to play football, not to play trumpet
|9 hours 25 min ago||9-9||
I'd like to think they'll finish better than 9-9 but I completely see what you're saying. I agree about their play against Rutgers, PSU and Minny - it wasn't that good. However, those teams are BAD and UM was still able to pull out W's. I tend to think their play against IU and MSU was unfortunately the way they've playing for a couple weeks, that play was masked though by how bad Rutgers, Minny and PSU are. Outside of Minny and NU there aren't any 'guaranteed Ws'. Away games at Wisky and at OSU are going to be dogfights. I doubt they win at Maryland, and Iowa and Purdue are not good matchups for UM. Since the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers come to AA, that helps - maybe UM can pull off another upset like they did against Maryland, but I'm not counting on it.
|10 hours 5 min ago||OSU basketball||
is a bit like UM basketball - overshawdowed by football so people don't realize they have had a decent amount of success.
OSU has 10 FF apearances which puts them 6th all time, and OSU has the 3rd most regular season Big Ten basketball titles after Purdue and IU.
|10 hours 24 min ago||Thanks!!||
Having an open scholarship and not keeping Max is a head scratcher. The guy isn't going to be all Big Ten but he gets 17 minutes a game and averages 8 pts and 4.5 boads while shooting 55% from the field. That's pretty much UM is getting from Donnal, but after that there's almost no production from the bigs.
|17 hours 41 min ago||16-7||
is UM's record on the RPI rankings due to them playing a D2 team.
|18 hours 15 min ago||Tend to agree||
and as someone pointed out in a different thread one of UM's wins is against a D2 team, so right now UM's record in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee is 16-7.
The catch with Minny is they are so bad, a victory over them might actually hurt the RPI. A loss to them would be devastating.
|18 hours 40 min ago||2016/17 roster||
How's the roster going to shake out next year? UM only has two players listed as SR (levert and Albrect) but they have 4 recruits who have verbally committed. Will there be enough scholarships for all 4 of the recruits who have verballed?
|19 hours 11 min ago||You would see||
the servers crash so not much would actually happen on the board. Everyone would be trying to get in and getting error messages.
|19 hours 32 min ago||Unless UM||
can knock off I don't think their resume is that great. They've fallen to 55th in the rpi rankings and are only 3-7 against teams in the Top 100. One of those 3 wins is NC State who is ranked 94th, and will probably be outside of the Top 100 by the end of the year. In the Kenpom rankings UM has fallen to 47th.
Comparing UM's record against rpi 100 teams to the teams ranked 1-50 in rpi, UM is at the lower end of wins and winning percentage in games against top 100 teams.
|19 hours 42 min ago||MSU||
The reason their fans probably weren't freaking out is they went undefeated in non-conference play with wins over Kansas, Louisville, Providence and Florida. Sparty proved in the non-conference slate that they could play with and beat good teams.
|20 hours 44 min ago||Elite Basketball program||
I don't think too many people look at UM as some kind of blue blood when it comes to basketball. No ones saying they're a Duke, UK, Kansas, etc. However, I don't think it's crazy for them to be in the next tier below the blue bloods - UM is tied for 8th all time in championship game appearances and tied for 13th in FF appearances (and both of those do NOT include what the Fab Five did).
|21 hours 24 min ago||Lewis||
How come he isn't listed as KR like Peppers is? Lewis returned 15 kick offs while Peppers returned 8.
|2 days 10 hours ago||You know||
I think those guys are good coaches but I'd be interested to see how Gonzaga or Wichita St would do in the Big 10 for 18 games. Gonzaga isn't exactly an NCAA tourney juggernaut. Few's first year was 99/00. In this tenure Gonzaga has never made a FF. They've made 1 EE and 4 other sweet 16's. Two of those sweet 16's were in his first two years so in the last 14 years he's made 3 sweet 16 appearances.
Sure he has tons of conference titles but the Big West is a very weak conference.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Disagree||
Based upon what I've seen in conference play, I don't think UM is anywhere close to the 4th best team. Iowa, IU and Maryland are the top 3 in the standings. UM is 1-2 against those 3 teams with 2 of the losses being blow outs. MSU and Purdue are tied with UM at 4 losses and UM lost by double digits to both MSU and Purdue. At this point I think UM is battling OSU and Wisky to see who the 6-8 teams are in the conference.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Or won||
a couple Big Ten titles.
|2 days 11 hours ago||10-8||
10-8 would probably have them on the bubble heading into the conference tourney. That is 3-4 in the remaining games and 2 of the 3 victories would probably be Minny and NU. Neither of those wins is going to do much to help their NCAA resume. A loss to Minny would be devasting.
|2 days 17 hours ago||this||
I can kind of understand big men not being that interested in coming to AA, but after the FF and Elite 8 runs, the lack of interest from solid perimeter players is extremely head scratching.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Yeah||
UM needs to right the ship, or at least get it leveled out or they are going to find themselves on the bubble.
