"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
the ending is gold...
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Well, folks, there is a game on tonight on ESPN2 at 8 PM...
It is a Sun Belt matchup - Louisiana-Lafayette versus Arkansas State. TeamRankings has the Red Wolves as a 2.5 point favorite with the over/under on points at 69.
Discuss, if you so choose.
Yesterday someone asked whether or not Bryan Mone had sent in his early enrollment papers along with the other recruits planning to do so. I got in touch with Bryan himself and he told me that he did indeed send his papers in.
Earlier today someone told me on Twitter that it was being reported by his coach that the papers had not been sent in yet. I am going to dig a bit deeper to try and find out for sure but I'd like to believe that Bryan himself knows if his papers are completed or not.
Bryan did say that he is very excited to head to Ann Arbor, but also very nervous to leave his mother behind in Utah. Michigan is a long way from home for Bryan but he assured me that he is very happy with his commitment and Michigan and knows that it's what's best for him and his family.
Here we are 7 games in and going into a bye week before our showdown with MSU, lets talk about the best and worst of the first half of the season. Although 6-1 is nothing to scoff at, many would agree that the season to this point has been a disappointment.
For discussion sake,
1) Who has lived up to your offseason expectations?
2) Who has disappointed based on offseason expectations?
Individual players, coaches, offensive units, defensive units, special teams are all fair game here. Please back up your argument!
EDIT: Include who has exceeded your offseason expectations as well
I rewatched the game last night and noticed several times guys on defense trying to yell something to a teammate and the teammate was noticeably having a hard time hearing because of the crowd noise. I know Michigan Stadium isn't known for being the loudest place to play, but even so, I was wondering would it be better if we collectively kept quiet while the defense was trying to align.
Hurry up teams don't really rely on voice communication and since they're almost always in shotgun, there isn't really a snap count to hear so crowd noise doesn't really hurt them. In fact, most of the really rushed plays were probably called prior to the play before, so there's really no communication at all.
I realize this would be hard to do in practice since it goes against long standing tradition and habits, but could it be helpful?
In a past diary last week, I examined the advanced statistics published by Football Outsiders in their context within the B1G. The new statistics have been released for all games through October 19th, et voilà (click to embiggen):
Some tentative conclusions based on these statistics:
- Michigan's offense and defense are slightly better than they were last week, according to the advanced statistics. This has to do with a lot of things -- these statistics take into account strength of schedule, so things like a Notre Dame victory presumably affect how our offense and defense are judged. Presumably then, the awesomeness of Indiana's offense (best in the B1G!) doesn't adversely affect our defense despite the fact that they hung 47 on us. Likewise our record offensive performance isn't so impressive to the advanced statistics, because Indiana's defense is awful.
- Michigan and Wisconsin are the most balanced teams in the B1G, with good offenses and defenses. But there are many teams with a lot of variance between the two sides of the ball: Michigan State has a great defense and a below-average offense (duh), Indiana has a wonderful offense and a pitiful defense (duh), and Ohio State's offense is very good while its defense is barely above-average.
- Nebraska, Iowa and Northwestern are all pretty mediocre according to the advanced stats. This makes me feel better about this November.
- Michigan State and Ohio State are both excellent but have weaknesses (their offense and defense, respectively). According to the advanced stats, we are moderately better overall than Michigan State and Ohio State is much better overall.
- Purdue is very, very bad.
EDIT: I've also added a chart with all the B1G teams plus M's opponents in 2013: