fair point that
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
It's starting to heat up. Maryland people are contacting him and it's becoming a serious deal now.
That's the vibe on twitter. A 247 paywalled article is backing this up and that seems to be where the heat is coming from, apparently.
i say bring em. He had snide comments in the offseason towards us, so it'd be great to beat his ass. Michigan hosts Maryland next year.
Second to last week so a lot of firm data out there now.
A few general thoughts on top this week and then we'll move on to the data:
- At this moment FEI has UM and OSU as almost identical teams in total offense and total defense. S&P+ has more variance between the 2 but it's not really that far off either. If you had told me these things 6 months ago I'd have scoffed. #Harbaugh
- Iowa has a great record but only a "good" advanced stat profile. It reminds me a lot of that of OK State (which I noted last week) so I sniff some fraud in there when they face a true top 10ish team. Damnit I wish that was going to be us.
- The Big 10 continues to struggle on offense. Only Indiana and MSU are firm top 25ish teams. UM and OSU (gasp) are decent offenses, along with Nebraska and Iowa. The other 8 teams are sh$tshows. This has become an annual tradition as QB play lacks in the conference by and large.
- There has been a bit of a dropoff in Big 10 defenses in 2015 - usually the bad offenses in the conf allow 7-8 teams to finish very strong in advanced stats on D but this year it is only 6.
- I feel bad for Les. If LSU's advanced stat profile would be in the Big 10 West or ACC Coastal I think they'd be undefeated or 1 loss at worst. Instead without a lot of cupcakes in conf he is headed to pasture.
- Northwestern (notwithstanding the 2 big losses) is doing amazing things with a horrific offense.
- Clemson and Oklahoma continue to impress although Oklahoma might have suffered some serious hits last week with injuries to QB and top 2 running backs.
- B.C. (not on chart) is the most bipolar team in nation - FEI D #3 FEI O #124.
- UM FEI defense fell from #7 to #11 (was #2 three weeks ago). Important to remember it is not just last week's opponent that changes this, but all your prior opponents i.e. Utah's offense looking inept vs UCLA hurts UM's D rank. S&P+ defense climbed from #3 to #2.
- UM FEI & S&P+ offense has been very stable for weeks on end around #40.
- UM FEI "special teams efficiency" stabilized at #14. It was #1 three weeks ago and #5 two weeks ago.
NCAA Stats - these judge an offense or defense only on total yards.
NCAA Stats for comparison:
- Total Offense: 72 - 389.1 yds/game (up from #98 three weeks ago, thank you Scarlet Knights & Hoosiers)
- Total Defense: 2 - 263.1 yds/game [The Big 10 has 6 of the top 16 defenses per NCAA, in part due to.... Big 10 offenses]
Here's the Advanced Statistics Schedule Rundown for UM as of the end of Week 12, and despite the Buckeyes intentionally throwing that game against Sparty, the chart is still including a B1G Championship Game since UM still has somewhere in the range of a 10:1 to 4:1 chance to play into it. Iowa, of course, is a lock for Indy even if it dumps the Nebraska game, so they're the de facto opponent. Here's your embiggable chart:
The race in terms of fancy stats has taken a slight turn in M's direction on account on the heels of essentially dominating performance of PSU, which has effectively rekindled the S&P+ romance with M. OSU's debacle didn't help its position, which pretties things up nicely looking into The Game. Of course, the same can't be said for MSU, but overall as of this writing, MSU still sucks. What follows below is a discussion of some of the details and week-to-week fancy-stat trends of M, OSU, MSU, PSU and Iowa.
In the S&P+ ratings, M improved its standing in Offense again over last week's results, moving from #42 to #40, while MSU climbed from #32 to #29. OSU & PSU plummeted from #16 to #24. and from #66 to #70, respectively. On S&P+ Defense, M took an impressive stand on Defense against PSU, particularly on the DL, and moved back up from #3 to #2. Putting Taco on the end and moving Hurst over appears to have been the proper remedy in lieu of the approach attempt at IU – so this bodes well for The Game. Moreover, the rating improved by 0.7 points from 12.0 to 11.3. Likewise, the PSU & MSU defensive units continued to register improvements. PSU moving up slightly from #13 and #11, and MSU significantly from #35 to #20, while OSU maintained the same rating, but dropped one spot from #7 to #8. Overall, M and OSU swapped spots in the rankings: M now at #3, and OSU at #5, with the spread opening once again by 2.6 points to M -4.4. Despite yet another win, Iowa dropped again in overall S&P+ rank from #28 to #29, with the net spread vs. M increasing by 1.3 points to M –8.2.
As for the FEI Ratings, it appears M has managed to turn around its retrograde Special Teams play, moving back up from #15 to #14 – but still a far cry from having been #1 just 3 weeks ago. Giving up a blocked punt were probably neutralized by Lewis' fabulous KOR as well as the fumble recovery on the botched fair catch by PSU. The next closest teams are Iowa and OSU at #33 and #40, respectively. As for MSU and PSU Special Teams ... they continue to wallow in the lower echelons.
FEI warmed slightly regarding M's offense, which improved its rating while holding its rank #39, thanks yet again to a gritty, workmanlike performance by Jake Rudock. The running game is what it is, but at least coupled with an array of screen passing schemes and some solid pass protection, it can be sold off enough to make play-action effective. This is a situation where scheme is everything, and it appears by virtue of M having gotten this far on that basis, M's coaching staff are schemers extraordinaire. MSU also held its rank at #19, as did PSU its middling performance, shifting from #75 to #76. OSU meanwihle dropped by a good chunk from #31 to #38 – just one ahead of M! On the other hand, Iowa popped up from #32 to #24, so good for them. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a matchup of Rudock and C.J. Beathard in the B1GCG?
Carrying on with the trend from last week, the most alarming aspect here is the FEI Defensive numbers, which sees M continue retrograde movement from #7 to #11, while OSU stepped up from #11 to #8 – a remarkable reversal. MSU also popped up from #31 to #24 however, PSU and Iowa's defenses continued to slip from #14 and #36 to #17 and #44, respectively. As such, the FEI and S&P+ characteristics for offense and defense are largely congruent.
FEI Overall rankings show M held steady at #10, while OSU gave MSU the #6 spot while retreating to #9. PSU continues to wallow in mediocrity, sliding back from #48 to #51, and Iowa slipped a good bit from #19 to #24.
Rolling the S&P+ and FEI numbers together, Connelly & Fremeau come up with the F/+ Combined Ratings, in which M reverses last week's results, moving back into CFP range from #6 to #4, while OSU drops another spot to #6. MSU advances significantly from #15 to #10. PSU drops from #36 to #41, while Iowa continued its decline as well from #23 to #24.
Last but not least are the Football Power Index (FPI) ratings from ESPN. Here as well M reversed last weeks trend, moving up by 0.5 points from #17 to #16, while OSU held onto its CFP placement at #4, but with a 1.0 point lower score. As with S&P+, the total spread moved 1.5 points in M's favor from M +3.7 to +2.2, not a bad trend going into The Game! What's more, the spread between MSU and PSU, at MSU –5.4, is also within one score. Now, if Hackenberg can just get enough time to put a deep ball in the seam between MSU's safeties, they might still do what OSU did not.
Yours in football, and Go Blue!
Nothing too unexpected here, but it sounds like Cook is going to be a game time decision for sparty.
Assuming that we take care of business against Ohio State, this could be the difference between us making a trip to the BigTen Championship game or not. If Cook plays, I think that sparty beats PSU pretty handily. Without Cook, however, PSU's solid defensive front is likely to really rattle MSU's inexperienced QBs, which could lead to a PSU win.