Not the best few weeks for Ryan.
John U. Bacon will be in DC Thursday to sign and talk about "Endzone." So if you want to get your copy signed and ask John about what didn't make it into the final edition, stop by 2550 M Street NW at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 29.
If you haven't had a chance to buy the book, UMDC is selling copies for $20. To guarantee you get a copy, you can pre-purchase the book when registering and pick it up on the day of the event. If you already have the book, a signed copy of "Endzone" would be a great gift for the other Michigan fans in your life!
Make sure you register before it sells out! For more details and to register: http://alumni.umich.edu/connect/event/book-signing-john-u-bacon-endzone-rise-fall-and-return-michigan-football
I don't recall seeing this posted before, but SB Nation has a top 25 composite ranking that uses the AP Poll, Coaches Poll, S&P+, Massey, and witchcraft.
OSU, Clemson, Baylor, and LSU are the top 4. MSU is at 11 and we're right behind at 12.
Updated tables below.
I tend to lean to FEI over S&P+, as I think the FEI strength of schedule adjustments in particular are more pertinent but I like both over the basic NCAA stats which adjust for nothing. FEI also just seems to work with the eye test more often than not the past few years I have followed these stats. That said, you could always do an average of the two to get an idea of where any team stands in an "adjusted" fashion.
In terms of non OSU teams ahead, advanced stats (and eye test) show 4 incomplete teams - 2 good defensive squads in Minn and PSU with bad offenses, the opposite with Indiana, and then just a bad Scarlet Knights outfit. Of course matchups matter and PSU's DL and Indiana's QB are probably the 2 main issues remaining before The Game.
UM FEI "special teams efficiency" is ranked #3, and "field position advantage" is ranked #17.
If you are curious how UM graded last year (sorry to bring back the ennui) its was 70s to 90s on offense and 30s to 40s on defense, depending which measure you used.
Q. You have six sacks through seven games to lead the team and rank sixth in the Big Ten. That's double the number of sacks you had last season. What's behind your increased productivity?
A. There are a lot of second- and third-effort plays going on out there, fighting through the blocks. And the coverage out back has helped me a lot; there have been a lot of coverage sacks. There's also pressure from the other guys up front who are not allowing quarterbacks to step up -- or the edge pressure from guys like Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley is not allowing the quarterbacks to roll out. It's a whole defensive line, whole defense effort. Part of my success from my sacks comes from them.
Q. Where have you stepped up your own game?
A. Mentally, the more games you play, the game slows down. You understand more, and taking coaching from Coach Mattison, Coach (Will) Carr and (defensive analyst Antonio) James, helping me with my pass rush. It's taking that coaching and putting it on the field. They've taught me how to be successful out there.
Source: Mgoblue.com, 10/26/2015, Steve Kornacki
Sam Webb said this morning on WTKA that Michigan's chances at getting Rashan Gary are 75-25. He also said we're up to a 50-50 chance with Isaac Nauta. Not long ago, he had that one 80-20 in favor of Georgia, but Georgia's collapse on the field has helped us.