My scientific analysis:
We are 8 - 0 in day games, and 0 - 3 in night games, noon kickoff, ergo, Michigan victory.
Truly you have a dizzying intellect.
Negged for suckeye tag
for shitty content.
I didn't want to be too hard on him, it is thanksgiving after all.
U of M has yet to lose in Columbus this year, thus will come out victorious Saturday.
In all seriousness 45-42 victory for Blue!
I really like our chances. Good linbacker play has been what truly slowed down the michigan offence this year and they just don't have it. I love the resurgence in the passing game, and as long as Devin doesn't make any awful mistakes and we kind find a little room to run the ball, I think we score almost at will.
Defensively, I know that everyone is freaking out over what Northwestern was able to do, but both the option teams that really moved the ball on us had speedsters at the tailback position and OSU does not. They have a very good power back in Carlos Hyde, and if he's anything like Le'Veon Bell, we've proven we can handle a back like him. I expect Desmond Morgan to have a great day thumping him at the LOS for little to no gain. Braxton will get his, he always does, and I expect them to score a few, but in the end, I think our defence forces a couple field goals where theirs gives up touchdowns.
Final score: 42-34, good guys. Eerily reminiscent of last years game.
Of course, if somebody starts turning the ball over left and right or, god forbid, somebody gets hurt than this all goes out the window and I have no clue what'll happen.
The lions are competitive but still not much of a D in Detroit. Also, Stafford lets way too many passes sail long.
On a high note, the run game looks much better.
It is going to take more than a couple of good drafts to repair fifty years of WTF from WCF. Bobby Layne's "curse" was actually an astute prediction based on WCF's "ability" to run a football franchise: Layne turned out to be 100 percent correct.
The Lions have done a good job, but there were so many holes to fill that it is going to take a bit longer.
The NFL from its inception wanted individual owners or families and not some faceless conglomerate to own the team. I'm not clear as to why - perhaps they felt it made it easier to determine who is ultimately responsible. But as we've seen with some franchises, there is a price to be paid for this arrangment.
1. Individual owners sometimes put a bit too much of themselves into the process - they ultimately become a big part of why the team on the field is not more successful.
2. They meddle in the drafts - like Jerry Jones in Dallas or Al Davis in Oakland.
3. They can hire cronies or friends or just "nice people" who unfortunately are terrible football minds - like William Clay Ford in Detroit and Matt Millen - by most accounts, a great college and pro player and a fun analyst on TV but an unmitigated disaster as a personnel man and general manager - yet he got 10 years! This was in the modern era and not in the Detroit Heralds of 1917.
4. They can interfere with personnel decisions in trades or when to trade and move on - Bud Adams in Tennessee and staying with Vince Young long after everyone else realized he wasn't going to make it, or Woody Johnson of the NY Jets who by rumor admittedly okayed the trade of Tebow to the Jets despite his GM Mike Tannebaum and HC Rex Ryan giving just two weeks earlier a 3 year $40.5 million contract extension to QB Mark Sanchez.
I will take the ugliest win of all time just to win this game. 11-7, Three field goals and a safety.
I really see a 35-29 Meeeechighan victory
Gibbons thinks of a really hot brunette girl and nails a 53 yarder Michigan wins 30-28 and it's gonna warm my cotton pickin maize and blue heart. I can't wait till we ruin Dr. Strange Meyer's day.
24 - 20 Good Guys!
Speaking of predictions I think our glorious leader truly jumped the shark last week with his 24.5 - 0 call for the Iowa game. I'm guessing he's about to unleash something truly obtuse for Saturday's game like
I get it. It's funny because Ohio's score is imaginary, just like their bowl game.
gets you the win.
Would Michigan cover a spread of "Michigan -e"? /deep thoughts
I'm sitting here trying to visualize the game on Saturday, and thinking about what things will indicate Michigan is controlling the game versus being controlled. That leads me to one of my favorite thought-exercises for football -- the one statistic that tells the story.
Note: and I'm not talking about final score. That's obvious and not the point of this exercise. I'm taking turnovers off the table as well -- let's assume both teams protect the ball ... maybe 1 turnover each.
My usual go-to stat is 3rd down conversions. But for this game my hunch is the stat to watch is yards on first down. My thinking:
Ohio State's defensive line is fairly good at getting to the QB -- 30th in nation in sacks; Michigan is not quite so good -- 99th in nation in sacks. But interestingly, Ohio State's offensive line is somewhat porous -- 90th in country in sacks allowed; Michigan better -- 16th in country.
So ... if Michigan's D-Line can penetrate and disrupt/sack Miller, and keep their down-and-distance manageable ... MIchigan controls and wins. Ditto Michigan's O-Line -- if they can give Gardner decent time he'll tear apart OSU's secondary if OSU stacks to stop the run. Flip that -- Miller has time and down-and-distance is short, then it's going to be a long day. Or if OSU's D-Line spends all afternoon harrassing Gardner ... then *sigh*.
Ain't nobody got time to be pessimistic.
Seriously though, I don't entirely disagree but I think you're underestimating our defense a tad. OSU has only played two "good" defenses -- MSU and Wisconsin, and beat MSU by 1 and went into OT with Wisconsin. One could make the argument that it might not be that close because the game is in Columbus, but I honestly believe this will be the best or second best defense OSU has faced.
