a terrible blight on our fine country
|13 hours 20 min ago||Never said they were a great offense||
I just think people are selling the offense and particular the offenisve staff short. Heading into the BYU game there was a lot of worry about how UM's offense was going to do after two games where they pretty much pounded the ball down OSU and UNLV's throat. After the game BYU was saying UM ran stuff they weren't ready for and hadn't game planned for.
Yeah, there's some warts with this offense but Harbaugh and company aren't going to shift into 4th and 5th gear with the playcalling against an opponent where 3rd gear gets them a comfortable win. I'm not going to say UM has 30 pts after halftime against NU, but I think we're going to see the playbook open up quite a bit this game.
|15 hours 6 min ago||Indiana worries me too but||
UM gets them late in the year. For the OSU game, IU was 4-0 with a lot of confidence and hope and hosting the #1 team in the country. By the time UM rolls into Bloomington, IU might be a .500 team who's spirits have taken a 180 since the OSU game.
|16 hours 16 min ago||Agree but||
if Harbaugh and staff had kept the foot on the gas for 60 minutes against UNLV, OSU and BYU and those final scores were more like 48-7, 45-7 and 45-0 I'm guessing people would have a different view of the offense. I'm definitely not saying this offense is a well oiled machine but they've been able to grind out yards and dial up the right play call to big up chunks of yardage more in the last couple of games.
|16 hours 32 min ago||I still believe||
in two old sayings: Defense wins championships and defense travels. Granted it'd be great to have a devastating offense but UM has been scoring around 30 pts/game. In some of these games, it probably could have been more but Harbaugh and company kept the offense vanilla and/or downshifted once they had a good size lead.
|16 hours 35 min ago||Agree||
It's so early in the season. Conference play has barely started. There are still lots of matchup's between undefeated and one loss teams left on the schedule.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Don't classes start||
shortly after NY's Day? Harbaugh would have to know which guys weren't coming back possibly before a bowl game to get additional guys enrolled early.
Also, just because a guy declares he's going pro doesn't necessarily mean he's off scholarship does it?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Last paragraph||
Clemson was up 24-9 so when ND scored they made it 24-15. Brian's view is you for two there to know whether you will be down 24-17 and just need a TD and PAT or whether you'll be down 24-15 and need a TD and FG.
|1 day 10 hours ago||What makes it even more interesting||
at least to me, is LB is a spot where next year we might need contributions from true freshmen.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah||
Darboh and Chesson seem to have the outside receiver positions locked down and the slot hasn't really been featured much in the offense the last few games.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Was listening to||
Mike and Mike on the way into work this work and they had Danny Kannel on. He made an interesting point. For most of last year OSU struggled a bit - OT win against PSU, 7 point win against Minny, tough game against IU and tight agaisnt a 5-7 UM tean until the 4th. Their 3 game run in the Big Ten Championship Game and the playoffs was very impressive, but that wasn't the OSU team that you saw on the field for most of the first 12 games of last year.
He also mentioned that losing Hermann to Houston is probably having an affect on the offense too.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Indiana||
kind of worries me. They actually have an offense (unlike a lot of teams on UM's schedule). Outside of OSU and MSU (although their offense has been up and down and they've had some injuries they still have a QB who if Cook has his A game can cause some problems), Indiana is the only other team left on the schedule that appears to have a legit offense. Not sure if the defense will get IU's offense completely bottled up. I think IU will get some points and due to that the offense will need to put some points on the board. Thankfully, IU has a pretty bad defense.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Also||
Gameday trys not to have the same teams featured at their location too much. LSU still has games against Bama and Ole Miss where Gameday could visit.
|2 days 16 hours ago||The four year thing||
without looking it up the only one I can think of that comes close to Sparty.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Part of the reason||
was the 'spread' offense that he runs was new to Division 1 football when he took over WVU. A lot of teams were taken by surprise with it. Now, tons of teams run some type of spread or incorporate spread elements into the offense. It's still tough to defend but it's not a novelty offense that you only saw once a year.
|4 days 11 hours ago||How does Northwestern have 3.5?||
By your scoring system I see:
Stanford is +.5 (small home win over a good team)
Eastern Illinois is 0 (large win at home over a not good team)
Duke is 1.0 (small road win over a good team)
Ball St is -.5 (small home win over a not good team)
That adds up to 1.0
|4 days 13 hours ago||Kind of agree but||
part of that will depend on how a big a lead UM has and when Harbaugh decides to shut down the offense.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Give it time||
If UM beats Sparty, OSU prices will start to soar.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Vision for a running back||
It's kind of hard to teach. They either have it or they don't. That isn't to say it can't get better but it's rare for a running back to make significant improvements in this area.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Speilman||
said the same thing during the game - that college offenses have become so spread oriented that when a defense has to face an 'old school' offense like Harbaugh it's tough because they don't see it very often.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Dawson||
Coulda swore I saw him on the field a good amount this game, but he's no where to be found in the charting.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Leinart||
Didn't he win the Heisman??
|5 days 13 hours ago||I don't know||
if they run it up, but with it being the big ten opener we might see a focused MSU team.
|5 days 14 hours ago||MGoBlog staff||
Can you create a separate blog where the only discusssions/threads will be about the weather forecast for games????
|6 days 8 hours ago||I don't||
I want Sparty ranked #2 coming into AA. It'll make the victory over them even sweeter.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Bo Jackson||
said the hardest hitting team he faced was Michigan.
|6 days 11 hours ago||The kicker is||
if airports are shutdown the football team could be stranded there. Unless they wanted to take a loooong bus ride home.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Head to head||
always comes first. In a two way tie, head to head will decide the winner. If it's a 3 way tie and one team beat the other two, I'm assuming the team that beat the other two wins the division.
