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|3 years 2 weeks ago||Stanford had very good TEs last, it may take a couple of years||
for UM to get to that level. I watched a few Stanford games living 30 mins from the campus, and their TEs were very productive players, I checked the stats and their two combined for 700 yds and 12 TDs, now I think Koger has the talent, maybe even Webb, but it will take a year or two for them and any new recruits to reach those numbers, esp now moving from the spread to an offense that features the TE a bit more.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||recruiting, rivalries for two||
If it was ND carrying the conference, they would have a tough time getting recruits who want to play against other top teams, and also ones that want to experience rivalry play. Unless the big ten schools guaranteed they'd have ND on their n/c schedule, that's likely not going to happen.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||3000 is a great acheivement no doubt||
but ESPN along with others like yahoo sports were really obsessing over it. On another board, someone brought up that Jim Thome is at 597 homeruns, and hasn't gotten any attention, even though 600 is a far more exclusive club, indeed if you take out those supsected or found guilty of steroids, that club has Ruth, Mays, Aaron and Griffey.
Let's celebrate the achievement and also get back to the pennant races, it's a valid point.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||good point on CC and Denver||
can't believe I forgot about those schools. Anyway the wcha would not have been hurt as much, in fact they should have made a play for ND and UAF or just stayed where they were and see what happens.
NMU and LSSU have to get the right coaches for them to be relevant, post Comley and post Jackson, those schools have not been relevant on the national scene. They can't be expected to be top-4 year in and year out to give Mia and ND some balance.
The thing is that for a conference to fluorish, you need to be next to a decent or major media market, without Detroit or Chicago the new ccha would really struggle. Even the new wcha has Denver, and h/e has Boston of course and ECAC has New York. So I don't really see a WMU even with Blashill helping out too much in that regard.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||the ccha after the big-10 conf starts is not stable||
ND and Miami sure, but no guarantee that even with Blashill, WMU would continue to be a top-20 team, and then you have schools with very regional followings so the new ccha would not be able to recruit with the big ten or wcha and they would start falling behind. Would you consider ND if you knew that you weren't playing any big ten teams (unless it was non conf) and no one of national power, except Miami?
As for the WCHA, they're in a better position so I could see them adding teams and remainng intact, but can't really fault NoDak (who would have to carry the conference initially) to try to team up with ND and Miami for a new conference.
And I'm not sure what your defintion of late is, but MSU won it all in 2007, Wiscy in 2006 and Wiscy was in the finals two years ago.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||The UM offense had more problems than those||
they were ranked 36'th in 3'rd down percentage and 77'th in fourth down percentage, which contributed to not scoring in the red zone or going for FGs.
If you're going to be an elite offense, you should be in the top-10 at converting 3'rd downs, or at least top-20.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||The FSU and Iowa games were not beatdowns||
I was at the FSU game too and that was 31-24 at the half and some late TOs returned for TDs made it look like a blowout. Iowa was 10-9 at the half, the Wiscy game was 24-0.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||the debate is actually a thinly veiled attempt to||
show that some good things happened under RR and using FEI to justify that UM had the second best offense in the country with only FGA, red zone randomness, and fluky TOs, all not related to the offense, being what pulled the team down.
Anyway, being out here in the bay area, I saw lot of Stanford and Oregon games, along with some BSU and Nevada games, and those four teams along with Auburn had better offenses than Michigan.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||the UM offense in the first half vs OSU was average at best||
OSU has a bend and don't break defense, they'll give up the yards to have the other team execute more plays in the hopes of getting a to or a 3'rd down stop. The UM offense had six possessions, five of which ended with zero points:
- 2 missed 4'th down coversions
- 2 turnovers
- 1 punt
- 1 TD
In what world is this a good offensive half?
|3 years 3 weeks ago||No, it's the struggling vs the good teams that sticks||
and the good stretches against the mediocre defensive teams that sticks. The offense could 't keep it close against the good teams when the game was in the balance.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||The offense that scores the TD is the better offense||
in your scenario. A lot of teams have bend but don't break (OSU comes to mind as did UM under Carr) and they're more than happy to give some yards in the hope of making the offense execute more plays and maybe turn the ball over or come up short on 3'rd down.
The team that gets the ball in the endzone is better than the one that get stalled on 4'th down at the opponent's 30. And here's why, the team that scored converted their 3'rd downs and found a way to score when the defense tightened up.
I think the spread does break down in the red zone (see Oregon last year in the NCG) as things like TE crosses and fade routes are better used to get the 7 pts than the read zone.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||total yards is an overrated stat for offensive effectiveness||
for the sake of discussion, let's say points are not the best metric for evaluating an offense, total yards is not much better, in fact it may be worse. Some analysis I read a few years back (maybe even by Brian) pointed to 3'rd/4'th down conversion, yards per rush and number of plays over 20 yards. I was able to get a couple of these for UM in 2010:
3'rd down: 36'th
4'th down: 77'th (12 out of 28), UM was 10'th in attempts
plays of 20 yds are longer: 24'th (SDSU was 7'th)
The 2010 UM offense was good, but not elite, not up there wtih Oregon, Stanford, Auburn, Boise, Nevada etc., so it wouldn't be the end of the world if they tinkered with it.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Shawshank as to be up there as a must see||
for a man, about as good a dialogue as you're going to find in a movie with no women, that and pulp fiction.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||2001 really shouldn't change all that much, esp the UM game||
Tressel had just taken over in mid-Jan, and this is saying off the bat that he improperly recruited players that played in the 2001 season, which I find hard to believe. My guess is that most of that team was already recruited by Cooper.
