Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
This is a pet peeve of mine. The podcast starts playing in the same window when you click the play button and as I am listening at least 5-6 times during the half-hour, I will click on some board post and go "DARN it!! since now your podcasts is dead.
Brian, could you please have the podcast open in a new window like every other sensible website on the planet.
CAVEAT: I realize I could download the podcast on itunes and what not..eff it I am NOT doing that nonsense.
'Bama moves to #1
The Ozone, one of the Ohio blogs covering the Buckeyes, has up their weekly column analyzing the Michigan game.
You can read it yourself . . . Gerdeman really isn't too snarky. The upshot of his analysis is that you can't really tell a lot from the Alabama game about how Michigan will do this year.
A few bullets
- Although he'd never admit it publicly, Hoke knew this game was close to a lost cause, with the offensive game plan, and with Michigan's player personnel, including Denard.
- Fitz might have helped, but ultimately wouldn't have made a difference in the final outcome.
- More running plays for Denard wouldn't have helped, and might have gotten him killed.
- Neither Rawls nor Smith impressed: Toussaint is the best back.
- (not said, but an observation: we need Green, and need to recruit another feature back or two for the 2014 class.)
- Gardner may have potential, but he needs to improve a lot: 1 out of 8 is terrible.
- Even given the deficiencies on the DL, the LB play leaves something to be desired.
- Special teams was the main bright spot, between Hagerup's punts, Wile's kickoffs, and Norfleet's kickoff returns.
If you are a football junkie, Gerdeman's weekly "Michigan Monday" column can give you a bit of a fix from a somewhat neutral outside perspective while you're waiting for Brian's UFR. While the analysis is not perfect, it is analysis, unlike many of pieces found in the MSM.
According to Nick Baumgardner:
Michigan now No. 19 in the latest AP poll— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 4, 2012
|AP Top 25|
Sat., Sep. 1
vs. No. 2 Alabama
|Sat., Sep. 8||vs. Air Force||Michigan Stadium||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Sep. 15||vs. Massachusetts||Michigan Stadium||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Sep. 22||at Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Oct. 6||at Purdue *||West Lafayette, Ind.||4:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Oct. 13||vs. Illinois - Homecoming *||Michigan Stadium||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Oct. 20||vs. Michigan State *||Michigan Stadium||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 27||at Nebraska *||Lincoln, Neb.||7:00 p.m. CT|
|Sat., Nov. 3||at Minnesota *||Minneapolis, Minn.||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 10||vs. Northwestern *||Michigan Stadium||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 17||vs. Iowa *||Michigan Stadium||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 24||at Ohio State *||Columbus, Ohio||12:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat., Dec. 1||Big Ten Championship Game||Indianapolis, Ind.||TBA|
The schedule is above. I originally thought Michigan would go 9-3 or 8-4 and that Countess would be a key piece of the defensive puzzle. The way things look now, I think that wins at ND, Nebraska, and OSU are pretty unlikely, though I thought Michigan would do well to go 1-2 in those games even before Countess went down. Also, Purdue, Illinois, and NW now seem like reasonably difficult tests. Hopefully, Richardson, Taylor, or Avery will blossom in Countess's absence. Sometimes guys grow up when they're thrown into unexpected playing time, but going on the way things appear right now, I think we might be looking at a 7-5 regular season. Obviously, I hope I'm wrong.
While trying to put Saturday into perspective, I've been trying to decide on/remember the best team that I've ever seen Michigan play. I'm not sure I've seen Michigan play a better team. The team that may have been superior was 1991 Florida State, who won 51-31 in the Big House against a Michigan team that would go to the Rose Bowl. USC was very good in '03 and '06, too, but I don't believe they were as good as Alabama or '91 FSU. I can't think of anyone else.
Have you seen Michigan play a better team? Does anyone remember the '68 Buckeyes?