If it's a 3 way tie where say UM beats MSU, MSU beats OSU and OSU beats UM not sure how the tiebreaker is decided.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Expectations||
If any expectations have changed, I think the floor that most people had for this team has changed. If the defense is as solid as we think most of the teams of the schedule (with the possible exception of MSU, OSU and IU) are going to have problems scoring unless they get help from special teams and UM's offense.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Lloyd/Debord||
I get what you're saying with that but UM's offense in the first half against BYU didn't look like a Lloyd/Debord offense. Second half, maybe yeah but they were sitting on a 31 pt lead and I'm guessing didn't feel like showing any more of the playbook.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Needs||
I think they are all kind of needs but considering how empty the depth chart is at LB after this year, it'd be nice to pull one or two stud linebackers before signing day.
|1 week 1 hour ago||OSU-UM||
would not be an 'official' visit and he would need to pay his way. The cost of an 'official' visit is picked up by the school.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Struggle in Big10 play||
Even if we are close to the ceiling, I'm not sure about how much struggle there will be. The defense is playing at a pretty high level and there are going to be a lot of teams in conference play who are going to struggle to score against UM - I put Maryland, Rutgers, PSU, Minny and NU in this group. In most of these games, barring turnovers and special team blunders, if the offense can score around 20 pts, it might be a comfortable W.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah||
I remember in the spring/summer when people were wondering why we were only getting commits from 3 stars. A lot of the higher profile guys probably want(ed) to see what the product on the field was going to be like. If UM keeps winning, and especially in dominant fashion, this years class should fill in nicely and then look at in 2017.
|1 week 1 day ago||To be fair||
don't you think that's the best way to defend UM's offense - make Rudock beat you with his arm?
I'd much rather make Rudock beat me by making intermediate to deep throws than sit back with deep safeties in a cover two and let UM pound the ball in the running game.
|1 week 1 day ago||Pac-12 South||
Colorado not good. ASU not that good and based upon this past weekend I question how good Arizona is.
Utah, USC and UCLA are good.
|1 week 1 day ago||Flying under the radar||
Ain't gonna happen. Until the late Pac-12 game blowouts, the UM performance over BYU was easily the most impressive/surprising that took place on Saturday. It was getting lots of airplay in studio segments.
|1 week 1 day ago||2016||
It is a tougher road schedule. @ Rutgers, Iowa, MSU and OSU. They only leave the state of Michigan 3 times next year.
Non-conference schedule should be much easier - Hawaii, UCF and Colorado.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree||
Hoke was pulling in some really good recruiting classes. Sure you're going to have some guys that don't pan out for whatever reason, but I can't thinking 'most of these guys can't all be misses, can they?'
|1 week 1 day ago||Maybe||
The catch is - how much is NU going to score agains the defense? NU hasn't exactly been scoring much: 16 against Stanford, 41 against Eastern Illinois, 19 against Duke and 24 against Ball St. They're not even averaging 20 pts/game against FCS schools.
As long as the offense doesn't set NU up with good field position, do you see NU even getting to double digits with points? The X factor this year will be the offense. Against most of the remaining teams on the schedule if the offense can score 20+ pts, it should be a W.
|1 week 1 day ago||The announcers||
were even commenting on how the stadium was. The loud applause at halftime when the team headed into the tunnel was noticed on TV and by the announcers. In the second half Speilman even commented on how the vibe and atmosphere in the stadium felt different than it had the last few years. Needless to say Speilman was quite impressed with the defense and my favorite line (which he made a couple of times in the second half): 'Michigan is putting hte Big Ten on notice today'.
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't forget War Eagle||
Auburn's gone from a preseason Top 10 to looking like they might be last in the SEC west and staying home when it comes to bowl season.
|1 week 3 days ago||This and||
I was watching the game thinking 'what if we had a QB that could sling the ball all over the place'. Rudock isn't bad but I can only fathom the offense when UM has a 1st or 2nd all big ten type QB.
|1 week 4 days ago||True but||
it seems like Harbaugh & Co. kept the play calling pretty close to the vest with UNLV. I'm guessing they see BYU as a better opponent then UNLV and while they will still call a good amount of runs between the tackles, I think the play book is going to open up some this game.
|1 week 4 days ago||Desperate need to win level||
Hey Brian - I think your desperate need to win level adds up to 8, not 7.
|1 week 4 days ago||Teasing BYU||
Was thinking the same thing. Teasing BYU to -13 is pretty tempting.
|1 week 4 days ago||Old Bo???||
Bo's last 5 teams went:
|1 week 5 days ago||Not sure you learn much more||
from putting them in during games.
I do. As much as coaches can try to replicate a game situation in practice, they can't. When there's butt's in the seats, the bands playing, coaches are barking stuff out, the refs blowing his whistle - it's a whole different animal.
I played basketball through college and there were guys who were solid players in practice, but could never replicate that in the game. Whether it was our team or the other team, you could tell by the look in a young players eyes how comfortable he was being on the floor.
It's no different in football. When you're thrown in a game, you aren't lining up against the same guy(s) you do 5 days a week in practice. You don't know the guy(s) across from you - you don't know how good he really is, how fast, quick or strong he is. If you make a mistake, the coach isn't blowing the whistle and correcting you. The ref is spotting the ball and starting the play clock. You need to put the last play behind you, get the offensive/defensive call and get ready to go again.
