September 23, 2016 by SHirko
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#8 MSU 2-0/0-0. #11 Wisky: 3-0
Saturday, September 24, 2016.
12:00 pm ET.
Mecca: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Line: MSU by 5 (vegasinsider.com)
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy, wind 8 mph ENE
Injuries - Wisky. Out - PK Rafael Gaglianone; LG Jon Dietzen; RB Bradrick Shaw; LB Chris Orr; CB Natrell Jamerson. Questionable - LG Micah Kapoi; RB Corey Clement; RB Taiwan Deal.
Injuries - MSU. None.
WEAR GREEN. ODD SECTIONS WEAR WHITE.
Wow, check out that injury list for Wisconsin, particularly on offense. This is rough for a unit that had to come back from a 17-13 deficit to squeak by that upstart team, 0-3 Georgia State, last week at home. Bucky Badger is hurting at the right time to meet the Spartoonies... but, Wisky seems to always bring their lunchpail when playing the Big Green.
Why in the good lord did ABC or ESPN not pick up a #8 vs #11 matchup? Very odd, because it screwed up SpartanNation's plans for 'gating. Instead, with a Noon kick, the ES is just gonna skate over to the PB for some common sense and meet up with the gang prior to the game. So long as it pairs up with a scUM loss to Penn State, it actually might work out just fine...
Let's cut to the chase. The ES wuz with Ronnie and Rick at the Peanut Barrel on Thursday when CNN's Ultimate Tailgate showed up. It was pretty cool hanging with former NFLer Coy Wire (Stanford Cardinal, Buffalo Bills) We were put on the tube rebel-rousing about the food, the beer, and left the producers with a rowdy "Go Green Go White!" You can tune into CNN Headline News' Weekend Express between 7 am - Noon, prior to kickoff on Saturday to see the ES and the PB in action. Thanks, Joe Bell!
|There's Joe Bell (far left), proprietor of Peanut Barrel yucking it up |
with Mr. Clean, a.k.a. Coy Wire and the Ultimate Tailgate Crew...
A great visit, thank you CNNHL!
Da Badgers benched their shitty experienced QB to start a redshirt freshman, Alex Horney-brook, who led the Big Ten West stalwart back from the jaws of defeat to UGA State. That spells trouble for UW, in addition to all their injuries against a strong Spartan defense. If we can keep the foot on the jugular, MSU should be able to press Bucky into some turnovers and keep them at bay much of the game.
Don't expect a lot of points in this game. Nearly everyone in human history is picking the Spartans to win this one... except for Brock (see below), who is busy drinking IPAs across the Upper Peninsula.
ES sez: MSU 20, Wisky 17
Skooz (from PB), MSU 33-17; RGMIII, MSU 24-21; Brock, WIS 50-0; Tom (PB regular), MSU 38-21
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MSU 21-16
Madtown Badgers: Nick, MSU 24-17; Rayan, MSU 24-14;
FoxSports.com: Feldman, MSU 17-9; Mandel, MSU 27-20
Freep: MSU 27-13
LSJ: MSU 27-19
DetNews: Charboneau, MSU 27-13; Chengelis, MSU 35-13; Wojo, MSU 24-10; Niyo, MSU 23-17
BTN: Dienhart, MSU 17-13; Merriman, MSU 27-15; Yarina, MSU 23-19
ESPN: Bennett, MSU 21-17; Moyer, MSU 28-20; Murphy, MSU 24-21; Temple, MSU 17-14; Ward, MSU 20-16
CampusInsiders: MSU 20-14
Athlon: MSU 26-20
MLive.com: MSU 24-10
CBSSports.com: MSU 20-16
Sports XChange: MSU 31-13
College Football News: MSU 23-20
The Oklahoman: MSU 30-19
Chicago Tribune: MSU 23-20
September 22, 2016 by SHirko
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|The ES with RGM-III... right after the CNN live spot from the Peanut Barrel!|
September 20, 2016 by SHirko
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|That's an Irish road we paved-graded|
|Guinness can get you to 100, but it|
won't help you beat the Spartans
2016 Michigan State Football
#12 Michigan State vs #18 Notre Dame (Sep 17, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind.)
September 17, 2016 by SHirko
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|A thing of beauty in 2008|
MSU 1-0/0-0. ND: 1-1
Saturday, September 17, 2016.
7:30 pm ET.
Touchdown Jesus. South Bend, IN.
Line: ND by 7-1/2 (vegasinsider.com)
Weather: 74 degrees, showers/partly cloudy.
