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|13 weeks 4 days ago||Wisconsin reminds me of NW 2015||
They're breaking in a new QB that is turnover prone (2 picks that almost caved the big win), a decent running game, but mostly by volume (3.2 yards a carry), pedestrian WR's, and a decent OL (although NW didn't have the injuries this one is starting to buildup). They also, weirdly enough, scored 16 points in the opening game at home (LSU had to make a trip to a weird place, and Stanford let NW score 16 in essentially a 9am game).
Lastly, that defense is rock solid, but do they have the athletes? Michigan torched NW last year due to scheme and athleticism, and the question is, will Wisconsin fare any better against a better Michigan offense? I'm not saying it'll be 38-0, but Michigan matches up really well.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||CU is a good matchup||
for Michigan. Much like BYU last year, they are a up-tempo, spread passing team with a somewhat mobile QB. Our CB's are game to shut down some plus athletic WR's. They can run, but fully confident this DL can shut down the COLORADO running game. Also, fans were worried about BYU before that game, as they were surprisignly impressive (sound familiar to another Rocky Mountain team we are all starting to talk about?). As we've seen with Jim Harbaugh, we've eliminated the dumb losses on our schedule, and Colorado would constitute that.
With that said, this Colorado team has slowly made progress year after year. They were a team with players consistently in the right position to make plays the last few years, but just lacking the athletes to finish those plays (especially defensively). They were a touchdown from beating Utah, Arizona, USC, and UCLA (also, Hawaii). Win two of those five, and they make a bowl last year. Incremental progress probably sees them do that, and significant progress sees them go 8-4. Definitely not a slouch (just enough of one to not make me lose sleep over the next two weeks).
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Bredeson at LT is such a good development||
For the future. As stated above, he should be able to tread water given pedigree and the trial by fire of facing this line all summer. As for 2017 (if I may think ahead for a moment), getting Bredeson that experience, and giving Newsome a whole year of Drevno seasoning portends to a stablized set of tackles. Before, when we just thought it would be Newsome, the worry would have been replacing Magnuson next year, but now, you possibly have a completely solved problem before we even hit spring ball.
In essence, Harbaugh and friends solving future problems early. Love it.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Non-snark Response||
Honestly, we need to see how some people develop in 2016. It's fair to think some people develop in the same way guys like Channing Stribling, Jeremy Clark, Dymonte Thomas, Chris Wormley, Jehu Chesson, Amare Darboh, Jake Rudock (the list goes on and on...). Harbaugh and his staff have earned the benefit of the doubt in player development, so it's fair to call 9 wins up front.
With that said, WR's have to make that leap. Mo Ways or Drake Harris have to complement Grant Perry. It's possible a freshman WR has to play early (crossing fingers for the two 5 stars). OL has to replace a lot of experience, which is somewhat troubling since nobody could unseat mediocre Kyle Kalis last year. David Dawson? Juwann Bushell-Beatty?
DL should be killer once again, albeit not as deep. Who will be the terror off the edge at WDE? Chase Winovich? Again, people need to show progress this year.
LB's will have a year under their belt, and upgrades in athleticism with Devin Bush. Jabrill Peppers is obviously irreplaceable (assuming he goes to the NFL this year), but Khaleke Hudson/Noah Furbush will probably be solid if unspectacular in that role early on, with Hudson becoming a beast in time.
DB's is where I sweat bullets. R-FR or True Sophomores in David Long and Lavert Hill at CB, and probably Tyree Kinnel and Branden Watson at the safeties. It looks like all new guys in the back.
2017 might be the last year Harbaugh has to poop platinum for the team to succeed.
|22 weeks 17 hours ago||Krasnoo and Sarkar||
were drinking buddies at Michigan. We all worked together at the Big Ten Network (I'm currently a Naval Officer), and this is a big break for them. Congrats and Go Blue to some recent alums!
|22 weeks 5 days ago||500 Days of Summer, no?||
500 Days of Summer, no?
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Lolz||
Made me think of the Simpsons moment where Homer steals everything from Flanders' garden, and then salts it.
"Did you really have to salt it so nothing ever grows again?:
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Watched them live twice last year||
Once versus Arizona St and later vs. USC. They are clearly a talent-deficient, unathletic squad, HOWEVER, they have two very solid defensive coaches in Mike MacIntyre and Jim Leavitt. Defensively against ASU, they were always in the right position, but not athletic enough to keep up with their speedsters. Against USC, they were able to take the lead late in the second half. That was the case a fair amount last year. Close but no cigar against USC, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, and Utah. Defensively, they got better and better as the year went along after major struggles vs the Arizona schools. Holding a potent USC offense and a very solid Utah offense to under 30 with their personnel showed improvement.
