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|2 days 15 hours ago||Top 60||
It is insane. Top 60 players (currently): OSU has 10; Alabama as 6; Michigan has 1.
Top 200 players (currently): OSU has 13; Alabama has 14; Michigan has 2.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Finishing strong||
I agree -- this looks to be a class that will finish strong. I do expect our average to go up. Hopefully we will hit on some of our biggest targets, which I have to think would be our OL recruits.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Our recruiting classes under RR||
Our recruiting classes under RR in 2008 and 2009 were ranked 11th and 10th. This isn't to say that Harbaugh isn't doing well in recruiting. But the myth of RR recruiting poorly has grown like the myth of Hoke "turning around" Ball State.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Our recruiting classes||
I love Harbaugh, and hope he stays forever. But a couple things are worth noting:
A.) Our recruiting average right now (89.2, with 20 commits, ranked 9) is basically the same as it was with RR in 2008 (89.3; 24 commits; ranked 11) and 2009 (89.25; 22 commits; ranked 10).
B.) Respectfully, no, not all top-5 classes are equal. OSU has 10 top-60 recruits in their class; we have one. Elite recruits like Peppers, Rashan Gary, or Bosa matter.
C.) I believe Michigan has structural disadvantages compared to Alabama, OSU, and USC when it comes to recruiting. Some of those cannot be changed (e.g., location). Others most of us do not want to change (impermissible benefits, academic standards).
D.) The original post was a smiley face in response to OSU likely pushing out the 297th-ranked recruit to make room for the 9th-ranked recruit.
E.) Given our desire to compete on the level of Alabama, OSU, and USC, I believe this news likely warrants a frowny face, especially given that we are also after that 9th-ranked recruit.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Top 200 players||
Alabama has 14.
OSU has 13.
Michigan has 2.
Of the top 60 players:
Alabama has 6.
OSU has 10.
Michigan has 1.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Furthering their recruiting lead||
By letting this recruit (whose recruiting rating, at 89.49, is slightly above our average) go, OSU's average now rises to 95.9. The delta between OSU's average rating and ours is now greater than the delta between ours and Wake Forest's, and almost as great as the delta between ours and Purdue's, the lowest ranked Big Ten Team.
Wake Forest 82.64
Not great, Bob.
|5 days 14 hours ago||NFL is just as bad||
The option to Michigan is the NFL, and officiating and "football politics" (or ownership/GM politics) are worse there, so I wouldn't worry about that.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Dantonion saying that 3-9 is embarassing (shot at UM in 2008)||
Can anyone find the audio or video of that press conference (after MSU/Penn State in 2008)? Not having any luck with my Google-fu.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Thanks for doing this||
I appreciate you pulling this together and posting it.
It does confirm that we are one of the four best teams in the country.
So easily could have been 11-1 or 12-0.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Yes, it was touched||
Forgot who they said it touched, but the call was that it was touched around the 11.
|5 days 17 hours ago||10 yards (and the chains)||
If one of the sticks is put on the very front edge of the goalline, and the chains are stretched out, the other stick should stand in the middle of the painted 10 yard hash, correct? That has to be the case, assuming that (a) the distance between the goals is 100 yards, and (b) each 10 yard division of the field is equal.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Talent differential||
I'm not sure UM is closing the talent gap. OSU is recruiting at a crazy level. I know we are in good shape with a lot of highly-ranked uncommitted targets, but OSU's 2017 class has five five-star recruits. The average rating of their class recruit is greater than ours by the same as ours is greater than Rutgers. Our coaches seem quite good at development, but recruiting more elite playmakers would obviously help (and OSU still has us beat in that category).
|1 week 1 day ago||Closing the gap||
It'll be very hard to do with the way OSU is recruiting right now. I know we are in good position to finish strong with our 2017 class, but right now the difference between their average rating (95.5) and ours (89.2) is more than the difference between ours and Rutgers (84.57). Our second highest recruit is ranked around their average (95.33), and their 13th highest recruit would be our third highest (by a fair amount).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing changes if we beat Indiana and OSU||
Nothing changes if we beat Indiana and OSU. If we do not, however, the loss to Iowa likely does change what bowl we end up in.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||3 top 10 victories||
Didn't watch the show, but it makes sense. While we lost, so did others, and we now have three top-10 victories. OSU is 2-1 against (current) top-10 teams, and 3-1 against top-15 teams.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great news if he stays||
I understand your point, but it could be taken incorrectly at first blush. This is a small positive sign with respect to an outcome that would be fantastic. Maybe "encouraging" news?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||2007 Stanford v. USC||
Remember that Stanford's starting QB was out, and Pritchard had never started a game. (He had thrown three passes in official play, according to Wikipedia.) His trip to the Coliseum turned out pretty well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Single wing?||
Follow Baylor's 2015 bowl game plan (down two QBs), and use Peppers, McDoom, Evans, Chesson, and Khaleke Hudson as wildcat QBs. Worked for them (600+ yards rushing against North Carolina).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||2015 Baylor bowl game||
We won't do it, but I thought the adjustment Baylor made last year when they lost their top two QBs and WR was incredible. The bowl game against NC was amazing. I'd love to catch OSU off-guard with a game full of single-wing and other stuff we never put on film and pull off the victory.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Mike Pereira agrees with you||
Mike Pereira on Twitter:
"2nd Iowa punt I don't think it was running into kicker because he took ball from inside the tackle box to the outside of it. He's on his own"
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Did Clemson WR step out before coming back to catch?||
I'm not recording it and can't rewind. Did he step out earlier in the route? Replay focused only on the catch.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Is this true?||
Is this true, or is this a Fred Jackson-type post in jest? If Peppers actually (a) helped Kenny Allen's kicking, and (b) is a decent kicker himself, then this should be news. Can only help with the Heisman campaign, which brings positive attention on Michigan. I'd also love to see him try some kicks in the Indiana or Iowa game if they are well in hand. Remember that Harmon kicked four extra points (and punted three times) in his most famous game against OSU.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Another suggestion||
I'd also remove the quote from the other player (that leads into the clips where they are on the ground). Instead, include the Dantonio quote (as a visual) about going for 2 to send a "mental message" prior to showing the 2 point play. Might also want to include the audio from the game where the announcers are trying to figure out why anyone would go for 2 there.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||From the filedropper link?||
The file that I download is 0kb (empty). I've tried two different browsers, and a Valiant.tff downloads, but it is empty. Thanks for any help, and great job!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This is fantastic||
This is fantastic. I'll be saving and sending after Saturday. By the way, I see that the link to your font isn't live any more. Can you re-upload for those who missed it? Thanks!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Catch vs. bat-down||
My first thought was like Harbaugh's -- all else being equal, an incompletion obviously gives us better field position than an interception. As someone pointed out, however, crazy things can happen when attempting to bat down a ball, and Lewis was outstretched. If he batted it into his leg, it could have taken a crazy bounce, etc. Roundtree's 2012 catch against Northwestern is the example I think someone mentioned; doubtless there are others that are even more on-point (ball hits defender's foot/leg, bounces up, etc.).
Regardless, Lewis did seem to float like MJ launching from the free throw line. It is a beautiful thing.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Washington/Arizona||
How did Arizona take this team to overtime?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Fantastic!||
Thanks for doing these. Absolutely great!
|9 weeks 4 days ago||For the record||
For the record, I had Colorado that good, but I thought Michigan would make its field goal (48-28 was my prediction). I assume it will be the closest I ever get, so I'm tooting my own horn. #NOT_THE_KNOWLEDGE
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Fantastic!||
I love these. Great work.