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- vs Hawaii -- 2-10 in 2015 vs FBS competition, from five timezones away, coming off a trip to Australia the previous week
- vs UCF -- winless in 2014
- vs Colorado -- 3-9 vs FBS competition a year ago
- @Rutgers -- it's Rutgers
- vs Illinois -- it's Illinois (also coming off a bye)
- vs Maryland -- it's Maryland
- vs Indiana -- lost a ton of the semi-terrifying offensive talent that had made them a tougher out
- Only a small 2.5" patch has been approved
- The incremental revenue of $4-6 million for a patch is a pittance to Silver, he believes corporate partners that participate will be more likely to invest in and promote for the league, leading to higher revenue and additional exposure
- Added revenue would be split between the players, so none of them will complain
- Retail jerseys without sponsorship patches will continue to be sold
- The ruling approved a 3-year pilot program that would allow teams to sell rights to a patch, not mandate one
|4 days 13 hours ago||I don't see it like that at||
I don't see it like that at all. On the contrary, I feel like this is the first year a lot of our commits and realistic targets have been risers throughout the first half of the process.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Don't be a rankings slave!||
Don't be a rankings slave! Besides, we have plenty of slot types in the 2016 class, Collins is 6'5". Do want an outside WR with size, especially from right under Nick Saban's nose.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I don't think this is the||
I don't think this is the right attitude to UM hoops recruiting these days. The problem is not so much at guard. Beilein's guard recruiting:
Uhhhh, ya think?
|5 days 14 hours ago||Encouraging boosts for many||
Encouraging boosts for many targets. I just want DPJ, Ambry Thomas, and JKP in the fold to build that fence around the state, particularly SE Michigan.
|6 days 13 hours ago||In a fictional world, it'd be||
In a fictional world, it'd be a joy to dump Rutgers and Maryland for OU and Ok St:
Northwestern arguably loses out in this alignment, missing yearly turns against Illinois and Wisconsin (also Iowa, a matchup that has produced some fun games). Otherwise this would be more geographically and competitively balanced than ever before. Considering the revenue/markets reality of this, it won't happen, but this would be a great conference!
|6 days 16 hours ago||While I don't watch||
While I don't watch recruiting tape like some do, I do recall plenty of Luck comparisons for Peters from onlookers (whether circumstancial or actually based on his game, I can't say). I'd be curious what McCaffery's YMRMFSPA is headed towards.
|1 week 5 days ago||I didn't realize quite how||
I didn't realize quite how anti-fullback Kingston was himself. I would have assumed the staff promised he'd come in with the opportunity to compete at tailback, but fill in where needed if necessary. Taking a look at the roster, it would have to be a pretty big surprise for Davis not to spend some time at FB down the road.
Only 2017-commit Chase Lasater fits the bill as a FB/HBack type expected to be on the 2018 roster. FB is a spot that walk-ons can and do emerge, but considering the rotation Harbaugh used a year ago (even with a couple studs in Kerridge and Houma) more bodies will be needed there.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I know it sucks to have the||
I know it sucks to have the three rivalry games on the road, but what really pisses me off even more is that the series "ended" at ND and will now be "revived" at ND. At least start at home in 2019 instead of this garbage.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Get a clue man. The Heat are||
Get a clue man. The Heat are and have been a proud franchise with a strong fanbase. One clip of fans leaving a game early doesn't change that. Miami has been top 5 in local TV ratings in both seasons since LeBron left.
Cleveland had a much bigger crater (for good reason, but still true) than the Heat did in local interest after his departure. I don't know what city you're from, but maybe don't be as ignorant before commenting on a fanbase next time.
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|3 weeks 3 days ago||NBA rosters are currently||
NBA rosters are currently capped at 15, most teams hold 14-15. The bottom 5 or so are generally on rookie, minimum, and/or non-guaranteed deals. The big winners in the $$ boom aren't necessarily the stars, but the rotation guys. The 4-10 guys are getting major raises in the new CBA, especially because nearly every team has a ton of cap space and needs to reach the cap floor anyway.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||2013Go to UM Final Four,||
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||Congrats on the sex Coach||
Congrats on the sex Coach
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I don't consider the Brian to||
I don't consider the Brian to have the Word of God, but where Onwenu's scouting report reads as "boom-or-bust raw, physical freak with outlier size, strength and quickness (for his size)", Bredeson's reads as "college ready (for an OL) that is technically advanced, smart, and has good pad level". I'd be stunned if Onwenu laps him in year 1.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Tomato cans serve a purpose.||
Tomato cans serve a purpose. In the current alignment, we play Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State every season. For the next four seasons, we play Wisconsin every year as well. Three of the next four years we play either Nebraska or Iowa (another potentially major B1G foe). After this year's weak non-conference slate, we play an SEC team from 2017-2019 (with only one in AA).
Those are 5-6 BATTLES each season. Potentially add ND in 18-19. What if Maryland (another perennial foe in this alignment) rises up a bit under Durkin? We only get Rutgers and Indiana once a year each. It'd be nice to have one September game every year that we can count on a W and cycle in some younger guys in the second half.
