Michigan angler breaks 109-year-old record for smallmouth bass
Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan, was bait-casting a green grub at Hubbard Lake in Alcona County when he hooked and landed a 9.33-pound smallmouth bass on Sunday
Michigan beat Ohio State 6-0, Oct 20, 1906 - a sign!
TWIS is up. And you guessed it.....we are featured. Here's the link:
I will post this weekly now that FEI has finally been compiled for both offense and defensive units. 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 (See how FEI likes Utah below for example) That said, you could always do an average of the two to get an idea of where any team stands in an "adjusted" fashion.
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.
Of the remaining schedule the 1 fun nugget for the FEI is it actually ranks the Scarlet Knights offense ahead of Indiana's; those boys from Jersey do have a NFL wr better than Burbridge and prob at this point the 3rd best QB in the conf. (if you roll all of OSU's QBs into 1 human) S&P+ still deems Jersey Boys offense to be mediocre however while loving Indiana's. Both those 2 teams however have horrible defenses by any measure.
Outside of those 2 offenses the only challenging unit left of remaining non OSU foes IMO will be PSU's D which matches up very well with UM's strengths - 3 terrors on their DL and non freshman in the secondary. I expect a big pile of #M00P under the lights in Happy Valley.
EDIT - UM FEI "special teams efficiency" is ranked #1, and "field position advantage" is ranked #17.
A thought struck me today. Harbaugh has never been anywhere longer than four years. Michigan will be the first coaching stop EVER that will have Harbaugh for longer. Stanford must have been the closest of his former teams to approach Peak Harbaugh, but imagine if he had stayed there for the long haul (lol, for the sake of argument) building upon a dominant BCS Sugar Bowl win? That is where Michigan is going..but even faster.
My question to you is: What does Peak Harbaugh look like on offense? In other words what will Harbaugh teams look like positionally past 4 years of recruiting and development? The world has yet to see it.
I know Harbaugh is capable of winning a National Championship or a Superbowl even with flawed teams and maybe there is no such thing as "Peak Harbaugh" because you can get better every day. What I'm really wondering about is what Harbaugh's ideal offensive player looks like at each position in a perfect world. It's truly nice to think that this very good football team will likely be Harbaugh's worst and that in a few years we'll approach the point where Harbaugh has guys he loves at every position who can execute all the dastardly things he wants to do with great efficiency.
I'm focusing on the offense because I'm pretty sure we're close to it already on defense and ST and it's the offense where Harbaugh most deeply imprints his signature on his teams:
QB: We know he looks for guys who are naturally gifted atheletes (good at other sports), ubersmart, accurate and can run enough to make his own play. This is easy because basically it's Luck. Might have one of those guys already in Gentry or Peters.
WR: Probably similar to most teams. A true #1 with size, hands and deep speed, a big reliable possession receiver and redzone threat, and #3 a slot bug, slant, screen, sweep guy who can take it to the house. All can block well
TE: Duh. Elite blocky catchy types and lots of them.
RB: Basically Frank Gore? Tough running, great in protection, good vision, good hands out of the backfield. Never fumbles. Patient and can setup his blocks. Maybe a complementary Gerheart-like hammer back as well? Maybe a speed back who is also the aforementioned slot guy?
FB: Ideally Sione Houma with breakaway speed? I know a good fullback is a blue collar guy who targets well and picks up tough yards when asked, but for the sake of this exercise maybe it's all that but also with the speed to turn 30 yd full back dives into 60 yd full back dives?
Offense line: obvious.
Thoughts? When we DO have the right athlete at each position what crazy stuff might we see unleashed? Will it be too powerful, as a doomsday device, and destroy the world? Will the Avengers have to assemble to save the universe from the one known as..Harbaugh?
With both Kerridge and Houma graduating this year, who is going to be the starting FB next season?
Poggi would be my first guess, but he's been playing TE most of this year. After him, it kind of gets a little hairy in terms of depth.
Maybe Wyatt Shallman? Do we take a scholarship FB or explore a grad transfer?
Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles
• New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team to another victory. Brady threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Brady has thrown for more than 300 yards in three out of the Patriots' five games this season.Alan Branch made a pair of tackles in the win.
• Miami safety Jordan Kovacs had two tackles in the Dolphins' 38-10 victory over the Titans. Both of his tackles were solo tackles, and one was a sack. This performance comes off the heels of Kovacs recording his first tackle of the season last week.
• Philadelphia linebacker Brandon Graham recorded four tackles, three of which were solo and three of which were for a loss, as the Eagles shut down the New York Giants offense. Quarterback Eli Manning managed to throw for just 189 yards and two interceptions in the Eagles' Monday night victory.
• New York Jets linebacker David Harris totaled 11 tackles, five of which were solo tackles and one that went for a loss in a 34-20 victory over Washington. Harris leads the Jets with 38 tackles through five games this season.
• Carolina Panthers wideout Devin Funchess made a career-best two catches as his squad topped the Seattle Seahawks, 27-23.
• Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan started for the second straight game.
• Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson got 10 touches (seven rushes, three catches) against the Houston Texans, accumulating 38 total yards.