"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|4 hours 55 min ago||it's the million dollar question||
Does he just need a kick in the ass to get fired up again (which the Georgia firing might do) or did he max out as a coach?
He started off super hot at Georgia: 8-4, 13-1, 11-3, 10-2, 10-3, 9-4, 11-2 with 2 SEC titles and 5 Top 10 finishes.
|5 hours 39 min ago||It's going to be interesting||
to see what they do with Spike. It's obviously not good that they've decided it's better if he is rehapping rather than practicing. Makes you think he's still got a ways to go before we can expect any type of solid contribution from him on the floor.
|6 hours 32 min ago||Schedule next year||
I don't think next years schedule is as tough as people are making it. The non-conference portion shouldn't be nearly as tough. Hawaii and UCF should be blowouts. Colorado might be a decent game but that'd be a major upset if CU wins.
Wisky comes on the schedule but with the Badgers offense that should be a team right in UM's wheelhouse.
I essentially see 3 tricky games - at Iowa, at MSU and at OSU. Iowa looks like they bring back a decent amount on offense and a good amount on defense. OSU will be tough. MSU loses some key pieces - Cook being the biggest loss. To me, the floor for next year is 9-3.
|7 hours 29 min ago||Pete Carroll||
Not sure why so many people look at his NFL tenure before USC as a failure. In his 3 years as a head coach at New England, he went 27-21 with two playoff appearances and an AFC East Division title. The catch is he followed Bill Parcells who had just taken the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
|8 hours 12 min ago||Thomas||
Really excited to see how he does next year. I thought his play towards the end of the year was pretty solid, and his speed seems to be A++++.
|8 hours 15 min ago||Kind of agree||
I'm guessing most of the top teams on average lose 5-6 guys on each side of the ball to either graduation or early entry. You plug new guys in and keep going.
|9 hours 47 min ago||A worse situation||
Joking a little bit here but UM's QB situation in 2008??
|1 day 4 hours ago||Yeah||
FSU '91 wasn't the massive blow out a lot of people make it out to be. As you mention UM was down about a TD at half, and had two killer int's. First offensive play of the game for UM was a pick 6 for FSU, and then as you mention Grbac threw an Int in FSU's endzone right before the half.
|1 day 6 hours ago||His record||
against Florida was pretty bad too. Something like 5-10 and he overlapped both the Zook and Muschamp era's.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Yeah||
The lack of improvement in the running game is a big head scratcher to me too. You had a boatload of returning starters who had started a ton of games with what is supposed to be a darn good oline coach.
|1 day 8 hours ago||You think MSU||
has any where close to the talent OSU does? I don't but MSU is 2-2 against OSU since Meyer took over.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I don't think Harbaugh worries||
about redshirts except at a few positions (QB for sure). He builds his programs based upon competition - the best players play. It doesn't matter if that player is a true frosh or a 5th yr senior. He's stated in press conferences he feels the best way for a player to improve is to play football.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Also||
the punter was still off his feet - he hadn't landed yet. He's pretty much defenseless when in the air and just about anytime you hit the punter in that position, you're going to get a roughing call.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Bolden||
pretty sure at some point in the second half they pulled him.
|1 day 9 hours ago||You hit the nail on the head||
for me. If OSU beat UM with Barrett's passing, I would have shrugged my shoulders and tipped my cap, but to watch OSU just blundgeon UM with the running game was so frustrating.
|1 day 10 hours ago||LB graduate transfers||
Unless Harbaugh pulls something out of his hat, I'm not expecting much here. Other people have pointed this out in other threads, but it's probably doubtful you're getting a starting LB to due a grad transfer. We kind of found a diamond in the rough with Rudock - a QB who had a good amount of starting experience but knew he wasn't going to start in his final year unless he changed schools.
At best we're probably looking at a back up LB from somewhere doing a grad transfer to UM. He might be better than some of the options what we have penciled in for next year at LB, but unless he's coming from some place like Bama/FSU, I'm not expecting an earth shattering grad transfer to come in here at LB.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Donovan's wife||
must not have aged well. No longer D1 material.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Agree with you||
Pretty sure the punter hadn't landed on the ground either. Usually when you hit the punter in the air it's almost always a 15 yarder.
|1 day 23 hours ago||So if Durkin||
doesn't get the Maryland job does that mean he'll be interviewing for jobs during the OSU week next year too???
|2 days 10 hours ago||Glasgow||
A week or so ago when they interviewed his brother, his brother said something like 'he had a really great year'. I got the impression he was done for the year. Maybe he's back for the bowl game - it'd be nice, but I'm leaning towards doubtful.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Agree about a Florida/UM game||
That would probably be a very, very low scoring game.
|2 days 11 hours ago||2017||
I'm not worrying about 2017 until after 2016. There's still 2 recruiting classes, what should be 2 sets of bowl practices, 2 spring practices and an entire year for some of those players to improve and learn the system before 2017 rolls around.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Next year's schedule||
I don't think next year's schedule is that bad. The non-conference schedule is way easier next year and UM only goes on the road 4x. Yeah, two of those are to East Lansing and Columbus, but MSU is going to lose some key components on offense.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The catch is||
you wouldn't know that from watching his offenses at LSU.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Beat FSU||
who is 10-2.
OSU really only beat MSU (and if you want to count Wisky) last year when they made the playoffs.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Agree||
Not sure why he didn't use one or two when ND had the ball to try and leave his a team 60 seconds rather than 30.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Tall task||
I think the bigger issue is getting the talent level on par with OSU. Harbaugh seems to be doing pretty good in his first full year of recruiting. The X's and O's as well as player development I think will be there with Harbaugh. The key is Harbaugh getting a few recruiting classes in here to even out the talent and athleticism.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Agree||
I scratch my head on the oline though. I thought by November we would really start to see some improvement in the running game. These guys all have a lot of starts under their belt and I thought an upgrade in coaching this year. However, the running game didn't seem to improve much during the year. I'm starting to wonder if these guys are what they are at this point.
|2 days 23 hours ago||OSU didn't have to endure||
2 or 3 seasons of mediocrity when Meyer came in because Tressell had the cupboards completely stocked when he was terminated.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Agree||
The LB's struggled against OSU and IU, and maybe weren't the greatest against Minny and Utah. However, they were pretty good the rest of the year - Morgan maybe more so than Bolden. We good be looking at an LB group that struggles against most teams, not just those with running QB's.
Hopefully the dline will be an even more dominant unit next year to cover up what deficiencies there might be at LB.