Minny is so bad, UM's rpi might drop even with a win against the gophers.
|2 days 17 hours ago||@Iowa||
I thought their remaining game against Iowa was at home and the last game of the regular season???
|3 days 19 hours ago||That's cause it was at Utah||
Pac-12 has a contract with Fox.
|3 days 22 hours ago||To be fair||
It gets dark probably around 5ish and with the weather confitions it probably looked like a night game when they kicked off.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Agree||
I don't think we need to worry too much about it being annual game in the near future. UM's future non-conference schedules so far are as follows (keep in mind they go to 9 conference games next year):
'16 - Hawaii, UCF, Colorado
'17 - Florida, Cincy, Air Force
'18 - Arnkansas, SMU, OPEN
'19 - @Arkansas, Army, OPEN
'20 - @Washington, Ball St, VaTech
'21 - @VaTech, Washington, OPEN
'22 - UCLA, OPEN, OPEN
'23 - @UCLA, OPEN, OPEN
'24 - Texas, OPEN, OPEN
'25 - @Oklahoma, OPEN, OPEN
'26 - Oklahoma, OPEN, OPEN
'27 - @Texas, OPEN, OPEN
Without looking at ND's schedule, I guess you could play them in '18 and/or '19 but other than that the schedules are pretty full until 2022 (there's an open date in '21 but adding ND to Washington and Vatech would be a brutal non-conference slate).
|3 days 22 hours ago||A lot of southern schools||
load up on night games early in the year cause the heat and humidity are still really bad in September.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Without seeing||
a good picture of him to see his build, I'm guessing he'll probably put on some weight. Muscle weighs more than fat so I'm guessing once he gets to UM and starts working out, his percent of body fat will probably go down but his weight might go up. At the same time the increase in weight wouldn't slow him down.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Kind of agree||
Unless you had a serious injury bug going on and had to play a bunch of backups, most of time your second stringers (especially at oline and QB) aren't going to have much 'proven production'.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Bosa||
OSU lost just about their entire starting dline from the 2012 season. UM returns just about everyone from the 2 deep on the dline last year. Not saying Gary doesn't start, but the situations in terms of returning starters is a bit different.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Yeah||
I have no doubt they both break the rules but Clemson hasn't had the metoric rise like Ole Miss. Clemson was usually in the 7-9 win programs who most felt could and should be better. There's also a reason 'Clemson going to Clemson' came to be - they'd be on the cusp of something really good only to shoot themselves in the foot.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Might be better||
UM might be better but was this really just an off night?
UM didn't exactly set the world on fire against Minny, Rutgers or PSU. They happened to win those games but not too many people were saying UM played very well in those games. You could say that UM hasn't really been playing that good for a couple weeks, and they were able to get away with it until tonight because they were playing the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the Big Ten.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Just a bad night?||
Weren't we saying the same thing after the recent Rutgers, Minny and PSU games? We just happened to win those games because those teams aren't good.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Kind of disagree||
Michigan didn't play that good against Minny, Rutgers or PSU but most people chalked it up to 'you're going to have some of those nights' and it's best to have them against bad teams. They're having another bad night except IU isn't a bad team. UM playing bad is more kind of trend now for the last 3-4 games.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Talk||
I think it's much closer to fact than talk that BYU won't play sports on Sundays. It's due to their religon.
When BYU makes the NCAA tourney in bball, they are always placed in the Thurs/Sat slots.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Seattle to Oakland vs Detroit to Oakland||
I only looked at Southwest and did one weekend in April but for Seattle to Oakland every option is non stop and the flight time is 2 hrs one way.
For Oakland to Detroit (at least on Southwest) there isn't a single non-stop flight and the shortest travel time ONE WAY is 6+hrs.
So at least for this weekend, you'd be looking at spending a minimum of 13 hrs traveling between Oakland and Detroit vs 4 hours of travel time for Seattle to Oakland.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Agree||
There's a huge difference between flights when you talk Oakland to Seattle/LA and Oakland to Detroit.
|1 week 23 hours ago||NC State||
they're 12-10 overall and 2-7 in ACC play - I don't know how much of a 'quality' win that is anymore.
|1 week 3 days ago||Martin||
Not sure if he was qualified or not when it comes to basketball coaching searches, but he did a pretty good job with that hire.
|1 week 4 days ago||Flip Fall and Spring||
I would think players would want as light a load as possible in the fall.
|1 week 4 days ago||While we might have||
different ideas on how many TE's they are going to take, the possibility that the staff thinks they are looking good for TE's they have higher on the board than Allen is probably the reason Allen is trending to ISU.
The other thing to remember with the numbers game is that Harbaugh moves players all over the place to see where their best fit is and where they might see the field quickest. For a position like TE, I'm not going to worry too much about how many commits UM gets from guys the recruiting services designate as a 'TE'.
|1 week 4 days ago||Pure speculation||
but as Blue in Texas said, there's probably only one spot left for a TE and...UM thinks they have a good shot on a TE they have higher on the board than Allen.
|1 week 4 days ago||Redshirts - agree||
Outside of QB (and maybe oline) I don't think redshirts factor in to Harbaugh's thinking. Harbaugh is about competition and playing the best players. It doesn't matter whether you're an 18 yr true freshman or a 23 yr 5th yr senior, if you're performing the best at your position you're going to play.
Harbaugh has stated a couple of times that he believes the best way to get better at football is by playing football, ie - being on the field on Saturdays. When you're pulling in the kind of classes that Harbaugh is lining up (as well as Saban and Meyer) these kids are coming in to compete and play.
