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|18 weeks 6 days ago||I thought it got dropped for||
I thought it got dropped for the more useful ORtg.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I got Michigan over Providence in the||
I got Michigan over Providence in the championship.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I was a millimeter away from||
I was a millimeter away from attending Illinois instead of Michigan. When I lived in Chicago all my best friends were Illinois fans and that only increased my interest in them.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I-L-L. I'm always a big||
I'm always a big Illinois fan, and I will be rooting hard for them today. I don't know why Indiana likes to shoot 15% above their average against us and are 10% more efficient. I'd rather not see that garbage again.
|22 weeks 2 hours ago||My bracket preferences||
While technically not against the rules, I'd be surprised if we get Duke or Arizona until the Final Four. [Though I think a rematch with Arizona wouldn't be awful since they lost Ashley]
I do think Michigan tends to be a defense-independant offense. So I would prefer teams that are more defense oriented. St Louis, Syracuse. I also wouldn't mind Florida [last year, also the SEC is not good so their record is inflated]. Given how Villanova has done against Creighton this year, I think we could do something similar.
Teams I want no part of: Creighton [against our defense?, no thanks], Wichita St [Went to Final Four last year and have won 30 straight. I don't care who you are playing, that is impressive], Kansas [No Trey to save us this year]
Undecided: Louisville [defense oriented, but still scare me for some reason], Virginia [I don't think Beilein has a good record vs. Bennett]
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I'd rather Sparty beat||
I'd rather Sparty beat Georgetown and lose to Iowa.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Do we know why Beilein lost||
Do we know why Beilein lost his temper? It was right after a completely legitmate Goaltending call. What was the time on the clock when that happened? I feel like Michigan made its run right after that outburst.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||They have had such different||
They have had such different career paths that it is difficult to compare the 2. There is no doubt that Izzo's list of accomplishments in terms of Final Fours and a NC is greater than Beilein. Is it tougher to win a places like Richmond and Canisius rather than taking MSU to Final Fours and a NC? From a PASE stand point Beilein is the best in the nation, and Izzo is 4th. If Beilein had been at Michigan as long as Izzo has been at MSU, maybe his resume would be equal to or better than Izzo.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I think everything is||
I think everything is related. Michigan can't stay in front of their man on the perimeter. Last year, our help defense would come over and draw a charge. This year our help defense is getting the block called on them, thanks to the crappy new rules. Now we have fouled a guard which is generally a good foul shooter, thus the crappy FT% defense.
New rules leads to Increased 2PT%, Increased FT% leads to the drop in the Defensive Efficiency ranking. Michigan has to have better on the ball defense. Not sure that is going to happen quickly, if it all.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Terrible Hire||
The man is known as an offensive guy. So according to Football Outsiders,
The year before Caldwell became Baltimore's OC (2011), Baltimore was 13th ranked Offense by FO. 2012 they were 13th. 2013, 30th.
2008 Indy 5th ranked offense (year before Caldwell took over)
2009 6th ranked offense
2011 27th [No Peyton]
Even if we ignore the no Peyton year, he has a history of not improving an offense at best. Driving it into the ground at worst.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I agree on the Shane Morris||
I agree on the Shane Morris assessment. Throws really hard, needs to learn a little touch. I thought he showed a lot of promise but is still significantly behind Gardner.
Not sure I agree on the Offensive philosophy. I'd say the Hoke ideal is similar to Stanford/MSU/Alabama. Stanford and MSU are in the Rose Bowl. Alabama is 2-time defending champ with only 1 loss this year. The problem is that we currently aren't good at trying to do that. The bigger problem is that we don't look like we'll be good at it next year either.
As mentioned, it is a forward pass because if it is dropped it is an incomplete pass. Earlier in the bowl season, I watched them hand the ball off in that situation, they fumbled and turned the ball over.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Also the KSU band was||
Also the KSU band was obnoxious. They never stopped playing. They even played in the middle of some Michigan plays.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I was upper deck around the||
I was upper deck around the 15 yard line. No old people in my section. We weren't making noise because we had absolutely nothing to cheer about. We were still quiet (even by Michigan standards). We tried making noise on third downs, and the defense pissed those opportunities away and we didn't have another chance to make noise the rest of the game.
