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|6 days 4 hours ago||My personal conspiracy||
My personal conspiracy theory: Barry Alvarez had Anderson tank the game against OSU. Barry could then go to the committee and show that OSU could crush a "good" team, because up until that point OSU had beaten nobody. TCU/Baylor had 2-3 better wins than OSU's best win.
Gary Anderson furious about having to throw the conference championship game, quits to coach at Oregon State. /conspiracy theory
Other than its extreme unliklihood, it fits rather nicely.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yes they did experiment with||
Yes they did experiment with number 9. Here is a sample result.
|1 week 4 days ago||I thought they tried #9||
I thought they tried #9 several years ago in one of those pre-season tourneys where they experiment with rules -- it was a disaster. There was no suspense to the game at all -- the team leading just stood around and ran out the clock.
There should be 1 timeout per half per team -- with the first half use it or lose it. That would greatly enhance the end of game flow.
I'm disappointed that the new rules don't have a guy on skates -- where everything he does is legal.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Can we sign up for Season||
Can we sign up for Season tickets in only the odd years? I was completely fine playing good teams not named Notre Dame. I am indifferent to playing ND again, but I am not okay with paying $2M to lose a home game and getting screwed over with scheduling.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Until we actually beat the||
Until we actually beat the Buckeyes, they will always be the game that I worry about the most.
After that, Wisconsin scares me a bit. We haven't played them in 6 years and with our LB situation I worry their style may be difficult for us to handle.
MSU-- see my Buckeye comment above, but we did beat Sparty last year until...that. I think what happened last year will motivate us.
Iowa -- Always a tough place to play, I do think they were fortunate to miss the top teams last year, so their shiny record is a bit of a mirage. Still very tough game.
I'd be OK with a split of those game (and win everything else). Of course I'll be happier if those two wins are against our rivals, and far, far less happy if the two losses are against our rivals.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm not a lawyer, but I think||
I'm not a lawyer, but I think Baylor is private so FOIA doesn't apply.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||They did. Navigate came up||
They did. Navigate came up with I think, a 5% increase in the chances of making the playoffs with a Championship game. Football Study Hall was able to duplicate the results but only under certain assumptions.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||Reno||
I just moved to Reno and wondering if there are any Michigan bars here. I am usually better off watching at home by myself, but if something happens to my cable or something, it'd be nice to know where I can go to be sure to watch the game.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||For those looking for the||
For those looking for the Arizona Bowl, I found it on Channel 640 on DirecTV -- I do have the sports package, so if you don't have that I don't know if you'll get it.
Just started, Nevada intercepted CSU and are now on CSU's 40
|35 weeks 6 days ago||The final four will come down||
The final four will come down to the Power 5 conferences:
ACC (Clemson/North Carolina)
Big XII (Oklahoma/OSU)
Right now, it appears as though it will be the Pac-12 on the outside looking in. My dream scenario is Notre Dame getting shut out with the committee basically saying, Maybe your arrogant ass should join a conference. [Probably won't happen, so Go Cardinal!]
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I'd feel worse for IU if it||
I'd feel worse for IU if it wasn't for basketball and the house of horrors that is Assembly Hall.
|37 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm OK with the offensive||
I'm OK with the offensive line play. The bigger problems are the inability to hit the deep ball to push the safeties farther back, and the running backs not hitting holes.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Easy to say in hindsight, but||
Easy to say in hindsight, but can't say he is completely wrong here. Punting brings the ball back 15 yards and opens up to a punt block or return. There was no guarantee that Blake was going to get that punt off even if he doesn't fumble the snap.
Going for it you have the chance to end the game. You are on the plus side of the field so even if you don't make it they still have to go 60 yards in one play.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||This was going to be my||
This was going to be my answer. Can you imagine Harbaugh the QB running today's zone read or pulling up for the pop pass? So many possibilities.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Can we keep this Rudock?||
Can we keep this Rudock? Offense played an excellent game against a really good defense.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I think this defense can play||
I think this defense can play even better. NW picked up a couple 3rd & 15s. Stop those and we are looking at another game of Will the opponent crack 100 yards? (168 for the day). 3rd straight shutout, first time by any team in 20 years.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Just an unbelievable||
Wow. Just an unbelievable performance. A+ for Harbaugh & co.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I thought the offensive line||
I thought the offensive line took a step back today. Maryland's defense is as bad as their offense and we made them look competent.
We really missed DeVeon. Isaac didn't take advantage of his opportunity.
The WR really need to help out Rudock on the deep balls. The first one was a terrible throw by Rudock. The second one was a great throw, but Chesson drifted outside instead of running straight upfield. It would have hit him in stride. The third one was a good throw that Canteen just couldn't come up with (on the fake smoke screen).
