"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|1 week 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!]
|1 week 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.
|3 weeks 8 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.
|5 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.
|6 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.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Can we keep this Rudock?||
Can we keep this Rudock? Offense played an excellent game against a really good defense.
|7 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.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Just an unbelievable||
Wow. Just an unbelievable performance. A+ for Harbaugh & co.
|8 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).
|8 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.
|9 weeks 7 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.
|9 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.
|9 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.
|9 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.
|9 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.
|10 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).
|10 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.
|10 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.
|11 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.
|11 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.
|12 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.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||We need an explosive threat||
We need an explosive threat on offense, so I'll say Drake Haris.
On defense, unless we develop a pass rush, we are going to give up a frustrating number of 3rd and longs. With that I'll say Ojemudia though anyone on the DL would work, as long as someone is putting pressure on the quarterback.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||What is the status of the||
What is the status of the cloning of Brian? I would definitely read a UFR of every team, every week. Then at the end of the season, we could see how different the Brian Clone Army All-Big Ten team is than the Media/Coaches. How much of my beveled guilt money goes to this cause?
|17 weeks 43 min ago||I definitely think the||
I definitely think the qualification process is hurting the Americans in Kazan. Kelsi Worrel and Kelli Meili both would have been faster than Stewart and Hardy, respectively.
I love Anthony Ervin, but he did not swim well on the relay. There are at least half a dozen other swimmers that could have swam faster than that, including Junior Nationals Champion Maxime Rooney.
I can say I have watched Missy Franklin swim all summer long (I swim in the same pool after she does), she hasn't looked sharp, especially on her backstroke.
I'm not worried about Rio yet, we have a lot of good young swimmers that will only get better by this time next year, including Michael Andrew, Reese Whitley, and Andrew Salinsky to name a few.
The Open Water swimmers did great. First in the team and Sean Ryan of the University of Michigan qualified for the Rio, giving UM representation at every Olympics since 1948.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||The prime reason American||
The prime reason American sports keep spiraling in value (and can no longer fit in their assigned time slots) is that they are much more amenable to commercial breaks.
Ugh. I hope we have reached our limit with commercial breaks. The NFL is unwatchable, college basketball nearly so (Timeout Murder!). The only thing that makes college football tolerable is that there are usuall 5 games on, and I can just flip to another game. But it is shocking how often they are all on commercial break at the same time.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||In-N-Out and it isn't close.||
In-N-Out and it isn't close. I don't understand the 5 Guys love, I find it meh. Smashburger is miles and miles better than 5 Guys.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I've lived in Denver for 3.5||
I've lived in Denver for 3.5 years.
The traffic to the ski resorts can be bad on Saturday mornings or coming back on Sunday afternoons, but if you leave early enough you miss the traffic. In general, I don't find the traffic too terrible, but I moved here from Chicago where the traffic is absurd. The traffic is definitely getting worse, though as everyone figures out what a great place to live it is.
There are plenty of bike paths/bike lanes. It is a very bike friendly city, plus the traffic is accostomed to cyclists, so they are pretty respectful most of the time (it only takes one yahoo though).
For jobs, if you are an engineer, you might find jobs in the Denver Tech Center area, which is on the southern end of Denver. [I'm not an engineer so it isn't gospel].
Life in General -- Denver is definitely bigger than Ann Arbor, so you have more options. The downside is that there is more traffic than Ann Arbor (excluding Game Day). Another negative, I have found it difficult to connect with people out here, they all seem to be in to their own thing. I am a massive introvert (so take my comments with a giant grain of salt), but I have heard others complain of the same thing. The weather however, is fantastic. It has been 70 degrees for the better part of the week, while the midwest/east coast seems to be continually digging out from snow storms.
On the whole I would definitely recommend moving out here, especially if you are the active type. Good Luck, I hope things work out.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||cherry bowl||
I think I said this last year but the "Motor City" bowl will always be the Cherry bowl to me.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||My concern with Mullen is||
My concern with Mullen is that he is beating up on little teams and losing to the big teams. By my count his record vs
Top 10 F+ 1-16
vs Top 25 F+ 4-24 (Teams 11-25 3-8)
Vs Top 50 F+ 10-29 (Teams 26-50 6-5)
On the plus side, he is 4-2 vs Ole Miss which should have the same disadvantages as Miss St. If he could go 4-2 vs. MSU and OSU I'd be thrilled.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like Michigan is head||
I feel like Michigan is head of where they were last year.
Last year in the final 5 minutes we choked away the game against Charlotte. Against Arizona we let them back in the game the final 5 minutes, got the BS foul call on McGary and lost. Against Stanford we almost choked the game away in the final 5 minutes but won. By B1G season we were pulling away the final 5 minutes.
This year, we didn't have the Charlotte game, the Arizona and Villanova game are comparable, then this game is comparable to Stanford.