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|4 hours 29 min ago||I feel like we have this||
I feel like we have this debate every time we talk about MSU; I think it's just going to be a sore spot for both of us.
I never said the offense was showing up the defense, but most analysis I've read about MSU in 2015 focuses on how the offense will likely take some of the pressure off of their defense, which again is replacing more and more core parts with talented-if-unproven players. They'll be fine defensively, but last year's defense was a step down from the year before, and both advanced metrics and simple scoreboard numbers showed that.
Cook is being talked up as a 1st rounder because people haven't looked at his tape. He's a competent college QB, but he struggles with pressure and MSU's line has kept him incredibly clean. That offensive line may be the best in the conference, and that's pretty damn impressive. But I'm not buying Cook being anything more than a slightly more mobile, stronger-armed Kurt Cousins, which is perfectly solid but not some 1st-rounder mega talent.
Nicholson is a very good player; people were shocked Hoke past on him. Chances are he would have come to UM had he been offered, so I'm not sure how much credit Dantonio gets for being the second choice. But again, results-based rankings and all mean kudos to Dantonio on that one.
Dantonio could absolutely find some decent corners, but let's not ignore the fact that he has now lost 2 1st-rounder corners in consecutive years, and nobody on that roster looks like a slam-dunk shutdown corner like Waynes and Dennard, unless you think Hicks is going to make dramatic improvements and Cox is going to take the next step you need. I don't think it'll be settled early on, and that means this defense could be succeptible to the break-but-don't-bend results we've seen in the past, especially without Drummond to clean up.
The defensive line should be very strong, but I'm not as high on Calhoun as others are. Rush was the true disruptor on that defensive line the past couple of years, and maybe McDowell makes a leap but he's still a true sophomore who was a little protected last year. The LBs should be fine, and I agree their run defense should be stout.
I do take issue with the argument that MSU's defense was dominant except against OSU, Oregon, and Baylor last year, and that because those offenses were great we should ignore how badly they shredded the unit. After those three teams, MSU didn'played one other offense in the top 50 (Nebraska), and the Cornhuskers were in that weird game at the end. Yes, they trounced IU, Maryland, PSU, and Rutgers, all teams with kinda-terrible offenses. Of the five semi-competent offenses they played (I'll throw in Maryland because they were 52nd in FEI), 3 of them blew MSU out of the water defensively, one kept it close and put up decent numbers on the road, and one MSU pretty much shut down.
I expect MSU to have a rough game against Oregon and Air Force, though I'm sure they'll beat AF and, at home, are the favorites against Oregon unless they just look like they haven't missed a beat (which might happen). They do have to go to UM, Nebraska, and OSU, and maybe PSU starts to figure it out at the end of the year. Thgey might split those games. So sure, 9 wins may be a bit low, but MSU is due a game or two they blow because that just happens, and with real questions on defense I'm just not sold they'll keep it rolling.
|11 hours 37 min ago||It continues to amaze me that||
It continues to amaze me that MSU can't draw fans given the unprecedented success they've had these past half-dozen years. It's not going to be like this forever guys; take advantage of it now.
Their offense is going to carry them early in the season, as that defense has some big holes to fill. Last year's unit showed some weaknesses that were exploited by the better offenses they played, and now they'll lose a 1st-round DB, a senior safety, and a very good defensive linemen. I still think they'll win 9-10 games this year, but the fact their offense is moving the ball as well as they are makes me think some of those losses are being felt.
|14 hours 3 min ago||Good to see former players||
Good to see former players speaking up for Harbaugh; hasn't always been the case for Michigan coaches.
|14 hours 19 min ago||That's the thoughtful,||
That's the thoughtful, fact-based comments that makes these board topics so interesting.
I never understood the Leto hate. I didn't like Jordan Catalano as a character, but otherwise I think he's been a pretty competent actor in most roles. I really like his character in Lord of War, for example. And I'm not fan of 30 Seconds to Mars, but based on movie star-based rock band standards, it isn't too bad.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Yeah, it just seems almost||
Yeah, it just seems almost The Onion-like in the absurdity. But then again, inebriated idiots can surprise you.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I have to imagine something isn't being reported||
I have to imagine something isn't being reported here.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Again, this is a super successful pro coach||
Again, this is a super successful pro coach calling out the whiners in college. Its just genius.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Every post here needs to end with that||
Every post here needs to end with that tagline.
|1 day 11 hours ago||(No subject)|
|1 day 11 hours ago||I'm the opposite. I think||
I'm the opposite. I think the front page stuff is typically pretty good; the board is really hit-or-miss for me. Some of the topics are great and have really interesting discussions; others just turn into flamewars between a couple of new posters who had their MLive accounts suspended.