Coming in for a series where it's just victory formation isn't going to help much, but if a player can get in there and get some good reps in a game, it's big.
|1 week 5 days ago||You can't make this stuff up||
At least the SEC is good for laughs. Earlier this year we learn a former player is tagging the wife of the head coach of former team's rival (Florida-FSU), and now we have the OC possibly sleeping with the daughter of the head coach at another school.
Gold, pure gold.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not this time||
Didn't Al Davis can Kiffin in the middle of the season? Al didn't have to many nice things to see about Lane at the press conference.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kind of agree||
Usually the running back is running parallel to the los where as Johnson is almost running at the los sticks on the sideline.
|1 week 6 days ago||In addition||
while didn't see much of it this game, in previous games Issac's blocking in pass protection has been pretty bad. Smith is very solid in that department.
|1 week 6 days ago||It will depend||
on how well UM does the rest of the year. While guys like Lewis, Butt and Wormley look like sure bets, how well a team does often determines how many people they place on all-conference teams. I realize that is kind of the chicken and the egg because to have a good year you have to have a lot of players playing at a high level, but rarely do middle of the pack and bottom dwellers in the conference get more then a few players on the all conference teams.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||While I tend to agree||
the bagmen in the SEC are much more plentiful than in Ann Arbor.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Maybe the same way||
Tennessee couldn't win a national championship with Peyton Manning but won it with Tee Martin, the year after Manning left.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Agree||
Paying players isn't going to stop the cheating, especially what the Utah coach describes. The NCAA/schools will never come close to paying a player 100K for a year.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||If you go by what insiders were saying||
in fall camp and leading up to the Utah game, there was no question Rudock was going to be the starter.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||O'Korn||
can't play since he's a transfer. For all we know, he could be the best QB on the roster right now but he isn't able to play.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Depends||
If he transfers down (ie - FCS or lower) he doesn't have to sit out a year whether he's graduated or not.
If he transfers to an FBS school, he can play right away if he has graduated. If he hasn't graduated he has to sit out a year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Amen||
People are acting like this is the 4th year of Hoke. We're games into the Harbaugh era. While Hoke didn't leave the cupboard bare, Harbaugh isn't going to turn water into wine over night. While OSU and UNLV aren't good, UM was just about in total control of the games. 3 games into the Harbaugh tenure and his playing calling is being questioned, his status as a QB guru questioned, his decision making about which QB should start is being questioned - this place is comedy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||high end expectations||
Well, not sure how many people had their high end expectations for Rudock as a mid round or higher NFL draft pick. I know I didn't. I thought the scouting report was game manager, low turnovers and who isn't that good with the deep ball.
I wasn't even really expecting all big ten honors for the guy (unless it was something like honorable mention).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So you're saying||
Harbaugh's a liar?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It only took 3 games||
before the shine and glow of the Harbaugh hire has worn off.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||yeah||
Heck, Garnder's passing in 2013 was pretty solid. 2013 was a tale of two offenses - no running game but a pretty good passing game.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Intermediate and deep throws||
The scouting report on Rudock was he wasn't that good with the deep throws. I'm not sure how much improvement we're going to see with him there. That doesn't mean over the course of the year UM isn't going to connect on any deep throws but I'm not expecting to see anything consistent in that area.
IMO, the key with Rudock is cutting down the turnovers and increasing the percentage of passes he is completing in the short to medium areas.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think one of the keys||
is your second sentence. From the reports out of fall camp, the open practice and some interviews with the players Rudock seemed to win the job by a fairly large margin. I know the backup QB is usually one of the most popular players on a team, but the coaches see these guys every day in practice, and based upon what we've read, Harbaugh tracks the competition like a banker tracks pennies.
Yeah, Rudock's performance so far is a bit underwhelming but I'd like to think it's going to get better. He's not going to challenge for 1st or 2nd team all big ten. If he can cut down his turnovers and be a bit more accurate with his short to mid range throws it'll help the offense a lot.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||How the line moves||
also tells you where money is being bet. If the line moves to UM -3, then more money is being placed on BYU to cover the -4. If the line moves to UM -5, more money is being placed on UM to cover the -4.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not just the QB||
He's done a major overhaul on most of their roster.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Easy there||
Let's see how they keep playing. They looked good today but looked awful in week 1 against the Bengals.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan||
has a better different offense then Air Force. AF gives most team fits because of their offense.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Gardner||
He definitely saw action but I think it was only a couple games and one or two snaps each game. Until he got his medical, there was a good amount of angst directed to RR for putting Garnder in for one or two plays as kind of a punishment/message to Forcier.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know if O'Korn starts||
but having a lot of college game experience under his belt doesn't hurt his chances.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||They should||
UM's next four games are: UNLV, BYU, Maryland and Northwestern. Outside of BYU I don't think any of those teams are going to do much damage against the defense.
When you look at the schedule, at this point there's only 3 teams that will probably give the defense problems: BYU, MSU and OSU.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The kicker is||
how are they going to do against GTech's offense. They've only got one week to prep for it.
I'd stay away from this game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
and as we saw last week and Fisch kind of confirmed in the interview, if UM has a good lead going into the 4th it's going to be run, run and more running plays. Since UM doesn't appear to have a really rb with break away speed, the odds that some of those running plays end up going 50, 60 yds for a TD are pretty small.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ross||
The dude just seems to make plays. I love watching him take on a blocker, cause more then likely he blows up the blocker.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Non-cold weather locales||
You ever been to Oklahoma in the winter?
