is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Wouldn't a fight between||
Wouldn't a fight between Batman and Superman last, like, one panel (or approx. 3 seconds) due to Superman crushing Batman's face with one punch?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I couldn't even recall who||
I couldn't even recall who the villain was in Quantum of Solace which was just a horrible, horrible movie. The only good thing about QoS was that it introduced us to Olga Kurylenko.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||As a (David) Lipscomb grad,||
As a (David) Lipscomb grad, Belmont will always be the hated Rebels to me!
Actually, I never cared that much about the Battle of the Boulevards stuff when I was attending (David) Lipscomb but I am surprised at how easily Belmont made the transition to the NCAA from the NAIA while Lipscomb's once proud basketball program is now a complete joke after making the same transition.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Since this is a Way OT||
Since this is a Way OT computer related thread and my question doesn't merit making it's own Way OT computer related thread, I'll just ask it here:
I am considering a career change (actually don't have a career right now, alas) into computer programming and have only recently learned about coding bootcamps. Are there any MGoUsers who have attended a coding bootcamp (or know anyone who has) and could offer any insights into their experiences? Are there any people who are involved in hiring programmers who could comment on their opinion regarding the desirability of coding bootcamp graduates as potential employees versus more traditionally schooled applicants?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Personally, I still don't||
Personally, I still don't consider Nebraska to be a "real" B1G team, let them go back to the Big XII, I say.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||In Florida's case wasn't it||
In Florida's case wasn't it actually the AD Foley who didn't like Mullen? If so, then it would make sense for his opinion to matter since he is...you know, the guy doing the hiring. What Carr thinks about UM football and who the next coach should be should mean less than nothing to anyone.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Sure looks like it, doesn't||
Sure looks like it, doesn't it? Fallout FTW!
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I will be disappointed if||
In the immortal words of the Dread Pirate Westley: Get used to disappointment.
Acutally, I think UM might be able to beat MSU next season if a bunch of Sparty's good juniors leave for the NFL. OSU...not so much.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I haven't followed the NFL in||
I haven't followed the NFL in years; when did coaches start getting "traded"? I have never heard of a coach being traded before.
|27 weeks 13 hours ago||Based on that schedule and||
Based on that schedule and UM's roster (specifically the weaknesses at the skill positions on offense), I predict a 6-6 or 7-5 regular season for UM in 2015.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Harris and Campbell||
Harris and Campbell de-committed before the season started, didn't they?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||You can think whatever you||
You can think whatever you would like but you would be wrong. And I am thrilled that I have a new team, thank you very much.
You are the sort of fan that inspired me to drop Michigan two years ago.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not a UM any longer, so||
I'm no longer a UM fan (dropped the team after 2012), so Hoke didn't lose me this season (I hated the hire from day one, btw) but I present my comment I made in the discussion about Morris starting over Gardner for the Minnesota game which I feel turned out to be pretty prescient:
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I remember being befuddled by||
I remember being befuddled by native Floridians complaining when the temps dropped below 45 after I moved to Tampa (later Orlando) from Ohio. Personally, I hated the Florida summers (basically May through October) and thought the winters were the most pleasant season down there.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Minnesota won't seem so "top||
Minnesota won't seem so "top tier" after they get destroyed by OSU, Wisconsin (on the road) and Nebraska (also on the road) in the next three weeks. Michigan is actually Minnesota's 2nd best win this season. Let that sink in for a moment...
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Is there any way that his||
Is there any way that his Heisman could be taken away retroactively? This kid is the epitome of everthing that is wrong with "amateur" athletics.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||The stats (both offensive and||
The stats (both offensive and defensive) for OSU and MSU are surprisingly similar. People still think of MSU as a grind-it-out defensive team but they are scoring nearly as many points as OSU this year, oddly Sparty's defense isn't quite at its usual dominating level.
The biggest difference in the two teams is that MSU has played two good teams (Oregon in Eugene and Nebraska in EL) while OSU's best opponent thus far has been...Maryland. Add in OSU's loss to a bad Va Tech team, the near loss to a bad PSU team and that the game is a night game in East Lansing and I think the Spartans take this one. MSU by no more than a TD.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Counterpoint: The only two||
Counterpoint: The only two teams with good defenses OSU has played (VaTech and PSU) both shut down the OSU offense. In addition, MSU's lone loss was to a very good Oregon team on the road, OSU's lone loss (and they should have a 2nd loss to PSU but for the terrible officiating) was at home to a bleh VaTech team.
|32 weeks 22 hours ago||If I were still a betting||
If I were still a betting man, I would take MSU all day long at that line. Spartans will probably win this game by 24-28 pts. Under Hoke UM gets up for the rivalry against OSU and plays well, against Sparty...not so much.
|33 weeks 21 hours ago||Mississippi State is to the||
Mississippi State is to the SEC what Indiana is to the B1G: consistent cellar dweller. If Indiana had a coach who had won 7-8 games a year for several years in a row and had his team 6-0 and ranked #1 in the country right now most UM fans would be salivating at the thought of stealing him away from IU.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||I don't believe anyone feels||
I don't believe anyone feels Mullen should be UM's first (or even second) option but he seems to be a solid option.
It seems a little unfair of you to only turn the microscope of "Which teams did this coach beat?" on Mullen yet ignore it for the other coaches you have examined. I suspect you would find a lot of baby seal wins for those coaches as well.
Also, you need to remember that Mississippi State is historically the WORST team in the SEC. Yes, they have a lower all-time winning percentage than either Kentucky or Vanderbilt. Winning 7 games a season at MSU (NTMSU) is a significant accomplishment regardless of who those wins come against. It would be like pooh-poohing the fact that a 14 year old was only beating 17 year old boxers and not Mike Tyson/Muhammad Ali.
The fact that MSU (NTMSU) fans wanted to get rid of him only proves that people 1) have short memories and 2) are stupid.
|35 weeks 19 hours ago||I did not see this hit on||
I did not see this hit on Morris live (only saw part of the first half), so I have two questions:
1) Was the Minnesota player ejected? This was an obvious case of targeting.
2) Did Kalis, who appeared to be looking right at the play, do anything in retaliation to the Minnesota player who cheap-shoted Morris? I'm surprised this play did not elicit a brawl between the two teams.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||How you like me now?||
How you like me now?
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Presented without comment...||
Michiganman14's pre-season prediction for UM:
I remember having this same feeling after the 1996 and 2005 seasons. Both were dissapointing to say the least but there was a cool confidence and workmanlike approach to the seasons that followed both of those campaigns......eerily similar to this off-season.
Michigan is going to be a vastly improved football team this fall ladies and gentlemen and I will tell you why I think 10+ wins is not only possible...but likely.
1. We have a great quarterback situation. Last season Devin was under seige...still put up admirable numbers despite his inconsistency. Few Qbs in the entire country can play at his ceiling. Devin is back for his 5th year and poised for a monster season. If he should falter......I feel very comfortable with Sugar Shane rifling the pigskin to our arsenal of Man-Sized targets.
2. We have some tremendous size on the edge. I counted 6 wideouts over 6ft2 and all around or over 200lbs. That is not found very many places. We simply have some grown ass men catching the pigskin this year. I truly believe "Funchise" will dominate and the tandem of Darboh/Chesson will be one of if not thee most formidable set of starting WRS in the B1G. Let's not forget the promise Freddy Canteen has shown or the fact that Jake Butt will be back by B1G play. Blocking will not be a problem with this group either which makes way for all types of fun on the edge with sweeps and screens. (Cue the music for Norfleet and Mr. Peppers please)
3. We have Running Backs. Derrick Green has dropped 20 lbs and looks primed to live up to his lofty recruiting ranking. De'veon Smith looks primed to prove that Mike Farrel and company don't know what the hell they are talking about. Neither is a homerun threat which is problematic but there is some hope with Justice Hayes. I'm not certain what the status is with Ty Isaac but if he is eligible.....good lord. I think this set of backs will fit the hard-nosed style that coach Nuss is looking for and given our conference....I think the "home-run" back aspect is slightly negated. Nobody runs 4.3 in the winter time.....nobody.