I hate Notre Dame. Just can't stand the arrogance of the program. Brian Kelly smells like rotten fish, no matter how Irish he is you can't pour enough malt vinegar on him to smell better. And, it's the 50th anniversary of the 10-10 tie of MSU vs ND in 1966, at the time, the first ever regular season matchup of #1 vs #2 in college football history. This time, no ties, and we're under the lights.
The Irish were outplayed by Texas and showed their vulnerabilities in the defensive backfield giving up 50 points to a frosh QB. However, TD Jesus also was able to score 47 at Texas, with 444 total yards - and over 200 on the ground. Their QB, DeShone Kizer, accounted for 292 of those yards, with 5 passing TDs and 1 on the ground (85 total rushing yards on 13 carries). So, you can expect to see lots of Kizer tonight.
But, has the ND front line improved since week 1? Likely. Tyler O'Connor will get a great test today, as he has some years but not much experience. Will the Spartan defensive line prove itself today and contain Kizer and the Irish? The addition of Ed Davis and his pass rush skills should help. Expect far fewer penalties out of the Spartans, who committed 10 (most of them stupid) against Furman.
As Don (from PB) noted - and the ES concurs - a good healthy does of LJ Scott will tame the ND defense: 25 carries should do it.
Enough with the write up - it doesn't matter anyway, because I just CAN'T STAND THE IRISH. Another victory will never ever get old.
Rick: MSU 21-17, Joe: MSU 35-31, Carly: MSU 24-21, Shea: MSU 32-18, Brock: MSU 30-19, Don: MSU 24-21, Brad (I met on the street walking to HopCat): MSU 21-14.
Ronnie sez "ND will not score in the second half. MSU wins 35-17."
LSJ: Couch (whom the ES met last night at Reno's) ND 30-20; Solari, ND 31-28
Chicago Tribune: MSU 27-24
Mlive.com: ND, 21-17
Frankie V:ND, 31-21
Athlon: ND, 27-21
ND Rivals:Somogyi, ND 27-23; Driskell, ND 33-20; Jones, ND 30-24; Boden, ND 34-23; McKinney, ND 27-20
Heavy.com: ND 23-20
September 16, 2016 by Tanner Wooten
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Evan Petzold of Maize N Brew comes on to talk recruiting, as Tanner Welcomes on co-host Eli Thaut.
We've got a couple new contributors for the show moving forward! Our own Evan Petzold will be joining the show to talk recruiting, while Eli Thaut will be helping talk about the previous week's game and the upcoming game on Saturday.
On this week's show, we discuss some of the new offers that went out, a cancelled visit, and the upcoming visitor's list.
The offensive tackle is ranked No. 112 in the class of 2017.
Class of 2017 four-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga will visit Michigan on October 1st, according to Sam Webb of Scout.
The 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive lineman is ranked No. 112 in the class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the 16th rated offensive tackle and the 15th-best player from the state of Texas. Filiaga, from Aledo High School, will play in the U.S. All-American Bowl on January 7, 2017.
Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Brigham Young, California, Colorado, Illinois, MIchigan, N.C. State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon State, San Diego State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State, and Florida have offered Filiaga.
Filiaga will visit for the Michigan game against Wisconsin along with linebacker KJ britt, cornerback Shaun Wade, cornerback Christopher Henderson, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, linebacker Jordan Anthony, center Cesar Ruiz, linebacker Shanon Reid, and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills.
The Wolverines will face off against Wisconsin in front of many recruits, including Shanon Reid.
Class of 2017 Dunbar High School (FL) three-star linebacker Shanon Reid will be in Ann Arbor as Michigan plays against Wisconsin on October 1st, according to Sam Webb of Scout.
Reid has offers to play for Mississippi State, USF, Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, N.C. State, North Carolina, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Colorado State, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, South Alabama and Southern Miss.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outside linebacker is ranked No. 606 in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He is the 42nd-best player at his position and the No. 83 ranked athlete in the state of Florida.
For Dunbar High School in 2015, Reid logged 95 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions and one pick-six.
Jedrick Wills joins a long list of recruits to visit Michigan on October 1st.
According to Sam Webb of Scout, 2017 four-star offensive tackle Jedrick Wills will visit Michigan on October 1st as the Wolverines battle against Wisconsin.
Wills will visit for the Michigan game against Wisconsin along with linebacker KJ britt, cornerback Shaun Wade, cornerback Christopher Henderson, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, linebacker Jordan Anthony, center Cesar Ruiz, linebacker Shanon Reid, and offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga.
Wills is an offensive lineman for Lafayette High School in Kentucky and has offers to play for Alabama, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Army, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (FL), South Carolina, Virginia and Western Kentucky.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound athlete is ranked No. 43 in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 10 offensive tackle and the best player in the state of Kentucky.
