Had a dream last night we won 51-8, and the 8 came when we were up 20+ and fumbled inside our 10. And I'm still mad we gave up 8 in my dream game. Hang on to the ball!
If we score 45, it won't matter that we give up 28 to PSU or that other team. But yeah, some things to work on for the next two weeks.
Rutgers needs to become a wishbone/option school like the service academies do. If you get a QB that can complete 4/9 passes per game, you have a chance to win...
Honestly, the forecast is a big worry for me. I think it hurts our passing game, depending on how hard it's raining and how much wind there is. But I think I'm emotionally scarred from that Michigan State game in the hurricane-like weather from a few years ago. I'm hoping we go up early and force Wisconsin to play from behind, but I'm nervous about how the rain will impact our efficiency.
Not far from the truth. If we can see Chase's kneecaps above the grass on TV, I will consider it a win.
I wonder if it's any sort of infraction to bring your own mowers and mow the freaking field as part of pre-game warmups? Brutus cruising through the grass on a zero-turn Dixie Chopper as stunned NW groundskeepers look on might make for the greatest moment in turf grass management history.
In my limited viewing of M's offense, I don't understand what they are doing. It's like Harbaugh compromised with Gattis and they melded some brand of Harbaugh's power game with "people in space" or whatever Gattis was calling it. But it's like merging Abe Lincoln with a Roomba -- it just doesn't work.
And what the **** happened to Patterson? Before the Game last year, one of the announcers compared him to Patrick Mahomes. Yes, a grand overstatement, but he seems to be getting worse.
They had two weeks to prepare defensively for Wisconsin, who has as much offensive diversity as a Tecmo Bowl team, yet were unable to stop the running back. I can't imagine what it must be like to be a fan of that mess up north...(insert maniacal laugh here)
Shield is misspelled on the homepage, FYI (shows up as "sheild" there but "shield" on the headline atop the story.)
Yes, I'm that guy, but I do have a journalism degree from The Ohio State University, so that makes it OK.
Your Dobbins criticism is spot on. There were several plays where the line opened up a hole that would have gained probably 3-4 yards, but Dobbins bounced it outside for no gain instead. It's like he was trying to score on every play. Dude was just trying too hard. Take what the line creates and then try to break one.
Just give us a price tag for how much it will take to fix the place up right and we'll have a Go Fund Me fully funded in a week -- assuming it means the basketball teams move out of that AWFUL Schottenstein Arena.
I saw Grady Mateen have a great game at St. John. The place is magic.
Bring it back.
It just seemed like both of them would come charging up from the secondary full-bore, with no awareness, and a simple side-step by the runner/receiver would send them tumbling out of the play. Using the sideline and keeping themselves under a bit more control when coming in for a tackle would go a long way, I would think. Some of our linebackers had the same problem at times - so hopefully some new coaching can get that straightened out.
This information will be of great use for parents of kids who are being recruited by any school. My nephew was a D1 recruit, but not a 5-star kid (and not recruited by OSU), so his folks were in the dark about a lot of the process and what they should be doing to help, how the process works, etc.
Thanks for forcing me to spend time to log in just so I could down vote your comment...
Andrade's footwork (in the highlight video) reminds me a bit of JT Barrett. He also has a strange throwing motion, with his upper body sort of fading away from his throws instead of striding into them -- which probably means he has a really strong arm.
And I'm assuming Day could fix anything wrong with his throwing motion.
Oh they did, one of them was the guy fading off the right of the TV screen as Campbell ran a jet sweep to the house, leaving everyone behind him, remember?
So they were present, at least...
We toured Clemson when my daughter was looking at colleges. The campus is beautiful, and there's a big lake nearby for water sports/activities. A big factor for some kids is that it's a college town -- while Ohio State is in the middle of a large urban area. (And let's not forget better weather). Some kids prefer the college town charm, and if you can play for a national title contender too, that's a bonus.
We also attended an early season game while we were there. The tailgating is phenomenal, and they actually have in-out privileges, meaning you can leave the stadium go back out to your tailgate and come back in after halftime. The stadium doesn't seem that big -- just eyeballing it you would think it held about 35,000 and looks more like a Div II stadium because there is no upper deck, but is obviously way bigger than that.
One really goofy thing is that the locker room is at one end of the field and the rock they touch and hill they run down is at the other. This means the entire team comes out of the locker room outside the stadium, gets on several big tour buses (in full football gear of course), rides around the outside of the stadium, gets off the bus on the other side and then runs down the hill. Hey fellas, maybe you should put the locker room on the same end as the players entrance?
Hey, be nice. Some kids enjoy that 35-minute walk from the locker room to the field...down a dark sidewalk and through an empty field. Great traditions like that are hard to find.
And he'll still get to play against TTUN...in the Holiday Bowl. Go Hokies.
Looks like Zach Harrison made the right choice -- he gets both D-line coaches he was interested in.
And the Wolverine media are upset that Mattison is leaving, so that's a good sign, right?
I think Northwestern will be ready, because I think they've been preparing for this game for two weeks. Fitz held out starters that could have played against Illinois and pulled his starters that did play early (too early, nearly costing them the game). I think he looked at the Illinois game as not mattering, so spent little time on them, choosing to focus on Ohio State and Michigan as likely opponents. They already played Michigan, so had some insight there, so it wouldn't surprise me if his staff didn't spend a lot of time looking at the Buckeyes leading up to the Illinois game. After all, a loss to Illinois would be quickly swept away if they beat M or OSU in the conference title game.
Here's hoping the new, improved Buckeyes show up on Saturday and truck their purple ***.
For my personal well-being, I think I need to be out of the country for next week's game.
Just a few general observations - and I'm no coach, just an idiot fan: After hearing the comments about the linebackers playing too close, I looked at some of the highlights from the Purdue game and did notice that our LBs tend to play within 2 to 2.5 yards of the d-linemen. I'm not talking about when they walk up in a blitz look, I'm talking about standard alignment. There happened to be a replay of the Duke-Virginia game on (yeah, not the best source material, but at least they are D1 teams, sort of), and both teams played their LBs closer to 3-3.5 yards off the d-linemen. Watching part of the Dolphins-Texans game last night, their LBs were closer to 4 yards off the d-linemen.
I don't think this is just about when the LBs are walking up to the line, I think it's about their normal depth -- which compared to other teams, does seem really shallow and I could see how that would get them caught in the wash and not allow them to make as many plays. (And thus ends my highly scientific analysis...)
I think we also need to remember that Dwayne is still a very inexperienced QB when it comes down to it. As long as he keeps progressing, (well, and winning), I'll be happy.
Ugh -- hate that stuff. Pour me a triple...
I'm not functioning well today.
Why wasn't Urban on traffic patrol that night? Why didn't he pull him over first? Why did he allow him to drink alcohol? Why didn't he monitor him 24/7? And wine? Really?
UM's reputation in Ann Arbor is in tatters...and now this!!!
(How long until first kickoff...?)
After that game, I never heard so many national sports guys try to justify why their Miami pick was actually right (and they all picked Miami). It's like they were so embarrassed to be wrong, they had to explain why they were actually right. It was sad to hear people not just from ESPN, but other big names, like Frank Deford, saying they weren't really wrong, despite the score (and the evidence that the calls went agains the Buckeyes more than the Canes.)
Hasn't michigan been "building something special" for what seems like 10 years now?