Oregon gets the media love because they score tons of points. But - they also have problems with teams that play physical (Stanford). The Ducks are a fast and finesse style team, and I don't think they can stand up to a full 60 minutes of taking turns landing punches. I like Sparty here. Would be very nice to see Sparty beat the Ducks and help give the B1G some needed national recognition.
I bet his star rating rises after this football year is over.... He catches the ball very well for a big man, and seems to have soft hands. He could be a great TE at Ohio State.
God bless this young man with the adversity he had to face at such an early age.
I don't know about not matching last year's performance. I think the talent is deeper than last year and better at the receiver and slot positions. Granted we lost the big horse in Hyde, but we have more speed at the RB position. I wouldn't be suprised if this offense can average about the same PPG.
I would also bet that the defense ends up ranked in the top 30 in the country overall this year.
Me neither, Andy! With Warinner as our O-line coach, I would take our offensive line and coach over any others in the B1G. Are we inexperienced? Yes.
But am I worried? Nope.
I totally agree with your reply. I don't want to see us drop to 3 linemen and basically concede the pass rush to play pass defense. I am sure we would still see pressure from the 3 linemen, but put 4 on the field to minimize the double-teams, and limit the QB's time to throw.
For offensive lines against our defensive front this year, it will the old "Damned if I do, and damned if I don't" philosophy.
If they slide protection to Joey's side, it frees up Spence to really use his speed on the edge in a one-on-one matchup. And if they slide to protect Spence's side, Joey blows up most linemen in a one-on-one matchup. It's a "pick your poison" type of problem. I just hope all can stay healthy all year long.
Crimson, I was thinking that a few of our safeties almost have LB size, but are a step faster. If the best 11 happen to be 6 DBs, play them all at the same time, right?
I see a trend here. The schools that got off are based in the southeastern US, and are pretty good at certain sports that make the NCAA money.
What I cannot understand is why Ohio State and USC got hit pretty hard, when they basically fall into making money.
Those PSU jerseys look like a uniform to be worn by a laundry service worker or a cook... I don't like them... Thought Sparty and Purdue's were pretty cool, though. Love teh OSU white one the best!!
Those Maryland jerseys look like someone threw up the Crayola factory... Damn - those are FUGLY!!
Why not go a 4-1-6? Use two nickels or extra safeties to replace a LB or two. If we have the talent and hitters in the secondary (and it sure sounds like we do), I say get them on the field all together against the spread.
This is one conference that the B1G seems to do well against in head-to-head games, and I feel we are the better conference.
Thank you for the tip, Jeremy. Do you know what high school he will be enrolled at? Farmington High? Detroit CC? Orchard Lake ST. Mary?
Hahahaha!! Good one, CC!!
Fitzpatrick attends one of Michigan's top-notch high school football programs - assuming he goes to Farmington Hills Harrison - and they are not too far from where I live. Our high school team could end up playing his school during cross-over week. I may try to go catch a game to see this young man.
I for one, am exited as hell to hear this! Didn't he have us on his top list and he hasn't visited yet? Watch out, UT! UFM is getting his arms around your boy!!
Bring him here, Urban!
WOW! My kind of women!! She looks HOT!! Any women that can carry that much beer, I am not messing with...
CPLUNK you said: I hate to say it, but we need to spend a lot of time this year rooting for other B1G teams to step up to the plate.
I have been rooting for the entire (yes - even that scUM team) B1G in all non-conference games. I am sick and tired of hearing "the Big Ten is weak" and I want this perception changed - EVEN IF IT MEANS ROOTING FOR TTUN!!!
Chief, I have to agree with you. I don't think Wisconsin has the speed to beat LSU, so they are out. MSU and Ohio State MUST GO UNBEATEN in order to make the playoff is my thought (hell - they may take a 1-loss SEC team over an unbeaten B1G team, I am afraid). The national media and the public will take a 1-loss SEC team over a 1-loss B1G team. I don't agree with it but the rest of the country will feel that the 1-loss SEC team is the better team and will get in.
Unfortunately, until more B1G teams can start beating good OOC schools regularly, we will be looked at as inferior to the SEC...
It wil be very interesting to see: 1) how many teams actually go undefeated and 2) which 1-loss teams get left out of the playoff. This system is still not perfect - only a true playoff system (like the smaller schools do it) would be.
I just wonder how many years Fat Joke-Hoke gets to have average seasons. Dick Rod was on a short leash and Joke isn't doing too much better. And - when he gets canned, I do believe Brandon will be sent packing, too. The lack of butts in the seats cannot all be blamed on Brady Cheeseburger.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahaha! Damn near pissed myself with this post! Thank you!!
Well as 99.9% of the rest of you, my CLEAR number 1 is Ohio State football. I follow it all season long, as the rest of you do.
A distant second is high school football. Ohio HS is #1. I still look up scores from the entire state on the weekends and read articles from the papers to stay up on the talent. Living in Michigan, I follow the HS here, but there is NO COMPARISON to Ohio with the MI football... Clearly third-rate to Ohio HS football.
A close third is Detroit Red Wing hockey. When I was young, I had an AM radio and the only thing I could pick up at night (listening to it to fall asleep) was Red Wing games. They weren't too good back then, but I have had some very nice years to celebrate with them.
Thank you for this article. It was great to read you and all the other posters' comments.
Can't believe I upvoted a Michigan man.... But the Tigers and Indians are my two favorite baseball teams. I grew up in Northern Ohio 20 miles from Cedar Point and I got to watch both teams, love them both.
I want Sweat the most, and a close second is Harris. Don't know why, but I like Gallimore, too. We need a WR or two from this group, but I don't think Kirk will be an OSU commit.
Also worth noting, all "neutral site" games are much closer to Alabama's campus than their opponent's campuses. Is this REALLY A NEUTRAL SITE game??