4. There is too much talent in our O-line segment meeting room and too much pressure on Coach Funk and company to repeat last year's abysmal performance. There needs to be an edge to this group and I believe there will be. They may not be elite this year but I thoroughly expect above average line play. If this happens....our Offense will cruise to around 35-40 ppg. Thats some serious numbers and when you look at our personnel...it's very do-able.
5. Our D-line is deeper than it has been and features a potential B1G DPOY in Frank Clark. I expect a breakout year from our Senior and his bookend teammate Beyer will be serviceable at least. I prefer Charlton (6ft6 275) and Ojemudia due to their explosiveness/size but all 4 will play. Strongside ends will feature a rejuvinated and healthy Chris Wormley (295lbs) along with highly rated Henry Poggi. I am very excited to see Lawrence Marshall in action also.
6. Linebacker play will be a strength this season and likely a top unit in the B1G. James Ross...Joe Bolden....JMFR for God's sake. Nothing but quality behind them:Gedeon, Morgan, McCray, Jenkins-Stone, Gant, Wrangler and Mikey Ferns (6ft4 235). You will be hard-pressed to find a more talented group in the nation...let alone the B1G My only concern is how many of them can truly cover out of the backfield and what mismatches might be presented against the Ohio's of the world.
7. Secondary...meet Nitros aka. Jabril Peppers. He is every ounce of 201 lbs and in the neighborhood of 6ft1. Might possibly be the most heralded talent to don the maize n blue in 15 years. Excitement level = through the roof....and rightfully so. Now think about a seasoned tandem of Blake Countess and Raymon Taylor returning. Channing Stribling has elite lenght and was thrown into the fire last season. Jourdan Lewis had a breakout spring and I've been hearing that the competition is fierce at the corner spot. Brandon Watson enters camp at 190...if he can run and flip his hips at that weight...call me giddy. The safety postion looks solid as long as a few rotation players step up. Wilson, Dymonte Thomas, Jeremy Clark and Reon Dawson will fill the depth chart. Wilson and Thomas stand out to me. Peppers may very well see his Nickel role expanded if either should open the door.
8. Special Teams is a bit of a question mark because of the kicking game. Is Hagerup back to full punting duty? Can Wile make the crunch time kicks? I think our return game will be electric if Hoke puts Peppers back there. Norfleet is still a decent option if not. Overall I look at the talent and athleticism of our roster and cant help but think how good our special teams could be if outfitted appropriately. We have a lot of good football players that are dying to make an impact. If we approach special teams with a Beamer Ball mentality, we could really improve as a team and slide into that 10+ win category.
9. The Schedule will be tough as usual but there is NOT ONE SINGLE MISMATCH on the schedule. We have more overall talent than Michigan State and simply need to match their fire. It has to mean as much to us as it does them. I think you will see that this year. Notre Dame is just a matchup that I always feel confident in. It will be close in South Bend any way you slice it. I don't see an upset happening this year. We get Penn State at home and they simply do not have the depth to match us for 60 minutes. We can match Ohio talent for talent everywhere. They do not have a Jabril Peppers on their team and we have played them to a draw 2 years in a row and come up just short. There will be no fear factor heading into Columbus.
I see us with a 12-0 ceiling and a 9-3 floor. This team will not lose more than 3 games this year. It's too talented and there is too much pressure on the program in general. We have a great blend of proven talent and incoming talent. We have the most electric freshman in the country. We have a chip on our shoulder and a fiery new coordinator who is a winner. We've played a brand of football that has not been Michigan level the last few years. This season is one in which we get back to the standard of Michigan football. I won't gurantee anything as I am just a rabid Michigan fan and average poster......but I wouldn't plan too much around early December and early January. There just might be some extremely important Michigan Football games that you might have to catch a plane to go see. I predict an 11-2 record. What say you MgoFamily?
|35 weeks 2 days ago||If Morris starts and plays||
If Morris starts and plays the majority of the game againt Minnesota, UM will very likely lose the game and almost certainly seal Hoke's fate. Morris and Derrick Green were the two highly rated recruits UM has landed in the last few years that I felt were horribly overrated.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Correct. Amazingly this game||
Amazingly this game is going to be broadcast across the country (ABC in B1G country and ESPN2 everywhere else). I think it might be a case of ESPN hoping that UM will lose and Hoke will get fired on air during the post-game on-field interview.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that starting Morris||
I agree that starting Morris seems like a very bad move for UM. I think the best option would be to continue to start Gardner but let him play "backyard football" which is what he seems to do best. Utilize his athleticism and have him run the ball 12-15 times per game via QB iso's, QB draws, zone-read plays and run-pass option rollouts. It's possible he will get injured doing that but then they would just put Morris in like they are thinking about doing anyway.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||23-13 Michigan||
|35 weeks 5 days ago||nevermind....my reply was far||
nevermind....my reply was far too harsh.
|36 weeks 21 hours ago||Mullen would be a very solid||
Mullen would be a very solid hire for UM. He has coached MSU for 5 full seasons and has won 56% of his games in those 5 years. The last MSU coach to post a better winning % was Darrell Royal (the legendary coach of Texas) who coached MSU for 2 seasons and went 12-8.
MSU is a historically bad program and the SEC West is currently the best division in CFB, so he is fighting an uphill battle just trying to get 7 wins a season in that division. If he came to UM he could probably win at least 8 games a year pretty easily. In addition, I believe he is from Pennsylvania, so he would probably be amenable to moving back to the Midwest.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Has anyone mentioned Bret||
Has anyone mentioned Bret Bilema as a possible hire for Michigan? I know most fans consider BB a meathead/douche but he runs a style of offense that seems to work pretty well and would probably result in a relatively painless transition. He played for Iowa and coached Wisconsin so he has the B1G cred.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. I don't think this||
I agree. I don't think this "incident" warranted any suspension whatsoever. Are we really going to start supsending players for saying stupid sh*t in public? If so, get used to seeing lots of 3rd stringers on the field for teams across the country.
The alleged sexual misconduct surrounding Winston has no bearing on this issue. If he is guilty of whatever he is accused of, then I hope he rots in prison for a long time.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||My 5 picks from the games you||
My 5 picks from the games you covered:
Minnesota to cover -- Minny has beaten their other two lousy opponents at home by 10+, they'll do the same to a lousy SJSU squad.
UMass to cover and the under -- PSU is the worst undefeated team in the country. UMass gave Vandy a tough game in Nashville and "only" lost to BC 30-7 (BC is better than PSU).
Under in the EMU / Mich St game -- I see a 48-0 or 48-3 type score here. The bye week will leave MSU a little rusty as I doubt they spent much time prepping for EMU and a lot more time partying (McDowell will be happy...), otherwise this would probably be much worse.
Navy to cover -- Rutgers will get run over by the Middies.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||I guess I know what user name||
I guess I know what user name Brady Hoke is posting with on this site now...
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan 27 Utah 34||
Michigan 27 Utah 34
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Idaho State is definitely||
Idaho State is definitely worse than Miami U. ISU plays in the FCS and still puts up terrible records every season. They were 3-9 last year and that is one of their better seasons in recent years. They haven't had a winning season since 2003.
Idaho State is turrible. (Apologies to Sir Charles)
Fresno on the other hand went 11-2 last season and 9-4 in 2012, so I don't know if they have just fallen off a cliff this year or if the teams they have played (USC, Utah and Nebraska) are just awesome.
|37 weeks 13 hours ago||I'm an OSU fan (now). I made||
I'm an OSU fan (now). I made a post about this just before the start of the 2013 season: I was a lifelong UM fan for no reason other than I just wanted to be a contrarian. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and my father was an OSU alum. I just like cheesing my dad off so in typical teenager fashion, I decided to be a UM fan.
