"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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.
Didn't bother making it a show thread because no one here wants to be forced to watch this tone-deaf conference's awful show that no one watches unless there are things like these being announced.
Jake Butt is named B1G Tight End of the Year and is a consensus First Team All-B1G pick.
Jehu Chesson named First Team All-B1G by the coaches.
The really surprising news to me is Chesson. Thankfully he got it.
Here's the Advanced Statistics Schedule Rundown for U-M as of the end of Week 13, which is more or less the final week notwithstanding some movement due to championship game results. Iowa is still included, for woulda-shoulda-coulda reasons, but is lined-out, because that's just reality rearing it's ugly head.
To add some value, some potential bowl opponents have been included in the list. You'll notice they're all from the SEC, and here's why. The CFP & Rose Bowl will take the top 2 B1G teams, and #3 probably goes to the last of three NY6 at-large spots (?), where the top 3 are MSU, Iowa and tOSU, in no particular order. Next with a 10-2 record is Northwestern, which would put it in the Holiday Bowl. This leaves U-M and Wisconsin at 9-3 to be assigned by B1G officials to either the Citrus or Outback Bowls, both of which have tie-ins with the SEC in the #3 and #4 pecking order, respectively. Yes that's right. The #3/#4 SEC picks get matched with the #5/#6 B1G picks, so there's an artifact of institutionalized SEC bias right there.
In reality I think the #3 SEC would probably get an at-large NY6 spot, so that might offset the selections by one spot. So, taking a quick look at the SEC standings, it looks like the #3 to #6 picks might be Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU (should be 9-3, not 8-3, due to a cancellation) and Tennessee. Those 4 are included in the rundown. Here's your embiggable chart:
In the S&P+ ratings, M still managed to improve its standing in offense again over last week's results, moving from #40 to #34, while MSU climbed from #29 to #26. Meanwhile, after having sandbagged the entire season, OSU soared from #24 to #13. Curiously though on S&P+ Defense, M held onto its #2 spot. This belies any rational explanation other than perhaps the defense started out well, and then collapsed quickly into garbage time. The rating did erode by 1.2 points from 11.7 to 12.9. OSU maintained its #8 spot and improved its rating by 1.4 points, while the MSU defensive moved up from #21 to #18 by improving its rating by 0.7 points. Overall, M dropped by only 2 spots to #6, while OSU moved up one from #5 to #4. Despite finishing the regular season undefeated, Iowa's overall S&P+ ranking remains unchanged at #29, while MSU moved up 3 spots to #11. Only now after the season is complete is M not favored in all of its games by S&P+ metrics, and that would be against OSU, who is a 0.4 point favorite. Meanwhile, the S&P+ favorite for the B1GC is MSU -5.0.
As for the FEI Ratings, U-M’s Special Teams dropped back from #14 to #16. The roughing the punter and the touchback would seem to explain that downturn. The next closest teams are Iowa and OSU at #33 and #40, respectively. As for MSU and PSU Special Teams ... they continue to wallow in the lower echelons.
FEI warmed slightly regarding M's offense, which improved its rating and rank to #35, thanks yet again to a gutsy three quarters of Jake Rudock. MSU dropped in rank from #19 to #21 despite a demolition of PSU, but yet, piling on 21 points late tends to not improve S&P+. OSU’s season-long sandbagging operation is once again manifest in its leap in FEI Offense from #38 to #28. On the other hand, Iowa dropped back from #24 to #30. Too bad a matchup of Rudock and C.J. Beathard in the B1GCG didn’t work out.
Carrying on with the trend from last week, and further quantifying what was witnessed on field in Ann Arbor last weekend, the most alarming aspect here is the FEI Defensive numbers, which sees M continue retrograde movement from #11 to #19, but also a decline for OSU from #8 to #10. MSU popped up from #24 to #21, as did Iowa's defense from #44 to #36. As such, the FEI and S&P+ characteristics for offense are largely congruent, but the same can’t be said for the Defense ratings.
FEI Overall rankings show M dropping from #10 to #16, while OSU climbed from #9 to #5, and MSU held on at the #6 spot. Iowa climbed back up from #24 to #18.
Rolling the S&P+ and FEI numbers together, Connelly & Fremeau come up with the F/+ Combined Ratings, in which M finally drops out of CFP range from #4 to #11, while OSU slips in at #4 and MSU advances from #10 to #8. Iowa inched up from #25 to #24.
Last but not least are the Football Power Index (FPI) ratings from ESPN. Here M reversed last weeks trend, dropping 1.6 points and 3 places to #19, while OSU moved further into CFP placement at #3, with a 1.5 point better score. As for MSU and Iowa in the B1GC, they are ranked #14 and #26, respectively, with a point spread of MSU -4.7 on a neutral site.
Looking ahead to potential bowl game matchups, the advanced stats are mixed. S&P+ favors U-M in all matchups except against Ole Miss, whereas FEI and FPI see U-M as an underdog against all opponents except Georgia.
Yours in football, and Go Blue!
Class of 2016 Michigan recruit Donnie Corley snagged a game winning touchdown on the last play of the game Friday night for King to win the Divison 2 state title. Michigan St is still leading but he did visit this past weekend. He is set to make his decision Dec 8th. Embed below and link to the story with a different angle.
I realize this may be stupid, but I'll lead with my chin and ask: With so many college head coaching positions available, why is Brady Hoke's name not brought up at all? Has there been anything mentioned about him in recent weeks, or even months in the media? I risk missing something obvious but am concerned I'm not and my worst fears on the subject have been realized.