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October 2 - Monday
Minnesota game column. Brian has praise for DeBord! But Henne is still mystifying.
October 3 - Tuesday
UFR: Defense vs. Minnesota. The performance was better than the final score indicated. Woodley had a +7, but Charles Stewart came in for a -6.
October 4 - Wednesday
Hennechart Legend. This is a helpful explanation of the different categories.
UFR: Offense vs. Minnesota. Again, mostly a discussion about the improvements of Henne and Debord.
So how do you like me now?
Uh... Mike? DeBord?
October 5 - Thursday
Unverified Voracity is Brief. Max Martin has been kicked out of Alabama (after earlier being dismissed from Michigan). The football team’s injury situation is improving. Morgan Trent should be back, and Carson Butler will be back from suspension.
Brian challenges some recent mainstream media pieces. The first might have been sarcasm, but the second asserts that there is too much talk about 11-0 ‘M’ meeting 11-0 OSU, it will automatically send one of those teams to the national championship game and other teams won’t be considered.
October 6 - Friday
Blogpoll roundtable with questions about how much the blogger pays attention to the national CFB scene…
Well... no. I have long advocated finding a niche and becoming lord of that niche. My niche is Michigan and the Big Ten, so I do things like DVR Penn State-Northwestern and keep an eye on Wisconsin-Indiana.
And if their team needs better or different exposure…
Michigan doesn't exactly want for attention, but I would like it if Drew Sharp was reassigned to prep volleyball. And forced to dress up like a clown to attend games. And then spanked on the local news. By Madeline Albright.
Michigan State game preview. This could be the fourth straight year an ‘M’ running back rushes for more than 200 yards in this game. How things have changed…
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
Breaston rips off a huge return.
October 7 - Saturday
October 9 - Monday
Ever since college football entered my consciousness, Michigan State has been dangerous because of its stupidity. Sometimes they're a danger to others because they're too stupid to know they should lose. Sometimes they're a danger to themselves because they're too stupid, period. This was the latter.
Manningham is on crutches and likely out for the Penn St. game.
October 10 - Tuesday
Review of Penn St. vs. Minnesota film. The Nittany Lions don’t look too difficult. They are only getting a pass rush from Jay Alford, Anthony Morelli is only slightly less erratic, and Derrick Williams is about where Steve Breaston is.
Unverified Voracity Rips the Vote and analyzes reasons and theories of why voters vote the way they do.
Manningham will be out 2-3 weeks. Penn St. is still preparing for him to pay.
UFR: Defense vs. MSU. Hall had a +9, but Trent had -4. Overall, there are concerns that the defense might not be as amazing as it was earlier expected. I bet this wasn’t as spectacular as Jourdan Lewis:
October 11 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Verbally Commits to Kicking Your Ass. Paterno continues to take shots at recruits who didn’t go to PSU, despite having a number of players who were committed to other schools before they signed with Penn St.
MGoBlog becomes affiliated with ArmChair GM. Sounds like it was similar to SB Nation.
October 12 - Thursday
Brian hates time of possession. He makes the point that TOP was more important when the game was primarily running based. Also, “per possession” is the key measure, not “per game”.
UFR: Offense vs. MSU. Henne was off compared to recent weeks, but the backup RBs showed good promise, including a TD from Brandon Minor.
October 13 - Friday
Penn St. game preview. This game isn’t expected to be too much of a challenge.
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
Hart out rushes Hunt by 60-70 yards.
Morelli throws at least one interception.
October 15 - Sunday
October 16 - Monday
Penn St. game column, complete with iconic photo.
Also, the “i post Morelli photo again” tag should get more use.
Some guy named Dan Steinberg wants to make polls based on the football analytics that oddsmakers receive to set lines on college games. Brian is not a fan.
October 17 - Tuesday
What is Unverified Voracity? (Not Love). Brian highlights some choice comments from other blogs.
Brian parses an interview with Scoop Jackson. Also, a funny note that one of his roommates forgot to tape the Penn St. game so the UFR is going to be delayed.