Now that I am older (42 yo), I simply want to enjoy myself when I watch CFB and watching UM has NOT been enjoyable for the better part of 10 years, hence the switch to my "hometown" team. I am in no way a UM "hater" (just as I didn't "hate" OSU when I was a UM fan), I hope UM gets back to a level that UM fans are hoping for and I enjoy the writing on MGoBlog...thus my contintued participation on this site.
|37 weeks 13 hours ago||Interesting, I love Craig||
Interesting, I love Craig Ross and always miss him when he is not on the show (as he wasn't this past Thursday). I think he and Brian usually have a nice repartee.
|37 weeks 22 hours ago||I'm no longer a UM fan and I||
I'm no longer a UM fan and I agree that it appeared on replay that Darboh's knee was down before the ball came out, so I think this is a case of an actual "derp" moment by the officials rather than any maize and blue homerism on your part.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Chaotic Neutral||
Chaotic Neutral: when you absolutely, positively have to play a schizophrenic psychopath but the DM says, "No evil PC's allowed."
Unfortunately for UM fans, I think Utah pulls off another "stunner" (see Uath vs. UM 2008) in the Big House this coming Saturday. Utah 31 UM 27
|37 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder what part||
I wonder what part officiating plays in the Pac-12 / MWC home vs. road disparity. Is the "home cooking" element more prevelant in those conferences? In other words, are the refs "taking over the game" and deciding the outcome due to preferential calls heavily in favor of the home team?
That seems like a real possiblitly in a situation where everyone in the conference has a large disparity in their success at home vs on the road.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty much every team in the||
Pretty much every team in the 5 "power" conferences schedules multiple "cupcakes" at home each season. UM is not exceptional in that regard.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Parlays...ugh.Back when I||
Back when I was trying my hand at CFB betting, I became ensared by the lure of big payouts via parlays and ended up losing my shirt. If I had just bet every game as a single bet, I would have actually made money as my success rate was slightly better than 60%.
I had one 5-team parlay that I missed in the final game of the bet because some team kicked a meaningless FG with less than a minute to go in the game (they still got punked) which kept me from winning nearly $500. Man I was pissed.
I stopped gambling shortly after that and actually enjoy CFB again.
Btw, that Iowa State line looks like free money. I can't believe the Cyclones are getting that many points based on the way Iowa has looked so far this year.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Nevermind||
Nevermind, my oh-so-clever joke about the Freep was already made by another wag.
|39 weeks 21 hours ago||Did they review the 4th & 4||
Did they review the 4th & 4 play by App State on their 2nd TD drive? It didn't look like the guy made it to my eyes but there was no replay in the highlights. That looked like a VERY generous spot on first viewing.
|39 weeks 22 hours ago||Agreed with a caveat. OSU had||
Agreed with a caveat.
OSU had extra time to prepare for the Navy game because it was the first game of the season and they could spend the entirety of fall practice focusing on the triple option yet they still gave up nearly 6 ypc.
I think OSU's defense might have an easier time agasint VaTech simply because they (VT) have proven to be a pretty mediocre offensive team for a while now. The real challenge will be how OSU's offense fares against a much better VaTech defense than what they faced against Navy.
The game is in Columbus and being played at night so I still expect an OSU win but it could be another close game. I'll take OSU by 8: Buckeyes 24 Hokies 16.
|39 weeks 22 hours ago||That YPP figure is pretty||
That YPP figure is pretty misleading.
WSU ran 70 total plays: 56 passes and 14 runs. Passing attempts almost always yield higher yards per attempt (7.5 to 8.0 yards per pass is pretty standard) than rushing attempts (4.5 to 5.5 yards per rush pretty standard), so a team who is as pass heavy as WSU is always going to skew towards a higher YPP than many teams who run a more balanced (roughly equal run to pass ratio) offense.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||It isn't always about what it||
It isn't always about what it means to your favorite team, sometimes it is just about disliking a particular team. Personally, I dislike Penn State and Nebraska; I didn't want either of them in the B1G and am always happy to see them lose.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||I'd make the following||
I'd make the following changes to the likelihood of win/loss chart:
@Rutgers: Lean to Win -- road night game for UM, first home B1G game for Rutgers == not the auto win that many UM fans might be expecting (think UConn last season)
Maryland: Lean to Win -- I think people are underestimating MD especially with that game being in the classic "trap game" position: right before OSU.
Northwestern: Toss up -- Yeah, NW has lost a few guys (Mark didn't play against UM last year, though, did he?) but UM has had a LOT of good fortune in the last few tilts against the Cats and I think the karmic piper must be paid soon.
I'd almost be tempted to put PSU as Must Win considering the following: UM will probably be better than they were in 2013, PSU will probably be worse than they were in 2013, UM choked away the game last year...at PSU...at night and it still took 4 OT's for PSU to win that game. This year it will be in AA...at night. I think UM is more likely to win this game than the games against Indiana and Maryland.
I still think 8-4 is the most likely result for UM this year but I concede that I have not really examined ND's roster with all of the stuff that has been happening in South Bend. I am including a loss to the Domers in my 8-4 projection.
If the 2014 version of UM played the 2013 schedule, I think they would win 9 games in the regular season. The 2014 schedule is just a little too difficult for me to project that many wins for the 2014 squad.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||No good; I have a hornet||
No good; I have a hornet fetish.
Hey! Don't judge me!
|39 weeks 3 days ago||NOTE: I am actually an Ohio||
NOTE: I am actually an Ohio State fan (now...former Michigan fan), so I am not an "enemy fan" trying to bash OSU.
The problem is that OSU always gets elite talent, at least in terms of high school rankings. I am sure that the guys who were starting in the secondary last year were mostly (all?) 4 star guys coming out of high school, too, yet most OSU fans consider them "failures" or "busts" and they had the added benefit of being older players with more time in a college program.
Stating that OSU's secondary will be "fine" simply because the guys who are starting had a bunch of stars next to their names despite the fact that they are extremely young and have little or no playing experience seems a bit naive.
Fans, regardless of their team of choice, always are convinced that the new, shiny recruits are going to be awesome even though they may have seen other highly ranked guys before them "suck". The new guys just haven't had a chance to show their flaws yet.
I expect OSU's secondary problems to persist this season because of the youth and inexperience despite the change to an "agressive" philosophy and a new DB coach. 2015 should see a marked improvement.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Conley possibly starting||
Conley possibly starting probably says more about OSU's terrifyingly shallow depth at CB than is does about Conley.
OSU scholarship CB depth chart for 2014:
one senior (Doran Grant -- starting CB),
one junior (Armani Reeves -- starting NB)
two redshirt freshmen (Eli Apple and Gareon Conley -- one will be a starting CB)
two true freshmen (Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore -- Lattimore had surgery and will definitely redshirt)
|39 weeks 5 days ago||DE (both weak and strong)||
DE (both weak and strong) along with Safety are the two areas where UM still is a little thin. Obviously, missing out on both McDowell and Hand last cycle were big blows for UM's staff. I think UM needs KLS as much as (if not more than) Roseboro because WDE looks really thin/weak for UM after this season.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||A little OT||
Ummm...is that picture of Brady from the NFL Combine? If so...did he ever step foot in the weight room when he was at UM?
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks!||
I enjoyed that read. It had enough technical stuff that I got some insight into the nutz-n-boltz of what UM will be doing in 2014 without the extruciating detail that is often favored by some on this site which just makes my eyes glaze over.
1) What is the rule change you mentioned in your Indiana prediction that "may slow the Hoosiers somewhat"?
2) Is that Cloud Giant Neutral Evil or Neutral Good? (Bonus question: Any other DnD-ers wonder why Cloud Giants were the only giant type that had variable alignment?)
|40 weeks 16 hours ago||I'd say his predictions are||
I'd say his predictions are slightly optimistic but still well in the "reasonable" range unlike many posters on this site who are convinced UM will win at least 10 games in the regular season.
I think UM's chances of beating App State and Penn State are higher than his predictions but feel that many other games (most of them, in fact) should be lower.
My prediction is that UM will likely lose all 3 rivalry games (although I wouldn't be surprised if UM pulled off an "upset" against the Domers) and at least 1 other game, so I think UM will most likely be 8-4 with 9-3 and 7-5 as other realistic possiblities. 10-2 or better seems highly unlikely IMO as does 6-6 or worse.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Wait.....there are actually||
Wait.....there are actually people on this board who seriously think Michigan will have the best defense in the conference in 2014?
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Hold on to that||
Hold on to that fee---eee---eeeeling!
