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|1 day 22 hours ago||It's not a late hit||
If the QB isn't even down yet all the way. It was a bang bang play too.
|1 day 22 hours ago||On these hits it's hard to say||
When a QB is going down already and the defender is in motion for the hit, it's hard to assess whether his intent was to hit his head or not (and in most cases I would say it wasn't). But it's a grey area for sure...you have to also look at how much time before the defender hits him (I.e. Did he have an opportunity to let up?)
|2 days 23 hours ago||I like Spielman||
For every other game but this one.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Incredibly sad.||
It's incomprehensible to imagine being a parent and losing a child to fucking cancer at the age of 5. One of the cruelest things on this earth is childhood cancer. Fuck cancer.
Cannot say that enough. Fuck. Cancer.
RIP, Chad. Condolences to the Carr family.
|3 days 23 hours ago||My take||
The good fortune of Minnesota wiped away the bad fortune of MSU.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Do not want.||
Yes I got that it was sarcasm.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Lol||
Wow that's....that's something.
|5 days 17 hours ago||And it's not a luck thing that they're at 9-2||
The close calls/lucky good (Minnesota, Indiana) and bad (MSU) are basically a wash this year. Michigan has earned all of its wins, and are basically where they should be record-wise based on their play. It's amazing to me that we went from a 5-7 year, losing Funchess and Gardner, to a 9-2 year with at least two chances to get to 10 (or more!) wins.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I'm willing to allow it...||
...if they're consistent in calling holds like that all game on both sides. They were not. Therefore that call looks far worse that it probably is in isolation. Which is even more galling given its rarity. They call THAT but obvious OL holds are completely ignored all game long? I mean...cumong man.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Given||
Their propensity to NEVER call holding on the OL...yeah, I call bullshit on the Henry holding. Even if it could technically be called...holy hell I saw at least a handful of obvious holds by PSU guys and...nothing.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Yeah...||
That was borderline. Got away with one.
|5 days 20 hours ago||WHERES THE FLAG REFS??||
Something good happened! Surely it was illegal!
|5 days 20 hours ago||These refs.,.||
I'm seething with rage, man.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Eh||
When more than half of your first downs come on penalty, the refs surely have something to do with it. But I get what you're saying...missing too many chances to put them away.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Lol overturned||
|5 days 21 hours ago||Targeting, will get overturned||
|5 days 21 hours ago||Does Penn State not commit penalties?||
I'm so sick of one-sided officiating against us.
|5 days 21 hours ago||You can't just fully abandon the run game||
You can't just fully abandon the run game, tho. Last week M was 62% pass. Making that number go higher I think has diminishing returns, and might make things worse. Plus Smith has had a few positive runs. So it's not anything like the 27 for 27 game a couple years ago.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Yeah I agree||
Gotta find a run game somehow. Im not sure they can tho...at this point it is what it is, I guess. Thankfully Rudock has blossomed into the guy we hoped he would when we got him, and our receivers have really grown too.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Michigan is clearly the better team||
But they can never seem to get out of their own way. Too many plays left on the field. Peppers should have knocked that pass down. Lewis trips over himself. Punt gets blocked. Dumb offsides and false starts.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I must be the only one||
I'm surprisingly unconcerned about this game...I mean, PSU could totally win, but the only way they do it is if their D can completely shut down our offense. And I think Rudock has turned a corner...sure, the offense will struggle at times, but I think Rudock is going to make some nice throws and that will be the difference.
LAST week was my irrational fear week. And I watched that game like I knew it would happen too...fortunately, they found a way to win. But it had set up perfectly against Michigan...losing Glasgow and not knowing how the team would adjust to it, an Indiana team that is suddenly healthy and has played pretty much EVERYONE tough even when they didn't have Sudfield and/or Howard healthy, the "law of averages" and irrational "of course this would happen to Michigan" effect of "hey at some point Indiana is going to win one of these games, you guys", plus a Michigan team with road struggles last few years, and oh yeah it was a 3:30 game so the 2nd half is basically night-game voodoo shenanigans...there was a lot to worry about last week.
This week...the worries are not as strong. Which has me a bit worried. I mean, should I be more worried? Gah! I don't know!
I think the D is going to look much improved compared to last week, but both matchups feel like a sludgefartian wash. And honestly? I feel like the difference in the game will come down to coaching. The one area Michigan has a very obvious advantage. (I mean,really, lest we forget....Franklin out-Hoked Hoke last year.)
We got the weird voodoo games out of the way (MSU, Minnesota), and the obvious ITS A TRAP game last week.
I'm feeling ok about this one though. Not going to be easy of course, but I'm liking Michigan's odds.
|1 week 23 hours ago||He didn't even hit the shot...||
I'm so confused by this "highlight".
|1 week 2 days ago||Leaving an undefeated power 5 out||
Would cause an uproar that may instantly expand the playoff to 8 and/or dissolve the committee approach altogether. Not to mention the Big 12 would disband immediately (in which case..,hey, OU, we have a spot for you in the Big Ten West if you're interested!) or be forced to add teams right now (BYU is one, no idea who the other should be tho)
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes they do||
Otherwise you're leaving it in the hands of the committee, who could very well pick Stanford over Michigan in the situation where they win out. Now, I find that unlikely, but then again Stanford is still a spot ahead despite losing to Oregon and the committee's general love for Stanford leaves reasonable doubt. It's a slam dunk if Stanford loses to USC in their championship tho.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's fair...but||
That's fair, but they're not getting a pass imo. OSU isn't #1, for one, and for two, they returned a lot of guys from last year and 10 games in are still 10-0. It sure hasn't been pretty, but their spot in the top 4 isn't even In question at this point, much the same as FSU last year. And ND doesn't have either of those things (not undefeated, not defending champs), plus no marquee win...and they should be in the top 4? That's hogwash. Okie State and Oklahoma have better overall resumes than ND right now...well, Oklahoma at least has a very strong argument over ND even despite losing to Texas (somehow).
|1 week 2 days ago||OSU hasn't lost yet||
Plus they're still the defending champs -and until they lose, that still means something.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah I agree||
Not to mention the way they came out in the 3rd quarter felt like a vintage Hoke team, unprepared to play.
