|1 hour 30 min ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I could be wrong here, but I imagine that any Big Ten team in this predicament that goes would be one of the so-called "Tier 3" bowls per our agreement with the committees, which I believe means either the Quick Lane or the Armed Forces Bowl, or perhaps both if two 5-7 teams from the conferences should go.
|4 hours 29 min ago||One Of Those Days...||
Jordan Elliot has scheduled in-home visit with Texas
Nice try indeed.
Jordan Texas schedules in home Elliott with visit!
Unexpected. That might have stood in a slower time
What is clear is that the current state of the board is such that if we wrote a paper, we would have some very insightful stories indeed...
|5 hours 17 min ago||Tuned In Now....||
The price I apparently have to pay to watch this for a time is that I must listen to DiNardo's attempts at being insightful.
However, it was nice to see both Lewis and Peppers recgonized on the defensive backs list, as they should have been. Not surprised by Desomnd King beating everyone out in that group though.
|5 hours 50 min ago||Interesting Choices....||
The Jack Allen one was pretty amusing - even I had the same reaction as the TV crew, one of "Huh?" when they lined him up at RB. There are plenty of good ones though, from Penn State playing volleyball with a wayward pass before Nassib catches to a pair of heads-up fumble recoveries by Texas A&M LBs in the same game. I'll be interested to see which one wins honestly.
|6 hours 20 min ago||That Helmet...||
If you ever wanted to discourage helmet-to-helmet contact or anything that even sniffs of targeting, that would be the way to do it. Surprised more teams don't adopt this in retaliation (or perhaps to mitigate the risk of being flagged) for so many awful calls throughout the season.
|6 hours 27 min ago||I Will Say This...||
The thing that struck me about the photo that Schneider chose for his tweet had York as a speaker somewhere, and then I had to ask myself what organization would invite Jed York to speak to them about a subject. I assume there's an organization out there dedicated to the cause of taking a functioning operation and turning it into smoldering wreck - that's the first thing that came to mind anyway.
|10 hours 37 min ago||Good News...||
That's definitely good news that Jake will be back for the bowl game. I don't know if there had been more than passing references to the AC joint sprain in the past day or so, and I didn't know when of if anything more substantive would be said.
A bowl win would be a great cap on this season and great momentum going into next season.
|11 hours 51 min ago||Not Going Well...||
THE BIG PICTURE
See the big picture....
|12 hours 44 min ago||Interesting...||
I will probably watch some of this just to see if I can hear the color commentary being done with Tom Bodett's voice, which would definitely make things interesting, if nothing else. Still, I have to wonder if Knights Inn or Red Roof feel a bit shorted that they couldn't get in on some of the bowl action - there is always the next round in a few years, when a few more are created, eh?
|17 hours 4 min ago||Question #2...||
With regards to question #2, it probably isn't the wrong plan if we hadn't bet on Ohio State not taking some inspiration from games played against us in more recent weeks. I could be wrong, but it didn't seem as if we were ready for them to run as many stretches and veers as they did, and those were the plays where we needed something from our LBs that we definitely weren't seeing. You might fix that with a mobile QB, which necessitates changes to how your offense operates and is defended by other teams, but you can also expand the repertoire of the defense that you run to account for such things.
|1 day 2 hours ago||The Conditions....||
I definitely don't envy having to play in these conditions, but of course great thing about football is that so long as some team of poor grounds personnel can keep the important portions of the field reasonably clean, onward they march. I mean, as a Lions fan, I seem to remember losing one in worse snow conditions anyway (the temperature was warmer, as I recall)....
|1 day 4 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
You know, I said something in another thread but now I am of two minds on this -
Head-to-head, we probably match up a bit better against Florida and could probably create situations where they score even less than they normally would.
For fun, the Miles / Harbaugh dynamic would be interesting - two coaches who played for Bo at various points going at it would make for an extra interesting game if you're a Michigan fan, if nothing else.
I could deal with either.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Come On Now...||
Hello: Jordan Elliott
You know, I didn't post the other deletions here thinking maybe people would assume that news like this does not escape the notice of the blog basically the moment it happens, which was yesterday in this case. I was wrong.
Goodbye: Jordan Elliot Decommits Due to an Embarrassing Amount of Hello Posts on Mgoblog
The next person to post a "Hello" thread for this might very well be shamed appropriately.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Bowl Games...||
While I understand that people are concerned that the proliferation of bowl games leads to the diffusion of their overall quality, making the ebb and flow of bowl season a little less consistent (and it can be from a quality standpoint), I also see where these are opportunities for teams who in other circumstances would not sniff a bowl but perhaps once in a blue moon. That being said, I don't see a problem with giving a lot kids - some of whom might be playing their last year of eligibility - well, one more game.
Admittedly, I am a bit of a junkie - I will watch the ones that I can usually.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Other Reports...||
As an alternative, there's also some buzz in the opposite direction, with some other reports saying that as far as the athletic department knows, nothing is imminent, so take it for what it is worth. It just seems to me that Durkin might hold out one more year at least to see what's out there, but then when you look at what's open right now, he might have his choice. It doesn't seem like there is much out there right now on this, but I could be missing something.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Coaching Changes...||
I could be wrong, but it seems like this year has the fastest and most crowded coaching carousel in quite a while. I do wonder what direction Rutgers will go in now though - I imagine there's someone up-and-coming that would take them on, or indeed someone looking for a shot at potential redemption. Speaking of that, I wonder how many coaches that we haven't heard from in a while end up with jobs this time around. I have to assume at least a few.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I Can Deal...||
If the Tigers (8-3) and Wolverines (9-3) pair up Jan. 1 in Orlando, the game would feature a pair of former Michigan players as opposing coaches, as Les Miles and Jim Harbaugh both played for Bo Schembechler in Ann Arbor.
I would think this is the sort of matchup that Michigan would want if it were given to them. I don't understand the reluctant attitude from some folks honestly. I must admit it would be interesting to see two guys who played for Bo at various points coaching in the same game.
|1 day 11 hours ago||The Complete Carousel...||
SBNation has a rather comprehensive run-down of the carousel here - LINK
It also includes a long list of which teams were in a position potentially (although much of it was just based on rumors) to lose or gain personnel depending on the situation. It is rather interesting to reflect on just how much activity there has been on this front already and how many teams could potentially be involved in some manner.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Citrus Bowl...||
Based on what I can see, the consistent prediction for Michigan at this point is the Citrus Bowl, and a fair number of people are predicting that the opponent is Florida. That could actually be a rather interesting if somewhat boring game potentially. If it shakes out that way, of course, the larger point for me - I would say - is that a New Year's Day bowl is not a bad cap to the first season under Harbaugh.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Nice Raise Potentially...||
Campbell made $495,000 this year. He might get at least what Rhoads made, which is around $2.2 million.
If that's the case, nice raise indeed. According to the article, there was a late play to make Campbell the highest paid coach in the MAC - over and above Fleck - but I doubt it involved potentially matching that sort of money.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Yikes...||
Wow. I often walk out of offices smiling when they tell me, "Well, you're not exactly who we wanted on this project, but at the same time we're pretty sure that you can't fuck it up too badly."
I am shocked he didn't add, "Don't worry, Bill. Illinois football practically runs itself, something your predecessor just didn't appreciate."
|1 day 14 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
There's the money, of course, but beyond that, the AD's handling of this story at LSU seems like it cuts out any really fulfilling reason to stay for any longer than necessary if you're Les Miles. I couldn't believe that the department would let this story grow, let the speculation grow and even let people write articles about where he might go next until they had this 11th hour revelation based on fan reaction and other things that it wasn't a good idea after all.
