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- Start the season in the top 10
- Win a lot of games to get within striking distance of the top 4
- Win the conference to get into the top 4
- Michigan State has the #1 rushing defense in the nation; the #9 rushing defense.
- Florida State the #13 rushing defense; the #1 passing defense.
|20 hours 20 min ago||This is a great write-up ...||
This is a great write-up ... informative and upbeat. I really like reading things like this because it provides a better perspective on what it's like to be a player in a program like Michigan. Nice job, Brandon!
|20 hours 23 min ago||Hamstring?||
If memory serves, he had a hamstring injury, right? What's the normal treatment / PT for something like that? And would coming to Michigan earlier -- and having access to the Michigan trainers -- help with recovery?
(My guess is the answer is "Yes," but I'm curious if any board members have insight into these kinds of injuries.)
|3 days 14 hours ago||The two don't have to be||
The two don't have to be exclusive. It's quite good to have high expectations. Certainly it's proper for Hoke and the players to strive after high expectations. The issue is how we as fans react when things don't go the way we wish.
I like your phrase "especially when I have risked no real currency on them." That's the difference between our reaction to unmet expectations and, say, the players.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Expectations||
Exactly ... the pain is in the unmet expectations ... in sports, in love, in life.
I learned a lesson this year (at age 54) -- don't over-invest my hope in sports outcomes. It's just not healthy.
Age is a funny thing: it provides greater insights, and it takes away the ability to pee freely.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Or Thunder'd ... I'm so||
Or Thunder'd ... I'm so confused. :-)
|6 days 20 hours ago||Great Coaches||
That brings up an interesting question about who the top-flight coaches are ... and which ones would be likely to move from their present positions.
It would be pure speculation ... but it might be an interesting discussion of the pros and cons of various coaches.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Sans Saban||
I think so. The lack of a sure-fire alternative coupled with a 2013 record that's not quite bad enough to clearly justify firing means he probably stays another year.
I would not want to be Mack Brown in 2014 ... the microscope will be on him.
|1 week 15 hours ago||From Tucson ...||
As a resident of Tucson who lives a mere 8 miles from the University of Arizona ... all I have to say is Go Blue! :-)
|1 week 1 day ago||L||
For want of the letter L, which I thought I'd typed. Oh well ... central point still valid: Michigan needs to re-establish the belief the program is trending in a positive way.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good point ... generally 1||
Good point ... generally 1 and 2 and 3, but exceptions exist. Michigan State was helped by some losses by higher-ranked teams. But in general the formula for highest chance of getting into the playoffs is 1+2+3.
|1 week 1 day ago||I still have confidence in||
I still have confidence in Hoke and staff landing good recruiting classes.
But my-oh-my how the 2014 season is shaping up to be an important year for the forming of perceptions about this program. Gotta stamp an upward infection point onto the trend line, that's for sure.
|1 week 1 day ago||Effect of Playoffs||
Starting next year with the 4-team playoff, the key seems to be:
I don't think #1 is a conference thing so much as a perception of being a powerful and winning program. For example, I think Florida is definitely in a "prove to me you can win" position before they'll be pre-season ranked high. Of the Big 10 teams, only OSU really enjoys this at the current time.
For item #2 I think it implies no worse than a 1-loss season; 2-loss only under special circumstances.
Item #3 is mostly self evident -- have to win the late games -- except for special cases where the conference game pits two very highly ranked teams.
Michigan is going to need a couple of 10-win plus seasons to crack into consideration for pre-season high ranking. The good news is Michigan carries enough historic goodwill to get pre-season consideration, but only if they are perceived as being back. They're not yet perceived as that, so it's going to take some proving their back before people believe it.
Assuming #3 from above holds true, it means the Big 10 East champion is going to have to take care of business every year in the BCG. It's unlikely we'll see the nation's #1 and #2 teams coming out of the B1G east and west respectively.
Here's hoping for a solid 10-win plus 2014 for Meechigan!
|1 week 3 days ago||>> A little too OT don't you||
>> A little too OT don't you think?
Yeah, way too OT.
|1 week 4 days ago||Expectations||
I would hope the coaches understand this is pretty much a must-win for Michigan. I don't see how they can limp back from a bowl loss to Kansas State, with all this time to prepare, and claim it's a "coaching problem" or an "execution problem." Not after the show they put on aganst Ohio State.
Michigan can win this ... in fact should win this. If not, then 2014 becomes a pretty stark litmus test for this coaching staff.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I think winning creates the||
I think winning creates the desire to win more.
There are some programs that have been below-average for so long that a 7-5 season is a big thing. But string several of those together and suddenly it's no good any more ... then the expectation is 8, then 9, etc.
The key there is consistency ... an occasional winning season with a reset to historic average means the program remains content with merely good.
In my mind the jury is still out with Arizona (and I live in Tucson so I see up-close how the team is embraced). I just don't sense that much buzz -- good or bad -- with two straight years of 7-5. I think RR could bubble around 7-5, 8-4 and people here would be perfectly happy. Give them the occasional win over ASU and a Rose Bowl every 10 years and people are fine. The buzz about town mid-season was more about the upcoming basketball season than football. The stadium here is rarely sold out; tickets are readily available and advertised on billboards ... in short, Arizona is a program that's relatively happy with 8-4.