As to the line up of other games that day, I'd say it's a pretty good bet UM/PSU is the noon game.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Kind of agree||
Chesson whiffs on that block. There would have been a nice lane there for Smith had Chesson made the block, although the MLB probably drags Smith down from behind.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Lack of non TE/RB throws||
I get what you're saying but at the end of the day they ran 48 times and only threw it 26, The second half was a heavy dose of the running game. I think as the season progresses we'll see the offense open up some. We all came into the season knowing Butt was the most proven recent receiver, and honestly, Bunting has been a great surprise. They've taken some shots down the field in the 2 games, they just haven't connected. Rudock's strength is the short to mid range passing game. As the tight ends establish themselves more, defenses are going to start focusing on them more and that should open up the deep outside routes to the wr's.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Last year??||
I'm guessing there was a spread last year. 2007 agree on no spread.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Agree on the penalties||
They had some offensive penalties last week that cost them first downs.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||MSU should win but||
I agree about the spread. This is a tricky game for MSU. They are coming off a huge emotional win and now have a decent opponent. I think they win but I could see them coming out a bit flat at the start.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Colorado||
is it that surprising? They have no built in recruiting area. The state of Colorado maybe sends 3-5 players to power 5 programs in a year. Most of the surrounding states are even worse - Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico. The states that send more have blue blood programs - Nebrasa, Oklahoma, Texas, that CU has to compete against. Outside of a 10-15 year run from the early 90's to the early 00's, Colorado hasn't done much in football.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Depends||
imo, it depends how much garbage time are we talking about. If it's like this past Saturday wherer it's a couple hand offs and a kneel down, I agree - not much development. However, if you're inserting the second string QB early in the 4th quarter, and he's going to probably get a few series, then that can be beneficial.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Void until Nadal||
You might want to check your tennis history. When Nadal won his first major, Federer had only won 4. Starting with Nadal's first win at the French Open in 2005 through the 2010 season, Nadal and Federer won 21 of 23 majors.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Only won||
something like 4 out of 23 possible break points. It's like you said, the opportunities were there, he just didn't capitalize.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Men's Tennis||
I believe in most men's tournaments that are not majors, the men only play best 2 out of 3. The majors though makie it best of 5 sets.
As another note for the person who asked about majors, you essentially have a progession of tournaments on the same surfaces leading up to the majors. Before the Aussi Open there are one or two hard court tourney's right before it. You then have a number of tournaments on clay leading up to the French. One grass tourney between the French and Wimbledon and then they switch back to the hard court tourneys leading up to the US Open.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You should change your handle to||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Did they change the rules?||
I thought as long as you went down a division you could play right away. So D1 to D1-AA would mean he could play right away.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I could be off base||
but I kind of took the quote about complex schemes being about the passing games in the spread offenses in college. How often is Cardale Jones going through 3 or 4 progressions before he finds an open receiver? How often is say Cardale Jones going to the line of scrimmage, seeing how the defense is lined up and adjusting the play call based upon the allignment of the defense?
In terms of the second question, it's almost never. The coaches on the sideline or in the booth do that and either relay in a new play or stick with what was called. Now, to combat this I guess the NFL could try to start getting the offense to the los earlier and just let the coaches determine whether to change the play or not.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||True but||
Utah's defense is probably going to be one of the better ones we face. MSU, OSU, maybe PSU and maybe Minny will have comparable or better defenses. If the receivers we're getting open against Utah, they're probably going to get open against 2/3's of the teams on UM's schedule.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Brandon||
handled the film sessions when Hoke was the coach??
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Actually||
I'm assuming it's both Harbaugh and Rudock who had the confidence in Perry. I'm assuming Perry is option #1 in that play call.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||With the amount of blow outs||
they are going to have on their schedule, Barrett is going to see plenty of time.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I get what you're saying but||
I don't think UM has the athletes to be at a truly 'elite' level right now. It doesn't mean that can't be darn good and compete with just about everyone they play, but I don't think Hoke placed a heavy emphasis on speed and quickness like a lot of the elite programs do.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Boren||
Pretty sure there center is another Boren, Jacoby.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Utah's scoring drives||
Utah received the opening kickoff and went 63 yds in 10 plays to kick a FG.
After UM kicked a FG, Utah received the kickoff and went 75 yds in 11 plays to score a TD.
After UM missed a FG, Utah went 74 yds in 11 plays to score a TD.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Year 2||
is when you usually see a jump when a really good coach takes over a medicore program.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
because they technically are seniors. If they are back next year, they are 5th yr seniors. I definitely prefer listing players by eligibility (ie, 3rd year soph instead of junior) just to get an idea of how many guys could come back - especially for teams that I'm not familiar with.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I thought there was||
at least sweep called for Issac, maybe 2 or 3. but yeah, almost all the runs were between the tackles.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If we're going to stay in the days||
of TE's, FB's and two wr sets - I don't think that's even an 'if'. Using fullbacks and mutliple TE formations has been common for Harbaugh at both Stanford and SF. I don't think we're going to see much change in that while he's at UM.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Offensive death machine||
I think we're a year or two away from that. Rudock is a good QB who will have better games but his bread and butter is short to intermediate routes. Need an upgrade at RB (a healthy Drake Johnson would help) and need the oline to jell better.
I think they can be a decent to good offense towards the end of the year but I think for a death machine to surface they need some significant improvement out of some of the players they have (which might be asking a lot in one fall) or need upgrades at certain positions which will come through recruiting.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You're last paragraph||
Agree. It was disappointing after the game because there were definitely opportunities lost that had they converted might have led to a win. I was expecting a close hard fought game and that's what it was. However, I thought they played better too. I'm expecting this team to get better as the season goes along, unlike the last couple of years where what you saw in November was pretty similiar to what you saw in August.
