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|2 hours 24 min ago||Agree||
I'm not expecting a masterpiece tomorrow night. Coming out with a win would be huge. Like you I'm expecting a decent amount of improvement throughout the year. The final product in mid-November should be a much better team than the one we're going to see tomorrow night.
|2 hours 38 min ago||Utah exposing weaknesses||
Kind of agree. Bo once said he liked opening with ND because he knew right off the bat where his team was and where they needed to get better.
|2 hours 56 min ago||Freddy Canteen to CB||
While that does spark a concern with the corners, on the other side that hopefully means the coaches like what they are seeing out of the wr's - a position group that entering fall camp probably had as many questions as any other position group.
|5 hours 2 min ago||I still have nightmares||
about that game. The first half was one of the most dominating performances by a UM offense I've ever seen. Second half was a complete 180.
|7 hours 30 min ago||Mike Debord sighting||
Scroll down to the bottom and it says Debord will be calling the plays in Knoxville this season.
|7 hours 39 min ago||From '93 - '07||
I'd be interested to see where the 140-48 ranks with other P5 teams over that period. Off the top of my head Florida St, OSU and Florida probably have better winning percentages, but not too many other programs jump out as having better winning percentages over that period. I'm sure there are some other P5 teams that have better winning percentages but I bet it's not by a lot.
|8 hours 53 min ago||A&M||
it'll be interesting to see if Chavis can turn the A&M defense into a decent unit. They seem to always have plenty of firepower on offense but the defense has been a total sieve.
|18 hours 39 min ago||NFL line||
While a lot of the olinemen went on the NFL success, heading into the 1997 season UM only had 1 returning starter on the oline - Jansen. In the 1997 spring practices Hutch and Zieman were moved from the dline to the oline.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Agree||
Gant and McCray still have this year to learn and grow. The depth at LB will be very thin next year.
|1 day 8 hours ago||No||
The tank is extremely low at LB for next year.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Yeah||
some of those road losses though were games where UM snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 9 hours ago||What's your definition of rare?||
Carr went 16-13 on the road against teams ranked at the time of the game.
|2 days 10 hours 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.
|2 days 21 hours 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.
|3 days 19 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|5 days 6 hours 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.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Well||
he answered the Mone question but completely ignored the follow up question about whether there were any other long term injuries.
|6 days 8 hours 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.
|6 days 8 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.
|6 days 20 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.
|6 days 20 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.
|6 days 20 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.
|1 week 10 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.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I upvoted you||
for your last paragraph. That's some good comedy right there.
|1 week 22 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.
|1 week 22 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.
|1 week 1 day 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."