"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
Here are the standings. Don’t mock using Ctrl+F to find your name or else half of your teams will lose, your score will go down by 17 points and you’ll drop 57 places in the rankings. Just ask BlueBarron. If you’ve forgotten your username or have any other questions email email@example.com
Lots of “new” teams entered the poll this week. TCU, Florida State, Notre Dame and Baylor re-enter the poll to replace Georgia Tech, Texas, Cincinnati and Auburn. Florida State and Notre Dame will make a lot of readers happy since they were 2 of the top 4 most popular teams to be picked -- 36% and 35% of the people picked them. Texas was the most popular unranked team so their loss hurt 30% of the contestants. At the same time only 99 total people picked Georgia Tech, Cincinnati or Auburn, so basically nobody would notice if I didn’t point out their loss.
Individual Ballot Analysis
Brooklyn Blue stays on top of the rankings this week with 93 points. His highest ranked team is Oklahoma at 5th but he also has the 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th place team. The perfect ballot has 110 points this week coming from the same six teams: LSU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Southern Cal and Clemson.
At the other end of the standings there was a lot of shakeup in the race for worst. TCU, Florida State and Notre Dame had been killing people the last few weeks. Now that they’re ranked again there is a new person all alone in last place with 25 points. It’s also the first time in several weeks that the person in last place does not have the worst possible entry. They chose Notre Dame and are getting a whole 2 points more than the theoretical worst possibility.
Judging Your Picks
This week the MGoBlogosphere is bringing negative value to their picks. A completely random entry should earn 54 points but the contest’s median and mean is 52 points. If you have more than 52 points you’re an above average MGoBlog. Cheer up though, if you’re reading this, then you’re above average in my mind no matter what your Pick 6 score is.
Games to Watch
According to ESPN’s schedule the weekly ESPN3D game is Vanderbilt at Tennessee. That is 5-5 Vanderbilt with roughly the 75th best offense in the country playing at 4-6 Tennessee with roughly the 86th best offense in the country. Wouldn’t the offenses have to be able to move the ball to take advantage of that 3rd dimension?
I guess the punts will look spectacular.
Here are the games that could shake up the Pick Six standings.
#18 USC at #4 Oregon
8 pm on ABC
Oregon has one last test before they crush Oregon State and then crush whoever manages to not lose themselves out of contention for the Pac-12 South title.
#17 Nebraska at #20 Michigan
Noon on ESPN
I don’t need to talk you into watching this game.
#5 Oklahoma at #25 Baylor
8 pm on ABC
Which 8 pm game will score more points? This one or the USC-Oregon game? My money is on this one. Five of Baylor’s nine games have had a total of more than 80 points.
#13 Kansas State at NR Texas
8 pm on FX
If Texas can beat Kansas State at home they should be ranked next week. I’m not sure if Texas will be able to catch up to Auburn’s record for number of entrances and exits from the poll, but they can try.
NR Cincinnati at NR Rutgers
Noon on ESPNU
There are no Big East teams in the AP poll this week. West Virginia is receiving the most votes but they aren’t playing this week. With a strong win this week and a couple of losses Cincinnati might make it back into the poll. But you shouldn’t actually watch the game. First, it will probably be terrible. Second, it is on at the same time as the Michigan game. Third, only 4 people actually picked Cincinnati as their unranked team so chances are you don’t care at all whether or not they’re ranked.
Not to say I told you so, but I told you so. Why? Because in past playoff discussions, one of the drums I've been banging is that if the misguided "monopoly" pressure gets too great on the BCS as it concerns "autobids," the BCS will dissolve before it creates a playoff....
According to sources with direct knowledge of meetings held in San Francisco earlier this week, the suggested change calls for the BCS to sever its direct ties with the so-called BCS bowls -- the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio -- and concentrate solely on arranging a No. 1 vs. No. 2 national championship matchup.
Just like I've been saying: If this happens, the mid-majors can kiss their chances goodbye of ever seeing a prestigious bowl ever again. I've said for a while - the idea of an "autobid" is far, far overblown. The SEC and Sugar Bowl have essentially the same arrangement that the MWC does with the Las Vegas Bowl - they send their conference champion. If the Big East had a bowl tie-in instead of a BCS tie-in, the difference would be even less.
I have one beef with this article:
Under this format, the champions of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East and Big 12 conferences would no longer receive automatic entry into the bowls that currently make up the BCS rotation: Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange. That's because the BCS would no longer be required to provide teams for those four games.
Instead, all 11 FBS conferences and their members, as well as football independents, would begin, in theory, each season with an equal chance of reaching the national championship game.
In that second paragraph there, THAT'S WHAT ALREADY HAPPENS. You see the depth to which misconceptions about this system have been propagated.
Anyways, this would be interesting; the only problem I have with the idea of sending all the bowls back to purely conference tie-ins would be the loss of the chance to go to an Orange Bowl or a Sugar Bowl or something with a really good season - someplace we wouldn't ordinarily get to go.
Did not see this posted, and my search function is not working for some reason, but Kyle Kalis has been named as one of 16 finalists for the Army National Player of the Year Award. Basically a who's, who of the 2012 class. Others of note are Diggs, Thompson, and Washington, but all these guys are obviously top recruits. Congrats to Kyle, and good luck.
In case you're like me and need something sports-ish in the event the online feed for Michigan hoops craps out (i.e., hedging my bets with Comcast).
This is my first post and I've been wanting to ask this for a few weeks but I was wondering what anyone else thought about the speed option. It seemed to be working quite well in the few games we ran it and I was very excited to see where we could take it.
EDIT: Sorry, I missed us running it last game. I was still hoping to see it maybe two or three times a game after the first time we ran it, and this has clearly not been the case.