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The Blame Game - Dan Conroy

Sifting through the stats and tape for where things went wrong, kicker Dan Conroy gets the spotlight.

Statistical Optimism and the MSU Offense

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What if I told you most of what you thought about the Spartan offense wasn't quite true?

New Math- Notre Dame edition

If you need help with terms or definitions, try these two links first: Link to glossary: Link to secondary glossary: If you still need clarification, ask in the comments. Boxscore: ...

Picture Paged- 4th and FFS

Video is from here I've been saying for a while now that this MSU defense is plenty fast, and plenty physical, but where they often really distinguish themselves from other units is their smarts...

Notre Dame, Tyler Eifert, and the 'Abnormally Tall WR'

Author's note: The videos where these plays came from can be found here and here, and were put together by Youtube user 'Downinthebend'. The first thing you need to know about Tyler Eifert is that...

New Math - Central Michigan Edition

If you need help with terms or definitions, try these two links first: Link to glossary: Link to secondary glossary: If you still need clarification, ask in the comments. I was...

New Math- Boise State Edition

If you need help with terms or definitions, try these two links first: Link to glossary: Link to secondary glossary: If you still need clarification, ask in the comments. Hey, it's S&P,...

Chris Petersen's Three Laws of Motion

(I have video for most, but not all, of these shifts. They are fairly self-explanatory, but visual aides are always nice. I would not expect to see something like this from me for every opponent,...

MSU Preseason Football Preview- Defense Edition

What happened last year What an absolutely delightful surprise last year was. A lot of moving parts had to be replaced from a 'good, but not great' 2010 defense, but in an outcome very few could...

Better Know A Blitz Package - Double A-Gap

A look at MSU's favorite, and most-effective, blitz package.

MSU 1st Fall Scrimmage Round-Up

Blegh. No video, only bits and peices of a box score, bleghblowblah. We're making lemonade out of some tiny, extra-sour, lemons on this one, folks. As always, don't take any preseason chatter or...

MSU Media Day Round-Up: Coaching Staff

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Media day, conveniently scheduled early enough in the camp so that when a coach or player tells the media "I don't know yet." in response to a question about 'who's starting where' (the only...

MSU Fall Camp Roundup- Day 1

Clubhouse leaders at WR likely to be who you'd expect at this point:There's not much returning production at WR, but what little there is seems to have helped in gaining the top reps with Mawell...

Five Fall Camp Storylines

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, it's almost Fall practice, which means it's almost the start of college football season, which means FOOTBALL IS ALMOST BACK. After a largely news-less chasm of voluntary...

All I've Got to Say About Recruiting and Player Development

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*** Or: Michigan State Recruiting is Still More-er Than Fine-er: A Second Look at Player Development Author's note: I owe a giant thank you to Hey Joe! poster '89 Chemistry, who helped out with a...

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Recruiting/Player Development Data for the Big Ten Conference

Author's note: I owe a giant thank you to Hey Joe! poster '89 Chemistry, who helped out with a large chunk of the player data for a handful of these teams. It was a big help, even if it took me...

Money Where Their Mouth Is

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(This is fluffy financial cotton candy for our fanbase *drools* Mmmmm, financial cotton candy... There's little in here that you probably haven't read before, but laid out as a timeline it's pretty...

Fading Charles

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Imagine if the top college recruit sat out the entirety of his first college season. But not because he was injured, or because he wasn't good enough, but just because he wasn't qualified to play,...

Heck's 'Better Know A...' Series

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Offense: Run Game: Outside Zone Run Game: Crack Toss Pass Game: Three Verticals Pass Game: Mesh Maybe the worst play ever The Triangle Route Combo Four verts and the mid-play read Defense P...

Better Know a Passing Game- Three Verticals

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Author's note: for whatever reason, I found writing about the passing game to be a little tougher in the x's and o's style of these pieces than other aspects of the game. Probably because there are...

Linking Laconically Is Happy For Former Captains

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Draymond Green makes the first round of an early Mock DraftSam Amick of Sports Illustrated projects him to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Uh, intelligent front office with young, talented, team? Yes...

Linking Laconically is Talking Banknotes

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Sorry for the lack of content lately. I can blame part of that on the soulless, crushing, vacuum of the CFB/CBB off-season, but there's actually been a few very newsworthy developments in the past...

Yellow Flag Wavin': Know Your Team's Penalty Attitude

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Note: The names of these categories and the statistical data led to some teams being placed in LOLarious categories compared to their overall football reputations. "Nick $atan and Alabama ain't...

To Win the Big Ten, Rule the Skies

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I was pretty sure I'd written about this topic last year, but searches through the archives seemed to reveal I had not. Enjoy. If there is any single piece of conventional wisdom about how to be...

Spring game squads decided

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(Note: order of players listed goes senior first, then players in the order they were drafted at each position, except in cases where an underclassman is the likely starter. Green Team Offense QB-...

Cook begrudgingly allowed all-time QB status, team fears more demands

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East Lansing, MI (TOC)-- Connor Cook will likely be allowed to take QB reps for both teams, to be the 'all-time QB', in Saturday's Green-White Spring game, but that doesn't mean everyone in the...

Better Know a Run Game- Crack Toss

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Alright, so you've got your basic outside zone run, and that's working pretty good, but your opponent is adjusting. They're starting to put like, a bunch of dudes in the box to stop the run. A...

Cracking Spring Scrimmage Boxscore Code

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These are assumptions based off of very limited data and video. I had fun with this, but if you're running off to your bookie based off of anything in this post, you're a madman. Standard Spring...

Lippett, Dennard, Freeman, likely to miss the rest of Spring football

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Pertaining to 'if it bleeds, it leads', the most immediately relevant news here is probably about the minor injuries that should keep two projected starters and a capable backup out of the Spring game and other Spring scrimmages. But everyone can be thankful that the injuries don't seem to be too serious, and also enjoy the rest of the update, which has interesting tidbits on position changes, and some of the other standout performers of the Spring practices. Via Joe Rexrode.

Better Know a Run Game- Outside Zone

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I got about 80% of the way through a post of Roushar doing a cool twist on a standard 'outside zone run' before I decided I was putting the cart before the horse, and should make sure readers (and...

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