"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."
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.
title says all.
I came across an SI article on Max Redfield, a star safety for Notre Dame who was once committed to USC. What's funny is his (spot on) quote about life at ND.
"“I knew it was going to be rough,” says Redfield, who committed to Notre Dame at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game. “Nightlife would be a lot worse, the women would be a lot worse, the weather -- a lot worse. But it’s a business decision. I know for a fact it will pay off in the future even though it’s rough now.”
Having watched the pillow fights that were PSU v Rutgers, UM v Rutgers (could be upgraded to comforter fight), and PSU v UM, one can see a lot of similarities in these 3 teams even though the records vary significantly. In fact the PSU v Rutgers and PSU v UM games were remarkably similar in their parallel to watching 2 cows wrestle in mud. Therefore, I wonder if we will be able to learn alot about how we will fare in Columbus by watching this week's Rutgers v OSU game.
It is not a perfect parallel - nothing is - and we can always throw out the cliche "rivalry game! anything can happen!" as something to clutch to for hope.... but those things generally tend to be more true when the massive underdog is playing at home rather than on the road. So I think we'll get a reasonable facsimile of the type of game UM can expect in this Rutgers-OSU matchup Saturday ....while allowing OSU is well coached and will be better in late November than it is today. Something we can't say about ourselves.
Before the season if I handed you Hackenberg, Gardner, and Nova and said pick 1, most neutral observors (including Rutgers fans) would have picked Hack, while most of the UM crowd would have picked Gardner. But per Seth's front page analysis, Nova has been the best of the bunch. I was pretty shocked how bad Hackenberg looked Saturday night and I am seeing a lot of parallels to Devin mid 2013 - when it became clear a sieve OL was creating PTSD like symptoms. So on that alone Rutgers might have the competitive advantage at QB over UM; then we have to allow that by late November Devin might be like that knight in Monty Python's The Holy Grail; wondering where his limbs are. But defiant even without them....because otherwise Shanellomy must play.
- RBs? Rutgers had a top 5 type in the Big 10, but he was hurt. Likewise, UM's top option - not a top 5 in Big 10 back - is hurt.
- OL? The only OL UM holds an advantage on is PSU's. Advantage Rutgers.
- We obviously have the top option on the 2 teams for best WR but see paragraph about Gary Nova - you need someone to deliver the ball consistently or it doesnt matter how good (or not) your WRs/TEs are.
So right now I'd take Rutgers offense over UMs. In fact outside of Illinois (which is basically nothing
but the Wes Lunt show EDIT: broken leg) and PSU, I'd probably take any Big 10 offense over UM. So advantage Rutgers.
The defenses are likewise very similar - talented DLs, with questions in the back 7. A dual threat QB from OSU who seems to be growing by leaps and bounds weekly, behind a makeshift OL would reasonably be expected to attack both Rutgers and UM where they are weak - through the air.
And Rutgers can field 11 players often on punts and then proceeds to block kicks a lot so advantage Rutgers.
So here is rooting for Rutgers (-19.5!) to pull the upset! Not just to make those Buckeyes sad but to offer a fighting chance for our Wolverines.
Fun fact: Rutgers' four wins over FBS competition have come against teams with a combined 10-17 record, while Ohio State's four victories have come against teams with a combined 9-15 mark. (UM's mark is 6-11) BIG TEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNN!