"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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|1 day 13 hours ago||You think that 9-3 next year||
You think that 9-3 next year would be impressive? Have you looked at our schedule and what our rivals have coming back? We have three non-conference tomato cans. 6-3 in conference would be a huge, huge disappointment considering how many seniors we will have. Have some standards, man.
|1 week 3 days ago||I wish I could go back. The||
I wish I could go back. The female to male ratio in college has been gradually rising for decades and now it's significantly more than 50/50 if I'm not mistaken. Oh, to be young again and not spend my 18-21 age at keggers 80% populated by dudes.
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh man. Too soon.||
Oh man. Too soon.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is a lot worse than the||
This is a lot worse than the Franzen deal. Franzen was justifiable at the time given his post season scoring success and the insane hand-eye coordination and finishing talent that he had showed. Nobody could have foreseen that he would go on to be a concussion machine. Abdelkader in the other hand is an average "energy" forward who has had one really good scoring season.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||They will be coming off the||
They will be coming off the books but they will be replaced by other guys making lots of money. That's why you can't afford to spend a ton of money on an "energy" guy with only one 20 goal season.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You could have filled up this||
You could have filled up this topic just based on Les Miles's dumbass blunders alone, although fortunately for him he has gotten away with lots of them.
I didn't think that Charlie Weis's passing was that bad. He wanted a first down to put the game away. Without one, Michigan still would have gotten the ball back needing a field goal to tie. I think that Weis wisely realized that his defense wasn't going to hold there.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The Drake Johnson fairy dust||
The Drake Johnson fairy dust -- could it actually be extra wide receivers? Johnson had two runs that were essentially spread offense plays that went for 26 yards. Could it be that Johnson gets more space because he goes in more often for the plays where we spread out the field and run out of the shotgun, and Deveon Smith gets a disproportionate amount of his runs on plays where we have two tight ends and a fullback because he is the power guy? I know that Johnson sometimes runs out of traditional manball sets too, but just thinking back to his successful runs this year, it seems like most of them have been out of three and four wide receiver sets and the shotgun.
I would love to see a statistical comparison between Smith and Johnson with 1, 2, or 3 wide receivers and out of shotgun vs. under center.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's not a perfect apples to||
It's not a perfect apples to apples comparison but I think that we found out what it feels like to be on the other side of the MSU loss Saturday night. Imagine you are a Minnesota fan and rewind back to the 19 second mark. You have just scored a TD and you have just pulled off a big upset that will probably propel you to bowl eligibility. One replay and two stops later you have lost. Certain victory ripped away from you. On the other side -- relief.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Bleh. This sucks but we have||
Bleh. This sucks but we have been pretty lucky with getting lots of noon games up to this point.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Anyone know what overflow||
Anyone know what overflow channel this will be on since the Okie State- TTech game is going to run over?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||a 4 or a 5 who thinks she's a||
a 4 or a 5 who thinks she's a 9 is definitely worse.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Maryland -- Niumatulolo. And||
Maryland -- Niumatulolo. And if not them, then some other "fifth best in their division with regards to resources and recruiting" program should eagerly take him, embrace the triple option, and carve up more talented defenses with it en route to routine 7-9 win seasons, with the occasional 11-win explosion. As a Michigan fan, no hire would annoy more more. Playing against a triple option team every year with decent Power 5 talent would suck.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Damn Red has really hung on||
Damn Red has really hung on too long. It's too bad but at least the team isn't too far in the pits and has the talent to climb back out relatively fast.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Here's a question -- does||
Here's a question -- does O'Neil get the punt blocked if he gets it off? If so, is the right thing to do there to audible into a throw to the uncovered gunner? Can O'Neil even throw it? Did Harbaugh lock down all of the fakes as a result of the BYU game?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Indiana?||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Most years, I would agree,||
Most years, I would agree, but not 2016. We will have talented juniors and seniors everywhere. It will be our most experienced team since -- 2006? After that, a talent dropoff is coming when all of the recruiting misses of 2014 and 2015 start to take their toll. We need to win next year and we need to win big. We can start over with our multiyear starter in 2017, when we probaby aren't going to compete nationally anyways.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||You're right that it would||
You're right that it would mess things up. I'm fine with that. Let Michigan hang a championship banner and claim it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||They didn't use CGI in the||
They didn't use CGI in the original movies. They built models to scale and then used some excellent camera work and pyrotechnics to make it look awesome. That's why the Death Sar battle scene in the original movie still holds up as one of the greatest action scenes ever filmed while the CGI light shows of the prequels were completely forgettable. Using practical effects takes a lot of hard work and the action scenes are where it is most important. It also requires a ton of competence on the part of the crew understanding stuff like lighting to make it look realistic. CGI is, more than anything, a lazy way out. It doesn't even save money, as evidenced by the bloated budgets of today's movies (which dwarf sci-fi films of yesteryear even when adjusted for inflation).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Most of thecharacters in the||
Most of thecharacters in the prequel trilogy weren't people in suits or puppets either. What really hurt those movies is that the action scenes were boring CGI light shows that had more in common with an anime cartoon than the original trilogy, dragged on endlessly, and didn't advance the plot.
