Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Here are just some thoughts on the remainder of the schedule. The good thing is that I think the up-coming opponents gradually get better, giving us a chance to get two big ten warm ups before Sparty.
Minnesota: Michigan by 4 TDs, Minny is not a very good football team with not a lot of scary weapons. M has played better and better with each game and good momentum will carry on into the BIG opener.
@NW: a road test, but again I don’t think they are playing very good football. If Michigan can play solidly, I think they win by 17-21 points.
@MSU: The first of several games that could go either way. It depends on if MSU can contain Denard, which they did pretty well last year (Denard also threw 3 picks last year). But I think Hoke and Co. will be VERY well prepared for this game, so it will be close and very winnable. TOSS UP.
Purdue: M by 21-24 or more.
@Iowa: Another game that could go either way. Iowa hasn’t gelled yet with their new personnel but neither have we. M could win this game if Iowa doesn’t improve. Side note – Iowa is 8th in the BIG power rankings, Ritt and Bennett don’t put a lot of stock in them-yet. TOSS UP.
@Illinois: so many good things for Illinois happening, then they EEEK one out against Western at home? I still think this will be the best team we play to date and it will be a tougher game than most. TOSS UP.
Nebraska: We will need to play our best game of the year to win this game, and it is possible. TOSS UP.
TSIO: As we all know, the momentum has shifted for the teams playing in The Game. M is improving and tsio has been declining over recent weeks. We are starting to see how good both teams are. A few weeks ago just about all of us would predict an L, but maybe not? Again, I think M will be VERY well prepared for this game. TOSS UP.
BOWL: last year we were sent to a bigger bowl than we deserved IMO because Denard sells tickets and we were trounced by superior competition. If the same happens, an L could be in store.
If we have a good year, it feasible to win 9 or dare I say 10 games? If we don’t get up for the TOSS UP games, we could be in store for another 7-6 year.
EDIT: BIG Championship: I think we would all be a bit surprised if Wiscy isnt there this year. If Michigan plays as well as we hope, it will all come down to the Nebraska game. If we beat Nebraska, I (and most people) fear Wisc. I think they are a legit top 4 team and can make a run at the NC. LOSS
Tuesdays are the longest day of the week in the MGo community since we're still a day away from the glory of UFR, we've already read every recap piece from the previous game, and it is too soon to start reading game previews for the following week. So I thought I'd offer up two topics for consumption:
(1) The past two seasons most of us around here have defended the Rodriguez offense based on how it performed statistically, rather than in the win/loss column. We pointed to yards, yards per attempt, etc. to show what this offense could be and cited random turnovers or red-zone performance as the only reason they weren't dominant. But now the tables have turned.....
What do we think of our defense that is getting results but still struggling by any statistical measure? Do we cite the results-based stats and cling to the hope that they are real while downplaying yardage stats? Do we dig deeper to find underlying performance indicators that give us hope for the rest of the season? Are take-aways and lousy QB play by our opponents a function of skill or luck? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
(2) And in something purely for entertainment purposes only....We have all grown to love the "Fred Jackson Hype Machine" with how he heaps praise on any running back who puts on a Michigan jersey. But what would he say if he had the opportunity to coach his namesake - the Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson? Perhaps something like "that guy is Walter Payton with a better name".
So I've been been saying Big Ten title for 2 years now. I still feel good about that but have amended it to.. get to the Championship Game and have a punchers chance against Wisconsin. I can at least hedge that bet.
Stats was 20 years ago for me so I wanted enlist some help from you guys. I have the approximate odds Michigan can win each game moving forward as listed from Vegas. Can someone get me the odds on each win total. Odds of 8-0 I have at 2%. Can you guys get me the rest of the way? I say 6-2 gets us to Indy.
Thanks for yor help.
So I usually do not post a wallpaper until the end of the week. I try to get the time to work on it after the work that feeds the family is done. Last week I had a few people state that they really wish I had the wallpaper done at the beginning of the week so it could be enjoyed leading up to the game.
Blue Indy quickly agreed to get his work out a little quicker and was bumped in points so he could create content. Just check a couple diaries (here) below this and you can see his work for this week, and the past weeks. He has done some great work for all of the non-rivalry games.
I felt a little pressure to produce something and after taking in the Cowboys/Redskins game (my first ever NFL game) I was struggling to get some sleep. I thought it was a great opportunity to be productive and get something done.
My original idea was to take a good looking gopher and give it a Michigan branding. I was struggling to get a truly good "burn" look into the fur without it just being poorly done. The more I thought about it I figured Michigan does not really need to brand Minnesota and then there came a better idea. It's Minnesota and really deep down in their hearts they want to be a Michigan. I think every Golden Gopher fan, when no one is looking, really shows their secretive desire to be a wolverine... so much that they have the tattoo to prove it.
The picture is far from perfect but at least it is done earlier in the week.
Local high school and current home to 2012 UM commit James Ross, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, is looking to get a red field, just like Eastern Washington. That could create quite a stir!! What does everyone think? I like it!
Boyz n da Pahokee posted links to the press conference, but the transcript is also posted at mgoblue.com. Link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092611aac.html
A few snippets:
Ryan Van Bergen:
(on where the defense is)
The thing that is promising is we have seen the glimpses where we can be a great defense. We have not been great all the time, we have not been great most of the time, but when we are playing well, we could be one of the best in the country. One of the things is we have to stop saying is 'we can be' and start actually being that, because there is no reason that we cannot. We have enough depth, we have enough talent, and we just have to start executing better.
(on leaving a mark in the Big 10)
Championships are won in November and our November record is not very good. We are anxious to get into the Big Ten schedule because what we do in the next two months is what will be remembered of our team forever. That is all we have left as seniors and I think our team is very focused, we kind of have tunnel vision.
(on helping Denard)
We just have to get open. That's what it really amounts to. We're not being very detailed in our execution right now; receivers running routes of different depths and dropping passes. We just have to help him out. Everyone is putting the blame on him, but it's not really all on him.
I guess we just have to get on the same page and work on our timing more and more. Every day we will practice and try to get better.
(on Koger taking blame from Denard)
It's true. Because sometimes (Denard) will take a lot on his shoulders and he'll just kind of go crazy finding the play by itself, and trying to make that hole, make that run, make a pass out of nothing, and he doesn't need to. He can rely on everyone else around him and when he does is when we play the best.
(On success in the red zone)
We've done well. We have a different more powerful running game this year. I think it got put a lot on the coaches, and Coach Borges is calling plays really well.
I've already block quoted too much . . . you should go to the link and read the presser. When not only coaches aren't taking credit, but PLAYERS are taking blame, and giving credit to others, WOW, the attitude of this team is awesome. This reminds me of a quote I read somewhere else once, which this team seems to embody:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.