"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
[File photo: Eric Upchurch]
Caris LeVert's 11 first-half points were easy to overlook during a spectacular Michigan barrage that featured 11 three-pointers.
When the barrage abated, and a persistent Texas squad nearly knottedd up the score, LeVert's eight second-half points kept the Wolverines out in front. Tasked with taking control of the offense with the Longhorns giving chace, LeVert snaked through defenders to find all manner of ways to create a layup.
The supporting cast is still setting into shape; it did just enough tonight. Duncan Robinson hit 4/5 three-pointers. Zak Irvin went 5/8 for 13 points. Derrick Walton stuffed the stat sheet (13-5-7) and drew a pivotal charge on Isaiah Taylor down the stretch. Moe Wagner looked like he may quickly become the team's best center, putting up six and four in the first half before foul trouble limited him in the second.
The team defense still wasn't good. Texas had plenty of chances to make this a real game but an 8/19 mark from the free-throw line made up the difference and then some. Big man Cameron Ridley was perfect from the field but only took five shots in 28 minutes; not to sound like Seth Davis calling a Michigan game, but he could've used a few more post touches.
Michigan is going to get in some shootouts this year. They're ready for them on one end. On the other, we'll have to wait and see.
Brian's preview is here. Go Blue.
[Click here for the Ohio State preview]
Here's the scores of Michigan's football games since someone last won this darn thing:
- 28-16 over Penn State
- 48-41 over Indiana
- 49-16 over Rutgers
- 29-26 over Minnesota
You guys have left a "Build a Wall" shirt, the "Win with Character, Win with Cruelty" shirt, the Penn State excuses shirt, a book about Michigan's helmets, and a replica of the Brown Jug on the table. We're getting 400+ guesses. Just start guessing crazy things, I dunno. I want to give you free stuff!
How this works again:
- Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-0" or "35-0 Michigan", or "28-0 Go Blue", or "42-0 Harbaugh!" etc.
- The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
- First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
- If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
- If nobody got it right or I don't hear from the winner(s) we push it to next week or let it go.
About Last Time:
What's so weird about 28-16? Two of you guessed 28-17.
This Week's Game:
And on the Line:
A full-size, limited edition print by famous portrait artist (and Bacon book interviewee) Ben McCready. Bennie is named for THAT Bennie, who was his godfather. McCready is part of the lifeblood of this Michigan of ours. He was the guy they asked when they started the Legends jerseys, and the guy behind getting them retired again. He's putting one of his prints on the line for whoever guesses the score correctly.
BONUS: If Penn State beats Michigan State and Michigan beats Ohio State I'll pick some score-guessers from those past articles and give them the prizes for being close enough, because sometimes if you're close a little bit of help can get you where you want to be.
Fine print: One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. The algorithm finds the winners as it chooses. The algorithm is self-correcting. The algorithm is back! This is not the algorithm. But it will be again soon.
Elliott Takes The Cake
Great birthday wishes from a great coaching staff pic.twitter.com/yQxJ4lmoc9
— Its Lit (@XCV____) November 24, 2015
Alright, so, um, perhaps that cake doesn't look exactly like Texas. That apparently didn't matter to top-100 TX DT Jordan Elliott, who moved up his official visit to this weekend, joining a packed list of expected weekend visitors. The Wolverine's Brandon Brown is reporting "multiple sources" have informed him that Michigan is in great position to land Elliott, whether it's during or after his official visit ($).
Elliott is near the top of the list of potential weekend commitments for Michigan. 247's Steve Wiltfong put in Michigan Crystal Ball picks($) for Elliott and three-star FL WR Keyshawn "Pie" Young; he already had ones in for top-ranked MD OG Terrance Davis and four-star Detroit King CB LaVert Hill—the Hill pick is one he's especially confident about. Wiltfong also confirmed that four-star King WR Donnie Corley will be in Ann Arbor tomorrow.
There have also been two five-star additions to the 2017 visitor list: Davis' high school teammate, RB Anthony McFarland, and IMG Academy standout DE Joshua Kaindoh. While Michigan hasn't been mentioned among the favorites for either, that could change after this weekend.
While the focus of the coaching staff is still primarily on wrapping up the 2016 class, we could see their 2017 efforts pick up steam, especially since many big-time junior prospects seem excited about Michigan. To wit:
4 Star Top 100 DT prospect excited for Michigan visit this weekend. https://t.co/6VIrgPWpSx
— Cesar Ruiz (@_OverCees) November 25, 2015
4 OC, can tell that 4 DT Fred Hansard is excited for Michigan visit ! https://t.co/FViW60MpFl
— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard56) November 25, 2015
Yup, safe to say they're excited.
[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the roundup.]
Well, that was always the risk.
When I said the Ohio State tickets were going to stay $250, that was based on my assumption that Ohio State had a gameplan that was in any way related to what Michigan State has looked like this year. While Michael Geiger ran around Columbus like a choo choo, Buckeyes did the same on the secondary market. They’d been buying these up all year, not to mention they got a big allotment to sell. While just about any fanbase would still be happy to follow that team anywhere, Ohio State’s had it too good lately. The suddenly very real possibility that losses happen in football changed the math. The market took a nosedive.
Ralph Garcia from TiqIQ:
Current average price is $255.20—the lowest average price all year. The majority of this drop in price occurred from the 21st to the 25th (AVG price on the 21st was $393.10). Overall, average asking price is down 39% over the past 7 days. Current get-in is $154 for a single seat & $155/each for a pair. The lowest point was 9/8 at $117.
I’ve asked him to stop using average price but that’s a fair approximation of a good seat. Face value for a section 1 (50 yard line) ticket is $125, and remember there was a pretty high licensing fee that the season ticket holders paid. So if you’re trying to get in just anywhere, $150 isn’t a bad deal, nor a bad idea. So far Craigslisters are optimistic—one guy in Detroit has two for $200 each in an upper corner (section 8), the same another guy is asking for Row 19 on the 20 yard line. If you bring that much to the game I have a feeling you’ll be able to find something.
Hit the jump for tips and stuff.
- able to sit for more than 15 seconds at a time,
- not inclined to run through the nearest wall,
- in possession of a metal girder that needs biting through, or
I have the solution for you. Hype videos.
Please do not watch these in the vicinity of anything fragile you would like to keep in one piece, like windows, Hummel figurines, or grandmothers.
[ED (Seth): By now you guys know Joe Pichey. You know about his recipes, and his blog, and why Stubb's sponsors them here, and why your doctor wants all this to stop. But I'm here to remind you anyway. Joe's blog is MMMGoBlueBBQ. Stubbs gives us some money to put his recipes here too because their CEO is a reader, and a nice guy, and he wants you to give his sauces a try next time you're in the supermarket.]
It's my favorite week of the year for several reasons. Turkey Day is my favorite day of the year (for obvious eating reasons) and THE GAME is here. We've waited all year for this one, so let's cook something truly special. It's not everyday we get to smoke a brisket, so let's enjoy this day to the fullest. The brisket is one of my favorites to cook, but also one of the trickiest. You can get overwhelmed watching videos on youtube or researching on google, so just search "Aaron Franklin Brisket" if you want. He has some fantastic videos if you want to do some more research or just want to watch some food porn. The biggest game deserves the biggest cut of beef, so grab your smoker, knife and beverages and let's get started.
- 10 - 15 lb Brisket (Packer)
- BBQ Rub
- Butcher paper (Non Waxed) or Foil
[After the jump, set your grill or smoker for indirect heat and prepare to melt]