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- Seth. Seth has the best offense by a country mile. An amazing interior OL, a Heisman contender at QB, a RB with more talent than any other in the conference, and two virtually uncoverable WRs. Finding a TE and some OTs won't be easy, but who cares? This line-up is stacked.
- Ace. 2 and 3 are much closer together, but Ace found the only other QB in the conference that we know is at least above-average. Saquon Barkley is very good at football, and Chesson likely finishes the year as a 1st-team All-B1G selection (if not, it's only because he was sharing with Darboh or injured). Bailey is an excellent OG. Ace's line won't be great--neither will his second WR--but a decent QB and two pass-catching threats pair nicely with his RB.
- Adam. Though he lacks a QB, Adam has two excellent OL players to go with Darboh and Justin Jackson, who is one of the most underrated players in the B1G. Reilly is my least favorite selection to this point in the draft. Yes, the pickings are getting slim at WR, but there is more value elsewhere. Adam will be stuck with either Armstrong, Lunt, or hoping he picks the right Michigan QB.
- Brian. It's getting late early for Brian's offense. If someone else pulls a Brian and selects LJ Scott, our fearless leader is stuck with De'Veon Smith or Devine Redding as his RB. Westercamp and Butt are great players, but who's throwing to them, and behind what line? Croston might be the best OT in the conferene, but I don't see how he'll find an interior that can survive against the bevy of great DTs
- Brian. There's a reason his offense sucks: he's been killing it on the other side of the ball. Brian's DL should all be All-B1G this year, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that three of those four are first-teamers. Conley and Likely can hang with just about any WR in the conference (thought Seth's pair is pretty tough to cover). To top it all off, he's got two great LBs. Honestly, there is almost no way for anyone to supplant Brian's defense--he can take leftovers for his final three positions.
- Adam. After the clear leader, it gets tougher to discern who has the best squad. I think Adam has a slight edge over Ace here. A big reason for that is that he has two excellent pass-rushers that will have the advantage over every OT they face in the conference. On top of that, he's got a brutal penetrator in Hurst. He's also already selected two CBs and will have the second-best pair there (behind Brian). Biegel was a fine pick as well.
- Ace. Ace is just a tick behind Adam. His interior DL is amazing, with Glasgow (the most underrated player on Michigan's team and probably in the conference, if not the entire country) and Replogle. Hubbard is also a great player. But what really gives his defense a boost (and keeps him in contention for the #2 defense) is the LBs: Peppers and Jewell aren't just great, they're versatile. Both can blitz. Both can cover. If Ace gets Shelton, I'd move him ahead of Adam. In fact, if Ace focuses on defense the rest of the way, he's got the only unit that could even be compared to Brian's, since Adam's group lacks a guy that can cover as much field or be as useful as Peppers.
- Seth. Seth is really good at this. Every year he finds a way to build a contender with great value and smart strategy. In fact, his defense is not fourth in quality, it's just last in quantity. His interior is SKRONG with Hamilton and Mone, and both of those picks were excellent values. Desmond King might be the best CB in all of college football, let alone the B1G. And NWW is the kind of LB that's in on every play. If Seth can find more value on defense, he'll win another Draftageddon.
- Seth. Best offense. High-quality defense (and, unlike offense, there is still talent to be had on defense). My guess is that Seth wins this thing again.
- Brian. There is very little separating the rest of the pack. Based on postseason awards, I'd pick Brian to come in second. That said, I'm deeply concerned about his offense, which really has no chance of being anything other than pretty good. But there's value in Will Likely beyond his CB skills, and that's Brian's worst defender. Westercamp, Butt and--if he gets him--LJ Scott are all likely first or second-team B1G selections, and Butt will be a Mackey finalist if he stays healthy. Croston will probably be All-B1G by default.
- Ace. If you asked me which team I'd take after Seth's, it's definitely Ace's. Functional QBs are kind of important, and Ace has the only other one. Barkley, Chesson, and Kittle round out a solid skill group on offense, and Bailey is a great player as well. On defense, Ace has the 2nd-best interior DL. And Peppers. Hubbard, Myrick, and Jewell are among the best value selections in the draft so far. My concern for Ace is that guys like Replogle and Glasgow won't be noticed by the awards crews as much they should be. But this is my second-favorite team.
