Personally, I've always envisioned the Diaries as mini-blogs - places for insightful users to provide in-depth, long-format supporting content. A place for original articles and commentary - the best user contributions highlighted and emphasized, one step above the forum and one step below the actual blog posts. To really enforce that distinction, some kind of moderation is needed.
There are four basic options when it comes to moderation:
- Post count. It doesn't require active moderation, and it effectively blocks invading trolls and stupid newbies. On the other hand, quantity doesn't imply quality.
- Moderator post approval. As long as the right mods are chosen, only quality content gets through - but on a large site, it's dificult to keep up with the traffic.
- Manually assigning privileges. This requires a lot less work from the moderators, but is highly arbitrary on its own, and depends on the users actually being noticed by the mods - which, again, becomes a traffic issue.
- Mob rule, i.e. basic majority vote. This definitely has a certain populist appeal. Unfortunately, it can get out of hand quickly (negbangs, anyone?) and requires a lot of participation to actually be effective. It's also very vulnerable to hacking.
To qualify for an audition, a user will be required to have a certain number of MGoPoints - maybe 20, maybe 50, who knows. MGoPoints are a combination of post count and voting, so they're a good first filter - anyone auditioning will have had at least some time on the forum, with some positive responses to his posts. This keeps mods from having to reject stupid newbie auditions all day.
Once a user hits that minimum point total, their link for posting diaries becomes active. But instead of anything they post being directly published, it instead goes to moderators for approval. This is the "audition" part of the process - where the moderators look for proof that the user is good enough to be published. If the submitted diary is worth posting, the moderator approves it, and it shows up on the main page. The audition setup keeps good writers from being missed or ignored, because they're actively submitting articles for approval, and are doing so out of a much smaller set of users. It also helps create a stronger distinction between quality and quantity, and it ensures that the user is capable of writing something more meaningful than fat jokes about Charlie Weis.
After a certain number of approved diaries - say, five or so - the user is said to have "passed" the audition. The system automatically marks his account as privileged, and his diaries are automatically approved and published. Moderators can still move the posts to the forum or revoke the privilege if it's abused, but they don't have to read through every single post anymore. This again takes burden off the moderators, and rewards good users with more leeway.
Obviously this system is a little more complex than your average moderation setup, but I think it'd work much better than what most sites use. The forum users and the moderators both have a say in who gets elevated, the burden on the moderators is significantly reduced, and only people that have proven themselves worthy get to post in diary format.
And yes, I am aware of the irony of a relative newbie posting this as a diary, but it seemed like the most appropriate place.
So what do my fellow MGoBlog readers think? Would this be a good system? Are there flaws I'm not considering? Improvements that could be made?
As a proud Nigerian American and Michigan alum who is hoping for Aramide Olanyian to choose Michigan, I thought I would fill the rest of you in on some of the great current NFL and college players of Nigerian descent. It is interesting that most have ended up on the defensive side of the ball and many are great pass rushers.
I will start with Nigerians on the current UM roster:
1) Obi Ezeh - LB - RS Junior - Undeclared LS&A
2.) Patrick Omameh - OL - RS Freshman - Engineering
3.) Ohene Opong-Owusu - OL - RS Senior - Economics
Nigerians in current ESPN 150 High School Recruiting Rankings:
1.) Owamagbe Odighizuwa - #37 - DE
2.) Aramide Olaniyan - #124 - OLB
3.) George Uko - #131 - DT
Nigerians on Big Ten Rosters:
1.) WISCONSIN (2)
2.) MINNESOTA (2)
3.) OHIO STATE (1)
4.) PENN STATE (1)
5.) ILLINOIS (1)
6.) NORTHWESTERN (1)
7.) PURDUE (1)
8.) INDIANA (NONE)
9.) IOWA (NONE)
10.) MICHIGAN STATE (NONE)
Notable NFL Nigerians (Alma Mater in Parentheses)*:
1.) Osi Umenyiora - DL - New York Giants (Troy)