October 18 - Wednesday
Maxwell Pundit ballot. Brian’s top three this week: Calvin Johnson, Alan Branch, and Troy Smith.
UFR: Defense vs. Penn St. No surprise, the defense was dominating. Woodley led the way with +9. The CB opposite Hall is becoming worrisome. Both Morgan Trent and Johnny Sears received the lowest grade of -1.
October 19 - Thursday
Blogger roundtable with several questions about coaching hot seats and bad preseason predictions. Brian predicts that Walt Harris would lose his job at Stanford.
UFR: Offense vs. Penn St. Henne is starting to show John Navarre-like intangibles (this is a good thing). The interior OL is looking shaky.
October 20 - Friday
The mailbag: an cop-out piece that combines astounding arrogance ("listen to me answer your questions, peon!") with laziness (since mailers write half of it for you).
Unverified Sunshine of Spotless Voracity. Quote from Adrian Arrington’s mom:
"His goal this year was to prove himself in that number," Norma Arrington said. "He wants people to say, `I don't remember that much about the quarterback (John Navarre) who wore it. We remember that Arrington guy.'
Don’t worry, a new #16 will soon eclipse both of you.
Iowa game preview. Iowa is not living up to Brian’s preseason expectations.
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
Breaston touchdown. I have to be right about this eventually.
Hart does turn out to have some sort of minor ding and we see a lot of Grady and Minor.
Bo had a medical issue on the set of the Big Ten Ticket program. It’s unknown how serious it was.
October 22 - Sunday
Iowa game open thread with lots of pregame rumors.
October 23 - Monday
Are computer rankings useful? Yes, if you put good information into them.
Iowa game column. This was a dominating win.
October 24 - Tuesday
Brian’s week 9 blogpoll ballot.
Unverified Voracity is Totally Miserable. Adrian Arrington is having some legal issues.
October 26 - Thursday
Brian is very sick so UFRs are delayed.
UFR: Defense vs. Iowa. Woodley led with +10. Branch, Jamieson, and Crable all have +6. The only negative is Will Johnson with a -1.
UFR: Offense vs. Iowa. Henne was decently accurate, but it was all short throws. Greg Mathews and Carson Butler showed promise.
October 27 - Friday
Hello Toney Clemons (with still working highlight video!). Clemons’ time at ‘M’ would not end so well.
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
Breaston touchdown. I have to be right about this eventually.
Ohio State loses to Minnesota by 80 points.
Unverified Voracity: OMG. LOL. OMG. The national media really wants to call the defense the “English Majors”.
October 30 - Monday
Northwestern game column. Brian is grumpy about the poncho he used during the game Everyone is grumpy about Mike DeBord’s offense.
DeBord's been OC here for four years and has had the good fortune to coach opposite two of the finest defenses in Michigan history. He's a pitcher who gets 8 runs a game from his offense: his win-loss record is virtually meaningless. If he didn't have a gaudy record it would be conclusive proof that he is inept.
October 31 - Tuesday
State of Recruiting: Offense. Not much here. This side of the ball is almost done. Marquis Maze is still committed. The OL is the only need, but there aren’t many recognizable names on the board.
This past summer my new BFF It's Harambe took on the thankless task of asking his fellow MgoBloggers to rank the top 25 Michigan athletes of all time. As the list was revealed it was clear to this reader that some of the most notable players who competed during the athletic stone age (pre-internet) had been forgotten about. This weekly diary will take a look at the more notable players from our past to remind everyone of what they did and why they deserve to be honored and remembered.
On hearing the news of having his jersey retired ... "I had never really even thought about it because it doesn't happen as much in college basketball as it does in pro basketball. I thought the University of Michigan had given me so much already in the chance to play here and an education so I felt I won out in that deal."