- Adam. I am a sucker for line play, and Adam has it. His two OL are likely first-team All-B1G selelctions. Charlton and Smoot are almost certain to be All-B1G in some form. Jourdan Lewis might be the best CB in the country. Justin Jackson is a very good RB. So what's the problem? Hurst and Reilly are almost certain to miss any post-season awards. While I think Hurst is a great player, if we're not going by PFF grades (and instead using awards) he's in trouble because of the depth of Michigan's DL. Also, his QB will be a question mark and, Reilly is my least favorite pick of the draft. If he really wanted a WR--and I'm not certain that's where the value is now--I like several guys more: Samuel, Shelton, and even VandeBerg (who will have nice stats by default).
|13 hours 6 min ago||I am so excited. Speight||
I am so excited. Speight seems ready for the job and I'm happy for him. I had a slight lean towards JO'K too, but if Speight won the start I expect he will be more than capable. Let's not forget that Brian Griese--hardly a physical marvel--captained the offense to our last national championship. GO BLUE!
|3 days 1 hour ago||Exactly. It really bothers me||
Exactly. It really bothers me as a coach and athlete when people only look at physical qualities when considering ceiling. If Speight has better mental qualities, it raises his ceiling substantially. And let's not forget that Speight is no statue back there. If he won the job, it demonstrates that his abilities have proven greater than O'Korn's. His mental qualities may give him the higher ceiling.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Army of Darkness||
Army of Darkness
|3 days 4 hours ago||No.||
|3 days 4 hours ago||You are correct, blue. 2 was bad.||
You are correct, blue. 2 was bad.
|5 days 9 hours ago||That video is hilarious, and||
That video is hilarious, and people who have not watched it should feel bad. WATCH THE VIDEO!!!
|5 days 9 hours ago||What surprises me most is how||
What surprises me most is how NOT worried I am. Offense looks strong, with a returning QB, a stable of RBs, and a bunch of upperclassmen OL. WR might be the one spot that would concern me, except that I believe that one of Ways, McDoom, Harris, or Crawford will blow-up and with that group of TEs, a good #1 and competent others will be plenty.
Yes, the defensive backfield is young, but they are crazy talented. I would guess that Washington and Long start, with Watson, Hill, and St.-Juste on their heels. The LBs will be another year experienced, and the DL remains dominant. Hudson and Kinnel at S sounds delightful, though I believe Hudson may end-up in Jabrill's role (as a "LB"). That second safety spot does concern me, the depth there is scary--though I would NEVER count out a Glasgow (Jordan is a walk-on safety). I beleive someone will emerge.
I actually feel much better looking at this. We won't have the same depth, but this team is plenty talented and another strong year of recruiting sets up a monster 2018.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Excellent Write-Up||
This is spot on, and it's somewhat surprising more people aren't saying it. Really, this was our offense for the last six games of last year's team as well. Harbaugh recognized that running the ball wasn't going to beat OSU, so there were loads of nifty pass plays that really should/could have resulted in more points and yards. And even in the Florida game--which was an absolute romp--RBs only ran 41 times vs. 35 pass/QB scrambles. That's pretty insane balance when you win by 759,985 points.
I expect to be one of the more pass-oriented offenses in the B1G season by percentage of plays prior to garbage time. It's too much of a stregnth to ignore.
I might add that if Bredeson wins the LT job, it probably makes us even more pass-oriented, since I believe he's better in pass-pro that run-blocking at this point.
|1 week 2 days ago||Delano Hill<br>I believe he will be more effective than Thomas.||
|1 week 2 days ago||This. A very close second for||
This. A very close second for me is the 2003 Chris Perry OSU thumping.
|1 week 4 days ago||6 Yard Gain||
I thought it worked nicely. One more block on that CB and the gain is even bigger, or maybe Peppers breaks that tackle.
In any event, I love that there is some deception in what we do know, even if the refs sometimes flag us for it.
|1 week 4 days ago||It depends||
For the hat, Bo M is preferred. But for larger items like shirts, I like the block.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Did you watch the spring||
Did you watch the spring game? Speight had a nice scramble for a TD and looked comfortable on the move. He's not as athletic as O'Korn, but Navarre comparisons are way off.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Why?||
I like Ace's team, but his QB, while clearly the 2nd-best option (because Michigan doesn't know who will start) is still just above-average. He's got a great RB and a great WR, only one OL so far, and a pretty good TE.
His defense is only very good or great players...but tell me this, can Jaylen Myrick shut down Godwin or Cobbs? Peppers will busy dealing with Barrett and Clement, and Seth's interior OL can hold up against any DL in the league or even the country.
Put it this way: Barrett is a legitimate Heisman contender. Clement was a legitimate Heisman contender last year, and if he can stay healthy could be this year. Godwin and Cobbs are impossible to cover consistently. With Seth's OL and skill players so far, I don't see who can stop him. In today's college football, there is no stopping an offense like that. Seth's group would easily be the best in the country. Ace's is good, but I'm not sure it's even better than Michigan's defense.
Seth's defense is also excellent. He's only got four guys, but King matches up with Chesson, and Bailey can only block Glasgow or Replogle.
While I hate to admit it, JT Barrett was, by far, the most valuable player in this draft. There just aren't any other QBs in the league that are top-tier players. While I love Peppers and Lewis as much as anyone, there are other great LBs and CBs in the B1G. There aren't any other great QBs.
