Michigan Week Brings New Unis and No Storylines

By Keith on November 24, 2010 at 4:30p

What an odd Michigan week this is. On top of having The Game after Thanksgiving, there are essentially no compelling storylines revolving around the contest itself. Sure, you can manufacture an artificial one but the dominating headlines revolve around Michigan's coaching decisions following the game (regardless of the outcome) and Chris Spielman's remarks about their talentless defense. Our favorite #36 has definitely made the natives restless.

Focusing on the game itself, two things are clear to me. We don't need to stop Denard Robinson as much as we just need to limit his damage. He'll get his yards and plays but let's not be so paranoid in fear that we overpursue and toss other fundamentals out the window. More than anything else, we need to abuse that defense like it deserves to be and convert that abuse to into points. Other items bounding around my head which may or may not be related to The Game:

Uniform Agreement

No matter if you love or hate the special uniforms Ohio State will wear on Saturday, are we all in agreement that this trend needs to stop? And, why does it have to be against Michigan where tradition should take a backseat to nothing? This year's homage to yesteryear features a pretty cool helmet and sweet number typeface but little else. Those pants? Goodness gracious.

Vanishing Knee Brace

Anyone else notice Terrelle Pryor graced the Iowa field last Saturday without his clunky left knee brace? It was the first time he's played without it since the Rose Bowl and the returns were relatively impressive- 15/78 including a titanic 4th down conversion. Beyond that, he seemed to run with more power and on occasion lowered his shoulder to eek out a few more yards. 

Safety Play

Fresh off the discussion of Cover-2 last week and Orhian Johnson getting some pub in the Dispatch, we continue to see issues at safety. It doesn't help we've lost four of them throughout the year (Barnett, Moeller, Bryant, Evege) but Johnson's mistakes were again on display against the Hawkeyes. Ricky Stanzi had a wide open receiver early in the game but overthrew the pass no thanks to pressure or coverage. Johnson bit inside on a receiver who was already covered - by another safety no less- leaving the middle of the field wide open and making Chimdi Chekwa look like the guilty party at first blush. Those things will need to be cleaned up since Michigan will use the middle of the field in the passing game. Unfortunately, my expectation of the clean up is a little dubious this late in the year.

All Big Ten Ballot

Can anyone name an Ohio State player than is sure to be a first team All Big Ten selection? I can't. For some reason, Dan Persa and Robinson are the media darlings at QB (Robinson, rightfully so), John Clay is likely to be one of the RBs even though he's third best on their team and Adrian Clayborn is a Lombardi finalist despite being being roughly half as productive as last year. So, who are Ohio State's chances: Mike Adams, Justin Boren, Mike Brewster, Dan Sanzenbacher, Chimdi Checkwa and Cam Heyward. I think we'll see very few on 1st team but a load on 2nd team. And, don't even get me started about coach of the year - something JT has never won. Cue the laughter.


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JakeBuckeye's picture

Sanzenbacher is first team without one doubt in my mind... If not, RIOT!!!!!!!!

I'd count on Mike Brewster and Chimdi Chekwa being our two other first teamers, but Dane is most deserving and for some reason I think he'll get jipped.

gravey's picture

Do they have an "All False Start" team?  Brewster would be a first teamer.

J.Mo's picture

I'm sure there were false starts by Brew this season but honestly I don't think Brewster does it a lot. Shugarts on the other hand....

blazers34's picture

seriously.  think you are confusing them.  shugarts is the false start president

BuddhaBuck's picture

+1 for Dane...

But Chekwa? Did you watch the Wisky game?... IMO, he's 2nd Team at best. I would recommend R.Allen (Purdue) and M.Hyde (Iowa).

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JakeBuckeye's picture

This comment wasn't me saying who I thought should be first teamers, it was me saying who I think the Big Ten will put as first teamers.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Gotcha. :) 

I can see that happening... I've never felt so strongly about a Buckeye DB NOT deserving of the award... His video-game Agility and Awareness are in reality no better than 60/99.

Don't text while driving.

btalbert25's picture

I don't mind the jersey so much, but I don't like the red helmet at all.  I didn't like the white one last year.  I don't care what color helmet they had in what year, sometimes a tradition is born later in life and that's how I feel about the silver helmet.  I love it.  For all I care they could where tie dyed unis, but leave the helmet silver! lol.  I do, however, totally agree, lets quit the marketing ploy Nike, of course they won't though because people run out and buy the jersey's as soon as they hit the shelves.

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

Glad TP lost that thing. Every hit he took made me nervous about that knee. Plus, didn't want him to psyche himself out in case it made a popping noise again like in the Illinois game.

Bucksfan's picture

"why does it have to be against Michigan where tradition should take a backseat to nothing?"

Really?  The uniform is a tribute to 1942, when the Ohio State-Michigan game was a mere 39 years old!  Almost 4 decades!  It wouldn't be for another 26 years until we got what most closely resembles what the Buckeyes wear today, and in between had several different looks.

Ohio State-Michigan is drenched in tradition.  It's scarlet and gray vs. maize and blue.  Hell, I wouldn't mind it if next year they decide to both wear brown helmets, brown pants, and number-less jerseys in a tribute to the early 1900s, as long as it were those colors opposing one another on those jerseys.

I know people get edgy when it seems like the rivalry is being eff'd with.  But it's not the rivalry, it's just the uniforms...which have been eff'd with over and over and over again, almost every 3-5 years since the start of football.  Subtle/dramatic changes to the standard uniform are almost a tradition unto itself.

F*** Michigan.  Old or new, Scarlet and Gray is going to run all over their asses on Saturday.

P.S....love the scarlet helmet look.  If they found a way to incorporate buckeye leaf stickers, I wouldn't mind this uniform all the time.

NW Buckeye's picture

Agreed.  I can't believe all the bellyaching about the uni's.  They have always been in a state of constant change.  Heck, I kind of liked the look of the early 60's when the helmets were actually butt ugly.  Uni's no effect on what will happen on the field.  They just prove that many people react negatively to change, and they are more vocal than those who either like it or could give a flip. 

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I like this year's alot better than last's.

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btalbert25's picture

I haven't really heard anyone being really negative about this uniform.  Last year there was quite a backlash at first.  I don't like the red helmet, but it's just because I love the silver helmet.  I don't buy the, it's a tribute to the 42 team spiel. If they were going to do that, they would actually do a true throwback like other leagues do all the time.  I don't care about playing the game with a different uniform, I just don't need to be fed a line of BS to get me to be ok with it.

BuckeyeChief's picture

OT, but the new Blue Jackets uni is awesome, sure to piss of our friends down south...



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Johnny Ginter's picture

no kidding, and i looooove it

andyr78's picture

IMO the helmet is the worst part of the uniform.  I wish they would have stuck with a silver helmet.

I did notice TP wasn't wearing his knee brace last weekend.  Anyone heard anything about his shoulder?

iball's picture

What I don't like about the Uni's is the fact we are making Oregons biggest booster even richer. Would we still be so all about it if the guy was Tsun's biggest supporter? You can argue it doesn't directly influence Oregons football team, but last time I checked they were No.1 and 2 wins from a MNC appearance. The only positive I see in helping Oregon is creating some competition for the west coast USC recruiting juggernaut. Why doesn't Reebok get in on this?

I like the uni's, but not vs. Michigan, and even more if Michigan was actually good.

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