Rudy Tomjanovich used an outstanding jump shot and a knack for grabbing rebounds to average 30 points and fifteen rebounds per game and earn All-America honors in 1970. An outstanding high school player in Hamtramck, Michigan, Tomjanovich's accomplishments in the first three years of play in Crisler Arena (1967-1970) made him one of Michigan's basketball immortals.
Over the course of three seasons, the 6-7 forward corralled 1,039 rebounds, still the highest total in Michigan history, and twice led the Big Ten in rebounding (1968-69 and 1969-70). He led the team in scoring in each of his three seasons, totaling 1,808 point, sixth on the all-time list. His 25.1 career scoring average ranks second only to Cazzie Russell. Tomjanovich still holds the Crisler Arena records for single game scoring and field goals (48 points and 21 field goals vs Indiana, 1/7/69) and single game rebounding record (27 in Michigan's first game in Crisler Arean vs Kentucky, 12/2/67). His best rebounding effort came against Loyola in 1969 when he grabbed 30 caroms - tops on the Michigan all-time list.
Rudy was selected in the 1970 NBA draft as the second overall pick by the San Diego Rockets (the franchise relocated to Houston in 1971), for whom he would play the entirety of his NBA career. He was also drafted in both 1970[ and 1974 by the Utah Stars of the ABA. In his eleven years in the NBA, Tomjanovich had a scoring average of 17.4 points and a rebounding average of 8.1, earning five All-Star Game selections in the process (1974–1977, 1979). He is the third-leading scorer in Rockets history behind Hall of Famers Calvin Murphy and Hakeem Olajuwon. Because his last name was so long, the back of Tomjanovich's jerseys would read "RUDY T.", rather than his 11 character name.
Despite Tomjanovich's noteworthy career as a player, he is perhaps best remembered for an infamous occurrence at the height of his playing career. In a December 9, 1977 game, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kermit Washington punched Tomjanovich. The blow shattered Tomjanovich's jaw and face and inflicted life-threatening head injuries, leaving him sidelined for five months. He eventually made a full recovery, but his playing career slowly came to a halt and he was forced to retire in his mid 30s. The story and aftermath are recounted in the John Feinstein book The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever.
On February 10th, 2003 Rudy’s #45 joined Cazzie Russell’s #33 as the only two jersey numbers ever retired by the University of Michigan. On that day Rudy said the following;
"This is a highlight in my really blessed basketball career. The reality of it all is they didn't have to do this for me. They've done enough because they made my dream come true back in 1966 when I got to play here. It was my dream. I was a highly recruited player and I read the letters but the only place I wanted to be was right here because I just love the basketball program. When I got a chance to play here, it was a dream come true. I really got a great basketball education here. They helped me to get drafted high as the second pick in the NBA. I love both my coaches -- Dave Strack, and Johnny Orr was just getting started."
For those wondering I downvoted myself cause I was looking at the post and accidently clicked the down arrow and there's no way to undue the action!
This is going to be a short one. I didn’t get home until late Sunday night, only finished watching the game in full around 9:30 pm. Of course, after weeks of relatively uneventful games that let me ramble on for 5,000 words, an actual, compelling contest breaks out and I’m going to be quick-hitting the whole thing. Ah well.
Best: The Lewis
For a certain vintage of Wolverine fan, The Woodson has mythical properties. It came during that magical 1997 season and, along with the punt return against OSU, was THE signature play for Woodson during his final year. From a contextual standpoint, the play had everything you wanted: the opponent was a rival that was actually pretty good (MSU was ranked as high as #11 that year and were definitely turning into the best version of those Saban teams), the stakes were huge on a season level (UM was #5 in the country), and the game itself was still close late in that third quarter. And in the moment, all of the elements were perfect: Woodson displaying preternatural instincts and athleticism to be in that position, to stretch out every inch of his body, the amazing control to corral that ball and land with a foot inbounds, even the way the referee signalled the turnover with one of those emphatic arm swings you usually see when umpires punch batters out or when Shelton Benjamin's jaw was greeted with some Sweet Chin Music.
