this may be of some local interest
Disclaimer 1: According Brady Hoke, myself, and most of you, none of this really matters, just thought it would be fun to look at.
Disclaimer 2: I used to Coaches Poll, because we are ranked higher.
Disclaimer 3: I am sorry if this post lets you down after reading the title.
I wanted to see where Michigan could be positioned in the polls headed into Week 9 against Purdue. Here is a look at the games for the top 10 scheduled for week 7 and 8 and how some "poll dancing" could be in store.
WEEK 7, OCTOBER 15
(1)LSU at Tennessee
(2) Oklahoma at Kansas
(3) Alabama at Ole Miss
Indiana at (4) Wisconsin
(5) Stanford at Washington St.
(6) Boise St at Colorado St.
(7) OK. State at (22) Texas
(8) Clemson at Maryland
(20) Arizona St. at (9) Oregon
(10) Michigan at (19) MSU
Keep an eye out: It is interesting to take note that the entire top 10 is on the road in week 7 except for Indiana at Wiscy, and Arizona St. at Oregon. Even though most of the top ten should coast, keep your eye on the Clemson, Oregon and Oklahoma St games.
-Clemson: Maryland beat Miami (YTM) and played West Virginia and @ GT close.
-Oregon: Arizona St. has only lost to (the real deal) Illinois.
-OK. State: Lately, do we ever know which Texas team is going to show up?
Assuming Michigan wins: if we see a loss in one of these teams or even if the favorite slips up, look for Michigan to move up 1-2 spots to 8 or 9.
Best Case Scenario: Michigan wins CONVINCINGLY, and the 7,8,9 either lose or play poorly, Michigan moves up to 7th.
Finally: doesn’t look like 11-13 will put any pressure on Michigan to jump them this week.
WEEK 8, OCTOBER 22
(24) Auburn at (1) LSU
Tennessee at (3) Alabama
Texas Tech at (2) Oklahoma
(4) Wisconsin at (23) MSU
Washington at (5) Stanford
Air Force at (6) Boise St.
(7) OK. State at Missouri
North Carolina at (8) Clemson
(9) Oregon at Colorado
(10) Michigan OFF
Keep an eye out: The only seemingly real game this week is the Wiscy-MSU game in EL. But, can we really go week 9 with about a dozen undefeated teams? Statistically not likely, but could happen. Look for at least one SHOCKER this week as a top undefeated team could go down – don’t know who, but it happens every year! Look for Ohlahoma, Wiscy, and OK State to be tested this week.
Michigan: OFF this week, but does not get pressure from teams ranked a little lower to be jumped.
Best case scenario: If Wiscy, OK State or Oklahoma were to lose, Michigan moves up to 6th. (Jump Boise for 5th, eh?)
Human beings to do not like being rebuked. I’m not talking about sitting around, blabbering on and on about matters of opinion. If you and your friends are arguing about who was supposed to win the game this weekend, then rebuke, no matter how wrong you think your friend, roommate, or barstool neighbor is, should not enter into the equation. However, sometimes a human being or an organization does something wrong; flat out, unanimously guilty, infinitely, inescapably, wrong.
Over the course of the summer, beginning with mumbled rumors in spring, we got to see an arch-rival, the hated Ohio State Buckeyes implode on a most incredibly entertaining level. Now, my point in this diary is not to discuss what the NCAA will do, or not do, not to shed light on Gee and Smith, not even to debate whether what they did was wrong. All of this has been covered. I’d like to look at the Ohio fan base response and ask, why?
We all have several stories of buckeye pals (if you’re willing to put them at “pal” status) who have responded to their beloved team’s recent moral short comings in outstandingly irrational ways. Hands down, the most frustrating conversation I’ve ever gotten into over the matter, which inspired this little written piece, occurred last Friday, at a local sports bar.
I was choking down buffalo wing after buffalo wing, chasing them with tall Coors originals, when I got into a conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me. You know how this goes:
Me: Yeah, I’ve been a Michigan fan since I was born.
My Neighbor: Oh, well that sucks.
(ENGAGE BATTLE MODE)
It turns out that the dude in the Tap-Out hat, with the beard that was longer at the goatee portion than his cheeks, with the gigantic metal bulb earrings was an Ohio State fan. I immediately went for the jugular, (rude, I know) and asked him if the Bucks were going to make a bowl game this year. As I’m sure you already know, things turned ugly…fast. What the conversation boiled down to was a debate of the violations that had been reported against that school down south. After I listed off only half of them (I hadn’t made it to the Pryor fiasco, yet) he stopped me and said, “You know, the way I see it, is that everybody does that stuff.” All I could hear in my mind were the words “You know, everybody murders people”, but I kept smiling and nodding. I asked him why hadn’t everybody been caught, or at least been the subject of a major scandal that snagged more ESPN headlines than the New York Yankees post-season departure. His response?
“That stuff doesn’t matter.”
I’ll make this clear, if any of you and I are ever in a conversation in which you tell me that not only the law, court decisions and well-backed investigative journalism, let alone pure founded logic “doesn’t matter”, our chat will probably end there, too.
I finished my wings, drank my beer, and spent the rest of the weekend wondering.
In reality, friends, human beings will do everything within their power to simply, not be wrong. Most Ohio fans didn’t even attend the school, or play for the team, but they still hold fast, denying any wrong doing, or referencing other unfounded cases of corruption in (not just) college sports. As a living being in a human body, we can force ourselves to accept our circumstances: being lied to, losing our job, being accused of a crime…but not being wrong.
And this is why, until the day I die, until the day my future children’s children die, the Ohio administration and fan base will always respond to accusations of corruption during that ten year stretch of domination thanks to Clarett, Smith and Pryor, with the following statement:
“You know it happens everywhere.”
When clearly, it doesn’t.
I love this, I mean who wasnt thinking the same thing.....
It turns out that may have been an understatement. A review of the Wolverines' playcalling against Northwestern shows that the Michigan offense is so diverse and dangerous that this team should actually be considered the favorite to win the Big Ten.
Looks like the weather calls for 25-40mph winds on Saturday. My Sparty friend thinks that favors us, I have to agree. I take our running game vs theirs.
Do you agree?
my work is doing a michigan/michigan state tailgate party on friday and i have been asked to come up with an activity that the entire staff can do. I'm going to do multiple choice triva questions, 5 for michigan and 5 for michigan state that pertain to past michigan/michigan state games only going back as far as 1990.
my problem is i can only think of 3 good questions to ask and i need at least 10.
so what i need help with is some questions to put on the hand out. so if any of you are willing to help please post your question and answer and i'll take the top 10. please remember i need michigan state questions also.
As you may have heard, the licensing agent of Big Ten video (who deleted mgoblog's YouTube account) is in my base deleting my videoz and sending letters to Michigan Stadium. Someone on our board posted:
Knew this day was coming as soon as I saw this site linked from Mlive. We fly under the radar no more.
For now, I'm hosting every snap directly from mgovideo and still trying to find the sweet spot of video quality/playability. These are 480p:
We ain't goin' out like that.