Will there be some redshirts - sure, but outside of a few positions I'm not expecting much redshirting this year or in future years.
|1 week 4 days ago||Exactly||
You can't see the official by the scorer's table but neither of the officials in the video had their hand in the air. Like you mention, if the officials were signaling one shot their hand would have been in the air and as soon as the Rutgers player touched the ball, the hand would have dropped signaling the clock to start.
|1 week 5 days ago||Honestly||
I'm guessing the vast majority of Michigan fans wouldn't know what Brian meant when he said Baraka. I don't think Barkaka ever saw the field (or made it through the first semester) so unless you followed recruiting fairly closely 10 yrs ago, Kelly Baraka is a name you wouldn't be familiar with.
|1 week 5 days ago||Amen||
Colorado might be decent next year, but as long as the QB situation for UM isn't a disaster, Colorado isn't coming here and hanging with UM for 60 minutes. With the exception of a few games, with what UM has returning I'm looking for them to be taking most teams to the woodshed next year (and Colorado is not one of the exceptions).
|1 week 6 days ago||Richard Castellano||
was related to Paul Castellano, who was at one time head of the Gambino crime family.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||With 6 minutes left||
and the Patriots having all 3 timeouts, Denver would need to run off a number of first downs to prevent the Patriots from getting the ball back.
Agree, it probably changes how the Broncos approach the rest of the game.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||In addition||
a 5 point lead doesn't give you as much comfort as an 8 pt lead. When you're sitting on an 8 point, not only does the opponent have to score a TD they need a 2 point conversion, just to get to OT. If NE kicks the FG, Denve knows one big play by NE and all of sudden the Broncos are losing.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Denver's 244 yds||
Around 70 of those yards came on Denver's first possession of the game.
Homefield - agree. Read some of the Boston Globe and Dan Shaughnessy made the point the Patriot's loss yesterday goes back to the regular season finale against the Dolphins. If the Pats had beaten the Dolphins they had homefield, but the Patriots went out and laid a total egg in Miami.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||It was awful||
There were a few times where the edge rusher just blasted off the line of scrimmage and the tackle barely got a hand on them. They went around the tackles like the tackles were stuck in the mud.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Media is starting to pick up on it too|
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Years from now||
we'll be looking back fondly on the glory years under Hoke and how Harbaugh rode Hoke's coattails to a 10 win season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||tire fire team||
The defense wasn't a tire fire under Hoke. The offense was. The defense was a decent unit - it had some issues but it wasn't anywhere close to a tire fire.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||2011||
Did you not watch Fitz in 2011? He had a pretty solid year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Tark||
Tark had a pretty good run of success at UNLV before the early 90's. Final 4 appearances in 77 and 87 as well as sweet sixteen appearances in 84, 86 and 89.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Every team||
is going to schedule some tomato cans. The question is what level of tomato can? UM pretty much went to the bottom of the can with some of the teams this year. Ideally, you want the weakest teams on the non-conference slate to be around 200 rpi/kenpom. These should still be relatively easy W's while at the same time not killing your SOS, particularly the non-conference SOS.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||OSU||
Whether you consider them a resume building win probably depends on which metrix you use and whether you consider Texas a resume building win.
In Kenpom, Texas is ranked 57 and OSU is ranked 59.
In RPI, Texas is ranked 26 and OSU is ranked 62.
In espn's BPI, Texas is ranked 46 and OSU is ranked 52.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
pancreatic cancer is pretty much a death sentence. I'm guessing the percentage of people who survive pancreatic cancer is barely above 0.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This is comedy||
The NCAA is so mad at Alabama and the SEC winning another NC, they're going to put Missouri on probation.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Non-conference SOS||
is awful. On Kenpom it's ranked 225th. There's no reason to be playing some of the complete and utter baby seals that UM puts on the schedule.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know||
if they are over-rated. Trimble and Schulamon (sp?) had bad games for Maryland. When two of your key players barely do anything on the stat sheet, you're going to be in trouble. Combine that with UM shooting 50% from 3 (taking out the big's 3 pt attempts) and you have a UM win.
I'm going to guess that was Trimble's worst game of the season so far.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||3 Big Ten titles under Beilein||
2012, 2014 and ???
|3 weeks 5 days ago||year 3||
is more than likely going to be a rebuilding (hopefully reloading) year. The amount of players returning on the UM's 2 deep heading into 2016 is pretty rediculous. Conversely, at this stage in the game when looking at 2017, they are going to lose a lot off their two deep between 2016 and 2017.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Attendance||
I could be wrong but when it comes to the NFL (as well as most of the big pro sports) I don't think attendance is that important anymore. The big money, and revenue, is in the TV contracts. 25 years ago the amount of money a team made on ticket sales was probably a much larger portion of it's revenue stream than it is today.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Weirdest team||
Beilein's teams live and die by the 3. They were on fire in the first half (particularly Robinson). Second half not so much and Maryland came back.
Most teams play and shoot better at home than they do on the road. Beating them without Caris is a bit of a surprise but they got hot from 3, and then held on for the win.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Kiffin||
is a darn good OC. He gets a bad rap because of the debacles that occured while he was HC, and that bad rap is probably deserved. Bama's offense has done just fine in Kiffin's tenure.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Meyer at Florida||
While Meyer won 2 NC's to Spurrier's 1, Spurrier's winning percentage at Florida is higher than Meyer's. Spurrier also won 7 divisions titles and 6 SEC titles in 12 yrs, to Meyer's 3 division titles and 2 SEC titles in 6 yrs.
I'm assuming by greater success at OSU you are talking strictly about winning percentage. Meyer has only won the same amount of NC's as Tressell, and when it comes to Big Ten titles Meyer has some work to do to catch Tressell. Meyer has only won 1 Big Ten title, while Tressell won 7 in 10 yrs.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||MSU recruiting||
has gotten a lot better. I look at average star per player more so than where the class is ranked. In 2016 so far MSU's average star per player is 3.47, for a comparison Michigan's is 3.46.
