Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
such a negative outlook? 2015 is supposed to be the year that everything lines up for a great UM Football team - why not test that theory against the best?
Everyone complains about our OOC schedules seemingly every year. If we can get a home-and-home out of Alabama, that certainly brightens up the schedule - and the resume' come bowl season.
This is so Michigan fan it hurts. "Next year" is the year guys, I promise. While I do agree we may have a chance at being competitive in the B1G in 2015 with Ohio and Sparty at home, I still doubt we'll be anything near the national power we'd need to be to topple Saban.
You want to be the best, you play the best. All signs to a talented, experienced team in 2015. My point is, back up the rhetoric on the field. Most people believe 2015 will be special - let's put that to the test against the best.
Yes, you may not win - but the "best" shot at Saban appears to be in 2015.
I respectfully will never believe a team's best shot at Saban is in a year they are breaking in a first year starting QB, big-time recruit or not.
"Nextyearisouryear-itus" around herepretty much since.......well, the new millenium. I know when we will contend in the B1G, and nationally. It will be about the time we quit thinking that "next year is going to be really good because we don't play ____ " , OR, "We're winning it all next year because we get this team at home"
Good teams (speaking as fanbases) don't think that way, but we (as a fanbase) do........And ironically, not very good at the moment
Let the big boys like Bama and USC come to the big house for once. Show them what home field advantage is all about.
If it was open, absolutely. But, it is not and I like the idea of following through with the commitments already in place. So, no.
Why don't they reschedule Sparty?
B1G teams can't unilaterally reschedule B1G games. But that's just a guess.
I think that's not allowed because I'm sure some teams have tried to schedule conference games against teams in the conference that they don't play such as Wisconsin and schedule them as non conference
IDK if I want to be playing bama in the first year with a completely new staff.
(1) Don't know.
FUck, it, sign a home and home. Worst that can happen is two repeats of Dallas in a way better place than Dallas.
No. Only way I would play bama in 2015 is if I can guarantee hoke would be a HC. I 2014 turns into a disaster Hokes out. I don't think anyone wants to play Alabama again with a first year coach where it's guaranteed some players will transfer. Do we really want to see another 45-14 game again
I had the exact same thoughts. if it is a great coaching hire however, with the talent on that team it might not go as bad as expected.
As people noted, if Alabama was willing to come up North then by all means schedule them. But I see 0% gain in doing a one-off where UM has to go to Alabama and play an amped-up Crimson Tide team without a return game scheduled.
rule, and Alabama being completely bereft of future scheduled OCC opponents, the time is ripe to schedule a home and home with them.
I dont know how Utah will be in 2015 but this years game vs. Utah I think is gonna be alot harder game and I think Utah has a chance to be a 8 or 9 win team. Their QB coming back if fully healthy is one of the best dual threat QBS in college. He has great pro potential also and could be a 1st rd pick depending how his year goes. So at least this year Michigan has 2 good Non-conference foes to play.... if i aint wrong isnt one of the games vs Utah a Friday or Thursday night game or am I thinking of some other teams?
@ Salt Lake City is on a Thursday night.
I agree with you on Utah this year, they beat Stanford last year, we can't look past them.
Watched that USC game last year, they have some mean boys on both of their lines. It will definitely not be the cupcake game everyone thinks.
what is going on with my points I was at 100 and now they keep going down and down. complete bs.... i have seen people get points for the stupidest shit on here that is not funny at all unless you are a dork. So what are the points about? Someone who knows what he is talking about or putting up stuff about a topic with the office space pics and saying lol and you get upvoted for that stupid shi*? can u see who downvotes you so you can go downvote their stupid comments
This is a very good blog and has good discussions but there are many who are in their own buddy system. They all are in one big circle jerk and stroke one another each day. It's sad but what can you do? They have all the points already and just keep right on stroking for more.
Never disagree with said circle jerks either. They'll pounce on you like you stole something.
Hijacking threads to whine about getting negged is a pretty good way of getting more negs. If you actually bother to contribute to the discourse you'll probably see your points increase. Also, I didn't neg you, just giving you my 2 cents.
to have incurred the wrath of an MGoBlogger or two. Some people will not like what you have to say, and then go search out everything you've posted and downvote you.
When hovering around 100 - it's not the best time to make waves.
I'm not surprised that you keep losing points. Also your post earlier about the Bama TE did you no favors whatsoever. You seem to like to stir the pot, which isn't ideal when you are concerned about something silly like points.
I too grow tired of 'neutral site' games in which a northern team travels 2000+ miles and the southern team travels less than 500. Come up here you chickens. Go play in Autzen or the Shoe or Camp Randall
Someone may have mentioned this already, but who exactly is expecting 2015 to be "a special year for Michigan football?" I, for one, don't expect a special year in 2015 when we are breaking in a new QB, probably a new top WR, and a new LB corp?
