At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Let's go Lions! Hopefully Matt Prater provides some much needed field goal accuracy and we play to our strengths.
While not of huge importance to Michigan, ESPN has an article about the NCAA changing the requirements for junior college athletes to transfer from the NJCAA level to the NCAA level. Up until 2013, JC students had to:
- maintain a 2.0 grade point average
- 6 hours of English
- 3 hours of Math
- 48 hours that make up an associate's degree
under new NCAA rules, to transfer into an NCAA school and play, JC students must:
- maintain a 2.5 grade point average
- 6 hours of English
- 3 hours of Math
- 3 hours of Science
- no more than 2 hours of Physical Activity credits
- 48 hours that make up an associate's degree
this is a pretty significant jump up in eligibility requirements. the article states that students enrolled at NCAA schools only have to maintain a 2.3 average, which is less than theh the JC kids are asked. also, the article states that there were over 2,500 athletes that moved from NJCAA to FBS and FCS schools in 2012, 1,000 for football and basketball.
this doesn't really have much impact on Michigan as getting JuCo kids admitted is a bit of a stretch (not sure what UM's requirement is). there are several programs, particularly Kansas State, that do take a lot of JuCo players. other schools that regularly recruit the JuCo ranks include Michigan State, nebraska, ohio state and many of the down south schools.
personally, i don't really get the motivation for this rule change, one way or the other. i think that the JuCo route is obviously a route that a lot of kids have to take to be able to get to the next level, but a 2.5 GPA at JuCo is not too much to ask. i guess the downside of this is that kids that want to play big time sports that might not have the grades will likely try to get into NCAA schools and not make it academically, whereas the time at a JuCo might allow them to mature and learn some decent study habits.
[edit: added that JuCos still have to get the 48 hour assoc degree]
ed-S: Akearney50 below's comment clears a lot of this up:
Clarifications - The new two-year transfer eligibility requirements take effect for any student-athlete who enrolled in college full-time after August 1, 2012.
The 2.3 GPA the article states is the lowest possible core GPA from high school/prep school for freshmen to be eligible. But that doesn't take effect until the high school class of 2016. The lowest possible high school/prep school core GPA for the 2014 and 2015 classes is 2.0.
Two-year transfers with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.49 can still receive athletics aid and practice. So the NCAA isn't taking away any extra educational opportunities. The year not being able to compete is designed to help ease the educational burden on incoming students who are at risk (2.0 to 2.49 and/or student-athletes who do not meet the necessary core course hour requirements).
I work in compliance at the FCS level and I have seen a lot of two-year student-athlete transcripts. The classes the two-year institutions were having them enroll in was awful. Student-athletes who want to be business majors but they have taken mostly physical education classes to stay eligible. There is an issue and this needed to happen.
We've got a break between basketball's victory and soccer's impending awesome. What better than some FCS football?
New Hampshire is at Delaware. Blue Hens in the maize-ish and blue-ish and the winged helmets. UNH is up 3 as the 1st quarter is coming to an end.
Had a request to do this for a couple more games, figured I would give the Game of the Century of the Year of the Week a shot.
Alabama Running GameAlabama rush offense: -1 (75th)
Florida rush defense: +3 (13)
Alabama has one of those deceiving rushing games that depending on your opinion, is where advanced analysis can shine some counter-intuitive light or completely falls apart.
Despite averaging over 200 yards a game on the ground, on a total value basis, the Bama rushing attack is a net negative for the team. A lot of that is due to the fact that they are accumulating the 200 yards on nearly 40 attempts per game. I believe there is some unaccounted for value to an offense that is able to stick with the run that many times in a game, but this is still not a rush offense that is going to light up the scoreboard. Keeping Tim Tebow off of the field with grinding drives will be good enough.
Mark Ingram had been getting serious Heisman talk until last week's stinker. Going into the game Ingram rated +3 and was a top 10 running back. But after Auburn held him to a -8 he dropped to 31st rated and barring a dominating performance Saturday, likely out of the Heisman consideration.
Florida's rush defense has been one of the nation's best, allowing a NCAA low 3 rush TD's on the season. Florida's rush defense will be called upon to not only slow but to shut down Alabama's rushing game. As the Crimson Tide look to keep the ball away from Florida's offense, Florida's defense will look to continue its trend of scaring teams out of the run, seeing only 23 rushes during non-garbage time a game, 4th lowest in the NCAA.
Projected Outcome: -4, 30 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Pass OffenseAlabama pass offense: +4 (17)
Florida pass defense: +8 (3)
Alabama's success in the passing is likely a direct result of their ability to run the ball. Teams are loaded up to slow it down, which as seen above can be done to some extent, but the efficient Alabama passing game has been able to take advantage of the opportunities they have.
Greg McElroy has been solid at QB this year but his individual rank of 38th, 20 spots below the team, is a direct result of an offensive line that has not allowed many too take him down.
Florida's pass defense is a whole other animal. Even without suspended defensive end Dunlap, Florida's pass defense should be quite a challenge for McElroy and crew. The Gator pass D ranks 3rd overall, but on a per play basis it's not even close. Averaging nearly 0.4 points per play, no other team in the nation averages more than 0.3.
Projected Outcome: -4 15/25 150 yards 1 TD 1 INT
Florida Rush OffenseFlorida rush offense: +4 (5)
Alabama rush defense: +4 (7)
Clash of the titans right here. Two great units will go head to head when Florida tries to put the ball on the ground. Florida features a variety of backs and of course, the Tebow child. Demps and Tebow add most of the value to the Florida rushing game, each contributing about 2 points per game on the ground.
The varied attack of the Florida running game will go against one of only two defenses in the country to allow less than 100 yards a game on the ground. Only Texas and TCU have scared off offensive coordinators from the run more than Alabama, who has only seen 22 rushes a game against them in competitive situations.
Projected Outcome: +0, 30 carries, 120 yards 2 TD
Florida Pass OffenseFlorida pass offense: +3 (28)
Alabama pass defense: +9 (1)
Although Florida has had a very solid passing game this year, this is the first category that Alabama comes out of with a clear advantage. Tebow comes in as the 17th rated QB in the country but as noted above, much of that is due to his prowess as a runner. If Alabama is going to be the SEC survivor, big stops or interceptions in the passing look to be their best opportunity.
Projected outcome: -6 20/35 160 yards 1 TD 1 INT
Rest of the PictureKicking:Alabama, big
Florida kickoff: Even
Alabama kickoff: Even
Alabama looks to have the advantage in special teams. Tiffin has been one of the country's top kickers and Florida's kicking crew has struggled. If their are going to be fireworks in the return game, Alabama's returns have been better however Florida has done an excellent job of limiting returns on the season.
Both teams have been in the top 20 in the nation in turnover margin. Florida's work has been worth about a touchdown more year to date, due in large part to a top 5 +58 from picking off opponent passes. Interceptions may be hard to come by, however, as Alabama is fifth best nationally with only 10 points lost to interceptions.
PredictionsFlorida 21 Alabama 19
Cincinnati 34 Pitt 27
Fresno State 31 Illinois 24
Clemson 31 Georgia Tech 30
Texas 24 Nebraska 14
Wisconsin 35 Hawaii 21