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1. Getting Over UCF
starts at 1:00
We are finally disagreeing with PFF, whose quarterback rankings make no sense. For example, Speight has looked consistently good, especially on the short stuff. Left guard is a sore spot, but contain issues might go away when Taco returns.
2. Colorado is Better at Football, Not So Good at Under the Radar
starts at 26:00
Brian taketh then returneth the title of chief enunciator. We really like Awuzie, Colorado’s Peppers-like object. Prepare thineself for screens and breakneck tempo.
3. Gimmicky Top Five: Things We Are Over
starts at 53:00
Last week was Scott Frost grudges. This week is a Hail Mary 22 years ago that was avenged 20 years ago, and again 19 years ago. Some of these things we are actually over.
4. The Big Ten’s Interesting Non Conference Week
starts at 1:15:15
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame is saved for last. Ohio State at Oklahoma shouldn’t be at the same time, should be a good time. Looking for a 5th string QB for a call-out.
"Who's Got It Better Than Us"—Joe Escobar
"Booger Bear"—The Floozies
"Don't Poke the Bear"—The Swear
“Across 110th Street”
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I wasn’t going to do one this week because I’ve been traveling (wedding in the Colorado mountains. No I wasn’t consulted about the date). I changed my mind because:
- The ticket market started to shift
- Lots of people asked for an update
- I’ve wanted to get a little editorializing thought out.
Colorado is better than we thought but also too much of a flight to convince a lot of Buffs fans to travel last minute. I’ve been in Colorado since Wednesday morning and ran into just one CU fan who wants to talk about this game—and he just wanted confirmation that they’re not awful anymore. This is a scarred populace, and flying to a Delta hub to reopen those wounds isn’t worth it.
As for Michigan fans, the dip is happening because it’s Friday, and because:
With Big Ten season around the corner and two recognizable opponents coming to town to kick it off, the best part of a bad out of conference season isn’t that enticing.
[JUMP for when to buy your Wisconsin tickets and a tale of morality]
[Makes Roadrunner Noises]
The above are highlights from Michigan commit O'Maury Samuels's first three games of the 2016 season, courtesy of Scout's Greg Biggins, who also provided an updated evaluation:
Looking at Samuels early season game film, it's obvious he's a man among boys at this level. He's just simply bigger, stronger and faster than everyone he's going up against and all of his physical tools project very well to the college level.
He has a great running back frame at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, strong and compact. He runs with great balance and has the ability to take a hit, spin off a defender and keep going or just run right through a would be tackler. He has a very strong lower body, is a decisive runner with no wasted motion and can hit full speed after just a few strides.
In addition to turning the entire population of New Mexico into a band of Wile E. Coyotes, Samuels apparently displayed a "little more wiggle" than he did as a junior.
Biggins had little to report on the recruiting front, which is great news. Samuels said this summer that he planned to look around on some visits but there isn't even a clear picture of who's in pursuit of Michigan at this point. Even when accounting for competition level, it's obvious why M got in on him early, and that looks like it'll pay off.
Along those lines, cornerback commit Benjamin St-Juste will take an official visit to Virginia Tech in November. Given he said this to VT's Scout site, they don't sound like much of a threat:
“Through the year after I committed, I didn’t get any more offers,” he said. “I got one more from Virginia Tech and interest from Rutgers, but there’s no other team that’s offering me something better or bigger than Michigan. I don’t feel the pressure to decommit or anything. I only saw Michigan, so I need to take other visits.”
While you never know with recruiting, St-Juste doesn't sound like a serious flight risk.
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(Guess what? I published a book this offseason. It's about baseball. The Cubs. The White Sox. And that one time they played each other in the World Series. Check it out. It's only available via Amazon Kindle right now, but a print on demand option is coming soon)
What a great Saturday of college football this weekend. For the first time in history, the top-3 ranked teams in the AP Poll go on the road to play a fellow top-20 team on the same day. Will it be Shakeup Saturday? Or Separation Saturday? I'm guessing a little from Column A and a little from Column B.
