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|1 week 2 days ago||Two things||
1. I think Michigan's 2017 WR class will be better than OSU's when the dust settles on Signing Day.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think you are selling Carr short||
He won a National Championship. He won or shared 5 Big Ten Championships. He never had a season with a losing record or without a bowl game. I think this last decade has shown that it takes more than just inheriting a blue blood program to be successful. Not to mention that Carr entered his job at a time when the Big Ten was extremely deep and competitive in a time with more parity due to the new 85 scholarship limit. Bo never had to deal with that. In his first two years, he beat undefeated OSU teams that may have won the National Championship if it weren't for him & Michigan. His final couple years left something to be desired, but I think that has clouded the memories of what he accomplished.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not a great way to make this analysis||
Alvarez, Paterno, & Tiller are light years better than their counterparts. Whereas Carr, Turner, Cooper, and Walker are all much closer to their current day counterparts. I think you are losing something in your analysis by simplifying it so much.
And Mason is better than Claeys. Mason was better than Jerry Kill. I think Lovie Smith & Ron Turner is a wash until we see what Lovie Smith does. Lovie Smith has a solid NFL record, but he is also almost 60 years old in a rebuilding program. I have my doubts.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Do Illinois fans look fondly upon Ron Turner?||
I think I need this question answered. They did have that one B1G championship & Sugar Bowl year with Kurt Kittner, but the rest of his career there was pretty forgettable. And 2001 was a terrible year for football in the Big Ten, but I guess a championship is a championship. Maybe I am giving Illinois football too much credit.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Purdue won the B1G & went to a Rose Bowl in 2000||
Purdue won the B1G & went to a Rose Bowl in 2000, their first since the 1960s. The way their program looks right now, this current drought may be even longer.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget Hayden Fry,Joe Tiller, Gary Barnett, & Bill Mallory||
I think the 1990s is my final answer as well. The 1960s were pretty good too though.
The crazy part about the 1990s is almost every fan base in the Big Ten can look back fondly on some part of that decade except for Illinois.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The coaches are on the rise, but can't compare yet to past||
The 1960s had Bo, Woody, Ara, Duffy Daugherty, & Jack Mollenkopf. The 1980s and '90s were pretty solid too for depth with Iowa (Hayden Fry), Penn State (Joe Paterno), Northwestern (Gary Barnett), Wisconsin (Barry Alvarez), Purdue (Joe Tiller), Minnesota (Glen Mason), Illinois (Mike White & John Mackovic), Indiana (Bill Mallory) having some all-time great coaches in program history. Not to mention some coaches on the rise like Nick Saban (MSU) & Lou Holtz (Minnesota). And as bad as John Cooper was against Michigan, he was pretty good against everybody else.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Dream scenario||
Michigan flips Najee Harris from Alabama, and then Alabama keeps Cam Akers from Ohio State by getting him to recommit. Unlikely, but a man can dream.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Author only interviewed 2016 opponents?||
If the author only interviewed teams on Michigan's 2016 schedule, it would eliminate Northwestern as an option.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Pretty easy to figure out some of the the teams||
#2: Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois
#4: MSU or OSU (probably Sparty due to DISRESPEKT; this quote also most likely came from a senior)
#7: Ohio State or Indiana
#8: Maryland or Iowa
#9: B1G East Division opponent that lost to Michigan in 2015 (PSU, Rutgers, Maryland, or Indiana?)
#10: Too many LBs to narrow this one down
#12: Indiana or Maryland?
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||It's definitely Maryland||
I think that was one of the easiest ones to figure out. It was their first game in the Big House and only one that fits the description (beat us at Michigan Stadium in 2014, blown out in 2015, and still on the schedule in 2016).
|5 weeks 5 days ago||OSU RBs must be reading this wrong||
I think the OSU running backs are reading this as "treat women with no respect." Hopefully, Mike Weber doesn't make the same mistake as Ezekiel Elliott, Brionte Dunn, & Carlos Hyde.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think the real Duke fanbase is as large as you think||
I don't think the Duke fanbase is as large as you think it is. Where are the fans of Miami football and "the U" now? Most of the Duke fanbase are casual basketball fans or bandwagon fans. Duke basketball is not Notre Dame football, the one exception to the rule IMO. Duke isn't even the most popular program in their own state. This is why enrollment matters. Your alumni are fans that are always going to be there--win or lose. I personally think programs like Indiana, Kentucky, and UNC are way more valuable than Duke.