MSU's recruiting, average star per player, under Dantonio:
07 - 2.7
08 - 2.71
09 - 3.3
10 - 3.05
11 - 3.0
12 - 3.11
13 - 3.11
14 - 3.27
15 - 3.35
16 - 3.47
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What power 5 programs has Meyer built?||
OSU was a well oiled machine when Meyer took over. They were one year removed from Tressell.
Florida was stocked with talent. Zook just wasn't that good when it came to the X's and O's.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Meyer/Saban||
It's an interesting question because I see Meyer as a guy who has stepped into some pretty advantageous situations at Florida and OSU. Zook had been the coach for 3 years at Florida after Spurrier and then Meyer took over. The cupboard was definitely not bare in Gainesville when Meyer took the job. If there was one thing that everyone agreed on with Zook, it's that he could recruit. Ditto at OSU. In fact at OSU, the cupboard was fully stocked. OSU was just one year removed from the Tressell era.
Saban on the other hand took over programs in MSU and LSU that hadn't had consistent national success in a long time. In the 10 years between Gene Stallings and Saban's arrival, Bama was a roller coaster (7-5, 10-3, 3-8, 7-5, 10-3, 4-9, 6-6, 10-2, 6-7).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Miles won it in his 3rd yr at LSU||
Without digging into the details to see what year the starters were, half the roster was Miles recruits, if not more.
|4 weeks 19 min ago||You don't see Saban reproducing||
his success at another stop. Curious as to why you think he couldn't reproduce his success at another stop. Age?
All Saban has done in college is win no matter where he's been the head coach. Obviously his success at Alabama is head and shoulders above what he did at his other stops but his work at Toledo, MSU and LSU was pretty darn good.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||I get what you're saying||
but how you do in recruiting plays an important role in where you end up at the end of the season. As we've definitely learned, how well a coaching staff can develop recruits once they are on campus is a huge key to a successful program. The top programs generally are very good at both player development and recruiting. The teams that are consisently in the Top 10 and competing for natioanl titles are usually the teams that are cleaning up when it comes to recruiting.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Heck||
I'd say they happen in every conference, every year. Going on the road and winning in conference play isn't easy.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||This||
Illinois had a great shooting night against Purdue. They shot 54% overall from the floor and 52% from 3 against Purdue. You're going to win a lot of games when you're shooting over 50% from the floor AND from 3.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Beatin up on baby seals||
Not disagreeing with you there but beating up baby seals isn't exactly something that Vanderbilt does very often. Before the back to back winning seasons Franklin had, the last time Vanderbilt had back to back winning seasons was the mid 70's.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||In addition||
NYE was on a week day and NYE is not a common day that people get off. A good portion of people take NYE off, but at the same time there's still a large chunk of the workforce working 1/2, 3/4 or even a full day.
Next year, NYE is on a saturday so I'd guess the ratings might be a little better. Especially for the 4pm start. I'm guessing the first half ratings for that game had to be fairly low because unless you were on the east coast, if you hadn't taken the day off you were probably working or just leaving the office when the game started.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||4pm if you're on the east coast||
That's 1pm on the west coast. I'd love to see what the ratings were on the west coast for the 1pm game.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Not until the 2nd half||
on a lot of games. Heck the Semi's were both close at the half. OU lost by 20 but was winning at halftime.
Bama was only up 10-0 at the half. The poor ratings for these two games has much more to do with NYE.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Is your real name||
Tom Izzo, cause I thought he was the one who likes to use injuries as an excuse?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Woke up this morning, had them Statesboro Blues||
I'm going to countryside, baby do you want to go?
If you can't make it, your sister Lucille said she wanna go...
and I sure wanna take her
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If Brandon had gotten his way||
UM would probably be playing OSU the first weekend in October every year and we'd be able to take advantage of their personnel loses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not to hit the gas||
on expectations for next year even more, but if you look at some of the better coaches over the last 15-20 yrs, year 2 is when the jump usually occurs (Tresseel, Stoops, Carroll, Saban, etc). Like you said, year 1 is usually a transition year - learning the offense/defense, learning what expectations are, etc. Year 2 and beyond is upper level courses. The only guys next year who will be taking Harbaugh 101 are the true freshmen, everyone else will be in upper level courses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Joey Harrington...||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Depends on what you definition of regional is||
The Big 12 and ACC aren't really regional. ACC goes from Boston to Miami. They might both be on the East Coast but that's 1500 miles, which is just about the same distance from Boston to Kansas City. Throw in ND when it comes to basketball and that's not much of a 'regional' conference.
Big 12 stretches from Lubbock to Morgantown.
When the Pac-12 added Utah and Colorado, they went from being a west coast conference to the west coast and rocky mountains.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Has the shipped sailed||
on Caleb Kelly????
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, but||
when you look at Brian's previous post regarding who is in what class, you realize that with 92 bodies (not counting recruits who haven't committed) and only 85 scholarships, there will probably be some attrition that no one is expecting. The 5th yr seniors are the obvious ones cause they should have their degree, and it's a simple handshake but I have no doubt there will be some interesting discussions on the blog about who is leaving when it's all said and done.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||7 is just||
what is needed to have enough scholarships for all the commits listed. As someone else mentioned, UM is still chasing Gary, Crawford, etc., etc. Depending on how many of these recruits end up pick UM, it will probably be more than 7 scholarships that need to be available.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
As someone also mentioned above, UM is lacking a 'quality' win. While some like to talk about beating NC State and Texas, I don't see either of those teams doing a lot in their conferences. Texas might be good but the Big 12 appears to be loaded this year.
|5 weeks 5 min ago||Agree||
Once Harbaugh/Drevno get the oline straightened out, there will be a heavy dose of running the ball down the opponents throat. It won't necessarily be that way from the opening snap, but once UM gets a comfortable lead. We saw it a little bit early in the year against the likes of Oregon St, BYU, etc.
|5 weeks 42 min ago||U must not have watched||
the bowl game against Mississippi St after the 2010 season.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||OSU||
goes to Norman in September. Not sure how much OU loses.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||Exceptions||
would set a precedent the NCAA might not want. The schools that are on the quarter system can practice an unlimited amount of hours in most of September while your schools which are on semesters are only allowed 20.