It was a perfect distillation of football, of all those coach-isms you hear spouted by announcers of players "just needing to make a football play" as they choke a bit on the faux nostalgia. It's a moment that feels both of the time and timeless, one of the greatest players in college football's history putting his stamp on the timeline while the sidelines seem to to be outfitted only with rejected windbreakers from Eastbay. And the fact that everyone who wasn't in East Lansing that day saw it in 4:3 aspect ratio on some oversized "standard definition" tubed TV made it more indelible because it required a certain article of faith. We didn't have super-clear HD signals on massive flatscreens and DVRs; you saw MSU's QB get flushed toward the sideline, toss it up and out of bounds to live another day, and the next moment you saw Woodson just dripping in swagger from the sideline while the ref said it was UM's ball and it all seemed insane and unbelievable, a defiance of physics and unspoken laws of football. You hear rival fans complain about UM often living on past glories, and there's some truth to that, but every year I find myself watching this play a couple of times and every time it still fills me with the same giddiness, the same excitement, the same logic-defying awe that a person catching synthetic leather in his hand can take my breath away. And it stands up; it'll always stand up.
For a new generation, I hope Jourdan Lewis's interception in this game takes on such reverence, because it deserves it. Like Woodson, even outside of the context of the game the mere mechanics of the play were pretty remarkable. First off, it’s man coverage with Lewis trailing Rushing and only daylight ahead of him. Thomas was somewhat in the vicinity of the play, but had Lewis let that ball get past him I’m not sure anyone stops a TD. Also, like a lot of Hornibrook’s throws, it was a bit short, meaning that Lewis had to judge on the fly that he was no longer trailing the intended receiver but was starting to wall off the “defender” on his own reception. To those watching on TV, it’s obvious the ball is slowing up, but on the field and going at full speed, I have to imagine this wasn’t as clear. Plus, if the ball was coming up short, the corner is always susceptible to the cheap PI call as the target tries to “fight back” to the ball, forcing Lewis to play it as it flew. And finally, he had to make that play with full extension and only one hand.
I know there are #GameTheory reasons why Lewis should have just batted that ball down (1st-and-goal from the 8 vs. around midfield), but this is college football, and so "knock it down" isn't a given. But regardless, it was an amazing play by a player I think some people have forgotten about amongst the stars on defense. But while Peppers and the line have gotten the lion’s share of the attention these first couple of games, and Stribling and (before his injury) Clark played great while Lewis was on the mend, it’s Jourdan who was the All-American last year and hasn’t missed a beat since he took the field.
Now, Lewis probably isn’t going to receive the accolades Woodson received during that year; if anything, another defensive player will be getting that love. But this team still has the same goals, and if they attain them it’ll be because of players like Lewis making plays like that.
Best: Eater of (Cheese) Worlds
Oh boy, the defense.
Where to start? Wisconsin’s isn’t a dynamic offense, but it still came into the game averaging around 410 yards per game; they finished the day with 159 yards. They didn’t crack 100 yards rushing or passing despite averaging about 200 in each phase coming into the game. Despite only recording 2 sacks on the day, UM’s defense allowed exactly 3 drives (out of 13) over 4 plays, with no drive being longer than 37 yards. Wiscy’s lone score came after a 46-yard interception return, and for the game were only in UM territory 3 times. If last weeks’ game was an ass kicking, this was a smothering.
At no point did Wisconsin show an ability to move the ball consistently, and at times it almost felt like they just wanted to give the defense a breather before sending them back out.
In addition to the fantastic coverage by Lewis all game, he also had 4 solo tackles, including a couple against the run/off screens that stifled what could have been dangerous plays. It took him a couple of weeks to get on the field, but he was an All American when he ended last year and is probably better thus far this season.
On the other side, Stribling had a really solid day. He had 2 picks, played really solid defense despite being the clear focus of Wisconsin’s (admittedly anemic) passing offense, and didn’t let anything break long on him. There was one mistake in the 4th wherein he sort of tripped and let Jazz Peavy get open with yards of open space only for Hornibrook to overthrow him, but otherwise Stribling played almost as well as Lewis. With Clark out for the year, it’s nice to see that Stribling can still give UM great coverage opposite Lewis.
