at least it's not just us?
Using Margin of Victory and comparing where we rank against our opponents' opponent's performance.
WMU: we had the 2nd best performance against, probably would be #1 if it weren't for the rain ending the game in the 3rd.
Notre Dame: 2nd best performance against.
EMU: Tied for the 2nd best performance against.
SDSU: 2nd best performance against.
Minnesota: #1 best performance against.
Northwestern: #1 best performance against.
MSU: 6th best performance against.
Purdue: 3rd best performance against, would have beat out Notre Dame for #2 if Purdue didn't score the last play TD.
Iowa: 6th best performance against.
Illinois: #1 best performance against.
Granted we will fall in some of these as there are more games are left, but it is a good improvement off of last year. Ultimately it is a meaningless stat as it is wins and losses that count.
Was just thinking about who Hoke is up against for Coach of the Year award and googled the award. You can vote for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award at the link below once a day. Winning school gets $50,000 to a charity and $20,000 to the alumni association. Hoke is not top 20 at this point with less than 800 votes.
Is next week a maize out?
Has there been a Denard injury status update? I was the game in a bar (without sound). based on the replays it would appear that Denard injured his hand. Am I correct? Has Hoke said anything?
I'm very easily recognized as one of the "If we went 7-5 this year, I would have been happy as hell anyways" crew. That's my disclaimer.
At this point, there's potential to go 10-2. There's a very decent chance of going 9-3. We've already determined 8-4. However, UM has not faced an OSU roster and setup like this one in decades and it's impossible to not feel like losing to Ohio State this year could be more of a letdown than the past three years combined.
I will not thump my chest and put up a billboard in Columbus of a shoe dropping alongside another. I will not buy a subscription to an OSU board just to post meaningless garbage. I will not even consider it a monumental mindblowing TALKABOUTITFORAYEAR thing. All I know is this is the biggest monkey on the back of the program. Not OSU. Not positional controversy. A losing streak to OSU.
It can be 4-2. I don't care. The first step in this program is not going to a fancy bowl game or topping Rodriguez's best season. It's snapping a streak. We've beaten all the teams we've beaten and, well, MSU and Iowa were properly stacked to beat this roster. OSU isn't. OSU is beatable. To lose to them would still allow the past 3 years to permeate, somehow differently (IMO) than the loss to MSU.
We need. to beat. OSU. This team can do it. Just please do it. Please. KTHXBI.