...talks about how UConn hasn't been in contact and how they're out. (HT: UMHoops)
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|17 hours 48 min ago||USC||
I think a couple things that helped USC was the fact they had very good success in bowl games under Carroll - almost right from the start, and they generally played a pretty solid non-conference slate.
When you're winning your bowl games and beating good teams in the non-conference slate, it helps how people perceive you in what might be catagorized as an average to below average conference.
|17 hours 55 min ago||I don't know about every year||
As long as the Big Ten champ has 0 or 1 loss, I'd say yes. If the Big Ten champ has 2 losses it could be iffy depending how other teams across the country did. A non-Big Ten champion would probably have to have only 1 loss to get in the playoff - again, somewhat dependent on how other teams across the country did.
|1 day 16 min ago||Considered an adult||
I don't think there's a specific age is there? You can join the military and die defending your country when you're 18, but you can't drink alchohol legally until you're 21. Can't parents still claim their children as dependants on their tax returns when the children are still in college?
|1 day 18 hours ago||Harvard||
Not sure how good Harvard was when JFK was there in the late '30's but they were playing some pretty solid competition.
In 1936, JFK's first year at Harvard, Harvard played the following schools (Final AP rank in parenthesis): Yale (12th), Darthmouth (13th) and Navy (19th). The lost to Yale by 1 and Navy by 7.
In 1937 Harvard played these schools that finished in the AP Top 20: Dartmouth (7th - lost by 18), Yale (12th - Harvard won by 7).
In 1938 Harvard played these schools that finished in the AP Top 20: Cornell (12th - lost by 20), Dartmouth (19th - lost by 6)
|1 day 21 hours ago||Coaching them up||
A good part of that responsibility falls to the position coaches. Most OC's are not overseeing every aspect of every position.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Good question||
I think a lot of it depends on his health. If he's healthy I think it'd be nice for him to get a game or two under his belt before the tough stretch. Let him get acclimated to playing again. Let's the coaches see how he's holding up in a game situation.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Catch-22||
While it's true that if Cleary is put in to hand the ball to the running backs at the end of the games that are blow outs, Morris then doesn't get any experience.
If Morris is put in to hand the ball off to the running backs at the end of the blowouts is that little bit of experience really going to help him much if he's forced into say the ND or MSU game and the score is close?
If you really want to get Morris some valuable reps and experience, you play him against say CMU and Akron once UM has a decent lead but while both sides still have the starters in and Borges can still utilize the full play book - or at least as much of it as Morris knows.
Personally, I'd rather Cleary go in if it's a blowout.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Don't forget||
|5 days 20 hours ago||In a couple years||
there might be a nice battle for the starting QB spot. Should hopefully make both Morris and Speight better, and allow UM to hopefully have a viable backup should the starter get hurt.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Oakland A's||
Before the Raiders moved back in the mid-90's the stadium wasn't bad. It was still kind of a concrete jungle but Al Davis had them build the huge abomination of stands in centerfield when the Raiders came back. There used to be little to no stands out there. Just some flowers and shrubs with a nice view of the Oakland hills as a back drop.
|1 week 1 day ago||Another vote for Burke||
I realize football is why most of us visit this website but I was stunned a Final Four run with some great plays by Burke didn't warrant his picture up there for at least a short period of time.
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree||
There weren't many called runs for Gardner last year except for an occassionally bootleg. Most of his runs came on scrambles. With little depth and no experienced depth at the QB position after Gardner, I don't expect Borges to be calling many running plays for Gardner.
|1 week 2 days ago||Scholarship limitations||
At some point they're going to be down to 65 scholarships. That is going to kill depth - at just about every position. A two deep is going to take 44 scholarships. When you start figuring they're definitely going to want more than 2 QB's, 2 RB's, throw in the fact that at times you'll have 5 or 6 db's on the field, multiple te's and they're going to be hurting. They could field a pretty solid starting lineup, but there will be little to no depth if injuries mount.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ditto||
My recollection was UM had some decent success running the ball against ND in the second half. They just weren't able to get the ball in the endzone. Like you, I came out of the ND game thinking the OL and running game was going to be pretty solid the rest of the year.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tennessee???||
Illinois, ND and UM aren't that far from each other. However, Knoxville is a pretty good haul from any of those schools.
|1 week 5 days ago||Michigan momentum||
In all the coulda, shoulda, woulda talk about if Henson had stayed, I look at what it might have meant for UM. Like you, I don't think it's far-fetched that if Henson plays in 2001 UM is probably playing Miami for the NC in the Rose Bowl. UM would have had a 5 yr stretch from '97 - '01, where they would have won the Rose Bowl and a NC, played in the BCS title game and won the Orange Bowl with a couple of 9-3 years sprinkled in and a Heisman trophy winner in Charles Woodson.
