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|2 days 11 hours ago||Games||
Michigan has one open slot in 2018 and 2020. Michigan has two open slots in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. That is a lot of room to work with, in my opinion. If we're going with the assumption that UM is only going to play one major conference team out of conference every year, then we are a lot more limited. I hope that isn't the case.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Agree||
IF that is the only opportunity presented here, which we don't know. But, if say home and home against Texas A&M, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Miami, USC, or someone of that level was possible, I'd prefer that.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Maybe||
That's an interesting way to think about it. You could say that no one wants to play UM because we're not a big draw, but that doesn't seem right to me. Michigan is playing in prime time, national TV games on opening weekend in 3 out of 6 years (2012, 2015, 2016) so there has to be some interest.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Difficult||
I agree that it's difficult. I have to think that a SEC fan base would like to see Michigan in their stadium. Maybe I'm too much of a homer though.
As to the SEC, OSU hasn't played them, but Penn State did get a home and home with Alabama within the last five years. I'm not really stuck on the SEC, I just would like to see big time programs come into Michigan Stadium.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Eh||
I think that's a false choice.
In the last 10 years, OSU has hosted Texas, USC, and Miami (FL).
In the next 10 years they will host Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas.
Seems like it can be done if you want to do it.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Agree||
I think the biggest issue with this team is that it seems to be a great combination of role players without a go to guy. They probably have the best hustle, garbage time big man in the NCAA, one of the best athletic finishers in the game, the best spot duty backup PG in the game, and the best spot up shooter with the ability to take it to the basket.
I would experiement with using Lavert as the go to guy. He seems to have the best combination of shooting and dribble drive on the team. Give him the ball late in the shot clock and let him develop his confidence.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think you're onto something||
I think you're onto something with this. If you redshirted everyone, you'd only ever be able to have recruiting classes of 85/5 = 17. If you're recruiting at a high level, I think you'd want to be able to have consistently bigger classes than that, so you have to throw some people in. In general, I'd play the top 25% of your class because they're just that good, redshirt 25-75% and play the bottom 25% or so and see if you got lucky.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Bowls||
This chart comes off of something called "Mr. SEC" so take it for what it's worth... But, I think the reason the SEC has the feel of the best is their overwhelming BCS bowl success. You can definitely argue that they are set up to succeed in the bowls based on matchups and locations, but they have done exceptionally well in BCS games and very well overall.
They also generally play a weak OOC schedule, so they reduce their chances of bad regular season losses.
Finally, of course, they've won 7 straight championships.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BCS||
Both the Cotton and Peach bowls are part of the six big bowls starting next year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||2013 Finals||
This kind of reminded me of how I felt after the Louisville game in April. Upset that we lost, but satisfied that we did the best we could and didn't make any glaring dumb moves to cost us (riding Albrecht too long, play call on the two point coversion not withstanding). That was fun to watch and I wish it turned out better, but I was at least entertained.
I would still like to see a change in OC. There are just too many examples of stinkers to have any confidence that this sort of philosophy will remain. I just don't believe the combination of Hoke / Borges is right for this situation.
I don't buy the idea that OSU knew exactly what was coming on the two point conversion, but we have gone underneath to Dileo so often on third / fourth and medium that OSU had to have that as a thought. I would have liked for us to play off of our tendancies and come out in the pistol, start a speed option while sneaking Butt out of the backside for a pass at the back of the endzone. Hopefully OSU bites on our tendency to run the option from the pistol and forgets about the back of the endzone. And, if they don't just let Gardner make a decision on the keep or pitch.
|3 weeks 13 min ago||Hope||
I hope that nothing too crazy happens here. This is a great site and has definitely made me a much more intelligent fan over the last four years. I really try to only comment if I feel like I have something to really offer. Too many people seem to comment just to hear themselves talk.
As an armchair psychologist, I sometimes wonder if Brian would be a good candidate for a sabbatical. I remember reading somewhere that all sportswriters end up hating sports. Turning your passion into your job can be a dicey thing sometimes. Maybe take a season to just watch the games and refresh yourself.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe||
Hoke hasn't said anything that has given me any faith that he was willing to do something with his staff to address what is happening. If you're the boss and you don't think your employees are handling their staff correctly, sometimes you have to step in. I'm not in love with Brandon, but I don't have a problem with him putting this out there.
If Peppers is thinking that there's an issue, I'm sure he isn't the only one. I don't see anything to be gained from pretending this isn't a trainwreck. All signs point to this team getting pounded at home by its biggest rival and the light for the future is flickering. It's a trainwreck and if Brandon putting this out helps steady things, that's the right thing to do.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Fair||
That's fair. Beilein is widely respected as one of the best tacticians in college basketball. Never heard anything remotely like that for Hoke.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Beilein Analogy||
I think Brian is spot on that we're behind OSU and MSU and it's not that close. There is very little to think this is going to work.
But, I think the Beilein analogy is still valid. Beilein had some success with Sims and Harris and got us fired up by making the NCAA tournament and winning a game. Then, things regressed and he had to do some soul searching.
A lot of the focus of the Beilein analogy is on the fact that he cleaned out a few coaches and replaced them with new blood. That is certainly relevant and, I think, necessary for Hoke to survive. But, the thing that is sometimes overlooked and in my mind much more important is that Beilein changed his approach on both ends of the floor. He took advantage of a 6'4" PG and implemented a ton of pick and roll and basically ditched the 1-3-1 for tough man to man to fit the strengths of his team and to match up better with the competition.
