landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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- vs Hawaii -- 2-10 in 2015 vs FBS competition, from five timezones away, coming off a trip to Australia the previous week
- vs UCF -- winless in 2014
- vs Colorado -- 3-9 vs FBS competition a year ago
- @Rutgers -- it's Rutgers
- vs Illinois -- it's Illinois (also coming off a bye)
- vs Maryland -- it's Maryland
- vs Indiana -- lost a ton of the semi-terrifying offensive talent that had made them a tougher out
- Only a small 2.5" patch has been approved
- The incremental revenue of $4-6 million for a patch is a pittance to Silver, he believes corporate partners that participate will be more likely to invest in and promote for the league, leading to higher revenue and additional exposure
- Added revenue would be split between the players, so none of them will complain
- Retail jerseys without sponsorship patches will continue to be sold
- The ruling approved a 3-year pilot program that would allow teams to sell rights to a patch, not mandate one
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree on Tennessee, I'll be||
I agree on Tennessee, I'll be checking what books have for max bet limits on Wins O/U because while a push wouldn't be crazy, I'd be shocked to lose that bet.
For Michigan, I think we could easily be at ten flat. Barring a major upset/letdown, there are only really five loseable games on our schedule. Penn State and Wisconsin don't look particularly strong and must come to Ann Arbor. Splitting MSU and Iowa, then losing to OSU seems the most likely outcome to me. The other seven opponents range from abysmal tin cans to highly mediocre, plus six of the seven are at home.
I understand 9.5 though. With little precedent and three tough road games, an outside/objective perspective would lean towards nine wins as more likely than eleven. We will see. 12-0 is still on the table, and I have a very hard time imagining anything worse than 8-4.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At this point, we have a good||
At this point, we have a good idea of the times for the back half of our schedule:
10/8: @ Rutgers, confirmed 7 or 8
Just waiting until the fall to hear the Noon/3:30 breakdown for the first five home dates.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Most of our mediocre teams||
Most of our mediocre teams from 2008-2014 would have navigated this schedule to bowl contention (ok, maybe not 2008) pretty easily. There are also more gimmes than I can remember:
That leaves us with five losable games to top 40 (50? 60?) opponents. The season comes down to not tripping up against the solid B1G teams (PSU, Wisconsin, @Iowa) and then winning the wars in East Lansing and Columbus.
Sure it sucks that both rivalry games are on the road, but other than that any team with playoff aspirations would be thrilled to have this navigable schedule.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The two schools aren't||
The two schools aren't necessarily a package deal for "political" reasons -- as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are considered to be -- but I'd expect the BXII to add both or neither.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm as high on this team as||
I'm as high on this team as anybody, it will easily be our best team since '06 and has an even higher ceiling than that team did if our QB reaches the level we're all hoping/expecting. But lets not completely disregard the history here. Michigan is 3-8 in true road night games since 2008.
Wins: 2011 over 6-7 Northwestern, 2013 over 3-9 UConn, and 2015 over 6-7 Minnesota. The UConn and Minnesota games came down to the very end. I expect to obliterate Rutgers, but Iowa should be hard fought even in victory.
IIRC, Michigan hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road at any time since 2006 @ #2 Notre Dame. Going 2-1 in our three big road trips this year would a tremendous achievment for the program.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Spring Game Grin wins this||
Spring Game Grin wins this region. The others vary from mildly entertaining to underwhelming on the Harbaugh scale. Spring Game Grin can make a deep run.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Has no one listened to what||
Has no one listened to what Adam Silver has said on this? Some points that seem lost on most:
Obviously, there is certainly a chance that in 5-10 years the patch has grown or some of the rules have changed and become more ad-friendly. But this is not a sky-is-falling, OMG Brandz Everywhere catastrophe for the NBA.
Also pro sports are 100% an entertainment business unlike college sports. Without tv revenue (essentially from advertisers) and other corporate investments, the only revenue in the business would be ticket and concession/merchandise sales. There's good reason to service your best corporate partners.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Hotcakes?||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Because Wisconsin was too||
Because Wisconsin was too obviously the right game for this
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Bars departure isn't great||
Bars departure isn't great for OL depth. Leaves us with just 7-8 guys who wouldn't induce panic if forced into action (JBB could still go either way). Luckily Cole's versatility should make it easier to absorb if 1-2 guys get knicked up... But the reliability drops off a cliff after that and probably would force Bredeson or Onwenu to burn a redshirt.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Also: -TWO senior||
-TWO senior safeties
Linebackers don't matter with a DL and secondary like this right?
|17 weeks 5 days ago||This is completely||
This is completely unimportant. NJ isn't a top 5 state, but it may be almost top 10. There is generally top-end talent but it lacks depth of the elite states.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Everybody realizes that CFP||
Everybody realizes that CFP Committee members are not to participate when a school they have significant ties to is being discussed or voted on right? Still a prestigious post for a Michigan man is by no means a negative!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Not long ago Leonard Williams||
Not long ago Leonard Williams was the 6th pick in the NFL Draft and was even higher on most of the "Big Boards". USC doesn't struggle to produce NFL talent anywhere, they just haven't had a complete and consistent team since Pete Carroll left.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Because it said 2016, I was||
Because it said 2016, I was expecting a projection of next year. I like these graphics a lot, but I'm also ready to put 2015 away and look ahead to this coming September.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||His defense described as||
His defense described as "organized chaos" by the Washington Post according to Wikipedia. Only concern is that of his 33 years in coaching, only 2 came outside of New England (Maryland 09-10). National recruiting may not be his strong suit.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||They're FG kicking game has||
They're FG kicking game has been an absolute tire fire
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I'd rather not have one rival||
I'd rather not have one rival in the Playoff and the other in the Rose Bowl. We Are Iowa (for a week).
|28 weeks 7 hours ago||This. You have to respect his||
This. You have to respect his sacrifice, but dude has no money problems
|28 weeks 3 days ago||No||
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I think 34-17-ish is more||
I think 34-17-ish is more likely but I applaud your reasonable take
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Milksteak||
|30 weeks 22 hours ago||Feel bad for you if you don't||
Feel bad for you if you don't get tingly feelings watching Steph Curry heat up or the Spurs ball movement make music or Anthony Davis do all manner of freak things. Oh well
|31 weeks 18 hours ago||Cool story bro I know... But||
Cool story bro I know... But I played freshman Denard (when he was a relative nobody other than the one magical TD) in NCAA Football when visiting UM as a high school senior.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||A more tepid crowd slash home||
A more tepid crowd slash home field advantage hurts on the field as well as in recruiting. Hurts fans who enjoy tailgating for longer than 8am to 11am, and the environment is also less fun than games finishing at sunset or under the lights.
Sure, we should have a few noon games a year (MAC snacks, IU/Rutgers/Maryland, Ohio State in late November), but not throwing in a night game along with a couple 3:30 starts would be stupid.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||We all read about the male||
We all read about the male modeling stuff, but add in that accent and I'd be very uncomfortable introducing Blake to any girlfriend or wife of mine. Mr. Steal Yo Girl times a billion.
Oh and he seems like a smart, confident, and composed guy too. Still one of the nation's best punters.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty sure he's in his mid||
Pretty sure he's in his mid to late 20s. Guy's had some info in the past, but recruiting is too weird to believe this is for sure.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Well two whole classes will||
Well two whole classes will have gone through four years at each school without playing each other by the time the series returns in 2016, it's hard to argue that we're barely in the same conference.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Sucks when the three best||
Sucks when the three best teams in baseball are in the same division
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Haven't we all agreed that||
Haven't we all agreed that S&P and other advanced metrics are superior to counting stats? S&P reads: