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|6 days 15 hours ago||I blame autobench||
I've got a new job and I haven't seen many games much this season. Is autobench still in effect?
For me, that was always something I didn't quite understand. How can young players learn how to avoid fouls (and be effective with fouls) if they are not in the game? I mean, I'd just let Wagner foul out until he learns not to foul and how to play with fouls.
If autobench is not in effect (due to Donlon and a change in approach), then maybe that's part of it -- most of this team doesn't know how to play with fouls? Might be a tougher mental transition than we can see.
|1 week 4 days ago||'Bama classes don't start until the 11th||
That's why the claim that he changed his ticket to go to Birmingham directly was always baloney.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||No, you're right||
The US Army game is Saturday the 7th -- players are expected to arrive earlier in the week. Harris is still on the roster for the West team. So you're right, he's busy this week.
If he is coming to Ann Arbor, he will arrive next Sunday?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But||
To semi-disagree with myself, when I wrote the above I was not aware of his commitment to play in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio next Saturday, as noted by ReadYourGuard, below.
So if he and Michigan were planning this, it seems likely that everyone would agree that it's a bad idea to show up in Ann Arbor and then immediately turn around and leave for three days. Better to arrive after the game.
Technically, my "by the end of this week" statement still stands, just barely!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is likely correct||
The idea that NH would wait until after classes start to arrive on campus is far-fetched. The drop/add deadline doesn't matter. Why would he do that? Anyone who is motivated enough to graduate early is going to show up on time. If he's not in Ann Arbor the end of this week, he's not coming.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Last 10 vs last 5||
My first thought about your suggestion was that it should be the opposite, and the stat shown (% of shots taken after 25 seconds) is even more remarkable given the shot clock change (to 30 from 35). There should be fewer shots in the last 5 seconds compared to the last 10 seconds, simply because the latter includes the former. Instead there are more.
On second thought, I think you're onto something, though I'm not quite sure what it is. It would be useful to know if Michigan is an outlier, or if this holds throughout the NCAA.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Don't know, but yes?||
His going public with this earlier than most probably means he just graduated (instead of in the Spring), and thus he won't be part of Spring practice, but he can still play in the bowl if he wants to.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember most potential 5th years participate in the Spring -- the "firm handshake" happens after that. Isn't that what happened last year?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Offers||
I doubt we'll see late flyers this year. The current offers are it -- if there are a few spots left due to missing out on guys they really want, I think you'll see them look for grad transfers that can provide depth short-term, opening up scholarships for the 2018 class.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Summary||
For newcomers, consensus down thread and earlier is as follows:
TRAIN: (the "#Blueprint17 Express")
1 - Ambry Thomas (Detroit King) [crown] [colors]
2 - Tarik Black (black present) [colors]
3 - Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cass Tech) [colors]
4 - Cesar Ruiz (key lime pie) [colors]
5 - Deron Irving-Bey [?] Royal blue is wrong for Flint Southwestern, but close enough, I guess.
6 - Jordan Anthony (Jordan = Jumpman logo)
7 - Drew Singleton (Paramus Catholic = "Livin") [colors]
8 - As others have pointed out, there is another present under the tree...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
It's true that the Sun Bowl is one of the older ones, but it was always a consolation bowl and now even that bit of meaning and value as something earned is lost when there are 41 "bowl" games that exist largely so the gambling industry and ESPN can make some extra money over the holidays. It's hard to fault a player for walking away from such a meaningless competition.
I'd love to see a 24-game bowl system that is automatic based on conference results. I'm okay with a committee choosing the matchups and ESPN et al. picking the dates and times. But you should have to finish in the top half of a P5 conference to go to a bowl, with the remaining spots going to the best of the rest. Then maybe team (and conference) pride and loyalty could play into it again.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That||
That's where the Iowa loss helps, I think. They've had one game since that was, as Harbaugh put it, a "playoff" game. They started out tight, but then relaxed in the second half.
Re: Ohio State, they are good, but they've also had two games go down basically to overtime. They won them both, but the fact remains they don't always play as well as they should.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Feels like M||
Feels like M will need four long drives that result in points to have a shot at winning.
I mean, OSU wore down the Wisconsin defense in the second half. Michigan has better depth on the line and will hold up longer, but I worry about the fourth quarter in Columbus.
I kind of think it comes down to OSU's defense. I have a harder time getting a sense of where they are, exactly. They held PSU to seven points through three quarters before the football gods laughed and rolled their dice, and Wisconsin only had seven points in the second half. OU put up 24 on them, but again only seven in the second half. So they are good. But how good?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Brave man||
If they are lifelong fans who know about football and its history, you should be fine no matter what happens. They will understand your pain.
The problem arises when you have opposing fans in your home who are "cheering" for the other team but don't know shit. They think it's a social event, that everyone's supposed to have fun. It can get quite awkward, because they don't understand why you're upset.
I think I would ask them about it before the game starts -- "Were you football fans as children?" "How did you become an Ohio State fan?" -- at least you can get some sense of how they will respond.
I mean, my father went to USC and would pace around outside the house during games. He was too nervous to watch. We kids would go out and update him on what was going on. The only team he hated to lose to more than Notre Dame was Stanford. So I get it. I'll probably watch most of Saturday's game standing outside the doorway to our living room. But if you've never been exposed to that, you won't understand it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Adjustments||
O'Korn is a different style, a different sort of threat from Speight. Plenty of quick-to-run, scrambling quarterbacks have been successful, especially in college football. But the offense has to adjust to it -- that's what we were seeing against Indiana. Maybe also a bit of the dawning realization for the coaches that O'Korn was not going to be able to replicate Speight's knack in the pocket -- he is going to have to be himself. He's got a different sort of knack.
I've no idea if enough progress was made last Saturday in adjusting to a very different sort of quarterback. There was some, but was it enough? O'Korn's big run could, let's hope, turn out to be his signature. Some early success scrambling, and OSU's secondary will have to respect that possibility more than Indiana did early on.
You can bet your ass Harbaugh and Drevno are planning to use O'Korn's style to their advantage. It would be better if he had been to Colombus before, but at least he's older -- he's in his fourth year as a player -- there shouldn't be any problem for the coaches in getting him to understand what he needs to do. Whether he can execute is another question. Rust never sleeps.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Brian||
Here is Brian's UV update on this question:
"On Speight. Yesterday we reported he'd be out for the regular season; someone asked Harbaugh if he was out for the season and he said no. Those aren't the same thing, obviously. You should still expect O'Korn for the next two weeks. Beyond that we'll see. [...] I've gotten some additional reports that it's a shoulder issue, not the collarbone. The upshot is the same. [...] I can't say we'd do anything differently given the provenance of the information. [...]"
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Tight||
Let's not forget that this was the first "win or go home" game this season -- like all of the remaining games will be if they keep winning. So the whole team being tight should have been expected even with a healthy Speight.
Actually "win or lose control of your destiny" but you get the idea. Nobody wants to be sitting around next Saturday after beating Ohio State in Columbus, hoping Dantonio can take down Penn State.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Only 8 seconds left, IIRC||
No time for a field goal after a completion. Little chance for a TD, not worth the risk of an interception return.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for this reminder||
The wind was a big factor before it started to snow.
Watching at home, it seemed like the wind died down when the snow began and both teams became more of a threat to pass, thereby opening up the scrambling/running game for O'Korn/Smith.
Don't know if the booth talked about it -- we had it on mute after the first half.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, thanks||
First, zero interceptions, zero fumbles. That right there is job one for a backup taking meaningful snaps late in the season. And let's not forget -- this was not a low-pressure situation. Michigan's season was on the line in this game. A loss and they are depending on MSU to best PSU.
Second, took them a while to adjust to the pressure they were getting. He made some frustrating mistakes, but by the second half the Indiana defense started to wear down and he started to remember his footwork and that led to finding his ability to run. He's a classic pocket scrambler, very different from Speight.
If he has to play Saturday, he will be improved and the offense will have a better idea of what they are trying to do. They will need to. But people using words like "disgraceful " and "despicable " for this performance against a defense that has played well in college football's toughest division are clueless.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||On Wilson||
One thing that struck me last year when he made it back and started getting into games was that the upperclassmen on the floor seemed really happy for him. Irvin is the one who sticks out in my mind, but it was the whole team, including the bench. They seemed especially pleased for him, watching him, wanting him to succeed, if that makes sense.
In retrospect, maybe it was something more than DJ just being well-liked and overcoming injuries -- it was also a sign of respect for him on the court -- hidden depths.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Road trip!||
B1G play could be interesting.
But otherwise the Clemson game might be shaky, and USC seems to be improving fast -- Washington will be tested. Unfortunately, we won't see much of that one...
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't see it||
Mo Wagner only played 15 minutes with no fouls. Huh? Has to be a good sign, right? That they are confident about him, and thus experimented with other things in this game.
Keep in mind that even though much of the team is back, there are still big changes going on. New defense. At least one freshman who will play a lot. Changes to the offense.
LOL the hot takes.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Correct||
Ferentz knows there is more to Brown's defense, but Michigan hasn't needed to try anything more advanced than what they've been doing every week. That's unlikely to change tomorrow night.
Defense isn't like offense. Brown doesn't need to roll out packages to establish tendencies in the same way the offense does. Brown is the cat, not the mice. He needs to have things ready to use when adjustments have to be made, but with only a couple of first-quarter exceptions this year Michigan hasn't needed to do so.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Not ideal, but||
Let's say multiple surgeries take two weeks or so, followed by two weeks or so of rehab. So not too hard to get to 5 weeks.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan||
A still-unbeaten Michigan has by far the most difficult final two games to make it to the CFP. OSU is OSU. Wisconsin is a good team and rematches are always tricky. See the NFL.
'Bama has a tough game loomimg against Auburn, but the SEC championship game probably won't pose much of a challenge for them.
Clemson's season is over, they only have to get past the ACC championship game. Could be a problem for them, but not because the competition will be exceptionally good.
Washington is hard to say with much-improved USC coming up, but if they make it to 11-0, then they face WSU and then probably Colorado. Not comparable to Michigan's likely gauntlet.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||And||
And a big reason why they improved was because they lost to Michigan. Especially Penn State -- that offense and especially the QB learned a lot from that loss.
Michigan schools you, you have two choices. You can learn from it and get better, or you can whine about it, pretend it was closer than it was, and not get better. Exhibit A: Penn State; Exhibit B: Michigan State.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
That look is the dawning realization somewhere in his lizard brain that if he had spent more time this season studying the faults of his own team, instead of studying Michigan's, he might not be in quite as deep a hole. It's hard to feel sorry for him.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||IIRC, 24-3||
Right? With N entering the red zone. Good chance if TAJ doesn't go out, it is 24-10 at the half, with seven of that 24 basically spotted to OSU. N likely would have still lost, and the outcome would never have been in doubt, but it wouldn't have been the bloodbath that it was.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Did MM go back in after the injury?||
I don't remember seeing him, but I wasn't looking. Bush got some good experience.
Thought it might be a knee bruise -- not sure why most of these guys don't use knee pads these days.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Oregon?||
I mean, the Ducks don't care about longevity. As the Nike flagship, if he gives them five good years they can go get someone else.
I doubt he touches Baylor.