The defensive line, as usual, dominated the opposition. This was a pretty stout Wisconsin line that could not get anything going on the ground, and the lack of sacks and TFLs can in part be attributed to the relatively small number of plays and the fact Hornibrook rarely looked to throw the ball deep. And when he did, he had to get rid of the ball in a hurry as the pocket collapsed around him.
About the only area that had some issues were the linebackers in coverage, as both McCray and Gedeon seemed to lose contact with Wisconsin receivers and running backs for substantial gains this game. But even that is picking nits; the one TD scored was on a perfect throw with Gedeon giving decent coverage; sometimes you just get beat by a good playcall and execution.
Honestly, I’d like to write more about the defense because it feels like I’m short-changing them, but what else is there to say? This is the second week in a row where nobody busted big, and the rest of the time the unit was just gnashing up playcalls and spitting out the remnants for 2nd-and-long. Without hyperbole, I’m not sure there’s a team they’ll play this month that will be able to break 300 total yards against this defense, and both Rutgers and Illinois have strong chances of seeing the Michigan side of the field only at the end of quarters. I’m going to have to spend part of my time this week finding ever-more-humiliating images to encapsulate what this defense does to mortals.
Best: Two-Dimensional Offense
You look at the raw numbers (130 yards rushing at 3 ypc, 219 yards passing at 6.8 ypa) and it feels a bit underwhelming – coming into the game, UM averaged 52 points and around 470 yards per game. But watching the game, it felt like the offense was working hard against a really good Wisconsin defense (even down star LB Biegel) and finding ways to move the ball. Speight was under fire throughout this game (4 sacks, 3 more QB hits, and a dozen other times where one or more Badgers were bearing down on him), and handled it pretty well. There were a couple of times he spun away from pressure, kept looking downfield, and didn’t panic with the ball.
As per usual it seems, his worst throws were when he was reasonably clean; his pick was thrown between 4 Wisconsin defenders, and he nearly had another ball picked off near the endzone in the first half while sorta statring-down Grant Perry. He’s never going to be a 2016-style “playmaker” like Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson, but he plays within himself and keeps the team in a game (63%, 219 yards, 1:1 TD:INT). And his final TD drive was borne from a calmness that has been his trademark this season, throwing a perfect ball to Darboh for the winning score.
(As a quick aside, Darboh is having a great final year. Him and Speight are clearly on the same wavelength, and he’s displaying some quickness to complement his physicality. He beat the Wisconsin corner here by a step or two, and picked up another first down on a slant where he outran the trailing player. He’s not a burner, but there’s an athleticism emerging here that UM can absolutely exploit).
The running game also felt solid even though they recorded 200 yards less on the ground than against PSU last week. Excising sacks and end-of-game runs designed to bleed the block, UM averaged about 4.5 ypc and picked up 11(!) of their 21 first downs on the ground. And they did so despite losing Grant Newsome for half the game (and, based on early reports, the rest of the year), conscripting Bushell-Beatty into the lineup with mixed results. And against a Wisconsin front that loves to bring pressure, the backs kept moving forward (only 2 TFLs for 2 yards).
Isaac felt like the star of the game for the backs, consistently slicing through creases and picking up yardage, especially in that second half. Of course, he also almost coughed up the ball deep in UM territory with barely anyone around, which brought back nightmares of his game against Maryland that basically stapled him to the bench. But he recovered nicely and really is a solid talent when he can keep the ball secure. Smith plowed through guys (though he missed at least 1 big cutback on the first TD drive that would have picked up a first down), while Evans had a nice early run and also caught a ball for a first down. It was weird to not see Higdon a week after his coming out party against PSU, but otherwise everyone you sort of expected to show up did and performed consistently, which given how this running game has looked in the past is whole-heartedly welcomed.