Both parts of the site work well in concert, but for example I usually skip the board's commit posts until Ace or Brian post a more comprehensive breakdown on the main page. Then I'll delve into the comments of both once I have more of a sense. Otherwise, it can easily become the Dunaway/Austin situation.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Come on people - this is a||
Come on people - this is a human being's skin we're talking about! Give all the money you have!
|1 day 13 hours ago||He's a man amongst boys when it comes to some of||
He's a man amongst boys when it comes to some of the coaches.
|2 days 3 hours ago||There's that bad Detroit||
There's that bad Detroit defense we saw for large parts of the years.
I mean, it's still a tied series, but I don't think this team can win another game on the road.
|2 days 14 hours ago||But Luck wasnt "Andrew Luck" coming out of HS.||
But Luck wasnt "Andrew Luck" coming out of HS. Sure he looked good, but there are dozens of guys a year who have similar profiles who don't pan out. And Kap was a 2nd round QB from a smallish school. So that wasn't a slam dunk. Finally, he teased out probably the best season in Alex Smith's career.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Yeah, I think I've met maybe 5 or 6 MSU/OSU fans||
Yeah, I think I've met maybe 5 or 6 MSU/OSU fans here. But it is lousy with PSU fans, though.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I'm amazed he'll even get to play this year. Just||
I'm amazed he'll even get to play this year. Just seems like a PR nightmare.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Yeah, that kinda surprised me too. Also, that's||
Yeah, that kinda surprised me too. Also, that's not a murderers row of final destinations for a top QB.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Good luck to him. UM will||
Good luck to him. UM will survive.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Paying players and cutting underperforming ones to||
Paying players and cutting underperforming ones to open up roster space, though, are totally cool.
|3 days 11 hours ago||They probably should have done it earlier. Just||
They probably should have done it earlier. Just wasn't a good fit for the talent.
|4 days 5 hours ago||So FSU wants to play even more teams that would||
So FSU wants to play even more teams that would house them?
|4 days 7 hours ago||You didn't say varsity football. you said play,||
You didn't say varsity football. you said play, in general. Which you then contradicted below by agreeing you suspect the coaches have seen him play at other venues.
I don't know why this is a hill you are trying to defend, but there you have it.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I thought you were out looking for real men?||
I thought you were out looking for real men?
|4 days 9 hours ago||You have no idea if that is||
You have no idea if that is true. YOU haven't seen him play in a game. I mean, in the Hello Post there was an embedded video clip of him at a camp. My guess is that his coaches at BR also had videos from practices, scrimmages, etc. where he showcased the combination of skills that would lead Jim F'ing Harbaugh to offer him a scholarship two years out.
Again, YOU don't know much about Carter Dunaway. I don't either. But I'd imagine a bunch of men paid millions of dollars, who spend every waking moment of their lives living, breathing college football, looking at grainy-ass game film and hip-hop-laced Hudl clips for hundreds of players, would know enough about him before they offer him a potentially 4-year scholarship to play at one of the best college football programs in the land. People need to stop inferring that because they don't know sh!t, nobody else does either.
Man, I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue, apparently.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Thanks for more formally||
Thanks for more formally addressing the (relatively minor) kerfuffle with the Dunaway post yesterday. I have being one of those justice warriors on a message board, but I just couldn't understand why seemingly-passionate UM fans were crapping on a kid's commitment to the school based mostly on the fact that he wasn't highly-rated 2 years out from being able to actually matriculate to college. It was just ignorance wrapped up in concern trolling about the "direction of the program" and all that BS, and I'm happy the elder Dunaway gave his own reasoned, measured take.
Otherwise, looks like recruiting is taking off. Whenever you can get a recruit's mom on campus, that's a good sign.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Congrats to him. I'm sure||
Congrats to him. I'm sure he'd like to stick around for a 5th year, but he represented the university well and I wish him the best if he does transfer.
|4 days 12 hours ago||But he got to play a year on||
But he got to play a year on the team, and he clearly had a pretty traumatic backstory and might not be able to contribute to a basketball team on the court. But he'd still get a chance to contribute in practice, travel with the team, in general still being involved and getting an education in the process. When guys get medical'd in football in the SEC, it's usually "you aren't good enough anymore, and we are going to replace you." Sure, to some it's the same, but with one you are still keeping the kid involved and providing for him; the other is because the coach wants to replace you with someone better because you didn't live up to his expectations and he isn't allowed to fire you.
|4 days 12 hours ago||A shot at what? I have to||
A shot at what? I have to imagine the coaches would treat him well, he could still be part of the program in practice, and he'd get a great education in the process.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I assume they know more is||
I assume they know more is going on than what the fans have heard. Hatch seem most likely with a medical scholarship, but I guess there might be something else going on; I woudn't blame the coaches for not wanting to out a potential transfer.
Anyway, I trust this will all pan out.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Yeah, kind of a weird||
Yeah, kind of a weird recruitment. But when you are going against Duke, stuff like this happens. Ah well.