If there were even a glimmer of interest from Jimbo Fisher, this is still a story, and I don't see how Miles' relationship with that department is not irreparably damaged.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Interesting...||
Even though there is some fuzzy math in the calculation of attendance figures, it is nice to see that the renewed energy and excitement brought by Jim Harbaugh and this staff at least nominally translated into monetary results that the team and the department can build on. Actually, beyond tickets, it will be interesting to see department results in the spring to know what the immediate Harbaugh Effect was for football.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Trolling MSU...||
I don't know that signs cover this as artfully as possible, if indeed it is something you really are set on doing. If you're going to do something that really gets under their skin but also something that they really couldn't afford to start a public confrontation about, just respond to everything they might say with polite, tactful versions of "That's so cute..." or "Isn't that so special?", the same sorts of replies they've gotten for years no matter how well they've done in a given season.
Personally, I would just watch the game as a mostly disinterested party - we'll have our moments against Michigan State soon enough anyway.
|2 days 2 hours ago||No...||
OSU goes for a ride at Skeeps
No, we won't be discussing people apparently getting dry humped in a bar.
|2 days 3 hours ago||About Ferentz...||
I will say that I did find it amusing that he almost genuinely seemed stunned in the postgame interviews yesterday, almost like he was trying to comprhend a 12-0 Iowa himself. He may very well have been on some level - it has been nearly a century since they've had a perfect regular season, if I remember correctly.
Now, I actually do need to talk to my kids about an undefeated Iowa. I had been putting that off sadly.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Florida-FSU...||
First, the turf at The Swamp already sort of looks like a fairway after I've had a crack at it.
Second, I would not be too shocked if this one remained scoreless for a while longer - both defenses apparently came a bit fired up for this one.
...and 4th and 10 after the incompletion. Fisher looks upset that Maguire didn't go through his checkdowns completely, or he couldn't believe that nobody else knew about the fruit flies in the Gatorade. Either way.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
I know folks on Twitter were lamenting how this game would affect recruiting given the number of visitors, but as we can see, so far, so good. I think some folks just overemphasize the effect one game might have, even today's game. Very nice get indeed.
Welcome to Michigan, Jordan Elliott.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Snowflake...||
Durkin's game plan was a tactical disaster
Actually, this one doesn't quite meet the criteria of being worthy of its own thread.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Just Got Home...||
Got home about thirty minutes ago and and turned on PSU-Michigan State.
Penn State needs a TD here...desperately. The normal strategy of settling for field goals or seeing the goal line as an abstract concept which has no fixed point on the field just isn't going to cut it here.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Good Thread...||
I know the immediate feelings that come in the wake of this game - I share them. It was pretty ugly, particularly in the 2nd half.
As other have said though, I think we all imagined this as a transitional year and the expectations of a lot of people were somewhat tempered in August, which 9-3 being the high end of a lot of predictions. Well, we hit the high end then, which in a first year like this one, makes it difficult to be as upset about today as I might be in other circumstances.
Overall, a very nice regular season from Team 136. The future is indeed bright, I believe.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Walking Away...||
Walking back to car, I decided to check the box score -
As for Rudock, the 19 for 32 and 263 yards translates to 13.8 yards per completion and 8.2 yards per attempt. I sort of get the feeling that the 1 TD - if we make a few more of those deep throws - is more TDs, but you can't play it again.
The ground game, yeah, it will be interesting to see how this gets addressed - 25 carries for all of 57 yards, or 2.3 yards per carry. We really needed to get this part of the game going and....well....
|2 days 11 hours ago||They've Been Around...||
They've been around - most game have had one or two of them going, but the switch was made last year to having them user-created as opposed to blog-hosted. It was a move made due to the expenses involved in having a Blyve account that could handle the requisite traffic, but the limitation on the user-created ones is that free liveblogs are traffic-limited to 250 users, I think.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is expected to meet with university President Robert Barchi before the end of the weekend, three people familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Friday. The meeting, presumably called by Barchi, is the first evidence the university's administration is preparing to act.
You mean that there was a point at which the powers that e at Rutgers might get tired of being known as the resident managerial tire fire in the Big Ten? Interesting that it took them this long to look as if they might have finally had enough.
|2 days 13 hours ago||About Saban...||
I don't think I am exaggerating at all when I say that any one of my cats probably gives a better, more expressive interview than Nick Saban. It gets to a point where you wonder if they just set the microphone and then walk to a locked room so the droning won't lull anyone into an unconscious state.
|2 days 13 hours ago||My Kids Get It...||
My kids have a decent notion of the rivalries now at 9 and 8, to the point where on days where my daughter has gym, she will sprcifically bring the Michigan gear because her gym teacher is an MSU graduate and has Spartan gear everywhere. You have to admire a fourth grader who, when asked why she does this, says, "Someone has to right the wrong".
|2 days 14 hours ago||Unlike Others...||
Perhaps unlike others, I went to bed a bit early for me and managed to somehow wake up late, although part of that is that for the last few days, I've been struggling with the resurgence of symptoms from the last vestiges of what I will describe as a nice bronchial infection - I don't recommend them, incidentally.
In any case, slow start to the morning here, but hopefully an awesome finish to the afternoon with a Michigan victory. Go Blue!
|2 days 14 hours ago||Predictions....||
I have this feeling that the line is giving us some idea of the margin - perhaps not precisely, but definitely close. I expect a pretty competitive game with Michigan winning by something like a field goal. We'll go with a 27-24-ish type game, and then hopefully we can channel all of our collective energy into the hope that Hackenburg tosses the game of his life, right?
|2 days 14 hours ago||#ChadTough...||
"We were able to shoot a feature story with ESPN (three) days before our little Chad left us for his forever home in heaven," she wrote. "We made sure to let the producers know that we really wanted them to share the reality of DIPG and to help us create awareness."
This feature might be tough watch only because the news on Monday left me fending off tears at my desk at work (and I was ultimately unsuccessful), but I do admire the Carr family's drive to turn this into something which will hopefully prevent such unimaginable loss from happening to another family down the road.
|3 days 2 hours ago||TCU-Baylor...||
Going with TCU vs. Baylor and a glass of port for now, but because apparently the weather will force me to be a morning person for this game tomorrow, I am actually debating when to call it a night and attempt some quality sleep. That, and the quality sleep has been difficult to come by lately as I come off this latest sinus revolt.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I Can Deal...||
I don't know that I've eaver been truly stuck on any game being at a particular time - in the days of networks, I've learned to essentially taken what I am handed and adjust my life around it if I can (this is not always possible, of course). I will say that I find that 3:30 PM works better now that I have a family as I don't have to rush out the door, can spend time with everyone, even run an errand or two and then go to the game.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The Golf Course....||
The moment I heard about the golf course, I made some last minute adjustments to my plans so hopefully I can avoid the resulting rush. For this game in particular, I will not let little inconveniences like a golf course in a poor drainage area deter me from enjoying tomorrow's festivities.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Fun With Names...||
It strikes me that Dylan Utter must have some fun with his name in huddles on occasion. Before the came onto the field on this series, for example, he turned someone into an "Utter Lewis". Of course, this is probably not the first time someone has made that observation and I assume he would be tired of it by now.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Here's The List...||
Here's the list via Touch Th Banner - LINK
For everyone's convenience, it is sorted by class and does point which recruits have already committed to Michigan. It is an impressive list actually. Just hard to believe we're now hosting recruit born after I had already graduated now.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Watching Houston-Navy...||
Regarding that attempt at a return by Navy, I don't know that's it is a good idea to catch it and then ponder actually returning it for valuable seconds, mainly because....well....that.