And do you think Duke will be able to continue this level of success when Coach K is gone?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Can't read Posnanski anymore||
I can't read Posnanski anymore. I lost all respect for him after the way he shilled for Joe Paterno to protect the sales of his book.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||And the network doesn't launch until 2019||
And the network doesn't launch until 2019 because that is when ESPN's contracts with carriers end.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||ACC has SIX private schools||
Look at the enrollment numbers for the ACC schools. People always cite their locations in large media markets, but most of those schools are private with low enrollments. No one in Boston cares about BC, the SEC rules Atlanta, and Miami can't even fill their own stadium. The other Power 5 conferences have around one private school; the ACC has SIX. Even their public schools are pretty low in enrollment. FSU is the only school to have an enrollment over 40,000.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Notre Dame LOL||
Notre Dame just hitched their football program to that shit conference. LOL.
I get why ESPN did this to avoid paying the penalty payout, but this network is going to lose money. Between the ACC and Longhorn Networks, ESPN is saddled with some terrible contracts.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Funny you mention this||
Football Outsiders has a pretty interesting read on Kirk Cousins:
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No doubt||
They have been recognized. Their human poll rankings are BETTER than their computer ratings. That is the point.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||MSU may actually be overrated||
I think this whole DISRESPEKT and "chip on the shoulder" stuff has gotten so overblown that the pendulum has swung in the direction of MSU actually now being overrated. Most of the advanced stats have rated MSU worse than their final poll rankings in the Dantonio era:
2015: Poll #6; F/+ #9 (S&P+ #13; FEI #8), Sagarin #22, SRS #7
2014: Poll #5; F/+ #11 (S&P+ #11; FEI #10), Sagarin #6, SRS #7
2013: Poll #3; F/+ #6 (S&P+ #8; FEI #8), Sagarin #12, SRS #15
2012: Poll unranked; F/+ #20 (S&P+ #15; FEI #25), Sagarin #37, SRS #42
2011: Poll #10/11; F/+ #14 (S&P+ #16; FEI #11), Sagarin #15, SRS #22
2010: Poll #14; F/+ #31 (S&P+ #29; FEI #37), Sagarin #46, SRS #23
2009: Poll unranked: F/+ #31 (S&P+ #23; FEI #44), Sagarin #46, SRS #55
2008: Poll #24; F/+ #32 (S&P+ #23; FEI #42), Sagarin #34
2007: Poll unranked; F/+ #26 (S&P+ #32; FEI #24), Sagarin #39
They have had a nice 5-year run, but I think The Only Colors is going a little overboard when they say, "MSU is one of the best programs in college football year in and year out."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I am trying to forget the 2013 season||
2013 was one long giant cluster. Akron, UConn, PSU, Nebraska, Northwestern, Iowa, OSU. I lost years off my life watching Michigan football that year. I think 2005 may have been the only year worse.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Missed your post||
That is my take as well. Calipari killed Matta's line to 5-stars. Kentucky became the premier Nike program along with Duke, especially in the Midwest. Even Tom Crean's hire at Indiana hurt Matta a little as well.
Recruits like Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas were committed to OSU before Calipari was even hired as basketball recruiting timeline is much earlier with kids usually committing in their junior year. But there was huge talent dropoff after his 2010 class.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||i.e. willing to get dirtier in recruiting now||
"Got his swagger back" = "willing to get dirtier in recruiting." Matta looked great when he was pulling in all those 5-star recruits. Calipari's arrival at Kentucky in 2009 changed all that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not even the project part though||
A lot of those guys weren't that productive in college. Cardale Jones lost the starting job. Rudock was forced to transfer after losing the starting job. Hackenberg would have lost the job if there were anyone else at PSU that could throw a football. Cody Kessler had a pretty mediocre career by USC standards.
I guess some productive QBs like Trevone Boykin & Vernon Adams were not included above because they were undrafted, but I don't think adding them changes the discussion much.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Is this a down year for QBs?||
Can't be worse than last year. Look at the QBs that got drafted this year: Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler, Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, Kevin Hogan, Nate Sudfeld, Jake Rudock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, & Brandon Doughty. Not exactly an awe-inspiring list, especially the QBs from Power 5 schools.
The two QBs that finished in the top 5 of Heisman voting, Deshaun Watson & Baker Mayfield, are still in school.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||SWAG|
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I am a little surprised, but Iowa has a great home schedule||
This is a great home schedule in 2016 for an Iowa fan. They have Iowa State, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nebraska at home. I think it's possible that Michigan ranks #3 or #4 among those games for an Iowa fan in terms of pure rivalry. In terms of competitiveness though, I think the Michigan game is probably the best game on their schedule.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Wait until you see what Nike is charging||
I think Nike apparel looks better than adidas, but these adidas Michigan t-shirts for $5 is a steal. I think I will pass on paying $20-30 for a Nike t-shirt next month. Nike apparel may be great, but it is tremendously overpriced, especially for basic items like t-shirts and shorts.
And if you have kids, this sale is great as well.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Saban||
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Disagree||
I think you would get some hardcore fans that would have CFP parties, but for the average sports fan, I don't think this would ever catch on. NYE parties are a huge tradition, and college football was never going to break that.