2.) Nnamdi Asomugha - DB - Oakland Raiders (Cal)
3.) Adewale Ogunleye - DL - Chicago Bears (Indiana)
4.) Amobi Okoye - DL - Houston Texans (Louisville)
5.) Akin Ayodele - ILB - Miami Dolphins (Purdue)
6.) James Ihedigbo - FS - New York Jets (UMASS)
7.) Brendon Ayanbadejo - ILB - Baltimore Ravens (UCLA)
8.) Chinedum Ndukwe - SS - Cincinnati Bengals (Notre Dame)
9.) Frank Okam - DL - Houston Texans (Texas)
10.) Brian Orakpo - DE - Washington Redskins (Texas)
10.) Victor Abiamiri - DE - Philadelphia Eagles (Notre Dame)
11.) Victor Adeyanju - DE - St. Louis Rams (Indiana)
12.) Devin Aromashodu - WR - Chicago Bears (Auburn)
13.) Oshiomogho Atogwe - FS - St. Louis Rams (Stanford)
14.) Remi Ayodele - DT - New Orleans Saints (Oklahoma)
15.) Isaiah Ekejiuba - LB - Oakland Raiders (Virginia)
16.) Israel Idonije - DL - Chicago Bears (Manitoba, Canada)
17.) Ovie Mughelli - FB - Baltimore Ravens (Wake Forest)
18.) Ikechukwu Ndukwe - OT - Kansas City Chiefs (Northwestern)
19.) Chike Okeafor - OLB - Arizona Cardinals (Purdue)
20.) Tony Ugoh - OT - Indianapolis Colts (Arkansas)
21.) Uche Nwaneri - G - Jacksonville Jaguars (Purdue)
22.) Ogemdi Nwagbuo - DT - San Diego Chargers (Michigan State)
23.) Frank Omiyale - G - Chicago Bears (Tennessee Tech)
24.) BJ Raji - DT - Green Bay Packers (Boston College)
25.) Kenny Onatolu - LB - Minnesota Vikings (Nebraska-Omaha)
26.) Kenny Iwebema - DE - Arizona Cardinals (Iowa)
27.) Samkon Gado - RB - St. Louis Rams (Liberty)
28.) Chris Ogbonnaya - RB - St. Louis Rams (Texas)
29.) Ben Obomanu - WR - Seattle Seahawks (Auburn)
*I apologize for the somewhat random order but it was tough to confirm all of these guys although most of the names were pretty obvious for me.
This probably fits under what Peter King from SI calls "Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me" in his weekly Monday Morning QB columns but I was looking it up and thought I would share it with the group.
Start Waving the Nigerian flag for Obi Ezeh in the student section, maybe it will fire him up to improve his play!
I cant help but be a little disappointed that THE KNOWLEDGE has not checked in to give us his thoughts on last weekend's college football results. It's funny how fast things can change in the sports world. One day you're wallowing on a 15-game losing streak. A week later, you're upending the Mighty Trojans.
Around these parts, you could say the exact same thing about our Meeechigan Wolverines. Pick the subject matter, and the storyline has done a 180 from the tales spun last season. Can't move the football across the street in 2008 has given way to one of the nation's top rushing offenses. Cant score, period, in 2008 has given away to 38 points per game. A charitable turnover strategy in 2008 has given way to more takeaways than giveaways on this young season. Stevie Brown, goat of the D in 2008, has given way to Stevie Brown, our best linebacker. A 3-win season with only 2 covers in 20008 has given way to a 3-0 SUATS start. I think you all get the picture.
Here is one of my favorite numbers so far on the season: Michigan has scored 114 points through three games. In 2008, it took Michigan six games to ring up 113 points. Like, whoa. To keep up the pace this week--that being scoring as many points that took twice as many games last season to score--the Wolverines need to lay at least 38 points on the board against the Hoosiers this Saturday. That would give Michigan 152 points through four games, a number exceeded last year only after the first touchdown against Purdue, in the ninth game of the year.
Now, I know everyone here would take a 10-7 game over IU as long as it s a 'W' for Michigan. But, let's play some fun e-speculation my fellow MGoBloggers. Will Michigan hit the 38-point mark Saturday? Who you got, the Over or the Under on that one? I'll say this: It sure will be intriguing to see how the offense matches up in its first Big 10 test of the season.
How about Carlos Brown? Say what you will about his frailities and difficulties staying on the field fulltime, but he sure does know how to get the bang for his buck, doesn't he? He is the only person in the last decade years to crack the list of longest runs in Michigan history. And, he's done it twice. His 90-yarder against the Eagles was the third longest run from scrimmage in school history. Dont forget in the 2007, he scored on an 85-yard run against Minnesota, a run that stands tied for seventh-place on the all-time list.