It's definitely not fair though.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||The comedy is||
I seriously doubt the Clemson players will be going to class this week. I'm guessing they are going to be arriving in Glendale no later than Friday.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Not won in Columbus since the 90's||
Close, but the last time UM won in Columbus was 2000.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Did he get his masters?||
Did he enroll in a 12 month Masters program?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think||
there are many years left. Pagano had the opportunity to sign an extension before the 2015 season but passed and wanted to wait until the end of the season.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||A 2 loss team||
is going to be hard pressed to make the playoff, unless there are very few undefeated and one loss teams. If MSU or OSU lost to ND or OU, they will probably need to go undefeated in conference play to make the playoff.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
I think one of the key things you said is that OSU will always be a tough game and as long as Mark D is at MSU that will probably be tough too. What will determine how tough the overall schedule is each year is the remaining 10 opponents. Next year, it' doesn't appear that hard on paper. Of the remaining 10 games 8 of them are at home and one of the road games is Rutgers. 2016 will probably be one of the easiest non-conference schedules UM will have in the foreseeable future.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know||
about Miles adding inches to his ice. Defense has never really been LSU's problem under Miles. The offense, and particularly issues at QB, are usually what has hampered LSU during the Miles tenure.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa's SOS in the FEI rankings||
was 71. For comparison's sake Clemson's is 70 and OSU's is 82.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
When Bert left for Arkansas he was tired of losing assistants because Wisconsin wouldn't pay them more.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||the nice thing is||
I'm guessing we're not going to see too many shutouts in the playoffs so MSU might be the only team to get shut out in the playoffs for a while.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Heck||
most of the games yesterday and today have been decided by 20+ points and most of them were over early in the second half.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||1984 Rose Bowl||
Unranked UCLA 45 - #4 Illinois 9
Stanford, under Harbaugh, put a pretty good beating on VaTech in the Orange Bowl.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty sure||
the Sugar Bowl is now a Big 12-SEC match up in years it's not hosting one of the playoff games. It was either going to be Okie St, Baylor or TCU.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
what the oline did today was extremely impressive.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Florida||
played Tennessee when Grier was the starter. Florida, like Tennessee, usually has a front loaded schedule in conference play. They only had 4 conference games left when Grier was suspended: LSU - loss, Geogia - win, Vandy - win and South Carolina - win. Vandy and the Gamecocks weren't good and Florida's defense won those games.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Kind of surprised||
more people aren't talking about the oline's performance. The 3 running backs combined for 40 carries and 199 yds. 5 yds a pop against one of the best defenses in the country. Some of the holes the oline opened up were laaaaarge. This was a damn good front 7 that Florida had and the oline more than held their own.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
Cook made some bad throws but his receivers also had some bad drops. You get pressure on any QB and they are going to look shaky.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Bielfeldt||
is giving him a run. Max's stat line from today:
18 pts (8-14 from the field, 1-3 on FT's)
14 boards (6 offensive)
in 26 minutes.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Vaccinations||
They significantly reduce your risk to get mumps/measles/etc. but are not 100% guaranteed to prevent you from getting mumps/measles/etc.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Expensive||
No doubt. It's a lot cheaper to buy your kids a basketball and a pair of basketball shoes than it is to purchase all the pads, helmet, etc. for football.
Making flag football the go to for youths before high school would also lessen the costs on parents whose children play football.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Peppers||
Do we have confirmation he's playing?
I'm hoping he's playing defense but based upon the rumors with his hand I'm guessing he could limited in his ability to play offense and special teams.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||He won||
3 straight Pac-12 titles. You don't call those championships?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, and||
the NFC East is battling the AFC South for the worst division in the NFL. He might have gotten a little leeway if this was really strong division.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, and||
I''m guessing he wants some control over player personnel in the NFL, even though Chip the GM probably cost Chip the Coach his job. I'm wondering if any owners would give him the player control he would like, and at the same time wondering if Kelly would go somewhere to just be the coach.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Gary||
Not sure I like the fact Ole Miss is number 2. I'm guessing their bagmen will be making Gary some offers that are pretty rediculous.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Man||
the angle from the ground, albeit I think the middle of the goalpost, sure made it look like the kick was good.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||If the reports about the hand are true||
and he does play, it might affect his ability to play on offense and special teams. Depending on the severty of the injury, he could play defense with a bum hand but his ability to hold/catch a ball might be limited.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly||
it's the same with the rule for college football players that they need to be 3 years removed from high school to enter the NFL draft. It's not an NCAA rule, it's an NFL rule.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think UM's schedule||
is fairly tough. They have 7 games against Iowa, MSU, Purdue and Maryland. Illinois, OSU and Wisky they only play once but all three are on the road.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Won't change a thing||
Paying players won't change a thing. If some school is offering them probably well into the 5 figures and another school is offering no 'extra' cash, do you really think they're going to go to the school where they aren't getting anything under the table?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Self||
Agree that he probably isn't clean, but he used to be the head coach at Illinois. I'm guessing he developed a lot of Chicago connections then.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||The head scratching part||
is UM made the Final Game and Elite 8 in back to back years with elite perimeter play, and watched as those guys all went on to the NBA and are still in the NBA. One would think the 2014, 2015 and 2016 recruitng classes should have seen the fruits of those deep NCAA runs when it comes to getting one or two of the top perimeter players in the country to come to AA.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||yeah||
Agree they are appear to be a match up problem for UM.
