MGoFilm Analysis 4.3: Breaking Down Key Reviews vs. Indiana

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The final part of my analysis this week will show a rare bright spot for the referees in the game against Indiana: Reviews.

There were 3 main reviews I looked at from this game:

  1. Simmie Cobbs long reception on the sideline
    • Called incomplete since he didn’t establish himself in-bounds before making the catch.
  2. Philyor 8 yard TD reception that he almost fumbled in the endzone
    • Called a TD – ball came out just after crossing the goalline.
  3. Simmie Cobbs recovers onside kick out of bounds
    • Michigan’s ball since Cobbs was bobbling until already out of bounds.

I feel that the referees got all of the calls correct after review. Despite being flag-happy and Michigan ending up at the wrong end of the onslaught of bad calls, the referees at least did this well.

The only reviewed play I didn’t analyze was the targeting call that got reversed. I think it was a debatable call, but with how seemingly random some of the targeting calls we see across the NCAA are these days, I decided to let that one slide.

In addition to analyzing the reviewed plays, I added a couple sections to go over penalties that you viewers pointed out either as ones that I missed altogether or ones where I was possibly incorrect in my analysis. I made the proper adjustments and updated the penalty totals as a result.

Check out the video below to take a look at these 3 sections:

Penalty Totals:


  • Correct – 4
  • Questionable – 1
  • Bad – 0
  • Missed – 10


  • Correct – 11
  • Questionable – 3
  • Bad – 4
  • Missed – 1

The 10 missed calls against Indiana is staggering. The summary of the referees penalties this game can be summarized to this: Indiana was only called for 1/3 of the penalties they actually committed while Michigan was called for 7 penalties more than what they should have been.

All we can do is thank our lucky stars that it’s not the same officiating crew in Happy Valley this weekend.


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Stephen Osentoski