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|4 days 7 hours ago||Ahhh||
Ahhh, so Henne has a horseshoe. I feel so enlightened, thanks!
|4 days 9 hours ago||Fu Manchu vs Handlebar Mustache||
I always wondered what the difference was between a fu manchu and a handlebar mustache.
|5 days 4 hours ago||OSU's underclassman||
I'm very curious to hear if we'd heard much about the OSU juniors like Apple, Bell, Powell, Marhsall, and Thomas? I think the loss of Bosa & Elliot by itself will be a big hit. Granted they have talent everywhere, but those two are by far the most productive IMO.
|6 days 9 hours ago||You don't need to be an expert||
I don't think you have to be an expert. Anyone watching the game could see that Howard broke a lot of tackles.
|1 week 1 day ago||I really enjoy it||
Half of my family is from PA and I went to college in PA, so I have been there a number of times and I understand the fan base as many of my college buddies are PSU fans. I really enjoy it there, but it's a little nostalgic for me becasue it reminds me of college, which it's now been almost 15 years since I graduated. As with any place there are some DBs that get too drunk and roudy. But, I always sport my UM gear and typically get mostly fun banter with the locals. I've been out to the bars pre-game as well as just tailgating. Both are fun. The atmosphere is good and often UM is the biggest home game on the schedule so they typically do a white out. Although the atmosphere won't be quite as exciting with a noon kickoff, but that's good for UM. Enjoy the trip. I will be there as well.
|1 week 3 days ago||People still think he's head coach material?||
Why doesn't he just stick to offensive coordinating? It's like Ronnie Coleman used to say, "everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift heavy as* weight."
|1 week 5 days ago||Why evidence is there to expect a different result?||
What evidence is there to expect a different result? We've lost what, 10 of the last 11 games? Once they prove to me they are capable of beating them with a full slate of players that aren't under investigation and with an interim head coach then I'll start to believe. But, from where I'm standing there has been little evidence to suggest we can beat them in over a decade.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree with a lot of what||
I agree with a lot of what you said, but it still took our best performances and so-so performances from them and we still lost. Our special teams is better, but there are still flaws. Our defense is better, but I'm concerned about our LBs getting exploited by Barrett/Elliot/Miller. We don't have a Jake Ryan anymore to contain them. We do have Peppers, but he can only cover so many guys. They are still quite a bit more talented from what I see and I doubt our coaching staff is enough to overcome that this year unless Ruddock plays lights out and we can get the running game going. We only put up 23 points on MSU and they have a better defense than MSU. I think we need to score at least 28-35 points to win and I'm not sure we will get there. I'll be curious to see how many points they score against MSU. But, they seem to be a matchup problem for us, but I hope I'm wrong.
|1 week 6 days ago||I feel like it's a realistic opinion||
I feel like it's a realistic opinion. The only time we've beaten OSU in over a decade is the one debacle of a year they had with an interim head coach after tat-gate. I know we've played them close a lot and we will have an opportunity this year so anything can happen. And, I have no doubt we put forth our best effort of the year and make it a good game. But, in reality until I actually see us start beating them head-to-head from time to time it remains a long shot. Anyting other than that is just the fan in you talking.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm the opposite||
I hear ya, but I think we need all the ammo in our guns for PSU on the road and Indiana won't be a cake walk either. I'd love to beat OSU and we'll have the opportunity, but that game seems like a long shot. I'd rather have the extra help for the more winnable games.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I hope that doesn't||
Yeah, I hope that doesn't offend any of our current players or true freshman. I can't imagine Wormley, Henry, Charlton, Marshall, the Johnson's, etc. will like that.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||It's OK to be rude?||
What are you no-ing? My only expectation in the post was that coaches respectfully say no to requests while understanding fans desire to know (assuming the reporter asks in an appropriate way). So, do I assume your no means its OK for coaches to be rude?
I did not say fans have the right to know. I did say fans have the right to want to know and reporters the right to ask.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Agreed, I am hoping for a||
Agreed, I am hoping for a noon game. I have tickets and despite the lack of tailgating, I'd prefer to stay a little warmer with a noon start. PSU always whites out the UM game, or at least has the last two times I was at this game in 2009 and 2013. That 2009 game on Halloween night was awful :/. C'mon noon!