The B1G is right in the middle of it. Ohio State at Oklahoma is one of those three top-3 games, along with Florida St-Louisville and Alabama-Ole Miss. But also Michigan State and Notre Dame renew hostilities after a two season cease fire. Both teams are ranked, eyeing playoff runs and always seem to play tight, crazy games. Toss in unranked Nebraska favored and hosting mighty Oregon and there are three bigtime showdowns in the league this weekend. And the undercards all offer something interesting to watch, even if it's ineptitude. Looking at you, Northwestern. Ten of the league's 11 games this weekend involve games between FBS schools. The only game with an FCS squad is actually intriguing with that level's 5-time champ and regular giant killer North Dakota State going to Iowa. What's better is three things I dislike watching about the conference, Minnesota, Purdue, and the Indiana Defense, all don't play. It should be fun. Let's breeze through the schedule before this week's picks.
FOR DEGENERATES ONLY
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It’s been awhile since we last did one of these best of the user-generated content articles so there will be a bit of catchup. I’ll use this opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorite regular features that the MGoReadership has been producing.
EXTRA FRONT PAGE CONTENT
Stock Watch: This is really front page content we forgot to bump in the craziness of preseason. It’s Mathlete’s 2016 preseason “this team is going to win +/- Y games” guesses based on his every-play metrics.
Best and Worst: If I ever remembered to bump it on Sundays, bronxblue’s postgame assessment of Michigan fans’ current zeitgeist would be regular front page content. You don’t need to understand professional wrestling references, but it helps.
B1G Expectations: Ecky Ptang needs to create his own tag for this relatively new series that tracks the conference-wide total win probabilities and upcoming schedules. It’s great for knowing who’s got what opponents next and backing up thoughts like “Penn State is a 7-win team,” and the graphs make it a quick read. Here’s week 1. Here’s last week. At right is a nice looking mountain.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY
Throwback Thursday: ReadYourGuard was a linebacker who played with Harbaugh, and a lot of other interesting guys. This offseason he told the stories of a bunch of them. These are not media interviews—they’re real stories of guys who played for Michigan that they’re only sharing with another former player. Any random click here will be more rewarding than reading the rest of Dear Diary: Todd Plate. Clay Miller. Tim Williams. Mike Dames. David Key. Mike Reinhold. Brent White. Ken Higgins.
Forgotten Blue: MGrowOld recently started this 25-episode miniseries on old Michigan greats, even if a Hall of Fame shortstop who was nearly as good as Alan Trammell over relatively the same era hardly qualifies as “Forgotten”.
This Month in MGoBlog History: Maize.Blue Wagner is running 10 years back, which was still in the blogspot days. Now that we’re into the 2006 season it’s fun again; this week was all about the time Brady Quinn’s Heisman campaign became a Bennie Hill video.
Lanyard Program: Both the name of the series and the author, LP makes a quick printout program that’s handy to have at the games. I keep getting requests for him to put our FFFF diagrams on there each week.
Weather: MGoweather is our meteorologist. Posts go up Friday evenings before gameday so there’s no excuse for reading them when you’re already half way to Ann Arbor on Saturday like I always do.
Best of the Board
WHO IS FREDDY P SOFT?
Man explains his invisible enemy pic.twitter.com/9cGihZCQri
— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 15, 2016
Now you know. The man apparently has a history.
ALL THE DAILY! I will give you a link to a thread that goes to a link to the complete archives of the Michigan Daily, but ONLY if you promise me that you won’t look up anything I wrote because my editors sometimes sucked and changed the entire meaning of my stuff (also: I sucked).
We are promised?
Okay here you go.
NOT GOLD. Our sponsor just bought the house across from the stadium on Main Street and since it’s last minute they asked our help to sell spaces there. I forgot to mention that besides the tailgate they also just sell plain old parking spots there too.