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|1 week 4 days ago||Coaching||
In my post, I addressed how the revisit made me really examine the differences in talent evaluation/development. Talent out of high school was probably a very small gap if any, but Urban's staff makes that talent mature and grow. Hoke's didn't. Talent can only go so far in sport like football.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Cold||
Honestly, your remark about the spread in November is curious since the OSU offense has put up 40+ against UM at the end of November the last two years. Also, the offense had no problem moving the ball against Minnesota in a 15 degree snow storm. I think you should re watch that game. The final score was much closer than the contest, mainly due to two Marshall turnovers. One, he fumbled while going into the end zone and the other, he muffed a punt on OSU's 12. Both were recovered by Minnesota. I also think that you must not have been watching the OSU offense much the last two years, as it has been more ManBall than UM's.
Also agree on the cyclical nature of college football. That's one of the best things about it, the roster completely turns over every few years. Michigan will have a stretch on top again.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't really know how you||
I don't really know how you came to that conclusion, but I hope you have a great day.
|1 week 5 days ago||OSU Defense||
I don't disagree at all with you on the OSU defense. I think the coaching advantage of Mattison really shows in how he could make the unit much greater than the sum of its parts. Even so, the OSU D improced quite a bit from the year before with Ash calling things and a ton of underclassmen. I gotta think year two for him will have another jump.
Also agree in the speed at skill positions. While Meyer and Hoke have both been recruiting at a very high level as far as recruiting sites are concerned, Meyer was obviously recruiting very different types of players. Hoke was recruiting like it's 2001.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Game||
I think it's not hard to say that UM was the hungrier team the last two years coming into the game. They played with more motivation and fire than they did the rest of the year, easily. I aslo think that Hoke and his staff made it obvious that they were game-planning for Ohio State all year. UM always seemed more prepared against OSU than any other opponent. Hoke's greatest strength was that he got the rivalry, but it may have also been a huge weakness for him. His teams looked so bad against schools like Rutgers, but then came out and were ready to go against OSU.
|1 week 5 days ago||Comparison||
RB - I don't think you realize how good Elliott was this year. He averaged 6.5ypc and ran for 1400 yards. He also caught 26 passes for over 200 yards. To put that in perspective, he had more catches than Jake Butt. With 4 new O-Linemen.
Defense - So, you wouldn't take Michael Bennett (All-American), Doran Grant (All-Conference), Darron Lee (Strong-Side LB, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 INT), Josh Perry (Weak-Side LB, 113 tackles, 1 INT, 8.5 TFL, 3 sacks) , or Vonn Bell over their counterparts at UM? Why?
|1 week 5 days ago||LB||
The LB for me was tougher, but at the end of the day, it came down to what would I rather have:
a corps that was solid against the run, gave up the occasional big play, but made a lot of sacks, TFL, INT, and fumbles
a corps that was very good against the run, was generally in positionon any given play, but made almost no game-changing plays.
The UM LB corps had one INT and 2 forced fumbles. They weren't getting sacks much either. They were obviously well-coached (Mattison>Fickell), but they never seemed to be the catalyst between winning/losing. They were just constantly plugging holes. Now, I'm not saying this is in anyway bad, but I'd just take the occasional long run given up to go along with the more frequent big plays they made.
|1 week 5 days ago||This||
So much this. I am completely shocked that he has done nothing.
|1 week 5 days ago||LB's||
I think most would agree that Hull was the best LB in the conference this year. Ryan was still great, but I don't think he ever made it fully back to his former self from the injury. That combined with eith position swap limited him some. He wasn't nearly as explosive to my eyes. Ross didn't do anything of note that I saw. OSU's LB's played young and undisciplined, but also made a ton of big plays - combined for 33 TFL and had as many INT as UM's team combined.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not trying to gloat, I just||
Not trying to gloat, I just enjoyed the discussion and analysis in my original thread. I'm really hoping to get thoughts on your roster's future.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Academics||
I have no problem saying that UM is ahead of OSU academically. It is one of the finest public institutions in the world and I'm proud that I can say we strive to compete with the best. But let's be honest... there isn't a "bad" school in the Big Ten. Academics will always mean more to our conference than the rest of the power 5.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I already said OSU shouldn't||
I already said OSU shouldn't be the #4 team. You're just proving my point that any team's struggles or losses can be explained away if you try. And rarely would anyone on MGoBlog ever "say what I want them to say". Most posters on here do comment rationally, though, present company excluded.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||See, the problem is that you||
See, the problem is that you can explain away any team's losses or struggles if you try. For example, OSU:
VT- second game for 4 new OL, RB (who played well), 2 WR, and RFr QB against a veteran coaching staff and defense who has since been hit hard by injuries.
Penn State- JT sprained his MCL before half when OSU was up 17-0. After the injury, the coaches went ultra conservative and still pulled out a win against a great defense in a tough environment.
Minnesota- played in a 15 degree snow storm on the road. OSU statistically dominated the game, but had 2 freak turnovers inside its own 20 and fumbled another while going into the end zone. All resulted in a score much closer than the game actually was.
Indiana- OSU got up 14-0 within 5 minutes and relaxed the week before playing Michigan. Had a WR fumble inside our 30 which gave Indiana life and then Tevin Coleman busted two long TD runs. Otherwise he was held to less than 3.5 yards a carry. OSU woke up in the 4th and ran away with the game.
