"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Yesterday the Texas Rivals site, Orangebloods, posted an interesting poll.
They asked Texas fans if they would rather change the results of last Sunday's tournament game allowing them to play Duke this week in the sweet sixteen or have their pick of any single uncommited football prospect for the class of 2012?
The results were two to one in favor of the recruit. I realize Texas is more of a football school than a basketball school, but so is Michigan and I think the results would be different from our fans. Which would you choose, a win over Duke or your favorite 2012 recruit?
Update - Here are the totals. We do see things differently than Texas.
I'm in the camp with those who think a win would mean a lot to the school and we may get my favorite recruit anyway. As a follow up question, if you were to pick a player but you had to pick now, who would it be?
My pick is Zeke Pike. The favorite for number one player this year (2012) is WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
We've had a lot of hand wringing as a fan base over the last 2 months as MANBALL has taken over the reigns of the gimmick spread offense. Much of the worry has been over the utilization of Denard and how he will be used. I'm not sure of anything , but let's go off the base assumption that Borges and Hoke are good,smart football coaches. Then let's look at last years offensive results.
|.399||12||San Diego State||8-4||40||.355||17||.669||66||.516||27||.225||7||.092||105||.208||74|
What initially sticks out is Michigan at #2, but look down a little further to #12 and see SDS( maybe they do know how to utilize talent). Even if you were a critic of last years offense take a look at that list and look at the records of those teams( I think we'd take most of those). Of that list of 15 who returns 10 starters(that would be 1...us) Of that list who returns their QB(6-Mic, Ore, Okl, SC, FSU,SDS?) Of that list who had a 1st year starter running the team?(3-Mic,Ore,Aub) Can we better than #1? Can we be #1+? We're already #2 and #1 is taking a hard dive next year and probably 3,4 and 5 as well.
Our record is an extreme outlier on this chart compared to the other teams. Our defense and special teams had to try and conspire to hold our offense back last year.
What's the point of this? Hoke can try to fire the troops up with MANBALL all he wants, but Borges has run all sorts of offenses and had pretty good success. We have a lot of experienced talent and transition or no transition we should be looking at an offense that should be similar to last years in terms of look and production. Borges will run it out of his system and we'll be under center a little bit more, but we're going to be good..real good.
So to those of you who are worried about the offense just relax and imagine what our record will be like with Mattison shoring up this defense to an even mediocre level. The offense is going to be great. Get ready for more fireworks in 2011.
Michigan 2011 BT Champs
Edit-Pretty cool I got this out 15 minutes before Brian stole my thinder on the main board. Hoke is just playing to the crowd, Denard will be in the gun a lot next year...a lot.
Not from me, from the Orlando Sentinel. I guess somebody needs to get out in front on this speculation.
"Now that Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl, isn’t it only a matter of time before Jim Tressel resigns at Ohio State and former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer takes over?
I am convinced of it.
Obviously Meyer wants to decompress, take some time off from coaching and spend some quality time with his family. And he will get a chance to do just that this season while the vultures circle Tressel at Ohio State. With Tennessee firing basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday for similar transgressions to Tressel’s, it’s inevitable that Ohio State will eventually pull the plug on Tressel, too.
Let’s face it, Tressel has lost all credibility and could face massive sanctions once the NCAA is done investigating his role in covering up violations by his players. If the NCAA hammer falls and the Buckeyes struggle this year (and you know they will with quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Tressel suspended for the first five games), the pressure will mount and Tressel will ultimately resign."
I especially like him ignoring small children.
A nice article at Rivals by Jonathon Chait that compares/contrasts the rushing attacks of Bo and Lloyd teams.
I think most on this site realize that Carr's teams were featured the passing game. He also noted how Bo was fond of the WVU option attack.
Which era do most people beleive to be old fashioned Michigan football?
It's a free article.
I ran across a list of potential Heisman candidates along with moneylines for each. Take the moneyline, divide by 100 and that is the decimal odd (e.g. +1000 is 10/1 odds)
In order for 2011:
- Andrew Luck/ QB/ Stanford (+300)
- Denard Robinson/ QB/ Michigan (+500)
- Marcus Lattimore/ RB/ South Carolina (+500)
- LaMichael James/ RB/ Oregon (+600)
- Landry Jones/ QB/ Oklahoma (+600)
This list actually goes 1, T2, T4, but I didn't know how to do this using the MGoBlog list feature. I think it says a lot about Denard's physical tools (and name recognition) that he's so high up in the odds. I understand how early this is, but I love seeing Denard way up there, so I thought I would share. In other news, from the same service, the odds for the MNC in 2011:
- Oklahoma (+350)
- Alabama (+500)
- Florida (+1200)
- Florida State (+1200)
- Boise State (+1200)
Michigan is sitting at +8000, with MSU at +5000, ND at +2800 and OSU at +1300.
Interesting seeing that Tresselgate isn't doing too much to peoples perception of OSU. Anyway, if anyone feels like talking 2011 MNC race and predicting the 2011 Heisman while there's practically still snow on the ground, here's something at least.