What got Michigan was it’s inability to end drives with points. UM had 23 more plays than Wisconsin (76 to 53), 13 more first downs (21 to 8), held the ball for 11 more minutes (35:41 to 24:19), won the turnover battle 3-1, and the field position battle by 8 yards per drive. But they also went 3/15 on 3rd down. They had a couple very makeable FGs they missed and had a couple more drives into Wisconsin territory that died due to costly penalties and sacks. Some of that you expect against a top-10 defense like Wisconsin’s, but this was a game that shouldn’t have been so close late in the 4th. A big part of Wisconsin having a shot to win a game like this hinged on UM’s offense struggling to put them away, and that nearly came to fruition. There isn’t a team on this schedule save for OSU that can slow down UM’s offense, but there are quite a few teams that can absolutely turn bad plays into gifted points. That needs to be shored up quickly.
Worst: Kenny Doggins, Amirite?
Something is wrong with Kenny Allen. He can sorta still punt, but if there is really such a thing as yips, he’s got it with kicking FGs. I’m not blaming him; kicking a football sounds incredibly stressful, especially since perfection is the baseline and you have so few opportunities to make amends. Blow a block or give up a long TD, and you’ll (probably) be out there on the next series with a shot at redemption. But there might only be 3-4 times a game when a kicker can ply his trade, and thus misses are amplified. But it might be time for UM to either find a different FG kicker or change their approach offensively in those situations. I assume Harbaugh will look into all options, including going for it on reasonable 4th-down distances, but I think we’ve seen enough evidence that something is amiss and until it gets resolved, there’s no reason to keep playing roulette.
Also, and this will be an ongoing complaint, but can this team just settle on a spread punt formation? I get when you are playing dinosaur football you trot out all the favorites, but the way an overmatched team stays in games is with special teams miscues, and there were a couple of punts late in the game the Badgers had chances to return because there were 2 gunners and nobody else for 10 yards. If you are going to block the kick, then go for it, but a standard formation that half-assedly puts pressure on the kick while leaving returns exposed seems like the worst of all worlds.
Worst: TV Clock Management
Complaining that football games take too long isn’t new; all those unpaid amateur athletes apparently still have bills that only EA Sports* and heavy-duty trucks shilled by a self-professed “asshhole” can pay, and that isn’t going to change. But as someone who was watching this game in pieces at a 90th birthday party, it was, I guess, the opposite of a blast to watch the last 3 minutes of Definitely Not Back Texas vs. Oklahoma St. when I fired up the DVR Sunday night (oh, and watch a video of a college QB going all Dude Perfect throwing a ball to his friend on a Jet Ski). Games don’t fit into nice little 3-hour chunks like they used to, and yet still scheduling games into those blocks just leads to the inevitable overruns and frantic channel flipping as you have to find something called ESPNews 7.5 so that you can watch kickoff recorded on a portrait-oriented video from a production guy’s iPhone 5. And the thing is, we’re all football addicts; you could schedule the game to start at 4 and we’d still watch. And with #Pac12AfterDark, Saturday games have actually become a 14-hour bender for the rabid fan. But don’t force me to watch two teams I don’t care about run out the string either.
* I’ll admit, I do think this particular commercial is clever. Doesn’t mean I need to see it every couple of breaks.
Best: Another Rivalry Game!
So UM will finally leave the cozy confines of Ann Arbor and travel to hated rival [citation necessary] the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. They are of course coming off a stirring…a, nevermind.
Yeah, this will be ugly. UM isn't going to score 58 like OSU because, well, what the Buckeyes are doing is a bit unreal (and probably a bit unsustainable), but they'll dismantle Rutgers just as easily. And given that it's UM's first road game, I'm looking more to see how the offense looks in a hostile-ish setting, given the fact they'll be going to MSU, Iowa, and OSU later on in the season. You always hear the adage that defense travels, but the offense is still just wonky enough that I'd like to see them put a couple of TDs on the board early. That said, again, this game should be out of reach by halftime, though I suspect Harbaugh will play it straight for a bit longer. Still, UM should head into their bye 6-0 and primed for the meat of their schedule, and we’ll have a Wife Day worth discussing.
