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11-1. One loss: Sparty.
Big time bowl win.
Gardner finally gets it.
Our offense finally implements Funchess like the Megatron he is.
Michigan finishes #11 in final poll.
We drink some, no, a lot.
...as a result, Ohio fans give us a new, updated version of this photo:
You're predicting 11-1 with a big time bowl win (to get to 12-1) and you think that they'll finish #11? I think that's way too low. A 12-1 Michiigan team would finish in the Top 6-7 (at worst).
By the middle of the season, everyone in the nation will know Funchess is getting a fade or a post-up type of pass when UM is inside the enemy's (yeah that's right) 10 yard line, but Nuss will still call it and Funch will still haul it in for 6.
specific? the third play of the second game will go for 5 yards.
Like, 3rd down, third play? If we are 3rd and short, I'll take it over last year's 3rd and short situations.
2nd game, vs ND.
3rd play was
|2nd and 3 at ND 32||Tommy Rees pass incomplete to TJ Jones.|
3rd play from scrimmage was
|3rd and 3 at ND 32||Amir Carlisle rush for a loss of 1 yard to the NDame 31.|
3rd offensive play for U of M was
|3rd and 2 at MICH 40||Devin Gardner pass complete to Drew Dileo for 6 yards to the Mich 46 for a 1ST down.|
3rd play of Michigan's second drive was
|1st and 10 at MICH 39|
All positive as far as I'm concerned (except probably the formatting, but we are deep enough into the thread for that not to matter...)
My prediction is that we go 11-3.
Beat ND. Beat one of MSU or OSU. We will also lose to a B1G team that we shouldn't. Possibly PSU or Maryland. Due to the tiebreakers and whatnot, we pretty handily beat whichever poser makes it out of the west in the BTCG. At 11-2, we get into a bowl game against a much more capable opponent, likely the one team that feels like they were jobbed out of the fist ever FBS playoffs. They end up beating us by double digits.
OSU - 3 losses, one against VT. MSU - 3 losses, one against Oregon. ND - 6 losses.
Darboh is the player we are most excited about in 2015 on offense. Peppers, obviously, on defense.
Morris completes between 20-40 passes on the year.
Offensive line is passable, but not beautiful. Cole and Peppers are already anticipated to be top 10 draft picks once the get 3 years in.
Wow...a three way tie in the East...tiebreakers and what not...do tell.
11-1 with one loss: in Evanston. Victory in Big Ten Championship Game and spot in National Playoff.
Maize-colored glasses? You bet. And it's a great view from here...
Dangit! I'm going to that game. My first road game was Penn State last year. I should just go set myself on fire.
That was my first away game too. Tell you what, I'll let you set me on fire if you let me set you on fire. But I get to go first.
Michigan secondary will limit Stefon Diggs to just 3 recs for under 40 yards. Basing it on our athletic corners, aggressive D scheme, and frigid late-November weather.
Devin Gardner breaks the single game TD record of 4 held by what seems like every Michigan QB.
That record does seem to be a bit archaic, if that's the right word. It seems like a record that should have been broken 25 years ago.
Kind of like when Roundtree became the first Michigan player with over 200 yards receiving in a game against Illinois in 2010. It seemed kind of odd that it took that long.
It is my favorite record because every major Michigan QB going back to Steve Smith in 1983 is tied at 4. My Dad thinks that once a QB got to 4 passing TDs Lloyd would get really conservative to prevent the record from being broken. I just think that back in Lloyd's day if a QB had 4 passing TDs the game was probably a blowout and either a backup came in or we just ran out the clock on the ground.
I think it's more likely that Lloyd's boys were down a whole bunch and he begrudgingly unleashed his NFL caliber QB and had him start passing to his NFL caliber WR's and TE's. Ahhh the good ol' days.
two on the ground and 4 caught by Funchess
The team will total 6,327 yards of total offense.
10-3 with a win over one of the "big three" but a frustrating and unexplainable last second loss at home to somebody we should've beat. Offensive line starts shaky but slowly and steadily improves throughout season till at the end we're not discussing it anymore. Running back remains unsettled with all three players showing flashes of brilliance but nobody hammering the job home. Gardner will get knocked out of a game at some point with an injury and Morris will play well in relief and will start (and win) the following week before Gardner returns. Mini QB controversy ensues but is quickly put out when Gardner has best game of year his first game back. Finish second in the east to either OSU or MSU but win New Year's bowl game over upper tier SEC school like Georgia or Auburn and finish season in top 10.
Upside to 12-1
Downside to 9-4
I predict Michigan defeats UCLA to win the Rose Bowl.
So if we win the Rose Bowl, do we win or lose the NCG?
Lose in NCG to Tennessee.
Butch Jones is bound to do something with all that talent.
11-1 lone loss to MSU
Gardner averages 250 passing 50 rushing 35 total TD's
Rushing game other than Devin averages 3.5 ypc
Defense (the reason i predict the 11 wins) allows 14-17 ppg and 340-360 ypg.
Finish 2nd in the East get into one of the 4 non playoff, CFP games
Record against the rivals: 1-2
All of Michigan's losses are close.
The defense is very good but not good enough to win games on their own.
Smith gets the majority of carries and yards among the RBs. DG still leads the team in rushing.
The OL starts off as seal pups being clubbed to death but work their way up to not quite middling.
Peppers returns an interception for a TD in one of the first four games.
A ferret runs onto the field during the Indiana game. He is wearing a vest, but he is not anyone's pet.
Rutgers and Maryland both prove to be annoyingly tough games.
Space Coyote becomes exhausted from defending Funk.
Hagerup excels. Wile struggles a bit on FGs.
The season ends with most of us optimistic for 2015.
The offseason: We laugh. We cry. We are born again in a fast German car.
I predict that Hokes only chance of forgiveness comes down to the Ohio State game. After losses at EL and ND and a few close calls in games we should win handedly it all comes down to the game. We win! It's close but we go into that shoe of hate and walk out with a victory. Hoke returns for another year.
Norfleet returns 2 kickoffs for touchdowns
Peppers returns a punt for a touchdown
After an early season close loss to Notre Dame, the Wolverines roll off five straight wins and head into the bye week at 6-1. This sets up a key matchup with Michigan State, also 6-1 after an embarrassing 41-20 thumping at Oregon in their second game. Michigan plays their best game of the season to date and walks out of East Lansing with a 28-20 victory.
Michigan starts very sluggish the next week against Indiana and actually has to come from behind in the second half to get the win. They go on to win the next two games and head to Columbus at 10-1.
Ohio State comes into the matchup at 11-0, having only played one tough team all season. From the beginning, it’s clear Michigan’s offensive line has developed, matured, and come a long way from the beginning of the season. Derrick Green rushes for 105 yards while De’Veon Smith adds 57. Michigan’s defense is suffocating and UM gets the win, 38-17.
and I'll take it. This actually seems believable. I'd prefer it if it had MSU beating Oregon because that sets up the B1G to look better, and puts us in a better position overall. This also wouldn't change us going to the B1G title game.
Ooooo that sounds exciting. The only down part is that ND will be the only game I plan on attending this season (unless we see some Roses), so that would be a bit of a bummer. However, to go 11-1 and head to a BTCG (with maybe an outside shot at the CFP?), I'd take it.
loses to NW and OSU
bowl victory over USC
We finish somewhere between 0-12 and 15-0.
at least that's something you can't jinx.
/season ends up being canceled by bees.
Michigan goes 12-2, figures out o-line issues sometime around the Utah game, but loses to MSU. Beats ND handily and eeks out a tough, but never really a contest victory against OSU (sorta like ND 2013). Beats Wisconsin in the Big ten championship by having a field day throwing the ball. We grab the fourth playoff spot, but lose out to some SEC team. (Damn you SEC *shakes fist angrily*)
I think the defens turns elite and leads the B1G in points and yards allowed/game, single-handedly winning a few games early (also thanks to Hagerup).
Michigan finishes 10-2 with a close loss at ND and another blowout at MSU. A thrilling win in Columbus leaves fans eager for 2015.
Michigan holds OSU to 17 points after Frank Clark knocks out JT Barrett forcing Cardale "ain't come to play school" Jones into the game. Jones proceeds to throw 2 INT's in the second half sealing the fate of the Bucks.
loses to NW and OSU
bowl victory over USC
I'll say we win 11 games including a win in Lansing and Columbus. I think we drop a close one in South Bend and hokes seat gets warm until he win in East Lansing on a last second Vince youngesque scramble vs USC into the spartan end zone; 27-23. In Columbus we win 38-35 on a last second fg by wile....GO BLUE!
Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last year, and comfortable wins over UConn and Akron. I did nail Gallon as 2nd in receiving in the conference behind Robinson (not that it was a difficult prognostication). Got reasonably close on Gardner going 3000 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs, 350 rushing, 8 TDs (he was 2960/21/11/483/11). Everything else was trash.
Nussmeier is good, certainly an upgrade over Borges, but not the godsend we are all hoping for. A simplified gameplan, and week-to-week consistency help everyone out, but the OL still has too many issues for this to be anything but an average-at-best offense.
Gardner is 2nd team All-B1G, finishing with 3100 yards passing and a 30/10 TD/INT split,and tacks on 400 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Green and Smith split the vast majority of carries. Neither looks great, but both are serviceable. Green has 600 yards and 7 TDs (4.1 per carry), Smith has 500 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 per carry).
