Well with Minnesota moving in at #25 Brady can point to 4 losses to top 25 teams! #MoralVictories
I had all these predicted correct except Oregon over FSU - TCU at #4 passing Bama as TCU's win over KSU was better than Alabama's over LSU. Also lets committee not look so SEC centric. Then Bama can pass TCU next week with a win over Miss State. Question would be how far they'd drop one loss Miss State - behind TCU or no? I think not... if its a close loss.
Oregon as #2, nice - putting a 1 loss team over a 0 loss in seeding! Punish FSU for looking like slackers every week. Sends a good message. OU with a very convincing win at a quality Utah squad.
Baylor fans are going to be incensed that they beat TCU head to head but are behind them - but I think TCU has done more as well. Baylor's OOC is putrid. So far I like this committee.
- Miss State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- GA Tech
- Texas A&M
This is not a rhetorical question. Does football pay only for itself? For itself and other sports? For brining dinosaurs back to life in an underground terrarium that will only be accessible to Michigan grads who are also Masons? I don't know.
Why am I asking? Because I think it's at least reasonable to read President Schlissel's statements (discussed in a prior thread today*) as meaning he wants to dial back Michigan's emphasis on winning football games. And I'm curious what de-emphasizing winning would mean for the school's budget. I assume de-emphasizing winning would mean less revenue for the AD, but again, I don't know what that revenue goes to specifically.
*See the "Schlissel on academics and athletics (AD search related)" thread.
From the Detroit News, via 97.1.
In the Schlissel on athletics thread there was a comment about us basically only competing for a national title once every ten years under Carr which is true.
My question is, why is that good enough? Why do we invest more money than only a few other athletic programs on football only to not get the return they do?
I also post on Michigan's 247 site, and here is a comment the other day that I found slightly depressing in terms of our coaches vs OSU's coaches:
Ohio State's succession of coaches is freaking incredible. 1. Woody Hayes: won 3 National Championships and 13 Big Ten Championships in 28 years
2. Earle Bruce: played for 1 National Championship but choked in Rose Bowl to Stanford / won 4 Big Ten Championships in 9 years / was fired for basically not being Woody.
3. John Cooper: built 3 National Championship caliber teams (1995, 1996, and 1998) but all choked / won 3 Big Ten Championships in 13 years.
4. Jim Tressel: won 1 National Championship (2002) / played for 2 more (2006, 2007) / won 7 Big Ten titles in 10 years.
5. Luke Fickell: 1 year - lulz
6. Urban Meyer: now 32-3 at Ohio State. won 2 division titles, will win 3rd. No conference titles so far though.
By comparison, Michigan went from Schembechler to Moeller to Carr but then things fell off.
Also, worth pointing out that Ohio State played for the National Championship in 1954, 1957, 1968, 1975, 1979, 2002, 2006, and 2007. That's 9 times. Ohio State has won 4 out of the 9.
Clarification: "played for a National Championship" means had the #1 or #2 ranking in a premier bowl game and could therefore win. (Hence, I left out the teams that were national championship caliber but suffered a loss that prevented them from playing for a national Championship - for instance the 1996 OSU team was 10-0 and #2 going into the Michigan game. The loss dropped OSU to #4 and OSU didn't get a chance to play for the title.)
Meanwhile Michigan has played for only 1 National Championship in the last 65 years - 1997 - and won. So we're 1-for-1. Woot! We're batting 1.000! F*** us. Schembechler was a choker. Carr is spelled with a capital C for conservative. Rich Rod sucked here. Brady Hoke is the Bump Elliott of this era but arguably worse.
I'm still waiting for our John McKay / Bear Bryant / Barry Switzer / Tom Osborne / Bobby Bowden / Pete Carroll / Nick Saban..ya know...the guy that will leads us to multiple national championships in his tenure. COME HOME JIMMY!
So while saying going back to the Carr years seems great with that we're seeing now, I have not forgotten what actually happened. We lost early nonconference games every year to put us out of the national title picture. Then we lost a big ten game in the middle somewhere. And then top it off with an annual loss to Tressel.
Now instead of Tressel we are dealing with Urban who just like Tressel is one of the best coaches in the nation. If we don't get someone that can compete with Urban we are going to be watching the same thing we did 7+ years ago only we have to deal with Dantonio now too.
With the money and resources we have the only thing stopping Michigan from going toe to toe with OSU is Michigan.
Brandon Graham continues to shed the "Bust" label that he even self-imposed on himself at one time. Prior to this NFL season, there was talk Graham would be traded, and that his NFL future hinged on his ability to play exclusively 4-3 end.
In a rotation heavy defense, in which he plays typically less than 40% of the Eagles' defensive snaps, Graham has so far put together an impressive year. Through Week 10, he shares the NFL lead(!) in Forced Fumbles, with 4. He is also tied for 19th in Tackles-for-Loss, with 9. His 4.5 sacks aren't too shabby either.
As we struggle through this disappointing Michigan season, I hope many of you find encouragement in Brandon's career resurrection. He has adapted to a 3-4 OLB scheme many, including himself, thought would never quite fit.
I posted two diaries "Reason for so many injuries", "Improving athletic performance", which were well received and generated a great amount of informed opinion from comments which people made. I emphasized the importance of having a cordial conversation even when we disagree.
My reason for taking the time to do this is because, as a professional, I know there are better ways to prevent injuries and increase athletic performance than what is being done in our current S&C program. Then I posted a third diary "Why our Strength and Conditioning program is failing" and I immediately received inaccurate negative comments from BiSB and his clones. I responded with patient, thoughtful, courteous replies.
Then BiSB made a comment about "Concern trolls gonna' troll", and the diary was removed. It can be viewed on Google as an "unpublished post". I polished and reposted the diary, and it was removed again. Why?
I've followed MGoBlog regularly. I'm not heavily invested in getting points, but I am truly concerned about the welfare of our team. What motivated me to speak up was a great diary by m1jjb00 "Analysis of football injuries in the Big Ten".
Arbitrarily removing thoughtful diaries that generate intelligent conversation does not lead to making MGoBlog a more substantial outlet for real news. Such censorship contributes to relegating this blog to the realm of inconsequential chatter. The direction this takes is your choice to make.