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.
Michigan Monday is up at Ohio State site "The Ozone."
I will go ahead and block quote a few nuggets from the article.
EDIT: This is NOT Michigan Monday. But still an interesting article.
It would be just like it was in 1969, a first-year coach and his inspired and hungry troops ready to repeat history, spoiling everything the favored Buckeyes had planned for another Big Ten and national title.
The second edition of the “Ten-Year War” would break out right before our very eyes.
What is that, you say?
It didn’t happen that way?
Just when you least expect it, the football Gods have a funny way of stunning the narrative and distributing humility along the way.
Michigan has done its part, however. The Wolverines are 9-2 and could have been 10-1 if not for a miracle that handed Michigan State the play of the year back in October. On the flip side, they really could be 7-4, if not for last-second survivals at Minnesota and at Indiana in consecutive weeks.
The important part is that they are much, much better than the mediocre teams that Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke put together the past 10 years.
The bottom line: Michigan is Michigan again and the sky is blue in Ann Arbor again and many wonder if the pendulum of momentum in the series is about to swing North again.
As for the Buckeyes, they will not strut into Ann Arbor as the story line suggested. History will not repeat itself. There is no doubting they are a wounded duck now, shot down by that same Michigan State squad and now lacking the confidence to consistently gain a first down, much less dominate these Wolverines.
Meyer has to be downright shocked at his team’s offensive problems, which have been consistent from the time he tinkered with two quarterbacks and was as indecisive as the junior high school cheerleader dating two handsome boys at once. What would have been the odds that these Buckeyes would not score 50 or more points even once this season – against a schedule that included two MAC teams, Hawaii, Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois and Indiana?
If Meyer can put that psychology degree to use this week and get Ohio State mentally ready to play, especially after one of his best players criticized the coaching staff for the world to hear, because let’s face it -- that’s his uphill battle -- then maybe the Buckeyes have a fighting chance Saturday. Because this team’s problems are not physical. They lie strictly underneath those Buckeye leaf stickers.
“We’re just not operating at maximum capacity,” Meyer admitted Monday. “But we’re still 10-1. So what I am trying to do now is (put) every ounce of ability, every ounce of energy and focus is going on trying to win this game.”
Maybe, just maybe, the tables have been turned with Ohio State’s stunning loss and turmoil last week. Maybe, just maybe, the Buckeyes have the favored Wolverines right where they want them.
That’s only wishful thinking.
Michigan will win this game.
I felt that way a week ago before the Michigan State stunner and that feeling is much stronger today, obviously.
There are a few silver linings to a Michigan win in Harbaugh’s debut as head coach against the Buckeyes: It won’t be an upset, and, as long as the Spartans defeat Penn State as expected later in the day, the Wolverines won’t have a chance at the Big Ten championship much less anything bigger.
Yep, thank God for muffed punts and the miracle of all plays.
I had a little extra time on my hands today and made a (probably rather crude) chart? chart.
Some interesting things:
- Michigan is 22-7-5 in first year contests (Yost is double counted, and counting DNP as a tie for this purpose).
- Michigan has outscored OSU 702-342, albeit heavily aided by a carousal in OSU's early days going up against an up and running M program.
Make of this what you will, or nothing at all. Cheers.
Blue for M, red for OSU, green is unwanted by anybody.
Looks like we're gonna have to settle for a link.
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]