And now, a nice completion followed by a sack and an incompletion puts Navy in an un-triple option situation, but they manage to get most of it back.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Live Report...||
The rain is starting to taper off here, but the damage is done, especially in low and poor drainage areas - like my backyard. Indeed, my neighbor very foolishly decided to park his 1990 Cherokee in the portion of his yard where there was once a garage and it has sunk a good 2-3 inches - we could probably get it out of there in March....with the help of a tow chain. It would just be a non-starter on the golf course.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Hopefully...||
After we hopefully win, perhaps we could give them some spelling tips too....
|3 days 15 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
It was seeing the exchange with Desmond that really kind of fascinated me here - you would think that if there were a plan in place you would tell the person who wore the number so that they could, well, plan and be there. I could be way off, but that conversation makes me think the paper got wind of this idea in its relative infancy, plenty of time for it to never materialize for reasons unknown.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Watching Texas-TTU||
Decided to turn on Texas-TTU now that dinner is in the books, there are about three loads of dishes in the sink and the kids are winding down. The very first thing I notice is that Texas is so far in early season form here, although they nearly did something brilliant if not for TTU assassinating a defensive back......nearly. Still, early season form.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Funny Indeed...||
It was almost as if Rudock was trying to prevent Harbaugh from going into the game himself and losing himself totally in the moment and he only reluctantly conceded. I would expect nothing less from Jim Harbaugh, of course, not back down even from that particular scenario easily.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Watching Now...||
Haha. I laughed when Tate just turned around a casually walked into the end zone. Nice.
Also, Riddick is having a nice game for himself so far - I kind of wish I'd started him too, as someone mentioned above.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I Am Sure...||
I am sure Brian and company would be thrilled if the Beveled Guilt button was this active at the crack of dawn tomorrow....
|4 days 13 hours ago||Very Nice...||
That was very cool, and yes, I hope it does become another Ten Year War - I had only just been born as the last one was ending and it would fun to experience that in my own lifetime as my parents got to experience that one (although my father, an Indiana alum, just had Lee Corso coached games in much of that space, but he would tag along to Michigan Stadium).
|4 days 13 hours ago||Congratulations!||
Congratulations on the new addition!
As my dad still likes to tell people, parenthood is the best job you're never prepared for - I find that to be true even now when mine are 9 and 8 years old, but it is an awesome job indeed.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Happy Thanksgiving....||
From my family to everyone else's in the MGoCommunity, have an excellent Thanksgiving, and for those of you who are also Lions fans and will be watching them play the Fightin' Chip Kellys later today, here's to hopefully another win....unless you are worried about draft position, of course.
I spoke my peace in a diary yesterday, but we do have plenty to be thankful for here - as fans, as a community, and as individuals. Now, go seek out and destory that turkey, folks (with your appetite, of course).
|4 days 15 hours ago||I Remember...||
I seem to remember that too - I believe it was in that 1995-96 window. To paraphrase David Niven, who had to deal with a streaker interrupting the 1974 Oscars, I am simply glad that the person had the courage to share with the world their shortcomings.
As for the 1995 game, I was there - "The Timmy Show" was a highly entertaining show and for those who did not catch it in person, if you can catch video of it later today when you're tired of your family, it is highly recommended.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I Will Do My Best...||
If I get there early enough, I'll stop by - I am dropping the kids off at my mother-in-law's first as my wife has to work, so I might be working with tight timelines. Noon games and family stuff sometimes collide to create a mad rush sadly.
|5 days 7 hours ago||All By Myself....||
As I am all by myself this evening - mother-in-law has the kids and my wife is at work - I went with the Guinness Extra Stout. I must remember not to have the beer replace dinner, of course, even though the "meal in a bottle" concept is not a bad concept with any beer.
|5 days 7 hours ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
Here's the TeamRankings comparison for the discussion:
|5 days 9 hours ago||That One Story...||
We then spent 10 minutes calming the kid down, but in the middle of it the kid asks me "why cant we win good?" To which I also had no answer. I went to my car and grabbed a toy that my niece left in the car. I gave it to him and told him to cheer up, but I couldn't help but feel for him.
Although I hate to chuckle when you hear about kids trying to process a loss like that, the fact that this guy volunteered a toy that didn't belong to him in an effort to calm down this kid made me laugh for some reason. It might as well have been a wrapper with a half-eaten BK Tendercrisp in it - "Here, will this help?"
|5 days 9 hours ago||Terrible News...||
I had heard of the Mirror Lake jump leading to injuries before, but never death - that's the one thing you never want to hear, especially when it is something like students who were engaging in a campus tradition, turning a happy moment into a horrifying one. Very tragic and sad. Condolences to the family and friends of this student.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I Laughed...||
As I got to that part, I broke out laughing in the background of a rather serious moment in a show that my wife was watching in the family room, so I sort of had to explain myself that time (definitely not the first time I had to explain seemingly inappropriate laughter). However, I would actually be disappointed if Jim could not pull that off honestly.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Agree With This...||
There are a few things I could probably name that stand out, but this is also one of them. The fact that the playcalling is intelligent and has led to these nice, methodical drives on offense and to a defense that can change its face and adjust to whatever is in front of it has been a nice surprise. Add to that the fact that the adjustments throughout the game are directed and the staff has turned weakness into strength through some of the playcalling, and you have to say that the overall playcalling has been very fun to watch overall.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Question...||
I've been actualy wondering about how much of the Indiana film you believe that Ohio State might be scouting - it seems like the game they might actually try and pull ideas from, that and Minnesota. Do you foresee them trying, for example, zone stretch with Elliott just to see if they can get away with it?
|5 days 14 hours ago||Now I Am Intrigued...||
OK, now I am intrigued. I am curious to see where you believe the banner fits into the alleged incident allegedly involving Craig James and five hookers. I am assuming this is going in the direction of it being used either as a mat to avoid spillage on a floor or as a wrap for the deceased, but I find your take interesting.
|5 days 14 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
I will say this, that for the times that I have been down there to watch Michigan play at Columbus, it seems like Bob Ufer was indeed correct if you wander around the stadium - you see about 10,000 alumni / alumnae and 74,000 truckers. Granted, the place is far larger than it was when he said that - it's more like 94,000 truckers now.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Today And Tomorrow...||
Today, I work in the AM only and then I basically get to drop my kids off with their grnadmother at 3 PM and I will have the remainder of the day to myself as my wife is working until late.
Tomorrow, pretty much the same tradition - family arrives just in time for some part of the dinner to be running a bit behind, but then everyone eats while the Lions play and then wakes up just in time to see the final score.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Good Stuff...||
I have had some run-ins with real life myself in the course of this year - the largest one is that my father's battle with Parkinson's is starting to become a true battle on a daily basis and we had our first real scare when he had a small stroke in June. It puts an intriguing spin on holidays like Thanksigivng and - soon enough - Christmas because now I have begun to think about how many more of these will he be in my life for, but I also am learning to appreciate those moments more than I have in the past.
Through it all, MGoBlog has been a refuge of sorts for something about which I have always been passionate - Michigan athletics, the University, and the community surrounding it. Not just Ann Arbor, the city that basically raised me, but this highly engaged subset of the Michigan fanbase on MGoBlog that has, through the years, raised the bar on sports discussion with just the right hint of highly educated wit and obscure pop references to keep me coming back each day.
My thanks to the community was to take on its most thankless job, of course - being a mod. That might say a lot about my sanity and very little of it is likely promising, but it is my way of saying "Thanks" to everyone.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Same Here...||
I was in the midst of elementary school at the time, but my parents took me - primarily because I was already of the opinion that seeing Ohio State defeated was a nice day-capper. I definitely have a clear memory of this for one of the reasons some have stated - the place went absolutely nuts, was incredibly loud, but what a play indeed. We were near the Michigan bench, so that might have been the first good view I had of our now-coach.
|6 days 2 hours ago||The Exception...||
The MAC is one of those rare exceptions where I almost never check Massey or TeamRankings or any other site with predictive statistics before the game actually kicks off. I offer into evidence the fact that at this very moment, the Bobcats happen to be up 13 on the Huskies.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Full Rankings...||
Full rankings to help with the discussion:
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
18. Ole Miss
20. Washington State
21. Miss St
|6 days 4 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
"But I just think he needed to get this team more grounded. I think that train left long ago. I think the culmination was a mess on Saturday in Columbus.”
