"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Last-ish week for data to file in as most teams completed the regular season.
A few general thoughts on landscape in general and then we'll move on to the data and UM specific at bottom:
- I added Ole Miss data in chart in case we play in bowl (they would be the best offense we face all year in adv stats view)... and NC in case they beat Clemson.
- LSU is pretty impressive in advanced stats despite being "1 dimensional on offense".
- Said about a month ago, advanced stats pointed to Oklahoma as one to watch and indeed they are really impressing considering some injuries they took of late.
- Been saying the past 3 weeks advanced stats pointed to some fraud in OK State that might be exploited when they play a true top tier team. That came to bear. Unfortunately the same can be said of Iowa. Is MSU a top tier team - I don't know but Iowa does not strike the profile of a 0 loss or 1 loss team on paper- again a team that avoided OSU, MSU, UM in crossovers. Toughest opponent has been Pitt or NW?
- Likewise the stats indicate North Carolina's defense is a fraud.
- Northwestern's advanced stats continue to be massively bipolar between offense and defense; only Boston College (top 5 defense, bottom 5 offense) is more bipolar. That said while they have a good D they avoided OSU, MSU and Indiana - the 3 best offenses in the conference. 10 wins with one of the worst offenses in P5; it's good to be in the West!
- Utah's offense has fallen off a cliff the past few weeks with injury to Booker.
The chart! (for reference last year, UM D was mid 30s/40 and UM O was 70s/90s so massive improvements)
- UM FEI defense has fallen off a cliff of late. Fell from #11 to #19 this week. This was #2 in mid October. S&P+ still likes the defense.
- UM FEI & S&P+ offense has inched up to mid 30s from being stuck around 40 for weeks on end. Considering the state of our running game, I'll take that.
- UM FEI "special teams efficiency" has been pretty stable in mid teens after being #1 about 5 weeks ago.
- UM faced 4 of the worst defenses in the nation in Oregon State, UNLV, Scarlet Knights and Indiana.
- UM faced 5 quite good defenses in MSU, OSU, Utah, PSU, NW.
- UM didn't play a top 20 offense all year - when facing the 4 in the 20-35 range they generally got hit - Indiana, MSU, OSU. BYU was the exception.
Widely quoted NCAA stats below - these judge an offense or defense only on total yards.
NCAA Stats for comparison:
- Total Offense: 71 - 387.0 yds/game
- Total Defense: 4 - 281.3 yds/game [This was #2 almost the entire year, thanks for nothing Buckeyes]
Robert Nkemdiche has taken the lead in the Paul Hornung fan vote and we need to change that fact. Link http://louisvillesports.org/paul-hornung/award-poll/
Not sure if you all saw this last Saturday, but Grantland has coined a new phrase for fan reaction to a sudden loss. There is a Michigan spotlight - sorry in advance for the reminder.
Despite Football Scoop's BK Finest of Dino Babers (Bowling Green) to UCF, it looks like they've snagged the Oregon OC and noted Husker QB to lead them. Hopefully his mom takes it easy on the UCF message boards (funny story there).
I like knowing things.
So when I heard someone on Twitter remark that the Baylor "Sailor Bear" logo and the "Wolverbear" Michigan logo that's been popping up (more?) recently, it got into my head and, in lieu of being able to focus on anything worthwhile I had to go waste some time sorting it out.
Apparently I'm not the first.
It's been referenced recently on this very forum. So, in case you are also interested here's some mascot history that will surely be useful to you in the future.
Not too long after Moe's birthed the collegiate sportwear industry over on North University, it seems it was already a big business nationwide. At this same time spare tires went from decoratively placed on the rear of your car to buried in the trunk. This killed some prime car logo real estate as well as the demand for such printed material. So, an enterprising car tire cover printing executive (because that's a thing that existed) shifted gears and got his chief doodler, Arthur Evans, to pump out college mascot designs that could be slapped on all manner of sellable goods. Any and every college that did or did not want a cartoon animal on the merchandise got one. I get the impression that official licensing was not yet a thing and that it was not always the universities themselves commissioning the mascots, so much as local businesses in a college town making their nut.
[An equally interesting essay might focus on how Universities started owning/controlling their names and image]
So now we have a situation where not only do Baylor and Michigan share a strikingly similar image that represents two different animals, but doppelgängers abound all over college sports apparel. Our wolverbear isn't the only repeatedly-used cartoon mammal
Three schools in the SEC alone use the same Tiger logo by different names.
To alumni of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, he’s known as “Tommy Tiger.” Auburn University’s legions of football fanatics refer to him as “Aubie.”The nation’s 33rd president and Show Me State native provided the moniker for “Truman the Tiger” at the University of Missouri. But to devotees of Louisiana State University, he’ll always be “Sailor Mike.”
The common thread? The sure way to locate an Arthur Davis original?
Why? Who knows?
Just wanted to share.