Henson would have probably been in serious contention for the Heisman too. A decent season and he's probably at least invited to NYC.
That's a heck of a 5 yr run for any program.
|1 week 5 days ago||USC vs UCLA, big deal??||
It used to be. Back in the 70's when the Big Ten was the Big 2 and Little 8, the Pac-10 wasn't that much different. From about 67 - 80, I think only 3 times was someone other than USC or UCLA in the Rose Bowl - Stanford 2x and Washington once. Granted, USC went quite a bit more than UCLA.
As the fortunes of both programs dipped in the 90's, the rivalry lost some luster and being on the west coast it didn't make the national spot light as much. The rivalry has also seen each program go on long winning streaks - UCLA in the 90's and then USC in the 2000's under Carroll.
|1 week 6 days ago||True to certain extent||
You make some valid points but I think the teams overall record needs to be included as to what the perception of Hoke will be. If they ring up double digit win totals the next two years, the lack of big ten titles and maybe a dismal 1-3 record against OSU will leave a sour taste in some mouths but I think most will see that the program is headed in the right direction.
A 1-3 record against OSU, no big ten titles and a couple of 3 or 4 loss seasons might have people feeling differently.
|1 week 6 days ago||Holier than the heathens||
I think UGA is one of the few SEC schools that doesn't oversign.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||How'd Steele do||
compared to other prognosticators?
Of the 8 teams he missed on, there's a handful that just about every prognosticator missed on (USC, Wisky, MSU, VaTech, Arkansas).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
I went to high school in central ohio in the mid-80's. Our high school football team was in the highest division and was pretty good (I didn't play). I think they made the playoffs every year I was in high school and made the state semi's my junior. No one on the team played both ways except maybe some lineman in the goal line/short yardage situations.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair||
Between going to Oregon in 2003 and Alabama last year, I think the only time UM left the state of Michigan to play a non-conference game was when they went to ND.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||MSU's Schedule||
Agree. They catch what appears to be a huge break with their crossover games this year. On top of it, their bye weeks are well placed - before the Big Ten opener at Iowa and before they go to Lincoln.
On paper, their 3 toughest games in conference are Michigan, at Nebraska and at NU. They also get those 3 games in the second half of the big ten schedule so they'll have a number of games under their belt with the new OC.
If they can win their crossover games, Minnesota and at Iowa, they'll probably be in the thick of the division race.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Attendance figures||
Attendance figures are doctored. Usually attendance figures include tickets sold (not people in seats), media credentials granted, concession workers, security, etc. Essentially it counts every ticket and every person in the stadium. It's why for big games the attendance figure is often higher than stadium capacity due to a higher amount of media credentials given out, extra security, etc.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||How it hurts||
is with experienced depth at QB. Having Rees as an experienced backup behind Golson is a nice luxury. Now if something should happen to Rees, they'll have to put someone in who is pretty green with game experienced.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||#5 and #6||
#5 - to hell with ND. By stealing Rutgers the Big East loses another member and possibly hastens its' demise. Other than football all the other major ND sports participated in the Big East. By making the Big East unstable, it puts ND on shaky ground. Mission accomplished - with the theft of Maryland from the ACC, the ACC went and poached the Big East which eventually lead to the bball only schools leaving. ND was forced to partner with the ACC.
#6 - Cover the Big Ten's bases should there a come a day when conferences expand to 16 teams. Should there eventually be conferences comprised of 16 teams, the two most likely places for the Big Ten to expand would be to the south (stealing ACC schools) or to the west (stealing Big 12 schools). I'd guess the south is the more desirable location (more fertile recruiting grounds and larger TV markets, at least more than what the schools in Kansas and Oklahoma can offer). Should the need arise to expand to 16 teams, the Big Ten has already made a small step into the south with the addition of Maryland.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan||
Michigan is almost a tale of 2 halves on the chart on your chart with their conference record. The first part (2002 - 2007) really carries UM when it comes to their Big Ten record. Over the long hual UM peformed to expectations but I'm guessing if we just looked at the 2008-2012 period, UM would have a larger negative delta.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Northwestern and Indiana||
These two teams are interesting. Fitzgerald seems to be doing better recruiting the last 4 years - they are the highest ranked classes for Northwestern since 2002.
With IU their recruiting the last 4 years is significantly higher than what it was in the early 2000's.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Amen||
Even the announcers commented at one point they were having problems reading the numbers during the bowl game.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Just guessing||
but the big ten is going to let the Citrus continue to have first pick of Big Ten teams that don't qualify for the playoff or other big bowls???