I am going to have to agree with others here - until there is a consistent pattern of game plans that turn out to be wet farts and player behavior which turns wet farts into something even more detrimental, it might be a smidge early to pull the alarm in Columbus. Of course, it may happen in time if we're going to use Florida as the basis for the assumption, but we're probably not there quite yet.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Other Reports...||
According to this article from 247Sports - LINK - Mullen is also thought to be a rather serious candidate for the Virginia Tech job, and I would think that he would be an interesting replacement for Frank Beamer if indeed that materialized (we know so little right now, of course).
|6 days 5 hours ago||The Snap Totals...||
He has played a total of 809 snaps so far this season, an average of more than 80 per game, with 635 snaps coming on defense, 150 on special teams and 24 on offense.
I actually didn't realize the average had been consistently that high all year, although with the opening of the "Peppers The RB" portion of the playbook (as well as all the work on special teams), it makes a lot of sense. You definitely can't say he is not one of the hardest working players on that team - he definitely is.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I Will Say...||
Hopefully, I am not the only one who would find having a wide receiver named McDoom on the roster rather an awesome thing. Probably one of the more appropriate names for a wide receiver in recent memory.
|6 days 10 hours ago||I've Got One...||
I've got the blue version of the shirt with the maize Ohio and lettering - actually, the only interaction that the shirt has ever caused was one that was rather amusing and a conversation I had to excuse myslf from so I could laugh. I wore it into work on storm one time (I spent a lot of time dispatching from a conference room, so no one cares how I dress in this situation) and I was walking over to get coffee and heard, "What do you have against West Virginia?"
I looked around, not even thinking someone could misidentify Ohio.
"Your shirt, Lorne..."
"Oh, no, that's Ohio...."
|6 days 11 hours ago||I Can Do This...||
This is an improvement definitely. The most startling revelation from last week's crew is that Huard and I apparently had the same or very similar sweater vests. My sweater vest has since been burned in the hope that a better set of announcers might be possible and it seems like that was achieved.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Top Four...||
If I had to guess the top four right now:
Clemson, Notre Dame, Iowa, Alabama - not necessarily in order - and that Iowa could be in that picture despite having an SOS that probably is the statistical outlier among the four is interesting.
Next four -
Ohio State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma - big guess there. Bedlam is going to be a huge game for relative final position, I assume.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Interesting....||
So when he took the job at Michigan, it makes complete sense that he'd go right back to the relationships he built while recruiting for those programs. While at Stanford, California and Texas were primary recruiting territories.
For a long time now, the prime recruiting territories per capita have been in the west and south anyway, or so it seems. I can remember places like Ohio and Illinois being big 20-25 years ago, but each year since it seems like the relative scope of schools that go there that aren't right there, if you will, decreases. That being said, I don't think this staff would simply overlook it - they do seem to have eyes everywhere sometimes.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Yeah...||
The biggest issue over here is that we are still doing some cleanup work associated from the outages caused on Saturday evening and once in a while between the gluts of dispatching people, there are down moments. Without a functional MGoBlog, those tend to be very down moments indeed. On the upside, I managed to get real things done.
|6 days 13 hours ago||About This...||
Even without the rain, it could be problematic. The snow on Saturday fell with the ground still being warm-ish, so even though there are folks like me who watch 6-8 inches fall and stick during the Penn State game, it may has well have rained from how wet it is beneath right now. The rain definitely will not help that. Fingers crossed though, as I planned to utilize the course myself.
|1 week 1 hour ago||There Are A Few...||
There are actually a few who post here with varied degrees of a regularity, and many who just lurk (I've talked to a few on Twitter actually). There is at least one regular, in fact, who played concurrently with Jim Harbaugh, come to think of it, or so I would understand from the discussions I've had with him.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Made One...||
In another group at my office, there is indeed a Buckeye, a very nervous Buckeye at the moment, but we did make a small wager all the same. If Ohio State wins, I will buy him a nice lunch at a restaurant of his choice (within a reasonable distance of the office, of course, but that was his choice), and if Michigan wins, the buyer and benificiary are simply reversed. Oh, and the loser in each scenario displays the flag of the other school in their office for a week too.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Bad Sign...||
It's definitely a bad sign for Mark Richt when he's lost control of silent commitments, meteorology and the dialogue regarding his own future within the span or a year or so, not to mention two of those in the same day.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Great Call...||
|1 week 9 hours ago||Incredibly Sad...||
I saw this come across Twitter and my heart just sank - very heartbroken for the Carr family.
I can't even imagine...and it just is not fair. Thoughts go out to the Carrs in this difficult time.
Cancer can fuck itself.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Exactly...||
This is a group that was witness to Michigan football at its most disjointed and tumultuous on many levels and they stuck together and stayed here and are seeing the beginning of a bright future for their team. I can't think of a better way for them to go out than with a win over Ohio State - that was be a fitting "thank you" in its own right.
|1 week 10 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
Yeah, it seems like the gist of Harbaugh's statement is that they are going to find more ways to fit him into situational offense schemes, which is great, but I still like the idea of him being primarily a defensive player because we really do need his speed and athleticism in the secondary in conjunction with Lewis and others. It will be interesting to see as they continue to develop the offense next year how Peppers gets used in it and how often though, although I tend to think how often would be governed largely by opponent.
|1 week 10 hours ago||The Matt Frantz Stuff...||
I read it a bit earlier, but I'll agree with this writer - the Frantz stuff was great:
|1 week 11 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Not that I would have needed much urging to be hyped for The Game, particularly this year as well as things have gone in the first year of the Era Of Harbaugh, but that video definitely did increase the hype quite a bit. Well done indeed.
I did like the tagline - "It's not just a game. It's The Game."
|1 week 11 hours ago||I Remember Now...||
I had nearly forgotten that they used to be HDNet. Watched a fair amount of hockey on that station in the early-mid 2000s actually.
They've had the tournament for four years now though, the Battle For Atlantis. That I did not know. Interesting.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I Laughed...||
Miles' teams don't win like Nick Saban's do, but that goes for just about everybody outside of Alabama. They're more fun, and so is Miles himself. Please don't deprive everyone of a head coach who explains out of nowhere that he roots with all his power for Costa Rica's soccer team, LSU.
It's worth keeping Miles for reasons like this alone, never mind the record for a moment. If nothing else, you can walk away from the pressers and interviews entertained and even knowing things you might ot have wanted to know.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Potential Replacements...||
There is already some theorizing on potential replacements, of course.
|1 week 13 hours ago||To Help Out...||
To help people out, here's TeamRankings matchup stats for The Game:
|1 week 13 hours ago||Efficiency...||
The MSU game was not our most efficient obviously, but it is interesting all the same that 3.96 yard per play and about 0.4 points per play were enough to win had that one particular fluke not happened. In recent years past, that would not have cut it against Michigan State generally.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Interesting...||
I actually would take either of those if they panned out, playing Notre Dame or Stanford in a New Year's 6 bowl. After all, there needs to be some way to get the last laugh on Notre Dame and it would just be interesting to see Harbaugh's current team play Harbaugh's former team, which has a very similar philosophy.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Actually...||
Actually, unless there has been a change that I am forgetting or am not aware of, you should be able to start threads now that you are over the 100 point threshhold. If this is the content you want to post, of course, I would suggest posting linked article or anything else substantive that you have on this to bolster the discussion. Things presented as mere rumor here typically won't last long.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Very Cool...||
I hope we get one of these with this weekend's game in Ann Arbor actually - this is pretty cool and it would give me a chance to finally tag myself in such a photo. I've found myself in a couple that they've done at Crisler, but haven't really looked at any FanCam footage from Michigan Stadium.
|1 week 1 day ago||He Was In...||
He was in there - 2 tackles, both assisted, half a TFL for 3 yards and half a sack for 3 yards were the official stats. Probably not enough to factor much into the PFF grading, but he was definitely in the game.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Heroes Trophy...||
It has only been a Big Ten rivalry of the true variety for a few years now, but even before they were both in the conference, it seemed like this game never went the way you thought it would historically. Last year's in particular was a pretty crazy game in which Iowa choked it away throughout the 4th quarter and so on into overtime, so it would be interesting to see a crazy game this year too, especially as Nebraska is fighting for its bowl eligibility here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nice...||
The story about the victory cigar was hilarious - 30 seconds still left on the clock and Evashevski lights up in celebration of a win over Ohio State in 1939. IF only you could get away with something like that today and not be read the riot act by just about everyone in sight of you.
|1 week 1 day ago||NOLA.com Article...||
NOLA.com is reporting rather voluminously on this story naturally - LINK
Something I found rather interesting:
Miles met privately with athletic department officials last week to discuss his future, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Potential termination options and strategies were discussed, including the possibility of Miles' retiring after the 2016 season.
It doesn't sound like a lot of Tigers fans have that sort of patience, to wait for him to retire after next season, but as others said, I don't think he's short of other opportunities however he leaves LSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 1 day ago||About This...||
I've done it here and there but admittedly I've not been particularly vigilant about it - we can change the timestamps on threads to something closer to the present and put it back on top or near the top. That's about as close as we get to pinning as we get, but I plan to try this out with the OSU game just to see if it helps further.
|1 week 1 day ago||His Twitter Feed...||
His entire feed is basically stilted discussion of sports or indeed stilted discussions on a host of other issues. The tweets posted by the OP, however, are probably some of the most laughable among them. It's basically like watching someone build a box around themselves which will protect them from actual life and actual information.
|1 week 1 day ago||1998 Pick...||
Terry Fair was our first round selection in 1998, if memory serves.
We drafted a lot of defense in the first couple rounds in the 1990s, particularly in the late 1990s, or so I remember.
|1 week 1 day ago||Coin Toss...||
A lot of the algorithms have had the Michigan / OSU game coming down to a point or two in either direction for a couple weeks now, so there's been a lot of talk about how - perhaps for the first time in a while - this game is essentially a coin toss from a betting standpoint. Like so many things about this season thus far, walking into the OSU game 9-2 and all that, I can take that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not Sure...||
It always seems like The Game is one of those contests that hardly ever correlates to the direction of a particular team's season, but I do wonder if yesterday's loss was so jarring to OSU that they would be walking into Ann Arbor at a psychological disadvantage. It seemed apparent from Elliott's comments and the comments of others that all may not be well in that locker room - sometimes a loss only helps things unravel further in those situations.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not Going Well...||
Would you root for MSU in CFB championship?
The crowd spoke on this one.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd Take It...||
Although I don't know how the now vastly changed BTCG picture factors in entirely, I would take the Rose Bowl if it somehow worked out that way. It would definitely still sit well above what seems like a very conservative estimate of lilkely bowls made back in August, along with record and other predictions. Who would have thought in year one, eh?
|1 week 1 day ago||Of Course...||
Of course, they would agree....well, their fans would....
|1 week 1 day ago||OddsShark...||
OddsShark does have the line summary yet, but their matchup summary to go with it is already up, at least most of it - the summary stats for each team are available anyway - LINK
The predicted score on their site favors OSU by only one point. I would imagine the line opens a little broader than that (as others have said, OSU -3 or thereabouts), but on a lot of algorithms, this game seems to be turning out to be a tossup. I would take that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thought This Too...||
I will admit, the first reply to that tweet is rather what I was thinking....sarcastically, like the person who said it:
"the first snow penis of the season is always so special"
There was even on Spartan fan (assuming so from their avatar) who thought that Cedar Village should be razed. Who shall build the snow penises then?
|1 week 1 day ago||The Game Plan...||
The fact that OSU fans are actively shopping Tim Beck for available vacancies this morning speaks volumes about what they thought about that particular game plan too, and I have to say as a third party watching that game, I don't exactly blame them. Why Beck would go so conservative at such critical points was unimaginable to me having seen Tom Herman find ways to get everyone involved on offense in previous years? I mean, on a couple plates late, they went to an offset "I", something that MSU could defend in its sleep really. I would love to know why.
|1 week 2 days ago||There Is Drinking Involved...||
While it would have indeed been nice to see an OSU win for purposes of our BTCG chances and for no other reason (you might have a problem if there is another reason you were wanting this scenario), they did choke and we actually opened a bottle of champagne here all the same. That was a couple hours ago, of course - now, it is Spaten Oktoberfest.
|1 week 2 days ago||Embed Of The Tweet...||
Here's the embed with the video - looks like he had possession all the way inbounds. Wisconsin got fucked there.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not Yet...||
Les Miles Fired
This was an unsupported story...at least for the time being. Man, LSU lately though....I wonder who they would want in such a scenario all the same.
|1 week 2 days ago||Just An Estimate...||
Well, it may very well trend downwards after the site has updated, but the estimated chances of a PSU win next week stand at 20% on Massey Ratings right now. Granted, football is a weird sport sometimes and maybe Hackenburg finds some rhythm and exploits MSU's secondary, but it isn't terribly likely. Even less likely now, I bet.
|1 week 2 days ago||TCU-Oklahoma...||
Going to spend some time with TCU-Oklahoma in a bit. Matchup stats from TeamRankings:
|1 week 2 days ago||Overlapping...||
This one didn't seem like it was going to go much of anywhere, and there's plenty of other football news / views that covers this topic on the board right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||They Weren't Kidding..||
They've spent rather a lot of airtime in the last 15 minutes of so of regulation talking about how costly errors have been in this game for MSU (turnovers responsible for both OSU TDs), but one thing that is more on display rather than explicitly being discussed is Ohio State's somewhat vulnerable rush defense - 39 carries, 149 yards, which is 3.82 yards per carry, but several were for 10+ yards.
|1 week 2 days ago||Brock Huard...||
The "cereal box" throw comment was the one that put me over the top when it came to the abysmal quality of the announcing. As someone on Twitter rightly said, Huard's basically taking his commentary cues from Cards Against Humanity - it just does not work in football, in my opinion, particularly if you don't have the personality to carry it off.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Shall Be There...||
I traded a relative for these tickets because they will be out of town, and in exchange, I gave up my chance to see us play Rutgers. I will definitely say that I got the better end of the deal - out of someone else's necessity, mind you - but still, I wouldn't miss this one for anything. Who would have thought we could be 9-2 walking into this game back in August?
|1 week 2 days ago||On 54 Plays...||
Even better, 207 yards on 54 plays, or only 3.83 yards per play on average allowed. That's a little more like it, I would say. Buried in there are only 70 rushing yards on 22 attempts for Penn State, or 3.18 yards per carry allowed. That's definitely a little more like it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Some Numbers...||
Once again, the headline on offense was the passing game - Rudock was 25 for 38 for 256 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. That's 10.24 yard per completion or 6.73 yards per attempt.
The running game...30 attempts, 87 yards, or 2.9 yars per attempt on average. The biggest contribution was from De'Veon Smith - 13 for 39 yards, or 3.0 yards per carry.
|1 week 2 days ago||Considering...||
Considering the vast majority of predictions on the board the other day, I will take that 1st half, but these games still take months off my life.