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Miller is 6'2" (debatable)||
Miller is 6'2" (debatable) and 215 according to the OSU athletic website. I'm not sure where you are getting the 235 figure. Still perfectly viable measurements for a RB, though.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||That's a pretty ballsy||
That's a pretty ballsy statement right there.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I'm thinking about returning||
I'm thinking about returning to school to study either Engineering (Electrical or Aeronautical) or Computer Science and am having trouble deciding exactly which path to pursue.
I'd like to be in a profession that allows me to make a real contriubtion to society in some way and it seems like Engineering might be a better option to fulfill that goal but I am concerned about a few things re: Engineering: How much of that high-level math (e.g. advanced Calculus, differential equations) is used in an engineer's actual daily work? I have some concerns about my ability/comfort with advanced math and am not sure if that would be an impediment to my success in school or (more importantly) on the job. Secondly, are there positions in engineering that are less reliant on being the "idea guy"? I don't think of myself as a creative or inventive thinker and would prefer to be more of an implementer of other engineer's ideas. Is that feasible?
I know that there are several practicing engineers on this site, so if any of you could offer your perspective, I would appreciate it.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||There's a "That's what she||
There's a "That's what she said!" joke in there somewhere...
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Henne injured his||
I thought Henne injured his shoulder during a game (Oregon?) after getting sacked.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Just wanted to say that I am||
Just wanted to say that I am now upvoting all of your posts as long as you have that sig line. The screen name and avatar are pretty sweet, too.
|42 weeks 11 hours ago||Hope... Let me tell you||
Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing, hope can drive a man insane.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Please tell me Derek isn't||
Please tell me Derek isn't the son of Lawrence Funderburk (who played for OSU)? If he is, well...damn, I am really getting old.
|43 weeks 13 hours ago||I agree with you completely||
I agree with you completely re: Northwestern but it seems as though a LOT of posters on this site still consider N'Western as a "should win" game most seasons even when it is played in Evanston. So, I was thinking more in terms of what I felt most of the MGoPosters (especially the types like the OP) would think about UM losing to NW.
|43 weeks 21 hours ago||I've saved this post to a||
I've saved this post to a file and will be reviewing it at the end of the season. Someone writes this kind of pump up/pie-in-the-sky post every year in fall camp.
A REALISTIC view of Michigan's outlook in 2014 might be something like: 10-2 ceiling, 6-6 floor with 8-4 being most likely.
Losses @Notre Dame, @Michigan State and @ Ohio State are all extremely likely. Throw in at least one "Whut?" loss that UM seems to have every season (@ Northwestern or @ Rutgers seems most likely) and there's your 8-4 season.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||2013 Defensive Stats for||
2013 Defensive Stats for OSU's 2014 starting DL:
N. Spence 52 Tackles, 14.5 TFL, 8.0 Sacks, 4 QB Pressure, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR
J. Bosa 44 Tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 6 QB Pressure, 1 PBU, 0 FF, 1 FR
M. Bennett 42 Tackes, 11.5 TFL, 7.0 Sacks, 1 QB Pressure, 0 PBU, 3 FF, 2 FR
A. Washington 36 Tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 2 QB Pressure, 0 PBU, 0 FF, 0 FR
Bosa was a true freshman, Spence and Washington were sophomores, Bennett was a junior. Washington was the only one on that list with "meh" stats and he missed a few games (and was hampered in many others) due to a significant groin injury.
If UM had a D-line with those guys returning, people on here would be creaming their pants.
|44 weeks 22 hours ago||You "relish" seeing a college||
You "relish" seeing a college student (Braxton Miller) in "pain on the ground"?
I literally recoiled in disgust when I read that statement.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||And THIS is why I finally||
And THIS is why I finally pulled the plug on my Michigan fandom before the start of the season (this is my first post since late August)...
I never had an legitimate reason to root for Michigan: I was born and grew up in Columbus, Ohio (I still live near Columbus) to an OSU grad father and I chose to root for Michigan just to be "different." When I was younger (I am currently 41 y/o), Michigan was a good program but that simply hasn't been the case for nearly a decade now.
All Michigan fans have experienced for the past 9 years is humiliation (losses to App State and Toledo, 3-9 season in 2008) or heartbreak (losing to OSU in 2006) with nary a B1G championship during that period to salve the wounds.
Before I decided to bail on UM in the offseason, I found myself constantly arguing with other UM fans online about the state of the Michigan football program. I don't believe (and never did) that Hoke was a Michigan caliber HC. I think he will hang on for another two "bleh" seasons and then get axed. I think OSU will continue to be the consistently dominant program in the conference and win the conference title about 2/3 of the time. I said all of these things before the season and was routinely crucified by my fellow UM fans.
I realize that the term "fair-weather fan" applies here, but I am not from Michigan and never attended UM. There are no rewards for being a "true fan." I just can't put up with the mediocrity that is UM football any longer. I want to ENJOY watching my team on Saturdays again as I have not for many long years. I did not root for any team this past season but I had made a vow to myself before the season that IF OSU went undefeated again in the regular season, I would bow to the inevitable and adopt OSU as my new team.
So...I am pulling a Justin Boren. I hope UM finds its way again and returns to a level of quality that you all are anticipating/hoping for. I look forward to great battles between OSU and Michigan but I will be cheering for the "other side" now.
Good Night, Good Bye and Good Luck, UM fans
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I'd be interested to know how||
I'd be interested to know how Burrell and Settle feel now that they have visited but STILL haven't been offered. That has to put Michigan behind some other big-time programs. Just weird.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||More to the point, YSU might||
More to the point, YSU might actually be better than MSU's previous two opponents.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Yeah, I literally did that||
Yeah, I literally did that cartoon move where I pulled off my glasses, rubbed my eyes thoroughly with my knuckles and double-checked the line for the Iowa-Iowa State game. That line looks really off. I think ISU lost to an FCS team at home on opening weekend, so I guess that is factoring in but ISU has had a lot of success against the Hawkeyes in Ames for sometime now. I expect the Cyclones to win that SU.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Braxton Miller at #18 on||
Braxton Miller at #18 on anyone's draft board? Seriously?!?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Yeah, many UM insiders||
Yeah, many UM insiders actually thought we lead for Day early (Feb/March) and were mildly surprised when he committed to ND. I'm not sure where Brian heard that UM wasn't seriously recruiting Day.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Sadly, this would qualify as||
Sadly, this would qualify as a moderate and thoughtful response from the average SEC fan.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Looked like helmet to helmet||
Looked like helmet to helmet to me. I didn't see the game but my first reaction on seeing that GIF was "Did Funchess get ejected?" because according to the new rules he should have been.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I'm still really confused on||
I'm still really confused on Michigan pulling the plug on the Montae Nicholson recruitment. UM is apparently still recruiting safeties but not Nicholson. Does anyone have information on what precipitated that move?
Oh, and regarding Hand NOT wearing UM gear...I think it is definitely time to ZOMG! PANIC!1!
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Apples and Oranges...||
Apples and Oranges...
|1 year 38 weeks ago||They aren't just losing they||
They aren't just losing they are getting abused on their home field by an FCS squad. CMU has two offensive possessions with 6 plays and 15 yards, while NH has over 120 yards already. Looks like CMU might have been a lot worse than many of us thought and kind of diminishes what happened last Saturday.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I didn't realize that was||
I didn't realize that was even a legal number for a QB. Not a fan of these legends jersey things at all.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Michigan wins but doesn't||
Michigan wins but doesn't cover: UM 24 ND 21. Domers miss at least one FG and b*tch about it for the next 365 days.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I have gone back on forth on||
I have gone back on forth on who I think will win this game for some time now, but I would definitely take ND and the points at +4.5. For a long time, I was picking ND to win this straight up; however, as of today, I am picking UM in a nail biter: 24-21.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Inquiry: Is the penalty for||
Inquiry: Is the penalty for blocking in the back only possible on special teams plays? The first time I saw that play, I was all, "ARGH! Black why you no make TFL?!?" After I watched it again and it seems that the CMU tackle blocks Black in the back just as he is about to hit the RB, shoving him off course. Why no penalty?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||"Clanking and clunking" would||
"Clanking and clunking" would probably be a more apt description of what MSU was doing against WMU.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Lawful Neutral (CMU) vs.||
Lawful Neutral (CMU) vs. Chaotic Evil (MSU)?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Your second point is, to me,||
Your second point is, to me, the more important one. I can remember watching Oregon games where the crowd immediately started booing every single time an opposing player went to the turf because they assumed that the player was faking the injury at the behest of his coaches. News flash Oregon fans: sometimes kids DO get injured in football games. When that happens, it just makes that fanbase look awful.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||No, they can't.||
No, they can't.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Welcome back, jamie!I have||
Welcome back, jamie!
