This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Some interesting stuff to chew on re: concussions and dementia, plus some Super Bowl trivia and miscellany
Looks like Jim is going to tee it up this week at Pebble Beach with the pros. Lots of questions on my mind.
1. Does he make the cut to Sunday? (The competitor in him must be burning to make the cut.)
2. Attire? (Full Harbaugh? Rickie Fowler high tops and joggers?)
3. How's the swing? (Smooth athletic swing with the help of coaching or a unique home grown swing?)
4. Clubs? (Assuming a new bag of Taylormades)
5. Pro to be paired with? (My pick: Jason Day)
Good luck to our coach out there. Hit them straight and enjoy yourself!
EDIT: Swing looks pretty good; smooth just like his recruiting pitch.
An interesting point came up in the "UM is #3" thread about who would you replace UM with? So it got me to thinking about which teams return their QB which I think is possibly the most important factor (if you are not Alabama) in finishing with a great record.
10 of ESPN's top 13 teams return their QB. Once you get down to 14-20 range you have a lot of good teams who have lost a QB. So UM is getting a lot of respekt considering a not returning starter - I would put this to #HarbaughQBGuru status and the fact the QB favored to win the job is not a total newbie even if he has a high variance track record.
Using ESPN's way too click baity top 25 (teams losing QBs bolded):
- Bama - Coker gone, doesn't matter, Wojo could start at QB and Bama would get to the playoffs.
- FSU - Golson 1 year stop gap solution gone but Sean McGuire started last 6 games and returns. All 11 players of FSU offense return (!!)
- UM - Rudock 1 year stop gap solution gone.
- Baylor - Russell comes back, but like Bama it doesn't matter - they threw in a true freshman QB last year and he excelled. Then when he got hurt they put a WR in, went to a run offense after 5 weeks of practice for a bowl game and ran for 600 yds!
- Clemson - Watson is back and amazing.
- LSU - QB Harris returns but I am not sure if that is a good thing.
- OK - Mayfield is back.
- Stanford - Hogan gone. Teach McCafferty to throw!
- ND - QBs galore as Zaire returns to battle Kizer.
- OSU - Barrett is back but 1 of only 6 returning starters
- Houston - Ward Jr returns.
- TN - Dobbs returns.
- Ole Miss - Excellent Chad Kelly returns.
- MSU - Cook gone.
- TCU - Boykin gone.
- USC - Kessler gone.
- Iowa - CJ returns
- UNC - Williams gone.
- GA - Lambert returns
- Oregon - 1 year rental Adams gone to be replaced by 1 year rental Prukop.
- UCLA - Rosen returns and should make that FR to SO leap.
- OK St - Mason Rudolph returns
- Wash - Jake Browning returns
- UF - Grier "he gone" and Treon Harris working at WR this spring.
- BSU - Rypien returns.
Slow day on the board so I looked at the 2016 schedules for the top 3 BIG10 east teams. Who has the easiest path to big ten title and/or the playoff?
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MOD EDIT - Thank you, M-Dog, for the save. - LSA
Title says it all. Brief write up about our recruiting class and how Rashan Gary and Devin Bush could step in right away.
I think this is the highest I've seen Michigan ranked in any of the "way too early" polls.
Personally, I don't get as excited as I used to about being highly ranked early on in the year but the there's no turning back the locomotive now!!
The home schedule is not great this year, but Wisco and PSU might be good.
But, this year there are 3 really good road games and I was thinking of picking one, but choosing is tough. What do you think?
Oct. 29 - MSU
Pros: Top 20 opponent, close to Metro Detroit (where I live), still not too cold in Oct., halloween tailgating, best chance of victory of the 3 games.
Cons: Too many overly drunk fans, nothing much to do in EL if you are not a college student, getting around usually requires driving, bland stadium experience, high ticket prices becuase of proximity.
Nov. 12 - Iowa
Pros: Top 20 opponent, Kinnick Stadium history and experience, mostly classy Iowa fans, less vitrol and more about the game, lowest ticket price of the 3?
Cons: Furthest away, mostly boring football, remote location, would be least satisfying victory.
Nov. 26 - OSU
Pros: Top 5 opponent, great rivalry, The Game, likely for the East Division crown, C-Bus is a good city for other things to do, seeing Harbuagh at Ohio Stadium square off against Meyer, should be one of the better chances for victory in years in C-Bus, O'Korn should be clicking by then.
Cons: The worst fans and harrassment, high prices, still will be the toughest of the 3 to win, likely to get pulled over with Michigan plates on my way down.
If you could only pick one, which would it be?