Remember when we were arguing with Rutgers bloggers about which athletic director was worse?
Poinsetta Bowl, San Diego, 8pm
Boise St vs TCU. Lines, TCU -3, O/U 45
Ok, so Saturday's Bowl Chronicles was a wet blanket. Talk about lousy predictions. But, there is plenty of Bowl Season left and time in order to get some of those losses back.
Tonight, we have a game that really deserves a New Year's Day spotlight. It certainly has more juice to it than the VT-Cincy Orange Bowl.
A lot pundits seem to feel that TCU is the play tonight. After all, they held powerful offenses like BYU and Utah down and held Oklahoma to a season low in points. Conventional wisdom says the kids from Boise has yet to see a defense the likes of the Horned Frogs.
However, Boise's defense is every bit as good. In fact, I feel this is one the school's better teams because it is more stout on defense than ever before.
Both defenses are team strengths. And, there is not an advantage either way. TCU is better up front, but Boise has a better secondary, paricularily at the corners.
The advantage in this game comes offensively, and I feel Boise's O is much better. The game could develop into a good old fashioned taffy pull. If that the case, I'll take the team with better playmakers. To me, that edge rests with Boise and Ian Johnson, John Avery and Kellen Moore.
Bowl teams ranging from Oklahoma, Utah and Colorado State were able to run the ball on TCU. I expect Boise and their multiple headed rushing attack to move the chains and allow Moore enough room to get the passing game going. I like TCU's QB Dalton, but Moore is more explosive. Another edge to Boise in what ought to be a close to fest slugfest.
TCU's meal ticket on D is their ability to sack the QB, but Boise's OL has kept Moore clean most of the year. I think they can handle this challenge.
I see Boise having an edge in team speed and offensive playmakers. And, while everyone seems to be touting TCU's defense, they are forgetting that the Broncos can D it up as well. Boise will make enough plays on O to squeeze by and get a great win for the program.
The Pick: Boise +3.....2 Units.....i think we have a false favorite in this one. The Broncos should be favored, but the public is on TCU because of their performances in the MWC showdowns. One thing to look for as the game gets going: Boise always has tricks up their sleeves. They might not run the Statue of Liberty again, but you know they will hurt TCU with a gimmick or two. In an expected close game, that might end up being the difference.
When THE KNOWLEDGE makes a post on these very pages, it is usually one of the most viewed (if you doubt it, check back in a few days for how popular this post is)
despite this, some people still seem to take the predictions of THE KNOWLEDGE lightly, and assume I'll be wrong. Well, you know what happened
THE KNOWLEDGE has been basking in glory the last few days after the correct prediction that Shafer will be let go
this time, THE KNOWLEDGE is back with inside info on the D-ccordinator choices. At this point, some of the info can be released and some now
Here's what went down
Originally, three guys were talked to about the job. One was a longshot, and he has turned it down. The other was relatively less longshot, and it appears he's mostly out as well. The third is still in contention
The Longshot: Pittsburgh's D-coordinator (no, not U Pitt, but the Pitt Steelers) - Dick Lebeau. It is well known that DL has had some interest in the college game for a while, but with his Pitt D working so well, and the way he's entrenched there, it was not possible to get him. RR talked with him, but it didn't work
The lesser longshot: Tommy Tuberville, the ex-coach of the Aubies. He was definitely interested initially, but due to philosophical differences with RR, it appears that he's very unlikely to come here now
the third one is still in contention, and there is a good chance he may be the next DC. Of course, I can't reveal his name now because he's still in the running (otherwise, what's the difference between me and the jackass Herbstreit?). But, you can rest assured that this guy will also make M fans very happy, as I said in my previous post. Suffice to say, his name is NOT one of the ones making rounds in the internet
and if this third guy doesn't work, then Hopson (whom THE KNOWLEDGE alls Hopperson) will be the DC. Sad, but true
Oh, and Ronald English was never in contention. Have fun at emu, Ronald
Every once in a while, usually during a slow holiday week, I go into the Rivals FORT and respond to a chimpanzee there. It is always a mistake and a reminder why mgoblog flourishes. The theme is universally the same there: someone posts a comment, usually chock full of primitive misspellings, and then he gets flamed for posting the comment.