FWIW, I really like Ace's team and believe it's the second-best group...but if you're going by postseason awards, I think Brian is ahead of him.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||My rankings||
Just one man's opinion, but here's how I see it so far:
Overall, there have been fewer reaches this year than last, and the PFF grades are awesome. As one who loves this segment, thanks to our writers for the content and dialogue.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not sure how he can||
I'm not sure how he can achieve that at this point. It's a bad year for talent on offense in the conference in general, and Brian still needs a QB, a WR, and a RB. If I'm him, I'm looking hard at De'Veon Smith or Devine Redding and waiting as long as I can to take Armstrong or Wes Lunt. O'Korn is a big risk as he may not win the job.
But his other WR is going to be bad. It's a down year for WRs in the conference in general, and the best five and Reilly have already been taken.
What may be worse, he's only got one OL.
Yes, Brian's defense is by far the best, but his offense is awful.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Brass is a great game.||
Brass is a great game. Imperial 2030 is probably my all time favorite. Agricola, Puerto Rico, Power Grid are excellent second tier games. Twilight Struggle is the best two player game.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Mostly Yes||
10. YES. Intentional fast break fouls are dumb and should be eliminated. The "advantage" method is a great idea.
9. Different idea: After any player has been fouled 6 times, subsequent fouls allow the team to pick the FT shooter. I like this rule because it still punishes bad FT shooting to a point, but doesn't allow the game to get hijacked with intentional fouls. It would also open up huge strategy changes which I believe would benefit the league.
8. Three second rule is outdated and should be gone.
7. Charges should be about who initiates contact. Guys that are drawing fouls with up fakes or lowering shoulders should not be rewarded. If you are running into a defender, you are the one committing a foul.
6. Too many is the problem. It's not the timing of TOs, it's that there are too many. Three each half. That's it. Make them precious like they are in football.
5. YES. Not sure about the length of the guarantees, but I love this. Teams tell kids how long to stay in school and the kids get paid and know their destiny. Contracts could be contingent on the kid remaining academically eligible.
4/3. I like the "Loser Playoff" concept. Everyone gets extra games. One-game series. Seeding based on regular season record. Starts to feel like March Madness and there is actually something on the line.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Best. Commitment. Ever. If||
Best. Commitment. Ever.
If he plays half as well as he commits, he's going to be another first-round draft pick OT. That was amazing.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Had to lure Lancil to make||
Had to lure Lancil to make sure he was also killed by the fire. Otherwise he would have been on his way to the Red Keep. Also wanted a horrible death for him, knowing his beloved Septon was about to die.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Because Bran had not been||
Because Bran had not been marked by the Night King yet. Now that he is marked, the Night King will be able to follow him.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Yes. The west is best.||
Yes. The west is best.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan spots:Pictured Rocks||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Angel's Landing at Zion||
Angel's Landing at Zion National Park.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Pulp Fiction is one of the||
Pulp Fiction is one of the best movies of all time. Django Unchained was solid. Inglorious Bastards is underrated. Basically, you are very, very wrong.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||This is the correct answer.||
This is the correct answer. Worst. Movie. Ever. So bad. And not even bad you can mock. It is simply impossible to be entertained in any way by this film.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Very tough play. The MLB||
Very tough play. The MLB reads the play correctly and heads to the correct hole. If he sticks to the backside gap, then the guard that blocked him is free to pop the safety coming down to help, and this might be a big gain up the middle. This was not a terrible play by the MLB at all, and I'm not sure gap discipline would have saved the defense.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||STOP||
Still too soon.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||This is not COUNTABLE||
This is not COUNTABLE copyright infringement.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||NCAA = IRS||
It is fitting that the NCAA is making such a stupid, self-defeating rule right around tax day. So many posters have discussed ways to fix the NCAA, but at this point, it's hopelessly corrupt and complex, and needs to be discarded...just like our 77,000 page tax code.
As with the IRS, the control is not in favor of the constituents, but rather those with the pockets deep enough to push through any ludicurous changes that will benefit them. This is why GE and Apple pay no tax but small business owners (who employ the vast majority of workers) are paying upwards of 50% in some cases. It's why the wealthiest individuals have some of the lowest effective tax rates and middle class gets crushed. And it's why Nick Saban and Hugh Freeze get their way when their only reason is "I really don't want to work that hard."
What I mean by this whole analogy is that I'm afraid the NCAA--like the IRS--is past the point of no return and needs to be scrapped now rather than reformed. Recruiting rules, student-athlete compensation, satellite camps...the NCAA has almost no rules in favor of the group it purports to protect and does a laughable job of enforcing the few that just might do some good. There is too much corruption and too much complexity--the purpose and focus of the organization have been completely lost and replaced with the self-interest of a few mega-star coaches.