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.
ESPN just owned up to totally underestimating Michigan in their "Monday drive through."
The Michigan Wolverines: Speaking of Ohio State, a funny thing happened on our march to the Nov. 21 Game of the Century of this Year, when the Buckeyes welcome Michigan State to town. It turns out the maize and blue team hosting the Spartans on Oct. 17 might be way more improved (way faster) than we expected. That Utah loss keeps looking better and better.
More in the video, including thinking MSU is overrated, and a lot of discussion on Michigan. They definitely don't think MSU is any kind of lock to make the NC playoffs. With their weak win against Western Michigan, their unimpressive win against Oregon, and a blah win against Central Michigan, only pulling away at the end of the game.
They also note that MSU is not favored against Michigan, and think that Michigan is for real. Commentators mention that Utah game was a tough game, and they've improved a lot since then.
ESPN released their Preseason All-American team and All-B1G team. No Wolverines on the All-American team, just TE Jake Butt on the All-B1G. No real surprises here, obviously we don't have too many established stars.
All-Americans from B1G (and Utah):
RB - Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State
G - Pat Elflein, Ohio State
DE - Joey Bosa, Ohio State
S - Vonn Bell, Ohio State
P - Tom Hackett, Utah
As far as ESPN standards go, this article is at least somewhat entertaining. I think the best case is better than 10-2 but it's still an interesting read during August. TLDR: Best case: 10-2 with losses to both rivals and a Rose Bowl. Worst case: 6-6 with a Toys-R-Us resurgence. http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/122357/best-caseworst-case-michigan-wolverines
Reports of Mark May's demise were premature. He has now moved to the ABC studio coverage with John Saunders. The new ESPN Saturday studio trio is Adnan Virk, Danny Kanell, and Joey Galloway. That is terrible. College Football Final will now be hosted by Joe Tessitore, but they have not named any replacements yet for May and Lou Holtz. As reported earlier, Rece Davis now takes over College Gameday replacing Chris Fowler.