"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|4 hours 14 min ago||I'm sure I'm in the minority||
I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but as a fan, bad football is better than no football. These things are probably a financial disaster for the programs involved, but as a fan, it's hard to complain about free entertainment.
|6 hours 22 min ago||Jehu's response to the||
Jehu's response to the personal stats question is one of the best deflections from individual accomplishment to team effort I've seen. On the other hand, all the players immediately bring up their own mistakes and shortcomings when asked about the team's deficiencies. You can tell they really mean it and buy in 100% to the team mentality.
The result sucked, but contrast the answers after our tough loss with the ones after Ohio's and I still wouldn't trade teams with them in a million years.
|19 hours 22 min ago||Good, I've always hated||
Good, I've always hated internet popularity awards.
|20 hours 8 min ago||My point is you need a||
My point is you need a certain build to deal with guys like Bosa. There's a reason NFL LTs basically all come out of the same mold: tall with long arms, low center of gravity with tree trunk legs. Cole, as good as he is, just doesn't have the physical attributes to be elite there. Newsome might. If he's close to ready, you probably give him a shot and let Cole play where he's a more natural fit.
|22 hours 16 min ago||That's usually a multiple||
That's usually a multiple year project to add the good weight and transform the body for that though. Asking 180-200 lb freshman to come in and take on 300 lb lineman is asking for them to get ridden like donkeys.
|22 hours 29 min ago||Regardless of on field||
Regardless of on field performance, the fact the guy took an interview the week of The Game rubs me the wrong way. His unit looking completely unprepared just makes it even more of slap in the face.
I can't imagine it sitting well with Harbaugh considering his previous comments about not disrespecting the game by talking about other opportunities during the season.
If he really does head to Maryland, I hope we run up the score on him every year.
|22 hours 33 min ago||No it wouldn't.||
No it wouldn't.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Not sure it matters when no||
Not sure it matters when no one on our team could tackle Fournette
|1 day 2 hours ago||Last year, before Harbaugh||
Last year, before Harbaugh seemed like a realistic option, I had advocated keeping Hoke one more year because the pool of candidates was lack luster. I've never been more happy to admit I was wrong. Trying to get a coach this year would be brutal.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Aren't his parents loaded?||
Aren't his parents loaded? Sounds like a grayshirt is a no brainer for both parties of Michigan is where he wants to go.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Kugler has an extra skill set||
Kugler has an extra skill set as a center. He might not have beat Glasgow this year, but there's a good chance he beats Cole as a position switcher. That leaves Cole without a home, assuming Newsome grabs the LT spot, meaning one of the guards will get displaced. If Newsome doesn't lock down a job, then all bets are off, but I don't see the coaches burning his redshirt for a few snaps unless they think he's almost ready. Cole's been good, but we really need a true LT to stand up against the Bosas of the world.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Well, it's both. You're||
Well, it's both. You're limited to 85 total, and 25 per class (28 with early enrollees backdated to the previous class). It's not totally clear which limit Michigan hits first this year. It'll depend on attrition.
|1 day 14 hours ago||There was a play where four||
There was a play where four of our defenders had their shoulder pads pulled out of their jerseys after the play. No call on any of them.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I think he probably means on||
I think he probably means on offense. They've put up 42 points in us 3 years running, pretty much the same exact way each time.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I for one predicted 7-5 and||
I for one predicted 7-5 and was just hoping to see competency in all 3 phases. Today sucked, but if you offered me the season we've had before it started, I would have taken it in a heart beat.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Me too. I know he preaches||
Me too. I know he preaches competition and all, but it's hard to see the QB's we have not taking it as a slap in the face.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I'm guessing that's the plan.||
I'm guessing that's the plan.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Watching him chase the guy he||
Watching him chase the guy he whiffed on all the way to Rudock or the RB on the back field is really getting old. I don't think he's slow, but just makes too many mental errs still.
|1 day 15 hours ago||He might only be here for a||
He might only be here for a game with his injury history.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Says more about his||
Says more about his recruiting chops. Better to land a kid like that and give him a shot where he wants than to lose him to a rival.
|1 day 15 hours ago||You should keep reading. He||
You should keep reading. He caveats that he's not likely to be around in the first comment.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I think Kalis loses his job||
I think Kalis loses his job next year. He's the only guy on the line that hasn't made any improvement in 3 years and he's starting to lag behind at this point. My guess is Cole slides to guard and Newsome and Kugler plug in at LT and OC, respectively.
It's a shame we didn't have this year's schedule with next year's team and year two under Harbaugh.
|1 day 16 hours ago||One of our rivals needed to||
One of our rivals needed to lose today, otherwise it would have been the ultimate shitty weekend for M fans.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I will eat a lemon if he||
I will eat a lemon if he doesn't switch back.
|1 day 19 hours ago||No issues with that||
No issues with that whatsoever. We had the guys in the area to down it inside the 5 and just didn't get it done. O'Neill's ability to pin teams reliably makes that the right call.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I'm not saying it'll happen||
I'm not saying it'll happen next year, but we're not as far off as the guy I was replying to made it sound.
|1 day 20 hours ago||We only need an upgrade in||
We only need an upgrade in athletism at LB and for our starters on DL to be healthy on defense. Obviously offense is a lot farther off, but Harbaugh's system offsets that somewhat. Get a play maker at QB (no offense to Rudock) and a RB that actually takes what the OL blocks and we will be a lot more effective.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Eh.. The buckeyes didn't run||
Eh.. The buckeyes didn't run by our guys today, they ran through them. It wasn't a manball vs spread defense (Peppers is pretty much the quintessential anti spread player), just a plain talent disparity, especially with Mone, Glasgow, and Ojemudia all out.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Maybe I just didn't get as||
Maybe I just didn't get as high as some on this team, but I don't think this game really reset expectations for me that much. If anything, it reset perception of Ohio. They were a NC caliber team waiting for the light to come on all season, and it finally did against us. Our defense was great but not elite and we just had one injury to many for the depth to overcome. Ohio and Indiana were the perfect teams to expose that deficiency, and they both did, ruthlessly. Offense this year was always a rickity thing relying on outstanding playcalling and a bit of luck to keep moving forward. Against a defense like Ohio, we just weren't going to be able to keep up.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Hoke's teams overachieved||
Hoke's teams overachieved against Ohio because they underachieved everywhere else. Harbaugh's next game is the most important approach means the team was playing at their potential all year. They went up against a better team today (especially considering injuries) and they just didn't have that extra gear to keep it close. Tough way to end the season but they still outperformed most expectations and finally look competent in all phases, most of the time, for the first time in probably a decade. I'll take it in year one.