a terrible blight on our fine country
Northwestern sitting at #14, not that any of this matters.
Let's face it, Rudock is playing not to make a mistake and as a result playing tight and frankly not effectively. The only time he will throw a pass is if the receiver is WIDE open and even then he tries to directly the pass rather than letting his natural instincts throw the ball. As a result often his passes are off the mark, late or though catchable doesn't afford his receivers any room to run after the catch. Good defense will have tight coverages on receivers and good QB's nevertheless throw to those receivers allowing them to make plays (Butts catch in the the endzone against Utah had double coverage and Darboh's catch against perfect coverage by BYU gave the team a needed boost).
Without a passing threat the running game will be neutralized. We can get away with this playing inferior teams but as we get into the meat of the schedule, Rudock needs to play to win and not play not to make mistakes. Football is won by scoring points.
My thought is this. We have an outstanding defense which most of the time will cover up for offensive mistakes. WE can not beat NW, MSU and OSU with only good defense. We need a QB who will play to win games even though like all QB's he will make an occasion mistake. Let him play loose throwing to receivers even though there may be good coverage AND not be handcuffed to one read and then run.
After last weeks demolition of BYU, there was a thread for every individual ranking that was published. I thought it may be cleaner for the MGoBoard if they could be consolidated into a single thread, especially since threads such as the Coaches Poll ranking typically only generate one thought (omg these rankings suck).
Here are the rankings available for Michigan:
ESPN FPI: #20 (#17 power rankings)
Massey: #20 (#21 power rankings)
Massey Composite: #14 (will likely change as more rankings become available)
AP Poll: #18
Coaches Poll: #21
There are countless polls available, so if there is one you'd like to point out just leave a note and I'll add it.
May work. May not. Worth a shot.
One of the burdens we endure as loyal, longtime fans of University Of Michigan football is that even our wins are somewhat taxing, and indeed, we showed a measureable amount of discontent this time around, especially in the first half when our offense could really find a rhythm other than one that Brian Eno might compose.
First, let's look at the summary to date so you can mock my immense ability to procrastinate as I've not yet finished out the data for the "positive" words for a third straight week.
In any case, we see here that the frontrunners are "fuck" and "Harbaugh", and fortunately no one has dared use them together save for the odd unsavory troll a few games back. This person is no longer among us. Rainbow Dash hoofed him right across the temple.
It is worth nothing that, even after three games, those three positive words are already 16% of the overall total of tracked instances. That alone should be evidence of a fanbase whose mindset on their own team has changed completely from this time last year, and that is a positive thing.
Here's thread size by game so far:
The lack of a dedicated live blog has increased participation in the threads, and we began to see that last year, but now that the live blog responsibilities rotate and traffic is limited by the strictures of Blyve's need to ultimately make money, you really see it this year. There is also a renewed interest in this team and a lot of newbies are gravitating towards the open threads. After five games, average combine thread size is 2,110 posts, which is a good 25% better than last year during the same period.
The relative distribution of the "original six" across the first five games:
Because it is in reality a massive chart, this one might be hard to read. What I really wanted to point out here is that we reached a season high for "suck" so far, much of it directed at Jake Rudock and the offense, but in this game in particular, a note problem with run blocking.
Maybe we give Randy Edsall some credit for figuring something out, for at least he knew about the game even if he didn't realize there was a meeting, or perhaps it is just what we assumed - a work in progress. Either way, much of our "suck" in the open threads revolved around that. A good deal of our "fuck too actually, although the referees took on their fair share of "fuck" from our audience. You don't need to be familiar with EVERY rule or know what the fair catch signal looks like to be a ref in the Big Ten, right?
You won't see it here, but "Morris" snuck back into our conversation too - mainly people wondering how bad he must be to have not seen the field by now.
Here's efficiency and tracked words:
Despite Maryland being rather stressful - it now accounts for almost one-quarter of all the tracked words this season so far - you can see that overall efficiency remained mostly flat. We did, after all, win - that usually helps. Adjusted for the "original six", the efficiency is 8.13, which has historically been typical for wins around here.
Here's the Mood Chart - still fiddling with labels for the quadrants. The Harbaugh era makes this difficult to pin down because it is new to us. No, I should say it has been so long for us - revisiting these feelings is a process.