I usually find PTI pretty entertaining. The one thing that I wish they would do and talk radio hosts would do is revisit predictions they made to see how bad or good they were. I think that is much more interesting than just saying "oh we'll win the NC in 2013" because everyone will forget it. MGoblog has a search function and a database of your old posts. So if you were spot on with something come in and brag and if you were way off be man enough to show your face. I'll start.
1. RR will win the Big Ten in 2011-Tough to do when you are not even here. I did win my over 7 wins bet though.
2. Shaw will be a Heisman finalist in his senior year-The promise of the 08 Minnesota game didn't quite materialize. Off just a tad.
3. Come on Denard is not going to start for Tate you are out of your mind.
While I know most of you disagree with the basis for this argument it did turn out to be prophetic. Here's the end of my post from back in January.
I will cringe when the MSM and its followers point to how Michigan is back to playing defense and getting tougher on that side of the ball when in reality the majority of the improvement will come from the players themselves and not some made up mantra about toughness.
So please stop with the defense sucks our only hope is Yoda Mattison. Mattison is an experienced guy that has seen it all he is going to field a strong defense this year once he figures out what he has. You see it happen so often I'm shocked people have so little faith. MSU was in much the same spot as we were last year and they improved greatly on defense, Ironically SDSU almost mirrored MSU's defensive stats from 09 to 10. Think back to guys like Stonum and Odoms when they were freshmen and now look at what they have become. There are so many examples of guys like John Navarre, because it is more the rule than the exception.
Lastly I want to leave you with Nick Fairley who is currently the odds on favorite to be the #1 pick in the NFL draft now that Luck has gone back to school. He steamrolled his way through defenses this year. Last year he started 2 games and was pretty much a bust coming from the JUCO ranks. You never know so give it some time. I feel like Ben Crenshaw at The 99 Ryder Cup. I got a good feeling about this. It is going to get me ill hearing the stories, but I think Greg Mattison is going to be the next flavor of the month for what he does with this defense and be labeled a genius by the end of next November.
Here is the updated link for stuff to do in New Orleans. Added in a few things I've sent to users who individually asked me questions as well as comments from the thread that I thought were good. If I didn't give you proper attribution for what you added, I apologize, just doing this on my lunch break and I had a motion this morning. Again, feel free to contact me via the email in the google doc, it is always a pleasure to talk to and help out fellow Michigan fans. Hope to see you all in the greatest American city soon. GO BLUE!!
Who replaces Will Heininger on the DLine? While RVB and Martin are two huge losses, there is a third big loss on the Dline Will Heininger, with no heir apparent in the wings.
I think it is fairly safe to say Q Washington, BWC, and Richard Ash are the odds on favorites to replace RVB and Mike Martin to start the 2012 season, answers are a murkier in regards to replacing the third graduating starter on the DLine.
Can Roh move to SDE? is he big enough? If so he seems the most likely choice to replace Heininger. Nathan Brink is next in line but I don't think he will win the spot. In terms of getting the best 11 on the field, wouldn't it make more sense to move Roh and let Black and Frank Clark be the WDE's? I think Wilkins may be the most capable physically of playing the position but having never seen him play, I don't know how to judge him.
|Returning Defensive Lineman|
|Chris Eddins||6'5''||265||RS FR|
|Kenny Wilkins||6'3''||280||RS FR|
|Richard Ash||6'3''||301||RS FR|
|Alex Schwab||6'0''||241||RS JR|
|Nathan Brink||6'5''||263||RS SO|
|Quinton Washington||6'4''||302||RS SO|
|Graduating Defensive Lineman|
|Will Heininger||6'6''||295||RS SR|
|Ryan Van Bergen||6'6''||288||RS SR|
I don't think any of the incoming freshman will be ready to start the opener next season over what is returning on the DLine
I caught up with Pickerington (OH) Central DE Taco Charlton, an OLB/DE on the 2013 ESPNU 150 Watch List who's already ranked as the #118 overall player in the junior class by 247Sports, over the phone last night. It's been a busy fall for Charlton, as Central made it all the way to last weekend's Division 1 state title game before falling to St. Ignatius, while Taco has picked up offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, and UCLA as well as interest from several big-name schools. Here's the latest on Charlton's recruitment:
ACE: How are things going with your recruitment?
TACO: It's been going well. We just had our state championship game Saturday, so it's just been a long road from that, and then looking past that.
ACE: You mentioned being in the state title game—you guys had a big run at the end of the season. How did the season go for you?
TACO: It was good, I definitely had a chance to impact my team more than I did last year. I don't know my statistics right now, but in the next couple weeks we'll get our stats from the start of the season to the championship game. But it was a successful season—I'm just working on getting better, being more dominating in my senior year.
ACE: How do you feel you improved your game over the course of the season?
TACO: Each game I started to do more and more to help my team out and make more plays to help our team in games. So if there's anything I could improve, you know, rush moves, rushing the passer, getting off the ball, stuff like that—anything to help my team out to win games and get us to a championship game.
ACE: Were you playing more outside linebacker or defensive end during the season?
TACO: At the beginning of the season I was playing outside linebacker, then towards the end of the year I started playing more defensive end.
ACE: Where do you like playing more?
TACO: It really doesn't matter. Wherever I go, wherever they like me at, you know, I'm athletic, so I can play either one. When I look at the college I want to go to and wherever they'd like to put me at, I'll play.
ACE: Now, back to recruiting, I see you're on Twitter (@thekidTC33) posting a lot of Michigan stuff and a lot of Notre Dame stuff. Are those the two schools that are sticking out for you right now?
TACO: I haven't been able to declare any favorites yet, but those are definitely schools I have good relationships with and I talk to their coaches a lot. Now there are more offers coming in and I have more options but those are definitely the two schools I have a lot of contact with. But no favorites, yet.
ACE: Who are you talking to from Michigan? Which coaches and which recruits?
TACO: Coach Smith, Coach Montgomery—I talk to Coach Montgomery a lot, almost every week at least. I talk a lot to [2013 DL] Billy Price, he's from Austintown Fitch, and he's a Michigan recruit, he got offered. Also [2013 Columbus Bishop Hartley TE] Jake Matuska, he's a recruit but he hasn't been offered yet, but he's interested in the University of Michigan. Just those guys right now.
ACE: Did you get a chance to watch Michigan at all after the Notre Dame game, and if so, what did you think of them?
TACO: Yeah, I watched them a lot, you know, to see how their defense is. They had a really good defense. Coach Mattison, he's a real great coach, he coached at Florida when Urban Meyer was there and he coached the Ravens too. So he's a real good coach, it'd be wonderful just to get a chance to play for him, and I know he could definitely improve my game.
This week The Ugly Game of the week hands out our very own post season awards. I may call these the Schnellys, since 1. he almost ended his career with a winless season, 2. karma is a bitch after all those years at Miami, and 3. just look at the guy:
No, wait, that's Captain Kangaroo. My mistake. Here we go:
Here clearly is the most interesting man in the world.
The "Viagra" award for inability to score is a tie between New Mexico and Florida Atlantic. New Mexico is last in red-zone efficiency, scoring at a 61% rate (Stanford leads with 63 for 64 attempts), while FlaAtl is last in total offense. Both teams are 119th and 120th in scoring offense. That's a toss-up to me. Congratulations, you both win. No, I'm not going to GIS for anything related to Viagra, at work or ever.
The "Turnstyle" award for worst defense goes to Kansas. Dead last in total and scoring defense, they've given up 50+ 4 times, and 40+ 8 times (including one in a win). Turner Gill, we hardly knew ya. Well Kansas, there's always basketball.
Worst Coach Still Employed goes to Robb Akey of the Idaho Vandals. The Vandals are 19-43 since 2007, and 2-10 this year. It's cold and lonely in Idaho, so maybe they could get Dennis Erickson back a la Billy Martin. Honorable mention goes to Rick Stockstill, coach of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, for having the best MST3K "Big McLargeHuge" name on a 2-10 team. Because I can:
Worst Combined Record in a Bowl Game goes to Florida versus Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com (sic) bowl. Both teams are 6-6 and 3-5 in conference. Both teams are about +5 Points For/Points Against, and neither team is very good on offense. Honorable mention goes to Illinois versus UCLA for playing without coaches. I expect someone on the sidelines spinning a Twister spinner thing calling plays "Run Left! Pass Right!" Not quite what I had in mind, but it'll do:
And the award for The Worst Team in the Country goes to New Mexico, who combines their bad defense with an equally bad offense, making one wonder if they could beat themselves, and if so, how? Honorable mention goes to UNLV, who managed to lose to New Mexico by a TD. New Mexico started off the season with a 4 point loss to CSU, then got clobbered by Arkansas and Texas Tech. They took Sam Houston State to OT, scoring a game-tying TD as time expired, but had to settle for a FG in OT and couldn't stop the Bearkats (sic). The bright spot on the season was against UNLV, scoring on their first play and second drive, then missed two FG attempts, finally scoring a TD in the last minute to seal it. New Mexico does have the spectacularly named Crusoe Gongbay at running back.
Congratulations, your award is Bob Davie. Good luck with that. Footbaw!
Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Oregon Ducks by Chip Kelly. He was suspended for their first game of the season against LSU for driving 118 mph in the whole "There's weed in the car, but not really because you're Cliff Harris so you can go" deal. He hasn't played the last 5 games after being suspended indefinitely on October 25th for driving on a suspended license, without insurance, and without wearing a seatbelt. Then on November 25th he was cited for marijuana possession. Now he's been dismissed from the team after clearly demonstrating a lack of any self-control.
It'll be interesting to see how this affects their game against Wisconsin. Oregon's defense didn't really change much in the 5 games Harris was suspended for. They even held Luck in check. And Wisconsin is a run first team anyways so...
Also, anyone heard any news about the NCAA investigation into Chip Kelly lately? For his involvement with Lyles and buying recruits? Back when it broke, people were saying that he'd have to go.