That’s my teammate..that’s my quarterback…Penn State-Michigan Preview

In a rant that would have made this guy proud a Ohio State fan takes on his coach and his quarterback. Apparently somebody didn’t enjoy seeing Pryor turnover the ball four times in one game. Can’t say that I’d blame him, but unless he puts on a few pounds, I’d stay away from offering to fight Pryor…although I’d pay to see the fight.

It’s always a shame to see the fan base resort to the Thunderdome to pick quarterbacks

  While we’re hanging out lets take a look at some stats for this weekends game in the oh so friendly Big House. Offense against Offense first: The titles were getting messed up so for reference: Lions are on the left, Michigan is on the right

Points/Game 29.6 (71) 37.3 (12)
Rush Yards/Game 187.0 (40) 235.0 (10)
Pass Yards/Game 245.7 (59) 191.6 (150)
Total Yards/Game 432.7 (32) 426.6 (39)
Third Down Pct. 56.7% (3) 42.2% (80)
Fourth Down Pct. 50.0% (105) 55.6% (80)
Sacks 7 (40) 9 (82)
Sack Yards -39 (37) -68 (104)
Rushing TDs 13 (47) 21 (3)
Passing TDs 13 (41) 11 (65)
Carries/Game 253 (57) 304 (9)
Yards/Carry 5.2 (16) 5.4 (9)
Completion Pct. 62.1% (51) 57.7% (130)
Yards/Pass Attempt 7.9 (48) 7.7 (59)
Pass Rating 141.3 (55) 133.7 (91)
Avg. NCAA Football Ranking 31.9 42

 

So offensively on paper the Lions are up 9-6 in statical categories on paper.Next up Lions Defense against the Michigan Offense.

                                                                                                                                                                                           

/Game 8.7 (1) 37.3 (12)
Rush Yards/Game 75.4 (12) 235.0 (10)
Pass Yards/Game 163.4 (34) 191.6 (150)
Total Yards/Game 238.9 (8) 426.6 (39)
Third Down Pct. 32.0% (51) 42.2% (80)
Fourth Down Pct. 20.0% (15) 55.6% (91)
Sacks 7 (185) 9 (82)
Sack Yards -39 (207) -68 (104)
Rushing TDs 2 (7) 21 (3)
Passing TDs 3 (10) 11 (65)
Carries/Game 210 (65) 304 (9)
Yards/Carry 2.5 (14) 5.4 (9)
Completion Pct. 51.3% (93) 57.7% (130)
Yards/Pass Attempt 5.7 (33) 7.7 (59)
Pass Rating 96.5 (18) 133.7 (91)
Avg. NCAA Football Ranking 34.2 42.5

 

Penn State once again comes out on top winning 9-6. So as long as we dont have to sit through a game with the same score…on paper it looks like things are going well. And for the final go we’ve got the Penn State Defense against the Michigan Offense.

 

Points/Game 29.6 (71) 21.9 (94)
Rush Yards/Game 187.0 (40) 130.4 (111)
Pass Yards/Game 245.7 (59) 232.9 (180)
Total Yards/Game 432.7 (32) 363.3 (140)
Third Down Pct. 56.7% (3) 34.5% (77)
Fourth Down Pct. 50.0% (105) 50.0% (159)
Sacks 21 (233) 10 (159)
Sack Yards -129 (222) -66 (164)
Rushing TDs 13 (47) 10 (149)
Passing TDs 13 (41) 6 (40)
Carries/Game 253 (57) 244 (171)
Yards/Carry 5.2 (16) 3.7 (109)
Completion Pct. 62.1% (51) 57.7% (116)
Yards/Pass Attempt 7.9 (48) 6.6 (100)
Pass Rating 141.3 (55) 115.7 (82)
Avg. NCAA Football Ranking 49.1 84.1

In the matchup that will be one of the most important to the outcome of this game the Lions thump Michigan 12-3. And for the ironic picture of the day……

 

So the three keys to the week?

Defense: Play like the stats say you can and it’ll be easy. Stopping the run will be key to getting the W and the Lions traditionally have been able to do that…but all know things get a little wierd in the house of horrors.

Special Teams: Dont want to admit it but this game could come down to a field goal and I dont think any of us want to see that. Nothing against Wagner, but it’s just the way it is. If you can win the field position battle you can win the game. Back in 05 a kickoff was key to Michigan’s game stealing winning. So kick the ball….far! Boone should be solid as usual so that wouldn’t be a problem.

Play within your game: Penalties can be a real issue on the road and holding seems to be a problem this year. Stay away from shooting yourself in the foot and you’ll be doing yourself a great favor. On top of that remember that this game is just like any other game. Stick to the game plan, don’t force anything and play smart. I dont remember who said it but the quote goes something along the lines of “Give me 8 second burst of hard hitting intelligent football”

 So those are the keys, keep your fingers crossed and your crucifixes near, we’re going to hells gates.

 

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~ by blj1887 on October 20, 2009.

One Response to “That’s my teammate..that’s my quarterback…Penn State-Michigan Preview”

  1. […] The 22,000+ is fired up about this week and also is looking forward to Ohio State Hate Week, which starts in (count ‘em) nine days here on Against the Spread […]

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