Ah, I remember that run well. A gloomy, soggy Ann Arbor afternoon had given way to early evening darkness. Late in the fourth quarter, Michigan held a 27-10 lead, and Brown ripped off the right side of the line, cut into the middle and outraced several LOLphers as he weaved his way down the rest of the field. How important was that touchdown? It helped Michigan cover the -23 number that day. And I was there, pumping my rolled up program in the air, the way a jockey whips his horse, urging Carlos to take it to the House. It was a magical moment at the Big House.
I am also old enough to remember the two runs on that list that were longer than Brown's this past Saturday. Admittedly, my seven-year-old memory is a bit hazy on how Butch Woolfolk's run in 1979 went down. I do, however, have strong memories of the game in 1989 when Tony Boles went for 91 yards and a touchdown. The game was against the Hoosiers, and, believe it or not, during the late 1980s Indiana fancied themselves as a darkhorse contender in the Big 10. The teams' games in 1987 and 1988 both served as October elimination games, of sorts, atop the Big 10 standings, and the '89 contest shook out the same way.
Michigan's defense dominated most of the game. After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan kicked it in gear with three second quarter touchdowns to break the game wide open. Boles sprint highlighted the action en route to an easy 38-10 Michigan win.
Indiana's lone touchdown on the day came in garbage time in the fourth quarter. Despite the timing, the score did prove rather historic. They had a stud back by the name of Anthony Thompson, who was one of the leaders in the Heisman Trophy race that season. He was a touchdown machine. Coming to Ann Arbor that day, he stood one score away from breaking the NCAA all time record for career touchdowns. Down 35 points, A.T. notched the record with a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter with one of those patened, old-school leaps over the pile, landing in paydirt.
At Assembly Hall on the IU campus hangs an amazing photo of the play. The way its prominently displayed shows that the folks at IU feel this is an extremely important point in the history of IU football. In a 28-point loss. I think that tells you all you need to know about football in Ann Arbor compared to football in Blookington. It's right up there with home games in Maryland, I suppose.
There has been a lot of discussion this week about the fate of our current second string quarterback Denard Robinson and what his ideal palce in the program is. My take? He has to stay at QB. It's pretty obvious, isn't? If Forcier goes down, I feel this team still has more than a puncher's chance at succeeding with Shoelace behind center due to his speed and playmaking ability. Hopefully, Rodriguez keeps giving him possessions as I dont think too many teams in the Big 10 have the speed to contain him. Regardless, we all should be excited at the prospects of this offensive weapon, and I am stoked to see what kinds of tricks the coaching staff has up their sleeve to get Robinson invloved in the game plan.
My thoughts on the issue aren't dramatic or too revealing. I bring it up because more than anything I want to discuss the stat line that Shoelace produced against EMU: 0/4, 0 yards, 0 tds, 2 INT, 3 rushes for 60 yards and 2 scores.
What a goofy boxscore line. I thought it might be interesting to throw a couple other stat lines out there that are comparable with other UM quarterbacks:
2/10, 32 yards, , 1 TD 3 IN , 8 rushes for 30 yards
0/3, 0. yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 carry for 11 yards
2/15, 33 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 13 carries for 84 yards
Do any of these look familiar? You might have to be older than I am (37) to recognize these amazing games by the above quarterback. The answer? Rick Leach. All three of these are from his freshmen season in 1975. The first was the season opener, a 23-6 win at Wisconsin. The second game, which includes the 0-3 passing line and is eerily similar to Robinson's game from Saturday, took place in a 14-14 tie against Baylor. The final stat line, which saw Leach throw as many picks as completions, not to mention more than six times as many incomplete passes as complete, was from the Orange Bowl, a 14-6 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. Leach became one of the best signal callers in school history, yet in his freshmen season, he had at least three games with as many interceptions as completions.
