I made the "I want to believe" photoshop of Toussaint before the season started.
i refuse to even consider this a possibility
I made the "I want to believe" photoshop of Toussaint before the season started.
post it again!
Back when Hoke was hired, I predicted that he would turn the tide on the rivalry against tSIO, and that the first indication of this would be an increase in jersey sales in Ohio.
This won the thread
And 8-4 for ND. Everyone laughed at me....now who's laughing?!?!
Good ones you have to link or no one will believe you.
"We have to assume that ND's record will be worse than preseason predictions and hype. They are ALWAYS overrated. With games at Standford, Michigan and Pitt, and at least 5 others that coud go either way, I think 8-5 is a safe bet." - from 08/04/2011
<quote> 2. Shaw will be a Heisman finalist in his senior year-The promise of the 08 Minnesota game didn't quite materialize. Off just a tad. </quote>
Thinking that a good performance against Minnesota portends great things always leads to disappointment.
....predicted 9-3 for Michigan. I could not be more pleased to be incorrect in this case.
i figured 8-4, with possibly 7-6 for us. never in my wildest did i expect the BiG to blow this much this year, and for Mattison to improve the D 100 spots. i'm very pleased my predictions were errant as well. to that end, next year is rugged with so many tough away games, but i'm done making predictions for a while after this year.
I had no bold predictions for the season, but I had one hope for the season. Living in Ohio, I have been waiting to see UM beat OSU since I witnessed it in the stands @ the 100th THE GAME in 2003. . This year was the year; It is still a surreal Psalm 126-like experience.
When Tate & Denard came on the scene, I knew that we had A NEW HOPE.
If only we could get a photoshopped Star Wars Episode 4 poster (with Denard's face in place of Luke's, Hoke's in place of Obi's, Martin's in place of Han, and Ryan Van Bergen's in place of Chewebacca).
Love those Songs of Ascent. Hopefully the team keeps going up with a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl!
& I laughed hysterically when I read it. I was still holding out for a NEW HOKE movie poster.
I predicted a 13-0 season and an invite to the NC game. So far Hoke has been a disappointment to me.
I predicted I'd spend most of the season shitfaced, and I did.
I want to go back to the beginning of the season and set the O/U for Mike Cox carries at 1. I think I could have made a few billion dollars just from Magnus alone.
Hey, I'm just glad SOMEONE was able to take the "feature back" role away from Vincent Smith. I really didn't care who it was, as long as it was someone who could consistently gain yards after contact.
Enter Fitzgerald Toussaint.
though at the time it was Ohio State. I was a little off on the games though, I thought we'd drop two to Notre Dame and Nebraska, not MSU and Iowa.
Most graciously I predicted 9-3 with a hat-tip to match The Knowledge's prediction if we'd beaten back Sparty.
What was I correct on? Pryor to the Raiders! Called that one early...
Prediction for 2012:Denard will win the Heisman.
Touissaint is our best running back and will be the starter eventually.
Our team would be much better than last year regardless of the coach. The players coming back alone are good for another win and the schedule makes it one more.
Troy Woolfolk should play safety
We will beat OSU.
9-3 (or 8-4 if we lose to ND).
Thought we had no chance against Nebraska
Devin will throw a pass to Denard
I was promised a cold, refreshing, domestic libation when this team won ten games. It has yet to arrive.
Filling the NFL draft board, I still want to buy you one.
Heck, make it to New Orleans, and I'll do it anyway.
Has to turn into a faux humblebrag. I see nowhere you predicted a hundred rank improvement in some categories...and you said it would all happen because of player development. Because predicting a defense that can't really fall in the rankings that much more will be better is just statistical probability, not prognostication.
To the actual worthwhile point, I was wrong about 8-4 (with 9-3 as my "if we beat ND" swing game). Thought we'd split with Iowa and MSU (lost to both), but lose the two end games. The implosion of one, and our performance vs. the other was a surprise.
(Though I always liked Fitz...but I'm not sure how much of that was based on NCAA '11, so I won't take credit for that).
Right? I vaguely remember telling a lot of people not to panic when Hoke got the job....
I already had the post where I said what I thought were the factors for this years success and know that you guys don't agree. Which I clearly stated in this post. I said that his defense would have a huge turnaround and Mattison would be considered a genius by the end of November, not exactly the general consensus.
It's just a fun topic.
There has to be some brag and fun poking to go with the topic. It seemed repetitive, so I took it more seriously than it deserved, rather than in fun. It's ok.
Come on , I know there were a few guys who thought we were not going to make a bowl this year. Fess Up. Where's this guy? Soo Close.
First TD: Cox runs 38
Expected the defense to improve to middle-of-the-pack simply because of maturation, and figured that Mattison couldn't hurt more than GERG.
Throught the season, always expected Denard to play the bulk of the QB time and didn't think he would be hurt as much because he wouldn't run as many times.
Figured a RB would emerge, but my money was on Smith returning from injury. Kind of right, but not really.
Expected Borges to drop the MANBALL offense elements early on, then modify playing style to maximize the talent on the field.
Thought Roundtree would be one of the 2-3 best WRs in the conference.
Expected a win over Sparty. Did think the team was going to beat Ohio, though.
9-3 was the ceiling for this squad. Obviously off by one, but in a good way. Did not think Nebraska would be as vulnerable down the stretch.
Didn't Denard have same carries this year?
I predicted we would finish 10-2, Hoke would be up for COY awards, the defense would finish around 18th, we would beat the Buckeyes and we would play in the Sugar Bowl vs Virginia Tech.
YOU ARE T-H-E-E KNOWLEGE?
