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|4 hours 57 min ago||I guess I know what user name||
I guess I know what user name Brady Hoke is posting with on this site now...
|5 hours 1 min ago||Michigan 27 Utah 34||
Michigan 27 Utah 34
|1 day 15 hours ago||Idaho State is definitely||
Idaho State is definitely worse than Miami U. ISU plays in the FCS and still puts up terrible records every season. They were 3-9 last year and that is one of their better seasons in recent years. They haven't had a winning season since 2003.
Idaho State is turrible. (Apologies to Sir Charles)
Fresno on the other hand went 11-2 last season and 9-4 in 2012, so I don't know if they have just fallen off a cliff this year or if the teams they have played (USC, Utah and Nebraska) are just awesome.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I'm an OSU fan (now). I made||
I'm an OSU fan (now). I made a post about this just before the start of the 2013 season: I was a lifelong UM fan for no reason other than I just wanted to be a contrarian. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and my father was an OSU alum. I just like cheesing my dad off so in typical teenager fashion, I decided to be a UM fan.
Now that I am older (42 yo), I simply want to enjoy myself when I watch CFB and watching UM has NOT been enjoyable for the better part of 10 years, hence the switch to my "hometown" team. I am in no way a UM "hater" (just as I didn't "hate" OSU when I was a UM fan), I hope UM gets back to a level that UM fans are hoping for and I enjoy the writing on MGoBlog...thus my contintued participation on this site.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Interesting, I love Craig||
Interesting, I love Craig Ross and always miss him when he is not on the show (as he wasn't this past Thursday). I think he and Brian usually have a nice repartee.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I'm no longer a UM fan and I||
I'm no longer a UM fan and I agree that it appeared on replay that Darboh's knee was down before the ball came out, so I think this is a case of an actual "derp" moment by the officials rather than any maize and blue homerism on your part.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Chaotic Neutral||
Chaotic Neutral: when you absolutely, positively have to play a schizophrenic psychopath but the DM says, "No evil PC's allowed."
Unfortunately for UM fans, I think Utah pulls off another "stunner" (see Uath vs. UM 2008) in the Big House this coming Saturday. Utah 31 UM 27
|1 week 1 day ago||I wonder what part||
I wonder what part officiating plays in the Pac-12 / MWC home vs. road disparity. Is the "home cooking" element more prevelant in those conferences? In other words, are the refs "taking over the game" and deciding the outcome due to preferential calls heavily in favor of the home team?
That seems like a real possiblitly in a situation where everyone in the conference has a large disparity in their success at home vs on the road.
|1 week 1 day ago||Pretty much every team in the||
Pretty much every team in the 5 "power" conferences schedules multiple "cupcakes" at home each season. UM is not exceptional in that regard.
|1 week 1 day ago||Parlays...ugh.Back when I||
Back when I was trying my hand at CFB betting, I became ensared by the lure of big payouts via parlays and ended up losing my shirt. If I had just bet every game as a single bet, I would have actually made money as my success rate was slightly better than 60%.
I had one 5-team parlay that I missed in the final game of the bet because some team kicked a meaningless FG with less than a minute to go in the game (they still got punked) which kept me from winning nearly $500. Man I was pissed.
I stopped gambling shortly after that and actually enjoy CFB again.
Btw, that Iowa State line looks like free money. I can't believe the Cyclones are getting that many points based on the way Iowa has looked so far this year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nevermind||
Nevermind, my oh-so-clever joke about the Freep was already made by another wag.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No good; I have a hornet||
No good; I have a hornet fetish.
Hey! Don't judge me!
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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)
|3 weeks 10 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.
|3 weeks 11 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?
|3 weeks 11 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?)
|3 weeks 2 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 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?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hold on to that||
Hold on to that fee---eee---eeeeling!
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's a pretty ballsy||
That's a pretty ballsy statement right there.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||There's a "That's what she||
There's a "That's what she said!" joke in there somewhere...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I thought Henne injured his||
I thought Henne injured his shoulder during a game (Oregon?) after getting sacked.