"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Lou Holtz just said on the ESPN pre-game, in reference to the Cam Newton story, that "Under the Tarnished Dome" came out in 1989 and we went on and won 11 straight. Okay, sir spit-a-lot, it was 1993 you asshole. Please, besides for not spitting on my living room floor, get your shit straight. I am Michigan fan and I knew when the book came out. What a douchebag!
Big East on ESPN. How bad is it? Pitt is leading the conference with a 3-0 record. Their non-conference record? 2-3 with losses to Utah in overtime, against Miami who is not the goodt, and Notre Dame.
On the other side, we've got UCONN. We've seen how bad they can be. Hell, they couldn't even put up more than 10 points against one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. Despite tihs, they are coming off a fairly decent (by Big East standards) win over WVU in what was one of the ugliest games I've seen all year.
The line is Pitt -6, with O/U around 47.5. I want nothing to do with the line, but mark me down for the under.
For those of you with CBS College Sports, you've got the chance to catch the East Carolina Pirates at UAB (-1.5). Yes, that's UAB favored over ECU. Why you might ask? Check out ECU's box score against Navy. Yes, that's 76 points by Navy in regulation. Yikes.
Like Michigan, ECU also has a chasm between offense and defense. The Pirates are 7th in passing yards and 14th in points scored per game (36.4). For all that, they're 117th in points allowed (41.3). They don't run much either, ranking 94th in the NCAA in rush yards per game.
UAB isn't a good team. They're 3-6 overall with a couple close losses to Marshall (shootout), Tennessee (overtime), Mississippi State, and Florida Atlantic. They do have wins over Troy, UTEP, and Southern Miss (overtime). They are fairly balanced, ranked 43rd in both rushing and passing yards per game. Their defense is slightly better than ECU, but that's not saying much.
I like ECU to cover and win straight up. They'll be looking to right the ship after last week's embarassment. O/U is around 68, and I have no idea what to make of it. I'm feeling the over, but 68 is quite a few points.
On Saturday morning before Illinois game while waiting with my daughter for the team to walk to the stadium I ended up talking with Ross Martin's father for 5-10 minutes. Ross and another teammate (I didn't catch his name but he looked more like a speedy guy than a lineman) came up to the game from the Cleveland area. Both seemed like nice young men.
It sounds like academics and the Michigan business school could be a big factor in his decision. He listed several schools as possibilities including Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.
I asked about the transition from a 1 inch tee in high school to no tee in college and he said that Ross was a great soccer player and had no trouble kicking off the ground.
He asked about Rich Rodriguez's future. I was very enthusiastic about how great his offense is and how lucky Michigan is to have him as our coach. I think he was a little surprised at how supportive I was. I told him I've been coming to Michigan games since 1973 and we have never had an explosive offense like the one he's building now (putting 67 points on Illinois a few hours later was nice validation). And as soon as the young guys on defense get a little experience, he'll have us in position to compete for national titles. Of course, it would help if we had a great kicker.
Normally the Grave Walk for the tOSU game is performed the Thursday prior to that Saturday. As I am sure everyone is aware that day this year is Thanksgiving, and was wondering if the date may have changed due to that?
Sorry if this was already a topic, however I have not seen anything.
I know it's still some time away, but any clarity on this would be appreciated.
I was checking through college football news(yes that CFN), and saw that the line for the game is Purdue -12? Huh? Is this accurate, or did CFN just fuck up?
|QB||Kevin Sousa||6"2, 210 lbs||Orlando, Florida||***|
|RB||Demetrius Hart||5"8, 190lbs||Orlando, Florida||****|
|RB||Malcolm Crockett||5"11, 180 lbs||Washington D.C.||***|
|WR||Shawn Conway||6"4, 185 lbs||Birmingham, Michigan||***|
|WR||Kris Frost||6"3, 210 lbs||Mathews, North Carolina||****|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||6"1, 180 lbs||Fort Myers, Florida||****|
|OL||Jake Fisher||6"7, 260 lbs||Traverse City, Michigan||***|
|OL||Jack Miller||6"4, 260 lbs||Perrysburg, Ohio||***|
|OL||Tony Posada||6"5, 330 lbs||Tampa, Florida||***|
|OL||Chris Bryant||6"5, 310 lbs||Chicago, Illinois||****|
|DE||Brennen Beyer||6"4, 230 lbs||Plymouth, Michigan||****|
|DT||Darian Cooper||6"3, 275 lbs||Hyattsville, Maryland||****|
|DE||Chris Rock||6"5, 250 lbs||Columbus, Ohio||***|
|DE||Anthony Zettel||6"4, 260 lbs||West Branch, Michigan||****|
|LB||Kellen Jones||6"1, 210 lbs||Houston, Texas||***|
|LB||Desmond Morgan||6"1, 225 lbs||Ottawa, Michigan||***|
|LB||Antonio Kinard||6"4, 215 lbs||Youngstown, Ohio||***|
|DB||Dallas Crawford||5"10, 180 lbs||Fort Myers, Florida||***|
|DB||Greg Brown||5"10, 180 lbs||Fremont, Ohio||***|
|DB||Delonte Hollowell||5"8, 170 lbs||Detroit, Michigan||***|
|DB||Blake Countess||5"10, 170 lbs||Owings Mills, Maryland||****|
|S||Avery Walls||5"11, 185 lbs||McDonough, Georgia||****|
National signing day is still three months away, but many teams seasons are wrapping up and players are taking their official visits to schools. Michigan currently has 11 known commitments, and this list is extremely tentative and not indicative of where recruits are going.
With that being said Michigan is in great position to land a number of non-committed players. If Dallas Crawford does announce tomorrow, it will likely be to Michigan. And if he does commit, that will only help with his teammate Sammy Watkins. Watkins currently has Michigan in his top five, but in reality we're likely in his top two along with Clemson.
Missing out on Arnett did hurt, but with Watkins still on the board, Conway committed, and no senior receivers this year, it will not be terrible if Michigan misses out on both.
Many are wondering who will be the complementary back to Demetrius Hart.. Thomas Rawls would likely be that candidate but his grades are not yet in order. Michigan also recently offered both Tre Mason and Malcolm Crockett, but Auburn desperately needs a running back and they want Mason so I see Michigan making a push for Crockett. He is currently committed to Cincinnati but visited Michigan this past weekend.
Defensively Michigan needs a defensive tackle prospect. Darian Cooper (now a four-star, 250 rivals member) has Michigan in his top five and will be visiting in the winter. He's got a great relationship with Delonte Hollowell, so that can only help. If they miss out on Cooper, I think Michigan's coaches will continue to evaluate other tackles and maybe offer some in the coming weeks.
Also, Michigan recently offered Maryland CB Blake Countess. Tom caught up with his coaches and Michigan may have surged near the top of his list. Countess is very highly ranked and would be a steal if Michigan can secure his services.
Edit: I realized Devondrick Nealy is not included here.. Michigan leads for his services right now as well. 23!