Two big-time non-conference opponents each year are enough.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed on Arkansas. A flip||
Agreed on Arkansas. A flip would fix things. Games @Arkansas, @Notre Dame, @Wisconsin, and @Penn State all in the same year would be tough. Throw in home dates with Iowa, Michigan State, and Ohio State... That schedule would be an absolute bear to navigate even with a senior Brandon Peters doing his best Andrew Luck impersonation.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Happy to see Brian will blog Copa||
Just praying we don't go the Beckerman route. Bradley has looked great in defense and as an initiator at the 6. My only worry down the center of the field is the lack of familiarity between Brooks and Cameron. I'm hoping Bradley's prescence and the box-to-box games of Jones and Bedoya should be enough support if they can avoid falling out of position.
Up top Dempsey needs to raise his game like he has in previous big stages. Whether due to age, form, or tactical fit, he made little impact in the warmups. This XI seem designed to get to 60' level before Klinsmann adds some creativity to the mix with Nagbe and/or Pulisic to maybe steal 3 points if Dempsey doesn't have a moment.
Copa should be exciting to watch, and with Navas out for Costa Rica our chances to get out of the group appear strong.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I agree on Tennessee, I'll be||
I agree on Tennessee, I'll be checking what books have for max bet limits on Wins O/U because while a push wouldn't be crazy, I'd be shocked to lose that bet.
For Michigan, I think we could easily be at ten flat. Barring a major upset/letdown, there are only really five loseable games on our schedule. Penn State and Wisconsin don't look particularly strong and must come to Ann Arbor. Splitting MSU and Iowa, then losing to OSU seems the most likely outcome to me. The other seven opponents range from abysmal tin cans to highly mediocre, plus six of the seven are at home.
I understand 9.5 though. With little precedent and three tough road games, an outside/objective perspective would lean towards nine wins as more likely than eleven. We will see. 12-0 is still on the table, and I have a very hard time imagining anything worse than 8-4.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||At this point, we have a good||
At this point, we have a good idea of the times for the back half of our schedule:
10/8: @ Rutgers, confirmed 7 or 8
Just waiting until the fall to hear the Noon/3:30 breakdown for the first five home dates.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Most of our mediocre teams||
Most of our mediocre teams from 2008-2014 would have navigated this schedule to bowl contention (ok, maybe not 2008) pretty easily. There are also more gimmes than I can remember:
That leaves us with five losable games to top 40 (50? 60?) opponents. The season comes down to not tripping up against the solid B1G teams (PSU, Wisconsin, @Iowa) and then winning the wars in East Lansing and Columbus.
Sure it sucks that both rivalry games are on the road, but other than that any team with playoff aspirations would be thrilled to have this navigable schedule.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||The two schools aren't||
The two schools aren't necessarily a package deal for "political" reasons -- as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are considered to be -- but I'd expect the BXII to add both or neither.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm as high on this team as||
I'm as high on this team as anybody, it will easily be our best team since '06 and has an even higher ceiling than that team did if our QB reaches the level we're all hoping/expecting. But lets not completely disregard the history here. Michigan is 3-8 in true road night games since 2008.
Wins: 2011 over 6-7 Northwestern, 2013 over 3-9 UConn, and 2015 over 6-7 Minnesota. The UConn and Minnesota games came down to the very end. I expect to obliterate Rutgers, but Iowa should be hard fought even in victory.
IIRC, Michigan hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road at any time since 2006 @ #2 Notre Dame. Going 2-1 in our three big road trips this year would a tremendous achievment for the program.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Spring Game Grin wins this||
Spring Game Grin wins this region. The others vary from mildly entertaining to underwhelming on the Harbaugh scale. Spring Game Grin can make a deep run.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Has no one listened to what||
Has no one listened to what Adam Silver has said on this? Some points that seem lost on most:
Obviously, there is certainly a chance that in 5-10 years the patch has grown or some of the rules have changed and become more ad-friendly. But this is not a sky-is-falling, OMG Brandz Everywhere catastrophe for the NBA.
Also pro sports are 100% an entertainment business unlike college sports. Without tv revenue (essentially from advertisers) and other corporate investments, the only revenue in the business would be ticket and concession/merchandise sales. There's good reason to service your best corporate partners.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Hotcakes?||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Because Wisconsin was too||
Because Wisconsin was too obviously the right game for this
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Bars departure isn't great||
Bars departure isn't great for OL depth. Leaves us with just 7-8 guys who wouldn't induce panic if forced into action (JBB could still go either way). Luckily Cole's versatility should make it easier to absorb if 1-2 guys get knicked up... But the reliability drops off a cliff after that and probably would force Bredeson or Onwenu to burn a redshirt.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Also: -TWO senior||
-TWO senior safeties
Linebackers don't matter with a DL and secondary like this right?
|26 weeks 15 hours ago||This is completely||
This is completely unimportant. NJ isn't a top 5 state, but it may be almost top 10. There is generally top-end talent but it lacks depth of the elite states.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Everybody realizes that CFP||
Everybody realizes that CFP Committee members are not to participate when a school they have significant ties to is being discussed or voted on right? Still a prestigious post for a Michigan man is by no means a negative!
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Not long ago Leonard Williams||
Not long ago Leonard Williams was the 6th pick in the NFL Draft and was even higher on most of the "Big Boards". USC doesn't struggle to produce NFL talent anywhere, they just haven't had a complete and consistent team since Pete Carroll left.