I hope the OP realizes that replacing virtually a 3rd year starter and 3000 yard passer (who accomplished that behind the worst OL I've ever seen) is not going to be so easy.
We happen to be stacked at linebacker. Morgan is easily replaced by Bolden or James Ross if he goes back to weak side, which he can because of Royce Jenkins emergence. We are stacked at receiver also. I don't think Funchess will have a good enough year to go pro but hope he has that year regardless. Quarterback is the only question mark in 2015. Morris or Speight will be ready to go by that time though. Don forget about Bellomy.
and thanks for the support.
There are quite a few forum posts and main page articles which point to 2015 as being a potentially great year for UM. You should be able to find support for my OP pretty readily.
I agree replacing Gardner will be difficult, but Morris was a 5*, the O-Line will be huge, experienced, and have depth, and the defense has the capacity to be dominant (really only losing JMFR, Morgan, and Clark).
Let me voice this: I do think 2015 could potentiallly be a great season. I am hesitant to say that, because I really thought the 2013 edition of Michigan football was talented enough to make a Rose Bowl run.
Lastly, I sat as a senior in college in August of 2012 and mapped out the 2014 roster. I thought it had the potential to be a 1997-like defense and above average offense. Now, after 2013, I'm just hoping we can win a bowl game this year.
I don't know about offense but I think we could have an elite 1997/2006 defense.
But hey that's what a blog is for. Stacked at WR implies that we have another WR that can get open and catch a pass outside of Devin Funchess, and right now we don't have that. Jehu Chesson's lone highlight in a Michigan uniform is of him blocking a ND defender.
We have no idea what Darboh will do. The 2013 WR group had MAC level offers. The 2014 group appears to be better, but we won't know until the lights come on in the fall. If Funchess returns for his senior season, it's probably a bad thing for the 2014 Michigan Wolverines.
There's no reason he shouldn't amass 70 catches and 1000 yards. With those numbers and his size, the Detroit Lions will pick him at #10 whether it's a need or not.
Personally I hope to see some four and five wide sets this year as I wish we had done last year at times. I'll bet the Nuss will show us this in 2014.
2012 guys in their 4th year, 2013 in 3rd year. Gardner will be tough to lose, but the rest of the O would return.
Losing JMFR, Morgan, Taylor, Clark and Beyer would hurt, but the D will have a lot of upper class talent as well.
If Shane gets some decent snaps this year, I like the look of 2015.
No...do not want Bama. There's already an interesting OOC schedule.
before we schedule any more of these do-over games.
Jeff Smoker will smoke anything
You can't be serious? And you think that DB would give up the gate from one of those home non conference showdowns??
Nope. I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't want any piece of a Saban-led Bama team again.
Than make it happen. You can't be the best if your not taking on the best and I think the PR would all be good if we did this win or lose.
get those b-holes up to Michigan and I think we should. 2015 is the year everyone is saying we are ready for that push to National contender, would be fun to see.
We're losing Ryan, Morgan, Clark, and Beyer on defense and only Gardner and Funchess possibly on offense. That's pretty good. I also think we can be a good team this year if we can just get a little more on offense.
Man let's do this and definitely get them to our stadium the next year. I am tired of the multi-cupcake schedules we've gotten accustomed to and it is not helping with the toughness we so badly need to re- instill at Michigan. Really don't want to see UCONN, UMASS, Dayton, and all these smaller schools on our schedule ever again. I can handle one per season but not more than that. We used to joke about Notre Dame doing this all the time when we were scheduling the big boys in the late 80's and early 90's. Now look at us. Bring on Bama, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, Oregon, etc. and let's "return to glory" .
Even though we will have talent, experience, depth, the most important part of any great team is the ability of its head coach, and ours is still in the "yet-to-be-determined" status. If this question is answered favorably this season, then reason no. 2 becomes instantly and abundantly clear. With all of the aforementioned positives you listed above, it then stands to reason that we would not only be in the hunt, but more likely the favorites to win the BIG and in line for far more favorable possibilities come post season. With such being the case, it would be an illogical move by our AD to schedule a more-than-probable loss given the venue of the contest. We would simply lose far more than a football game under such circumstances. ^With the four team play-off and the computer now being instrumental in who plays the final game of the season, gone are the days where the Bear said, "If you are going to lose a game, do it early." At the time he said it, it was true. Your performances after an early season toe stub were often lost to memory if you steamrolled the remainder of your competition because both the coaches and honest writers normally voted for the team they actually thought the best at season's end, despite the early miscue. Under the current system, one loss would make it almost impossible to be a player in the final poll.
in the new playoff system with a possible loss @ Alabama. I say no thanks!
As long as we could get them up into our neck of the woods for a game too (which I know they'd be willing to do, considering they went to play at PSU a few years back), I'm all for it.
To hell with neutral sites. Home and homes are where it's at.
I'm alright. I have a friend who went to Alabama instead of Michigan, and he has already had enough Alabama over Michigan glory.