Utah's a decent program that plays in one of the tougher divisions in college football - the Pac 12 South. They beat USC, UCLA and Stanford last year and lost to ASU in double OT. They aren't national title contenders but they are chopped liver either.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||No offense||
but why were you shocked Rudock missed the long balls? He's not that good of a long ball thrower. His game is short to medium range passes.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||MSU in 2013||
Part of the reason for the offensive turnaround was they benched their starting QB and inserted Cook as the starting QB.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wilson's td run||
The safety completely boned that play too. They all crashed hard on the sweep and left a gaping hole in the middle.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock throwing 40x/game||
I get what you're saying but part of that was being down in the 4th quarter. 12 of his attempts came on UM's last two possessions.
When you're running backs are averaging 2.5 yds/carry, you're probably going to end up throwing the ball more than you want. Also, a lot of his throws were wr screens/throws at the line of scrimmage - some people just consider those long hand offs.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock's downfield accuracy||
Didn't part of his scouting report coming in say that the long ball wasn't his speciality? If they keep taking shots down the field I'm guessing they'll connect on some but I'm not expecting Rucock to consistently hit long throws down the field.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know||
The coaches have only had one spring and one fall camp to work with the players. They aren't going to turn water into wine overnight. Let's see how these guys look mid season and at the end of the season.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Vision||
The vision by Smith (and Green) was pretty poor last year too. Vision is one of those things that's hard to teach. You either have or you don't. It can get better but I wouldn't expect an substantial gains.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Unfortunately||
you're last sentence sounds a lot like last year.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||RB yes, wr don't know||
Chesson has been open twice deep and we missed. Both Darboh and Chesson have caught short passes and gotten nice yac. The play calling in the passing game has been pretty conservative.
Running backs - there's a world of difference between Booker and our rb's. None of our rb's seem to have quick feet like Booker.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||When Kalis said||
they were blowing guys 10 yds off the ball, it would've been nice if he mentioned he was talking about what they do against the scout team.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||To some extent yes||
but the NFL, and particularly Goodell, is looking just as bad with their handling of the Brady/Pats case. The media stories on deflategate any more aren't about how the Patriots cheated. They are more about how Goodell and the NFL bungled the whole thing.
This isn't Hollywood where the old saying 'any press is good press' applies. Does the NFL want to keep getting hammered in the media over deflategate to cover other issues or do they want to lick their wounds and walk away?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Filing an appeal||
I get what you're saying but how long does Goodell and the NFL want this to play out and stay in the media?
He's got massive egg on his face and the longer this has been drawn out and the more facts that have been uncovered, it seems like the media story has turned from the Pats cheated to how the NFL botched the entire thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
I'm not expecting a masterpiece tomorrow night. Coming out with a win would be huge. Like you I'm expecting a decent amount of improvement throughout the year. The final product in mid-November should be a much better team than the one we're going to see tomorrow night.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Utah exposing weaknesses||
Kind of agree. Bo once said he liked opening with ND because he knew right off the bat where his team was and where they needed to get better.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Freddy Canteen to CB||
While that does spark a concern with the corners, on the other side that hopefully means the coaches like what they are seeing out of the wr's - a position group that entering fall camp probably had as many questions as any other position group.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I still have nightmares||
about that game. The first half was one of the most dominating performances by a UM offense I've ever seen. Second half was a complete 180.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Mike Debord sighting||
Scroll down to the bottom and it says Debord will be calling the plays in Knoxville this season.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||From '93 - '07||
I'd be interested to see where the 140-48 ranks with other P5 teams over that period. Off the top of my head Florida St, OSU and Florida probably have better winning percentages, but not too many other programs jump out as having better winning percentages over that period. I'm sure there are some other P5 teams that have better winning percentages but I bet it's not by a lot.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||A&M||
it'll be interesting to see if Chavis can turn the A&M defense into a decent unit. They seem to always have plenty of firepower on offense but the defense has been a total sieve.
|5 weeks 21 min ago||NFL line||
While a lot of the olinemen went on the NFL success, heading into the 1997 season UM only had 1 returning starter on the oline - Jansen. In the 1997 spring practices Hutch and Zieman were moved from the dline to the oline.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Agree||
Gant and McCray still have this year to learn and grow. The depth at LB will be very thin next year.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||No||
The tank is extremely low at LB for next year.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
some of those road losses though were games where UM snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Agree for the most part||
except that the defense wasn't always on the field and if you go back and look a lot of the scoring drives the opponents had were long drives that started in the opponents end of the field.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||What's your definition of rare?||
Carr went 16-13 on the road against teams ranked at the time of the game.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Apples and oranges||
Comparing OSU under 1 year of Fickel to the last few years of UM football is like comparing apples to oranges. Tressel had elevated OSU to one of the top programs in the country and was very good at developing players. OSU only had to survive one year of Fickel, and really it wasn't even a full calendar year.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Back dated is key||
with how big this class could be, being able to slot some guys in the 2015 class would be nice.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The catch being||
there were only one or two games on the TV on Saturday then. Bill Flemming's show was a way to see highlights of all the Top 25 teams.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If you go by recruiting rankings||
OSU and UM are first and second in recruiting classes and the 3rd place team isn't even close. The problem is the players haven't been getting developed at UM. The players are there, it's a matter of how long it takes Harbaugh and his staff to start bringing out the best in them.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
UM stumbled and bumbled to 5 wins last year with one of the weakest performances at QB UM has had in a long time and to add insult to injury, the running backs weren't exactly taking advantage of the holes the oline eas creating for a good portion of the year.
