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|7 min 52 sec ago||Yeah||
some of those road losses though were games where UM snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
|1 hour 38 min 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.
|3 hours 44 min ago||What's your definition of rare?||
Carr went 16-13 on the road against teams ranked at the time of the game.
|4 hours 14 min 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.
|15 hours 20 min 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.
|18 hours 5 min 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.
|23 hours 35 min 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.
|23 hours 38 min 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.
|3 days 40 min 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.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Well||
he answered the Mone question but completely ignored the follow up question about whether there were any other long term injuries.
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 2 hours 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.
|4 days 14 hours 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.
|4 days 14 hours 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.
|4 days 14 hours 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 days 4 hours 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.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I upvoted you||
for your last paragraph. That's some good comedy right there.
|5 days 16 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.
|5 days 16 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 days 1 hour 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 days 2 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 days 2 hours ago||Nebraska-OU||
Stopped being an annual game when the Big 12 went to divisions and they were placed in different divisions.
|6 days 14 hours 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 days 17 hours 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 days 23 hours 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).
|1 week 2 min 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.
|1 week 21 min 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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).