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|17 hours 29 min ago||Harbaugh||
has been hanging out with Beilein too much.
|1 day 44 min ago||FEI rankings||
Granted FEI rankings aren't the end all be all but those 4 teams BYU played finished the year ranked:
Virginia - 35
Houston - 59
Texas - 73
UConn - 106
Michigan was 2-2 after 4 games and the FEI rankings for those 4 teams were:
Utah - 16
ND - 38
Miami, OH - 107
App St - 111
|1 day 16 hours ago||BYU||
also lost their starting QB in the 5th game, Taysom Hill. BYU was 4-0 entering the game. He was emerging in the Heisman discussion before he got hurt. If he's healthy this year, BYU will give UM a very stern test.
|3 days 17 hours ago||How would this force the NBA's hand?||
If the NBA maintains their current rules, high school players still wouldn't be eligible for the draft. If the NCAA made freshmen ineligible, the NCAA would have essentially made it a 2 and done rule. I'm guessing there are very few players that NBA teams would be interested in drafting if those players did not play as freshmen.
|3 days 21 hours ago||I think the bigger reason||
might be he found himself without any experienced big men this year. While the Kentucky game might have raised some eyebrows with Beilein, I don't know if you change your recruiting strategy based upon one game.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I doubt BYU||
would be in favor of an 8pm start on Saturday. They are very strict about Sunday being the Sabbath. They request that their teams do not play any games on Sunday's. I doubt they would want to take the chance that a Saturday night game runs into the early hours of Sunday morning.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Medical redshirt||
As WolvinLA2 mentioned a medical redshirt would still count as a scholarship so no scholarship would be freed.
A couple other things with the medical redshirt, and someone corrct me if I'm wrong:
1) The 'medical' part of the redshirt is not granted until the season is over. It has to be shown that the injury is what kept him out for the year (or whatever amount needs to be missed to qualify for a redshirt).
2) I was under the impression that a medical redshirt doesn't occur if a player hasn't redshirted yet. In Spike's case, he would just redshirt if the injury prevented him from playing. Now if you redshirt say your freshmen year and then later in your career have a injury that keeps you out, you could apply for a medical redshirt, which would be a 6th year of eligibility.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Pittsburgh Pirates???||
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Pirates as the worst organization. Historically they haven't been bad and have had a pretty good last couple of years but they just recently snapped a 20 year string where they had a losing record every year - the longest such streak in professional sports.
|6 days 23 hours ago||The Marlins are interesting||
While in the grand scheme of the discussion they are a bad organization, they also have 2 World Series titles. There are way more organizations in professional sports with 0 titles then 2 titles since 1993 when the Marlins came into existence.
|1 week 40 min ago||Redshirts||
wouldn't really solve the problem, would they?
If Brown and Williams commit and Levert comes back, while playing time would be a tricky subject the bigger issue would be amount of scholarships available. A redshirt would free up some playing time but do nothing to alleviate the scholarship crunch.
|1 week 1 day ago||'Improved' oline||
Yeah, the oline improved throughout the year but if you go back and look at the Ufer's from early last year, one of the constant themes in Brian's summary of the offense was there were holes available but the rb's weren't finding them.
I'm not sure if the oline took a huge step forward the last 3-4 games of the year, rather I tend to think they had been performing decently all year and when Johnson started getting carries they had a running back who was finding the holes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Second round picks||
are not guaranteed a contract. Only first round picks are guaranteed a contract. If you look back at the history of second round picks, most do not make an NBA roster.
|1 week 4 days ago||Bunting??||
No talk about Bunting. Baring a big off-season and fall camp is he off the radar until 2016?
|1 week 5 days ago||Kind of agree||
I think we all figured the defense was/is going to be solid in 2015 and that QB was going to a huge question mark. I think most of us are just hoping Harbaugh can get decent play out of the QB. I'm not expecting the QB to really have any monster games in 2015, but I'd rather not see the QB have awful games in 2015 (turnovers, missed reads, bad passes, etc.).
If the oline can continue to improve upon what appeared to be some decent progress at the end of the 2014, I'm bullish on the offense. Not that it will remind anyone of Yost's teams 100 years ago, but if there can be a decent running game and a QB who can move the chains I think we'll be okay on that side of the ball - not dominant but respectable.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agree||
I'm not sold on either's pro potential - at least in terms of becoming a star. In college, they were playing with a loaded team. There were a number of guys who could score 20+ points on a given night. No one player was the focal point of the offense. If some of these Kentucky players were on a different team they might average 17-19 pts/game.
|1 week 6 days ago||To be fair||
in most of the instances where the defense gave up points late in the second quarter, the UM defense hadn't been on the field very much. While the offense hadn't scored a ton of points they had controlled the ball and it was the opponents defense that had been on the field more in the first half then UM's defense.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree||
As much as I like the fact the non-conference schedule is getting better, this is one year where I wish UM had 3 MAC schools and one decent opponent. It'd give the team and coaches a chance to see what they each can do on Saturday's.