Funchess is a world beater. Despite drawing double (and occasionally triple) coverage on a routine basis, he is B1G WR of the year, bringing in 95 catches for 1450 yards and 13 TDs. Darboh uses those silly forearm muscles to take advantage of the single coverage offered by having Funchess opposite, making 45 catches for 700 yards and 6 TDs.
The OL is still bad, but they improve on a week-to-week basis, giving some hope for competency in 2015.
The defense plays well, but disappoints due to the sky-high expectations of the fan base. Clark leads the DL by registering 6.5 sacks. Ryan is back to his sophomore doom-bringing days, and brings nothing but chaos from the MLB spot, ending with 110 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
The secondary is the disappointment. Peppers plays well, but people cool down a bit on the Woodson comparisons for the time being. Countess ends up being the true #1 corner this year, with Lewis and Taylor splitting duties on the other side as neither separates himself. Wilson is fine at the free spot, but hopes of having an impact from the strong spot are dashed as both Thomas and Clark play, but are liabilities.
Wile and Hagerup are both solid; both contend for All-B1G honors at their positions. Norfleet and Peppers split the KR duties, but neither break one. Peppers has the higher return average. Norfleet returns punts, and does get a return TD there.
Schedule wise - Michigan takes advantage of a fairly weak schedule, and starts 6-0. Though the record is good, there are obvious red flags on the team, especially off uncomfortable wins over Minnesota and Rutgers to start the conference season. Penn State, emotionally charged in their first big test of the Franklin regime, spoil the night for the 105k Michigan fans in attendance. The bye week comes at a good time, as a number of guys are dinged up. Unfortunately this doesn't help in East Lansing, as the Spartans continue their run of success in the series.
Without Tre Roberson to threaten the defense with his legs, the Indiana game gets easier, especially since they still do not possess a defense. Northwestern struggles to replace Colter's production, and doesn't find a true replacement for Mark. Both games are reasonably comfortable wins for the good guys. Maryland's array of receivers is a struggle to contain, and Michigan gets caught looking ahead to Columbus. Diggs pulls his best Lockett impression to get the upset. Barrett has struggles early on in the season, but by the middle of November he's comfortable with the playbook and reminds viewers of the junior version of Troy Smith. The OSU DL abuses the still middling OL, and though the rest of the OSU defense is still full of issues, Columbus celebrates yet another victory. Michigan ends up 8-4 in the regular season, and ends up in the Gator Bowl. They play Texas A&M, and win the game as Gardner refuses to go out on a bad note. Final record of 9-4, Hoke gets another year, and we all prep for life after dual-threat QBs.
We'll beat Appy State by someting like 45 points. We'll go into Notre Dame hyped and then lose, with Devin channelling Denard by throwing 3-4 picks. Everyone becomes glum, figuring we'll win our next few games, but lose to State. But entering East Lansing on the 25th, this year has a different feel to it. Michigan is 6-1 and has bludgeoned their last 5 opponents. In a battle of one loss teams, Michigan takes the upper hand in the East winning 24-10.
Rolling through the rest of the schedule, Michigan heads into Columbus to take on an Ohio State team that never quite put it together after Braxton Miller's injury. With 3 losses, all the Buckeyes can do is attempt to ruin Michigan's chances at a playoff birth. After a tight first half, Michigan finds separation in the second, winning 28-13.
In the Big Ten Championship game, with a title and a playoff spot on the line, Michigan throttles the surprise team out of the West, Iowa, 38-14.
I've already revealed too much. I'll leave the ending as a surprise.
1-2 vs "big three", and hoping it's against MSU cause I'm sick of losing to those clowns.
Loss at NW, because I think they are due to pay us back for our good fortune over the last couple of years.
Lose by 10 to a SEC team in the cap one bowl, because outside of the sugar bowl, I can't remember their last bowl win
Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.
Michigan will win their Bowl game.
The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.
Hoke will get a contract extension.
Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.
Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.
Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.
(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)
I might suggest you allow the winner to print this as the first place trophy.
And you just got a trophy named in your honor. Except, since this is B1G country, I will need a suitable second name. That name can be decided by the first person to photoshop that image with the name of the trophy listed below, with your chosen name in place of the ???. The photoshop must be subtle and stoic. We are representing a proud institution here. Thus, I partially christen the:
"Blue-Cube - ??? Salaciously Clairevoyant Wolverine Trophy"
There will be minor unease about the outcome of the Notre Dame game going into the fourth quarter, but a timely goal-line stand halfway through the quarter will put these concerns to rest. Michigan ends the game in victory formation.
The weather for the Michigan State game will be acceptable, opening up the passing game for the first time in ages.
I will stand pat with my prediction from last year: 9-3 overall, 1-2 against rivals with one more loss that no one can readily explain and that creates Snowflake threads that, when printed out, accidentally create a masterwork of existential angst. That thread will later briefly appear on the New York Times bestseller list.