And the 2001 UM game would have pretty much the same result, that was really a poorly played game by Michigan.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Gameday rarely does non abc/espn games||
unless it's like two top-10 SEC teams and so unless both usc and nd are top ten, they may not go there.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||That's just not true||
Working in hi tech, I find it difficult to believe that Bill Gates, Scott McNealy and say Carly Fiorina were not the smartest people in their class (Gates, McNealy at Harvard, Fiorina at Stanford).
And a lot of the smartest students in graduating classes go on to industry, now if you're saying the average PhD has more intelligence than the average Bachelor's, I could buy that, but at the top, there is no difference.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||PhD students don't have many years or decades of experience||
the average age of incoming PhD students is around 26, given they graduate at 22, they either got a masters or they maybe worked for a couple of years. And that number is inflated by international students, who may have a few more years of work experience, I agree.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Michigan is playing really well now, they'll be tough to beat||
as well. After the first period against UNO, UM is really playing well, and just for reference, CC played NoDak real tough in the wcha tourney, I think scoring with a few minutes left to win. And Michigan really handled CC yesterday, the score was no indication of how much better UM was.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||In any playoff the first two rounds would be at campus sites||
in a 16 team playoff, the round of 16 and 8 and maybe even the semis would be at the higher seeded team's campus, like the nfl does it, and how college hockey used to do it. The championship would be at a neutral site. As for the bowl, you're right, they would not fit in the playoffs, they would still exist and still have games for the teams that didn't make the playoffs.
The bowls wouldn't go away, and still have good matchups, for the sake of discussion say, Wisconsin and MSU made the playoffs from the big ten and Stanford and Oregon made the playoffs from the pac ten. The rose bowl would then be OSU and Arizona, not a bad matchup. Now the bowls won't make as much money, but the playoffs would more than compensate for that.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Va Tech really benefits from only playing Duke and NC once||
they're in the tourney because folks think the committee will overlook their RPI and see their 7-5 record in the ACC. If they manage to go 1-3 to close out the season, a possibility (play at WF, Duke, BC, at Clemson) they'd be on the other side of the bubble and would need a win or two in the acc tourney.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||don't see how UM wouldn't be in Manchester in your scenario||
you're making it sound like the ncaa doesn't care about bracket integrity at all, when they do care some and I would see UM getting swapped with Union in this scenario. You already have UNO, NoDak and Miami for St. Louis attendance so don't know why you would make a 6 seed play a 9 seed instead of an 11 seed for attendance, even if it's a pseudo home game for the 11 seed.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||um now at 9 in the pwr, up one spot||
they can flip the a couple of comparisons with a win tonight I think, so should be interesting.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||We all met Vada at our student orientation at the b-school||
in 1991 when I enrolled in the mba program. One of the things that started that year was global citizenship and Vada was talking about how tough it can be for inner city youth and his work with the inner city. Prayers and positive thoughts in his direction.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||good post, a couple of points on uno and unh||
UNO winning really helps, not only in the RPI because UM played them twice but also it helps in the COP against other wcha teams, not sure if it's have much of an impact now, but maybe in a couple of weeks.
I think UNH's RPI could really take a hit the next three weeks, looking at their schedule, they have four on the road and play sub-500 teams in Vermont and Northeastern along with a home vs. BC. So if they finish 3-3, and UM finishes say 3-1 or even 2-1-1, they should pass UNH in the RPI and get that pwc.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||given the hype these two are getting, I hope||
that together they're half as good as Allen Iverson. Anyway ftr, I think Burke is a slightly better prospect, but hey if either can give some athleticism from the perimeter, the team will be in good shape next year.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||this post has 100% to do with RR, how could it no?||
I agree in general that blowouts from a year ago don't carry over in college football, but the reason UM got blown out was mainly on the coaching staff who are gone. The team lacked resiliency when they got down, didn't convert red zone oppys into TDs, could not control the LOS on the defensive side of the ball with six guys in the box etc..
The coaching change is the #1 reason the blowouts won't repeat, followed by maturation of players and some injured players coming back.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||that's a brutal draw, I'd much rather get sent out east||
playing NoDak and then BC is the toughest road to the frozen four, it be much easier to get say Union in the first round and then Yale or New Hampshire, even though they're hosting at a nearby arena.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||overall ranking of Michigan or the undergrad business program?||
So it's been awhile but are you saying that the undergrad business program (overall in your post) is 15'th while the BBA is top-5? Or are you saying Michigan in general is 15'th overall, which I haven't found anywhere, UM usually ranks around 25-ish overall. If the former, then there must be students are in the undergrad b-school but not getting the bba, which I didn't think was the case.
Anyway, if it's BBA, then I think it'd be good to let the family that it's elite, like in in the company of Wharton, Berkeley and MIT undegrad elite.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I don't think the offense put the fear in anyone||
maybe Denard, but not the offense. And most teams figured they'd take Denard out and leave it to the WRs and RBs to beat them, which didn't happen too often against good teams.
To be a feared offense, outside of putting up 50 on average, the team needs a game breaking RB, a downfield deep threat, outside WR (the slots are good) and more use of the TE so red zone oppys become TDs, not FGA or turnovers.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||no way to sugarcoat this, a bad bad loss||
This made UM go from a 5 overall seed to a 9 overall seed, if the tourney started today, which thankfully it doesn't. The pwr is merciless when you lose to a bad team and then that team now becomes a team under consideration and your 2-2 record against it is now in play.