I have given up gambling because I was never serious enough about it to actually do all the research that a true degenerate must do to make a decent profit but I still enjoy reading your stuff.
Btw, that's a misprint with Northwestern as 8, then 6, point favorites over OSU, right? Right?!?
I'm definitely "selling" on Northwestern this season but I'm a little surprised to see that much of a shift in the NW vs. UM game. Finally, I'm going with my gut and predicting a loss for Northwestern this weekend in Berkely.
RE: the Heisman...I really cannot understand all the "love" for Miller (not just because I am a UM fan) as his numbers from last season were no where near Heisman worthy and I doubt he'll have a huge jump in his third season as a starter. Personally, I like Marcus Mariota a lot. He put up better numbers than Miller last year in his first season as a starter and I am expecting a nice second year bump plus I think Oregon still has a great chance to win a lot of games this season even with the departure of Kelly.
Marcus Mariota == Heisman winner...Book it!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Nope. Vegas win total prop||
Nope. Vegas win total prop bets are regular season only. I'm reasonably confident that UM will get 9+ wins in 2013 but not confident enough to put any money on it.
I don't use no fancy 'rithmatic but I agree with the Mathlete on PSU and Northwestern. I am predicting 7-5 seasons for both with an "upset" non-conference loss for each: Cal for Northwestern and Syracuse for PSU.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'm guessing the other nine||
I'm guessing the other nine plays in the Top 10 are the Clowney hit on Smith.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Trust me, that is NOT a good||
Trust me, that is NOT a good thing. That is simply by default.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||So...you're saying that||
So...you're saying that coaches are allowed to change these depth charts week-to-week? That's just crazy.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'm just assuming (possibly||
I'm just assuming (possibly incorrectly) that all of the true freshman listed on the depth chart are going to play. They might only play on special teams, but I think they will play; otherwise why not just list every scholarship player somewhere on the chart?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Link?||
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Actually, the designations||
Actually, the designations are just "left" and "right" on the chart and that is supposedly the nomenclature the coaches are now using.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Did you not see the asterisk||
Did you not see the asterisk by Avery's name designating that he is injured? Jake Ryan (who is listed as injured just like Avery) is also listed third on the depth chart at SAM, do you really think that he is that low on the chart? Based on what I have heard/read, Avery would have been the starting safety if not for the injury issue. Unless Wilson shows up early, I expect him to get replaced.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'm more surprised by||
I'm more surprised by Hollowell's inclusion (even though it has been reported he has performed well in camp) because at this point I just assume that all Cass Tech guys are horribly overrated and never expect them to make significant contributions.
NOTE: I really hope this is the case with Damon Webb.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Kugler is a true freshman OL||
Kugler is a true freshman OL coming off of shoulder surgery. Not at all surprising that he is absent from the depth chart.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Different strokes for||
Different strokes for different folks; I prefer the new banner.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Thank you.||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Honestly, I was (and still||
Honestly, I was (and still am) expecting Joe Reynolds, not Jeremy Jackson, to be the opening game starter at the #2 WR spot. Jackson hasn't even shown up on the limited highlights we have seen from fall camp while Reynolds has made several nice catches and, like Jackson but unlike Chesson, is a senior.
Green might not be pleased with the situation but his weight does appear to be an issue. I'm not sure if they will redshirt him or just hope he gets into decent shape by the middle of the season. Based on the extremely limited stuff we have seen, De'veon has actually looked like the 2nd best RB on the roster right now.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||If he wants to maximize the||
If he wants to maximize the possible number of years to be the starting QB at Michigan he should want to redshirt. Unless Gardner goes pro after this season, Morris is looking at not being the starter until he is a true junior.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Can you think of anything||
Can you think of anything more logical than being a UM fan?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I really hope he isn't. I||
I really hope he isn't. I imagine this will be viewed with a jaundiced eye by the other schools Hand is considering (Bama and Florida) and, quite frankly, this sounds just like the kind of shady stuff Saban is known to do.
Remember when Bama played a bowl game in Orlando and practiced at the school where HaSean Clinton-Dix and Demetrius Hart played? Bama spent a bunch of money fixing up that school's football facilities and I am sure it had NOTHING to do with those two 5 star recruits Bama was pursuing at the time. Btw, in case you forgot, both signed with Bama...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||If that means that our||
Jamiemac just had a heart attack.
(Btw, whatever happened to Jamiemac? O wherefore art thou, Jamie? Degenerate gamblers across Wolverine Nation want to know!)
|1 year 40 weeks ago||It sucks for Morris as he||
It sucks for Morris as he would probably prefer to redshirt and get the opportunity for as many years as possible as the starting QB for UM but "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...or the one" and UM will need him to have some experience should disaster strike and he has to play significant snaps.
Conclusion: Gotta play him as much as possible.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||This is the first time I have||
This is the first time I have seen any footage of the OSU game. Did they call Roundtree for a "pick" on the PI flag? If so...total horesh*t call. That call is only made when it is Michigan playing at OSU with OSU playing for an undefeated season.
Additionally, what is up with the ref NOT calling the obvious jersey-grab by the OSU CB when Gallon had a step on him? That dude was staring right at the freakin' play. Is he a narcoleptic who just happened to fall asleep on his feet right when contact was made?
I am glad I didn't watch the game live because UM lost, but am annoyed now that I have seen these "highlights" (...in botched officiating).
UM better get some "makeup" calls in AA this year.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Okay...you are a homer. OSU||
Okay...you are a homer.
OSU is recruiting just as well as UM, if not better, in Urbz short time there.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Spence was a commit to OSU||
Spence was a commit to OSU with Urban as HC...but he was considered a very strong lean to PSU until the whole Sandusky mess broke.
Urbz has shown a great aptitude for picking the carcasses of other teams' recruiting classes when something bad happens to those teams. He got 4 big time guys who were either committed to PSU or very strong leans to PSU (Spence, Tommy Schutt, Camren Williams and Armani Reeves) last year as well as the WR/RB every one is panting over (name escapes me) who was committed to Oregon but decommitted after Chip Kelly bolted for the NFL. As a consquence, I've taken to referring to Urbz as "The Vulture."
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I forsee this as a new "Areas||
I forsee this as a new "Areas for Improvement" category on Scout.com: Ambidexterity.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||You're on the list...||
You're on the list...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Oh, don't worry "they" have||
Oh, don't worry "they" have taken down names and when negging resumes you will find yourself the victim of numerous seemingly random negbombs.
I presume that by making this post, I have also made "the list."
|1 year 40 weeks ago||They better have the kickoff||
They better have the kickoff no later than 12 noon. Otherwise spectators might miss the Early Bird Special at The Sizzler down the street.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||You think you're better than||
You think you're better than me?!?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Maybe he was riffing on the||
Maybe he was riffing on the deleted scenes segment on the Seinfeld DVD which showed Jerry Stiller screwing up saying "Del Boca Vista" in every possible combination you could imagine. Pretty funny stuff.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||By how many is MSU favored?||
By how many is MSU favored? If it is 3 pts or less, then I think that qualifies as a "tossup." I am definitely NOT a UM homer (I have actually been called a "closet Buckeye" or "closet Sparty" several times on the interwebz) but I would be pretty darned surprised if UM lost to UConn even though it is a road game. UConn has been pretty bad for a while and that is going up against weak Big East competition which is still worse than the B1G. I am not expecting UM to blow UConn off the field but I would be LESS surprised by UM winning big (21+) than I would be if UConn won. I guess I might agree with putting them in the "likely win but..." category.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I disagree with placing ND in||
I disagree with placing ND in anything but "tossup" in either scenario. Yes, the game is in Ann Arbor and, yes, it is at night, but ND has the best front seven UM will play all season and seeing as how it is only the second game of the season, I think the interior OL will get eaten alive. I forsee UM having great difficulty running the ball and keeping Devin upright which will probably result in a lot of turnovers. Personally, I'm predicting a loss (one of three on the season) to the Domers.