This one is a festival of FAIL. A carnival of comeuppance for the assclowns who supply content to for Detroit's best kitty litter/charcoal igniter.
Rosenberg (remember he's the smart one): 7-5; losses to Notre Dame, and at Northwestern, at Michigan State, at Iowa and versus Nebraska before a win over Ohio State.
But then there's...
Sharp; 6-6 ("And that's an overly optimistic prediction," he says.) He predicted Ohio State as Big Ten champion.
Snyder; 7-5, with a 'stolen' win at Iowa. Nabraska was his pick for the conference title.
The over/under for this article for negative references to the "past three years"/Rich Rodriguez was 3, and I think the Freep boys hit their number exactly. (You be the judge.)
Rich Rodriguez, by the way; "9 or 10 wins," based on numbers of returning starters. (Per CBS video - no link available.)
That read was full of Freep Schaudenfreude for me.
Who Drew Sharp is:
"Opposing defenses learned how to contain Denard last season" according to the article written by Sharp.
Then there was this fantastic board post:
Which has conveniently been deleted due to its baseless conclusion, but the general premise was "Denard has been figured out and will be nothing more than a 50% completion rate running gimmick against Minnesota and EMU, but is useless in big games".
That post is a really fun read. It's nice to see how much everyone gave up on our QB before the final three games of the season.
I love how he edited it all out and just said
"None of this matters anymore"
Not quite an apology, but we get the gist......I was fool to doubt the powers of Denard's force please show mercy on my soul.
It was supposed to be predictions YOU were wrong or right about; not somebody else.
You are right, but if guys won't own up to epic fails it's still fun if someone else points it out.
If you can't stand up and point out your own.
At least you did both.
...and neither do I.
Yes, because he had no reason to inflate our expected win total.. Let's think for a minute.. If he states we will win a more moderate number of games (8, just to be fair), then his replacement is considered an enormous success because he even beat his predecessor's expectations. If he gives a much less attainable number, one that was considered highly unlikely, then he can always say "see, I would have won 9 or 10 with that team."
Any predictions he claims to have had for this team should be taken with a grain of salt.
But not mention are the redshirt frosh that made a big difference too.
tough to hit. Happy to be wrong!
Loved me some Toussant for a longggg time!
Sucks not being in AA anymore
1. We would go 7-5 (same thing that I prdicted for 2010).
2. The defense would be significantly better while the offense would not be as good as prior year (I know, pure genius on my part).
3. Toussaint would emerge as the feature back (or was it Hopkins?).
4. Denard would have fewer rushing yards, but would be even more dangerous running on passing plays (ala T. Pryor).
5. MSU was overated.
but I don't remember for sure and thought that Craig Roh would have a "breakout season." I also thought the defense would be markedly better. I did think Carvin Johnson would be playing FS--not quite. I predicted that Fitz would be the starter in 2010, not 2011 though. I had assumed he was becoming a China doll, but I am extremely happy to be proven wrong.
On a side note, I was unsure of what kind of a coach Brady Hoke would be as, like a lot of people, I really only had his hold won/loss records to go on. I've been impressed by his aggressive decision making, calmness on the field, "teaching" qualities that you often hear about him and his willingness to let his coordinators do their job and not be a micro-manager.
Somewhere in the middle:
I was cautiously optimistic by saying 8-4 (MAYBE 9-3) based on the amount of starters we had coming back.
Realistically we were what 10 points? from being undefeated, this coaching transistion if what I envisioned RR's to be like.
I am one of those optimists that even UM fans roll their eyes at when I give my season predictions.... but his year I undervaluated!!!!!!
I had 9-3 with losses to ND, @MSU, and Nebraska
Wisconsin over Nebraska (1/2 right)
Iowa would struggle on offense and finish 7-5 (but, I thought we would beat them)
Minnesota and IU would be putrid (100% correct)
Purdue would be 5-7 (one OSU mistake from being right)
Illinois would miss a bowl (so close)
Ohio State would be 9-3 (I'm glad I was wrong on this one!)
N'Western 8-4 (and beat Army and Sparty)
And Florida State in the BCS; Stanford @8-4; Washington competing for Pac 10
us as 8-4, maybe 9-3. I had losses to Nebraska and ohio. I had us losing to Iowa and my swing loss was Illinois. 50% success.
I had Barnett as the freshman with the most impact on offense. I had Blake as the freshman with the most impact on defense. Again 50%
I had us in a New Years Day Bowl or better. Correct
I had us #2 in the Legends Divison Correct
I had us beating lil' bro. wrong
I had the UTL as NCAA Record. Correct
I had me getting lucky by taking Mrs. MGoSoftball to Chicago for the NW game: WAY WRONG
Overall I was 50%
thought we could win every game.GO BLUE!!!
Still living off the utl...nd suffers from "denardophia!"
From last January: My bad prediction was an 8-4 mark for the season. My good prediction was that Brady Hoke would be a success and we'd beat OSU.
with losses to ND, Illinois, and Nebraska. Swing and a miss.
- 8 - 4
- Win over someone big - one of Ohio State or Nebraska (but not both)
- Loss to OSU or NEB, ND, MSU
- Loss to someone in the middle of the pack that we should not lose to - one of IOWA / ILL / NW
- New Year's Day bowl
- Middle of the pack Defense
- Offense worse than 2010, but not dramatically worse
- Continual improvement . . . a better team at the end of the season than the beginning
Based on this, we are a year ahead of where I thought we would be. 2011 is where I thought we would be in 2012. Here's hoping that 2012 surprises me on the upside again.