Also, THE_KNOWLEDGE finally meets up with his foil THE_IGNORANCE and a colossal rift is formed which accidentally sucks Notre Dame into another dimension where it must play Wake Forest for every game....forever.
10 lines. As sure as the sun rises, LSA's posts are always 10 lines with the occasional 9 or 11.
I just have the feeling that we will go 10-3. I think one loss comes from MSU or OSU then another loss to Northwestern or Penn State. I think MSU gets some breaks in more than one Big Ten game, and that gets them to the B10 Chamionship again. We play in a good bowl game vs Les Miles and LSU, and they beat us by a touchdown. We are very heartbroken, but really proud of how they played and pumped about what returns in 2015.
At the end of the season we will look back and laugh at how panicked we were about the offensive line and running game. By the end of the year we are extremely excited about the players on the offensive line, especially Kyle Kalis (if he stays healthy) The running game itself does moderately well.
One of either Funchess or Countess return for another season... Those who Stay..
All together one hell of a season and Very emotional.
I will say 10-2 regular season. Originally was 9-3 but the braxton injury has me believing we will beat Ohio. Think we will lose to Notre Dame and MSU.
Way too specific prediction for the starting o-line for the Notre Dame game:
0-3 on the road against our three main rivals (Thanks, DB).
One road loss to a team be should beat.
Bowl loss to a higher ranked opponent.
Hopes will be high for 2015, but questions will still remain about Hoke and his staff.
Stretch hope: 11-1 with a capable OL and a suffocating defense. Questions about Hoke and staff disappear.
I think we head into EL at 7-0 but drop that crucial game. We also lose a B1G game we shouldn't have, but not against OSU as we finally end the streak in Columbus. We miss out on the B1G East title to a tiebreaker with MSU. We go on to win our bowl game and have a big turnaround season, albeit one with no B1G Championship. No worries, that'll come next year.
9-3. Losses to OSU, MSU, and Indiana. O-Line looks better than last year but still not good enough to compete with OSU and MSU.
But we actually score a TD in East Lansing and have another close game with OSU but the homefield advantage pays off for OSU.
Defense has an off-day against Indiana, we lose on a Hail Mary by Sudfeld.
15-0 and Funchess wins the heisman.
Losses to ND, MSU, and OSU are all close enough that we can convince ourselves we got unlucky.
Then the bowl game comes and we get matched up with a 10-2 SEC or Pac1X team and lose a not close game. The calls for Hoke's firing get louder and less justified, as the rivalry loses hide some very real improvements:
- the OL goes from putrid to middling, and does so as a unit, showing the promise of an actually good OL next year. Burning Mone's redshirt doesn't do much in 2014 but pays off for 2015.
- the defense is good but not great, but pass rush gels and our expectations for the D next year skyrocket.
- Peppers almost lives up to the hype, being great and making freshman mistakes in the same game.
- Our coverage is excellent but our run-stopping safety is adequate with occasional whiffs.
My stance is that while I'm pessimistic on record, I'm optimistic on the underlying fundamentals of the program. We're bringing in talent and I believe we have the right coaches; that will start to pay off this year but be handicapped by the struggles on both lines that work themselves out as the year goes on.
O-line struggles all year. Funk is gone after the year
Devin shows no progression other than being able to identify the Mike. Halfway thru the season everyone realizes if we put Gardner at WR and put Shane in at qb all we would have to do is play jump ball with either Funchess or Gardner. Hoke doesn't have the balls to make change.
Defense is the best in the B1G.
Peppers is as advertised. Makes 1st team as true freshman
Season plays out like last year. I'll go with 9-3 or 6-6. Flip a coin for bowl game.
Hoke remains coach because next year is THE year.
I hope I'm wrong about Devin
Of all of the predictions I've read in this thread so far, this would seem to be the most likely.
12-0 Regular Season.
The O-line gels slowly but surely better. Devin has a record setting year. Funchess shines, our backs do well, and our defense is stifling. We win a surprisingly easy game in East Lansing. The finale in Columbus is a tough game, but the defense proves stout, and the offense has a decent enough day to take the win by 7 points.
We win the Big Ten championship by blowing out Nebraska in Indy, 42-17.
We make the four team playoff, and win against the Pac 12 champion, Stanford with a late field goal.
Inexplicably, Dave Brandon has put the team in new uniforms for the NCG, with blue chrome helmets whose yellow chrome wings are lit with flashing LEDs.
The flashing LED helmets are ruled not in compliance with NCAA rules, and Michigan forfeits the NCG since the regular helmets are home in Ann Arbor.
Brandon gets fired, and spends $7000 of his own money the following season on skywriters, who write "Brandon was a better AD" in the sky over the stadium for the first few games.