Now, give it two or three years of 9-3 and I'm sure the expectations ratchet up to "let's win 10."
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I agree there are barriers to||
I agree there are barriers to a new governing structure. Nobody is going to accomplish that without a lot of agreement among some really big players.
Perhaps another thing to ask is this: given the pressure, will the NCAA morph to become this new model for the super schools? In a sense we've seen that -- the severity of penalties seems to have ratcheted down of late (OSU, Miami, Oregon).
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||All-in||
Let's say the pressure for some schools goes sky-high ... how do those programs respond to the pressure? We're already in a kind of arms-race over facilities at the top programs.
I've often wondered if we'll see a tipping point where the big programs go all-in ... most notably by rejecting NCAA governance and setting up their own standards. Then how many programs will join ... and how many will be allowed to join? (That is, is there the possibility of a single super-conference forming of just the very top elite teams, with everyone else left out?)
nmumike wrote: "what is better, to have sky high expectations, or to be like Washington?"
Play the various scenarios out and that really does become the question, doesn't it? Some programs won't be able to afford to play the game. Do they just accept that and move down into MAC (or AAC) status?
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Years ago I recall watching a||
Years ago I recall watching a NOVA program on PBS where some physicist was talking about dropping a stone, which would fall half way, then half again, etc., etc. I recall him saying something about the time increments becoming so small that it would form a black hole and suck in everything around it.
So yeah ... BiSB banning himself has that potential.
BiSB, keep your finger off the banhammer button, please.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Money Quote||
Oh man ... this.
The Internet is an odd place. It's provided a lot of positive to the world ... and a whole pile of bad things, most notably a forum for anonymous people to mistake rudeness for "being real."
Still, I enjoy many things about MGoBlog.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agree ...||
MSU earned the respect this year ... they upped their defensive game and they came up with a reasonable offense despite all the question marks to start the season. And they did all this with a minimum of chest-thumping trash talk. They just went out and did it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interior DL||
As has been said by many above, OSU's running game was at the expense of our interior defensive line. Hyde is a big back and has to be stopped by equally big guys at the line. He gets to the second level and he's getting 5+ yards a carry easy. It's tough to beat a team who can do that consistently.
Now for OSU's real tests:
I think OSU beats MSU, but it'll be another game where OSU's weak links are exposed.
I think FSU torches OSU.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Paraphrasing Full Metal||
Paraphrasing Full Metal Jacket -- "Inside every reasonable OSU fan is a Michigan fan trying to get out." :-)
Nice post ... to my eye there are few things better than a hard-fought game with shows of personal generosity like you point out. That's why I think post-game handshakes are a good thing. Not everyone here agrees with that, but I believe it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||At that point in the game,||
At that point in the game, I'm not convinced Gardner could have rolled out. He seemed to be limping and hopping around on one leg pretty badly. I wonder if the play calling -- and the decision to avoid OT -- was based in some large part on Gardner's inability to move around?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think Lewan is saying stuff||
I think Lewan is saying stuff here ... Hoke signalled 2 right after the TD, and Lewan would have been on the field at that point. I don't see how Hoke could have polled the seniors -- Lewan included -- at that point.
My guess is Lewan didn't form his comment well ... what he meant to say was that the seniors agree with Hoke's decision; that is, if they'd been asked, they'd have said yes.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
I agree with you. But I'm presently engaged in a debate on another site with someone who insists its a set-in-stone rule that a team never goes for two at home in that situation. That person then cites the Auburn win over Alabama as proof of that. The two situations not being comparable doesn't seem to matter. It's a cosmic law, I guess.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not even 50/50||
Given all the factors you cite, I think Michigan's odds in OT are more in the low double digits. It would have required a mistake on OSU's part and near perfect play on Michigan's.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Jake Butt||
+1 on your first bullet point. And from what I understand, incoming freshman Ian Bunting may be even better. Let the O-line mature and put a QB back there that can hit those guys on their TE routes (Gardner, Morris or Speight) and look out.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Quadruple post -- OK, what's||
Quadruple post -- OK, what's going on?
What?! Is Al Borges your post coordinator? Why didn't you go for five!!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"If my whole life is riding||
"If my whole life is riding on whether my team wins on a Saturday, I've taken a wrong turn somewhere."
Amen to that.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a real funk because of Florida's season. He was spoiled during the Tebow years, and since then he's been expecting Florida to bust out and win it all just like before. It's not happening, and he's really bummed out by it.
Earlier this year I decided to let go of my 40-year obsession with Michigan football needing to win every game. I'm 54 years old and you know what? It just doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If on my deathbed I say the best thing in my life is the outcome of some football game, then I can say with all sincerity I have failed in life.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Freeze the sign-up process to||
Freeze the sign-up process to keep new trolls from coming on ... and then yield a viscious ban-hammer for miscreants. That'll clean things up pretty quickly.
I can say this because (a) I'm already registered, and (b) I'm a choir boy, all sweetness and gentleness. ;-)