For example, today someone had the temerity to question RR's management of recruiting. Now, on the surface, this seems unwise because RR has done quite well based upon most measures. But this poster pointed out some of the cracks in the recruiting facade such as the decommits, communication with Shavodrick, management of QB recruiting, the lack of Michigan blood, etc. All have rational explanations, but you would have thought that this poster suggested Tressel was a better coach than Bo.
The interesting thing is that if someone were to post the opposite thesis, the flaming would still happen, and I am not convinced that some of the flamers would not be the same people.
So, I am offering this PSA to those considering a Rivals membership for Christmas. Don't. It's not that it isn't useful, but I think you get 60% of the value from the free stuff and the other 40% can be found here. Send Brian the $$$.
Since everybody has put in a playoff system i thought i would invent one. This playoff system is an 16 team playoff with the top 16 teams going in it using the bcs standings. since the bcs cronies say that the season is to long then limit the teams to one bye week which means that the regular season would end on November 22nd this year with the confrence title games being on the 29th however all confrences must have a title game to make even yes sun belt that includes you. The first two rounds are at the higher seeds home stadium with the semi-finals and finals being at 3 of the 4 current bcs sites while they rotate with one sitting out every year that one will host one of the bowl games out side of the top 16. To add money for schools all those who are not playing in the semi-Finals have the option of playing in the regularly scheduled bowl games which will be held between the semi finals and finals ok so this is how the schedule would go with the teams who id think would win the matchups.
#1 Oklahoma vs. # 16 BYU (@ Oklahoma)
#2 Flordia Vs. #15 Georgia (@ Flordia)
#3 Texas Vs. # 14 Georgia Tech ( @ Texas)
#4 Alabama vs #13 Oaklahoma State (@ Alabama)
#5 USC vs. # 12 Cincinnati (@ USC)
#6 Utah vs. #11 TCU (@ Utah)
#7 Texas Tech vs. # 10 Ohio State (@ Texas Tech)
#8 Penn State Vs. #9 Bosie State ( @ Penn State)
the teams would then be put in the second round highest seed against lowest seed as opposed to the ncaa basketball tournament where they have pre set second round seed matches even when th elower seed wins.
#1 Oklahoma Vs. #8 Penn state (@ Oklahoma)
#2 Flordia Vs. #7 Texas Tech (@ Flordia
#3 Texas Vs. #6 Utah (@ Texas)
#4 Alabama Vs. #5 USC (@ Alabama)
After the first rounds the games would go to the bcs sites minus one of them for this one i took away the Orange Bowl because i despise Pro Player Stadium or whatever they call it now.
#1 Oaklahoma vs. #4 Alabama (@ the fiesta Bowl)
#2 Flordia Vs. # 3 Texas ( @ the Sugar Bowl)
the National Championship game will be scheduled January 8th to let all the bowl games go by. So with the bowl schedule the loss of one bcs bowl game because of th enational championship that means that 2 teams will have to be booted out to make room for 4 Ohio State, Penn State, USC, And utah since two of these teams Utah and Usc (since they are the higest ranked) will play in the orange bowl which got left out of the semi finals finals rotation. To make room 2 bcs confrence schools with a 6-6 record will go so Notre Dame and North Carolina State. So that means that Penn State will be playing Hawai'i in the Hawi'i Bowl and Ohio State will be playing Rutgers in th Papajohns.com Bowl then th eBowls would go as scheduled normally.
national championship game Jan 8th
#1 Oklahoma Vs. Flordia (@ Rose Bowl)
So that is my playoff idea what do you guys think of it.
UPDATE: I played with formatting. DEAR LORD DOES IT LOOK BETTER. It'll be formatted like this forever now. Also, we beat Florida Gulf Coast. It's fine to be a Michigan Wolverine I guess.
To summarize this entire post: No change in hockey, GLI THIS WEEKEND! Basketball is #24 in the media and got totally screwed by incompetent coaches. I predict no changes next week, because no one really plays this week. Of course, if you want to read the post, I worked very hard on it.
Alright, forgot to update last night, so, a quick weekend wrap-up before we get to the new rankings.
#10 Colorado College ties Sacred Heart on Friday, Kills them on Saturday. No rankings change there, Michigan goes into this weekend’s GLI #11.