Michigan- should need no explanation as to why OSU got a game from UM.
You can do this with any team in the country. I could even throw out the blanket statement that OSU's playmakers are predominately freshman and sophomores. At the end of the day, your arguments come off as biased and sour grapes, lacking reasoned thought. A lot of your fellow UM fans on here are saying the same.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Logic||
You've been very emotional, yes, but you haven't logically explained why Texas, WVU, OK State, etc. are good or statement wins.
ESNY's post above sums up my thoughts perfectly.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||OSU||
Ohio State is not a top 4 team with Jones at QB. They won't pass TCU and shouldn't. No team with their third string QB should.
Logically, though, why is TCU's schedule so much better than OSU's? K-State was an impressive win, but more impressive than MSU? They barely clipped Oklahoma at home who is a decent team. They also barely beat Kansas who is terrible. OK State is average. Beating Texas by a ton is commonplace these days. Look at what BYU did to them. The Minny game was a good win at home. From Jerry Kill's own mouth, Minny shot themselves in the foot that whole game. OSU went to Minny and won in a blizzard. Is that less impressive? Ohio State got more of a game from Michigan than Vegas expected. Why does that surprise a Wolverine fan? WVU was a decent win, I guess, but the only reason anyone has given them any credit is because they gave Bama a game. They didn't win, but they played well. Other than that, WVU has done a lot of meh.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Almost every team since VT||
Almost every team since VT has tried the same game plan to some extent. OSU adjusted and it doesn't work anymore. In fact, OSU has torched the bear D every time it's been trotted it since.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not really...||
I'd say this has a lot more to do with being scared of Wisconsin or a potential playoff opponent than UM...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Clark||
Brian, my main question for you is would you feel this way for a player who beat his girlfriend/wife/whatever that didn't play for Michigan?
I feel no sympathy for anyone who chooses to assault another human being out of anger. It is never the least bit excusable. And while you aren't excusing the action, you are excusing the person who chose the action and I cannot agree. I won't say Clark is a terrible human, but it takes a certain kind of man to beat a (potentially) pregnant woman. Bad upbringing? Whatever, he still has a choice. My Dad grew up in an abusive children's home and didn't believe he'd live to see 15. He had plenty of violent urges, but never acted on them. He doesn't deserve a medal, but I can say he's a better man than Frank Clark.
Also, you'll call someone an asshole for calling a woman-beater a waste, but not the actual woman-beater? Noted.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Probably my favorite MGoBlog||
Probably my favorite MGoBlog comment ever.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Look closer||
Out of those 3, one was in a year of the worst OSU team of my lifetime (which he lost to) and the next was because OSU and PSU were ineligible and he finished behind both in the division. It's not like he was lighting the Big 10 on fire.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, please||
Please, Lord, make this happen.
-signed, every Ohio State fan
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Scut||
He had yellow eyes. YELLOW EYES!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Food for Thought||
Shane Morris' completion percentage for his high school career. Never had a season higher than 54% and started all four years (IIRC). And yes I know he missed half of his senior year. Before he went out, he had 6 TDs and 6 INTs. He honestly was the most overrated QB in that class. Yes, mono and so on. But the kid really wasn't as good as his ranking.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Nuss||
I don't know why you would consider him an offensive guru. At Alabama, he had 5 stars at every position and they don't do anything fancy, they just line up and beat you. And Alabama didn't even try to stop him from leaving (assuming he wasn't told to leave), they opened the door for him and waved.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||UM||
And so passeth a worthy opponent.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Minny||
You all will beat Minnesota next week. They are the best possible team for UM because of the match ups. They have no passing game and your D will own them. UM will win by multiple scores and some false hope will be injected.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Spence||
I struggle saying if barring him from the team is the right thing to do or not. I don't really buy the "he's got a medical issue/addiction", but I do know that the way Urban handled it with Spence's family makes it seem like there's more going on. I also don't think Spence is out there repping with the first team. "Practicing" can mean a lot of different things and Urban certainly isn't going to waste reps on someone who most likely won't play this year. If I have to guess, Spence is scout teaming it or doing drill work.
I would honestly say the Hyde suspensions were harsher than the Mewhort/Stoneburner punishments. Hyde really lost out on some opportunities because of it and had to beat out multiple players to start again. He was never actually charged with anything, but Urban made him sit anyway.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Tress||
Personally, Tress was much worse on discipline. He gave guys ridiulous amounts of chances.
Ramzy wrote a great piece on it:
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
You're right, he's our coach and every fanbase is blindly supportive to a point.
Honestly, I know the man isn't a saint. He is as ruthless as they get when it comes to winning, which winning big in college requires. But I know that if we start getting the arrest record that Florida had, me and most of the fans I know will demand answers.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||NCAA Standards||
What you posted is actually the consequences for failing an NCAA drug test. Above the table in that link it clearly states:
Consequences of a Positive NCAA Drug Test:
Michigan's policy is much more lenient -
- The first offense results in a 10-percent forfeiture of one's season. The second is 33 percent of the year and the third means the player will miss the entire season.
10-percent of a football season is a game and half, so Spence's 3 games was much worse for his first offense.