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- The second Colorado TD was a perfect choreographed fade. Literally the only way to have stopped that would have been to bump in man and disrupt the route. Coverage was also nearly perfect so I don't mind that play at all.
- The third Colorado TD was weird. Can't tell what the outside receiver was doing, but it was a cover 4 buster slot skinny post (not that we were in cover four). I don't know what Delano Hill was doing immediately post-snap because he's off the screen, but I do know that Peppers provided absolutely no help whatsoever in the drop flat. I think he was concerned about the two backs but McCray was within his line of sight with a hat on the playside back. Weird.
- Newsome wasn't flawless, but his run blocking was very good on more than a handful of plays. He really does a nice job locking on and then turning his butt to the gap. He's also good on the move although he still hesistates before making contact. It looks like he's worried more agile guys will run past him.
- Khalid Hill is one hell of a fullback. Very, very good blocker when he makes contact. Also does a nice job knowing when a block is "complete" and he can move on to the next guy.
- McCray was able to diagnose several plays from the alignment after the motion. From a fan's perspective, that's a way to tell he's good at learning from film. The play where he nearly picked off the screen was a great example - you can see him point to the player who will receive the pass right before the ball is snapped. If he hadn't broken up the pass, Peppers was ready to make the tackle and prevent even a centimeter of YAC.
- This game was a great example of why linebacker athleticism shouldn't be underrated. Butt was simply too fast to be covered once he started his drag route. We could have thrown to him nearly every play had we wanted to. And, on that note, I appreciated the adjustment of the coaches to run simple underneath mesh shit over and over again since we couldn't go deep.
- HAW: 29% success rate against U of M. HAW had a 48% success rate against CAL, a 35% success rate against UT-Martin, and a 39% success rate against ARI.
- UCF: 29% success rate against U of M. UCF had a 39% success rate against SCSt, and a 39% success rate against MARY.
- COLO: 27% success rate against U of M. COLO had a 54% success rate against COSt, and a 50% success rate against IDSt.
- Against HAW: 69% success rate. HAW held CAL to 50%, UT-Martin to 36%, and ARI to 49%.
- Against UCF: 36% success rate. UCF held SCSt to a 23% success rate, and MARY to 38%.
- Against COLO: 38% success rate. COLO held COSt to a 33% success rate, and IDSt to 20%.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The D's rushing success rate||
The D's rushing success rate is... jaw dropping. Awe inspiring. Amazing.
|6 days 50 min ago||So every week I watch this at||
So every week I watch this at half speed with my old coaching skipwheel. Thoughts:
|6 days 2 hours ago||I like looking at early||
I like looking at early season five factor box score metrics as opposed to straight up rankings in the early season because the rankings are still weighted based on the preseason.
Click for link to Google Docs spreadsheet:
What's good is that Michigan absolutely dominates its opponents in terms of defensive success rate:
What's bad is that our offensive success rate... is really, really average no matter who we play. It's not, however, that terrible compared to other opponents:
What's surprising is that in terms of success rate, we actually had our best game against Colorado. Note that we held them to the lowest success rate of any of our three opponents, whereas we had a higher success rate against their defense than we had against UCF's.
|1 week 5 days ago||I was a freshman at City High||
I was a freshman at City High School in Grand Rapids. We were in a history class with a teacher whose name I won't use here. Somebody came in to our room and told us that something wild was happening in New York. Our teacher - who was well-intentioned - told us that we couldn't watch the news on the classroom TV because the media would "play this over and over" to "make money" over the next few weeks, and we'd learn about it then.
I still have dreams where I scream at him to turn the TV on.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||THAT'S the reason you don't||
THAT'S the reason you don't rob a bank?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is a correct statement||
This is a correct statement of the rule. It's neither here nor there, but I feel this rule SHOULD be amended so that a player may receive a 6th year of eligibility even if he takes a voluntary redshirt so long as the player is unable to compete in his 5th year due to injury.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If campaigning for additional||
If campaigning for additional eligibility is effective, I don't understand why you'd be proud of not doing it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Although it's obviously||
Although it's obviously violates the way the rule is supposed to work, I'm glad it happened from a perspective of "fairness" or "justice" from Davis's perspective. A world in which 6th years are granted when you have a season-ender as a 5th year is a better world.
If I was Mario Ojemudia I'd be extremely pissed, though.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Why doesn't MSU do a better||
Why doesn't MSU do a better job with recruiting? Is it the personalities of the coaches? The fan environment?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Happy to. Michigan has had||
Happy to. Michigan has had its ass beat consistently by MSU for years, excepting the last game and 2012, which was a stalemate of ineptitude and basically the "shruggie" emoticon turned to life. I'm not dishonest with Michigan's place vis a vis MSU in the college football stratosphere over the last decade.
