"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
MLive has a pair of nice articles relating to the upcoming "home" game for Slippery Rock. The FIRST relays some of the history of Michigan's Slippery Rock fetish, while the SECOND pertains to Slippery Rock adopting special uniforms out of respect for Michigan's general dislike of green and white uniforms and those who wear them. While not a fan of uniformz for established programs, I think the special uniforms look good and tie in well with the "The Rock" theme.
Part of the stadium experience for many of us is awaiting the announcement of the Slippery Rock score, and this will mark the third time that the Big House has served as a home-away-from-home for Slippery Rock.
Since we have a bye week, will throw this out there realizing there is a major unknown (coach). What are your expectations for 2015 football?
I will throw out 2 candidates just to see how much people think a HC will change everything in 1 season.
- Scenario 1: A Harbaugh is coaching UM
- Scenario 2: The name is not important, it's a generic non Harbaugh/Miles/Patterson/Mullen candidate. I'll throw out someone like Mark Stoops after leading Kentucky to a 8-4 season.
Here is the schedule, it is not as easy as it looked 3 months ago
- @Utah (currently 4-1, very well coached, and probably headed to a 8-4 type of season)
- @Maryland (~ Rutgers level of football)
- @Minnesota (currently 5-1, well coached if boring, and probably headed to a 8-4 type of season)
- @Indiana (typical no defense, all offense team, Tevin Coleman will be a senior)
- @Penn State (Hack will be a JR although probably PTSD by then, OL will move from horrid to probably bad, defense solid, tough environment)
- Oregon State (currently 4-1 but has not played anyone, probably headed to 7-5 - will lose their best player to the NFL)
- BYU (was 4-0 but lost awesome dual threat QB Hill to broken leg, put up 41 pts on Charlie Strong's good Texas defense when Hill was healthy)
- MSU (most likely Cook, Calhoun and Waynes will be early entry and their best offensive player Lippett will graduate but well coached)
- Rutgers (Gary Nova graduates but they get their RB back from ACL)
- OSU (JT Barrett or Braxton leading the charge)
Top 5 most difficult games, adjusted for locations (i.e. road games tougher)
- @Maryland or @Minnesota or @PSU
Projected offense - main losses; Gardner / Funchess
- QB - Speight or Morris (danger)
- RB - Green / Isaac / Smith
- OL - same guys, 1 year older
- WR - Darboh #1, Chesson #2, Canteen, Ways, Norfleet, maybe Harris as 3 thru 6. (Funchess leaves early entry)
- TE - Butt, Bunting, Hill (probably will be the strength of the 2015 offense)
Projected defense - main losses; Ryan, Clark, Beyer, Taylor
- DL - Mario, Henry, Glasgow, Charlton (DEs will have a drop off due to Clark gone, DTs should be better with age, experience)
- LB - Morgan, Bolden (assuming Morgan gets RS at this point with hints Hoke is dropping, only listed 2 LBs since that seems to be our base set in 2014 - Ross III would be the third)
- CB - Peppers, Lewis with Blake as nickel (should be a very good set of starting CBs but could be hurt by lack of pass rush by DEs)
- S - Wilson, Hill or Thomas or Clark
My quick thoughts:
- Offense remains troublesome. You lose your top 2 playmakers in Devin and Devin. No game breaker WR remaning after back to back years of Gallon/Funchess. No game breaking RB but people will place a lot of hope on Isaac as they did on Green 2 years ago. OL has to improve marginally if for nothing else experience. 2 TE sets might be common as that is where the talent is. QB is scary - either a first time starter or a guy who has shown little leads you into Utah and v BYU early.
- Defense remains decent but not elite. Corners improvement offset by step back at DE. DT should be strength of defense. LBs are a bunch of solid guys but not elite playmakers. Safeties - who knows anymore.
- With QB being the most important position in the sport and no elite WRs it's going to be rough early in 2015, and you hope either Morris or Speight comes into his own by game 4-5 as JT Barrett has done. If not, it's going to be tough sledding whomever the coach is.
Well it was reported Monday that Nate Sudfeld was out for the year with a shoulde separation. In normal circumstances you have an experienced backup but Sudfeld's 2 backup QBs from last year both transferred out of Indiana. So Kevin Wilson was turning to a converted freshman linebacker who went 4-11 for something like 41 yards last week. Apparently THAT guy is not going to play either... so Indiana is most likely going to rip a redshirt off a true freshman Zander Diamont. He is listed as 3rd string. Guy weighs 175 lbs. Pray for him.
Once he gets injured vs MSU their 4th string is a redshirt sophomore.
No idea why Covington is out at this moment or if its long term or short term.
With the rumors of the Brandon's impending removal starting to get downright frothy, the CC talk becomes even more likely.
One candidate that's getting a lot of attention is Todd Graham. He's got a great track record, though some question his loyalty after a one-year stint at Pitt. But my question has a lot more to do with culture...could a guy who sounds like Graham and says things like this in the locker room (following the hail mary win over USC):
The good Lord blessed us. Let me tell you something: Give the glory where it should be. There's no doubt in my mind.
A bad haircut, a thick southern accent, and giving the glory to God after a win...would Michigan embrace this man? I am not passing judgment on him--I'm in favor of Graham being considered. I'm just curious to read what the board thinks.
Video in comments.