1/5 3 yards 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 14 carries for 144 yards and 2 TDs
Anyone? I am going to guess nobody remembers this game, but these were the numbers that Michael Taylor put up in his first ever start at quarterback with the Wolverines. Against Northwestern in Octoebr, 1987, Taylor subbed for an injured Demetrious Brown and paced Michigan to a 29-6 win. I was at this game. I had taken the SATs that morning, and I still remember my father picking me up from the testing center and racing us up to Ann Arbor in time to make kickoff. We were treated to one of the most boring games I have ever attended. But, Taylor emerged as a killer option QB. He eventually became an effecient passer as well. He never lost a Big 10 game he started and led the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl in 1888 and 1989.
12/26, 158 yards, 1 TD. 7 INTs, 9 rushes for 13 yards.
Seven picks! That's a dead giveaway for folks who are around my age. This was the aforementioned Demetrious Brown and his effort in East Lansing during the 1987 Michigan-Michigan State game. MSU won 17-11. If Brown only has six picks, Michigan likely wins this one. Lorenzo White was a beast, IIRC. Anyway, this game took place a few weeks before Taylor's debut as a starter. And, it took place on the same day the Tigers beat the Twins in Game 3 of the ALCS at Tiger Stadium. Pat Sheridan hit a 2-run bomb late in the game to notch the win. Otherwise, lets not talk of Brown's game, that ALCS or the freaking Twins again.
3/8, 62 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 5 carries for 27 yards
The rare Rich Hewlett start, this one from the 1980 opener against Northwestern. No offense to Mr Hewlett, but when Anthony Carter is split out wide, you have to have better numbers than this. At least, he connected to AC on a pair of scores. They were needed as UM escaped with a 17-10 win. Folks, this was back in the days when NW ripped off 20-game losing streaks like it was their job, so being involved in a fourth quarter game with the Mildcats could be deemed, uh, unacceptable. Anyway, Hewlett was only starting because incumbent QB John Wangler ended to season before getting his knee torn to bits by UNC's Lawrence Taylor in the Gator Bowl. Bo was too nervous to play him, but seeing Hewlett's performance eased those fears out of necessity. Eventually Wangler regained his starting role and his passing mojo helped led Michigan to their first ever Rose Bowl win under Bo to cap the season.
3/18, 39 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 11 carries for 40 yards and 1 TD
Is it good if you're the preseason #1 team in the country and your QB throws up the above numbers in the opener? Not if you're Michigan. Steve Smith's career as UM QB could not have started any rockier. Again, if you have Anthony Carter as your wideout, you have to complete more than three passes. Smith bounced back the following week and led UM to a win over Notre Dame, the newly installed top ranked team, and hit AC on a bomb in the process. Smith started for three full seasons at Michigan, but he was constantly booed during every inconsistent stretch of play he had as Michigan fans never really forgave him for the embarrassing 1981 loss to the Badgers.
Do any of those stats matter? Probably not, but I thought it might make a fun trip down memory lane. Michigan had a .500 record in the above games that involve head scratching QB lines. At least Michigan won the game in which Robinson's bizarre stat line took place. As long as he is not relied upon as the Man this season, Robinson might still produce some funny box scores, but probably wont drown the Wolverine's chances either.
Before signing off, how about a word on the defense? Would you have believed me if I told you a month ago that Jordan Kovacs would play the second half against Notre Dame and that Kevin Leach would lead the team in tackles for a game? What would you have said? You probably wouldnt think the team would be 3-0.
Otherwise, I dont want to talk defense. At the risk of incurring GSimms wraith, defense is a boring to talk about. I mean, you're with me, right? OK, its not really boring to talk about, but it sure is scary as hell. I still feel the starting 11 is fine, but the line between fine and disaster seems pretty small.
Instead of obsessing about the defense, I will instead quietly point out the possibly profitable strategy of taking the Overs the rest of the way in Michigan games. In the Rodriguez era, 10 of fifteen games have gone Over the total. Those that didn't included both MAC snooze fests last season, the Jug winner against the LOLphers, the Northwestern Slush Bowl and this year's opener against Western. Nick Sheridan started three of those games, went the distance in two and figured prominently in the four Under games from last season.
Given the new found offensive potency and the shaky defense, I expect this trend to continue. For that matter, I think all Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame games should lean strongly to the Overs as well. The total for the Michigan-Indiana game is 53, by the way. I just have a feeling Michigan is going to lose a game during which they score at least 35 points. Hopefully, the loss will be muted a bit with an Over ticket in my pocket.