In terms of what I would catagorize as 'middle of the pack' teams, Iowa is definitely towards the top knocking on the door to being in the top pack (their history is what holds me back from putting them there) whereas Illinois is closer to the bottom when it comes to the 'middle of the pack' teams.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Iowa||
Can't disagree too much with what you're saying, but Iowa the last few years seems to be a team that comes into Big Ten play looking pretty good and like a challenger for the the conference title. Then, for whatever reason they seem to stumble in conference play. Not awful stumbles but enough so that they end up middle of the pack and on the bubble. Waiting for them to prove me wrong before I'm a solid buy with them.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Why the LOL?||
Like or not, RPI is a huge component when determining whether a team will make the NCAA tourney with an at large berth.
Record against teams in the Top 25, Top 50, etc. is based upon the Top 25, Top 50 teams in the RPI. Rarely does a team outside something like the RPI Top 50 make the tourney with an at large berth.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||UM's SOS||
right now on espn's rpi rankings is 152 non-conference play. Big Ten play will help their SOS but they played some teams in the non-conference slate that are going to be a huge drag on their SOS.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Disagree||
The combo of Morgan and McGary is light years better than any combo of 2 big men (ie - interior players) on UM's roster right now.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||UConn||
isn't really rated that high with regards to the rpi rankings. They are about 120th. Their stock has been dropping and that loss is looking worse now than it did in November.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
Ace might want to check the rpi rankings. UConn is ranked about 120th. There's only 3 big ten teams with an rpi lower than UConn (Nebraska, Rutgers and Minnesota). At this point, UConn is not a 'good' loss.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
I hope I'm wrong but I see this team hovering around 500 in conference play. If the breaks go UM's way in a couple games maybe 11/12 wins in the conference. Unless the light magically goes off for one or more of the big men, 13 or 14 wins seems like a loooongshot this year.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta echo||
the sentiments by most of the other posters. I think a few people are reading too much into these blow outs of awful teams. UM's first 5 games in conference play are:
That's a good mix of what appears to be two top teams (Purdue and Maryland), one probably bad Big Ten team (PSU) and two teams in between (Illinois and Iowa). That should be a pretty good mix of teams that will tell us a lot more about this team.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not to diminish||
the accomplishment of being first team all state as a sophomore, but this is Colorado we're talking about. I live out here and the high school football is okay, at best. Kemp was fist team all state in the 5A callsification. Looking at the 1st team seniors for 5A, there's about 6 that will land D1 scholarships. A few that will go 1-AA or lower and then a few that don't even have recruiting profiles on Rivals.
On Rivals, you can look at recruiting rankings in each state. However, there are only 39 states listed. The states which do not have their own rankings are: Colorado, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.
Don't get me wrong, 3 time 1st team All State is great but this is one of the weaker states in the country when it comes to producing college football players.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Usually not very far||
Whereas football tends to schedule non-conference games a few years, and in the bigger home and home matchups several years, in advance, most non-conference bball schedules are pieced together less than 24 months in advance. I'm guessing most of next years non-conference schedule is still tbd.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Could the grad transfer||
end up being the olineman? I realize he wouldn't be in the 2016 recruiting class but in the grand scheme of 85 scholarships, the grad transfer would count. Center is a huge position of need if Kugler isn't ready.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||What about nap time?||
Or did Hoke just have that penciled in to the in-home visits?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||When Brown was at UMass||
and they were 1-AA they played Chip Kelly's New Hampshire teams. The W-L I think came out in favor of Brown - not sure about the details of how the defense performed.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Mike Tyson||
Like your comparison. One of my favorite quotes - Everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Tons of places||
Brown could have crossed paths with any of these guys at coaching clinics. When analyzing players for the NFL draft, they could have talked to Brown about certain players he's coached to see what Brown's evaluation was.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Probably depends on how long he's out||
Their early big ten slate is:
1/10 @ Penn State
Other than the opener at Iowa, that's 3 of the weaker teams in the Big Ten.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'll give Durkin||
credit for not going prevent before the half like Mattison used to. Mattison's defenses consistently gave up points right before the half.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||National Championships as DC||
What team did Mattison win a NC with when he was the DC?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think a good chunk||
of that success LSU has had under Miles goes to Chavis, who after the 2014 season.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
The non-conference schedule this year is extremely weak when it comes to the cupcakes. There's no need to schedule this many cupcakes that are sooo bad. It only hurts your non-conference SOS.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It'll be interesting||
to see how this ends. As you mention, the number of available spots is decreasing. They're almost guaranteed to leave a scholarship available for Gary. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at football offices to hear how they are prioritizing these final spots. They could end up having more kids interested in committing then scholarships available.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Numbers starting to get tight||
From what people have posted it sounds like the class will be 27. They're at 23, and I'm assuming one will be reserved for Gary (not announcing until NSD, correct?). That leaves 3 more spaces available (not factoring in 'decommits')..
