I'm about to let the post-leftovers food coma fully kick in, but here's a little recruiting nugget before tomorrow's Friday Recruitin': According to his Twitter account, Chicago Simeon tackle Jordan Diamond is taking a visit to Michigan this weekend:
@Jordan76simeon Jordan DiamondHeading to Ann Arbor
This is a bit of a surprise, and a pleasant one. More coming tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Brady Hoke makes an announcement: '#16 will not be playing in Saturday's game'. A flurry of questions from the media are flying, rumors go crazy: WHY!?
TSIO rejoices and quickly changes all of their defensive game planning and works overtime to prepare accordingly.
It is The Game. The first offensive series happens for Michigan and we see Gardner takes the first snap. It's a power run to Fitz, as he takes it 5 yards on first down. The crowd is shocked. TSIO feels relieved.
But what's this? A new lineup we haven't seen before. Who is that coming into the game? A #1 trots out onto the field lined up in the backfield. It is a direct snap to #1 and he charges the line for a run, but instead drops back, and throws it spot-on downfield, in-stride, to a galloping Hemingway.
Michigan's first Six. That #1 is none other than Mr. Denard Robinson.
Watching the halftime segment of the Texas-Texas A&M got me thinking about our own little brother. So I wanted to know how would everyone feel if we stopped playing State.
The standings live here as always. BlueBarron gave the proper sacrifices to the Ctrl+F deities and has returned to the top 20.
This week Southern Miss and Florida State drop out of the polls. Georgia Tech returns as one replacement and Virginia enters the poll for the first time since 2007. It will come as no surprise to you that Virginia was not a very popular pick this year. Only 2 people selected Virginia as their unranked team. What may come as a surprise is that MaizeAndBlueWahoo was not one of the two. Instead he chose Boston College. I wonder if he’s regretting his decision to choose all of his most hated teams.
Individual Ballot Analysis
Brooklyn Blue is on a 3-week stay at the top of the leaderboard. This week he has 105 points. The perfect ballot has changed slightly with the losses by Oklahoma State and Clemson. With 119 points this week, the perfect ballot is LSU, Stanford, Arkansas, Michigan State, Southern Cal and Houston.
There are four people tied for last place who all have the worst possible score. They’re only getting points from Oklahoma and TCU for a score of 21 points.
Judging Your Picks
It has been a long time since MGoBlog has been able to claim that it’s readers had better than average skill at predicting the outcome of this college football season. This week a completely random ballot and the average MGoBlog ballot are both earning 54 points.
Games To Watch
There are a ton of good games to watch this weekend. It might just be the best weekend in college football. The top team from every group is playing in a game that is at least somewhat tough.
- #1 LSU (leader of Group A) vs. #3 Arkansas (leader of Group C)
- #4 Stanford vs. #22 Notre Dame
- #8 Houston (leader of Unranked) vs. Tulsa
- #11 Michigan St (leader of Group D) vs. Northwestern
- #10 Southern Cal (leader of Group E) vs. UCLA
While the last two games may not sound that tough, Northwestern picked off Nebraska earlier this season and they’re playing at home. Teams don’t just walk into the vaunted Ryan Field and expect an easy victory.
USC is far and away the best team in the Pac-12 South but they’re ineligible to go to the title game. Right now UCLA is a game ahead of Utah but Utah has an almost guaranteed victory over Colorado on Friday. That means Saturday night UCLA will know they are playing for their spot in the Pac-12 title game.
Since it’s Thanksgiving I’d like to share what I’m thankful for.
I’m thankful for Georgia and Virginia Tech quietly putting together good seasons. I’m also thankful for Stanford getting back into the top 5.
I am not thankful for Arizona State. They have forever disappointed me with their losses to UCLA, Washington State and Arizona the last three weeks. That is about as far from a murder’s row as you can get in the BCS.
What are your non-Michigan thanks?
Here's an idea:
let's hire a very well regarded coach, who runs a system completely different from ours.
lets give up our power I system for the spread.
our new guy is an offensive guru, the defense will take care of itself
will the in-house power structure accomodate getting away from the style of play we are accustomed to?
Tell me the difference.
I'm early - it starts in about 10 minutes.
This one is rather significant in that it will be the last time these two teams play as in-conference rivals. If I recall correctly, there are only two other rivalries which have played more often than this one, so hopefully we're in for an interesting game.