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||@ PSU is never a gimmie||
Playing at State College makes me nervous because I've seen UM lose too many times there. It is not an easy place to play and it's the week before OSU, which makes it somewhat of a trap game. Hopefully due to it's November schedule it will be an early start making it a little less intimidating than a night game. All that said, I'd still be a little disapointed if we dropped that one. 9-3 sounds good to me, 8-4 sounds OK, but not great.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My take||
While I agree, it's not in good form to say that. I think how you say it makes a difference too. For example I always get frustrated when Saban starts yelling at reporters who talk about the next NC, etc. He doesn't want expectations and allowing "outsiders" to get into his players heads and make them lose focus on the present and lose motivation because this year's team is not last years, etc. I get that. I also get that some matters should remain internal and that a coach has the right to make that decision. However, I don't get their lack of understanding that fans and reporters want to know. If a highly regarded transfer from a high profile school like USC, who is also a kid that was highly sought after by UM in recruiting, is now in danger of not being on the team and/or playing, that is something that fans want to know about, especially considering our questionable running back situation and the fact that our best RB (Johnson) is always injured. Regardless of whether it's in the best interests of the coach or player, fans want to know and reports have the right to ask. So, it's OK for a coach not to answer, but they should do so respectfully and understand that we all want to know. Only if reporters keep asking the same question different ways over and over (which we all know they do), should they get frustrated and say something like "it's none of your business" IMO, but otherwise that kinda sounds ungrateful for the all the interest in the team.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Elliot and Fournette are the same size||
Ezekiel Elliot and Leonard Fournette are the same size and seem to be able to do it just fine. I know Zeke is in a different system and both are fantastic backs whereas Smith is more of a "servicable" back, but my point is his size shouldn't be a limiting factor, especially with a body type like his (lean and muscular). I could see that argument for a guy whose built more like Green, even though they all have pretty similar heights/weights.
I do often enjoy and agree with your analysis and would be curious what of you think of our backs and how you think they'll (and the o-line) fare and hopefully improve next year. I know in the beginning of the year Isaac's name came up under the "Lets see more of this guy" line for a while, but we haven't seen much from him lately, which I'm not sure is due to his ability or lack of PT because of the fumble issues.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Other D-lines||
I think you're right that most of them will take a step back next year and will be playing some younger guys. That's a good point. Losing Calhoun, Bosa, Zettel, and Washington will be significant losses for them all. I'm sure OSU will reload. Michael Hill, Jayln Holmes, Jashon Cornell, DreMont Jones, and Donovan Mungeris are down on the depth chart or freshmen to be but have good recruiting profiles. I have no doubt OSU's line will still be a load to handle for the foresable future. MSU and PSU may take a step back next year, but after that should pick up again, although my question was really only about next year, but as I start looking at some of these good young players coming in for them it makes me start to worry about 2017 and beyond, but that's kinda far away. Anyways, MSU has some good young lineman like McDowell and has Auston Robertson, Josh King, and Naquan Jones coming in next year. So, although they'll surely miss Calhoun next year, they will be strong again I'd guess in a few years when these young guys get some experience. PSU has Jonothan Holland, then Shane Simmonds, Daniel Joseph, Karamo Dioubate, and Ellison Jordan come in next year as a really strong class so I'm sure they will be very good soon.
