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|16 hours 51 min ago||Yes, Rudock's surprising||
Yes, Rudock's surprising ability to scramble has kept defenses honest in key 3rd down situations. He's no Denard of course, but I think most of us thought he would be a lumberjack and yet he's proven to be more nimble than expected.
|19 hours 18 min ago||True, but Dantonio and MSU's||
True, but Dantonio and MSU's fans piss me off much more than Urban and OSU's fans. And the way our game against MSU ended made me desperately want to see some Spartan schadenfreude at not only losing, but having to watch Michigan play in the B1G Championship Game while Sparty stays home. It also would have been that much sweeter if we were the ones who got to ruin OSU's perfect season. So I was pretty bummed that MSU won, and the OSU schadenfeude wasn't much consolation.
That said, there's no sense in getting too worked up over games that don't involve Michigan, so whatever.
|19 hours 20 min ago||Fifth-year senior Jake Rudock||
Fifth-year senior Jake Rudock suddenly turning into Cyborg Terminator the past two games and putting up better numbers than he ever did at Iowa has been a pleasant surprise.
Sione Houma emerging as a dependable and consistent contributor has also been a pleasant surprise. He's our go-to guy for situations that call for a bowling ball.
Also, as crazy as it may seem given all of the Harbaugh-mania during the offseason, the swiftness with which this staff has turned the program around has been perhaps the biggest surprise of all. Most people thought 8-3 going into the OSU game was a reasonable expectation, but this team is basically a freak play away from being 10-1 and is acually favored against OSU. Given what this program has gone through the past eight years (or past 14 years, if you want to include the full era of futility against Tressel), the thought that Michigan would be favored against a 10-1 OSU team would have been inconceivable a year ago.
|1 day 14 hours ago||...which isn't saying much||
...which isn't saying much since this is only the second year of the CFP.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I would think that he would||
I would think that he would be a candidate for the LSU job if they part ways with Les Miles. If James Franklin ends up not working out at PSU, Mullen will be near the top of their list too (he's from Pennsylvania). Why would he have any interest in one of the Big Ten's adopted stepchildren?
|1 day 18 hours ago||Michigan wins, 35-28. Cyborg||
Michigan wins, 35-28. Cyborg terminator Rudock carries the day. Teams combine for 800+ yards of offense. Sad Urban is sad.
MSU beats PSU in a closer-than-expected game. MSU needs a red zone defensive stop to seal it.
Stanford beats Notre Dame by six touchdowns. Why? Because fuck Notre Dame, that's why.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Dabo won't leave Clemson for||
Dabo won't leave Clemson for any job except 'Bama. He's waiting for Saban to retire/die/malfunction. If Clemson wins the natty this year, he'll have a pretty compelling credential on his resume. If, after the Saban era ends, 'Bama hires someone else, then he'll entertain other offers. But as of now, it's 'Bama or bust for Swinney.
|3 days 13 min ago||LSU fans are beyond||
LSU fans are beyond delusional if they think Jimbo would leave FSU to make a lateral move, prior ties to the program notwithstanding.
|3 days 18 min ago||LSU getting rid of Miles in||
LSU getting rid of Miles in this market would be the dumbest move ever. They would be competing for candidates with at least Miami, USC, Missouri, and Virginia Tech. The LSU job would arguably be the best opening of all, but is Miles really that bad that you wouldn't want to give him one more year and reevaluate when the jobs-to-candidates ratio might be a little more favorable to employers?
|3 days 17 hours ago||In this market, with so many||
In this market, with so many Power 5 head coaching jobs having already opened up (and more to come in a few weeks), LSU would be insane to get rid of Les Miles.
|4 days 15 hours ago||The reversal of Zettel's||
The reversal of Zettel's ejection actually works in our favor in the long run, since it gives PSU more than a snowball's chance in hell at pulling the upset (though not much more). Interesting twist of fate.
|4 days 15 hours ago||This should make you feel||
This should make you feel better: remember the 2014 and 2013 OSU-MSU games and how humiliating it felt to realize that for each of our two rivals, their game against each other had replaced their games against Michigan as the biggest game on their respective schedules? Remember how we felt when it looked like the level of success that MSU and OSU had achieved had now become unattainable for Michigan? We don't have to feel like that anymore.
|1 week 6 days ago||I thought we weren't doing||
I thought we weren't doing the 'Ohio' thing anymore?
