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|8 hours 43 min ago||Did they review the 4th & 4||
Did they review the 4th & 4 play by App State on their 2nd TD drive? It didn't look like the guy made it to my eyes but there was no replay in the highlights. That looked like a VERY generous spot on first viewing.
|9 hours 38 min ago||Agreed with a caveat. OSU had||
Agreed with a caveat.
OSU had extra time to prepare for the Navy game because it was the first game of the season and they could spend the entirety of fall practice focusing on the triple option yet they still gave up nearly 6 ypc.
I think OSU's defense might have an easier time agasint VaTech simply because they (VT) have proven to be a pretty mediocre offensive team for a while now. The real challenge will be how OSU's offense fares against a much better VaTech defense than what they faced against Navy.
The game is in Columbus and being played at night so I still expect an OSU win but it could be another close game. I'll take OSU by 8: Buckeyes 24 Hokies 16.
|9 hours 56 min ago||That YPP figure is pretty||
That YPP figure is pretty misleading.
WSU ran 70 total plays: 56 passes and 14 runs. Passing attempts almost always yield higher yards per attempt (7.5 to 8.0 yards per pass is pretty standard) than rushing attempts (4.5 to 5.5 yards per rush pretty standard), so a team who is as pass heavy as WSU is always going to skew towards a higher YPP than many teams who run a more balanced (roughly equal run to pass ratio) offense.
|2 days 5 hours ago||It isn't always about what it||
It isn't always about what it means to your favorite team, sometimes it is just about disliking a particular team. Personally, I dislike Penn State and Nebraska; I didn't want either of them in the B1G and am always happy to see them lose.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I'd make the following||
I'd make the following changes to the likelihood of win/loss chart:
@Rutgers: Lean to Win -- road night game for UM, first home B1G game for Rutgers == not the auto win that many UM fans might be expecting (think UConn last season)
Maryland: Lean to Win -- I think people are underestimating MD especially with that game being in the classic "trap game" position: right before OSU.
Northwestern: Toss up -- Yeah, NW has lost a few guys (Mark didn't play against UM last year, though, did he?) but UM has had a LOT of good fortune in the last few tilts against the Cats and I think the karmic piper must be paid soon.
I'd almost be tempted to put PSU as Must Win considering the following: UM will probably be better than they were in 2013, PSU will probably be worse than they were in 2013, UM choked away the game last year...at PSU...at night and it still took 4 OT's for PSU to win that game. This year it will be in AA...at night. I think UM is more likely to win this game than the games against Indiana and Maryland.
I still think 8-4 is the most likely result for UM this year but I concede that I have not really examined ND's roster with all of the stuff that has been happening in South Bend. I am including a loss to the Domers in my 8-4 projection.
If the 2014 version of UM played the 2013 schedule, I think they would win 9 games in the regular season. The 2014 schedule is just a little too difficult for me to project that many wins for the 2014 squad.
|3 days 3 hours ago||No good; I have a hornet||
No good; I have a hornet fetish.
Hey! Don't judge me!
|3 days 5 hours ago||NOTE: I am actually an Ohio||
NOTE: I am actually an Ohio State fan (now...former Michigan fan), so I am not an "enemy fan" trying to bash OSU.
The problem is that OSU always gets elite talent, at least in terms of high school rankings. I am sure that the guys who were starting in the secondary last year were mostly (all?) 4 star guys coming out of high school, too, yet most OSU fans consider them "failures" or "busts" and they had the added benefit of being older players with more time in a college program.
Stating that OSU's secondary will be "fine" simply because the guys who are starting had a bunch of stars next to their names despite the fact that they are extremely young and have little or no playing experience seems a bit naive.
Fans, regardless of their team of choice, always are convinced that the new, shiny recruits are going to be awesome even though they may have seen other highly ranked guys before them "suck". The new guys just haven't had a chance to show their flaws yet.
I expect OSU's secondary problems to persist this season because of the youth and inexperience despite the change to an "agressive" philosophy and a new DB coach. 2015 should see a marked improvement.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Conley possibly starting||
Conley possibly starting probably says more about OSU's terrifyingly shallow depth at CB than is does about Conley.