We've recruited well at the position, but there hasn't been a lot of payoff yet from those recruiting rankings. But, then again I guess the same could hold true for the defensive stars of the incoming classes from the other schools. I just hope our guys continue to grow and that eventually some of these highly ranked o-lineman like Kalis, Dawson, Kugler, JBB, Newsome, Bredeson, Onwenu, etc. start to produce like all conference players. It hurts that Bosch, Fox, and LTT are already a miss/loss. I also wonder about Dawson. He seems to be a little behind the curve already. It's hard to believe that he's already in his 3rd year.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||O-line play for next year?||
I find myself getting excited for next year since all we lose are the fullbacks, Ruddock, Williams whose not even a starter, and Glasgow, unless Butt leaves early. Plus you'd think Wheatley healthy will be an addition, Bunting could be a weapon next year, and Kugler has a terrific recruiting profile. I'd like to think that losing one o-lineman while getting another year of experience for everyone else would be a positive, but when he's our best lineman and many of the others seem to struggle year after year it makes me wonder. Anyways, my question is do we have enough confidence that the coaching is now there and have we seen enough development to expect it to continue enough to actually see a progression in the o-line that will allow next years unit to be better than this years, take advantage of Braden's size, Kugler be ready to be a contributor and not a liability, and see Kalis develop into the 5-star recruit he was? Or will Kugler, Kalis, and Braden be too much of meh for this line to ever really be anything other than mediocre?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Very excited for this game||
I already got my tickets, which were about $125. I am really excited about this game. But, I was also really excited for this game in 2009 and 2013 and confident as well, but this year feels diffeent. Everytime I've been to State College to watch UM/PSU we have lost. I am so sick of listening to my PA friends and can't wait to be proud of our team with a victory!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'd love to know||
I'd love to know what the heck happened with Lawrence Marshall.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Boy I really hope we get him,||
Boy I really hope we get him, but it's hard to get your hopes up with a guy like that. Maybe it's a Da'Shawn Hand who seems like have a good chance the whole time and he goes elsewhere or maybe it's a Jabrill Peppers where we think we have a good chance and then we land him. But, I'm always skeptical that we will ever get X big time recruit because chances are no single school in his top group gets him. BTW I still can't understand why Hand would rather be 3rd on the depth chart at Bama over playing for us right now, but to each his own. Maybe one year of starting at Bama will give him a better chance at the NFL than 2-3 at UM.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I too like the confidence, but...||
If memory serves me correct, the only teams to have won a NC in the past 12ish plus years are FSU, Bama, OSU, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Texas, and USC, and that's going back to the Vince Young days. The only teams outside of the hotbeds of recruiting (CA, TX, FLA, Ohio) have been coached by Nick Saban. Heck, the only school outside of The South or in California is OSU. ND seems to be able to recruit well, but I can't think of many other programs outside of California or The South that can recruit like that. OSU can, but Ohio still has a ton of in-state talent and doesn't have another big in-state program to compete with. I believe that Harbaugh can win too and is every bit as good of a coach as Nick Saban, but he will need talent to do so. I don't think he can beat the Alabamas, FSUs, and OSUs of the world without recruiting on the same level as them.
***this is all just off the top of my head so if I missed a team here or there I'm sorry as I didn't go look them all up, but hopefully you get the gist.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Good to hear||
Because we need some offensive playmakers in a big way. Unless Harris, Cole, or Isaac develop a lot over the next year we are going to have to count on having an accurate QB that can move the chains while our defense continues to be the strength of our team. Hitting the open guy and being able to at least hit the deep ball now and then would make a huge difference. A game manager like Ruddock may very well win us 9 games, but it won't win a B1G championship IMO.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||lol yup||
Yup, although most just call it Lee High. It's funny because I never though twice about when I lived there, but I was there when I was probably too young to know the difference (ages 2-12). Cedric Benson went there, so did Tommy Lee Jones. If you've ever seen Friday Night Lights the movie they are the team from Midland that everyone hates because they are the rich kids.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Ratliff Stadium||
That can't be the largest high school football stadium. When I lived in Midland, TX, Robert E Lee High School played at a stadium of similar size and I know Ratliff Stadium in Odessa was even bigger. That's the stadium in Friday Night Lights...pretty sure even back then in the 80's it was over 18,000 capacity.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Any word on Drake?||
Have we heard any word on the injury status of Drake Johnson?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Shallman or Pallante||
Blocking FB, either Shallman or Pallante would be the likely options. I'm not sure what either of their pass catching abilities are however.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||NW does not look good.||
NW does not look good.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Saw that||
It basically sounds like he thinks the offense and Ruddock are terrible. I think he's underestimating how bad MSU's secondary has been and how many injuries they have. Ruddock could still have a bad day and Cook a great one, but to be so cut and dry about it without recognizing MSU's weaknesses this year was a poor analysis.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Referencing OSU as "we" on a UM board?||
Referring to OSU as "we" on a Michian board sounds a little weird. I actually had to read that to realize what was going on. No offense, I'm happy to have other fans on there as it provides more perspective, but it sounds a little strange to hear "we" referencing the rival. I know it's not uncommon for fans to reference their favorite team as we, but it doesn't make sense here...just my 2 cents.