Michigan should win the Great Lakes Invitational. We should. This doesn’t mean we will. It’s at the Joe, Saturday (Tickets still available and cheap! I’ll be there!). The first round, we play a 4-14-2 Michigan Tech, while the other game is a struggling Spartan squad vs. the just-above-.500 North Dakota fighting Souix. (I’m not entirely sure what order they come in. USCHO.com says one thing, the Michigan hockey schedule says another.) Winner of our game plays winner of theirs on Sunday, I expect a Michigan v. North Dakota final, which would be the two losers of last years’ Frozen Four. We win, we keep our NCAA tourney chances very alive, and, every time you go to the Joe (at least until the CCHA tournament), both college hockey banners will say Michigan. If we’re in the Finals, you can catch it on FSN. If we’re not in the finals, and we end up with a Michigan v. Michigan State 3rd place game, FOR GODS SAKE COME TO THE JOE. Even if it’s not for a GLI championship, I want a SEASON SWEEP of Michigan State this year. We can do it.
Only other thing that may matter, #9 Cornell plays in another Christmas tourney, the Florida College Classic, which could actually be a very good tournament. They get St. Cloud St. on Saturday, no guaranteed win. Other game is Colgate v. Maine, probable Maine win. And, even if Cornell makes the finals, Maine’s no slouch either.
So, probably not much rankings change this week. Maybe gain a spot if we win the tournament. I can’t wait until hockey starts again proper.
Games I didn’t care about that went as expected:
#23/#24 Marquette over Western Carolina
#21/#24 Baylor over Texas-Arlington (Though it was damn close.)
Games I actually cared about:
In short, EVERYTHING went the way I wanted it to.
For starters, we beat Oakland. It was a good game. Three-point shooting was great, and LLP!!!!!! Awww yeah. LLP.
#19/#22 Michigan State OVER #5/#5 Texas: Long term, very good for us. If we beat the Spartans in February, we’ve beaten a team that beat a top 5 team. A strong Big Ten is good for Michigan.
#22/#20 Davidson LOSS #13/#18 Purdue: Woohoo Big 10 again. Davidson may fall out, or maybe we enter above them.
BYU LOSS #20/#17 Arizona State: Guarantees BYU doesn’t get to take open spot in the Coaches’ poll over us.
#23/#21 Memphis LOSS #11/#11 Syracuse: Opens up spot in polls, or gives us opportunity to enter above them.
Miami (FL) LOSS #25/#25 Clemson: This one was good for us no matter what happened. Clemson losing would have dropped them from the polls, but, Miami losing means they don’t have the opportunity to replace them.
My guess (as of this writing, polls haven’t come out, but, I’m not posting twice in one day): #23. Both polls.
So, now, I take a break from writing this, shower, eat a sandwich, wait for polls to come out.
And now, a rant:
COACHES DON’T WATCH BASKETBALL. It’s very clear to me now. They don’t deserve to vote, they don’t watch games. How they hell do you justify BYU getting more votes than Michigan in a week where BYU lost? How the hell does Minnesota go from not getting any votes to being #23? That’s such bullshit. Absolute bullshit. I’m pissed. Minnesota beat ONE top 10 team. We beat TWO top 5 teams. Total crap.
The AP Poll: We’re ranked! We’re #24! We’re ranked! We get a little number next to our name! Woohoo! I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get a spot higher, mostly because of who got the #23 spot: Minnesota. Listen, I’m all for the “Strong Big 10 is good for Michigan” thing, but, again, we’ve earned it way more than they have. February 19th at our place, March 9th at theirs. Let’s take care of some business.
So, for us this week: Florida Gulf Coast tonight at 7:00 on bigtennetwork.com. Honestly, I won’t be watching (I’ll be sledding!). We better freaking win. No Savannah State crap. That’s it. Have a good Christmas, Wolverines.
Alright, lemme plan your week off, starting with teams that are only higher than us in the Coaches poll (the first couple of whom aren’t ranked):
Davidson WHO LOST LAST WEEK, doesn’t play this week. Weird, right?
BYU WHO LOST LAST WEEK, plays tomorrow night vs. Western Oregon. Easy for them.