OSU scholarship CB depth chart for 2014:
one senior (Doran Grant -- starting CB),
one junior (Armani Reeves -- starting NB)
two redshirt freshmen (Eli Apple and Gareon Conley -- one will be a starting CB)
two true freshmen (Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore -- Lattimore had surgery and will definitely redshirt)
|5 days 4 hours ago||DE (both weak and strong)||
DE (both weak and strong) along with Safety are the two areas where UM still is a little thin. Obviously, missing out on both McDowell and Hand last cycle were big blows for UM's staff. I think UM needs KLS as much as (if not more than) Roseboro because WDE looks really thin/weak for UM after this season.
|5 days 5 hours ago||A little OT||
Ummm...is that picture of Brady from the NFL Combine? If so...did he ever step foot in the weight room when he was at UM?
|5 days 5 hours ago||Thanks!||
I enjoyed that read. It had enough technical stuff that I got some insight into the nutz-n-boltz of what UM will be doing in 2014 without the extruciating detail that is often favored by some on this site which just makes my eyes glaze over.
1) What is the rule change you mentioned in your Indiana prediction that "may slow the Hoosiers somewhat"?
2) Is that Cloud Giant Neutral Evil or Neutral Good? (Bonus question: Any other DnD-ers wonder why Cloud Giants were the only giant type that had variable alignment?)
|1 week 3 hours ago||I'd say his predictions are||
I'd say his predictions are slightly optimistic but still well in the "reasonable" range unlike many posters on this site who are convinced UM will win at least 10 games in the regular season.
I think UM's chances of beating App State and Penn State are higher than his predictions but feel that many other games (most of them, in fact) should be lower.
My prediction is that UM will likely lose all 3 rivalry games (although I wouldn't be surprised if UM pulled off an "upset" against the Domers) and at least 1 other game, so I think UM will most likely be 8-4 with 9-3 and 7-5 as other realistic possiblities. 10-2 or better seems highly unlikely IMO as does 6-6 or worse.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wait.....there are actually||
Wait.....there are actually people on this board who seriously think Michigan will have the best defense in the conference in 2014?
|1 week 3 days ago||Hold on to that||
Hold on to that fee---eee---eeeeling!
|1 week 5 days ago||Miller is 6'2" (debatable)||
Miller is 6'2" (debatable) and 215 according to the OSU athletic website. I'm not sure where you are getting the 235 figure. Still perfectly viable measurements for a RB, though.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's a pretty ballsy||
That's a pretty ballsy statement right there.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm thinking about returning||
I'm thinking about returning to school to study either Engineering (Electrical or Aeronautical) or Computer Science and am having trouble deciding exactly which path to pursue.
I'd like to be in a profession that allows me to make a real contriubtion to society in some way and it seems like Engineering might be a better option to fulfill that goal but I am concerned about a few things re: Engineering: How much of that high-level math (e.g. advanced Calculus, differential equations) is used in an engineer's actual daily work? I have some concerns about my ability/comfort with advanced math and am not sure if that would be an impediment to my success in school or (more importantly) on the job. Secondly, are there positions in engineering that are less reliant on being the "idea guy"? I don't think of myself as a creative or inventive thinker and would prefer to be more of an implementer of other engineer's ideas. Is that feasible?
I know that there are several practicing engineers on this site, so if any of you could offer your perspective, I would appreciate it.
|1 week 6 days ago||There's a "That's what she||
There's a "That's what she said!" joke in there somewhere...
|1 week 6 days ago||I thought Henne injured his||
I thought Henne injured his shoulder during a game (Oregon?) after getting sacked.
|1 week 6 days ago||Just wanted to say that I am||
Just wanted to say that I am now upvoting all of your posts as long as you have that sig line. The screen name and avatar are pretty sweet, too.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hope... Let me tell you||
Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing, hope can drive a man insane.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Please tell me Derek isn't||
Please tell me Derek isn't the son of Lawrence Funderburk (who played for OSU)? If he is, well...damn, I am really getting old.
|4 weeks 37 min ago||I agree with you completely||
I agree with you completely re: Northwestern but it seems as though a LOT of posters on this site still consider N'Western as a "should win" game most seasons even when it is played in Evanston. So, I was thinking more in terms of what I felt most of the MGoPosters (especially the types like the OP) would think about UM losing to NW.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I've saved this post to a||
I've saved this post to a file and will be reviewing it at the end of the season. Someone writes this kind of pump up/pie-in-the-sky post every year in fall camp.
