"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
As other MGoUsers pointed out there is still no game time for the MSU game. It's starting to shape up like this could be a top-15 matchup two weeks from now. The number 3, 6, 7, 8, 19, 21, 23 ranked teams all lost games yesterday so there will be some serious reshuffling in the rankings today.
Michigan will almost certainly move into the top 20, while Northwestern was already No. 16 before their shutout yesterday, so they'll move into the top 15. A win vs NW next week would catapult the good guys into the same position.
What are the odds we still haven't heard a game time because the value of the game won't be decided until next week? Could this be a potential College Gameday game?
One of the memorable games of 2014 was the "M00N" - not in a good way. Michigan won by an astonishing score of 10-9.
Fast forward to 2015 and the cats are coming to town. They are on a 5 game winning streak and has beaten up a good Stanford team in their dreams, and shut out Jerry Kill's team last week.
It is thus interesting to look back of the M00N, and check out the Northwestern-Minnesota game yesterday.
Their pass D:
2014 M00N: Gardener had a QBR of 6!
2015 Minnesota: Gophers QBs have an average QBR of 7.1!
Their run D:
2014 M00N: Deveon and company ran over 150 yards (Devin's negative run excluded)
2015 Minnesota: Gophers ran a total of 74 yards
Their pass O:
2014 M00N: Siemian had over 270 yards with 2 interceptions to go with that
2015 Minnesota: Thorson had 128 yards but much more efficient and no interception
Their run O:
2014 M00N: 37 yards (negative runs excluded)
2015 Minnesota: 184 yards!
So Northwestern has indeed improved (if the M00N Michigan team and 2015 Minnesota can be used as reference) but they are not world beaters. 2015 Michigan D will probably limit their run to under 100 yards, and also limit their pass to somewhere around 100 yards as well. On the other hand, we cannot do worse than the M00N Michigan team in pass O, and will probably on par or better in the run O.
Limit the interceptions (Yes, Mr. Rudock!) and fumbles, and I see Michigan beats Jumping Pat 31 - 17.
Thomas Rawls is getting a lot of pub this week, as he may get the bulk of the carries vs. Detroit on Monday night. Its not hard to find an profile article on the web. Here are a couple:
Asked why things didn’t work at Michigan, Rawls said, “Things happen. I don’t regret it. I grew up a Michigan fan and loved my time there, but I moved on from it.”
Too bad the OL and offensive coaching and talent development at Michigan was so poor, when Rawls wore wings. He would thrive in the new Harbaugh system. If he starts on Monday, the over on 100+ yds vs. the spongy Lions D, at home with The 12s behind him looks promising.
It is getting really hot for Charlie Strong at Texas, a guy I thought was a great hire but sheesh, this does not look good. I don't care how good TCU has become, you can't be Texas and lose 50-7, espicially when you are known as a defensive coach. Plus at least one, and reportedely two, pleyers were tweeting about transferring DURING the game.