15-0, Win the National Championship
Jabrill Peppers wins his first of 3 Heisman Trophies
Tennessee fans are upset because they think Jabril's Heisman should go Peyton Manning.
Urban and Dantonio leave Ohio and MSU.
Hoke is elected Governor but turns it down to sign a lifetime contract.
Only a small fraction of the MGoBlog complains that we could've won by more.
W, App St.: It's a win, but everyone expecting a big number on offense will be disappointed. I'm seeing one of those typical early season games where lots of basic runs are called. A few offsides/holding penalties thwart drives, but Appy can't do anything against our suffocating defense. Let's make it Michigan 20, App St. 3, with a late FG for them to avoid the shutout.
L, ND: Yes, they lost a few players to academic cheating, but after they forfeit wins from prior seasons, M easily reclaims the all-time winning PCT record. Golson runs for 12 yards and throws for 1 TD and is the media's new Heisman front-runner. M 9, ND 13.
W, Miami(OH): Sluggish, 12:30PM start. Offense gets going in the second half with bombs to Darboh, Funchess, and Canteen. M 35, M 6.
W, Utah: were they any good last year? Let me check. 2-7 in the PAC, OK, let's mark that down as a win. M: 31, U: 9
W, Minnesota: I'm actually bullish on the Jerry Kill era, but this one is a B1G home opener. Brady will not let the Gophers pull the upset. Lots of running from both teams. M: 17, M: 8
W, Rutgers: I saw the B1G Network had a 24 hour, welcome to the B1G day for Rutgers. I thought a half hour special should have been sufficient. M: 38, R: 0. Big day for Funch and Darboh. Folks start talking them up as a tandem, a la Gallon and Funchess.
L, Penn State: Hackenburg hackenburgs. M fans leave the stadium in stunned silence. M: 19, PSU: 20
W, MSU: After the devastating loss at home against PSU, the team regroups and shocks the world. M's suffocating defense gives STAEE a taste of their own medicine. M: 24, MSU: 6
W, Indy: Michigan shows they have adapted to tempo and thoroughly destroys Indy, M: 49, I: 3
W, NU: another away game at Northwestern that seems like a home game. No heroic efforts needed this time. M: 33, NU: 13
W, Maryland: A couple bombs to whoever their stud WR is are the only things marring this game. M: 56, M: 14
W, OSU: Ohio's talented RS Frosh QB makes a few RS Frosh mistakes. Funch dominates on the outside and Butt is a beast in the middle. M: 19, Ohio, 13
So that puts us at 10-2. On to the B1G championship game.
W, Iowa: have you seen their schedule? Iowa gets there, but M exposes them as a fraud. M: 38, Iowa: 17.
So we're at 11-2. MGoBloggers are clamoring for a playoff spot, but the overall weakness of the B1G lands us a #5 seed, i.e., just outside the playoff. So we play Southwestern West Virginia State University, or some such team in a bowl game only we care about. M: 31, Opponent: 3. At the end of the season, a 12-2 Michigan team is widely considered as the 2nd best team in the country, and M fans everywhere wonder what if we had only beaten those damn Irish (or made that FG against PSU). If this is familiar to you, it's because it's happened before. History has a way of repeating itself.
finishes 4th in the nation with a 46.4 yard per punt average. Weirdly, however, Michigan is only 19th in net punting.
Ryan leads the team in tackles with 107, but the 2nd place guy fails to break 75 as there are too many over 50 to allow for another to be near the top of the B1G.
AJ Williams totals 7 catches, but 2 go for touchdowns.
Michigan's defense scores more over the year than Michigan State's defense.
Mason Cole starts every game. No one notices.
Norfleet breaks off a kickoff return before the B1G, but gets tackled at the ankles at the opponent's 23 yard line.
Kenny Allen completes a pass this year. It goes to an eligible receiver.
I'm rather surprised by the amount of people on this thread claiming we'll beat OSU. Yeah, they don't have Braxton Miller anymore, but we're yet to even find out if we'll be able to move the ball or have an even mediocre OL.
Until proven otherwise, I can't see us having anything more than an 8-4, maybe a 9-3 year.
We will lose to ND, and it'll perhaps be the most frustrating loss of the year. Much like 2012, our defense will keep us in the entire game and cause Golson to make some mistakes in his first true game back. However, the ND defense will wreak havoc on our grossly inexperienced O-Line. We'll lose an ugly 13-7 kind of game. We'll sit there saying to ourselves at the end of the game that if we'd had even just a mediocre O-Line, we could've beaten ND handily.