Also, hopefully there was a discussion about the offside penalties - can't keep doing that, especially when you end up giving away a first down as a result.
|1 week 2 days ago||About This...||
Whatever people may believe about Corso's value to College GameDay, I do admire his tenacity in the face of an event that does in fact sideline a lot of people for good. There was an Orlando Sentinel article written upon his return to GameDay following the stroke, and he basically doubles down on preparation insomuch as he can, even practicing sets of words out loud to avoid confusing them. He may retire soon anyway, but by appearances he was not going to let his medical status make the decision for him if he could avoid it - I do respect that.
|1 week 2 days ago||Imagine Though...||
I opened MGoBlog this morning - about 10 minutes ago - and was mindlessly scrolling through this thread and happened to stop hitting the down arrow on this photo. As a result, I am putting Bailey's in my coffee so that the haunting is minimal. After all, there is football today, and worse, I have to face family.
|1 week 3 days ago||Halftime Stats...||
Here are some of the notable stats at halftime -
Michigan eFG% - 57.69% / Xavier eFG% - 50.00%
Michigan OREB% - 26.67% / Xavier OREB% - 33.33%
Michigan FTR - 34.62% / Xavier FTR - 56.67%
Michigan TOV% - 16.69% / Xavier TOV% - 5.07%
Also, Michigan is operating with a 1.14 on PPP, Xavier is at 1.37.
|1 week 3 days ago||Minor Cleanup...||
The 1897 Ohio State Buckeyes sucked
Probably won't go much of anywhere...
Ohio State basketball loses to Texas Arlington
Already covered now...
|1 week 3 days ago||Philosopher's Song....||
Let's treat ourselves with a little alcohol and Monty Python....
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting...||
You’ll notice that the goal of the policy isn’t to prevent or disallow employees from exploiting inside information, but simply to “limit” them.
You know, that was probably the most striking thing about it. We're not going to say that you can't do it, but try to use disrection of some kind when exploiting this information. It kind of sounds like the reason that they gave for not using all the information from Enigma during WWII - that would have given the game away. Be right strategically, and pretend you know nothing on other occasions.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Would Agree...||
I would agree - whereas when MSU fans hold signs about us, something about that says volumes about how irrationally focused on us they are, to the exclusion of seeing value in their season beyond that game. When an OSU fan does the same thing, I smile because I know that after all this time, they still care and in some weird fashion it is a compliment.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Key...||
Even Miamisburg, ohio. Even in my circumstances where a good result may end with a Michigan win, and my brother in law being silent (for the first time since he got his face punched in high school) on the way back to the house.
I think that might be key and one of the things that makes the Michigan fanbase a great one - no matter where you are, if Michigan wins, you feel a connectedness and the Ohio State people in the room can be silenced.
|1 week 3 days ago||You Know...||
You know, the funniest part of this is that this mistake was made by WLNS in Lansing, of all places. You would think that if there were ever a media market where some care would be taken to avoid #disrespekt, the Lansing media market would be it. Apparently, no one will ever get it completely right, and that's just fine if you ask me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Supposedly...||
Supposedly Valenti's agent is out there with this interesting tidbit, found at the end of this tweet and in the Carin's article in the link. Mort Meisner - the agent - claims that the Lions would frequently call CBS' Detroit market manager to attempt to rein in Valenti:
|1 week 3 days ago||I Suppose...||
I suppose if it is me, you let the game be played - hopefully to a conclusion which suits you as a team - and then the ship in orbit can do its thing at 0:00
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh, Not My Fun...||
As there will be 14 other people i nthe house, all of whom really don't invest nearly the time I do in sports or indeed even care, it's more about them having fun. I'll be the one in front of the TV freaking out and pacing at various points if it gets close or there some BS call or whatever. I definitely won't be in a state to have fun per se.
|1 week 3 days ago||Banging Indeed...||
Thanksgiving is a two-week ordeal at my house usually - it begins tonight with prep for meal #1, which is tomorrow with a fraction of the family. It is at my house, the Penn State will be on despite the protests of the kids and fun will be had in lieu of a Michigan victory hopefully.
So, between freaking out about cooking and needing to do a few things around the yard before the snow, a bang would definitely help. I promise turkey snadwiches if I can keep my family from picking the damn turkey to the bone.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Asked....||
I actually asked my wife via text to reply to this thread - she knws my login as she had shadow modded in the past, if you will - but she declined sadly. It might have something to do with the fact that at 8:15 AM, which is when I sent the text, the kids were probably having those last-minute emergencies that are normal before you face school, like lost shoes that are right in front of you or the location of a four-volume set of Minecraft books.
Typically, however, she will ask how I am doing (she knows the "loss groan") and pat me on the back and tell me to Bolivia a bastard if it helps.
|1 week 4 days ago||You Know...||
Thanks to this photo edit appearing this season, I now imagine Mark Dantonio walking around every day with a bag or two of Lay's or Ruffles or something along those lines epoxyed to his shoulder. For some reason, it puts the last eight years of his life and coaching career in a fascinating and compact perspective.
|1 week 4 days ago||UCF-ECU...||
I'll be honest, I kind of tuned into this one just to see if it could live up to some abysmally low expectations that I had and the fact of the matter is that, yes, it can even fail to meet those in some respects.
That being said, Justin Holman is having a nice enough game for UCF - he is responsible for 117 of their 163 yards of total offense and threw the pass which accounts for their only score so far.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nowadays...||
I used to be a borderline wreck after losses, but once our "Long Walk In The Woods" began in earnest in 2007 (some might agrue it truly began with the death of Bo), I learned to put losses in a broader context. Yeah, they are saddening, and I drink - sometimes more than I should after them - but I've learned to be stoic about them. Catharsis helps - "The State Of Our Open Threads", for example, is actually easier to write after losses because it is me venting, and I feel better and able to face my Sunday after that.
Also, I would rather my kids see the me that realizes "yeah, it sucks, but you have to pick yourself up and go at it that much harder next week"
|1 week 4 days ago||I Don't Know...||
As much as I am a little miffed (well, a lot miffed) that they have so far not gone totally outside the camp to make these hires, part of me is a little more interested in any coach and GM hires. I can live with a Rod Wood if the understanding is (and we're talking about the Fords, mind you) that the football decisions are made by those less immersed in the current managerial culture in Allen Park.
That being said, to me this means the premium on the coach and GM hires (I am presuming Caldwell is no more after this season) is now quite high, in my own opinion.
|1 week 4 days ago||Actually...||
If you live off of Southfield Road, your best bet might be Southfield south to the freeway portion and then to hit I-96 west from there and avoid 696 and 275 altogether.
An example of how useful the Southfield can be - from where I live in Romulus, we take I-94 to the Southfield to the Lodge to Telegraph to Lone Pine to take the kids to museum at Cranbrook and we can get there in about 35 minutes in decent traffic.
|1 week 4 days ago||Already Covered...||
Big Ten SEC Challenge in football?
Like many topics, you have to get up rather early in the morning to be the first to post on MGoBlog. Actually, you may have to monitor the Internet constantly and forget sleep to do this.
|1 week 4 days ago||Disrespekt...||
More Disrespekt - from ESPN
I think we just need to agree as a group that MSU is Judge Smails in this scene:
|1 week 4 days ago||Same Here...||
I have one that keep large portion of his display up throughout the year, part of the reason being that whatever he did a few years back necessitated the stapling of entire strands to trunks. TO be fair, I see the labor saver aspect here in that he now just has to run extension cords back and forth across the yard, but the day one of those strands physically breaks is going to be an interesting day on the street.
|1 week 4 days ago||Great Article...||
Everitt was instantly popular. His attitude and back story were a tailored fit for an otherwise gritty football town. While playing center at Michigan, he broke two teeth, his thumb, a foot, his jaw and hand. After breaking the thumb on his right hand, he snapped left-handed and played on.