|7 weeks 5 days ago||While true about Greise||
he played quite a bit in 1995.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||How many open scholarships are there?||
For 7 of those guys to be EE, UM would need to only have 78 players on scholarship right now (unless some players leave between now and the start of school in January).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||$100 all you can drink??||
On NYE?? In my mid to late 20's I would have been all over that like stink on shit. I'm sure there's some restrictions in the fine print (alcohol is bottom shelf) but if you're normally paying $7-$8 for a draft beer/ mixed drink/shot at a bar, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||A lot of people||
disguised as seats in the picture.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||He grew up in Wisconsin??||
His dad coached at 3 different schools in Wisconsin from the mid 70's until 2000. I'm going to assume Tony Bennett grew up in Wisconsin.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Bennett||
was the coach at Wisky before Ryan. Bennet took the Badgers to the NCAA tourney in 3 of his last 5 years and made the FF during the 1999-00 season. While Ryan took them to a level that Wisky bball had probably never been at, Bennett had laid the initial ground work.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Just don't||
get caught watching the paint dry!!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure. I know||
White was hurt when they lost to Pitt in 2007, and it cost WVU a shot at the BCS title game.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm pretty sure||
when RR was hired at UM, Tressell went down to USF to pick Leavitt's brain about how to defend RR's spread offense. In RR's last two years at WVU, the Mountaineers went 22-4. Two of those losses were to USF and both times WVU's offense, which was a well oiled machine at that ime, was held under 20 pts. I'm hoping this means Harbaugh isn't taking the OSU beating lightly.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Leavitt||
When RR was hired at UM Tressell went down to South Florida to pick Leavitt's brain about how to defend RR's spread offense because South Florida had been fairly successful at slowing WVU's offense.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||MSU||
I kinda think Dantonio has them at a level where a rebuilding year is 9-3ish. They aren't anywhere close to Bama/OSU recruiting levels but they're at a point where they develope kids pretty good, and it's just a matter of how long it takes the replacements to settle into their positions.
MSU's schedule is a good bit tougher next year. They have a pretty tough 7 game stretch at the beginning of the season. Beginning with week 2 they go: @ND, Wisconsin, @Indiana, BYU, Northwestern, @Maryland, Michigan. Not expecting much from the Terps and IU is a bit of a question mark, but Wilson seems to at least have a pretty good offense every year.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||I don't know||
if Butt and Lewis come back, that's two returning 2nd team AA's. Chesson was turning into a star towards the end of the year and was 1st team All Big Ten. Defensively, you have Peppers and while there might not be any 'Bosa' types on the dline there are quite a few really good players.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Agree||
While a solid LB could come in and see time, it's generally easier for a freshman rb to make a big impact than a freshman LB. Obviously QB is a question mark on offense heading into next year, I'd like to think O'Korn can fill the need. However, there really isn't a running back on the roster that appears to be a difference maker that the offense needs (not counting Peppers).
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Cal loses Goff||
It'll be interesting to see how they transition to the new QB.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||tougher schedule too||
Going to Norman isn't going to be easy. Back to back road games at Wisky and PSU could be tricky.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly||
The way everyone talks about how hard it is to learn the Beilien offense, how likely is it that either of these guys joins the team in early January and makes much of a contribution in games?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||When did||
Chris Carter play basketball at Ohio St?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||OK||
These are the defenses that Oregon played in the Pac-12 and their defensive rank according to FEI:
1 - Washington
9 - Utah
30 - USC
47 - ASU
48 - WSU
60 - Stanford
72 - Colorado
86 - Cal
104 - Oregon St
For comparison's sake, below are the defenses that UM played in conference:
8 - NU
10 - OSU
15 - MSU
19 - PSU
55 - MN
76 - Maryland
107 - Indiana
123 - Rutgers
Add up the 9 teams Oregon played, and they average 50.77
Add up the 8 teams Michigan played, and they average 51.625
|8 weeks 4 days ago||???||
Not sure what the 'And?' is about. Adams stats for Oregon this year:
240 Attempts, 155 Completions, 2446 yds, 25 TDs, 6 Ints.
Not saying this Prukop transistions that well to D1 but those are pretty good stats for Adams, especially considering he missed time due to injury.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Doubtful||
He plays in the same conference that Vernon Adams played in. Adams went from Eastern Washington to Oregon this past year.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||In the immortal words of Charlie Sheen||
I'm not paying them for sex. I'm paying them to leave.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Guessing he wishes||
he had gone to Louisville, where that kind of stuff is provided for free.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||For me||
it's the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge.
Edit: I guess that would be A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Viable back to Henne||
I'd say Mallett was viable back to Henne for the OSU game. Mallett started a few games that year and had seen a decent amount of playing time due to Henne's injury.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||UM's offense against OSU||
wasn't that bad while Rudock was in there. They just stalled in the red zone. Their drives with Rudock went:
10 plays 43 yds, punt from OSU 36
7 plays 28 yds, punt from UM 48
14 plays 72 yds, 25 yd FG
11 plays 92 yds, TD
6 plays 15 yds, punt from UM 41
7 plays 57 yds, 27 yd FG
Rudock left the game during UM's next possession.
I agree that Florida's defense is going to be a stiff test. The good news is Florida's offense so far this year isn't even close to OSU's.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||500 in the Big Ten||
would probably have UM on the bubble for the tourney. With just tomato cans left in the non-conference slate, UM really needs NC State or Texas to be decent or there won't be any nice non-conference wins.