#25 Marquette WHO LOST LAST WEEK plays NC State tomorrow night and the Presbyterian Blue Hose (I’m not kidding) Sunday. The second one's an easy win, but, as was pointed out in the comments, NC State's a 1-loss team and shouldn't be so quickly put aside. I still think Marquette should win, but, if they find themselves looking past NC State, they could get surprised.
#24 Memphis WHO LOST LAST WEEK already beat Drexel earlier today, and that’s it for this week.
So, the 5 teams ahead of us in the media poll and the rest of the bottom 5 in the coaches’. (Ranks listed in that order.)
#23/#23 Minnesota: Wednesday v. Southeastern Louisiana, Sunday v. High Point, two easy wins.
#22/#20 Clemson: No games this week.
#21/#22 Baylor: Tonight v. Hartford. Easy win.
#20/#17 Arizona State: Tomorrow v. Idaho State. Easy win.
#19/#19 Louisville: Saturday v. University of Alabama-Birmingham. Similar situation to Marquette's game, I called it an easy win, someone called me out. So, again, Louisville should win, but, they can't look past UAB.
#16/#21 Tennessee: No games this week.
So, in short, nothing happens this week. No mid-week update, unless something crazy happens. I don’t forsee any rankings changes that effect us next week (unless maybe the coaches really wise up). I’ll see you Sunday to report that everything went exactly as expected.
And, if you’re in town, the Great Lakes Invitational is a great way to see good hockey for pretty cheap. I hope to see you all there.
Full disclosure: I am a fan of Ohio State. I am emphatically not a fan of Michigan. I am not, however, here to be a douchebag - I'm here to tell you that I feel your pain (and, eventually, to tell you that you whistle past Beaver's de-commit at your peril).
I've been around long enough to have seen both Archie Griffin play in the (old) 'Shoe in person and my Buckeyes' loss to Air Force. And while I'm happy at the moment to be enjoying what the spin of the wheel has brought Ohio State recently, the searing memory of Cooper's 2-10-1 tenure is always with me. You won't find me here trolling about "LLLLLoyd". I actually really like that old coot, aside from the two-inches-from-the-official's-ear tantrums. And I don't believe for one second that we're just going to keep stomping you forever. Like I said, I've seen too many spins of the wheel to be that sanguine.
Anyway: This Beaver business is bad, bad news right now repeat right now, no matter how good or bad either Forcier or Beaver turn out to be. Nobody knows right now how good a college QB either of these two kids is going to be, as Brian said in the thread to another diary. One or the other, or both, might be terrible, merely competent, or outstanding. Odds are - per Brian's apparently well-supported theory on the predictive value of guru rankings - that, out of the pair, Michigan would get at least one very good QB, and perhaps two. But at the moment, the chances that Michigan will get a good QB out of the 2009 class have been halved to one - which, under the circumstances, is a whole lot less than two.
What if Forcier cannot beat out Threet - or, Jebus forbid, Sheridan - next fall? I've seen some commentary here that says: no matter, the universally guaranteed leap in QB competence between a player's first and second years will lead to a no-worries, put-it-in-the-bank 8-4 record that will make everything OK until we can land the next Pat White, or until Forcier turns into him or Shaun King.
Methinks that predictions of an 8-4 record, absent the emergence of a "good" rather than a "not DEATH" QB, assume facts not in evidence, especially during an offseason in which an entirely new defense (if you're going to play a 3-3-5, or even a 3-4-4, or whatever alignment you choose, isn't good safety play part of the deal?) is apparently going to be implemented. And me also thinks that nothing less than 7-5, which at this moment seems aspirational rather than assured, will be acceptable.
But all this is beside the point: Having both Forcier and Beaver in the fold meant that there were two highly-rated dual-threat QBs with a chance to rescue the Wolverines in the RichRod era. Now there is only one. Somebody in another thread brought up Ohio State's situation a few years ago with Troy Smith and Justin Zwick - but here's the rub: Troy Smith was recruited as an ATHLETE who had been given a chance to prove himself as a QB. Had Tressel been given a "Sophie's Choice" between one or the other as a QB recruit, then, based on rankings alone, he would have chosen Justin Zwick.
What has happened here is that Michigan has had one of those options taken away from them. That cannot, at all, be portrayed as not a big deal, other than with the future benefit of 20/20 hindsight. What is certain right now is that Beaver's de-committment really, really sucks for you.