However, like you, I think the OCC schedule is tougher then a lot of people think. Utah is a decent program and they are going to be sky high for a Thursday night prime time game in SLC against UM. Oregon St obviously plays in the Pac-12 and aren't going to be awed coming into AA. If BYU's QB is healthy, they are going to give the defense a strong test.
All 4 games are winnable, but it's not out of the question that UM could be 2-2 heading into conference play.
|1 week 6 days ago||Matta - Agree||
I think he's a pretty good coach when it comes to defense but I'm not sold on his abilities to coach the offense. Almost every year, OSU seems to struggle on the offensive end.
|1 week 6 days ago||MSU||
They might not have been a great team but a lot of people were figuring they were going to take a step back in 2014/15. Instead, they finish 3rd in the regular season of the Big Ten, make it to the conference championship game in the Big Ten tourney and make it to the FF.
They might not have been great but that's pretty solid.
|1 week 6 days ago||Youth||
I'm guessing Duke probably wasn't too far behind UM in terms of youth. They started 3 true freshmen and a true sophomore. One of the first subs off the bench for the wings was a true freshmen.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Replay||
While I can see where you could question whether he touched the ball, what you can't question is that the rotation of the ball changed significantly in mid air. The rotation change of the ball is only going to happen if it touches something or someone.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Actually||
if you're a bball ref for a pretty big conference you make some decent money. I'm sure most of them have other jobs. When I say decent money, they're not making 6 figures but they probably make 50-70K which is a heck of a lot more then what high school refs make.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Pretty sure||
Louisville was still in the Big East when they beat us in the NC game.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Tend to agree but||
I think the offense will be a little shaky early in the year. I also think though that people are being a bit pessimistic cause the oline was a grab bag. It's been a challenge to put one good oline on the field the last 3 years so why anyone would think a couple of mish mashed oline units would look good at the spring game is puzzling.
The oline wasn't awful last year and actually started to show some promise over about the last 1/3rd or so of the season. Miller's departure is a bit of setback, but I think the pieces are there to have a decent to possibly pretty good line. QB was going to be an issue no matter who the head coach was going to be in 2015.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Let's look at the losses||
Notre Dame. UM ran 67 plays for 289 yds and ND ran 65 plays for 280 yds. The damage was done at the end of the second quarte though. When ND got the ball with 9:12 seconds left in the second quarter the score was ND 7 - UM 0. Until that point ND had run 19 plays and had the ball 7:29 seconds. UM had run 23 plays and had the ball a little over 12 minutes. ND then went on a 13 play 80 yd scoring drive for a TD. UM then had the ball for 3 plays but ran 2:34 off the game clock. ND got the ball with 1:24 left in the half - they went 56 yards in 6 plays for a TD. So what you're saying is the defense being on the field for 7:29 seconds of the first 21 minutes of the game was asking to much of them to prevent ND from going on a 13 play 80 yd TD drive?
Utah: UM ran 64 plays for 286 yds and Utah ran 75 plays for 308 yards. However, like the ND game the damage, most of it, was done at the end of the second quarter (and in this game the first drive of the 3rd quarter). With 5:01 left in the second quarter the score was 10-10. Utah had run 21 plays and had the ball for 8:03 (UM had possessed the ball 16:57 at this point). What happens? Utah goes on a 16 play 54 yd drive to kick a FG at the end of the half. Both teams get a 15 minute break. Utah gets the second half kick off and goes 67 yds in 5 plays to score a TD. So what you're saying is the defense being on the field for 8 of the first 25 minutes of the game was too taxing for them?
Minnesota: the offense was an abomination. However, heading into this game most people thought this was a game tailor made for the defense - a fairly one dimensional offense with that one dimension being the running game.
Rutgers: UM ran 57 plays for 336 yds and Rutgers ran 70 plays for 476 yards. However, like Utah and ND, the end of the second quarter was where the damage was done. With 7:35 left in the second quarter, UM lead 10-6. Until that point Rutgers had run 21 plays and had the 11:59 seconds. Those 21 plays had gained 127 yds. For comparison, UM had run 19 plays and gained 135 yds. With 7:35 left in the second quarter, Rutgers went on a 1 play 80 yd scoring drive to go up 12-10. UM gets the ball and goes 43 yds in 6 plays to score a TD and take a 16-12 lead. Rutgers gets the ball back with 1:43 left on the clock. What's the UM defense do? They let Rutgers go 75 yds in 11 plays to score a TD with 21 seconds left and take a 19-17 lead into the half.
MSU: like Minnesota the offense was an abomination.
Maryland: heading into the 4th quarter, Michigan lead 16-9. This must be the game where the defense collapsed cause they were on the field too much???? Nope. When Maryland got the ball with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter, the Terrapins had run 34 plays and had the ball for only 15:08. At this point UM's offense had run 58 plays and had the ball 26 minutes. With 3:08 left in the 3rd quarter, Maryland goes on an 11 play 68 yard scoring drive to tie the game. UM's offense then actually goes on a 53 yard drive and has the ball for 5:34 seconds. When Maryland gets the ball with 9:13 seconds left in the 4th quarter, they go 78 yards in 10 plays to take a 23-16 lead.