But coopting a piece of our program's most cherished traditions and turning it into a hackneyed slogan isn't what a superior opponent does. Declaring supremacy over Michigan is unnecessary because it's obvious. Plus, MSU was in the frickin' playoffs last year. So why are they talking about Michigan at all?
It's because MSU is a pest. Pest-dom is part of its nature.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Genius. Perfect. Flawless.||
Genius. Perfect. Flawless. 10/10.
You deal with bullies by confronting them. You deal with pests by ignoring them.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Shit. Thanks for the info,||
Shit. Thanks for the info, though.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No, that's the PEDO room.||
No, that's the PEDO room.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He will take you. If you run,||
He will take you.
If you run, he will chase you.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you. I will be sending||
Thank you. I will be sending (yet another) donation soon. Your podcast content is absolutely excellent.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The burst off the line is||
The burst off the line is very good, but nothing awe inspiring. But the punch was jaw-dropping. Completely stunned Bredeson and could have caused him to drop his arms.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is savage. Our edits||
This is savage. Our edits are the best.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I worked during school, but I||
I worked during school, but I actually agree. This is a perfect example of the ludicrous moral hazard presently at play in our system. Great analogy - I'll be stealing it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"Student loans aren't a||
"Student loans aren't a problem because, if you go into public service, you can get them forgiven after 10 years! Also, I assume "forgiven" means that the debt just disappears into thin air!"
Congratulations for living frugally. I mean that - it's very admirable. Now enjoy paying off everyone else's "forgiven" debt in decade or so.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Bingo. 1.3 trillion is the||
Bingo. 1.3 trillion is the amount of outstanding student loan debt in the United States. 5% would be crippling. 17% is a catastrophe.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The bubble will never pop||
The bubble will never pop because there's nothing to "pop." The loans are federally guaranteed, and the Department of Education now loans the most toxic loans directly. There's no bank to go bust. Instead, the bill will go to the tax man, who will pass costs along to you.
Thanks for paying for your kids' medical school. You'll be glad to know that you'll be paying for your neighbors' kids' medical school next.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Respectfully, that's not the||
Respectfully, that's not the problem. That doesn't mean that we haven't subjected millions of post ~2003 college attendees and grads to crushing levels of debt; we have. This will devastate debtors and their families. But the short-sighted, stop-gap "solutions" to the cost of attendance problem will likely create economic catastrophe for the entire country very soon. Both Republican and Democratic administrations are responsible for these horrific policy missteps.
It's too long to comprehensively outline here, but two things happened within the past decade to create this problem. First, in 2010 the Department of Education began serving as a "direct lender" of most student loans issued in this country, especially the most toxic loans. Second, the federal government began offering "income-based" repayment plans in 2006. This was done to allow student debtors room to breathe, but the plans also require the federal government to discharge all debt remaining after a period of 10, 20, or 25 years depending on the specifics of the plan. It may be ludicrous to imagine paying back student loans for 25 years, but millions of Americans must - they have no other choice but to use these plans. And who will pay for it? All of us. Who won't? The schools that charged megabucks and farted these debtors out with useless degrees in a saturated market. They already got their money and it's been spent, thank you.
There are 1.3 trillion dollars of federally-guaranteed student debt currently outstanding. And debts that can't be repaid by the debtors won't be. So you will. Open wide.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The cost of American higher||
The cost of American higher education has been an issue I've been extensively studying for years. I refuse to break the "no-politics" rule so I can't give you the full harangue, but the bottom line is that our system is so horrifically broken that it could some day cripple our economy.
Please share the pain you're currently feeling with as many people as possible. We need to stop this problem, because it may already be an unconquerable leviathan and it's only going to get exponentially worse.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||There's no evidence that this||
There's no evidence that this is a legitimate fear. Although I think we'd know by now if Kugler was destined to be a superstar, lots of offensive linemen have the light go on during their redshirt junior seasons.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Assuming this list is||
Assuming this list is accurate, this is unequivocally bad news.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Favorite "Moneyball body"||
Favorite "Moneyball body" player: Nick Volk, who, at 5'10" 250, must either suffer from a rare bone density disease or be shaped like one of the ghosts from Pac-Man.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If accurate, I don't think||
If accurate, I don't think that's a good sign. Yes, I remember the Roster Weight Rule.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||You commented about it||
You commented about it earlier, but I think it will very likely be Mike Weber. I agree that Weber was lied to with respect to his coach, but... well... as unfair as the situation is to the athlete, Karan Higdon better be good.
I remember Brian Cook said on a podcast once that he didn't think losing Weber was a big deal. He reasoned that OSU wouldn't ever hurt for a running back, and - at the time - he and Ace didn't think he was too big of a step down to Higdon. It's impossible to judge someone for calling their shot like that, but I think both of those premises will be proven really, really wrong this year.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I love these. Very nice||
I love these. Very nice work.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||He showed stellar promise on||
He showed stellar promise on offense as a high schooler. As I recall, OSU recruited him as a WR.