I think Hoke can do this, but he not only needs to evaluate and change some of the coaches, but needs to do some real looking in the mirror at some of his basic assumptions on how to succeed at this job. If he's unable to do that, he should be fired, because this current path seems to have very little chance of sucess.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||eh||
I am generally not a big fan of booing. Like people have said, it doens't accomplish anything (other than maybe makes you feel better).
But, drawing some sort of line between this and pro sports is silly. This is a multimillion dollar operation that charges thousands of dollars to attend, pays its administrators and coaches well into the six figure range, and compensates the players with preferential admission and free education (whether or not that is a fair trade is another discussion). If it's ok to boo the NFL, it's ok to boo big time college football.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Nice||
I was thinking about this same idea this afternoon, thanks for putting it together. I think one thing that stands out is that before the o-line shakeup the offense was better than average 4 out of 5 times and won every game. After the shakeup, they've been below average 5 out of 6 and are 2-4. It seemed to be generally agreed that the shakeup was a good idea, but it seems to have backfired.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||$$ and Loyalty||
I hope I am never in the situation where I can't use my OSU season tickets, but I have a hard time getting too upset at people who sell to the highest bidder.
Big time college football (this isn't just an UM issue) has made the conscious decision to maximize money at the expense of loyalty. Michigan sold lifetime Victors Club memberships that were supposed to guarantee people their seats a generation ago. But, as times changed, they just backed out of the deal and made the people who had bought the memberships pay PSDs.
So yeah, it sucks to see the stadium filled with OSU fans. But, if they are the more passionate ones willing to pay a higher price, I guess that's life. I just can't get on board with getting upset with someone who chooses a couple hundred bucks over some sort of one way loyalty.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Thoughts||
I thought Gardner played well. One thing he could improve on is throwing it away when necessary. Against a rush like MSU, he should look to two options, see if he can run, then throw it away. It seemed like he held it a beat too long on a few of those early sacks.
Didn't have a huge problem with the play calling other than the insistance on PA from under center. They don't respect the run, so faking to it only hurts you by slowing things down.
Defense played well, but seems to struggle in key moments. If they could have forced MSU to a 3 and out on their first possession after UM's field goal, that could have started to build some momentum for UM. And getting tempoed on that drive to end the half was a killer. Two big moments where a stop would have been nice.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Delete, replied to wrong comment||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Don't buy that||
This board ridiculed MSU fans for saying the same thing about Gholston in 2011. Very similar to Mouton's punch in that we don't seem to be able to admit when it's our guys playing cheap and dirty. MSU's taunting and cheapshots aren't relevant. Grab a guys facemask and twist it while he's on the ground and you should be suspended at least one game. Call it what it is.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree||
I think that's a pretty solid analogy. Sure, you should learn to hit your driver, but if you currently can't keep it in play, it's insane to keep pulling it out and whacking it into the woods. Would you rather start 15-20 yards behind your peers or be hitting three from the tee when you sliced it into the road?
Use your time on the range and get some lessons to get your driver in order, but when your match and / or money are on the line, do whatever gives you the best chance to win.
|9 weeks 38 min ago||Last Drive||
Great to see the offense operating like it did today. It seemed like they put the players in the best position to win. Letting your guys do what they do best is good coaching.
The one thing that made no sense to me was handing the ball off on UM's last possession. IU had no timeouts and the first down snap was taken with less than 2:00 on the clock. At 40 seconds per play, all UM has to do is take a knee three times and it's over. By handing off, you introduce the possibility of a fumble or some other disaster. Also, by scoring you give IU the ball down 16. Given how quickly they were able to move the ball, it's not totally out of the question that they could have gone TD (2pt), onside, TD (2pt) and tied it. Obviously the probability of either of those things happening is tiny, but why introduce the risk? Just take the knees and get out of there with a 9 point win.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||2018||
It's nice to see that they eased the home slate issue of having MSU and OSU on the road by giving us Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Penn State at home in 2018. It would be nice if they can keep that up.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Link||
The free press has them up.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||well||
Conversly, all of those runs aren't going to work if they don't have to defend the pass. I don't tihnk any sane people are suggesting abandoning the run game, but I think it's pretty clear that the talent on this team is best suited to pass to set up the run instead of the other way around.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Defense||
For accuracy's sae, the defense gave up 21 to Akron and 14 to UConn.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Philosophy||
As someone pointed out above, the CMU game needs to be the blue print for this team. In that game, UM threw to open up the run and it worked. Heck, we even have the example of the PSU game. For the couple good solid drives in the second half, they were spreading the ball out and using the whole field with Gallon and Funchess. Gallon had 100 yards receiving in the second half alone. Obviously Fitz didn't do much, but his few good runs were during the time where UM was moving the ball around.
Maybe it's fear of Gardner turning it over, but I think they have to take that risk. If you are gonig to run power contantly with three TEs in the game, you are making it too easy for the defense. Use all of your talent and the entire field (actually throw a pass outside the numbers) and there will be a lot more room to run.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||15 Years||
They haven't won a national championship in 15 years. I think it's silly to think that doesn't eventually make a difference.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
That's probably a top 15 matchup on a weekend. I bought a pair at $60 each. Didn't seem unreasonable.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||StubHub||
I almost bought the family pack for the Houston Baptist game. Would have been $70 for four tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs. Fortunately, I looked at StubHub and got better seats for $7 each ($37 total with fees). I think you'll be able to get all non-conference besides Arizona for next to nothing. Lots of people bought season tickets and won't want to go to all of those games.
I agree with the above comments about the schedule. Man, those are some bad games.