If we can limit Miller to a pedestrian day, I think we'll be alright.
And yet, Nebraska didn't run all over us and they're the best O in the league. NW was one bad game and pretty every other game the D has played has been good-great.
I really think this is going to be the most COMPLEX game in the history of Michigan- Ohio games.
Mostly b/c Michigan's bowl chances are REAL and Ohio's are IMAGINARY
Not sure why you got negged; that's hilarious.
Got a C+ in functions and statistics. Very funny my friend. THE GAME!
Anyone have a last minute extra ticket? My dad and sister got their tickets, and I would like to drive down with them.
whether we win or lose, i think gardner is going to show on saturday that he is the real deal, and that none of us will have to worry about starting shane next year. if we lose, it will be because braxton miller is braxton miller.
A close game will go to the UM but a rout ... ugh.
If Brady Hoke, Al Borges and Greg Mattison win this, this would rank as one of the greatest UM victories - dare I say it, it can be mentioned in the same breadth as the 1969 game.
When you dislike someone or disagree with them, it is easy to overlook their attributes and only focus on their shortcomings. This is a good Buckeye team. Beating them would be an accomplishment.
32-17 Michigan. Ohio comes out on fire but once Gardner settles down and the D gets on the attack we control the rest of the game. Then to piss everyone off we go for 2 right at the end.
to be in that position? Now THAT would ignite a new ten year war (or nine; we already won year one).
....Ohio:( seeing what Cain Colters option read/veer did to us, I worry a bit about Braxton and Hyde/Hall/blah. However, my ex girlfriend will tell you I've been wrong before. So go BLUE!!!!!
She's probably your ex because you're such a whiner. Boo hoo hoo we can't stop Miller.
13-12. Gibbons again! It's going to be cold -- low to mid 30s -- turning this into a classic struggle of the defenses.
For anyone going down, last time we parked at the Crew stadium and took the COTA bus which dropped us off right at the stadium for $5. You miss out on some atmosphere, but it's easy and safe.
In the outside world, something has to be highly rated before it can truly be regarded as "overrated'"—hence the inclusion of the prefix "over." For example, compared to the adulation he gets in some quarters, Tim Tebow can properly be regarded as "overrated." Compared to the rosy pre-season predictions most Detroit fans made, it's clear that the Lions were very "overrated."
But in the incredible MGoBlogosphere somebody can post a comment and 2.3 seconds later the first response will be some genius labeling it "overrated." It's as predictable as this comment being labeled "flamebait," which will occur within 3 seconds of its posting.
What an Insightful comment!
I think you just proved Don's point. Enjoy the irony.
I rated this as underrated because at one point it only had a value of 1, when it clearly should have started off as a 5. You deserve to have a great lakes christmas ale...cheers!
DG has another stellar day. Ohio trying to play catch- up all day . Miller is inaccurate and frustrated when forced to throw most of the day.
On offense, they are at a huge disadvantage. Because we may have Devin and Denard in the huddle together, they have no idea who the QB will be and where the other will line up. They will be forced to show how they adjust to two QBs, and it will confuse them and lead to a couple of early scores. With their DL so strong but weak at the second level, Devin is able to dump passes underneath and Denard begins to take handoffs from the Ace which really sells playaction as Ohio almost entirely keys in on Robinson.
I think Miller is more banged up than people think and UM is able to stop them early and force a turnover. Hyde has success but we shut them down inside our 30, and hold them to six points through three quarters. They get a late touchdown on some TE fly route but UM ends up with twice as much TOP and wins 27-13.
any hope that iowa dumps the huskers tomorrow?
Just a fools hope.
Michigan is first in the big ten in total team defense and scoring defense(according to the B1G website). Yes Northwestern shredded us, but they got owned by Mattison in overtime. That was simply brilliant playcalling. 34-24 Michigan
One line in Vegas has Ohio State favored by -4 with the O/U at 55 points, which is more or less in line now with what Massey's site is predicting with 31-27 score with a predicted 39% win probability. The Sagarin ratings would even go with about 4 points in favor of Ohio State.
That being said, I like our chances, I really do - the Buckeye defense is very beatable, particularly in the air, and that have shown as much this season despite somehow not losing. You can make their secondary bite on the wrong coverage, leaving receivers open. With the passing game under Devin coupled with Denard, we can definitely get some big plays on their defense. The key for us on defense will be trying to stop their base run game and stop Miller from getting to the edge or escaping from coverage on blitzes, I think. If we can stunt his game, we bog down the Buckeye offense significantly.
Michigan and the under is not out of the realm of possibilities if we can slow down the run - 28-24
My heart says Michigan, my gut and head say Ohio.
I think we're a little too excited about the new offensive look, without considering who we played. The 28-17 Ohio prediction sounds about right.
And before you neg me too badly, stop and consider my prediction may be helpful - I'm awful at this stuff.
Joe Bolden knocks Miller out in the 2nd qtr.
We Penn State '97em and roll 27-10 and Meyer and the Shitty Horseshoe is half full at the end of the game!