Basically what it sounds like is that they are just using humans and shooting scenes on locaction and with real sets. So no more volcanic planets or Jar Jar. Nice change, I guess, but not very significant. The action scenes are where the difference between CGI and practical effects stands out the most. If the action scenes are all a bunch of incomprehensible, computerized, hyperedited crap blowing up loudly in your face then they won't be an improvement over the prequels.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||They can say all they want||
They can say all they want that they are going for practical effects but the X-Wing and Tie fighter fights that they showed in the trailer look like just regular CGI-fests no different from the ones in the prequels.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||That needs to change. The||
That needs to change. The NCAA needs to bring back forefeits. Fuck "vacations". The humiliation of the forfeit needs to make a comback. The record books need to show that you lost.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Those poor exploited||
Those poor exploited athletes.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It will be an on overflow||
It should be an on overflow channel. Which means that you should be able to see it all, but you've got to be babysitting your DVR until the game in the preceding time slot is over.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Not a big deal with the||
Not a big deal with the exception that it opens us up to missing the first quarter if the 3:30 ESPN game goes too long. Those of you who DVR your games, be ready for this.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||God you guys were nuts for||
God you guys were nuts for this one. Talk about being in rare form.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This -- he's enrolling||
This -- he's enrolling early. I wish that I could chalk this up to a clever trolling attempt but this is how ridiculous recruiting news has gotten.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not underestimating it.||
I'm not underestimating it. What I'm saying is that you shouldn't hang your hat on it or take much heart in it. If you are looking for long term sustainability, getting outgained 386-230 is a really shitty way to make a living.
Also, the field position had nothing to do with our anemic offensive output. The goal line only stopped us from gaining yards twice.
If the roles were reversed then anyone who suggested that MSU deserved to win would get laughed out of this forum. Anyone here remember the 2003 game? That was the Chris Perry 51 carry game. We beat MSU by only 7 despite kicking the shit out of them on both sides of the ball. Why? Because of hidden yardage and one fumble return. If you include all of the hidden yardage in that game, then MSU actually outgained us! But you would be a retard if you suggested that the clearly better team did not win.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||We had ten first downs in the||
We had ten first downs in the game. Short fields had absolutely nothing to do with the stats from the game.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yards have enough meaning to||
Yards have enough meaning to where the team who has 150 more of them from scrimmage wins 98+% of the time. If you dominate yards from scrimmage then it means you are dominating the facet of the game that you spend (I'm guessing) 3/4 of the time on. If we had beaten MSU it would have been a massive statistical outlier.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||MSU fans will point at the||
MSU fans will point at the yardage in an attempt to claim that it was some sort of fluke that they were behind, as if special teams doesn't count
They aren't wrong about this. Special teams is still a very small part of the game compared to plays from scrimmage. They outgained us by 156 yards on those plays. I looked back today to see how often somebody has won a game in which they got outgained by 150 yards. With Michigan, it has happened one time in the past 15 years -- 2011 Virginia Tech. In that time they haven't lost a game in which they outgained the opponent by 150 yards. If Michigan's experiences are representative of college footall as a whole, then that means you will win 98-99% of the games in which you move the ball that much better than your opponent. We were, indeed, lucky to be ahead in this one. If it had not been for the muffed punt, I would view this one like the 2011 ND game or the Sugar Bowl that year -- lucky to escape with a win.