A solid showing by the QB and I think, like others have said, we're looking at a floor of 8 wins.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Light years better||
That would be awesome but I think a lot of people sell last year's oline short. It definitely didnt'tdeserve comparison's to the Hanlon olines or evem most of the ones under Carr. However, I think a portion of the criticism aimed at the oline was due to the running backs not finding the holes. Most people when they see the running back get tackled at the line of scrimmage assume the oline messed up - I usually do. However, if you go back and read the UFR's from last year, one of Brian's general themes, at least until Johnson took over, was the oline was creating holes but the running backs weren't hitting them. When Brian did his running back preview yesterday, he spent a decent amount of time showing how Green/Smith were missing the holes the oline created.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Well||
he answered the Mone question but completely ignored the follow up question about whether there were any other long term injuries.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Afuckingmen||
Goose bumps. This is going to be the longest 7 days in a looong time. I'm more jacked now for this season opener then I've been in a long time for any UM football game.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The only thing||
I think can of quickly off the top of my head is if you blitz packages that you want to use to come from the QB's blind side.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Nice write up||
Don't have much more to add. Hard to believe it'll have been 12 years since Navarre was wearing the maize and blue. Time flies.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Your last sentence||
I presume is the infamous 'what if' the OP mentions. If Henson is the QB in 2001, I don't think ti's too far fetched to say UM goes 11-0 and is playing Miami for the National Title. I doubt UM wins the game cause Miami just had way more talent then UM that year. However, instead of looking at Carr's career and saying he had a great run from '97 to '99 with some nice seasons sprinkled in afterwards, we might be saying hehad a great run from '97 to '01, if not possibly through '06 when you add in Big Ten titles in '03 and '04 and a #2 ranking heading into Columbus in '06.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The other play||
that sticks out to me is a pass in the 4th quarter. I think it was fairly late in the game and UM had a third down. They call a pass and it was to either the TE or fullback. OSU actually had it defended pretty well but Navarre lofted it perfectly right over the defender into the receiver's arms. It gave UM a first down and I think they ended up running out the clock after that.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Even if it was||
the UM home game that got moved to Detroit, for one year that would probably be okay for the long run because it would have left MSU and OSU as home games in different years. Now, you're looking at somewhat lopsided schedules where the odd years have both rivalry games at home and the even years where the rivalry games are on the road. In the even years, one has to hope for some combination of: PSU being good, 1 or 2 of the crossover opponents being good or a top notch non-conference opponent coming to AA.
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||I upvoted you||
for your last paragraph. That's some good comedy right there.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||Let's not get too crazy||
It's great that Brian has done these to give us an idea of how Rudock performed for Iowa. At the same time though one of the things I've enjoyed most about this blog is the UFR's of Michigan games. We probably only got UFR's on about half the games last year. I realize in most cases, the offensive UFR would be like sticking needles in your eyes, but I would have been real curious to see how the oline graded out the second half of the year.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||Turnover margin||
Reduced turnovers would be nice but turnover margin is how both the offensive and defensive units perform. One of the reasons the turnover margin was so bad was because the defense was awful at creating turnovers. They ranked 123rd (out of 125 teams) in turnovers created. The offense ranked 98th in turnovers lost.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||I hope the Free Press||
doesn't see this quote. Sounds like they could be going over the alloted amount of practice hours.
"We're over here in this building all day. If we're not practicing we're meeting or we’re walking through or doing something together, coaches and players alike."
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Moving the game to October||
Yup. Definitely remember that moving the game to October was 'leaked' to the public - presumably to gauge reaction. It was an overwhelming negative reaction from the OSU and UM fan bases.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Nebraska-OU||
Stopped being an annual game when the Big 12 went to divisions and they were placed in different divisions.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It's kind of like which came first||
the chicken or the egg. If you go back and read Brian's UFER's from early in the season, the general feel of the running game is there were holes to be found but the running backs weren't finding them (Green and Smith). That's not to say the oline was dominating and they were gaping holes, but if Brian's going back and re-watching the game a few times to dissect the plays and he's seeing holes, I gotta believe that there were some holes. Maybe not necessarily on every running play, but enough times for Brian to make comments that the backs weren't finding the holes.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yes and No||
Yeah, it will tell us where the team is at the beginning of the year, but for the first time in a few years, I truly think the team we see on the field in November will be a much better team then the one we see on the field in early September.
I'm not going to get too concerned with how the team looks at Utah. Obviously, if they look medicore it's going to be a disappointment but I don't think how they play in Utah will be indicative of what to expect for the next 11 games.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
To a lesser extent Lyons falls into the Norfleet/Canteen hype. Once the transfer was finalized, most people just immediately assumed Lyons would waltz in and be a starter. There's a lot of bodies competing for one cornerback spot (as long as Lewis is healthy he's got one spot locked down).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Agree||
You can still have an open practice and get a lot accomplished. You're going to work your fundamentals and pound your bread and butter. You're working on your trick plays or surprise formations but with the limited amount of time they have to practice, Harbaugh isn't going to scratch the open practice off as a wasted one.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||WR blocking||
A lot of the time all the wr needs to do with a db is keep them occupied. It's not like an olineman or fullback where you want them to engage and often times move the defender. As long as Harris is staying square and engaged with the db and not getting pushed backwards, he's doing his job. It's great if the wr can drive the db backwards but it isn't neceassarily a requirement.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||In 2010||
Stanford was blowing just about everyone out. Here's the scores:
Stanford 52 Sac St 17 (38-7 at the half)
Stanford 35 UCLA 0 (28-0 heading into the 4th)
Stanford 68 Wake Forest 24 (41-10 at the half)
Stanford 37 ND 14 (tight game heading into the 4th)
Stanford 31 Oregon 52
Stanford 37 USC 35
Stanford 38 WSU 28 (31-7 heading into the 4th)
Stanford 41 Washington 0 (led 28-0 at the half)
Stanford 42 Arizona 17 (lead 35-10 heading into the 4th)
Stanford 17 Arizona St 13
Stanford 48 Cal 14 (led 31-0 at the half)
Stanford 38 Oregon St 0 (lead 31-0 heading into the 4th)
Stanford 40 VaTech 12
When you're blowing out 50% of your opponents and the games over heading into the 4th quarter, if not at halftime, why would you continue to put your once in a lifetime talent at risk by asking him to throw the ball alot? Should he have had Luck throwing the ball more in the second half and 4th quarters of those blow outs?
