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Pretty crazy. Vitale says Kentucky will just reload but does anyone think that the reloading will be national championship worthy? Has this ever happened before with a team, to just lose all starting five to the draft?
EDIT: Don't want B/R, Freep type headlines. Thanks to MgoSuh for pointing out my mistake
The following is submitted for your consideration.
Over the past three years, Michigan/ND games have been decided by a total of 40 seconds.
Michigan finished last season highly ranked and recorded a Sugar Bowl win. ND finished just outside the top 25 with the impression that more of their problems were random than schematic or talent. Further, ND always gets a boost in early season rankings.
Additionally, Michigan opens the season facing National Champion Alabama in Dallas and then a very good Air Force squad. Meanwhile, ND opens against Navy in a sure-to-be-widely-watched game in Dublin, Ireland. They follow that up with a solid MSU and Purdue.
Most people suggest that year three is the one that sees the pieces all come together for a newly spread squad. ND is primed to make a jump from better than they seem 8-5 to high-level contender.
Because it is March, I gie you this question. If Michigan oepsn 3-0 including a win over Bama, and ND opens 3-0 with 2 wins over the B1G and a game in Ireland, does that make ND a de-facto early season championship play in game?
Obviously, a lot can change over the rest of the season, but it seems to me that the cards are lining up right for a matchup that could vault the winner into the top 2 or 3. I would LOVE to see that. It's been a long time since a Michigan/ND game was that relevant.
Apparently 2012 RB commit Dennis Norfleet is quite the terror on the basketball court.
Norfleet is reportedly a gritty point guard and a tenacious defender. The money quote:
"I've been coaching him now for four years, but I'm still amazed at some of the things he does," said Brooks. "He wants to win no matter what. If he has to dive into the bleachers, he will. If he has to guard a 6-8 guy, he'll do it for his team."
Not bad qualities for a rb/slot either.
Interesting article on the recruiting battles between UM, MSU, and OSU around the midwest in the Detroit News. Some shots at us, but for the most part pretty fair.
He was especially irritated by the Buckeyes' poaching of one-time top Spartan commit Se'Von Pittman, something his mentor, Jim Tressel, wouldn't have done. "They've got a new coach, and it's different," Dantonio said. "I would say it's pretty unethical, in the end."
Kalis endured the scrutiny in his hometown and stood firm, perhaps the first sign Michigan was officially back in the fray. A larger sign: Of the 15 players on the Detroit News Blue Chip list, nine signed with Michigan and two with Michigan State.
I'd like to piggyback off the topic that is two spots down. Please humor me and post your very specific prediction for next year's football season. It does not have to do with our record at all, but let us revisit this thread a year from now to see who may have their precognition hats on today. Perhaps the person with the most specific and accurate prediction will be treated to a round of miniature golf by THE KNOWLEDGE, one in which THE KNOWLEDGE writes out the scorecard prior to the round, just to let his tagalong know who runs this stuff. I'll start:
Mark Dantonio will blow the MSU game. He will do so by calling for a fake field goal slightly more than halfway through the 4th quarter, with the Spartans leading by less than a touchdown. This field goal would have been a long attempt, and the down is 4th and 1 or 4th and 2. Michigan chews up most of the clock and scores a touchdown to win the game.
Bank on it.
Alright, I know everyone's thinking about it, but nobody's posting. For those Bowl veterans out there, what is the scalping environment typically like? Am I the only one who thinks the cheapest ticket being $97 is a little ridiculous?