I still don't think to this day that you could completely destory Steve Everitt. On the field, he was toughness in human form and definitely a favorite player of mine as well. I still remember my father commenting on how he only took one game off after breaking his jaw and I could only say, "Everitt, man." I don't think further explanation was required.
|1 week 4 days ago||Voted...||
Definitely glad to count myself as contributing to the fan vote on this one as Peppers really has shown himself to be an immediate difference-maker regardless of where he is on the field basically. It will definitely be interesting to see how the other 16 votes go this year - I think he'll win this outright at some point.
|1 week 4 days ago||Never Understood That...||
That was one of the aspects of the narrative pushed so hard by the NFL beat writers that I never understood, especially since Harbaugh has turned recruiting here into the social media savvy "Michigan Experience", if you will, or at least he has been instrumental in that shift. The improvement seen in all his college stops so far would hardly be possible if Harbaugh found recruiting to be a drag.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting...||
Mullen smarter than you guys think. He let bama win so they can get a NC. Mullen knows Saban gonna leave bama after he wins another one. We just setting ourselves up for longterm success vs bama. Saban playing checkers. Mullen playing chess
If only that were the actual thinking, Mullen probably would be heralded as the most brilliant person that happened upon the SEC. Lose strategically, allow Saban to become bored with the status quo and near annual dominance. Saban leaves, and Mullen is a strong player in the ensuing revolution. If that's the case, I like where his mind is at here.
|1 week 5 days ago||That Last Point...||
Right now, though, after three below-average performances in their last four games, it is going to be tough for them to get the momentum back that they once had. But that doesn’t mean they are ever going to stop trying. They could finish 0-2, 1-1, or 2-0, and in all three scenarios none of it is going to be easy for the opponents.
By the numbers, the current chances of us going 1-1 sit around 41% or so using Massey, so that's the most likely scenario, but the larger point of this final paragraph is significant in that it is being noticed by rivals - this team does not quit, even if it looks...not good on various series. We do put up a fight.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Idea...||
The Maryland-Vanderbilt game that would surely ensue would go down in history as the only game that ended in mass blindness being the result. "Do not look directly into this inside run....", they said. The crowd did not listen. They were warned, for the fine print on the tickets listed the appropriate protective gear.
It is an interesting idea, in all seriousness. I would love to see an SEC team wonder why there was so much dandruff blowing around in a Big Ten stadium, only to hear, "No, no it isn't dandruff..."
|1 week 5 days ago||Just For Giggles...||
...a better view of the jump:
|1 week 5 days ago||A Few Years Ago...||
That seems like it was only a few years ago really, but then again the last time I can remember The Game being before Thanksgiving was 2009, so it has been a while. Actually, I remember a few threads here about the change because it did throw the schedule for the week into turmoil, as I recall.
|1 week 5 days ago||Some Possibilities...||
"The Battle For A Really Long Stretch Of I-95"
"The Old Bay Seasoning Cup"
"Cellar Dweller Bowl"
"Northeast Corridor Showdown, Presented By Amtrak"
|1 week 5 days ago||Like Others...||
There are so many ways that Penn State is NOT Indiana nor have they any hope of being Indiana on offense that this game feels like a 24-17-ish type Michigan victory.
I'll be honest, I've talked to people at work who are now scared of the Penn State game because of Indiana, and all I can ask is - "How many times do you foresee Penn State going no-huddle and running zone stretch with an RB?"
That being said, we might see echoes of the Indiana strategy on offense here - a pass-heavy game until we can establish the run, if we can. Whereas Indiana was pouring personnel in to stop the run (we probably could have put up some nice rushing numbers if they hadn't been so focused on that), Penn State can actually defend against it reasonably well without the extra hustle and effort.
|1 week 6 days ago||Watching Kansas-MSU...||
What I don't get is that Tom Izzo is still reluctant to get out there and play some help defense - that's usually what he would be doing from the box, that insanely large box that he seems to believe exists, in these situations.
|1 week 6 days ago||And Then....||
And then when one of these fine young gentlemen asks the same question in their own group, I can only think the answer ends up being something like, "Yes, it was the person with the 8 painted on their chest. Why this is the case, we can't tell you, but we are fairly certain he definitely, well....you know..."
|1 week 6 days ago||Quick Estimate...||
More will be known next week, but if you use Massy to baseline the estimated chances of us winning out, they sit at 21.42%, whereas the chances of us beating PSU but falling to OSU sit at 41.58%. As winning out is tied to our playoff hopes should they materialize, I suppose I would take a 1 in 5-ish estimate going into the final two weeks of the season. Definitely above what I thought in August.
|1 week 6 days ago||As A Rule...||
As a rule, your appointment calendar for the day of The Game needs to look something like this:
|1 week 6 days ago||Depth Chart...||
It has been said much on the blog but it is quite true - the depth chart may or may not be the depth chart. The one released for public consumption may or may not be the one that actually reflects the proposed in-game strategy. After all, there is honesty and then there is excessive honesty.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Nice...||
At the end of the semester, perhaps you could post the UFR of the class for us so that we may all at least get the gist of the discussion you are currently having. You could do "Syllabus Watch" as well as you move throughout the discussion and required reading. There is no reason that any class cannot be made into a living embodiment of this place.
|1 week 6 days ago||Carr Moments...||
Some of the Carr moments that I can remember were particularly epic when it came to reactions to questions. Actually, the on-field incident in 2003....I think he was being interviewed on the way to the locker room at halftime by Todd Harris and Harris asked him about his use of timeouts at the end of the half to extend a drive or something like that and that was the famous "Why would you ask a stupid question like that?" incident.
|1 week 6 days ago||About This...||
I think Meyer's offense is predicated on an ability to have a faster gear and go uptempo, no-huddle should they need to do that, but they don't do it all the time or even most of the time from what I've observed - I will say that I expect OSU to try Indiana-esque things though, mainly because they can. Penn State might try to rush an individual play here and there, but there is no way they try to revamp their entire scheme just for us. Like every team they've played thus far, it will be more about which Hackenburg shows up.
|1 week 6 days ago||In The Back...||
The Indiana secondary may have been overmatched talent wise, but there is no excuse for the amount of fakes the Indiana defense bit on and coverage busts they had on the back end. The main culprits were cornerbacks Rashard Fant (-5.7) and Tyler Green (-2.5). The duo allowed 99 and 134 yards respectively through the air and three combined touchdowns.
Our ability to basically make them forget we had a passing game (or perhaps they stubbornly refused to respect it) really was chuckleworthy. Several times in that game, they simply forgot about receivers, and fortunately, at moments when it mattered.
|1 week 6 days ago||Although...||
Although a fair number of those same sites want a CC number anyway and swear up and down that you will not be charged for the first 30 days of football and can cancel your football any time before the 30 days expire without penalty. They hope you don't do this, of course, and instead opt for the premium football package where you can download unlimited football from their alt-binaries group.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
“I’m gonna die leaning on my staff, too,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I trusted Jedd, what he was seeing, and the rest is history.”
You can tell that the level of communication and input - all of which flows through Harbaugh at some point - is just phenomenal, and it is part of what is translating into results, I would think. The message and the strategy are being discussed and reinforced together in games and in practice and that is much more than we can say about previous years, at least recently.
I do like that Niyo points out the FG before halftime against Indiana - the clock management on that really was superb, I thought.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Remember It Well...||
I was actually on my way back to my office in Belleville from downtown when I heard the news on the radio back in 2006. I had actually taken I-75 south towards downriver to check out a jobsite in Taylor (and to catch lunch at home since I live in Romulus), but the moment I heard, I pulled off at the nearest exit - Northline Roard, so at least I made it to Taylor - and went to the parking lot of the downriver WCCC campus and began to tear up a bit. It took longer than I thought to get the composure to drive again - I will put it that way.
|1 week 6 days ago||FEI Defense...||
#2 to #7 in FEI defense seems like a rather significant fall in two weeks. Really, it is rather a significant hit, but all the same it is very nice to see that despite Minneosta and Indiana being lackluster performances for the defense, we're still a top 10 team in this metric. I have to think the Penn State game might help this one a little bit, especially if we do well.
|2 weeks 35 min ago||Yeah...||
A run on 3rd and 17? Ryan Tannehill is not impressed as he was once asked to run a draw play on a 2nd and 24 at Texas A&M.