Harbaugh is cut from the Bo mold. He's going to have a balanced offense but once he gets a lead he's going to demoralize you by pounding the ball down your throat with the running the game.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||What do you consider under wraps?||
As a freshman he might have kept Luck under wraps. In 2009 Luck had 162 completions on 288 attempts for 2575 ys, 13 TD's and 4 ints.
Luck's sophomore year was something we haven't seen around Ann Arbor in a long time. 372 attempts with 263 completions for 3338 yds, 32 TD's and 8 ints. I think most of us would be doing cartwheels if Harbaugh kept the UM QB under wraps and he had a year like Luck did in 2010.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I get||
that he struggled at times last year but players do get better. In addition, I'm assuming the instruction he's getting this past spring and in fall camp is way better than what he was getting last year.
I'm guessing there's going to be a few players who make noticeable improvements this year compared to what they have done in the past year(s).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||#1 WR||
is the buzz from camp that Darboh has locked this sport down and that's why #1 WR wasn't part of the OP?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Before Hill got hurt last year||
he was starting to emerge as the second best TE on the team.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Toys R Us||
If UM goes to the Toys R Us bowl, would Brandon be the one presenting the trophy to the winning team?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||True but||
if less than 24-48 hours after he had suffered a probable concussion couldn't his mental state/capabilities be questioned as to whether he was of sound mind to sign it without having representation there?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I think||
he's referring to UM losing to Toledo in 2008.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Poor FG kickers||
One of the FG kickers under RR was actually pretty good under Hoke - Gibbons.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||If you weren't||
able to figure out what my post meant based upon the context of the t hread, I feel bad for you.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||If UM||
can go something like 9-3/10-2 I think the domino's will start to fall.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||As others have said||
Oregon, OSU and Baylor are 3 of the elite offenses in the country. While I'm sure teams will look at how those 3 teams attacked the Spartan defense, most teams aren't going to have the athletes that Oregon, OSU and Baylor do - especially at the QB position.
Having the blueprint to attack MSU's defense is one thing. Having the athletes to carry out the blue print is another thing.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
So the thread at work and didn't click. Came back later at work to check it out and it was gone. Hop on tonight and the thread's back up.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I can't believe Kraft||
crumbled like he did and let Brady go through this on his own.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||With how tight||
the rows are, I wonder how many people will end up with beer spilled down their back during a game?
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||I dont' know||
Gardner's stats for his junior season are pretty rediculous. Gardner 2013 is all over the record books, and near the top in most catagories for single season stats (int's too of course). His decision making was definitely questionable but his performance under Nuss was significantly worse then his performance under Borges.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||A recent one??||
Keeping in mind the Raiders didn't come into existence until the early 60's - From the mid 60's to the early 80's the Raiders were unquestionably the better of the two organizations. For the first half of the 80's they were about equal.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||With all the Tiger fans on the board||
I'm surprised it took this long to get Kirk Gibson mentioned.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||There is a way||
if Shane beats out Ruddock, Shane will start. The short time Harbaugh has been here all he has preached is competition. What kind of message is it going to send to the team if Shane is the better QB but Ruddock is the starter?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||An offense that couldn't stay on the field||
is actually inaccurate. UM's offense was actually fairly good at controlling the ball, in terms of time of possession, last year.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder||
if the talk in the Peppers media day link about 3 safeties on the field is a small insight as to how the staff might combat the lack of depth at LB next year.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
Basically a chip shot FG too. That came right after a 3rd down play where Walker, who had a great year in 2001, dropped that pass on 3rd down. Up until that 3rd down all the momentum in the second half was clearly on UM's side. Navarre rifled it to Walker, but it hit Walker in the hands (and the pass was pretty much right on target).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I wouldn't go so far to say we win the game||
Even without this return they still outscored UM 19-10.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Marquise Walker||
I believed blocked a couple of punts in the 2001 season.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Nose dive under Stewart||
What do you consider a nose dive?
Bill Stewart went 9-4 in each of his 3 seasons as head coach at WVU. While not on par with RR's double digit win seasons, I wouldn't exactly call it a nose dive. A step backwards, yes.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Chesson||
I get what you're saying but he saw the field a lot as a freshman. Not a ton of production, but he was out there. Last year, the passing game was just awful so I don't know how much you can read into the production of the wr's last year.
