How many times last season did we watch JK Dobbins line up about 4 yards deep in the backfield in a short yardage situation and then get stuffed at the line because every person watching knew what was coming...I'd suggest that in addition to the zone read, our offensive play callers do a better job of, wait for it.....calling a play that isn't quite so obvious.
While I like the pick, I think we'll get another look at how this is viewed between now and national signing day. I want to see some of the changes he makes on the staff as well. Urban is a tough act to follow. I wish Coach Day well.
I live just outside of Ann Arbor...Saturday was like Christmas when I was a little kid...all the anticipation leading up to it for the last few weeks, and then the excitement of opening the big package and the pure joy when you not only got what you wanted, but the deluxe version that you thought was beyond all hope. However today was almost as much fun...I've been listening to the local sports station "the official sports station of University of Xichigan". Today, there was no blaming lucky plays on the part of the Buckeyes, no blaming of the referees for bias...in fact they said they were the beneficiary of several calls...today, they admit they are still not up to the task of taking on Ohio State. For the next 51 weeks I don't have to listen to anyone up here bashing OSU, and that include family members. They didn't say it, and someone here may already have mentioned it, but Xichigan's vaunted defense gave up more points on Saturday than their basketball team has so far this season. Bring on Northwestern!
Happy to see Tate get in the game...i think his presence can be a big boost and he deserves to see more playing time. While he didn't fall on the snap miscue this game, he adds a dimension to the offense that can create defensive challenges, especially with some rpo's for him. His instinctive elusiveness combined with the quickness of our receivers should produce some plays that result in big gains, even against UM, who gave up an 80 yard Rutgers run.
"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." This quote is from Woody Hayes. We'll see how applicable it is come November 3rd.
On both sides of the ball we have a ton of talented athletes on the roster. I think we are often putting them in places where they cannot use their athleticism to the fullest advantage. On offense, I'd love to see Dobbins in as an H back, along with Teague and Weber in the back field. Let's try and run the ball from something other than a single back set. With Mack out, I think Dobbins would be a great possession receiver. Here''s hoping there are positive changes coming for the Nebraska game and the others that remain on the schedule.
I also think there's a hangover effect from the whole Zach Smith issue. Urban looks anything but confident on the sidelines.
The recruiting situation is way off from that of past several years. Nothing a couple good "booms" wouldn't fix, but we need some momentum in next year's class and soon.
Disheartening to think that there aren't "backups" who would play with more enthusiasm and energy than the offensive line we have right now. I will never understand how someone can be 6-6, over 300 pounds, train for years and not be able to push most opposition players around. Coaching? LB's and DB's who seem to be constantly out of position...coaching? How many games now when we've had short yardage that we've not been able to pick up a yard or two? Anyone ever thought about putting in a full back type to lead the way for a runner? Coaching? intransigence? When you keep on doing the dame things that have failed you in the past, and show no willingness to change, it's not a great sign. I hope this game was a wake up call for everyone....we'll see in two weeks.
Here's something I don't understand about our short yardage calls...do we have a play where a full back or other blocker leads our halfback into the hole? Seven weeks now, and short yardage consists of a handoff to Dobbins or Weber...come on coaches, your have to be able to come up with something other than that.
Saturday's going to be a bad day to be a Gopher!
As the song goes..."Wake me up when it's all over..." I sure hope this doesn't turn out to be any more of a nightmare than it's already been.
That was a fantastic last point!!! Congrats...club teams are a great way for students to get the flavor of intercollegiate competition.
The future is in good hands at qb. It's another example of next man up and that man stepping up to the challenge...tip of the hat to both JT and DH as well as the O line who I think did a great job. Anyone notice that Dr. Blitz (aka Don Brown) didn't do much of that today?
Re: Minnesota helmet...who wouldn't want a rodent on the side of their helmet?