I appreciate your work on this and feel this is one of the more reasonable predictions I have seen thus far. Unfortunately, all fanbases are subject the phenomenon of overvaluing their favorite team in the offseason and I see far too many UM fans predicting an 11-1 or 12-0 season simply because that is what they hope will happen.
8-4 to 10-2 seems like the most likely range for the season with 9-3 being my prediction. I forsee losses to ND and two conference losses which might not be good enough to get to the B1G championship game.
Side Note: I like the Game of Thrones television show but found the books to be rather ponderous reading. I only made it completely through Game of Thrones and stopped about 100 pages into Clash of Kings. Amazing what the difference in medium can accomplish.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||It's unfortunate that Morris||
It's unfortunate that Morris and Bryant were not able to participate as they really could have benefited from the scrimmage. Gallon and Black don't really need the reps or simulating a game experience but those two youngsters needed that big time.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The only sack Lewan was||
The only sack Lewan was credited with giving up last season was against true freshman Adolphus Washington IIRC. I was under the impression that Washington was moving inside to the 3 Tech spot this season, though. Does anyone confirm or deny?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I was actually picking Cal to||
I was actually picking Cal to upset Northwestern and maybe give OSU a scare until I read earlier this week that the Bears are going to be starting a true freshman at QB. So...yeah, not so much.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||OSU is esentially an SEC team||
OSU is esentially an SEC team now in the eyes of the media with St. Urbz (hallowed be his name) at the helm.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||With absolutely no inside||
With absolutely no inside knowledge, I am predicting that Ballage ends up at Nebraska. I'd like to see him in a winged helmet but I don't think it will happen.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Apparently the strange juju||
Apparently the strange juju that the state of Mississippi holds over in-state recruits has now affected the mainstream media as well. Ole Miss will be no better than 7-5 this season and Miss State will be fighting for bowl eligibility.
Not even going to bother discussing Michigan State at #13 except to point out that Pete Fiutak is usually involved in these predictions and he has a crazy hard mancrush on Dantonio and MSU, so not really all that surprised.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Right now UM has 13||
Right now UM has 13 scholarships available for 2015 if all of the RS Juniors (there are 5 of them) return in 2014 for their senior season, which I believe is unlikely. I would guess that the class is no bigger than 16 in 2015 unless there is an unexpectedly large amount of attrition.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||
|1 year 41 weeks ago||There has to be some MAJOR||
There has to be some MAJOR distortion in that picture of the OL because Schofield and Lewan (the farthest back) look almost tiny when compared to Braden and, to a lesser extent, Kalis. Based on comparion using that photo, Braden would be like 6'11" and 370 lbs relative to Lewan's known measurements.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Slight caveat re: Jeremy||
Slight caveat re: Jeremy Jackson's block as he was going up against TRich who looks like he should still be playing high school football. Chesson, however, did blow up "the Chosen One" aka Dymonte Thomas.
Who is #31? I don't see that number listed in the roster on MGoBlue.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||They just keep using letters||
They just keep using letters in the first name until they get to a place that differentiates the two. Jack will likely be Jac. Wangler and Jared will be Jar. Wangler.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Based on that collection of||
Based on that collection of opinions rendered (along with the prediction of a 16 pt loss to MSU), it sure sounds like they have some Sparties doing the bulk of their writing.
EDIT: I just read the full article on ESPN (Yay for $5.00 Insider!) and it is Fremeau who is making those ridculous predictions (does he write for Football Outsders'?). According to his margin of victory predictions, UM will only beat CMU, Akron, Minny and Indiana. He states that ND will have the 10th best offense in CFB (lol, wut?) and OSU the 7th best defense (lol, wut? redux).
|1 year 42 weeks ago||My recollection, which may||
My recollection, which may admittedly be flawed, is that UM was considered the leader for Pocic and then stopped recruiting OL because they initially only planned to take five in 2013, so Pocic was basically told that there was no longer a spot for him. He committed to LSU and then the coaches, for whatever reason, later decided that they wanted a sixth lineman in the class and had to "settle" for Samuelson because most of the higher ranked guys that we were in good shape with (including Pocic) had committed elsewhere by that point.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Ethan Pocic (the OL we turned||
Ethan Pocic (the OL we turned away because we were "full"...and then later took a commit from a generic 3*) at #44 and Les Miles says he might play as a true frosh for LSU.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Isn't Kugler coming off of||
Isn't Kugler coming off of shoulder surgery? I'd expect that, along with the fact that he is a true frosh, to make it extremely likely that he redshirts.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||1. Fiction -- There is so||
1. Fiction -- There is so much hype around Miller and his team will likely be in the MNC discussion all season. Perceptions will not change that easily...and it's quite possible that Miller will actually be better than Devin.
2. Fiction -- One of Darboh/Chesson will get a decent number of receptions (30-35) but the other will be a little used reserve and only get 10-12 catches. Gallon will get 45+ by himself and Dileo will add another 12-15.
3. Fiction -- I'll believe the hype AFTER I see it on the field. He had 2 sacks last season.
4. Fiction -- I think Ross will be pretty darned good but I think he won't be any higher than 2nd team All B1G.
5. Fictions -- Ugh. Another year without a B1G championship. I think Nebraska wins the Legends with their soft conference schedule.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||That bit is only funny if you||
That bit is only funny if you include the hashtag (#).
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm a little surprised that||
I'm a little surprised that the staff did not wait until Dwight Willams made his official visit, for the ND game IIRC, to assess their chances with him before making this offer. I wonder if they have already come to the conclusion that he is a longshot and decided to just "write him off" as a prospective Wolverine. It seems like they could have waited another 6-8 weeks to make this offer and they probably still would have been able to secure Wangler's commitment at that time.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Query: What is the difference||
Query: What is the difference between the WILL and MIKE (responsibilties, skills required and ideal body type of player) in Michigan's current defensive philosophy?
Any coaches or reasonably informed laymen feel free to chime in.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Agreed. The good news is that||
The good news is that Dave Brandon, in his infinite wisdom, has seen fit to schedule App State in 2014 so we can all relive the memories again...and again...and again.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||For some reason, I always||
For some reason, I always read "Dymonte" as "Dyn-o-mite!".
|1 year 43 weeks ago||A visual representation of||
A visual representation of the average college football fan who follows recruiting...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah, that seems a||
Yeah, that seems a little...ambitious. But, hey, like Casey Kasem says, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
|1 year 43 weeks ago||So....basically a 23 part||
So....basically a 23 part interview with Leonard Fournette and Jabrill Peppers.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||No inside dope but by piecing||
No inside dope but by piecing together various things from the UM blogosphere and whatnot, I think that there was a belief in some circles that Malik McDowell was going to commit to UM soon. I don't think it is actually going to happen, though.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Umm...those are a rather||
Umm...those are a rather unfortunate set of abbreviations you used there.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Because the rankings are not||
Because the rankings are not only based on how a team did last year but how voters think they will do this year?
I've looked at USC's schedule and they look like a 9-4 or 10-3 (they play 13 reg season games in 2013) regular season team IMO. If anything, they are probably ranked a little too low.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Why do you expect N'Western||
Why do you expect N'Western to beat Nebraska in Lincoln? I know that they did manage to do that two years ago, but expecting that to happen again seems odd. Northwestern has a better team this year than they did last year but their schedule is much harder and I think they will finish with a worse record (8-4 or 7-5) than last season.