Ohio State: UM ran 69 plays for 372 yds and OSU ran 63 plays for 416 yds. However, as we've seen above in other games, UM's problems began towards the end of the second quarter and carried into the beginning of the 3rd quarter. With 2:15 left in the second quarter, UM led 14-7. Up until that point OSU had run 20 plays for 69 yds and only had the ball for 9 minutes. UM's offense had possession of the ball for 19 of the first 28 minutes of the game. So with 2:15 left OSU goes on a 10 play 83 yd TD drive to tie the game right before halftime. After having 15 minutes to rest up, the UM defense lets OSU go 72 yds in 5 plays with the opening possession of the second half. The offense then does their part to help the defense out by going on a 12 play 75 yd TD drive that takes 5:17 off the clock. How does the defense respond? They let OSU go on a 14 play, 81 yd TD drive that takes 6:26 seconds off the clock.
With the exception of the Minnesota and MSU games, the defense was their own worst enemy in the losses. Sure some turnovers didn't help but most of the damage in the losses came at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the 3trd quarter when the defense had barely been on the field. In the Maryland game, the defense had barely been on the field for the first 3 quarters and then folded.
You want to keep playing????
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Defense collapsing in exhaustion||
Do you believe in time of possession as a valuable statistic?
Last year in one of year Unverified Voracity columns you bagged on the coaching staff for having time of possession as a goal for the team to win (mgoblog.com/content/unverified-voracity-you-didnt-course-you-did) but now you take shots about the defense being on the field too much?
What games in 2014 did the defense collapse down the stretch cause they were on the field too much?
Against ND they were down 21-0 at the half and 28-0 heading into the 4th quarter. UM actually won the time of possession by quite a bit in this game (UM 33:04 to ND 26:56).
Against Utah, they were down 20-10 heading into the 4th quarter. Here again, UM actually won the time of possession battle by quite a bit (UM 33:32 to Utah 26:28).
Against Minnesota they were down 27-7 heading into the 4th quarter. Now, this is a game where UM lost the time of possession battle (Minny 34:40 UM 25:20) but UM was unable to stop Minnesota's one dimensional offense.
Against Rutgers they were down 19-17 heading into the 4th quarter and 26-17 less then two minutes into the 4th quarter. The time of possession battle was pretty much even in this game (Rutgers 30:46 UM 29:14).
Against MSU they were down 28-3 heading into the 4th quarter. MSU won the time of possession battle in this game (MSU 33:46 UM 26:14).
Against Maryland, UM was winning 16-9 heading into the 4th quarter. The defense gave up 2 long drives in the 4th quarter, but UM dominated the time of possession in this game (UM 34:00 Maryland 26:00).
Against OSU, UM was down 28-21 heading into the 4th quarter but again, this was a game were UM won the time of possession battle (UM 34:05 OSU 25:55).
So in tthe two losses where UM lost the time of possession battle by a significant margin, UM was losing by 20 and 25 points heading into the 4th quarter. The defense had done their collapsing in the first 3 quarters. In the other 5 losses, UM either won the time of possession battle by a fairly significant margin or it was even. I don't see any losses in 2014 where the root cause could be a late defensive collapse due to being on the field too much.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Wilson||
In the 3 years that Wilson played at NC State, he was 1st All ACC, 2nd team All ACC and Honorable Mention ACC. Wilson was a stud QB at NC State. While Rudock isn't a slouch, his accomplishments at Iowa pale in comparison to what Wilson accomplished at NC State.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Disagree||
The oline was a decent unit towards the end of the year. 2013 is/was hopefully the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the oline's performance.
In 2013, UM averaged 125.69 yds rushing/game which put them 103rd in the country in that catagory. they averaged 3.28 yds/rush attempt.
They gave up 2.77 sacks/game, which ranked 109th in country.
In 2014, UM averaged 162.8 yds rushing/game, which put them 62nd in the country and they averaged 4.6 yds/rush attempt.
They gave up 2.17 sacks/game, which ranked 76th in the country.
2014 wasn't the type of oline that's going to be in the conversations of best UM oline's ever. Heck, it was pretty below average compared to most UM olines, but it was better then the 2013 oline.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||VCU ceiling on talent level||
For the 2015 class, they have committments from 3 players ranked in the Top 150. They have the 28th ranked class on rivals.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||VCU won a tourney game with Grant||
In the 2007 NCAA tourney, VCU beat Duke.
While Smart has had more success in the NCAA tourney then Capel and Grant, Grant had more success in the regular season then Smart. Under Grant VCU claimed 3 regular season conference titles and 2 conference tourney titles. Under Smart, VCU has never claimed a regular season conference title and has 2 conference tourney titles.