I've lived up here for the past 25 years and been to at least 10 OSU ga
mes. If you're wearing OSU gear, you may get some teasing when you walk in, but with few exceptions ( most often caused by over-served OSU fans) I've never seen any proble ms. I've sat everywhere, including in the midst of life long season ticket holders. The fans here have been conditioned by 15 years of failure when it co mes to OSU and tend to be realistic about the ass whippin they're going to get. Now, having said all of that, I haven't been in the stadiu m for too many U M victories. If you want a cheap place to park, when you co me into town, go west on Scio Church Rd. to Seventh Ave...there is often free street parking on Seventh, or $10 to park in the church lot...less than a mile walk to the stadiu m that you can see when you park...you will end up walking right thru Pioneer HS which is kitty corner from the stadiu m. Hope this is another year when the place is full of our faithful...nothing is more fun than the O-H-I-O chant echoing around that place.
What is the status of Joe Burrow?
For most of the OSU fans, Saturday was about the best day ever....ever! But it's tomorr
I live in that state to the north...There was discussion this morning on AA radio about Speight be ready to play on Saturday. And there's this from the Detroit paper:
"I talked to a couple of sources tonight, including the one who thought Speight was done for the remainder of the regular and apparently there is some cause for optimism.
My source, who helped me break the Speight injury story before anybody else informed me tonight that Speight threw in practice on Friday and it’s better than 50/50 that Speight gets the start at OSU.
He did drop a couple of caveats. One, it’s about pain tolerance at this point for Speight’s non-throwing shoulder, if he can battle through it…he can play. Two, if he gets hit early in the game and Michigan can’t keep him clean, he won’t last long against the buckeyes.
Speight has a fairly serious injury but it isn’t to his throwing shoulder so there is a “legit” chance he could be ready for Saturday. My source, “It’s early but it could be legit that he plays.”
I'm optimistic that no matter who takes snaps for the skunk weasels this Saturday, OSU comes out on top. I think we'll have a few surprises for *ichigan.
Meh...in the words of the late Al Davis...'just win baby'...the rest will take care of itself.
I keep wondering when we try to go up tempo...not for the game or even a quarter, but periodically throughout the game...I recognize that different situations call for differing strategies, but in the past, it has seemed to work well for us.
Let's not forget that coming into this season we had the youngest team in the power 5, then, our presumed starter at tailback managed to dis-qualify himself before we got to game 1. We've not been playing at a high level for weeks. Very slow starts game after game, on both offense and defense. We're not consistent on either side of the ball. We had what I believe was an unrealistic ranking to start the season and and we got to number 2 in the polls because of some "upsets" that occurred to other teams ahead of us early in the season and, we managed to beat Oklahoma. We've played three road games in prime time, and two of them in a row. The results Saturday should not come as a huge surprise. Three special teams errors on top of some blown coverages. Things just don't appear to be in synch yet. We still have a chance to win the Big 10 and move forward from there, but from my perspective, I'm not surprised to see us struggling a bit. I'm hopeful the coaches and players right ship this weekend with Northwestern and build on that.
I debated whether to watch yesterday...after seeing this team be dismantled in an ugly way the past few weeks, I didn't want to see what was likely to happen. Tuned in at the half to see we were up by seven I think...then got more and more invested as we started to pull away. These guys hung tough...scrapped and clawed and fought through the last five minutes and bam! Down goes Blue. Sure hope is a portender of things to come...for the first time all year, they looked like a team. Looking forward to the next televised game.
Even though he plays for the skunk weasles, it's tough to have to leave under these circumstances. Good luck Spike.
I've been waiting all year for us to do some uptempo. It wasn't really possible with Cardale who doesn't possess the same running skills as JT. I was at the game on Saturday, and you could tell immediately that something was clicking for the O line. Part of was the difference in quality of the D lines between MSU and UM. I think a good part of it was mental...we went back to what served us well last year. Keep the OC upstairs please.
UFM: What are the chances of OSU... ending up in the playoffs?
Committee: Well, that's pretty difficult to say.
UFM: Hit me with it! We've come a long way to see you again. The least you can do is level with me. What are the chances?
Cpommittee: Not good.
UFM: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Committee: I'd say more like one out of a million.
UFM: So you're telling me there's a chance.