well that's just, like, your opinion, man
ESPN has been releasing the usual pieces you'd see this time of year. The first fluff piece is our "All Century Team", which can includ any player that suited up for Michigan between 2000 and the present.
We're look at a time period of 2000-2007 with Lloyd Carr, 08-10 with Rich Rod, 11-14 with Hoke, and 15-Present with Harbaugh. Unsurpisingly, most of the players selected were from the Lloyd Carr years.
26 players total. 12 Offense, 11 Defense, 3 Special teams.
Of the 26, 18 of them had their best years under Lloyd, 2 under Rich Rod, 2 under Hoke, and 1 under Harbaugh. 3 players were evenly split between two coaching tenures; Taylor Lewan with Rich Rod and Hoke, Denard with Rich Rod and Hoke, and Brandon Graham with Carr and Rich Rod.
I gave Jourdan Lewis to Harbaugh not only because of how great he was last season, but how great he can be this year as well.
I wanted to split it up just to show something we already knew, which was how great we were up to 2007, and how bleak it's been since.
The second fluff piece is ESPN ranking the B1G "Triplets", which is defined as the top 3 offesnive skilled position players. It can be any combo of QB, RB, WR/TE. For Michigan, they chose Chesson, Butt, and Smith. Link? Link
Our trio came in at #4. I may have switched Smith with Darboh. I think we'll see a platoon at RB, given how many options we have to work with. The opposite is true for WR, which means Darboh, Chesson, and Butt will all see the bulk of the passing game. MSU's trio came in at #7. The top 3 will be OSU, PSU, and Nebraska. My guess would be #1 OSU b/c of Barrett, #2 PSU b/c of Barkley, and #3 Nebraska b/c of Armstrong.
I think we're OK at #4, because nobody knows who the starting QB will be.
Jake Butt listed at #1 TE (duh) but has Mason Cole as the #1 underclassman center without ever playing a snap at the position in a game I believe. That's pretty high praise even given the Mel Kiper grain of salt. I'm excited to see how it turns out.
....Of course what he fails to mention is how Mason is not NFL ready yet and will need another year of seasoning before going pro *wink wink*
Per New York Post, JPP is suing ESPN and Adam Schefter for a violation of his privacy when Schefter obtained and posted JPP's medical record on Twitter after the firework accident.
Good for JPP.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen has been diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer and is off the air indefinitely to undergo treatment. Obviously thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Needless to say that cancer sucks: It's affected our family the last few months but, thankfully, the family member's outlook is good. I hope Mortensen can beat it back as well.
Ashamed to be watching this and eating Chipotle instead of going to the gym but here I am.
First award of the night goes to Deshaun Watson with the Davey O' Brien National QB award.
Here are my observations so far:
1. Most Michigan Relevent: There is a "student section" with jersey wearing college students standing up next to the side of the stage who high five the award winners as they exit stage right. INCREDIBLY the bespectacled Michigan student, otherwise known on the internet as "Sad Michigan Fan" from the MSU game is FRONT AND CENTER wearing his Michigan hoodie. He had to be invited right? Not sure if funny or depressing. Maybe deserves it's own OT thread.
2. ESPN is horrible at staging and broadcasting award ceremonies. The whole thing has a stilted awkward feel to it.
3. Chris Fowler is not good at award show comedy (but is a good Gameday host). Lot's of awkward moments and silence during moments of scripted humor.
Edit: 4. Sam Ponder is hot.
According to ESPN's FPI, Michigan is now favored to win all of their remaining games. They have a 13.3% chance of winning out, which is good for 7th best in the country. They have a 31.3% chance of winning the confrence, just behind Ohio State who has a 37.4% chance.
|Date||Tean||Win %||Opp FPI|
|Sat, Oct 17||73.1%||12.8 (29)|
|Sat, Oct 31||80.9%||3.6 (62)|
|Sat, Nov 7||94.8%||-2.4 (79)|
|Sat, Nov 14||86.0%||0.8 (70)|
|Sat, Nov 21||69.7%||7.6 (48)|
|Sat, Nov 28||52.0%||20.5 (9)|
EDIT: Add this to this post. They are also ranked 9th in the ESPN power rankings ahead of MSU who is ranked 11th.