...and the Bengals attempt to answer only to have J.J. Watt smother and remove Dalton from the equation on that play, but nice rebound to get 1st down there....two straight actually.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Nice....||
"Do you call him Dad?"
"No, I don't call him Dad, I'm older than him."
I laughed. Very cool interview.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Not Sure...||
#Chadtough has a very similar feel to Bo's Passing in 2006
I am not sure this is the most apt comparison (and the crowd spoke on this as well), but I get what the OP is attempting to say, I think.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, the MGoPodcast is not the WTKA show which they do each Monday, so this thread and the front page post are referring to different things. Usually, a great number of users come to the board first anyway - the MGoBoard thread is more of a general "as it happens" thing, in the event anyone wants to post during the show.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Other Names...||
In the event you missed it, Testudo Times theorized on replacements last month - LINK
The more amusing part of the article comes at the bottom, when in a true-to-B1G fashion, they include the list of MAC flavors of the week and coaches who are currently in need of a job. Names in the MAC list include Dino Babers and Matt Campbell, names on the "need a job" list include your regulars like Schiano and Hoke.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I can't think of anyone in the Rutgers game or this most recent game against Indiana that had their redshirt burned. Could you be thinking of Grant Newsome perhaps? He came in late in the Minnesota game, I believe, and I could be missing a player somewhere, but him and Karan Higdon are the most recent ones insofar as I know.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Congratulations To Them...||
I would have been shocked if one of them at least weren't in the running for this recognition this week, but it is nice to see them both get recognized for a very, very nice game on offense indeed. Actually, it has been nice to see Michigan players figure regularly in these discussions over the last few weeks in particular.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that the rash of disruptions lately has put me in a position where I am attentive in all these meetings and trainings and I am not sure that this is how it is supposed to work. MGoBlog is supposed to be the salvation in those situations and there have been times - including this morning - where I have participated in work-related activities and been productive. It puts me in a weird place.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||This Right Here...||
Particularly in the later rounds of the draft and among the UDFA crowd, it seems like we see quite a few players who were forever backups or playing behind someone and getting spot duty who get their chance to show you what they can be in the pros, which is what I am thinking Rawls' story may end up being here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Already Covered...||
Who else is going to State College?
There's already a "Happy Valley Trip" thread, so we'll use that as the place to discuss this.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Looking At These...||
Texas Tech and Texas A&M in a bowl together? I don't know that you even bother to bring your DC to this one as nobody will defense particularly well. If it came into being, a Louisville-Indiana matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl would probably be in a similar boat as a "last team with the ball" sort of game. Bowling Green and Willie Fritz' version of the triple option (which has spread elements, I believe) would be another defense-free game maybe.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Caught It...||
I did indeed catch this live, and it was an awesome moment. Thanks so much for sharing it so that we could in turn share it with you as a community. That's one of the things that I think makes this blog special.
Continued good vibes being sent in the direction of your son and your family. Please keep us posted.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||12/15/1991...||
I remember the day this last happened because it was the day that my family decided to have the Christmas party for the extended family that year (can't recall exactly why it was early that year though), but that's what most of us (myself, my father, my uncles, my sisters even....and so on) were sitting down and watching despite the desperate pleas of my mother to actually, you know, socialize and eat the holiday ham with everyone.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Makes Sense...||
That's actually pretty consistent with the Sagarin prediction:
12) 85.97 (Michigan)
39) 77.14 (Penn State)
85.97-77.14 = 7.83
7.83 - 2.71 (HFA for PSU) = 5.12 in favor of Michigan.
I'll take that. It will be an interesting game regardless.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Marathon OT...||
As I recall, a great majority of the really long OT affairs happened back about 15 years ago, with Arkansas being involved in two games that went to a 7th overtime. Tennessee was involved in one or two of those as well, but I cannot recall anything like that lately. The longest in recent years that I can remember - and I could be missing something - is 4OT (didn't Buffalo have one go to 5OT in 2013 though?) and of course we were involved in one of those.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Why It's Important...||
Add panache to the Nittany Lions’ bowl game resume and keep them from slipping to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit (unlikely) or allow them to make a case for not being sent to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. – quite possible, but certainly not a locale of choice for Franklin & Co.
As others have said, this is much more about why Penn State beating us would be important to them, but I will say that it is nice to see teams wanting their game against us for reasons like this again. That being said, if they make it to the Quick Lane Bowl, someone needs to be there with the "Because beating Michigan would have been important" sign.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Here's The Tweet...||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It Would Be Interesting...||
The potential for track speed off the edge? I don't foresee many complaints about that at all. I certainly wouldn't anyway.
More importantly, welcome to Michigan, Carl Myers!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Congratulations To Him...||
After a performance like last night, where Jake really was carrying the day in several regards, this is a well-deserved honor and congratulations to him. I know there were people in the liveblog and on the board last night who were hoping - as the game wore on - that we wouldn't see "Week 1 Jake", as someone put it, but what we've seen week-to-week is improvement, in my opinion, and now some nice kudos for hard work. Well done indeed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sagarin....||
I find that slightly amusing that we come out ahead of Iowa on Sagarin's updates (Iowa is down at #20 on PREDICTOR), but it is interesting that we sit right next to them in Schedule rating.
The Massey number for Michigan surprised me a little bit, and the ratings update also drops our estimated win probability against Ohio State to 33% and against PSU to 62%.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||At The End...||
At the end of the season, the context analysis on some of the words will come - it definitely is not all negative. Indeed, more than any other year that I've done this, there have been many, many positive uses of the word. I just try to keep it on a higher level during the season because - quite frankly - my family won't let me spend the whole morning on it each week.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Brock Huard...||
Brock Huard was admittedly getting on my nerves too, even to the point where I was wishing I could pat him on the back and say, "It's OK, Brock, only most of the country saw that 55-7 drubbing of your Huskies versus Nebraska in 1998, a team you quarterbacked as I recall. We can't always play our A game all the time - you should know that."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Remember...||
The biggest advantage for any conference in having their own network - the Big Ten included - has been the expanded coverage of football, basketball and many other sports on television. We can complain about the folks doing the commentary, but yeah, there was a time not that long ago when we probably would not have seen a few of these games televised even despite the season we're having overall.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What's Interesting...||
What's interesting to be but not at all surprising is that we still maintain a slightly higher Sagarin rating than Iowa (#12 versus #16), but we are well below them (#9 versus #22) on Massey. Predictive algorithms are funny like that.
Iowa's porjected SOS was a big point of discussion in Big Ten circles back in August, and missing all the tougher matchups in the Big Ten East really have helped them out in ways I don't think we considered then. In some respects, that 10-0 record might be the lion's share of their current argument, because as others have mentioned, it hasn't exactly been a difficult 10-0.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Could See It...||
I think I agree with the assessment here - last night probably gives us a 1-2 spot bump forward, which sets us up rather well if we can take care of business in Happy Valley. It's been discussed a few times here in the last couple weeks, but in my own opinion (and it's all speculation at this point, of course) winning out - if it happens - sneaks us into the Top Ten at the very least, and that should hopefully make a New Year's Six bowl a lock if nothing else.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Close Shave...||
All I can say about that is that it is a very good thing that my son's drum lesson AND my daughter's horse riding lesson should be over by noon, not to mention the fact that both are within a 10 minute drive of the house. I may mutter about noon starts now that I have a family, but sometimes they work out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Don't Know...||
I could be way wrong, of course, but the path to a New Year's Six bowl is still pretty open (I would assume right now anyway), however it seems to me now that the path to the playoffs would depend on....quite a bit that doesn't necessarily have a good chance of materializing. I will be interested to see our poll rankings tomorrow as well as Sagarin, Massey and some other numbers just to get the baseline for all this. Much depends on our performance against PSU, I would think.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Alabama has a weak schedule lol #2
This one didn't seem to be going all that well.