I thought the offense played decent, though I would have liked to see a few more downfield passes. It was a great game plan to start with screens and sweeps, but once KSU adjusted and we were down it was time to start going with deeper passes.
I cannot express how awful the defense was. After the 3rd down scramble by their non-running QB, the defense quit. When they bothered to be within 5 yards of a reciever they missed the tackle. Mattison was equally terrible, there were several plays that were wide open by alignment. Bubble screens and the middle of the field were wide open.
Unlike the OP, I have been to probably over 150 Michigan games, but this was my first game in over 3 years.
Highlight of the night was the free beer I got at 4 Peaks (It took them 10 minutes to change the tap on the beer I ordered).
|32 weeks 3 days ago||just finished watching the game. Michigan got||
just finished watching the game. Michigan got totally fucked by the officials in the last 5 minutes. The stauskus charge and the McGary foul were absolutely terrible.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Can't believe you missed this||
Can't believe you missed this one. The Motor City Bowl should be called the Cherry Bowl.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||On-field performance, I would||
On-field performance, I would say that Desmond Morgan deserved the award. However, Jake Ryan busted his butt to get back from an ACL injury in a short period of time. We also don't know his off the field contributions to the LB corps.
|34 weeks 4 hours ago||Rooting for: 1. Meteor 2.||
2. Sparty - I think they are in the Rose Bowl win or lose, so they might as well do something useful on their way.
Who will win?
I have no idea. MSU has been more impressive in B1G play. No games under double digit wins, while Ohio needed a hail mary at the end of the first half to beat Wiscy, a horrendous spot to beat 1-7 Northwestern and gave up 600 yards to a team averaging 3.2 yards per play in November.
That said, Nebraska was able to move the ball against Sparty and Ohio runs a similar offense. Ohio's defense plays its best when they are being questioned and they should be severely questioned after last week.
Last year Ohio won by a point at home. I expect a close game. Since the Buckeyes are the luckiest fucking bastards I have ever seen, I think they will pull some shit out of their ass and somehow win the game.
|34 weeks 4 hours ago||I think the LBs have been||
I think the LBs have been very poor in coverage all year. (How many times was a guy open in the seam because the LB didn't ride his man through the zone?)
I think the LBs played very poorly in the Iowa game (Yes, the second string).
I think the DL was horrible in the Ohio game and the LBs had no chance.
Other than that I think they are a very solid unit, very rarely making a mistake in the running game. But they also very rarely made a game-changing play. It was a group that desperately needed last years world destroying Jake Ryan.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I am on TeamSpaceCoyote. I||
I am on TeamSpaceCoyote. I think there are definitely things Borges can do better, but I don't think replacing him is the answer. I honestly have no idea what an OC is supposed to do with an O-Line this bad. This is beyond "Worst O-Line in Michigan history" it is in "Worst O-Line I've ever seen at any level at any time." They clearly can't run the ball, even against the worst rush defense in the B1G. As such, play action doesn't work. The O-Line can't protect long enough to throw any sort of deep ball. That leaves short passes, but everyone knows this and I think just about every scholarship player in the country can cover for the 1-2 seconds that it takes to get to DG.
I feel like a heartless bastard for suggesting that a man who just lost his father should also lose his job sooner than immediately, but there it is. We had a terrible offensive line last year, and the year before that, Molk saved it from being a train wreck (see Sugar Bowl). That is 3 years of history showing that he isn't the right man for the job.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Positive. I was watching the replay at the time of||
Positive. I was watching the replay at the time of posting. ESPN play by play lists IU taking all 3 timeouts
|40 weeks 1 day ago||First IU Timeout was used at||
First IU Timeout was used at 2:52
Second IU Timeout was used at 2:48
Third IU Timeout was used at 2:38 BTN screwed up and didn't update their graphic.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I mentioned this in the||
I mentioned this in the Defense snowflake thread, but if you stop the clocks to reset the chains, shouldn't you wait until the chains are set to start the clock? That is the point, right? If it isn't, then we might as well go to the NFL model of running clock.
