Michigan scores more point then OSU and wins.
Un-Official prediction thread for OSU
21-10 Michigan at half.
45-21 OSU at the end
... for being right (probably).
That would both suck AND not surprise me.
around 10-10 at half. Sigh.
Seeing that halftime score would depress me greatly if we went on to lose that game. Sigh....
I predict BG to lay a (clean) hit on Pryor that sends him out of the game with an injury. From there things become much more interesting. My vision ends there. But my maize and blue cotton-picking heart says Michigan 30-24.
When the guy who so brilliantly breaks down all the Xs and Os predicts Michigan to get dominated; my prediction of a Michigan victory sounds as well reasoned as the world telling Columbus the world is flat.
If you told people in Columbus the world is flat, you wouldn't be telling most of them anything they didn't already think they knew.
An opportunity for me to look like a dork:
The world didn't tell Columbus that the world was flat. That is a myth started by Washington Irving. Every educated European knew that the world was a spheroid. The scholars argued Columbus about the size of the world and the scholars were right. Columbus thought that the world was much smaller than it was and he lucked out by hitting another continent that he didn't know was there instead of Asia.
Would have been funny if they all just starved to death on the high seas
Better yet, they ate each other
Bunch of pricks!
there probably would have been a rumor that they fell off the edge of the world because the world is flat.
Let me know when the official prediction thread opens so I can guess this instead:
As long as these are not offical predictions: OSU 27, Michigan 29, Ditka 120.
Now, I think your "intangible" is ridiculous. While seniors always impart the importance of this game one young guys, it does not mean the young guys are not intense and do not get it.
Just because the whole team is pumped, doesn't mean that there should be no pre-game speech. Just because it is Mich/OSU, doesn't mean no one should talk about how important the game is to them.
Just because the seniors lead the young guys in this rivalry and stress its importance, doesn't mean it is not already important. You keep firing each other up and do not stop once someone "gets it."
As for the team "checking out" mentally, that is wild speculation that I think is about as accurate as suggesting Tressel is done with sweatervests.
"Checking out" does not mean the guys don't try, the coaches and players both assert that, and it looks true to me. It means that you've lost that extra mental edge that allows you to overcome negative events, put full concentration on the field, and remain determined and emotional during the game. By the admission of the players themselves, they don't do this--have you read their quotes?. They admit to losing concentration and focus, they admit to coming our flat in the second half of games. Add to that the evidence in front of our eyes that the team doesn't respond well to adversity, and RR's admonishment to Tate about concentrating during practice, and though I could be incorrect, its far more than wild speculation.
... lack of confidence. I think they may suffer from that. But, they haven't checked out mentally.
and the players are too. Those things are not a lack of confidence--they are part of staying 100% in the game. Our guys are not. They say so. Do you disagree with them?
Can I set the O/U on 2-pt conversions at 2? I'm not willing to specify if it's a close game and we're behind, or we open the game receiving the ball, drive the field to score, then go for two. Just 2-pt conversions.
comes out to play like they've got nothing to loose. Michigan wins.
We keep it close for a while, but OSU pulls away late:
OSU 31 UM 17
Henri needs to drop the ennui and go into attack mode.
I just can't predict a loss. It's just not in me. I believe we have a shot. I see how bad OSU played against Purdue. I think Pryor will try to do too much because it was between us and them. We are going to rip him a new one. BG hopefull will break him in two. Our defense is going to play inspired tomorrow and as long as the offense can keep it moving they will stay inspired. I am truly feeling that this game is ours and that Little Tressel boy should be scared. Really scared....
I predict that the OSU fans will be insufferable throughout the day... and that Michigan wins.
Before the season I was thinking lopsided win for Michigan that Ohio State would make closer at the end. Partly because I thought we would have the better starting quarterback on the field.
Now...what will probably happen is OSU will use screen passes and broken plays to overcome having the worst starting QB on the field.
EDIT: What should happen: We win, they lose (27-24).
fuck being rational... this is tOSU week so, US 31 them 24 Go fucking BLUE!!! OK now back to my spreadsheet....
Just for a change of pace, I'll say UM 42 OSU 39, with Ole Sausage kicking a FG with 5 seconds remaining to win it.