|1 week 6 days ago||Not gonna happen. Not even||
Not gonna happen. Not even worth contemplating.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Sounds like one of them good||
Sounds like one of them good problems.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Plenty of anecdotal evidence||
Plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that Dantonio is as much of an asshole in person as he appears to be on camera. Tom Izzo and Urban Meyer, however, are supposedly nice people in real life.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I couldn't care less about||
I couldn't care less about Harbaugh's relationship with Crean. Most of us dislike Crean, but that doesn't mean we should expect Harbaugh to share our opinion of him or to not support his brother-in-law. Conversely, we don't have to like Crean just because Harbaugh likes him.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Two things are keeping me||
Two things are keeping me from cutting the cord and signing up for Sling TV: (1) no DVR, and (2) no FOX Sports channels (and hence, no BTN).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Comeuppance.||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think it says a lot about||
I think it says a lot about Bo that he has in his coaching tree three national championship-winning coaches (Miles, Bill McCartney, Lloyd Carr), a fourth who won a 1-AA national championship (Jack Harbaugh), two more who came extremely close to winning national championships (Larry Smith, Don Nehlen), and a former player-turned-coach who came within inches of winning a Super Bowl (Jim Harbaugh). That's gotta be one of the most impressive coaching trees in all of football.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm bullish on O'Korn. He had||
I'm bullish on O'Korn. He had a good first season as a true freshman starter playing in a pass-happy offense. His struggles began when Houston switched coordinators. I think he'll be much better than Rudock.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ah, got it.||
Ah, got it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This isn't even worth||
This isn't even worth addressing. It's just filler material to justify charging people money for ESPN Insider.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Umm, I would take a Lloyd||
Umm, I would take a Lloyd Carr or a Mack Brown over a John Cooper any day of the week. The former two won national championships and managed to get over the hump when it mattered at least once; the latter choked at almost every single opportunity (Cooper's '97 Rose Bowl victory was probably his signature win, but he would have won a national title if he hadn't lost to Michigan at home that year).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not saying he's a saint,||
I'm not saying he's a saint, but he's portrayed as the slimiest coach in college football. There are other coaches who would have a stronger claim to that dubious distinction (including Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel, Bobby Petrino, Les Miles, etc).
Also, Alabama was actually dirtier before Saban than it has been under Saban (again, I know that's a pretty low bar).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I know that Saban isn't the||
I know that Saban isn't the most likeable dude in the world, but if you think about it, Alabama hasn't really been hit with any big scandals under his watch. The worst thing he's been mixed up in is oversigning, but he was hardly alone in that respect. He's never had a bagman scandal (like Auburn under Chizik), he's never had a nighmarish string of player arrests (like Florida under Urban), he's never had a scandal involving shady "recruiting consultants" (like LSU under Miles and Oregon under Chip Kelly), he never got a student manager killed (like ND under Brian Kelly), and he's never been caught lying to the NCAA (like Tressel). By and large, Alabama under Saban hasn't generated as many negative headlines as its peers (low bar, I know).
Either he's really good at hiding his dirt, or he's just not as evil as we think he is.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's kind of a shame; he's||
It's kind of a shame; he's one of the few decent guys in the SEC. I always thought it was a crock of horseshit that he was cited by the NCAA for paying his assistants bonuses out of his own pocket because he thought they deserved a raise and he couldn't get his AD to pony up. He and his wife also adopted two kids from the Ukraine, one of whom has some rare disorder.
But given the recruiting base of that program and the resources he has at his disposal, it's hard not to get the impression that Georgia has underachieved.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I know that OMG PITCH THE||
I know that OMG PITCH THE BALL TYLER ECKER is an oft-repeated meme on this blog, but both sidelines had started to empty by the time Ecker was tackled. At the very least, there should have been offsetting penalties and an untimed down.
Then again, given the piss poor officiating in that game (damn you Sun Belt Conference), you never know what would have been called or not called if we had scored on that play.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If I remember correctly, that||
If I remember correctly, that was Caris LeVert's mistake, not Beilein's. Beilein called for a foul, but Caris either forgot or didn't hear him (he was a true freshman at the time and has since become our best player, so he gets a pass on that one).
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I'm also in the Bay Area and||
I'm also in the Bay Area and I'm circling January 7, 2019 on my calendar (with my neck sharpie).
I'm not much of a 49ers' fan, but I don't want to see them suck forever. Of all the options Harbaugh had available to him at the end of his 49ers tenure, Michigan was the only job they were okay with him taking (since he was still under contract at the time), so I can't be too mad at them.