2014 football season
Okay, so back in like 788 (or maybe 1998, I don't know, it's been a long time) I started writing my own little annual football preview. Back then, there was no paper (or maybe it was just a fledgling internet--again, the details are hazy) so I had to scrawl the preview out on cave walls and sleeve tattoos. Over time, creating the preview became progressively easier with important technological advances like Proto-Indo-European, cuneiform, and the Commodore 64. By now, of course, I am just plain soft.
Thing is, I almost couldn't muster the motivation to do a 2014 edition, having been thoroughly demoralized by the latter half of last season. But it's been written that "Hoke springs eternal," and plus we have this guy named Jabrill, so I've been slowy crawling back into the spirit. And yeah--click the photo below for this year's edition. A couple warnings before you click: (1) the document contains some mild political content, so if some left-coast grumbling about a handful of SCOTUS decisions from the past 60 years is going to bother you, it might be best to skip the first couple pages; (2) actually, (1) was the only warning. Hope you dig.
[Edit: some people reported problems accessing the document from the original link; here is an alternative one to try: LINK; I hope this solves the problem but I will check back in a while to see how things are going with it.]
[Edit #2: Okay, I created the document on my MacBook and had no issues with it, but when I came to my office and tried downloading it my office PC I observed the same problem others have reported. Fortunately, the alternative link worked. So I have replaced the original link with the new link, and believe the problem has been solved. Again, I apologize for inconveniencing many of you. Thanks for being willing to try again.]
Phil Steele has updated his BIG rankings. Surprisingly, he still has UM a 7 point underdog to OSU. I suppose he thinks by the time the two teams meet, Barrett will be good enough to beat UM. His view on UM's defense is very positive, which makes this even more puzzling.
3. Michigan WolverinesProjected record: 8-4Early lines on toughest games: at Michigan State (plus-7), at Ohio State (plus-7)After notching a BCS bowl win in his first season, coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines have suffered back-to-back disappointing seasons, and Hoke already finds himself on the hot seat. Good news for Michigan fans is the return of 15 starters, which includes my No. 1 set of Big Ten LBs and DBs.The bad news is that the Wolverines have four tough road games against Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State. I have them as an underdog in each. They will improve upon last year's record, but a Big Ten championship will elude them for the 10th straight season.
Mods I haven't seen this info yet so if this is old news please delete.
When the Wolverines added Southern Cal transfer Ty Isaac over the summer, head coach Brady Hoke was unflinching on Douglas’ future, stating that he would stay at running back. But with the start of fall camp, Douglas has already headed to a new spot, now lining up at slot receiver.
“It’s for the team. That’s the biggest thing is that it’s for the team,” said Douglas of the move at Michigan’s media day Sunday. “I can do a lot of things based off my speed and athleticism, so wherever the team needs me, that’s where I’ll play.”
With a year already spent watching from the sideline, Douglas is excited about the chance to take the field this season. However, he knows he still has a lot to learn at his new spot, and is working hard to adjust to the challenge.
Didn't see this posted anywhere, but if I missed it I apologize.
Michigan yesterday released a "sneak peek" of the 2014 Football Season Tee via their twitter. IMO, not a terrible design, but the "player" in the middle looks a little lost.
Got the email that season tix are available to be renewed online which I just completed.
I wasn't offered any additional Michigan games (no road games at all) - did anyone have to the option of additional and/or road games?
Football study hall has run a projection of the 2014 season based on three factors:
(a) Ca. 60%: A five-year weighted S&P+ average, with 2013 getting 5x the weight, 2012 4x, ..., and 2009 1x
(b) Ca. 30%: The 2013 S&P+ ratings, adjusted for the number of returning starters.
(c) Ca. 10%: the past two years of recruiting
The top 25 are as follows:
|Rk||Team||(a)||Rk||(b)||Rk||(c)||Rk||2014 Projected S&P+|
That seems generally about right to me, although not all of the rankings seem right: Boise State's ranking is inflated, for instance.