The O-Line starts making gradual improvements, and the team gets to 5-1 leading up to PSU. We win a VERY CLOSE game. Hackenberg is the absolute real deal and makes some damn good throws, but he does not have Allen Robinson to bail him out anymore. Nor does he have the home crowd at his back. Peppers puts the game on ice and picks Hackenberg off to shut down any chance of PSU beating us for a second straight year.
However, whether or not we are emotionally drained from this game won't matter the next week when we go into EL. Their defense might take a step back from last year, but they are still a better team. Its not a blowout, but we never really feel like we're in it, either. 27-17 Sparty.
Barely squeak by Indiana (again). In the end, their defense is just far too crappy to turn around in one year. 7-2 heading into Evanston, and yet, here comes that yearly headscratcher we're all used to. This is a team we should wipe the floor with, but Sieman somehow wills this team to victory after the previous two years of horrific luck they've had against us.
Stefon Diggs gets his the following week, but he can't do it all by himself. 8-3 heading into Columbus, against an 10-1 OSU team fighting like hell for a spot in the first playoff. Barrett had some growing pains throughout the year, and gets exposed as the freshman he is in OSU's lone loss to MSU. But as we're all accustomed to by now, he will somehow step up and play at his best against us. Michigan brings its A-game and keeps its close throughout, but in the end, we just can't stop Barrett. Gardner does everything he can to keep us in the game, and the O-Line has made noticeable improvements by now, but its just not enough. 31-21 OSU
8-4, drawing either Florida, A&M or Ole Miss in a bowl game, and I'm tempted to say we'll lose to any one of them. Hoke officially enters 2015 on the hot seat, and the calls for his firing get louder and louder. Recruiting keeps getting worse, and with all the chatter about 2015 being "our year," we forget that we have replace well over half our offense. Gardner is gone, and Funchess has a monster year which allows him to bolt for the NFL. We enter the offseason with more questions than answers.
Won't replace half our offense. Will replace QB and 1 WR if Funchess goes. That is 2/11ths. Yes an important 2/11ths but not half. Funchess will be missed just like Gallon is but Darboh, Chesson, Ways, Canteen, Harris should be a formidable 2015 crew. And if Shane is not ready to prosper in 2015 that is on a coaching staff - a 3rd year player should be ready to do very well at QB.
Defense will take on losses with JMFR, Taylor, Clark, Beyer, and Morgan. I actually think the 2015 defense will have more questions than the 2015 offense. Those will be alleviated it Bolden beats out Morgan this year and Gedeon gets in 20-25% of the snaps and shows well (JMFR replacement). If Poggi and Charlton flash that will help alleviate 2015 DE issues. Main issue in 2015 will be DE production IMO - I think the LBs will be ok despite the losses. I have yet to see much from Mario O so I've already moved onto to Charlton and Poggi as necessary B+ type players. And Marshall will have to come through in 2015. CBs *should* be very good in 2015 if Peppers and Lewis live up to hype, and DTs *should* be very good if a bevy of players develop. DE in my eye is the area our pipeline is tricky - damn you Hand.
We couldn't move the ball at all last year, but we lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree against Ohio.
Hoke retained, 2015 is the year - if OL is competent by end of year hype machine goes into overdrive on 2015 prospects. If OL sucks by end of year, hype machine goes into overdrive on 2015 prospects but not until August 1st 2015 when everyone forgets how bad the OL was in 2014.
Devin will not change much from 2013 Devin. Still have some very big highs, still some lows - still make bad decisions at times, but single handily wins a game or two. Key turnovers continue to plague him and keep games against lesser foes too close for comfort, but defense bails him out better than in 2013. If OL does not improve he might miss 4-6 quarters of football through wear and tear this year as Shane is pressed into action.
OL prediction, pass protection is somewhere below average by mid year but not horrid. Running game never really takes off except against the Indianas and Rutgers types. OSU is ripe for taking as the enter The Game(tm) 8-3 but it all depends on OL.
Defense will return to top 20 form but issues at safety and DEs plague team. DTs become strength along with linebacker. Jury remains out on CBs as lack of pass rush from DEs not named Frank Clark deemed as problem by most of MGo. A litany of PIs bring a cry of why MSU doenst get called for them but we do.
For months I've been saying 11-1 with the following logic. ...last year's goofball team Would go 8-4 with this year's schedule. ...however a Nuss run offense versus Borges wins an extra game...Matteson finally going press coverage/agressive defense wins one more...then I HAD jabril being a game changer for one game....BUT I now because Jabril is all that.2 games ....BAM....12-0
Norfleet runs the opening kickoff back against App State, curse is broken. Michigan goes 13-1. Wins B1G Championship but gets left out of the playoff due to the weak B1G. We'll say the loss is to ND as the O-line is still taking shape. Devin finishes 3rd in Heisman voting.
That was all part of the plan to double my chances. But I'll say Gardner.