A REALISTIC view of Michigan's outlook in 2014 might be something like: 10-2 ceiling, 6-6 floor with 8-4 being most likely.
Losses @Notre Dame, @Michigan State and @ Ohio State are all extremely likely. Throw in at least one "Whut?" loss that UM seems to have every season (@ Northwestern or @ Rutgers seems most likely) and there's your 8-4 season.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||2013 Defensive Stats for||
2013 Defensive Stats for OSU's 2014 starting DL:
N. Spence 52 Tackles, 14.5 TFL, 8.0 Sacks, 4 QB Pressure, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR
J. Bosa 44 Tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7.5 Sacks, 6 QB Pressure, 1 PBU, 0 FF, 1 FR
M. Bennett 42 Tackes, 11.5 TFL, 7.0 Sacks, 1 QB Pressure, 0 PBU, 3 FF, 2 FR
A. Washington 36 Tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 2 QB Pressure, 0 PBU, 0 FF, 0 FR
Bosa was a true freshman, Spence and Washington were sophomores, Bennett was a junior. Washington was the only one on that list with "meh" stats and he missed a few games (and was hampered in many others) due to a significant groin injury.
If UM had a D-line with those guys returning, people on here would be creaming their pants.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||You "relish" seeing a college||
You "relish" seeing a college student (Braxton Miller) in "pain on the ground"?
I literally recoiled in disgust when I read that statement.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||And THIS is why I finally||
And THIS is why I finally pulled the plug on my Michigan fandom before the start of the season (this is my first post since late August)...
I never had an legitimate reason to root for Michigan: I was born and grew up in Columbus, Ohio (I still live near Columbus) to an OSU grad father and I chose to root for Michigan just to be "different." When I was younger (I am currently 41 y/o), Michigan was a good program but that simply hasn't been the case for nearly a decade now.
All Michigan fans have experienced for the past 9 years is humiliation (losses to App State and Toledo, 3-9 season in 2008) or heartbreak (losing to OSU in 2006) with nary a B1G championship during that period to salve the wounds.
Before I decided to bail on UM in the offseason, I found myself constantly arguing with other UM fans online about the state of the Michigan football program. I don't believe (and never did) that Hoke was a Michigan caliber HC. I think he will hang on for another two "bleh" seasons and then get axed. I think OSU will continue to be the consistently dominant program in the conference and win the conference title about 2/3 of the time. I said all of these things before the season and was routinely crucified by my fellow UM fans.
I realize that the term "fair-weather fan" applies here, but I am not from Michigan and never attended UM. There are no rewards for being a "true fan." I just can't put up with the mediocrity that is UM football any longer. I want to ENJOY watching my team on Saturdays again as I have not for many long years. I did not root for any team this past season but I had made a vow to myself before the season that IF OSU went undefeated again in the regular season, I would bow to the inevitable and adopt OSU as my new team.
So...I am pulling a Justin Boren. I hope UM finds its way again and returns to a level of quality that you all are anticipating/hoping for. I look forward to great battles between OSU and Michigan but I will be cheering for the "other side" now.
Good Night, Good Bye and Good Luck, UM fans
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I'd be interested to know how||
I'd be interested to know how Burrell and Settle feel now that they have visited but STILL haven't been offered. That has to put Michigan behind some other big-time programs. Just weird.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||More to the point, YSU might||
More to the point, YSU might actually be better than MSU's previous two opponents.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I literally did that||
Yeah, I literally did that cartoon move where I pulled off my glasses, rubbed my eyes thoroughly with my knuckles and double-checked the line for the Iowa-Iowa State game. That line looks really off. I think ISU lost to an FCS team at home on opening weekend, so I guess that is factoring in but ISU has had a lot of success against the Hawkeyes in Ames for sometime now. I expect the Cyclones to win that SU.