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|2 hours 27 min ago||While it may stop here, I||
While it may stop here, I hope it just keeps going with Mississippi State turning on Alabama who then blows the whistle on Auburn who then goes after Georgia who then points the finger at Florida who in turn squeals on Clemzon and Tennessee. The beauty of the destruction would be second only to the Michigan's (and the B1G's) dominance in the wake of the SEC's sanctions.
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|23 hours 48 min ago||None if it is surprising. The||
None if it is surprising. The only question is what surprised you less: That Ole Miss cheated or that it has taken the NCAA this long to make anything out of it. Sadly for me, it's the latter.
Ole Miss will get hammered but their boosters and alumni will still enjoy the few memories when they were mistaken for a good program. Meanwhile the NCAA will play catch up to the next sleazy coach just before he bolts for the league.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I am confused||
Wasn't Freeze also the victim of coaches spreading rumors about impending sanctions? Poor guy has to suffer through this now too.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I will never understand this||
I will never understand this line of thinking, especially when the Pac 12 may play November games in Pullman, Salt Lake City, and Boulder.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I want this to be true. I am||
I want this to be true. I am not sure it will be, however, as Peppers does not have an extensive tape as a safety. Teams will draft based on potential if they like what they see and have little risk however that will have to be teams in the latter third of the first round.
Personally, I would look at him if I was GM for an NFC East team that has to play the Cowboys (Zeke, that OL) twice a year and an NFC South team that plays the Panthers. Hell, he may even be an asset to somebody like the Rams, but they have many other holes.
|2 days 9 hours ago||2013 Browns WR coach - The||
2013 Browns WR coach - The Josh Gordon year. It also seems like he has done a good job with Bridgewater and Bradford.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Whatever the reasons, it||
Whatever the reasons, it still means the kids being recruited now were 5 or 6 when Michigan won their last conference title. The successes sprinkled in since then are not as prominent to recruits as Saban's rings and Clemson's recent success.
I personally think that our fan base was numbed by that stuff and made it easier to find victories in things like recruiting and moral superiority. That doesn't change being 2-13 (*14) against your biggest rival since the start of the new century. Last year should have been the year that we saw some of those green shoots and we had to settle for wins over MSU and Wisconsin.
As holy as Harbaugh is to this fanbase, I sure hope he can deliver next year (especially against OSU) because if not, it will begin to appear that his hiring was one of those offseason "wins".
|1 week 4 hours ago||I agree. Clemson's win just||
I agree. Clemson's win just showed everyone that the talent gap isn't that wide and that even with the most talent, one weakness on your team can be the big difference. For Michigan, that was the OL. For Alabama, it was QB.
The B1G and playoffs were there for the taking and this team and the coaches couldn't pull it out. That is now 12 season without a conference title and no matter how you spin it, that is massive underachievement.
|1 week 1 day ago||To be honest, I already look||
To be honest, I already look at it that way. I know that the board loves Harbaugh and I do as well. With that said, if you are the highest paid coach in the country, you find ways to win those games like Iowa and OSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, I am not surprised by||
Yeah, I am not surprised by their omission but Kalis was 2nd team All B1G (along with Braden) and Magnuson was first team and 3rd team last year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Tough to hear for Thomas,||
Tough to hear for Thomas, Magnuson, Kalis, and Godin and pretty surprising.
At least Clark got his redshirt denied before the draft so he can participate in the combine instead of having to go in a supplemental draft.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think the ACC was better||
I think the ACC was better than the SEC last year, especially at the top and despite Louisville's struggles down the stretch. The B1G was probably 1 or 2 with the ACC with the SEC and Alabama's 3rd and their closest games were against Ole Miss and LSU - a combined 12-11.
We are talking about National Championships, not bowl games. It's a completely different animal because you have to be able to defend and attack many different things very quickly. If you just dance through to those games with no real challenge then you end up with the B1G of most of 2001-2010 where one or two teams are good but only because they beat some MAC teams, Indiana, and Minnesota.
Everyone knew MSU was a fraud in 2015 but enough luck bounced their way to get into the playoffs. Similar thing happened to OSU last year. Michigan will have to win despite that stuff to have a real shot at a title. Hell, they still had a shot at one last year after losing to Iowa.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You have to be tested.||
You have to be tested. Plowing through Purdue and Rutgers does not make you any better. Plus, even if you drop a close game, your season is not doomed. In fact, a lot of teams play better after a loss, like Clemson, PSU, and OSU last year. If you are too weak at the bottom you get a situation like the Big 12 where the worst teams don't make the best teams better, they are more or less cupcakes. Alabama gets the best from every SEC team they face because they all want to knock them off.
We are going to measure Harbaugh by games like OSU, Florida, Wisconsin, and MSU. Beating the absolute piss out of some teams has to happen as a natural order of things where coaches are fired and replaced by new blood which will hopefully be innovative and bring the conference along, making coaches think and adapt. Remember when Northwestern started running a spread in 99/2000? They didn't win any titles with it but they upset a lot of teams.