Funchess will have a game with 213 receiving yards
Gardner will throw a TD with 11 seconds on the clock to win a game on the road
Michigan will win one game 45-10
J. Peppers will intercept one late against OSU to seal the win
Hoke will wear headsets in parts of 8 games and long sleave shirts in two.
Tressel will be OSU's band director by the start of Big Ten season.
Brady hoke will not wear a long sleeve shirt once.
Norfleet unable to take one to the house. However, there will still be 50 times he ALMOST gets out of that shoestring tackle
Why the hell is everyone writing Msu as some guaranteed loss, there is no excuse for us to lose that game! Damn! Pisses me off thinking about losing to those guys again!
We go undefeated at home, starting a new streak. At some point in the season the defense will have 14 straight quarters without giving up a touchdown. All the MGoBloggers that are still in love with Northwestern (sheesh) are appropriately sent to Bolivia, after the Wildcats have another losing record in conference play.
Undeafeated regular season, Rose Bowl victory over Oregon.
We come up short against LSU in the NCG.
I am not gonna lie, that is a bad ass prediction. I hope this ends up very accurate!!
I don't think we lose to any of our rivals. Going further than that, I'm not really comfortable. But for the sake of spirit, I'll go 11-2 with a win in Indy.
EDIT: 11-3 with a win in Indy.
My prediction is michigan will end up with a top 5 elite defense. The oline will show improvement in each game. Oh and enough with this fuck fest for msu. Since when can they lose 6 defensive starters and still be "better" than the elite d they had last year and idc how good narduzzi is. Last time I checked they're not alafuckinbama. Michigan beats msu and osu. We go undefeated and beat Lsu in the title game. Yes I can predict that bc it's my prediction and I truly believe this team will shock the world.
We lose to no one west of AA with fewer than 13 letters in the school's first name...
We lose to no one east of AA with more than 3 letters in the school's first name...
One purple headed monster explodes...
One Viking LB takes 2nd team All American honors...
2015 starts with a win and an 11-2 finish to 2014
I'm not going to get so rosey as to predict an appearance in California. It definitely is possible but I'm not setting that as my expectation.
We do get a win in Columbus (more likely) or East Lansing which really goes a long way with me at least. That's what kicked off Beilein in terms of getting a lot of people to believe.
I really did have a great time following our basketball team in the infancy of Beilein's career here, and watching him progress with the team to get us back to the Big Dance after what was described to me as a pretty horrible time for the basketball program. Also, I was an out-of-state student from 2006 - 2010 so basketball was definitely a nice counterpoint to the football program. That "Aneurysm of Leadership" victory in Breslin Center though was pivotal in the shaping of the current state of the program.
In many ways Beilein, ironically since many people initially doubted him more than Rodriguez, turned out to be what many on this site wanted for Rodriguez and the football program: an offensive innovator playing an oddball system that found much success and brought our program to the epitome of the college sports world.
It feels like so long since we've won a football game in either of those places just like it once did in basketball. Hoke starts knocking down some of the doubts people have about his coaching ability with that signature road win that, in part, results from him making a critical game theory decision that proves to be one of the game's winning moments
I'll go with an overall record of 9-3, which for this year would be pretty good, since I'd rather be pleasantly surprised with a better record. This team has the talent. Make me a believer again, Coach Hoke.
Also, I will make an effort to not be as negative since after all at the end of the day this is just a game played by young adults.
Agonizingly close losses to ND and PSU, but tight road victories against MSU and OSU. Wrap up season with convincing win in bowl game over a quality opponent.
Offense sputters mcuh of the season, but defense is very solid to start and frequently dominant. Pipkins, Henry, Hurst, and Mone are difference makers. Mediocre special teams play is key element in losses.
Norfleet doesn't come close to returning a kick for a TD, but come spring 2015 people will be rhapsodizing about his kick returning ability once again.
*Edit: I originally predicted 8-4 with losses to MSU and OSU, but after watching the Michigan drill my logic has been overtaken by my emotion.
W, App St.: Ron English not around to make the spread attack look like a hot knife through butter, but the O line is so terrible that App State’s O sees the field far more than it should. M’s D scores 12 points. M 34 App St: 10.
W, ND: This is literally a 50/50 toss up because Kelly has a new (old) QB and lost key pieces, and M almost always plays ND well, and has a better D and better offensive coordinator this time, but the O line continues to be a mess. DG runs for his life and rushes for 50+ but makes plays to compensate for UM’s secondary getting the MSU treatment from the refs, gifting ND 4 PI penalties throughout the sloppy game.
M 24 ND 20
W, Miami(OH): M 35, M 13 Unspectacular W, as the O line continues to struggle under Funk.