The four-star will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on January 1, 2017.
The Wolverines will battle against Illinois, and Jay Tufele will be in attendance.
Class of 2017 four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele will visit Michigan on October 22nd, according to Sam Webb of Scout. The Wolverines will be playing against Illinois.
Along with Tufele, 2017 four-star linebacker Willie Gay will visit Michigan on October 22nd.
Tufele, from Bingham High School in Utah, is the ranked No. 56 in the nation, according to 247Sports. He is the third-best defensive tackle and the No. 1 player in the state of Utah.
The four-star athlete has offers to play for Michigan, Ohio State, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, Colorado, Louisville, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah State, Virginia, Washington and Washington State. Tufele has been recruited to play for Michigan by Tim Drevno and Greg Mattison.
During the 2015 season with Bingham, Tufele picked up 57 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Tufele will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7, 2017.
September 16, 2016 by Kevin Bunkley
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Colorado Poked the bear. It won’t go well.
Two pretty lopsided wins to start the year for the Buffs, so how good might this Colorado team we're about to see be?
Shash: No idea. They've got a good coach and a good program that's been historically great for a very long time. Right?
Peter Putzel: Colorado hasn't had a winning season in, what, a decade? And they haven't won more than five games in the 2010s. That being said, I did see a little bit of their game against Colorado State to kick off the season, and they looked fast. The Buffs' were speedy and aggressive through every play that I saw, and we all know how speed can sometimes be Michigan's bane. Although I don't think Colorado is going to pose a serious threat, the Wolverines (and fans) probably shouldn't look past them, either.
Zach Travis: I hesitate to say "good", so I'll stick with improving. Colorado hasn't played a Power Five team yet this year, so the big wins can be a little deceiving (Michigan gets a little more credit, as many of its players are already known commodities reaffirming that they are good by beating up on bad competition). The last two wins continue a positive trend for a Colorado team that put up some fight last year, so "improving" may be enough to put a scare into Michigan. If that happens, then we can start talking Colorado Back Y'all.
Tanner Wooten: Maybe bowl eligible? Pretty terrible competition to start the year, so I guess we will see. But, it looks to be headed in the right direction. Would like to see Colorado come back to be a top-25 program, seems like it'd be more fun with the Buffs in contention.
Anthony Broome: I think they're easily the best team that Michigan has seen in non-conference play and a good test for the Wolverines. Every week the talent level has slowly increased on the other sideline and that's good for a talented U-M squad that is still developing, too.
Drew Hallett: It's difficult to tell. On one hand, Colorado has performed very well in its first two games, outscoring the competition, 100-14. On the other hand, that competition has been extremely weak -- Idaho State is about as bad is it gets in FCS -- and it's hard to imagine that the Buffaloes have made such a tremendous leap in one offseason to challenge Michigan after tallying a 10-27 (2-25 Pac-12) record the past three years. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle, which is still sizable improvement for the Buffs. Corner Chidobe Awuzie can ball, leading what should be a strong secondary, and dual-threat quarterback Sefo Liufau seems to be coming into his own as a senior. It's the latter that may worry Michigan fans because uptempo spread offenses have mitigated Michigan's vast talent gap in the past. But the Buffs still are lacking in other areas. Their running backs are not elusive. Their defensive line, for the most part, lacks the necessary size to be disruptive. And their linebackers struggle to get off blocks and make plays. This is probably a six-win team in search for its first bowl game since 2007.
Michigan is still a clear favorite though, so what are you hoping they work on as we head to the Big Ten season?
PP: I want to see better and more consistent rushing from the offense, better QB containment on defense, and less slop overall. There were some missed opportunities in the first two areas last week, and the 3rd quarter seemed to get mired in sloppy play for both teams. That may not kill a team in the first couple weeks of the season, but it sure as hell isn't going to help as the season wears on.
ZT: Did everyone else say running the ball? I feel like everyone else is going to say "running the ball". Out of respect for Kyle Kalis, I'll hold my panic. Just keep making me bored by the middle of the second quarter because the other team is behind multiple scores and is perfecting the "three-and-out" dance: which dance's main objective is "not getting eaten by Ryan Glasgow for three plays so we can return to the bench safely".
Shash: I'd like to see a more balanced attack. And a more diligent approach to keeping contain on long runs and forcing guys to run into the meat of the defense.
KB: Speight threw a lovely deep pass to Amara Darboh for a touchdown against UCF. I don’t want Wilton to shy away from hurling one downfield as the season goes on, because both of his wideouts are fast enough to get open regularly.