The winning FG is made possible by a Graham sack of TP at the Ohio State 35, resulting in Pryor's third fumble of the game. TP also has an INT, and is seen angrily yelling at his teammates on the sidelines after dropped passes by unusually unreliable OSU receivers. OSU has yet another fumble, for 5 turnovers total. Four of them are inside Michigan's 30-yd line, leading the Buckeye faithful to gnash their chewing-tobacco stained teefs over what might have been.
Improbably, Michigan wins the turnover battle, only turning it over once. The Michigan offense is hugely aided by a stellar return game, with Michigan kick returners and punt returners repeatedly breaking long returns putting Michigan in great field position. Forcier hits several long passes, and scrambles away from heavy OSU pressure time and again to convert third downs. Brown runs well in limited duty, but the star is Vincent Smith, who scores three touchdowns on short runs and ends up with 89 yards overall, most of it gained after breaking first and second contact by frustrated OSU defenders.
OSU outgains Michigan in total yardage and first downs, but their turnovers thwart Buckeye drives and keep an opportunistic Michigan offense in the game. Rosenberg is photographed after the game tenderly consoling a teary-eyed Justin Boren as the two walk hand-in-hand toward the OSU buses. It's not known whether a goodnight kiss took place.
Nice. I want to print this out, keep it beside my bed, and have my wife read it to me tomorrow night as I try to fall asleep in the fetal position.
I'm not a big fan of the 'I had a dream' talk (minus the one from MLK), but I really did have one last night in which V.Smith ran one in on the first drive. I woke up soon after, so I didn't see the end... sorry. It would be great if OSU continually fails to wrap him up and he has a day that makes him a household name. Hey, I can dream.
Unofficially: UM 27, OSU 24
OSU 35 U-M 7
OSU 30, Michigan 10...I'd give Michigan a puncher's chance, however small, if Minor could play...Despite saying this, I hope people are loud if they go to the game.
I just want him to stay locked up for the next 72 hours.
Why do you think the younger players have checked out? The last few games they've been in it or leading at halftime. Makes sense that at halftime each of the last five games they say to themselves, "Hey, we're down 9 to Penn St., let's give up and focus on Illinois." "Hey, we're beating Illinois by 6, let's bag it." "Up by 14 against Purdue, no need to show up the second half. I'm done." "Down by four to Wisky, why are we even in Madison?" The older guys are teaching the young guys about the tradition and that this game is bigger than any other. You're reading too much into it to think they've given up. All of their talk about getting the seniors to a bowl game is just lip-service then? I don't think we're going to win unless our LB's cover someone and the DB's cover for longer than 2 seconds but we have to hold out hope because this is not last year's team and u0$ has nothing to gain or lose this game as far as their bowl destination. Could they underestimate us?
But word is that they've had a sharp week at practice. Tressel apparently brought in a guy from the '96 OSU team to talk about how the loss to Michigan that year tarnished OSU's Rose Bowl season...I don't think a Tressel team will ever come into this game fat and happy.
I agree about Tressel's preparation for this game every year. That's why he's 7-1 against us and why they've won as underdogs. I'm saying it could happen not that it will.
1. 3 turnovers by OSU and 0 by Michigan.
2. Refs need to call OSU for holding and M needs to play penalty free.
3. OSU needs to drop passes.
If all 3 of those things happen then M wins 27-20.
If not, OSU wins 38-10.
with us up by 4 or so. I can't predict a Buckeye win, I'd rather be wrong than predict they would win so...us up 17-14 at half...we trade touchdowns in the third quarter, the fourth quarter comes and we get a FG, then with 10:36 left in the game we get an INT! The crowd goes wild! We drive for a touchdown to put us up 34-21...it's complete insanity from there, they score and it's 34-28, we do a FG and it's 37-28 and we hold them to downs and run out the clock, WHOOT-a deeper version of woot-! yea! we win!!!
UM 37 OSU 28
Okay, let reality set in, in 3...2...1...