That is where I disagree with OP - MSU is outperforming expectations and so is PSU, and Purdue, Rutgers, and Minnesota need to step it up. As fun as 78-0 was, beating MSU and Wisconsin was so much better.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||As bad as this looks, the OL||
As bad as this looks, the OL is one group that can be difficult to scout accurately, in part because there are so many different positions. The hiring of Frey should help to develop the young guys and he will also be coaching TWJr and Asiasi, who from a blocking perspective, will be much different from Butt.
The other thing to keep in mind is that while there aren't a lot of starts returning, there are a number of years with Harbaugh and Drevno. The depth is thin, so staying healthy will be really important.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This only makes sense if||
This only makes sense if Michigan is not sending out mostly 4th and 5th year guys all over the place. The biggest talent difference I saw was on the OL where UM seemed average and lacking cohesion in the middle. They moved the pile against inferior lines and the rest of the time their liability seemed to be gameplanned around.
I would say receivers too and that is mainly because they disappeared late in the season. Some of that has to do with Speight/O'Korn and I suspect they may have been banged up. Still, any pro-style/multi offense team needs reliable receivers.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||One difference that comes to||
One difference that comes to mind is that as the south became integrated, eventually more of that talent stayed closer to home. I believe northern schools recruited a lot from Georgia, Alabama, Texas, etc.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Good for him||
I hope he does well out there and then wants to come back to Michigan.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Smart move as it won'the be||
Smart move as it won'the be hard to improve on the 2016 defense. If Hoke is still under contract, they may retain him as a DL coach but I doubt that will happen.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||His impact on field position||
His impact on field position alone probably added at least four points a game. I do think he was overhyped as an undersized lb however if UM wins in Columbus, the media would be talking about how he and the Michigan D shut down OSU on the road.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Losing to Iowa doesn't kill||
Losing to Iowa doesn't kill the chance for a conference title. Losing to OSU likely means we are talking about roster projections by Monday.
My point is that as good of a coach as he is, beating OSU and winning championships are the expectations if you are the highest paid coach in the country.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||If Harbaugh is the highest||
If Harbaugh is the highest paid coach in the country then he should beat this OSU team, injuries or no. This team has enough ways to get 24-27 points, or however many are needed.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, and I hope we see some||
Yes, and I hope we see some coaching up of the holes on this team right now (linebackers drawn too far into the line to cover the edge and poor tackling outside the tackles, the left side of the OL, and Speight still just a bit late on a lot of throws).
Still, when you go to Kinnick and hold Iowa to 12 points on defense, it's pretty hard to be mad. It took 2 turnovers, all kinds of weird penalties, and their punter's best game ever to win by 1.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||My impression lately (and||
My impression lately (and this may not be the case) is that the last 3-5 years we have seen more freshmen come in ready to play who are better than many vets. I am not talking about the Rashan Garys and Jabrill Peppers of college football, I mean less-touted recruits that can step in immediately (Mason Cole, Devonte Fields, Corey Davis, Davis Webb, Arden Key, Gareon Conley). Maybe it's conditioning, year round football, camps, or something else but whatever the case, I don't see as muych of a need for freshmen to hide back on the depth chart and develop unless it is somebody that is undersized or likely to take some time to develop.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Depending on the scheduling,||
Depending on the scheduling, they could end up with a down Nebraska and Wisconsin and crossovers against bad east teams. I think their upside is like one of those good Iowa years once they get the offense going. As it is, they are only 10 points away from being undefeated.
Late November should be telling for them.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Nebraska and Wisconsin should||
Nebraska and Wisconsin should rule the west with Iowa and NW popping up every so often. I have this feeling that Minnesota is going to be formidable in the future but I am not sure why.
I think Maryland is on the rise in the east and Indiana seems to be putting it all together. CFP bound? Probably not anytime soon. PSU reminds me of Nebraska under Pelini - 8-9 wins a year with nothing particularly impressive.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Where'd all the Spartans go?||
Where'd all the Sparties go?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I think that any way you look||
I think that any way you look at it UM and OSU are very evenly matched. OSU looked vulnerable last night and they are young. UM has experience but not at QB and most would say the talent isn't as high as OSU.
For as many 5 wide sets as they used last night, I really hope the LBs are able to handle Barrett one on one. I do like Michigan's DL vs. OSU's young OL. Their receivers honestly look very good. Thankfully neither RB looked like another Elliott or Hyde.
One of my biggest takeaways is that Wisconsin is legit. The offense seems to be improving and that Cichy is one hell of a player.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I agree. Remember how Drake||
I agree. Remember how Drake Johnson had all those solid games against OSU? I see their running styles (especially Evans') as more similar to Drake's.