Woohoo, the updated FPI team efficiency ratings have been posted! Yep - just testing myself - and it's definitely easier to just type that than it is to say it out loud, given the cloud of suspended disbelief in which I seem to be immersed. Despite the soul-crushing loss to OSU, Michigan manages to hold onto the #2 spot for the third consecutive week. Meanwhile in some bitterly ironic twist of fancystats, OSU drops to the #4 spot from #3. Once again though, the Buckeyes managed to score more points than their opponent, and that is - as Bob Ufer used to say - "the only statistic that matters."
The U-M splits are offense, #11 (down from #10); defense, #2 (up from #3); and special teams, #7 (up from #11).
Of U-M's 2016 opponents, Colorado slipped to #11 from #8, one behind #10 Wisconsin. UCF remains rated above 6 of Michigan's other opponents this season, including Sparty. Sparty slid to #70 from #68 after its pummeling at the hands of PSU, but still remain ahead of Eastern and Central Michigan to retain the title of Third Best Team in the State of Michigan. Meanwhile Western Michigan slips to #13 from #12, but WMU still looks like a lock for a New Year's Day bowl invitation.
Here's the selectively abbreviated synopsis of the ratings. Click the link above to see the whole list &/or sort by category:
|2||Michigan, Big Ten||78.1||89.4||71.7||91.1|
|4||OSU, Big Ten||75.4||89.3||50.1||87.8|
|8||Oklahoma, Big 12||91.1||57.3||46.0||81.4|
|10||Wisconsin, Big Ten||60.9||89.2||45.5||80.7|
|13||W Michigan, MAC||83.7||58.8||50.2||78.5|
|21||Penn State, Big Ten||64.6||68.8||58.9||71.9|
|27||Iowa, Big Ten||55.4||68.4||72.0||69.6|
|69||Maryland, Big Ten||54.3||40.5||64.9||48.8|
|70||Michigan State, Big Ten||53.6||43.0||50.5||48.1|
|71||Indiana, Big Ten||39.6||61.6||38.0||47.8|
|90||E Michigan, MAC||39.8||36.7||60.4||37.6|
|94||Cent Michigan, MAC||36.8||44.9||39.0||36.4|
|100||Illinois, Big Ten||27.6||44.8||38.0||31.6|
|118||Rutgers, Big Ten||16.1||42.9||37.5||21.9|
I know, I know, we're sick of this. I am too. But since this guy is a repeated douche bag, it's worth pointing out that he's clearly pretty gullible too. Also love the lecture on class from a guy who uses his twitter to trash talk everyone.
In case you're wondering why it's clearly fake, look at the hash marks.
I won't be surprised if we make the CFP, but we will be the first choice of the Orange Bowl Committee. The Rose will be taking PSU or Wisky. Just passing on the news. (We finished third in the East and the traditional Rose Committee will take a Divisional winner). Likely opponents from the ACC are Va Tech, Clemson, Louisville, or FSU.
Doesn't surprise me one iota by who it was by.
The slime buckets must pay. Because more and more is coming out showing that the fix was in.
People called me a whiner for calling out the terrible officiating last year across all sports. Ever since Harbaugh was hired, we have been targeted by this conference.
Maybe it's time we fight back and throw our weight around before this happens again.
Harbaugh doesn't put up with the BULLSHIT. And he's targeted because of that. You are ignorant if you deny that there is no pattern of there being terribly one-sided officiating in our games since he has taken over.
The umpire is 10 fucking feet away and watches Mike Weber cheap shot Watson. pic.twitter.com/XNg5nz8eOE— Due (@JDue51) November 27, 2016
I know Harbaugh is our beloved coach and this doesn't mean that I'm not overjoyed to have him. Complaining about offensive playcalling after a 10-2 regular season and a double overtime loss is a heck of a lot better than complaining about playcalling after a 5-7 season and a drubbing by OSU. He changed our culture and the trajectory of our program. I don't even know if he's the one making these decisions or if it's Drevno or Fisch. It's just that we were sooo close to having an undefeated regular season and a playoff berth and it's a hard pill to swallow believing we could have done more. All that aside, is it possible to have some criticism about our offensive playcalling, while still having confidence in our coaches?
Can anyone explain why we don't use Peppers in more creative ways at RB or WR and at the very least as a decoy to open up space for other players? Can anyone understand why we don't get more speed on the field at the same time? Why not put in Evans, Chesson, McDoom, and Peppers on the field at the same time and run some sweeps, passes to the RB, fake throws one way and then back the other way, etc? Why didn't McDoom see the field yesterday? Why does Smith get so many carries and Evans so few? I can't imagine they are just giving him the ball because they like him. They must believe he's the better player. I know Smith is a workhorse, is good in pass pro, and rarely fumbles, but he also rarely hits big runs. It just seemed like it was so hard for us to break big plays because we had no guys that had a ton of speed that could do so. I don't get that. Granted, much of this will solve itself as Evans and McDoom will likely be starters next year as Darboh and Smith graduate, but I don't see the logic. We need more playmakers on the field, not just reliable guys.
Edit: I'm also a little surprised they didn't give Mone and Gary a few more snaps. I though Mone was a beast in his few snaps and I'm surprised by the fairly few number of snaps Gary got over the course of the season for a consus #1. The defense seemed to tire towards the end of the game, so it seemed to make sense to play those two a litlte more, particularly in the second half of the 3rd quarter and the first half of the 4th quarter.