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't like the Offensive||
I didn't like the Offensive game plan -- smoke screens against Will Likely? Terrible Idea, that is equivalent to running them against Peppers. But then later we faked it and went over the top. I liked that wrinkle, just wish we would have hit it.
I love John Baxter. Perhaps the single greatest improvement this year is special teams. Likely got nothing in the return game. Can you imagine what would have happened on that 59 yard punt to Likely under Hoke? Easy TD. I love having a Special Teams coach.
|43 weeks 9 hours ago||I could have chaulked up that||
I could have chaulked up that demolition of BYU to a bad matchup for BYU (like VCU vs John Beilein) + a travel weary team lead to a lopsided score of two otherwise pretty-even teams. Then Utah kicked Oregon's ass. Now I am looking for excuses not to get my hopes up for this year.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Great game plan. Great play||
Great game plan. Great play calling. Loved the double fake screen TE seam. BYU certainly looked like a team playing its fourth game in four different time zones, but I'm not sure that it mattered that much.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||I turn 41 next weekend, and I||
I turn 41 next weekend, and I think I can safely say that is the best I have ever seen a Michigan secondary play. BYU would have had less than 50 yards passing if Stibling doesn't do his phase out of existence act. Against a pass first team, in near perfect weather, that is nearly unbelievable in this day and age.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||That is the Rudock that I||
That is the Rudock that I expected. His mistakes were taking a 5 yard gain (or incompletion) instead of the 25 yard gain. I can live with that, that is what we signed up for with him and it's all we need when our defense is playing like that.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||I will respectfully disagree||
I will respectfully disagree with some comments.
-First, I think the way to beat UM's D isn't through explosvie plays (UM ranks 6th in the country in preventing big plays). It is a willingness to pound the ball for 2-3 yards on 1st and 2nd down and have an efficient QB pick up 3rd Down conversions. Right now that list is Wilson (obv.), Connor Cook, OSU's 7th string QB (and up), non-broken Hackenburg, and Leidner on a good day. I don't think BYU fits in that category.
-According to advanced stats, BYU's rush defense is equal to their pass defense (70th and 71st)
-I understand the hand-wringing about the run game, but I thought Harbaugh was content to run straight at an 8-10 man front, and run out the clock, because it was UNLV [practicing our 4-minute drill, perhaps?]
-There's no excuse for Rudock's performance. It was his worst performance in 2 years, and the question is whether it is an omen or an outlier. After the last 10 years, I'm conditioned to expect the worst out of our QB.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty much overwhelmed them.||
Pretty much overwhelmed them. Though I wasn't blown away by our defense, too many missed tackles -- looked like they lacked a little focus playing such an inferior opponent. It's also frustrating to watch an opposing QB lauch perfect passes when he is about to get killed (the two big plays on their scoring drive).
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Woof. That was a step back||
Woof. That was a step back this week. It seemed like the only play that was working was the sweep (both pitch and jet).
Rudock with a bad game, I need to lower my expectations of him. I think Rudock needs to put a little more air under the ball on the deep ball to give the receiver more time to adjust. That said the receivers aren't helping him at all on those. They look lost, two of them were catchable balls and they slowed up or did 360s looking for the ball.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I thought the play calling||
I thought the play calling was vanilla and they used a lot of players early. I'm fine with that against this level of competition, but I wouldn't be happy against a team with a pulse.
I didn't like the passiveness at the end of the first half (not going for it on 4th and 1, then not calling timeout after a negative play). I thought it set the tone for the lethargic second half.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Excellent post jamiemac. My||
Excellent post jamiemac. My girlfriend has gone through a similar experience. Good luck and keep on keeping on.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||4. The running back comes||
4. The running back comes over to help and he whiffs as well.
When you give up a sack on a 2-man rush you expect a lot of incompetence, but watching it was truly staggering (and hilarious). I really wish Temple rushed 1 just to see if they could get a sack.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Too Many Mistakes||
Too many mistakes to win. I've been trying to figure out how many points we left on the field.
Final Deficit: -7
First INT: +3
First Overthrow: +4 (we ended up kicking a FG on that drive)
Second Overthrow: +7
Second INT: 0 (Not really in position to score)
Third Overthrow: 0 (This was a good play by Utah)
Third INT: +7 (Biggest play of night)
Dropped Slant + Missed FG: +3 (being conservative here, should have had a first down, and possibly even a TD at the very least should make the field goal).
Utah made mistakes too:
2 missed FG by normally reliable kicker: -6
Dumb PF penalty on what would have been 4th down: -4 (I assume we would have kicked FG)
Net Result: Michigan by 7. Now game situation would have changed a lot of the circumstances, but Michigan made too many mistakes to win.
On Defense: No the offense didn't help out the defense, but neither did the defense help out the offense. No meaningful turnovers. If we could get a turnover or two, maybe the offense doesn't have to work so damn hard to score points.