W, Utah: Potential let down game #1 is a nailbiter. Pac 12 team comes in and does a little Kansas State in the Big House, but not as effectively. M: 27, Utah 24
W, Minnesota: Potential let down game #2. Two very similar teams in terms of solid areas overcompensating for weak areas, but the home field coupled with the talent edge gets Mich the win. Our defense is the difference. Mich: 24, Minn: 17
W, Rutgers: I attend this game and watch Michigan beat a team that will take several years to figure out how to win in the BIG. For inexplicable reasons, the O is very sloppy with the football and DG has his worst game of the year and this turns into this year's UCONN/Akron game. M: 24, R: 21.
W, Penn State: PLG#3. Mattison gets his revenge. Hackenberg is hurried all night and makes mistakes. D scores a TD. Offense comes up much more solid than last year’s fiasco. M 20 PSU 13
L, MSU: Narduzzi once again proves himself to be the finest coordinator in the country, shutting down Nuss and DG. MSU’s ugly offense does just enough in a hideous game. Funch is the bright light of the game, as is our secondary. Frank Clark gets 2 sacks but UM once again rushes for less than 75 yards. MSU 13 UM 9.
W, Indy: PLG #4. Indiana is scary, but we get them late enough in the season that the offense once again eviscerates their lowly D. M 48 IU 38
L, NU: PLG #5. NW is weak and I’d normally call this a W, but law of averages have me randomly choose this potential let down game as the one we lose. Simmian (sp) gets it done, and UM has a horrible day with the ball, losing the turn over battle by 2 minimum. NU 27 UM 17
W, Maryland: Diggs aside, Maryland is getting mauled by the entire BIG in their first season and at this point is just punch drunk. Fundamentally sound game gets UM win 27-17.
L, OSU: If this were at home it’s a win. Since it’s on the road, DG makes terrible mistakes this time, and we lose a close one due to losing the turn over battle and DG eating one too many sacks to their beast mode DL. Mattison still has no answer for Urbz’ offense. M: 17, Ohio,27
9-3. UM misses the BIG Championship game after once again sputtering late. Hoke stares at a 1-3 record vs Urbz and Dantonio and enters the hot seat despite decent momentum. He fires Funk around the same time of year he fired Borges. The fan base splits 50/50 between those who love Hoke for being a swell guy they'd have their kids play for who has the team going in the right direction and those that can't get past 2-6 vs Urbz/Dantonio and question his intensity and single-mindedness required to win the important games at this level. He gets another year, minimum.
We score 45 points agains App State, 23 points against Notre Dame, 56 points against Miami, 21 points against Utah, 24 points against Minny, 55 points against Rutgers, 41 points against Penn State, 11 points against MSU, 44 points against Indiana, 24 points against NW, 31 points against Maryland, and 30 points against OSU.
I'd be very surprised if we lose all 3 of the big 3 games, especially with the hits ND and OSU have taken. I think we'll win 2 out of 3. I really have no idea how good Maryland is, but they seem like they'll be dangerous. Understandably, no one's talking much about them. We will lose at least one game against a weak opponent. I wanna say 10-2, but 9-3 sounds more realistic. However, I'd be surprised and disappointed with 8-4, unless there are a bunch of devastating injuries. Not specific at all but oh well.
I long ago gave up on making predictions, so there's no point in making any now.
In the world of ever-changing college football bowl projections for the 2014 season, here’s the list of projections so far for Michigan:
Brady Hoke trolls Valenti by donning a headset in the final minute of a blow out win in East Lansing.
and afterwards is seen performing a leaping high five with Miller on the sidelines in what will eventually become a mgoblog gif meme of the "haters gonna hate" variety.
Losses to ND, PSU, and OSU. Offense looks awful for the first 3 weeks of the season, and puts it together to our collective amazement.
MSU shits the bed and goes 8-5. This is due to a number of injuries that Izzo (yes, Izzo) will go out of his way to comment on, and Sparty's confusion about how to adapt to their status as perceived league front-runner.
OSU wins the B1G title game, but elation in Columbus is tempered by news of an NCAA scandal reminiscent of the Reggie Bush scandal. Urban Meyer retires again in January 2015.
How can Funk be worse than last year? Honestly it's impossible.
So if Hoke didn't fire him last year, why would you fire him in 2015?
If O-Line is as terrible as last year's tire fire, then Hoke will be gone in 2015.
You can't say that you are all about pounding the football and running downhill and have multiple negative rushing yard games.
If that is your identity - you have to perform to it.
One loss in the regular season.
Loss in the Rose Bowl.
invited to New York for the Heisman presentation.
Frank Clark, Jake Ryan, Devin Funchess All-Americas.
Peppers returns a kick and a punt for touchdowns, making mgoblog's Norfleet-boner subside.
Offensive line struggles to run the ball all season but holds up well in pass protection.
Dave Brandon hated by Michigan fans for not having signed Hoke to a contract extension before the season.