Monday, September 22, 2014

B1G+4 Podcast Ep. 8- Marina Nazario, isportsweb.com


On this week's B1G+4 Podcast, I talked to Marina Nazario from isportsweb.com about Utah's 26-10 win over Michigan and about Brady Hoke's job security. Eugene also talks about Indiana 31-27 upset win over No. 18 Missouri.

Link:

https://soundcloud.com/b1g-4-podcast/b1g-4-podcast-ep-8-marina

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Five Things To Take Away From Utah's 26-10 Win Over Michigan


Here are five things to take away from Utah’s 26-10 win over Michigan:
1) Weather:
A sunny and steamy fall afternoon morphed into hurricane-like conditions as the two-plus hour delay that started at the 7:51 mark of the fourth quarter after Morris threw his first interception of the 2014 season turned into a de-facto Utah home game as it defeated Michigan by 16.
After the interception, the overpowering voice of the PA announcer came through the crisp speakers of Michigan Stadium informing fans that the game had been suspended.
Even then, approximately half of the fans already had enough of Michigan’s showing on offense, but the rains hurried the leftover supporters into the shelter area and eventually out of the stadium.
2) Brady Hoke’s Job Security:
Even the 2-hour, 24-minute weather delay could not get Brady Hoke out of the hot seat after Saturday’s loss. With the quarterback situation in flux for next week’s game against Minnesota, an intense Hoke wouldn’t give an immediate answer as to who would start between Gardner and Morris.
“We will have a quarterback for the Minnesota game and we’ll assess that during the week,” Hoke said. If the Utah game was any tool for evaluating the quarterbacks, then it might not matter at all as Gardner went 14-of-26 passing for 148 yards and threw two interceptions, while Morris, in relief completed 4-of-13 passes for 42 yards along with an interception and a fumble— all within a half of the fourth quarter.
Hoke and linebacker Jake Ryan emphasized that the Big Ten Championship is Michigan’s main priority, but with its inconsistencies on both sides of the ball through the first four games, taking one game at a time might suit this team better.
3) Travis Wilson:
Utah’s quarterback showed grit and determination after leaving in the second quarter after taking a jarring hit from Michigan’s Joe Bolden forced him into the locker room. Wilson managed to return in the third quarter and lead Utah to a scoring drive as he found wide receiver Dres Anderson for a 28-yard touchdown pass.
Wilson finished 14-of-20 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown despite missing almost a full quarter of action.
4) Andy Phillips:
Outside of a 41-yard missed field goal attempt with 6:03 left in the game, Utah placekicker Andy Phillps managed to score more points than Michigan’s entire team making 4-for-5 field goals, with his longest from 50 yards.
5) No Longer The Top Dog In The Yard:
Saturday’s loss to Utah drives the point even further that Michigan is no longer the top dog in its own yard and resembles the look of a cameo appearance in an A-list Hollywood movie.
Michigan is now 1-7 in its last eight games against Power Five schools. In the lone win against Northwestern last season, Michigan failed to score a touchdown in regulation and resorted to overtime.
With an ice cream scoop of fans left to see Michigan’s downfall under the lights, is this a sign that the fan base has had enough of Hoke? Only time will tell.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Utah's 26-10 Win Over Michigan In Real Time



Live Game Thread:

A quick line of heavy showers hit the Ann Arbor area at 3:03 p.m. and cleared out after approximately five minutes.

Utah comes into today at 2-0, while Michigan is 2-1. Both teams have yet to play a conference game.

There are three survival flight helicopters going across the stadium as fans give them a rousing ovation.

The sun appears to be coming back out as game time approaches with the U-M marching band making its first appearance of the day.

In a homage to NHL Canadian teams, the U-M fans sang the national anthem, which was a nice moment.

Michigan will receive the ball to the start the game, while Utah will wait until the second half.

Touchback as U-M starts the opening drive on its own 25.

Gardner with a PA pass to Funchess between two defenders for a first down. 14-yd gain.

On 3rd and 5, Gardner escapes pressure as he gains 18 yards for a Michigan first down.

Devin Funchess appears to be hurt as he is on the sidelines.

Gardner picks up the first down on 4th and 1 with a QB sneak.

Michigan showing some balance on its first drive which is something we have not seen the App. State game.

A dangerous pass by Gardner on third down as three Utes defenders collapsed on Funchess at the middle of the field.

Matt Wile makes a 42-yd FG to put Michigan up 3-0 early on Utah with 9:36 left in the first quarter.

Short kick by Wile as Utah starts at its own 31.

Michigan's defense holds serve as Utah goes three and out on its first possession.

Lloyd Carr and the 1999 U-M Football team is being cheered on the west end zone.

Utah NT Clint Shepard is being helped to the sidelines.

Gardner left Funchess open in the middle for another big shot.

Funchess responds on the next play with an 19-yard reception.

As Gardner gets drilled, he finds Funchess across the middle for 23 yards.

Michigan needs to balance the passing attack a little bit more so that the Utes defense doesn't start keying on Funchess.

Gardner with pressure throws an incomplete off-balance pass on second down.

