for committing a foul, but that would have been true with pass interference also.

09/16/2018 - 2:32am He can't catch it.. if you…

He can't catch it.. if you knock it down!

BTW -- if Herm had used his timeout on SDSU's first down, he'd have had another 40 seconds to play with.  The timeout ended up being wasted, essentially -- he called it while the clock was stopped.

09/16/2018 - 2:30am Well, he'd probably prefer…

Well, he'd probably prefer not to miss the first half next week.  But, yes, I agree.

And, yes, the announcing crew has biffed this completely.

ASU with one shot, but it's from the 35 instead of the 2.

09/16/2018 - 2:28am These announcers are…

These announcers are extremely confused.

09/16/2018 - 2:26am I think that ball bounces,…

I think that ball bounces, but I think it's "call stands"

09/16/2018 - 2:25am Wow.  ASU is going to have…

Wow.  ASU is going to have one shot at the end zone to tie / win with a two point conversion from about the 2.

09/16/2018 - 2:20am Call stands: play on.  43…

Call stands: play on.  43 seconds left; ASU has the ball around their own 23.

09/16/2018 - 2:18am Wow.  3rd down and 7 SDSU;…

Wow.  3rd down and 7 SDSU; under a minute left.  ASU has one timeout left.  SDSU runs the ball, picks up about 15-20 yards... and, instead of taking a knee, has the ball ripped out trying for extra yardage.

Play's being reviewed; it was ruled a fumble on the field.  I think he was down but it's hard to tell.

09/16/2018 - 2:14am Tip of the cap to Herm -- he…

Tip of the cap to Herm -- he kicked onside.  Poorly, and right at an SDSU player who covered it, but at least he tried.

09/16/2018 - 2:11am I don't think most voters…

I don't think most voters put as much thought into it as the fans. :)

ASU hasn't lost yet.. they just scored a touchdown to pull within 7.  1:40 left; ASU to kick with two timeouts and Herm Edwards coaching.

Despite the fact that SDSU has run the ball down their throats, I predict Herm will kick it deep.

09/16/2018 - 2:06am Besides -- if anybody who's…

Besides -- if anybody who's voting in the poll is still up, they're going to write this off as a "trap game" or "hangover game" for ASU.

09/16/2018 - 2:05am Teams rarely drop without…

Teams rarely drop without playing.  The polls are basically a measure of preseason expectations plus who has the longest winning streak.  MSU will still be ranked.

09/16/2018 - 2:04am ASU picked up the first 1st…

ASU picked up the first 1st down of the second half with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game.  SDSU has outscored them 14-0 in the half.  I think Herm Edwards's stay in the polls is going to be a single week. :)

09/16/2018 - 1:55am With 4 minutes, 19 seconds…

With 4 minutes, 19 seconds left in the second half, ASU has run 12 second half plays, gaining a total of 9 yards.  SDSU up 6 and driving in the ASU red zone.

09/16/2018 - 1:19am I wonder if DTR is wishing…

I wonder if DTR is wishing he were redshirting at Michigan instead of playing at UCLA...

09/16/2018 - 1:00am SDSU is running through the…

SDSU is running through the ASU defense better than MSU did last week.

09/16/2018 - 12:21am Yeah, I'm watching Utah/UW…

Yeah, I'm watching Utah/UW but I think I'm going to have to switch to UCLA/Fresno State and SDSU/ASU once they come back from halftime....

09/15/2018 - 11:41pm There have been a couple of…

There have been a couple of deep shots.

However, Michigan's line play hasn't really been good enough for many downfield attempts.

09/15/2018 - 11:33pm I guess it's not just the…

I guess it's not just the Big Ten -- I turn on Washington / Utah, and the first thing they're talking about is a questionable targeting call against a Utah player.

09/15/2018 - 11:32pm If you're going to call that…

If you're going to call that play, you have to make sure you use up all of the time on the clock.

09/15/2018 - 11:31pm Hail Mary falls short and…

Hail Mary falls short and Terry Bowden fails to pay for his silliness (instead of punting on 4th down, he had his quarterback throw the ball out of bounds -- but there were 7 seconds on the clock when the play started, and he only used 5).

Northwestern player actually touched the ball in the end zone, but Akron knocked it down.

09/15/2018 - 11:29pm Terry Bowden is a moron, and…

Terry Bowden is a moron, and Northwestern now has one play to win from the Akron 30.

09/15/2018 - 11:25pm Northwestern game: …

Northwestern game:  Officials: "Call is confirmed."  Announcers: "I guess they just couldn't see enough to overturn it."

....?

Akron recovers a terrible onside kick attempt by Northwestern and needs just one first down.

09/15/2018 - 11:21pm Touchdown, Northwestern,…

Touchdown, Northwestern, pending a review... Zips may have to withstand an onside kick / last drive...