We saw a little glimmer of how the blog handles its adversity during the first half of the Colorado game when things did not go all that well, needless to say, but yesterday in a game against a conference opponent with a legitimate defense, a game that some strangely thought we could dance through, we received an interesting insight into game-long adversity.
Despite winning, we managed to do something that we haven't done in all the time I have been doing this - nearly literally doubled the fucks.
In the first four games, we managed to accumulate 487 fucks, and in three hours of old school Big Ten drudgery, we accumulated 422 fucks. If there's a headline from the game that applies to this little feature, it is definitely that. Although we tacked on a 25% increase in shit and a nearly 50% increase in "damn" in just one game, the totall fucks were something to behold. Now, granted it was concentrated around one phase of the game which came pre-imploded this time around, as well as the Newsome injury and a couple other events, but still it was fascinating.
So, let's take a look at the tempo-adjusted fucks - our FART (Fucks Adjusted For Real Time) rate for this game was 2.110, or essentially a little over 2 fucks per minute of total airtime, and our SHART (Shits Adjusted For Real Time) was 0.325, so we used shit sparingly in this game and went right to fuck. FAP Rate (Fucks Adjusted For Total Plays) comes in at 3.271, or a little over 3 fucks per snap. Both FART and FAP are at their highest levels since 2015 Penn State.
The combined FART / SHART, or SQUIRT, came in at 6.492, which indicates a pretty stressful fuck-filled game, heavy on the fucks compared to shits. The last time it was that high? 2014 Rutgers, bur let's never discuss this game so long as we all shall live, right?
As for the thread itself, across 2,100 replies we had 941 tracked instances, which comes to an overall efficiency rating of 2.23, but as you can see below, when you have a thread that by itself accounts for about 27% of all tracked instances over five games, it's easy to achieve that. Interestingly, all efficiencies so far this year have been in a range between about 2.90 and 2.20, which means we're overall pretty steady-handed about the season so far, I think.
If we look at the Original Six analysis with normalized values, you can see how much Colorado and now Wisconsin stand out as games have gone so far this season.
So, Colorado - heavy on "shit" and "suck", and Wisconsin was heavy on "fuck" and "damn" in comparison to other games. Seems like seasons of old to me. Maybe we 're settling into that familiar pattern of Michigan football stress after all.
Rutgers should be interesting in a different way - perhaps not so stressful this coming week.
And now for your obscure stats of the day...
With today’s win against Wisconsin, Michigan is now 8-6-0 against the AP No. 8 ranked team, since Bo’s first season in 1969.
During that time Michigan has played more games (14) against the AP #8 than against any other spot in the rankings; Michigan has played 13 games each against AP #1 and AP #9.
Before today, Michigan’s last win against the AP #8 was October 15, 2005, the last-second thriller against Penn State that finished 27-25 when Chad Henne found Mario Manningham in the endzone with no time on the clock; it would be the Nittany Lions’ only loss of the year as they finished No. 3 in the rankings.
Michigan’s last loss against the AP #8 was last season, November 28, 2015, when Ohio State won 42-13 in the Big House on the way to a No. 4 final ranking.
With the win Jim Harbaugh (at Michigan) improves to 1-2 (.333) against the AP top 10, and improves to 4-2 (.667) against the AP top 25. Jim Harbaugh is 11-1 (.917) against unranked teams.
Michigan improves to 43-46-2 (.484) against the AP top 10 since 1969, and improves to 100-92-3 (.521) against the AP top 25. Michigan is 321-54-5 (.851) against unranked teams during that time.
Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke went a combined 1-10 against the AP top 10 after Lloyd Carr's very impressive 18-9 (including nine straight wins early in his career) had built up Michigan's record pretty nicely in that regard.