Interesting call as Gardner hands it off to Justice Hayes on 3rd and long in Utah territory.

Michigan special teams comes up big as Utah starts the next drive on its own 3.

Travis Wilson's pass complete to Kenneth Scott for a five-yd gain.

Michigan brought the house and paid for it big time as Bubba Poole goes for a  huge gain.

On 3rd and 14, Travis Wilson overthrows Dres Anderson as they are forced to kick.

Andy Phillips' 35-yd FG is good as the game is tied at 3 with 1:03 left in the first quarter.

Michigan starts on its own 25 and loses three years on Freddy Canteen's reverse run.

Gardner unable to find any open receivers as he is sacked for a loss of two yards. Utah 3, Mich 3 at the end of the first qtr. 

Gardner under throws Funchess as it is incomplete and Michigan goes three and out.

Poor special teams tackling by U-M as Kaelin Clay scores on the punt return and does his best Desmond Howard imitation with the Heisman pose.

XP is good as Utah leads Michigan 10-3 with 14:39 left in the second.

U-M's Derrick Green responds with a 20-yd gain on first down.

Green with another solid run as he gains seven yards for a first down.

Gardner's pass batted down by Hunter Dimick as Mich is forced to punt.

Time Of Possession: Mich (13:07) Utah (4:57). Utah has been able to score off of U-M's all-out blitz earlier and the punt return.

Wilson up-ended by Jake Ryan on third down as he is still down on the sideline.

The second hit from Joe Bolden did the most damage to Wilson as he is up but appears to be bleeding. 

For those not familiar with Travis Wilson's injury history, he almost retired last season as he suffered a concussion against ASU.

Out Of Whack StAt: Utah has -3 rushing yards and is up 10-3 on Mich with 9:26 left in the half. 

Kendal Thompson is now in for Wilson as he goes into the locker room.

Michigan's offense has not been able to get into a rhythm since its opening drive.


Gardner finds Funchess for a 25-yd gain for a U-M first down.


Willie Henry comes up with the INT and takes it back for a TD.
And now Sandstorm is playing. The only problem is that this isn't South Carolina.
Wild snap as Thompson regains his composure and goes for 12 yards and a first down.
Once more, Michigan's defenders were caught off guard on that run as Hoke calls timeout.
Bubba Poole dropped what appeared to be a Utah TD.
Frank Clark with a swallowing sack on Kendal Thompson as Utah is forced to kick on fourth down.

Phillips' 38-yd attempt goes right down State Street as Utah goes into the half with a 13-10 lead on Michigan.

QB Comparison- Gardner (MICH) 8-17 for 100 yards and an INT. Wilson (UTAH) 7-9 for 92 yards.
First half stats: Rushing- Utah 3, Michigan 73 Passing- Utah 125, Michigan 100
Heavy storms moving NE towards Ann Arbor. We might be looking at a delay in the not too distant future.

Wilson finds a wide open Dres Anderson as a U-M defender was at least 10 yards away as he easily went in for 28-yd TD reception.

It looks like the nasty hit Wilson took in the first half brought the best out of him to start the second half.

Gardner keeps the ball and gains eight yards for a U-M first down.

Gardner's pass incomplete as Michigan is forced to punt and couple of boos can be heard from the crowd.

Gardner keeps it on playaction as he is short of the first down as Utah takes over on downs.

Devin Gardner has taken one heck of a beating today. You wonder if he can last the whole season if this keeps up.

Utah 20, Michigan 10 End of 3rd.

You can start to sense some restlessness amongst the Michigan Stadium crowd.

The rain is starting to pick up at Michigan Stadium, but no threat of storms on the horizon.
Wilson appeared to have rushed that pass as Utah is forced to try a FG.

Phillips' 48-yd FG is up and good. 3-3 on the day as Utah leads 23-10 with 14:20 left.

Devin Gardner literally just threw the ball to Utah's Gianni Paul for an INT.

Shane Morris is seen warming up on the sidelines for Michigan. 

Utah/Michigan is now in a weather delay as the stadium has been emptied.

It's pouring, it's pouring. That's the latest:)

It's an unreal scene here as it literally sounds like a Utah home game. The game will restart in a few minutes.

Here we go as both bands are on the back and this is Under The Lights come early.

Morris running carelessly with the ball as he fumbles and Utah recovers.
Time has run out in Ann Arbor as Utah knocks off Michigan 26-10. The Utes remain undefeated at 3-0, while the Wolverines fall to 2-2.

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Brady Hoke and Jake Ryan Press Conferences



After Michigan's 26-10 defeat at the hands of Utah Saturday, coach Brady Hoke and middle linebacker Jake Ryan talked to the media about the game and looked ahead to next week's rivalry game against Minnesota.

Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMUfljo4S6U&list=UUyK5dKyvpu8ZfOtO60R6GXQ

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Week 4 Associated Press Top 25 TV Schedule



All Times ET:

No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State 8 p.m., ABC

No. 2 Oregon at Washington State 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Florida at No. 3 Alabama 3:30 p.m., CBS

No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia 7:30 p.m., FOX

No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU 3:30 p.m.., ABC/ESPN2

Mississippi State at No. 8 LSU 7 p.m., ESPN

Eastern Michigan at No. 11 Michigan State Noon, BTN

Troy at No. 13 Georgia Noon, SEC Network

No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

Indiana at No. 18 Missouri 4 p.m., SEC Network

Bowling Green at No. 19 Wisconsin Noon, ESPN2

Virginia at No. 21 BYU 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Miami (FL) at No. 24 Nebraska 8 p.m., ESPN2


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting To Know The Utah Utes


The Utah Utes (2-0) will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Michigan Wolverines (2-1) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).

Both teams last met in 2008 at Michigan Stadium, where Utah used a 25-23 victory over Michigan to kick start its magical season where it ended with a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Times have changed as the Utes moved from the Mountain West Conference to the more prestigious Pac-12 in 2011, while the Wolverines have stayed in the Big Ten, where it has expanded from 11 to 14 teams over the last the three seasons.

Utah comes into this weekend's game with a 3-0 overall record and will rely heavily on quarterback Travis Wilson. The junior leads the Pac-12 in the quarterback rating category with an average of 213.9. On the season, Wilson has completed 24 of 38 passes for 446 yards, six touchdown passes and zero interceptions. His biggest accomplishment might be one of five Pac-12 quarterback who has yet to throw an interception this season, but it is more about having a second chance to play after suffering a concussion against Arizona State on Nov. 9, 2013.

Wilson was not allowed to participate in any contact on the field until June when he was cleared to resume physical activities with the team. Since resuming full contact drills, Wilson has made the most of a second chance, averaging 11.7 yards per attempt.

DeVontae Booker is the Utes' leading rusher with 146 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. Booker averages 7.2 yards per run, which is a team-high.

Junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott leads Utah in receptions with ten to go along with 134 yards and three touchdowns. Another receiver to watch out for is senior Dres Anderson, who leads the team in yards with 195 along with two touchdowns.

Senior tight end Kaelin Clay leads the way as he has caught four balls for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Defensive end Nate Orchard, defensive back Eric Rowe and linebacker Jared Norris lead the Utes in tackles with 14 each.

On special teams, placekicker Andy Phillips is 1-for-1 on the season as he made a 47-yard field goal against Fresno State on Sept. 6. Phillips is also 16-of-16 on the year in extra point attempts.


2014 Utah Football Schedule:

Aug. 28: vs. Idaho State (W, 56-14)

Sept. 6 vs. Fresno State (W, 59-27)

Sept. 20 at Michigan

Sept. 27 vs. Washington State

Oct. 4 at UCLA

Oct. 16 at Oregon State

Oct. 25 vs. USC

Nov. 1 at Arizona State

Nov. 8 vs. Oregon

Nov. 15 at Stanford

Nov. 22 vs. Arizona

Nov. 29 at Colorado

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Monday, September 15, 2014

B1G+4 Podcast Episode 7- Terry Foster, Detroit News and 97.1 The Ticket


The B1G+4 Podcast returned after a week-long hiatus today with Terry Foster from The Detroit News and 97.1 The Ticket.

We talked about the current state of the Big Ten Conference and preview Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, Utah at Michigan, Indiana at Missouri and Miami at Nebraska.

Link:
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

B1G+4 Podcast- Episode 6



In case you missed it yesterday, the latest edition of the B1G+4 Podcast was made available on Soundcloud.

I discussed the current state of the Big Ten after losses from Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State this past Saturday. I also talk about Penn State becoming immediately eligible for postseason play.

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https://soundcloud.com/b1g-4-podcast/project-2014-b1g-episode-6

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Week 2 AP Top 25 College Football TV Schedule


With less than an hour to kickoff, here are the TV times for every AP Top 25 game with links to official live streaming tagged with the network:
Florida Atlantic at No. 2 Alabama Noon, SEC Network
No. 4 Oklahoma at Tulsa Noon, ABC/ESPN2
Western Illinois at No. 18 Wisconsin Noon, BTN
McNeese State at No. 19 Nebraska Noon, ESPNU
No. 20 Kansas State at Iowa State Noon, Fox Sports 1
No. 24 Missouri at Toledo Noon, ESPN
South Carolina State at No. 24 Clemson 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford 3:30 p.m., ABC
No. 15 Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 4:30 p.m., ESPN
No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon 6:30 p.m., FOX
San Jose State at No. 5 Auburn 7 p.m., ESPN2
No. 17 Arizona State at New Mexico 7 p.m., CBSSN
East Carolina at No. 21 South Carolina 7 p.m., ESPNU
Murray State at No. 25 Louisville 7 p.m., ESPN3
Citadel at No. 1 Florida State 7:30 p.m., ACC Network
Lamar at No. 9 Texas A&M 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
Northwestern State at No. 10 Baylor 7:30 p.m., FSN Regional
Sam Houston State at No. 12 LSU 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
Michigan at No. 16 Notre Dame 7:30 p.m., NBC
Virginia Tech at No. 8 Ohio State 8 p.m., ESPN
San Diego State at No. 21 North Carolina 8 p.m., ESPNEWS
Memphis at No. 11 UCLA 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network

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