this post is VERY neg-worthy. You people crack me up.
this post is VERY neg-worthy. You people crack me up.
edit: might as well point out that I co-sign the sarcastic intent of your post, not the literal meaning.
The past two years show that we can't know. Nothing good is guaranteed, but nothing bad is guaranteed either. It's just way too early to predict next year--we don't even know which players are going to the NFL yet.
we can make any reasonable assumption about our record considering how utterly up and down this year has been. i don't know what to think anymore. the team the first four weeks looked like it would go 9-3. the team the last two weeks would go 3-9 again. i have no idea how good we will be saturday much less year
any player that wants to cash in better go pro at the end of the season. All the NFL pundits say it's a lock...er..lockout. Sorry for the pun, but it's gonna happen.
Based on that and all the luv Jimmah and Tate are getting in the media, I see Clausen and Tate leaving. That alone brings ND back down to earth.
Of course, we cannot possibly guess what Michigan will be like next season, since we don't know week to week what we're getting now. I think if we get the 6th win and the extra practice and healing time, another winter under Barwis and Spring practice, the offense should be a more cohesive, consistant unit next season.
The problem is, the defense could be even worse, if that's possible. The secondary will still be full of young guys, faster hopefully, but still young. Graham will be gone, maybe Warren, although he isn't proving much at the moment. The front four should be decent, but someone has to come out of the woodwork to play LB and safety.
If the secondary gets smarter and both lines get beefier we might be decent next year. If not, RR better pull a rbbit out of his perverbial hat. I see 7-9 wins under normal circumstances, but these days in AA normal is hard to find.
The team will be predominantly soph and jr instead of fr and soph; that is a lot more important than one may think. DRob will be settled in and should improve greatly. Forcier should be over his injuries. Also, DG should be putting on a decent show and fighting for playing time.
The defense still scares me, but I think it will be better. Players will improve because of a year of familiarity with the system and a year of physical growth. Also, Turner and Witty should help greatly, and Vlad should finally start impaling people next year. LB could still be problematic, but you really never know.
I'm still waiting for 9-3; hopefully that will happen next year. And a bowl victory would be nice, too. I really thought they could win nine this year, and I still think they could have with a healthy Forcier, but we will never know now.
I'm still thinking about this year, though; I just hope Forcier's concussion aftermath turns around like Tim Tebow's apparently did this week.
And a bowl bid.
Of course, that's what I thought UM would do this year. Looks like it could be a second straight year without a bowl bid. Still 3 games to go, but it ain't looking good.
But next season we'll have most starters returning, a second year under a defensive coordinator (that has to help, right?), and the first time in 3 years UM will have an experienced QB as the starter.
I watched the second half again, and Tate looked darn good at times, other times, poor. He's going to be amazing in a couple years. Maybe even next year.
I like knowing in advance who we are playing and where. The only problem is that it is merely 24 hours post-op from the disemboweling in Illinois and I don't want to look any further than my morphine drip at this point. I am an eternal optimist, even through last year, because I am rational and understand the growing pains associated with an overhaul. But I have to be honest, this one hurt. I need at least another day until I can stomach any more games on the schedule. You guys go on ahead, I'll catch up tomorrow.
stagger through the rest of this season before we get our hopes up for next.
The one thing that we need to keep in mind about ND is that we need to wonder who will be the head coach next year. I know that ND will probably win all but 1 more of their games (I figure they don't get past Pitt) which will give them 9 wins plus a bowl, but I have to think that they are tired in South Bend of the lack of quality wins. They have not had a quality win over a tough team since they beat us in 05. Chances are the emu leaves and with a new coach coming in plus losing most of the line I see no real reason for him to stay. I think the biggest question about it would be who they get as a new HC. I know lots of people think it will be Meyer but I still disagree. If they did fire Weiss this year Meyer will probably be preparing to take the Gators to the NC game so it will probably be like what we had with Miles 2 years ago. They may go with someone like Brian Kelley but I think with the way they have picked their coaches lately I would not be surprised to see them go with someone like Dantonio, (not that he would go there but just someone like him).
I disagree immensely. Weis has secured his spot for at least another year. He's got too much momentum going and there are obvious signs of improvement now. It would take them losing out the rest of the season for me even to consider him on the hot seat again.
ND has not lost in embarrassing fashion this year, and the two games they did lose were tough games against rivals.
If they go 10-2 they are a lock for a BCS bid.
However, I think they go 9-3 with a Gator Bowl bid.
Charlie's seat has cooled down for a bit. He is winning with his players, and with strong recruiting classes, he should be around for a few more years, at least.