TW: The run game and shoring up some alignment issues on defense. I am not too worried about the run blocking as I think they were being very vanilla, but being able to impose their will on Colorado would be fun. I think the defense will be fine, but just showing the ability to learn from mistakes will be nice to see, and I think Don Brown will do just that.
AB: Despite UCF stacking the box last week, it'd be nice to see the run game rebound in a big way this week. Michigan is going to have to control clock and grind out some of these games in-conference. I have no doubt the coaching staff can find ways to mask any deficiencies they may have, but this is a manball program and it would be encouraging to get a manball rushing attack going.
DH: For the matchup against Colorado, Michigan's defense needs to be prepared for a blitzkrieg and get in position quickly, contain the edges, and remain in its pass-rushing lanes (or Sefo Liufau will capitalize). For the rest of the season, Michigan needs to continue to improve its run blocking and find a permanent solution for the left-guard issue. Unless Colorado crowds the line of scrimmage, Michigan's offensive line should blow back the Buffaloes' defensive front, resulting in lots of rushing yards for DeVeon Smith and Chris Evans. If Michigan is unable, Wilton Speight's arm may be more important to Michigan's success than we realized.
Colorado did tried their darndest to irritate Jim Harbaugh. What's the least-painful outcome for them on Saturday?
PP: What Colorado did was relatively humorous, but not uproariously funny. I get it; they wanted to tweak Harbaugh. It just isn't going to translate to anything meaningful on the field. The Buffs are going to lose, but they'll get their shots in--Michigan wins 42-13.
ZT: Harbaugh don't care. He was going to coach this game the same way whether they said nothing or plastered their social media pages with Harbaugh-booger-eating photoshops. That's why we love him, and that's why he is such a good coach.
TW: 31-17 with a couple scores in garbage time. I really can't see a scenario where Michigan doesn't win by 2+ scores.
KB: Oh, Colorado. You brought a spoon to a knife fight with the guy who keeps a spare flamethrower under his hat. Buffalo burgers, anyone?
AB: They will come close to covering the spread, perhaps not close enough, though.
DH: The least painful for Colorado? Winning would do the trick.
A few notable games on the college football slate, so which of these pique your interest?
PP: Ohio State at Oklahoma.
KB: I’ll keep an eye on MSU-Notre Dame because I still don’t know what the Spartans have this year. ND can bid farewell to any slim playoff dream if they drop another game to a ranked team in September, even though Texas was outside the rankings when that game happened.
ZT: Florida State at Louisville
AB: Ohio State-Oklahoma
Overtime Q: When Colorado pulled off the Miracle at Michigan in '94, their coach was one Bill McCartney -- who can identify his connection to Michigan?
PP: I believe he was the first high school coach Bo ever hired, but I'm too lazy to verify that right now, even though I'm on the internet.
Shash: And he coached under Bo! I just guess this for every one of these questions.
TW: I type this as I'm home sick watching the 30 for 30 on Coach Mac. Obviously, a Michigan assistant under Bo and worked with Jack Harbaugh in the 70s and 80s. I think McCartney was a very good coach and a good man, so it would be cool to see Michigan honor in some way on Saturday.
AB: All I know is that he had the best cereal.
DH: And he is the man who got Jim Harbaugh "all jacked up" on cereal.
KB: You’re all on the money. And when the Buffs won in ‘94, I missed a chance to attend that game because I didn’t have a ticket and had to watch on our tiny bedroom television while my Dad and brother experienced the horror firsthand.
A brief fact about McCartney: he was really good at coaching high school ball, and was in fact the only high school coach to ever ascend to Schembechler’s staff. Coach Mac was 30-5 over three seasons at Dearborn’s Divine Child High. It would be a class move if Michigan acknowledged McCartney’s great career, as he is in declining health these days, suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Bonus question: What're ya drinking before and after Michigan's game?
PP: Water for me. I'm taking my youngest daughter (6 years old) to her first Michigan game, so I need to be on my best behavior...and I'm totally cool with it.
Shash: YES. Thank you. Colorado has some wonderful breweries, especially in Boulder. Avery in particular has some great stuff. This week I'm going douchey with a tequila barrel sour from them and mainstream with their excellent Ellie's Brown Ale.
TW: Probably a lot of cheap beer before hand, then I'll switch to hard liquor after. Saturdays are for the boys, baby.
AB: I'll take a bottle of anything and a glazed doughnut...to go.
KB: I’m starting to see Octoberfest/Pumpkin ales already, which means college football season is moving too quickly, but I will gladly drink them.
DH: I'll be at an all-day training and unable to watch Michigan-Colorado live, so nothing but high-quality H2O.