If it is, you could get crazy and allow the home team to control the chain gang. Michigan could train their chain gang to move slow, while IU could train theirs to go fast. An added element to the home field advantage.
[Note: I don't necessarily advocate the second solution, I think it would be interesting.]
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you IU coaches for||
Thank you IU coaches for going for 2 so early in the game. That gave Michigan a 2 score advantage, which I know I felt a lot more comfortable with. It relieved a little bit of pressure from the offense (which didn't really need any help today).
I never want to say we shouldn't score, but I'm with the earlier poster about not wanting to score that last TD. Kneel take the 9 point win and the last minute is a lot more comfortable. The way IU was moving the ball, and the way this Murphy's Law season is going I had absolutely no confidence that we could stop the standard TD/2-pt conv/Onside Kick/TD/2-pt conv for the tie.
Under the category of things that will never happen: Stack the box against Sparty. The winner of this game always rushes for more yards. We know Fitz won't get much of anything so we need to make sure that we stop their rushing attack. They will be able to grind out 3-4 yards a play. Stack the box and make Cook beat us with his arm.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Is this what Oregon and||
Is this what Oregon and Baylor feel like after every week? Man those fans must be super spoiled.
If there is a frustration after this week it is because if we run a couple of these plays last week, we are 7-0. I think this is the offense we all wanted to see all year. Please please please keep it up.
I-form runs still awful.
If I were an IU fan I'd be very unhappy. Shortly after Gallon eclipsed the 300 yard receiving mark, they decide to not cover him. At all. There was no one within 20 yards of him. What the hell were they doing?
So, great job, but IU caveats abound.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Rundown of the IU TDs 1 -||
Rundown of the IU TDs
1 - Completely unprepared for the quick tempo. A small question though: If you stop the clock to move the chains, shouldn't you wait until the chains are actually moved to start the clock? Also get off my lawn.
2 - Dropped interception that lands right in IU's hands. Next play ridiculous catch for a TD
3 - Offense why u no hang on to ball?
4 - Atrocious tackling. Had a chance to force them into 3rd and long.
5 or 6 - Stribling should have intercepted.
5 or 6 - Good coverage. Perfect throw and great catch set up the TD. Anyone else (beside Jourdan Lewis) really sick of every team making these perfect throws?
They were in position to eliminate 21 points (or more), so I think they are close to being a great defense. Unfortunetly this isn't horseshoes or grenades.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||#GallonFest||
|41 weeks 15 hours ago||I only followed the games||
I only followed the games based on Twitter reactions. It sounded completely crazy. Almost wish I went to a soccer bar just to watch the range of emotions in the 2nd half of those games.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR||
That is my reaction to the numbers. It infuriates me to the point of wanting to break things.
I also think it is Borges thought process on playcalling, despite being Bruce Banner.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Worst Announcers||
I don't think it can be understated as to how bad the announcers were. At some point in the 2nd half, (when Michigan was up by a minimum of 2 scores), Minnesota rushed for 2 yards. 1, 2. Announcer: "Minnesota is just blowing Michigan off the ball."
If I was actually watching the game and just listened to the announcers, I would have thought Michigan lost 42-13.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I expected 10-2 with losses||
I expected 10-2 with losses to MSU and Northwestern. After 4 games, I expect they will be 10-2 with losses to MSU and Northwestern.
The tossup games:
PSU -- Freshman quarterback
Nebraska -- No defense and they struggle away from home
MSU -- The defense will eat our interior line alive, especially in East Lansing
Northwestern -- Unstoppable throw god
Ohio -- We outplayed them in the first half in their house. We can put together a full game this year in ours.