I think sometimes we do have to remind ourselves it's year 1 for Harbaugh, and they still have a lot of that Hoke-like mentality in them. I'm happy the D was able to turn it up at the last moment to win the game, but man, between this game and the Minnesota game you can really tell that this team still has a long way to go to shake off the Hokian road game woes. Which is a bit worrisome for this weekend vs. PSU...we'll see if the tough wins @Minnesota and @Indiana, despite not playing their best, has sufficiently "steeled their spine" for the next one.
|1 week 3 days ago||Great writeup, as usual.||
Here's my narrative. Indiana was the classic trap game scenario, and it was exasperated by how the now injury-depleted DL played right into Indiana's hands. I mentioned this in another thread, but literally everyone in the top 25 has at least one of these games at some point in the year. Championship-caliber programs find ways to win these games that they should probably lose. The way our D was getting gashed at the end, and with how we couldn't get any run game going against a bad D and kept shooting ourselves in the foot with false starts - yeah, Michigan probably deserved to lose. But, a funny thing happened...Jake MF Rudock. And Chesson and Darboh played like they were legit #1 and #2 receivers rather than #2 and #3 receivers lacking a real #1. And Jake Butt was Jake MF Butt.
And like i said, go down the list of the top 25, you find these games everywhere, where the better team almost or actually does lose to a clearly inferior opponent. Alabama won a 5 point game against Tennessee and actually DID lose to Ole Miss at home (yes, it was an anomoly...but they still lost and it's not like that miracle TD Ole Miss had was the only reason they won). Ohio State had close games against Indiana and fricking Northern Illinois. Clemson beat Lousiville by 3 whole points and Syracuse by 10. Notre Dame almost lost to Virginia earlier in the year, and played Temple close (now, Temple is pretty good, but I still think any top 10 team should be able to handle them without too much trouble). Okie State almost lost to Texas, Kansas State, and most recently Iowa State. Iowa had a tough game at home against Indiana (gee, notice a pattern with them?), plus a 3 point win over Pitt and a recent 5 point win over Minnesota. Oklahoma actually DID lose to Texas, and honestly they look like the second best team in the country behind only Alabama in my opinion. Florida almost lost to fricking VANDERBILT, for crying out loud. MSU...we all know their struggles with inferior opponents. They didn't exactly look all that great against Maryland either. Baylor may be an exception...but they also still don't have a win against ANY team with a winning record. TCU barely escaped with a win at Texas Tech (on a lucky ass touchdown at the end) and beat by far the worst power 5 team in the country, a team they were favored by like 45 points, by 7. (Sure they lost Boykin...that's not a good enough excuse for that game to me, though...)
And on and on and on...
So it's important to not overreact to what happened on Saturday. It was a bad game and it's a bit frightening to think of weaknesses that were exposed. But, this is why we all think coaches are worth the money they're paid. Let's see how Michigan schemes around a sudden weakness in the middle of their DL. Plus let's not lose perspective...Michigan sits at 8-2, already 3 games better than last year with still at least 3 games comign up to get more wins. Many I think would have been satisfied with 8 wins prior to the season starting in year 1. We're already there, and still have an actual shot to win the Big Ten. I don't know if they can do it, I'm skeptical, but thank God for Harbaugh and company.
|1 week 4 days ago||Right||
Notre Dame almost lost to Virginia. TCU almost lost to Texas Tech, and played like crap against Kansas (I know Boykin went down...but still, Kansas might be worse than every single opponent Michigan has played this year). Okie State almost lost to Iowa State, Texas, and Kansas State. Alabama almost lost to Tennessee. Florida almost lost to lowly Vanderbilt...VANDERBILT! Oklahoma DID lose to Texas. Clemson only beat Louisville by 3, and Syracuse by 10. Ohio State almost lost to Northern Illinois, in addition to a close game with Indiana. Baylor still hasn't beaten a team with a winning record. Sparty has Purdue and Indiana and Rutgers. Iowa only won by 5 against Minny, in addition to a close game with Indiana.
So yeah, I think people are overreacting to one game. Everyone has games like that against overmatched opponents. Everyone. There's a reason why the term "survive and advance" exists in sports. Because while we all hope our team plays its absolute best each week, it NEVER works out that way. Being human and all that.
I think Indiana was the perfect storm for the defense. They had employed the two-safety against previous spread teams to great effect. It was a huge vulnerability against Indiana partially because INdiana was better equipped to exploit the weakness, but also because Glasgow went down and our DL is suddenly lacking depth. But...they came out of it with a win. And that's all that matters!
|1 week 4 days ago||No way||
I hope everyone learned their lesson from the Bama-LSU rematch snoozefest. Nobody wants a rematch except the fans of the team that lost. I want to see the best teams from around the country play each other. Teams who generally haven't played each other yet. And I hope the committee has this mindset too...But since ND feels the need to be speshul, they are getting speshul treatment. And I think it's bullshit.