"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
So we all watched the game yesterday and yes, it sucked. However, looking at it as objectively as I can, I think we learned more about where M is at as a team than in any other game this season. Previous games, win or lose, all pointed out weaknesses in scheme or personnel that could, to varying degrees, be addressed on a week-to-week basis through tactical adjustments or player rotation to yield better short term results. I think the coaches did a stellar job doing what they could with what they had to work with and I think the players also put it all out there. Their combined efforts have completely turned the program around and we are headed in the right direction, though clearly with some distance to go.
The OSU game was a perfect storm of going up against a team that has aimed at and achieved a program that competes on a national level year in and year out and playing them while they were firing on all cylinders. In short, we don't quite have the horses to run with them just yet.
On the topic of horses then, one thing that has been discussed as a position of weakness most of the season is linebacker and at no time was this more apparent than yesterday, however it doesn't seem like the current recruiting strategy is focusing adequately on this as a position of need. I very much agree with the assertion of many that when at full strength and against certain run schemes our DL was able to cover for a linebacker corps that is ill suited for the task at hand and it seems like there is no help in sight, either as younger players currently on the team or commits, or even as targets for recruiting.
I'm not a recruitnik, but I kind of follow it and it seems like this could be an issue over the next 3 years at least. I see tons of recruiting focus on offense at QB, running back and the line and rightfully so, but on defense there is a focus on DBs and DL which appear to be in relatively good shape and a paucity of options at LB.
Are they counting on converting some of the ATH recruits? Is LB something that doesn't necessarily get specialized in high school and is a position that you evolve into in college? Am I missing something in our current recruiting?
Well that moved quickly...just 15 minutes ago it was...
Rutgers has fired AD Julie Hermann & coach Kyle Flood, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 29, 2015
“Signs point to Rutgers cleaning house” today, w/expected firings of AD Julie Hermann & coach Kyle Flood source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 29, 2015
Your Week 14 Thread for all polls, rankings, and computer ratings discussion.
AP Poll #19: http://collegefootball.ap.org/poll
Coaches Poll #19: http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/
Massey Ratings #17: http://www.masseyratings.com/rate.php?s=cf&sub=FBS
Sagarin Ratings #15 (#13 in Predictor): http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/sagarin/
Michigan's team statistical profile:
Football Study Hall: http://www.footballstudyhall.com/pages/2015-michigan-advanced-statistical-profile
Massey Ratings: http://www.masseyratings.com/team.php?t=4741&s=279541
I'd MUCH rather play Florida. They're down 4 defensive linemen and their less-than-brilliant offensive coordinator got shut out yesterday against Florida State.
Georgia has fired Mark Richt, a source told https://t.co/IUb98wmtlA— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 29, 2015
This is relevant to our recruiting as well...
EDIT: ...and now it's official: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112915aaa.html
Not a huge surprise but Mike London has stepped down at UVA. Add UVA to the long list of institutions looking for a new football coach. I'm hoping they land a successful up and comer. There isn't a glaring reason as to why they shouldn't be able to at least be competitive in the ACC (assuming they make a good hire).
Great school with many other successful programs and decent facilities.