Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Morning show with Sam and Ira is live from the Glick until 10am this morning. Interview w/ Swag Mattison is next up.
According to the Sagarin ratings, which predict actual game outcomes:*
IN BB, UM is #1 in the B1G. In the nation, UM is #3, IND #4, and Ohio is not in the top 10.*
IN FB, on a neutral field UM would still be favored over Ohio (by 0.15 pts). Why? UM’s nonconference opponents included the two teams now favored to be in the national title game. By contrast, Ohio’s “marquee” nonconference game this year supposedly was Cal, which is now not even in the top 70 nationally. Moreover, Ohio’s other wins were often very narrow. In fact, even for the UM game, they were only +2 pts after subtracting 3pts for home field (not even considering the injury to UM’s starting QB).
What then should we make of Ohio’s claim that they could win the AP national title? That claim should be laughable to any educated voter. In fact, Ohio is not even ranked in the top 20 nationally by Sagarin (they are #24, whereas UM is #22). Also, Ohio will not be tested in a competitive bowl or conference championship. Indeed, in the latter, on a neutral field, they would be favored by less than half a point vs WISC, 2.5 pts vs NW and they would be underdogs to both NEB and UM.
Interestingly, ND's delusions of grandeur also should be tempered. Although human pollsters will no doubt put them #1, would ND actually be favored to beat all the other teams according unbiased Sagarin PREDICTOR ratings? No, not at this point. Why? ND had many narrow wins, even over marginal teams and teams expected to be huge challenges--like USC--turned out not to be so great. Thus, by Sagarin's ratings, while ALA is #1 and Oregon #2, ND is only #3 Both ALA and OR both would be favored over ND by large margins on a neutral field. In addition, unlike ALA but like Ohio, ND will not be tested in a conference championship game.
*I report only those ratings that predict actual game outcomes. For BB I take the average of ELO and PREDICTOR ratings. For FB, I report only PREDICTOR ratings (not the ELO-CHESS, which is used by the BCS but does not consider margin of victory or predict actual game outcomes).
Says he will most likely stay at UM.
"A year under my belt is going to help me a lot," Robinson said. "I think I can do some special things next year."
Just wanted to let the board know that our old friend (and former MGBlog recruiting ninja) Tom VH is holding a live chat over on ESPN.
Warning: This thread was not made for "inside information." It wasn't made for "new news." Don't expect to learn anything in particular or get anything in particular out of this thread.
This thread was made for one thing. Discussion. I mean, this IS a discussion board on a blog, correct? If you're like me and you like simply talking about Michigan athletics...this is one of the best places to do it...right?
So with that said...I just read a ESPN.com article on Stu Douglass and I couldn't help but think "Damn, what a great kid...what sacrifice. Here is a kid I will ALWAYS root for, and I thank so much for bringing Michigan out of the "dark times." He and his senior class will be missed." And instantly I thought of Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergan and David Molk and Kevin Koger. Same thing.
So what similarities do you guys see in these senior classes? What are you going to take from each senior class and what will they be remembered for in YOUR mind?
Moving forward...Shane Morris and Mitch McGary. Which top blue-chip prospect do you see making the biggest impact? Shane likely has more years to do it...Mitch has less players to rely on and 1 player naturally means more in basketball than football. But do you think Morris' 3-4 years could surpass McGary's 1-2 years?
Obviously all of this is speculation and opinion...but what are your thoughts on this present senior class for each team? Are the comparable? What are your thoughts on the future stars of each program?
Since today is Veteran's Day, I got to thinking of Michigan football players who were veterans. I remember watching Mike Lantry, the Vietnam Vet and FG kicker, on TV as a kid. I know Tom Harmon also served following his career at Michigan. Are there other veterans you can think of who played Michigan football (or other sports, for that matter)?