"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
Many of you are familiar with the 1997 season and the "shared championship" controversy. In the years since, especially the recent ones, I've often thought about how much talent Michigan had that year. This is partly because several guys from the roster are still high-profile NFL players.
When 1997 has come up in my conversations with college football fans outside the Midwest, I've noticed that the majority of them assume that Nebraska would have beaten Michigan if (say) the BCS had existed that year. I could speculate as to why that's the case, but that's not my main point here.
We'll obviously never know how that game might have turned out, but I've long believed that Michigan had more talent that year than Nebraska. How could that be measured?
I decided to look at the '97 rosters for both teams and the NFL database (http://www.databasefootball.com/). Here are my findings (specifically, lists of the future pros from each team):
Michigan wins easily.
* Michigan has more players, 33 to 24.
* Michigan has more "NFL" years, 200 to 152.
* Michigan's players appear to be distributed more evenly through the classes. Notice how many more 4th-/5th-year guys they have. So, more mature talent, right?
* NFL careers (and length thereof) are obviously not a perfect measure of talent at the college level, but I'll bet the correlation is significantly positive.
* On the other side (so to speak) plenty of college stars, including some Michigan Men over the years, have never played a game in the NFL. That doesn't mean they weren't significant contributors at the NCAA level.
* On the database site, classes were clearly assigned based on years in the program. Tom Brady was a junior to them but a redshirt sophomore to Michigan.
* Data goes to only 2009. You'll see that number next to players who were still active that year.
* The presence of a future pro in a given year might not be important. For example, Michigan gets all of Tom Brady's years, but he made a minimal contribution to the '97 team (on the field, at least). I would have looked at that more closely and filtered the non-contributors, but I didn't have enough information for the task.
* Compare '97 to '08. So far, there are only seven guys from that team (Trent, Jamison, Graham, Mesko, Brown, and probably Schilling and Mouton). Martin and possibly others (Hemingway, Molk, RVB, Woolfolk, Koger, Omameh, Roundtree, and Stonum ... too early to tell for the rest, I think) should join them eventually.
days until Terrence and Courtney usher in the Hoke era with a win.
There are also...
days until JT Floyd picks Kirk Cousins to set up a garbage time touchdown pass for Devin Gardner.
There are also...
days until Denard and Martavious put an exclamation point on OSU's year of infinite pain.
/Somebody had to, right?
Edit: Not sure why the Odoms pic wasn't popping up. I had a nice one against OSU too. Sigh.
I am going to take a class at UM next year, and as part of that I am going to get a UM student ID. This will allow me to get into any game in the student section, so long as I have student tickets. I'm planning on asking a student to buy some for me, but I need to know a few things first.
1. When do student tickets become available?
2. When do student tickets sell out?
Specifically, I think it would be amazing to have my first game in the student section be the first night game in UM history vs ND. Is this possible, or just a pipe dream?
Thanks for any advice
Since the Fre*p leaked the "throwback jersey prototypes" I have been of the opinion that the stripey things could not possibly be the real thing, bolstered mostly by the NCAA bylaw that required jersey numbers be 8-10 inches etc. on both the front and back of the jersey. The recently released images would also not fit under this law.
So...my hope that we wouldn't be wearing what we saw today may yet prove true. For those of you who are fans of Michigan football on facebook, this:
may offer some hope. Also the phrasing "this may be Denard Robinson's "under the lights" jersey" could be a sign that DB is just screwing with us.
Also, for any other uniform enthusiasts out there, recall that the M-Den's track record for uniforms is less than stellar, if you remember the hockey uniform designs they had for sale for a few weeks (basically our maize alternate design in blue and in white) which everyone talked about before they went away and the jerseys didn't change at all.