Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Stumbled across this online ... if you're ever watching an ACC game and want to know who you should be pulling for, please consult the following flowchart:
Edit: If you can't read it in the embedded form, original size picture is here: [imgur link]
Has anything been released about special activites for the Homecoming game this year? It's been a long time since I've attended a UM homecoming, and I'm wondering if they typically do more than the regular FanFest beforehand, or if there's still a parade or anything family friendly like that before the game. Any information is appreciated!
Get out the globe and encyclopedia (ok, Google Earth and Wikipedia, since it's 2011), it's time for the Ugly Game of the Week. But first:
Georgia beat Ole Miss 27-14. When the ESPN summary calls your QB "efficient", that's about the faintest praise you can get for a win. Things we learned: 1. Ole Miss is officially not good. They had 8 first downs, two turnovers, and under 200 yards of total offense. 2. Ole Miss has now lost 10 of their last 11 SEC games. So they're like the SEC's Minnesota, then? 3. Mark Richt may still have a job, Huston Nutt may not. 4. Huston Nutt sounds like the mascot for the Astros or something, like the Philly Fanatic or the Capitol City Goofball. Can I play Baby Elephant Walk when he gets fired? Well, I'm going to.
Elsewhere, San Jose State beat New Mexico State 34-24 proving once and for all that Bad Team versus Bad Team equals entertaining game. SJSU came back from a 24-17 deficit to pull out the win in the 4th quarter.
Last, Ohio State handily defeated CU 37-17. Ohio debuted a new wrinkle in their offense called "Screw It, We're Not Passing" and it was effective. OSU passed for only 110 yards, but it didn't matter. The Buckeyes ran for 220 yards and that was that.
We start off with the "Historically Significant Mascot Bowl", featuring the Virginia Cavaliers(2-2) against the Idaho Vandals(1-3). Virginia has wins against Indiana and W&M, and loses to UNC and Southern Miss. Idaho has beaten NoDak, and loses to the likes of Bowling Green and Fresno State. But that's not even very important. For you non-history buffs out there, the Vandals were an East Germanic tribe that sacked Rome in the 5th century. How they ended up in Idaho, I have no idea (ok, I do, but it's not very interesting. "Sports team named by quip from local sportswriter" does not a catchy byline make). Virginia, on the other hand, chose what could be the least intimidating mascot until someone names their team "The Yorkshire Terriers" or "Fightin' Lichen (We're Likin' the Lichen!". The Cavaliers get their name from people loyal to the crown during the American Revolution. Evidently the Commonwealth of Virginia was particularly partisan toward the King. I mean, it's this:
I don't know about you, but I'm picking against powdered wigs in this one.
The granddaddy of the week is the World's Furthest Conference Game, with Louisiana Tech (1-3) taking a long layover to play Hawaii (2-2). That's a 4000 mile road trip.That's like Russian hockey league-level road trip. To put that in perspective, here are some things that are not 4000 miles apart: NYC to London. Ann Arbor to Anchorage. Hawaii to Tokyo. Low Earth Orbit. You get the picture. Yay jet lag. Hawaii has beaten CU and lost to UNLV. Louisiana Tech one win against Central Arkansas, and that was overtime. Enjoy the poi, guys. To be fair, they've got to OT twice, and lost three games by a total of nine points.
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.