Just Brandon Graham....he comes off the edge forces Pryor in to a terrible throw that is picked off by Donovan Warren as the play heads the other way a rather large Offensive Lineman for OSU begins to waddle after Warren as he heads to the sideline, due to his spot already in the backfield B. Graham lines up said lineman and....WHAMMOOO knocks Justin Boren into next week with a blindside blast that has every ounce of Barwis behind it. Helmet and mouthpiece fly in differnt directions and fall to the Mich Stadium turf much like JB and all is right.
That would make what I think is going to happen tomorrow almost tolerable.
25-12 Michigan. We go for two at the end of the game.
31-27 Michigan. Late OSU Rally falls short as someone on the D finally makes a plany and/or Pryor chokes late.
This is based on a dream I had last night where I fought a Wolverine. I think I lost the fight. I choose to interpret this dream in an optimistic way.
20-17 Michigan. There will be two defensive touchdowns in this game. This game will come down to Pryor's decision-making ability.
I have Michigan 31, Ohio State 27, so I am glad to see that someone else is on board with my gut. We'll need a lot of what you saw from Colorado last night (except for the losing part): some big plays on special teams, enough stops of an ineffective opposing offense, and a lot of good f-luck with regards to maybe a gift turnover or a big strip by Brandon Graham.
I don't know if this will happen, but I want to believe.
Sadly, I think we will make Pryor look like an All American because his only tough decisions will be which of his three wide open receivers to throw it to. The home field and playing for a bowl make it closer than the past few, but our D just plain stinks.
Pryor chokes bad his first time at the Big House and we win a close game.
and thus, everything will be backwards tomorrow.
Michigan will be down by 10 at half. Late game heroics and a 20 yd. TD to win.
OSU sleepwalks through the first half again and it's 10-10 at halftime. They wake up in the second half.
Michigan 30-27. Ohio State miscues keep Michigan close, 40ish yarder by Jason O puts it into the extra session. Tressel goes all Tressel and settles for a field goal in overtime. "2nd and 9 - Stonum in motion- Forcier takes - Quick screen to Stonum, he's got room and a Junior Hemingway block - , he's at the ten, he's at the five, touchdown Meeeechigan." No extra point necessary boys and girls. Completely irrelevant bowl game here we come!!!
52-17 Ohio State.
but equally funny.
we win 25-24 with Olesnavage hitting a 50 yarder as time expires. Olesnavage later goes on to become governor of Michigan and sires 10 children.
38-35 Michigan. I have no hope that our defense will hold these guys under 30, but I think that the offense rises to the challenge, RR pulls out some new plays and we win a close one.
Other predictions for tomorrow that I am fairly certain will come true:
1. On at least three occasions, I will get yelled at by my wife for screaming "f*cking sh*t, can't we f*ing we cover anyone" in front of my three year old son (I am averaging getting yelled at for this anywhere between 2 and 5 times per game);
2. Tressel will wear a nerdy-looking sweater vest; and
3. Pryor will be a jerk-off
Michigan 34 OSU 28
An entirely possible outcome if we hold on to the damn ball.
If Sweater Vest decides to play Tressellball he will keep us in the game and we will have the ball late in the 4th quarter with a chance to win. I won't tell you who wins though, you'll have to watch the game to find out.
On the other hand if Tressell decides to loosen things up because he already won the conference and Pryor needs the practice, etc. then only a career day from Brandon Graham can save us. Unofficial prediction in this scenario is M 17-OSU 41.
Let's hope that Tressell plays it close to the vest.
No turnovers,inspired play, and even some halftime adjustments.Halftime 13-10 Tosu.But a big 4th quarter by Tater, big blue wins 34-27. GO BLUE!
I have visions of our defense getting scorched time and time again. I can't see us holding them under 30 points. Offensively, I think that we'll play like we did against PSU, hence the low score. I really, really hope I'm wrong though.
"Game over, man. Game over."
Michigan 20, OSU 17. Zoltan finally summons his imperial space fleet and they hack Tressel's headset. Strange alien experiements are performed on Boren and his resultant moobs are too large to fit inside the shoulder pads so he doesn't play. Graham and Roh are beamed with images that show them exactly how the next OSU play will unfold. Our receivers are granted super gravitational powers and cannot drop the ball. An invisible forcier field protects...well I forget. Anyway, we are going to earn a W from this one. And Tressel will come down with alien pox afterwards and he will stream enormous quantities of pus. Ah yes, there will be Tressel pus.
