The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
EDIT- This post has nothing to do with RR it has to do with being negative about 2011 team because of the score of last years games. That is why I said "I'm Done", but I am sorry I ever included his name, because of it instantly invalidated the rest of my posts and comparisons to other teams. Sorry.
I'm done fighting about Rodriguez, but I've seen this on several different posts and it needs to stop. The total score of a particular game or season has very little relevance to the next season or game. There are so many variables in a game or season that if they played a 7 game series like they do in basketball you would see all sorts of crazy score combinations. Stop using the scores of games this year as a basis for a team's progress next year. Did anybody see the NE-Jets series play out over the course of the season?
Arguments I see.
1. Mich is not close to being good because we lost by wide margins to good teams.
2. This team has no hope because the defense is terrible it'll be another 3 year rebuilding project.
To these people I ask do you not watch college football? It took me 5 minutes of my memory bank to find these. These are the year before seasons before these teams had great success. I'm sure people have many more examples.
07 Alabama loses to Louisiana Monroe at home and unranked Miss St at home on it's way to 6-6. Next year they are undefeated playing in SEC Champ game before they lose to Florida.
09 Mich St- Our own fucking rival come on. Lost to Central and lost to Penn St by 28 and had a defense get torched by Minnesota Wisc and Tex Tech. This year 11-1 defense improves by 50 spots.
08 Wisc- Bielema and Chryst were getting skewered. They lost by 41 to Penn St, 22 to Iowa, 29 to Florida St.
07 Iowa- Signature losses were by 18 to Indiana, 20 to Penn St, 26 to Purdue and 9 to Western Michigan....FIRE FERENTZ!!!!
08 Nebraska- Defensive Genius Pelini gave up 52 to Missouri and 62 to Oklahoma.
09 Auburn- Yes your NC lost by 21 to LSU and 21 to Arkansas
09 Arkansas- Lost by 28 to Alabama, 13 to a crummy Ole Miss team and gave up 52 to Georgia trying to replace Matt Stafford.
05 Michigan- Remember that 7-5 team that took a lot of shit oh yeah they were 11-0 heading into Columbus in 06.
Don't be fooled by simple arguments. Everyone looks at the Gator Bowl and sees the final score and says see we got humiliated blah blah blah we gave up 50pts yada yada. Sure we lost, it was a bad performance, but if RR was just trying to save face he could have Lloyd balled that game and had a completely different score. RR went for it on 4th downs trying to come back that back fired and gave MSU great field position. Who cares about the final score. It is about wether it was a win or a loss, I was glad he was trying low percentage plays trying to win instead of just trying to save face. People bring up the fact we scored 14pts in that game, but how close were we to scoring 35-38? Pretty fucking close. Missed fg, RR dropped pass, Hemmingway overthrow, passed up fg etc.. We're not 38 points worse than Miss St. We play that game 10 times and there are wild swings in what the outcome would be.
From the very 1st play a game unfolds differently every time. Some games have quick scores that get teams out of gameplan. Some have turnovers. When teams get way up sometimes they start coaching to the clock and let teams back in it. Sometimes when you have a young qb(hint hint) you get down and he starts forcing it and it gets worse. You never know.
Next years Michigan team will have a very experienced offense with a new coordinator so expectations are everywhere. Could be even better or maybe a slight step back The defense will be better, this is not debateable. The question is how much. This will all lead to great debate for us for the next 7 months. This is what MGOBLOG forum is about, but please stop with the lame Wisc beat us by 20 last year we can't compete you are better than that.
I was browsing a random site when I stumbled upon this interesting tidbit of information: The company that makes the Steelers Terrible Towels is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. 110 miles SW of Green Bay.
In honor of the Packers making the Superbowl, the company, McArthur Towel & Sports, has brought back the 'Titletown Towel', which made its debut with the Packer's Super Bowl runs in '96 & '97.
I was telling a friend this week about how good a recruiter Greg Mattison is. Telling him about Urban Meyer's quote on ESPN, “He’s not only one of the best defensive coordinators in America, but also the best recruiter in college football.” In looking for an article with quotes from Urban I found this great article from SI done in 2007 after Mattison's defense had just destroyed #1 OSU in the National Championship game 41-14 (remember Ginn's TD kickoff return so that means only 1 TD allowed). How bad did they destroy them? Just to rehash because I never get tired of reading these statistics as Florida broke OSU's 19 game winning streak. The Mattison defense held OSU and Heisman Troy Smith to:
- 8 first downs
- 82 total yards
- 1 for 9 on third down conversions
- 2 forced turnovers
- 5 sacks
- 19 mins was OSU's time of possession
Mattison gets a lot of praise throughout and while the article focuses on the entire strategy Florida deployed to end up with 11 top 100 recruits, with Urban stating that Mattison is the best recruiter I could only surmise that the strategy was in large part driven by Mattison. For your reading pleasure:
Ok guys this is a thread I have wanted to start after NSD (and before spring ball just to make some of us look stupid). Lets do a bold predictions thread for the upcoming season. Just to add some format, how about we do one bold prediction about the offense, one bold prediction about the defense, and one bold prediction about for the upcoming freshman class. I'll start with mine
1. Offense- Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stephen Hopkins will run for a combined 1500 yards.
2. Defense- The defense will be ranked somewhere between 50 and 60 in yards per game.
3. Freshman class- Chris Barnett make the biggest impact outside of anyone on special teams next season (not the boldest prediction, I know).
Because they have a long stretch of minimal college football activity ahead of them, ESPN has naturally released an early preseason poll. I don't have a problem with too many of the rankings, but Notre Dame at 14? Really? I know it's unofficial but ND's preseason rankings surprise me without actually surprising me every year. Some are head scratchers.
4. LSU Tigers
5. Oregon Ducks
12. Texas A&M Aggies
17. Auburn Tigers
18. Georgia Bulldogs
19. Texas Longhorns
20. Florida Gators
21. Missouri Tigers
.24. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Rich Rod spoke in depth with Dennis Dodd of CBS. (Link: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14640415/rich-rod-we-thought-it-was-just-getting-ready-to-take-off?ttag=gen10_on_all_fb_na_txt_0001)
Most of the things are stuff we've heard him say before..."we were almost there; lots of drama; took longer than I expected." Something new that I hadn't heard him say was a critique of Dave Brandon and his position to make the decision that he made:
"Were you treated fairly by Dave Brandon?
Rodriguez:"To say publicly how I was treated would be self-serving. Everybody says three years is enough time. If you don't know all the factors maybe you make that conclusion. If you're here in the middle of this for three years fighting all the battles. ... We'd like to be able to finish the job. I can't sit here a month later and say this and that should have happened.
"What I am going to do to make sure the next job I get, we win the national championship and everybody is pulling in the right direction. Dave's been on the job -- what? -- nine months? He knows the business world. I did the best I could to tell him or show him what was going on in the football program. I tried to show him as best I could. He wasn't involved in athletics [before getting to Michigan]. I've been a head coach in Division I for 10 years and coaching for 25. I know college football."
(Note: Brandon played defensive end under Bo Schembechler at Michigan. He is also a former Michigan regent. Brandon came to the school after serving as Domino's Pizza CEO.)
That's an interesting place to needle Brandon on. I don't think it's fair to say he "wasn't involved in athletics." As Dodd points out in his note, he did play for Michigan and as a Regent from 1998-2006 he undoubtedly was involved in athletics at least little bit. Seems like sour grapes to me.