If there aren't any nice non-conference wins UM might need to beat one or more of the better teams in the Big Ten. 19-12 with no resume building wins might be a little dicey.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||they do travel to Iowa City||
The away conference games (in chronological order):
(one game against PSU is a neutral site).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Elite center||
I don't think too many people are clamoring for an elite center. Just give us some 6'10" guy who is fairly athletic. Let him block some shots and bang the boards.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||That did not happen to Burke or Stauskas||
Didn't Stauskas get completely taken out of the game against Duke, his sophomore year?
My memory is fuzzy but I could swear there was a game where he was just about erased from the offensive end early in the year.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe when the UM plane||
picks him up they'll travel south across the carribean, South America, Antarctica, Canada and then land in Michigan??
Edit: my geography is a little off, plane would have to be travelling north at some point.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||LB's coach||
Didn't look like we had one this past year either.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know but||
the staff could be looking at rb's for a couple of reasons. Smith, Green and Johnson are entering their final year of eligibility. You're going to need some running backs to fill in departures.
Combine that with the complete disappearance of Issac as the year progressed and Houma getting time as a tail back and I think the staff realizes they have running backs on the roster to fill the depth chart, but those running backs maybe aren't exactly what they are looking for when it comes to on field performance.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||UM||
You make a good point. UM has definitely been chasing recuits over the last few years where the recruits are a supposed UM lean but never actually give their verbal commitment. When signing day comes and goes, they didn't sign with UM.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Offense is hard to learn||
I'd buy that excuse last year, but Wagner is really the only new person on the team. Robinson might not have played last year but he was practicing. This is year 2 for everyone but Wagner. The learning curve on offense shouldn't be very steep.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The lack of an inside presence||
was glaring. In all aspects of the game - offense, defense and reboudning. So when they aren't hitting from the outside, they get almost no easy baskets. Easy is maybe the wrong word, but I watched most of the second half and almost all our their shots in the half court offense were at least 10, if not 15, feet from the basket.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||FSU||
Has had rematches a couple of times in bowl games.
FSU and Florida played in the Sugar Bowl in the mid-90's. Florida won the rematch and ended up winning the NC.
FSU and Miami, FL played in the Orange Bowl during the mid 2000's. Another rematch.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||M ring||
What does a player need to do to get an M ring?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Going to 8 games||
would only add an additional game. The quarterfinal games would probably be played sometime before Christmas. It really wouldn't require much of a change.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I get what you're saying||
about 'also ran' conferences, but that's pretty much what the MAC, MWC, Sun Belt, etc. are right now. There's almost no chance a team from one of those conferences would ever make the 4 team playoff.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
If an 9-3 conference champ doesn't make the playoffs but the runner up who went 11-1 does, then you need to discard that idea. His 3rd point would completely water down non-conference games because no one would want to take a loss in non-conference play that could negatively affect them for the playoff. If you have 8 conferences and each conference champion gets in teams wouldn't be afraid to schedule good non-conference games.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||MSU||
beat Ohio St with their back QB's this year. When Winston was suspended last year for the Clemson game, FSU still won.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||Dominant NFL caliber LB's||
the last time UM had those was when David Harris was anchoring the middle.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Ohio St||
won a NC with their 3rd man up at possibly the most important position on offense, QB.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||I was hoping to really start seeing||
some improvement towards the end of this year. Granted two of the better defenses they faced were in the last two games of the season, but it didn't look like the running game was improving, at least to me.
All 5 starters had seen a good amount of playing time before this year and you had an oline coach with a pretty good reputation coming in. You figure there might be some growing pains early in the year with a new system but I was hoping the pains would have disappeared by the end of the year. At this point, I think you can expect some improvement just from the fact that they'll be in their second year in the system and the amount of experience returning is huge - the amount of returning starts by Mags, Kalis, Cole and Braden has got be close to an average of 20/man, but I'm not expecting a quantum leap.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Reynolds||
It's a shame. Maybe the guy has no chance of really winning but I respect the hell out of those guys at the military academies who have fairly grueling, regimented days to begin with even before athletics enter the picture.
Not sure how many of you heard about the controversey last week with Reynolds and the Heisman ballet but here's a good link:
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes||
on Chris Perry being invited to NY.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||Prime time Coker era||
was thanks largely due to the resurection of the program by Butch Davis. I'm not that big into the 'he won with the previous coaches players' but imo, the Davis>Coker transition is exhibit A for that saying.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||Stepping Stone||
Most coordinator positions are stepping stones to a head coaching gig. You don't find too many Bud Foster's. Sure it'd be great to have your coordinators around for 10-15 years but if Harbaugh is hiring rock solid coordinators who go on to head coaching gigs, that's fine with me.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||That's the question||
What's his definition of a 'contributor'? Sypniewski is the starting long snapper on special teams but he's neither in bold or italics.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Definition of 'contributor'||
What's your definition of a 'contributor'? Derrick Green has rushed for almost 900 yds in his career but isn't in italics.
Isn't Sypniewski the long snapper?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Total defense yes||
but total defense is just yards per game. FEI and S&P had Mattison's defenses ranked much lower than Top 10.
Also, I got tired of watching Mattison go to the prevent defense before halftimes only to watch the opponent go down and score.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I guess||
I'm okay with it for the bowl game, but i'm not interested in seeing Mattison being the DC next season.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||TCU/Oregon||
If Boykin is healthy, this could be a fun game to watch. Oregon was playing some good football at the end of the year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know||
if I was a casual fan, Florida's complete lack of offense would take some of the luster off this game.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||He's got||
3 weeks to rest up. MSU's oline should also be as healthy as they've been all year when they play Bama.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Struggled with Iowa??||
MSU held Iowa to 258 yds of offense, with 85 of those coming on one play. I wouldn't exactly say that is struggling.