Nebraska is the real threat to UM in the Legends division as they have the combination of a good-ish team and an easy conference schedule. MSU's schedule is probably just as easy as Nebraska's but they won't be good enough to take advantage of it to win the division.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||According to some UM||
According to some UM recruiting guys, UM is currently sitting in third place for Alabi behind Tennessee and Ohio State. He is definitely NOT a UM lock.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Unfortunately, that seems to||
Unfortunately, that seems to be the general consensus among the "gurus." I am also not pleased at the prospect of only taking four OL over two classes.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Your post is exactly why I||
Your post is exactly why I don't "geek out" over "elite" recruits. Campbell and Harris may be great, they may be decent or they may ride the pine. There is just so much uncertainty that is seems foolhardy to get overly excited about recruiting.
Side Note: I couldn't even remember who "McNeal" was when I first read your post and had to wrack my brain to finally come up with Bryce McNeal from Minnesota who de-committed and ended up at Clemson. I think he rode the pine for the Tigers IIRC.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm not going to downvote||
I'm not going to downvote your opinion but I feel compelled to state that it is not really fair to compare other RB's you might see to Fournette and then dismiss them because they don't measure up. Fournette is one of the best RB prospects I have ever seen and is as close to a guaranteed All American, 3 year and gone in the first round to the NFL-type RB as you will find.
Harris is definitely NOT in the same class as Fournette but he is still pretty darned good. My only "concern" about Harris is the level of competition he faces in a small town in central Kentucky.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I am Jack's total lack of||
I am Jack's total lack of surprise...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Did anyone look at the tweet||
Did anyone look at the tweet by Sam Webb and see Damon Webb Sr. bagging on UM? What is up with that? Weren't the Webbs UM fans before the son committed to OSU? Why would they suddenly be so vociferous (I have read that the son also tweets a lot of derogatory stuff about UM) in their dislike for UM? Was there something "odd" that happened during his recruitment by UM that turned them 180 degrees in their fandom so quickly?
How many more questions can I ask in this post?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Florida only threw for 140||
Florida only threw for 140 ypg last year and 190 ypg in 2011, so I don't know why any UF fans would be bringing that up as their passing game has actually been worse than UM's the past two seasons.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Dude...time to change your||
Dude...time to change your sig line.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||For some reason ESPN has||
For some reason ESPN has Campbell listed as an "athlete" rather than a WR. He is higher rated than UF's guy: Campbell is #3 in the ESPN Top 300 for 2015 while Phillips is "only" #11.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||That is like Florida:||
That is like Florida: northern Florida (the Panhandle, primarily) is kind of like the South while the further south you go in Florida the less like the South it is.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I use this sure-fire test to||
I use this sure-fire test to determine if a state is "in the South": Do they put sugar in/on EVERYTHING except cornbread (which is supposed to have sugar)? If the answer is "yes", then they are part of the South.
Alternate test: Do they deep fry everything that isn't a liquid? If "yes", you are in the South.
I grew up in Ohio and went to college in Tennessee. I was horrified when I went to a restaurant and discovered that the green beans had sugar but the cornbread (which tasted like sawdust) did not.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Where is the KNOWLEDGE to||
Where is the KNOWLEDGE to tell us what has already transpired?
My list of likely prospects (in order of probability from highest to lowest):
I think that will close out recruiting. I do think it is possible that UM might land Ballage who could be "blown away" when he (finally) visits Ann Arbor.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||It's odd that those tweets||
It's odd that those tweets were made on the 21st, yet this sudden "will he, won't he?" situation only seems to have arisen yesterday. I'd have thought someone in the UM recruiting stalkerazzi whould have noticed this earlier in the week and commented on it.
NOTE: I am NOT in anyway suggesting anything "fishy" is going on.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I still disagree with the||
I still disagree with the basic premise that UM has an "easy" schedule this year. I think UM fans who make this statement are doing so because UM doesn't appear to have any games where they will be a heavy "dog" as opposed to last season with the "big four" away games of Bama, ND, Nebraska and OSU where UM was definitely expected to lose. The rest of the 2012 schedule was not too difficult with the exception of MSU and NWestern and UM benefited from having those games at home.
The 2013 schedule has more room for uncertainty, in my opinion, as there are only five/six games where I am confident UM will win: CMU, Akron, UConn, Minnesota and Indiana. The sixth game is Iowa and UM should beat Iowa but I am not as confident in calling that an "auto-win" like the first five because of UM's history of struggling with the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. The remaining six games are all (at best) toss-ups and I could easily see UM losing any (or, gulp, all) of the six: ND, @PSU, @MSU, @NW, Nebraska and OSU.
Last season, I thought UM's floor was 7-5 and their ceiling was 9-3. This year, I think the floor is 6-6 and the ceilng is 12-0. Neither extreme is likely and I think UM's realistic range for next year is 8-4 to 10-2, so I think the under is a pretty safe bet. Personally, I am predicting a 9-3 regular season for UM.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Agreed. I know people are||
Agreed. I know people are frustrated about what happened to them but they clearly just signed up for the wrong billing plan: in order to get the free trial untl the end of the year you had to agree to the annual payment plan. It was a little confusing but I managed to sign up for the right plan and I didn't even graduate from the University of Michigan.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yep, Gordie is right. Those||
Yep, Gordie is right. Those of us who are on 24/7 knew all about Artavis Scott committing to Clemson well in advance. I was surprised when I saw the shock over here until I remembered that it was 24/7 where I had read the "inside" scoop. Then I was surprised that said info had NOT made its way over to MGo.
Btw, I signed up for the "Free until the end of the year trial" and I have NOT been billed for anything...yet.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yeah, but, that's like the||
Yeah, but, that's like the Old English way of spelling "team", right?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Tell Jake that I've got 6 (or||
Tell Jake that I've got 6 (or 36) lbs to spare should he need them. I won't miss them at all.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||That's what I'm expecting. A||
That's what I'm expecting. A loss to ND and two conference losses most likely coming from the away games at PSU, MSU and NW.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'm surprised by the||
I'm surprised by the disparity in the win % for UM versus Notre Dame and OSU. I think the ND game will be more difficult as Michigan's OL will likely still be very raw that early in the season but I think OSU is actually a little bit better than ND. A 13% difference seems too great.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'm not quite prepared to go||
I'm not quite prepared to go as far as predicting a win for Cal, but I think this could be a shocking loss for OSU during their "Coronation To AWESOMENESS!" tour (aka 2013 regular season schedule).
As you pointed out Cal gave OSU all they could handle last season in Columbus (they actually outgained OSU by about 100 yards and missed 3 FG's in a 7 pt loss) and now the game will be in California with its accompanying 3 hour time change. Add in a new offensive philosophy for Cal (no huddle spread attack) which OSU will not have seen much film on and I think this is actually one of the more likely possible losses on OSU's schedule and that says a lot about just how pathetic their 2013 schedule is.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Yeah, to borrow from our||
Yeah, to borrow from our Buckeye "friends", Williams offer was no longer committable. Seriously, this time.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||One word: Kilt.||
One word: Kilt.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Yes, I would be fine with RR||
Yes, I would be fine with RR or any past UM coach reporting a violation committed by UM. If UM was cheating then they would deserve to get caught regardless who reported them. You can choose to disbelieve that assertion all you want but it doesn't make it any less true.
I'm a little disappointed in you, Don, you are usually better than this.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Tranquill has indicated that||
Tranquill has indicated that he wants to commit in the near future (by the end of July IIRC), so UM would probably only get him if they got him to flip. Interestingly, one of his Top 5 teams right now is Purdue and we all know UM's recent history of swiping Purdue players late in the cycle.
I, too, would like to see Ballage make it to campus. I think UM would have had a pretty good shot at him if he ever made it. Unfortunately, I have a sneaking suspicion (no evidence at all, just my gut) that Ballage won't ever make it out to UM. Not a total disaster as RB is not a high priority in this class but I liked his overall athleticism and nice hands.
I think UM has a "shot" at Smith...say, 10-15%. Not a good shot, mind you, but a shot. As I stated previously, UM has NO shot at Jackson.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Are you basing your assertion||
Are you basing your assertion that Cornwell was "massively upset" on the one tweet he made expressing his disappointment or was there more to it than that? If that one tweet is all you are basing it off of, then I think you are, well, massively overstating the situation both in regards to his disappointment and the probabilty of his committing on the spot.
