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As most of you know, an impressive number of players have left UMich during RichRod's tenure. They've landed at all sorts of places, but in this post I'm going to focus on three that were rated among the top ten transfers "to watch" this season in an article on the ... Bleacher Report(!) site. Your Michigan transfers:
#10 Toney Clemons
#7 Sam McGuffie
#2 Steven Threet
How have things gone for the former Wolverines?
Toney Clemons >>> In this case, the article's prediction seems reasonable. It appears that he is (by receptions, at least) their #2 guy: http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/38/colorado-buffaloes Presumably he skipped town because he was trailing Roundtree, Stonum, et al. and didn't figure to see the field much. (EDIT: In the comments here it's stated that he wanted to play outside instead of the slot, where the coaches had him. I didn't know that.)
Sam McGuffie >>> Here's another case where the prediction turned out pretty well. He's the leading rusher and (again, by receptions) receiver at Rice: http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/242/rice-owls Notice that his yards-per-carry number isn't very good. I still think receiver is his best position.
Steven Threet >>> They nailed the last part, because Threet won the starting job. It has been a so-so year for the Sun Devils, though. They're at 4-6 (2-5 in conference) and they've lost a bunch of close games. As for Threet, he currently sits at 47th (out of 112 ... Denard, by the way, is 14th) by passer rating, which is very respectable. On the downside, he leads the nation in (d'oh) throwing passes to the wrong team: http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sor... In fairness to him, he's in the top quartile in attempts.
So, were their preseason rankings justified? Not sure ... I'll leave that to people with more information. What seems obvious is that great faith is placed in high school recruiting rankings even after a couple of years.
Here's the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/426284-the-top-20-college-football-tr...
Wisconsin's Bucky mascot busted on MSNBC tonight....he should be disqualified from the Capital One Mascot Challenge. Immediately. Wait for the 40 second mark...first 40 seconds is on the recent boxing match.
I was thinking about the game this weekend when I realized that this is the first time this season that Michigan is truly a dog.
I'm pretty sure MSU was a toss up with both teams 5-0, and even though Iowa may have been favored, that game was pretty even going in since it was at the Big House. PSU was about even as well IIRC.
Well this weekend we play the #7 team in the country, fresh off an 83 point explosion and poised to make a run at their first Rose Bowl in over 10 years. Wisconsin is running on all cylinders, and they will not come into Ann Arbor ill-prepared.
Everyone gets up for Michigan. And Wisconsin will not think twice about hanging 40+ points on us in an embarrassing fashion.
So I hope this team plays like is has nothing to lose.
Over the past few years I've learned that a win is a win, no matter how you get it.
And guess what? At the end of the day, a loss is a loss too.
So if there was ever a game to stack the box, bring the heat, and see if our secondary can bump and run...this is it. At least thats my opinion.
I think we should pull out all the stops and see what goes down. Because the worse thing that could happen is that our defense gets lit up, which like, O-K. And the best thing that could happen is that we could finally discover a formula that works on our way to 8+ wins. And right on time too, with OSU coming up the following week.
Wisconsin is going to try to run the ball no matter how many people we put in the box. So lets make them earn every yard they get on the ground. And if they use PA and hit us over the top then so be it. This week, I don't want to die a slow death. This week, I don't want to play bend don't break defense. I want to see what happens when we hit them in the face.
Anyways, thats just the feeling I am getting about this game. And I'm not afraid to admit that a lot of the reason I feel this way is that I don't see us having much of a chance unless we change things up. Its not that I'm a pessimist or don't have faith in our team. I just think Wisky is a really solid team this year that truly deserves to be ranked where they are.
No matter what strategy we go with, however, I'm anxious to see what the boys can do this weekend with no pressure or expectations on their shoulders.
Pay attention to your Mgoblog out of town Michigan viewing thread. This last weekend I found myself having a beautiful time in NYC. After walking around the Central Park area with my wife, we decided we wanted to watch the second half of the Michigan game, but alas, without a computer and access to Mgoblog, we did not know where to go. We even happened upon a group of 20-something guys walking around all in Michigan gear and carrying a football. "Hey," I said, "Where are you guys watching the game?" Turns out it was halftime but they were watching at their apartment, out taking a walk. We ended up at Mickey Mantles on Central Park and of the 25 TVs one game had Michigan-Purdue so we were able to watch the end.
Interestingly, there were college football fans from all over the country and we ended up talking college football for a few hours. We even spent an hour talking football with a couple who are Buckeye fans, and I must report they were very nice, intelligent, and supportive of Michigan's return to prominence for the sake of The Greatest Rivalry in Sports. I shook the guy's hand, wished him luck, and said, "Be careful what you wish for!"
Give it up with the eternal wishing that Fitz Toussaint is gonna be some mysterious weapon that gets unleashed and saves the day the next 2 games. Yeah he is a fighter, yeah he has has terrible luck, and yeah, I hope he can be 100% and get some PT. But there are many people that still need to get the delusions out of their head. He is an average back at best, injured or not. Our future at RB is not Fitz Toussaint or Mike Cox. It's Smith and Hopkins. Get used to it.
Badgers seem to be confident
I think Michigan is highly overrated for beating bad teams. If the game was being played in Madison I wouldn’t be too worried but UW always seems to find a way to lose in the Quiet House. I can’t help but think of 1998 when UW was 9-0 heading into Ann Arbor and lost by 17. That said, this team is clicking on all cylinders right now and I’m sure the players and coaches want to exact some revenge from the 2008 collapse. Given how bad Michigan’s defense is I expect UW to once again put up a lot of points.
Hopefully, UM keeps the turnovers to a minimum and the offense clicks better than last week. Go Blue!