This is my first diary, so I apologize in advance if my images do not embed properly, I'm still figuring this out......
There has been a lot of discussion regarding Michigan’s strength and conditioning program, with many drawing the conclusion that the superior conditioning of Michigan’s football team will result in wearing down teams through three quarters, and dominating a tired opponent in the fourth for a win. I did a little searching in an attempt to find out if there are any historical statistics from teams coached by Rodriguez and conditioned by Barwis to support this belief. Mike Barwis has been the head strength and conditioning coach for Rich Rod since 2003 at West Virginia, so I did the analysis on all of their games since 2003. Since there is no statistic to measure overall conditioning I used points scored or allowed as an indicator, since what I really want to know is whether conditioning or lack thereof translates to points (and wins). I know there are multiple problems with this, e.g. last year’s inability to execute the offense doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with effort or conditioning, but I hope that by looking over several years of data, I will be able to draw some solid conclusions.
I looked at the quarter by quarter scoring for all of the games from 2003 to present. First I’ll give you the average quarter by quarter scoring for offense and points allowed for defense (including WVU’s 2007 bowl game which wasn’t actually coached by Rodriguez).
Not sure what the proper test for determining statistical significance is here, but the eyeball test says you probably shouldn’t count on the offense to score more points in the 4th versus quarters 1-3. As for the defense, you can probably expect them to give up slightly more points in the 4th quarter, at least as compared to quarters one and three (caveat: defensive data compiled under tenure of multiple defensive coordinators while assuming Rich Rod was in control of the offense in each year examined). This obviously doesn’t give the full picture, as play calling, personnel, etc. will be dictated by the circumstances of each game. So, to crunch the numbers further, I looked at the 46 games in which the teams were within 16 points of each other after 3 periods. I realize this cutoff is somewhat arbitrary, but it seems reasonable to me that if a team is up or down more than two touchdowns and two 2 point conversions with 15 minutes to go, play calling and strategy may be start to change, which would confound the results of this analysis. Nonetheless, in these situations Rich Rod is 26-20 and on average outscores the opponent by ~1.2 points in the final quarter. I know this crowd is big on charts, but a graph is a bit more useful for this particular analysis.
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Again, this is only games that were within sixteen points after 3 quarters. The abscissa is the point differential after 3 quarters ((WVU or M) – opponent), thus negative numbers mean Rodriguez’s team was trailing and positive numbers mean they were winning. The ordinate is point differential of the final score ((WVU or M) – opponent), so a negative value means a loss and a positive number means a win. Based on this, it looks like the third quarter score is a pretty good predictor of whether the team will win or lose the game. I am surprised by how well this holds up even for small 3rd quarter point differentials (between -7 and 7). I know it is a relatively small sample size and all that, but still. One encouraging point of note is that when leading, even by a small margin (<7), Rodriguez’s team usually comes out on top. Look at all the data points with a 3rd quarter lead of 1-5 points. He lost one game. That makes me smile inside. On a side note, if I include all of the games, not just the ones within 16 points after 3 quarters, the results are basically identical. However there was one pretty big comeback in the WVU days against Louisville. Down 17 points after 3 quarters, WVU rallied to win by 2 in overtime.
*Overtime points were included as 4th quarter points.
The idea that Michigan will completely own teams in the 4th quarter is probably not true. If the historical data is a valid indicator of what we can expect, in terms of points scored and allowed Michigan will perform in the final quarter pretty much the same as through the other three. Actually, the biggest differential between points scored and allowed is in the first quarter. I am not sure why there is a noticeable jump in points allowed in quarters 2 and 4. My first guess was that it was due to increased risky play calling during the 2 minute drill near the ends of each half. However, if this were true, I would also expect to see an increase in offensive points scored.
The score at the end of the 3rd quarter is a pretty solid indicator of game outcome. If Michigan is up at the end of 3, even by a little, we will likely come away with a win. Unfortunately the reverse also holds true, with Rodriguez only having two comeback wins (one of which was the 2008 Wisconsin game).
I think Michigan has a bright future under Coach Rodriguez. I think we can expect some exciting football and a lot of wins. I’m just not convinced said wins will come courtesy of the superior conditioning theory. In the end, as long as Michigan is piling up the W’s I don’t think any of us care in which quarter they score the points.