Btw, re: Adoree Jackson...repeat after me: Jackson is NOT coming to UM...Jackson is NOT coming to UM. He has made it clear that track is just as important (if not more important) to him as football. He will be very likely be heading to the SEC with Florida or LSU being the most likely destinations as they have great track programs as well as great football.
Also, Canteen has confirmed that he is "only" 6'1", not 6'3".
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I don't have a problem with a||
I don't have a problem with a coach "ratting" out his former team as I don't feel you have an obligation to ignore rule breaking by anyone. The real issue here is that Urbz is well known to utilize this little tactic himself. It's the blatant hypocrisy that bothers me.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Rodriguez was the coach when||
Rodriguez was the coach when Denard was running track.
I had already written Adoree off when I learned of his lofty goals for track (Olympics) but I suspect that he will probably not participate in track while in college at the level he is anticipating as he will be working his a** off for his scholarship sport: football.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Phil lives in Cleveland, Ohio||
Phil lives in Cleveland, Ohio and has admitted that he is an OSU fan, thus the UM hate. He claims that he is completely impartial in his evaluations but his track record of overvaluing OSU and its personnel (look at he number of OSU guys he puts on his All Big 10 teams every freaking year) while usually bagging on UM belies his claim.
For the record, I think OSU will probably go 11-1 in the regular season (with their schedule anything worse than 10-2 would be an epic failure) and has an outside shot at getting into the MNC game but his prediction of the Gator bowl for UM is preposterous.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Thanks for your responses as||
Thanks for your responses as well, Coyote. I had forgotten that you are also a football coach. Didn't mean to "diss" you by not addressing my question to you along with Magnus.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Thanks, Magnus. As I||
Thanks, Magnus. As I suspected, UM is looking a little light at the WILL especially if Poole is unable to continue his playing career as is still being speculated.
Follow up question: If UM were to take a fourth LB in this class (unlikely, I know), who do you think would be a good fit for the WILL spot?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Ummm...so I got negged for||
Ummm...so I got negged for asking another poster's opinion on depth charts? Really?
I can't tell if someone just hates me or if they hate that I asked for Magnus' opinion. Either way, this board has really gone to Hell.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Magnus, I would be interested||
Magnus, I would be interested to see your projections for the three LB spots including players already on the team as well as those who have signed LOIs (2013 kids) and those who have verbally committed (2014). Where do you see these guys likely playing among the WILL, MIKE and SAM spots?
Thanks in advance.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Well, I guess my||
Well, I guess my understanding of what positions these guys project to is WAY off. I honestly thought all of those guys were more likely to be WLB's. Disregard anything I have said in this thread...as I'm sure most posters have already done.
I thought SAMs were kind of like mini-DE's in this defense, meaning that they would need to be pretty tall (6'3" minimum) and heavy (240+ lbs) with good enough speed to keep contain at the edge and rush the passer. I sort of envisioned Shawn Crable as the ultimate SAM. Am I comepletely off in this line of thinking?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Furbush would be the most||
Furbush would be the most reasonable from the standpoint that he is the only one of the three who has visited. However, I think the staff is targeting a guy who would play the WILL spot as they have Ferns (MIKE) and Winovich (SAM) already in the fold. Furbush is not likely to project to the WILL. In other words...I have no idea who it might be.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Artavis Scott is committing||
Artavis Scott is committing to Clemson this week...everyone who even remotely follows recruiting knows this. Williams is basically a carbon copy of the two WR's already committed in this class and probably lost his spot when Ways committed. His offer is probably not really even committable at this time...yes, I know OSU slappys love to use this excuse but it is very likely true for Williams.
As far as Watson goes...well, I don't have an answer for him. I guess the coaches just liked what they saw enough to let him commit right now. Maybe they consider him an equivalent option to Westphal.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Jackson is a pipe dream, he||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I thought Nicolson was not||
I thought Nicolson was not thrilled with the depth chart at UM because he felt we had recruited too many DB's in the past two cycles and that UM was on the outside looking in for him. Has something changed?
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Sam Webb has explicitly||
Sam Webb has explicitly stated that the 4 WR thing is NOT happening barring some really odd circumstances. The coaches probably got confirmation from Scott's "camp" that he will be committing to Clemson at The Opening and decided to give Canteen the go ahead to commit.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I think 9 wins would be a||
I think 9 wins would be a unicorns-and-rainbows best case scenario for PSU next season. McGloin was a senior and multi-year starter which probably contributed to his great season as much as anything O'Brien did. Now, PSU will have either a "meh" JUCO QB or a true freshman and I expect the passing offense to suffer a pretty significant drop.
Fortunately for PSU, that schedule has a LOT of really bad opponents on it and they should win 7 or 8 games next season even though they won't actually be all that good.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||He is not a top 50 overall||
He is not a top 50 overall player, he is in the top 50 of his position group (#43 WR). Pretty big difference.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||It begins...||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I don't know if this kid is a||
I don't know if this kid is a 2014 recruit or not, but OSU did just get a verbal commit from a very highly rated 2014 WDE (name escapes me) which might be a possible explanation for the less than enthusiastic welcome he received. Still seems like a bad idea to blow a kid off like that.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||No, I too am not nearly as||
No, I too am not nearly as high on NWestern as the media. Their schedule next year is much more difficult than it was last season. I know that they are returning a lot of good players and I think they will do their usual job of scaring the sh&t out of just about every team they play but for all of that they will still finish no better than 8-4 in the regular season IMO.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||*coughs* Actually, I||
*coughs* Actually, I predicted our 2012 season perfectly in terms of wins and losses and the teams we lost to (it's on page 4 of the link): I said UM would go 8-4 with losses to Bama, ND, Nebraska and OSU. I incorrectly predicted we would make the conference championship game, however, as Nebraska had a much better season than I expected.
Now, having tooted my own horn, I will admit that I am having a much harder time predicting the 2013 season for UM. I think there is a chance for much greater variance than last season as I could see UM finishing as low as 7-5 (not likely but possible) or as high as, wait for it, 12-0 (also not likely). I think the most likely result is 9-3, so I guess I'll go with that but I think 10-2 is also a pretty likely outcome. I think the losses will be: ND and two out of @PSU, @MSU, @Northwestern and OSU. I don't think UM will make the championship game this year, though, as Nebraska has a very easy path the the title game. I think they have a very good chance of going 7-1 in conference play in 2013 with the only loss being to UM.
tl;dr -- UM will go 9-3 in 2013.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||nm||
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Congratulations! You are||
Congratulations! You are officially a "Troll" on this board, now. Weren't you aware that it is impermissable to say anything other than "HOKE RULZ AWLLLL!!!!" without drawing the ire of the unwashed masses on MGoBlog?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I am not worried ( I stopped||
I am not worried ( I stopped worrying about recruiting a few years ago) but he was supposed to come to UM's camp this week but cancelled and then attended OSU's camp...and now lists OSU as a co-leader with UM.
It's possible that he is trolling OSU but it is also possible (no matter how much we might not like to admit it) that he is legitimately interested in OSU and he is no longer a UM "lock."
Again, I'm not worried at all, so please don't respond with any "Don't freak out, dude!" responses. I'll be forced to respond with, "Calmer than you, dude."
EDIT: Well, what a surprise! My post gets labeled "Trolling" because I don't pump constant sunshine and puppy dogs about our chances with this kid. God, this place can be really annoying.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||The chances of Patrick||
The chances of Patrick picking UM are...slim. Very slim.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This newfound mojo will last||
This newfound mojo will last for (at most) two years. When Kentucky puts their usual shoddy product on the field in 2013 and 2014 all of this new coach bounce in recruiting they are enjoying now will dissipate.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Why is that particular topic||
Why is that particular topic taboo on this board? I have never understood this.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This analysis covered all Big||
This analysis covered all Big 10 QB's as well as UM's 2013 non-conference oppoenents' QB's. UM is still playing ND in 2013...thus, ND QB was included.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||That doesn't mean that a 30||
That doesn't mean that a 30 is a bad score. Bravo, on taking the opportunity to brag about your score, btw. I'll take the same opportunity and mention that I got a 31 when I took the ACT in 1990 and that put me in the top 1% of all who sat for that exam. That is why I think a 30 is probably a pretty good score.