As has been discussed on here all off-season, the coaching from a positional and overall perspective in terms of developing players probably was lacking quite a bit with the previous staff. I'm not ready to write off too many players just yet.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Agree but||
that choesiveness might not carry forward too much into this year. Barring a surprise Walton and Caris are probably going to start. There'll be a big feeling out process with them and the younger guys who stepped up. Not to mention, it'll be real interesting to see how Beilein allocates minutes to the wings.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think QB is the bigger key||
I think people under value how the oline performed last year - it wasn't dominant or even up to what most of us consider normal UM standards, but it wasn't as awful as most people make it seem. Michigan's running game was fairly solid the second half of the year and especially the last third of the year. If you go back and read Brian's UFR's from early in the season, one of the general themes on the offense is there were holes to be had on the running plays, but the running backs weren't finding them.
The quality of play from the QB spot had a much bigger impact on the offense last year then the quality of the oline play.
|9 weeks 7 hours ago||2012||
Heading into 2012 UM was coming off an 11-2 season capped with a victory in the Sugar Bowl. A lot of people were optmistic good times were ahead.
Also, the period of down time hadn't been that long and Brandon hadn't started jerking around the fan base. The lackluster play in 2013 and 2014 combined with what was by then seen as an extended down period and capped with many peoples angst towards Brandon drove a lot of people away.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Martin||
I think he gets shafted a little too much on here. As you mentioned, he hired Beilein and started the facility upgrades, while also getting UM AD into the black, no? On top of that he hired RR. In the end the RR hire didn't work out, but at the time most people thought he had hit a home run.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||What??||
Is Utah in some special time zone where they are only 30 minutes off from the neighboring time zones?
If it's a 7:57 kickoff on the east coast, that's 5:57 Utah time.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||and outside of BYU||
this is probably the biggest non-conference game Utah has played at home in a long time. I'm guessing this might be the first time a 'blue blood' of college football has traveled to Utah for a non-conference game.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Week 4||
I could be wrong but I don't think there are a lot of great match up's in Week 4. If UM could be 3-0 and BYU maybe 2-1, Ann Arbor might be a landing spot for Game Day.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Don't get hurt???||
Wisky lost a couple dlineman to injury during that game and after they went out, the LSU running game started to take over.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I doubt||
it's Ole Miss/Bama since they'll have just done the Bama/Wisky game a couple weeks earlier. They generally try to mix up the teams, and Bama might be in bigger games later in the year (LSU, Auburn) that would attract Game Day.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Are you getting||
hard tickets or just electronic tickets? If it's the latter, it shouldn't be an issue.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||If it's an 8 pm start||
for the east coast, that's 6pm Utah time so it'd be sunny for a good portion of the first half. I live in Colorado and being a mile closer to the sun does make a difference. I'm guessing SLC's elevation is around 5,000'.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||A lot of really bad teams||
While there are some games against possible NCAA tourney teams, there's also a number of games against really bad teams. Below is the RPI from last year for some of these teams:
Youngstown St - 296
Houston Baptist - 290
Elon - 264
Northern Kentucky - 263
Delaware St - 213
Bryant - 189
While Delaware St and Bryant aren't that bad, the first four listed are awful. You'd prefer the 'cupcakes' on your schedule to be more in the Bryant/Delaware St range. Now granted, maybe some of those teams are better this year and their RPI will improve, but based upon last year there are some teams that are going to drag UM's RPI down.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Thread needs a new title||
the content in this thread has nothing to do with UM being a sleeper pick this year.
Possibly the best thread jack ever.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||Trading Up?||
What do you mean by trading up? While Navy and Air Force have decent to pretty good teams, Army has been awful at football for a while now.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||It's the old catch-22||
Everyone wants to utilize the best players as much as they can but they when someone gets hurt on special teams, it's 'why are they playing special teams'.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||Not sure||
if you're implying that the man wearing #7 is Harbaugh, but that's more then likely Rick Leach.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska-OU||
That was lost before Nebraska went to the Big 10. When the Big 12 went to 2 divisions Nebraska and OU were in separate divisions and didn't play each other every year. They still played each other now and then but the annual rivalry had ended.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||It will be interesting||
If Harbaugh brings UM back to what we all hope will be a consistent Top 10-15 program, it'll be interesting to see what happens with tickets. The last few years it's really been a no brainer to just go stub hub/secondary market for tickets.
If we start seeing matchup's like #12 MSU vs #6 UM or #3 OSU vs #5 UM in the big house, secondary prices are going to be through the roof. Even the less marquee games will see their demand increase.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The Quick Kick||
Used to see it every now and then back in the day but you never see it now.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||True but||
I think you make some valid points but Bo's health issues also played a role in him stepping down as Head Coach.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Return yards||
While true that he has more return yards than those people, he also has waaaaay many more returns than the people you mention.
Number of kickoff returns:
Norfleet - 94
Derrick Alexander - 27
Anthony Thomas - 31
Amani Toomer - less then 27
Martavious Odoms - 54
Ty Wheatley - 31
Todd Howard - less than 27
Stanley Edwards - less than 27
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Bear Bryant||
in one of the book's on Bo (can't remember the title, I'd have to check when I get home) Bo told a story about Bear Bryant. It was late in Bryant's coaching career and Bryant told Bo he essentially didn't have the fire in him to coach. Bo asked him why he didn't just quit. Bryant's response was along the lines that there were a lot of people whose jobs at Alabama were because of Bryant. When he (Bryant) stepped down all his assistants would have to find new jobs and more then likely a new coach would replace most of, if not all of, the office personnel and a lot of the suppot staff.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know||
Gardner's 2013 season is one of the best passing season's a QB has ever had at UM. Gardner's 2013 passing stats are all over the single season records and most of them are near the top.
Now, if you said Gardner was broken by the end of the 2014 season, I'd agree 100%.