While doing research I came across this: When Morgan Trent was asked "What's the craziest thing about Wolverines strength coach Mike Barwis?," Trent replied "That he's a former MMA fighter and can kill any one of us if he wanted to with one punch."
Which got me to thinking, who would win if Mike Barwis and Chuck Norris got in a fight? I thought about it for a while and my head started to hurt. So I decided that some sort of black hole, kung-fu vortex would probably open up and suck us all in. We would never know who actually won; therefore it is an unanswerable question.
Let's look at a hand comparison in poker. Player A is 1 of the best poker players in the world. He is playing at a table with 8 amateurs with varying degrees of ability but none are in his league. After playing for 2 hours he picks up KK. He is surprised when 2 players before him push all in. From his expert observation he is positive these 2 morons do not have AA thus making it a statistical certainty that he would be getting the correct odds to call even though he is only has about a 50% chance of winning the pot against 2 random hands. So he should call right?? Well I think it is up to some discussion based on other factors. Let's look at 2 differnt scenarios
Scenario 1- He is in a cash game where he could simple rebuy in if he loses all his chips. He plays poker for a living and plays thousands of hands in a year and the odds tend to even themselves out so he calls knowing that over the long run if he continues to make smart decisions he will be rewarded by wining money. Easy call.
Scenario 2- He is in the WSOP. He has several side bets out and he desperately wants to win the bracelet. He knows the stats say he should call, but he is putting his tournament on the line on a coin flip. He knows that if he just plays smaller pots and hands that are in a stronger position he can build up his chip stack at a risk level that is better than 50/50. So he chooses to fold despite the odds being in his favor.
Now lets relate this to football. Let's say Florida is playing Kentucky and they are going to face a 4th down at their own 30. Based on the stats they say they should go for it, but let's look at maybe why they shouldn't. A football game is like the tournament in scenario 2. Over the course of time going for it may be the correct call, but if making it is heads and you run in to a string of tails you may have blown a game you had a decided advantage in because your sample size is so small. 2 bothched 4th downs against Kentucky blow a game you could easily have won. The next week you face another overmatched opponent in Mississippi State. This time you make all your 4th down conversions and you end up scoring 84pts and break a team record. The stats have proven correct and you have outscored your opponents by a huge margin......only problem is you are now 1-1.
If you went into season and you determined you were going for it all the time I think you would run into a game or 2 that you might blow that you shouldn't have. Maybe this strategy is better served in the pros where you have a larger sample size and more room for error with more teams making the playoffs or overmatched teams that have nothing to lose.
Season, Winning streak, Final record
1995, 5-0, 9-4 (4-4 the rest of the way, Carr's first season, including the Pigskin Classic win over UVA)
1996, 4-0, 8-4 (another bowl game loss)
1997, 12-0, 12-0 (obvs)
1999, 5-0, 10-2 (capped by the Orange Bowl win over 'Bama)
2006, 11-0, 11-2 (obvs)
So in the past 20 seasons, Michigan has started 4-0 only 5 times. Compare that to some of our rivals.
OSU - 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007. That's 11/20 seasons, more than twice what Michigan accomplished.
PSU - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2008. For all the crap we give them about them regressing after joining the Big Ten (starting 1993), they still have 8 seasons starting 4-0.
MSU - 1997, 1999, 2005, 2007. Ok, even MSU has almost as many 4-0 starts as Michigan does over the past 20 seasons. Additional commentary a couple paragraphs down.
ND - 1989, 1993, 2002. The last 4-0 start (and they actually started 8-0) was by Ty freaking Willingham. Chuckie's best start? 2-0. Just sayin'.
So a couple of observations. First is that Michigan has an opportunity to do Saturday what has only been done ONCE in the past 10 seasons by starting 4-0. Second is that a 4-0 start doesn't necessarily mean squat, as evidenced by Michigan's 1995 and 1996 seasons and, most glaringly, MSU's 2007 season in which they started 4-0 and went 3-6 the rest of the way (a deliciously yummy ouch!) to finish 7-6.
So, while a 4-0 start would be nice, it's a long season and there are 8 regular season games (and hopefully a bowl game) left to play. For now, though, I'm more than satisfied with the way this campaign has started. It's been a while since I was excited about football a month into the season.