Brandon Graham invokes the ancient right of single combat. The remainder of the Michigan squad and 100k+ screaming fans experience elation which becomes horror and finally pity as BG slays one Buckeye after another. The final challenger, an auxiliary punter, is spared and bade travel the roads of the Big Ten, a broken man and a warning to all.
Tressel is taken captive, only to be released after a month when it becomes clear that Buckeye nation can offer only keystone light and second-hand auto parts as ransom.
I have tried to stay rationale and all that throughout the season and I am tired of it. With no justification whatsoever I say UM-41-OSU-31. I just think that the seniors are going to have the youngsters ready to go, and with nothing to lose they finally have that game we have been waiting for them to have. The one where they put it all together and look lke we all thought they could. GO BLUE!
I am seeing an OSU victory. Probably by three touchdowns. Pryor has been inconsistent. Howeva, the remedy for this seems to be getting to play the UM defense. The D will not be able to stop Pryor, and without Brandon Minor....well yikes. This is all a recipe for disaster that will not turn out well. The offense does not play consistent enough and UM would probably have to score at least 45 to win, which I don't see happening.
Michigan 35, OSU 33.
We will win. Somehow. We'll inexplicably raise our level of play and beat a team that is clearly better than us. This will be to the football program what the Duke game was to the basketball program a year ago.
Here is the history of the UM OSU game on November 21:
1953 W 20-0
1959 W 23-14
1964 W 10-0@
1970 L 9-20@
1981 L 9-14
1987 L 20-23
1992 T 13-13@
1998 L 16-31@
So, from this we can gather that in these games Michigan is 2-2 on November 21 in A2. In these games we have averaged 18 ppg, Ohio State averaged 17 in these games. However, we cannot ignore the lastest trend. We haven't won a game on November 21 since 1964, and have not won a game in the Big House on November 21 since 1959. The question we should be asking ourselves is not whether the offense will perform, or if our defense can stop any offense in the country. The real question is whether we can somehow withstand the trends of history and defeat the invisible objects against us. Since RR has done a great job of ending many trends in traditions at the University of Michigan - bowl streak, undefeated against the MAC, etc. etc. - I have no doubt in my mind that he will conquer this trend and lead us to a 36-31 victory against the hated Buckeyes.
for us to have a shot...this is going to have to be a serious shoot out. thats all im willing to predict.
In over 30 years watching Michigan vs. tUOS games... there have been only 2 in which I felt that Michigan has no shot to win. These past two. I hope I am wrong, but there are no factual signs that this year will be much different than last year.
Michigan 38 / Bucks 35
Game winning 45 yd FG as time expires. A HUGE Meeechigan victory.
Muppets for all!
During a Standoff near Monroe, home of General Custer, Maurice makes HIS LAST stand. During standoff Michigan State Troopers sharp shooters are called off of their post on the Luxury Suites and flown via UM Medivac Helicopter to the scene. They also bring the drug sniffing dogs Rich Rod had planned for them in Ann Arbor as pay back. Boren is found in a fetal position on the bus floor covered in his own piss and feces. Pryor goes out in a hail of bullets, screaming everyone kills everyone, which MSP angry at budget cuts perceive as a threat.
Large bales of dope are found in the equipment bags, along with an Andre Agassi Meth Lab in the luggage compartment. Large Bags full of Alumni MOney is found as well. Entire team federally indicted, and incarcerated in Sanillac, MI.
NO Game UM wins. Which incidentally is fortunate since we only had about 2 hours free time to play the game since we practiced so much this week. UM would have had to stop playing at Half Time.
On Sunday, TV Analyst describe in detail how Michigan Law Enforcement Robbed OSU. NCAA refuses to investigate OSU. Instead, responding to a Detroit Free Press littering report on campus, NCAA investigates UM.
PS The Bags of Alumni Money disappear.....All Laid Off Troopers reinstated over night.
My predictions suck, but...
If anyone is in yelling distance during pre-game warm ups, please yell at Tressel when he is standing on the M at the 50 yd line soaking it all in like owns the place. That really pisses me off. I won't be there tomorrow to tell him to get the fu** off the M, like I normally do.