09/15/2018 - 11:19pm Yep, if Mizzou and Akron…

Yep, if Mizzou and Akron both win, the Big Ten is looking at 6-7 or 5-8 on the day, depending upon TCU (which, sadly, doesn't look good for the Horned Frogs :( )

09/15/2018 - 11:17pm Mizzou driving to beat…

Mizzou driving to beat Purdue.  Each team has just over 600 yards of offense.

09/15/2018 - 11:12pm I find every OSU game…

I find every OSU game offensive.

09/15/2018 - 11:10pm No way -- guy never had…

No way -- guy never had control and the ball clearly hit the ground.

09/15/2018 - 11:09pm Glen Mason: "I see it hit…

Glen Mason: "I see it hit the ground, but I don't see it bobble."

(Receiver never had control -- it was about as indisputable a call as you'll ever see)

Brohm sets a Purdue record for passing yards at something like 550.  Tied at 37 now.

09/15/2018 - 10:52pm Mizzou just called a Zookian…

Mizzou just called a Zookian positive-field-position punt on 4th and just-less-than-5.  Purdue says, "we won't stand for this!" and sends a guy running onto the field late.. and he's offsides at the snap. The punt, predictably, goes into the end zone... but the offsides penalty gives Mizzou a first down.

Big Tennnnn!!!

09/15/2018 - 10:43pm Sorry, if you can see well…

Sorry, if you can see well enough to read mgoblog, you're not qualified.

And if you have an account on mgoblog, you're obviously biased and can't be trusted.  (Having an account on 11warriors or RCMB, on the other hand, doesn't mean anything).

09/15/2018 - 10:41pm Blough now up to 485 passing…

Blough now up to 485 passing yards after a 75-yard pass play on a crazy ricochet.  Purdue within a field goal.

09/15/2018 - 10:37pm Missouri, whose offense has…

Missouri, whose offense has been unstoppable but who hasn't played a lick of defense, goes for 4th and 1 from their own 44 with a ten-point lead.

They make it, of course.  Glen Mason: "I wouldn't have done that."

No, Glen, you wouldn't have.  That's why you're in the booth and Minnesota is still searching for a good coach.

(BTW -- if you want one more thing to blame Glen Mason for; it turns out his "coaching tree," per Wikipedia, consists of Rod Carey, Joker Phillips, Kevin Sumlin.. and Mark Dantonio.

09/15/2018 - 10:22pm You can't just install an up…

You can't just install an up-tempo offense the way you can a wildcat package or whatever.  It's a philosophical mindset that needs to be applied from the top down.

You also need an offensive line that's on the same page on every play.  With the current OL, I think giving them as much time as possible to survey the situation and to communicate the blocking calls is the right play.

09/15/2018 - 9:51pm Why does Glen Mason sound…

Why does Glen Mason sound like Dan Dakich?

09/15/2018 - 9:40pm Yeah, that's why I have the…

Yeah, that's why I have the Purdue / Mizzou game on.  It's not that I care about those teams -- I don't; I just can't bring myself to contribute to the Ryan Day Experience. :)

09/15/2018 - 9:36pm I don't know -- it takes mad…

I don't know -- it takes mad skillz to make 20-year-old Simpsons puns. ;)

09/15/2018 - 9:35pm Wow, just saw the faux OSU…

Wow, just saw the faux OSU touchdown.  That was absolutely, 100% a safety.  I can't believe they missed that on replay.

09/15/2018 - 9:33pm BTN Halftime of the Mizzou /…

BTN Halftime of the Mizzou / Purdue game -- Mike Hall, talking about Purdue's quarterback:

"David Blough; that's his name -- that name again is David Blough."

groan....

09/15/2018 - 9:27pm LOL, make that 328 yards of…

LOL, make that 328 yards of offense and down 27-24 after a blatant, uncalled push-off.  You don't think Glen Mason noticed the push-off?  I guess you've heard Glen Mason call a football game. ;)

09/15/2018 - 9:23pm Purdue has 304 first half…

Purdue has 304 first half yards.

They're down 27-17 to Missouri, who has 400.

09/15/2018 - 9:16pm Michigan scored on six…

Michigan scored on six consecutive possessions to close the game (five touchdowns and a field goal).  They played the entire game without Karan Higdon against a defense where Higdon's running style would have been preferable to Evans's.  The non-Shea Patterson rushing plays netted 5 ypc.

They "only" scored 45 points because of a slow start, the glacial pace of the game, and Shea's INT on the goal line. Michigan ran 59 offensive plays and gained 434 yards, or 7.4 yards per play.  They were 6/13 on 3rd down but 3/3 on 4th down. so basically only four stalled drives for the entire game.  The offense was fine.