"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
1999 Oklahoma Bob Stoops 7-5: Lost to a bunch of mediocre teams and beat a bunch of mediocre teams. They absolutely destroyed # 13 Texas A&M who turned out to be pretty overrated. Losses included Texas, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and Colorado who were all pretty meh. Destroyed Oklahoma Stateand then lost a close one to Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.
2000 Louisiana State Nick Saban 8-4: Had a dramatic turnaround from Gerry Dianrdo's 3-8 season the year prior. Beat 8-4 Tennessee, 8-4 Mississippi State, and 9-3 Georgia Tech. This was a huge turnaround as Saban's team held their own after getting pushed around the year prior. Their losses were largely to good teams such as 9-4 auburn and 10-3 Florida. They did lose to UAB early on and 6-6 Arkansas.
2001 Ohio State Jim Tressel 7-5: Had an up and down year without many big wins except for Michigan guh. Beat who he was supposed to beat and lost to who he was supposed to lose to outside of bad losses to Penn State and Wisconsin but one of those was in Happy Valley. The team got better as the year went on as they lost by 3 to # 14 South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
2001: USC Pete Carroll 6-6: Had a rough year with a lot of losses to good teams. Lost to # 7 Oregon, # 11 Washington, and # 12 Kansas State, and a 5-6 Notre Dame team. Did beat # 20 UCLA 27-0 on their own field so there's that.
2005 Florida Urban Meyer 9-3: Beat who they were supposed to beat and lost to who they were supposed to lose to. Beat # 23 Florida state, # 4 Georgia, and # 25 Iowa with losses to a 11-2 LSU team, and 10-2 Alabama team. They already started to win some games they weren't supposed to.
2007 Alabama Nick saban 7-6: They beat a 8-5 Arkansas team, crushed a 10-4 Tennessee team, lost to # 3 LSU, # 25 Auburn, and an 11-2 Georgia team. They did have a bad loss to Louisiana Monroe to end the season.
From these coaches, I think we can expect a 8-4/9-3 year for Harbaugh since the big ten isn't very difficult and we have most of our big games at home. We'll lose some games but win a big one like MSU or Ohio. Most of these guys ended up beating a rival in their first year who was usually pretty good.The biggest improvement to these teams occured in the 2nd year as they usually went from being mediocre to really good/elite. 3 of the forementioned won national championships in their 2nd year with the rest winning one in their 3rd and 4th years. Recruiting is another big thing to maintain consistency as basically all of these guys had a top 5 class when they got there.
It's interesting seeing 50-year-old Harbaugh doing an impression of 10-year-old Harbaugh doing an impression of Rick Leach.
Oh, and here's a SPOILER ALERT: Harbaugh used to worship a coach named Schembechler.
It airs Tuesday evening. Should be worth a view.
Greg Dooley from MVictors posted some interesting changes from inside Michigan's locker room at The Big House.
The Legends program looks to be done.
Not only did Desmond Morgan not have the patch on his #48 at the Spring Game, but the wood engravings have been removed from the Legend number lockers. The patch and the players who wore the number used to be there.
A Tom Brady tribute has been added to the locker room-
Also a great moments wall has been added.
was poking around the schedules of other B1G teams on football schedules.com and man what a weird looking opening week for B1G teams.
Michigan, OSU, MSU and PSU are all on the road to open the season.
Michigan at Utah
TCU at Minnesota
MSU at Western Michigan (WTF?)
Kent State at Illinois
Penn State at Temple
Norfolk State at Rutgers
Richmond at Maryland
Southern Illinois at Indiana
Illinois State at Iowa
Stanford at Northwestern
BYU at Nebraska
Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Cowboys Classic)!
Purdue at Marshall
Ohio State at Virginia Tech
Slow board day...so I can go on a brief rant.
Today in Ann Arbor is a high of 71, low of 41 and 0% percipitation. In other words, a BEAUTIFUL day for football.
To the athletics department...PLEASE PUSH BACK OUR SPRING GAME DATES!!
Percipitation is one thing, but the chances that it's going to be significantly warmer is pretty damn good.
Plus, we get to stretch practice out even further - not more practices, but more time between practices to heal and recover. More time to let things learned from the previous practice, "click," so the players can apply them to the next practice.
More time together.
A much better experience for the fans, a better experience for your Athletics staff as well. Mid/Late April is far less hectic than March and early April when you're planning and executing.
Recruiting with all of the recruits from the south and west coast, push the game back and give them some decent weather!
Just do what makes sense, especially in ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN. It's not like we're talking about Miami or Orlando. It's Ann Arbor.
Tomorrow, Rivals will continue their RCS in New Jersey. With the state of New Jersey being a major point of emphasis in Michigan's recruiting, the event will be filled with Michigan targets.
5 star DT Rashan Gary
4 star DE Ron Johnson
2017 4 star DT Corey Bolds
4 star WR Ahmir Mitchell
4 star WR Brad Hawkins Jr.
4 star TE Naseir Upshur
3 star WR Donald Stewart