Point being, CU is a fringe bowl team that we should smash anyways, but I think Connelly is a little too dismissive here. They went toe to toe with a fair amount of average to good teams last year. and have improved incrementally every year with MacIntyre.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Probably new thread-worthy||
But cities with the most bandwagon fans? Definitely Miami and LA. DC is in there, too.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Agree a lot with the cities already listed, but also...||
Sacramento. Kings have been atrocious, outside of the short period Chris Webber got them to the Western Conference Finals. Nothing else of note.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Since I can't choose the Rose Bowl...||
Fiesta Bowl, both in Tempe and in Phoenix is a good time. I would say Sugar Bowl, but I came out of my drunken stupor midway through the second quarter (I remember when I had my first beer...)
In terms of rivalry games, Army-Navy is a must for any football junkie, Iron Bowl is bonkers (Tuscaloosa is a mad house), and Florida-Georgia is a party with a football game at the end of it (Jacksonville is lacking, but the beaches are really down to earth, fun, and with good food).
|24 weeks 3 days ago||The Rose Bowl jerseys...||
I know a Rose Bowl this years means no CFP, but man, I'd love to see us in Pasadena again. Fiesta would be nice, too, I guess...
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Tried to see them all||
Been to every Big Ten venue at this point outside Rutgers. Freshly made hot takes:
Lincoln, especially, is an underrated party atmosphere. Friendly people, open fields for walking, quality BBQ, etc.
Iowa is very similar, except even more of a college town.
Hands down worst is Purdue. Absolutely no electricity around the town about their football (I went during the Joe Tiller era, and it still was lacking).
Ones worth seeing: MSU, OSU, PSU, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin
Meh: Minnesota, NW (Chicago is a fun town, at least), Maryland, Illinois
Skip it: Purdue
|1 year 10 weeks ago||It's interesting to me||
That Michigan fans are more grounded than the national media. You're already seeing playoff predictions coming left and right, and the actual fans are like, "Give it time." Maybe we're just massive pessimists after all these years.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I thought they were moving it||
Bc the 49ers aren't a real franchise anymore.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Why not||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Is it||
NECESSARY for me to drink my own urine? NO, but it's sterile and I like the taste.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I'll be there for that one.||
Living in the San Diego area, Rose Bowl is an easy trip. Saw UCLA play UVA, and Josh Rosen is, needless to say, a stud. BYU let Tommy Armstrong wing it around, so methinks it gets ugly for their secondary in Pasadena. But they'll probably throw a 99 yard hook and Latter Day Saint to win, so who knows?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||It's no||
Tom Hammond tie.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||35-17||
Collins will make some plays with his feet a la Travis Wilson.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Colin||
Usually when you want to speak with someone, you say hi to them. I doubt Harbaugh even remembers you, so introduce yourself again. Proceed by not asking questions that don't question Harbaugh's manhood, like "When are you not intense?" Continue with this line of questioning until Jim Harbaugh says "I have a game to coach, which is my job, not talking to narcissistic, self-important twits like yourself."
Only men get to speak with Harbaugh.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Johnny V's||
Come on down on September 3rd. There's a large NROTC contingent that serves in the SD area, and they all go to Johnny V's (now that PB B&G is gone).
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I'm down in Jacksonville||
Enjoying some local Cigar City New Belgium. Jacksonville is underrated as far as craft beers go.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I can speak to the Hogwarts thing||
Avon Old Farms cafeteria is a mix between Hogwarts and The Shire. I wrestled against them when I went to Phillips Academy. Actually got to see Mike Cox wrestle, too.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I get the feeling||
That they'll take a small step back before breaking through in two years. They lose Cobb and Maxxxxxx Williams, who was all of their offense. They even lose their back up RB in Kirkwood, so they'll be breaking in someone completely new. Plus, the interior of the line loses their two studs. Below average offense with solid defense makes me think 6-6.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Stanford||
was also pretty young, if I recall. They ended the year on a roll by denying Cal a bowl bid, UCLA a conference championship bid, and thrashing Maryland. Defense was top ten, and offense was young. They'll be good.
Edit: They lose a lot from that defense. Eight starters. Definitely not top ten, but top 25.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||MacIntyre is a David Cutcliffe disciple||
and has them on a Duke trajectory. They were 4-8 and 5-7 early on, but then had two 3-9 years. Fifth year had them going 6-7, and then they broke through in year six. With the lack of AD support Colorado has, and the mess he inherited, MacIntyre has to be given time. Next year will be slight improvement at 4-8/5-7. They almost beat Oregon St., Cal, UCLA, and Utah, plus had competitive games with ASU and Washington. They'll get a few of those next year.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||As a point of comparison,||
Initial Harbaugh OL recruits at Stanford include David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, both in the 6'5, 280-285 lb. range. After seeing how Chris Fox "developed," I'm anxious for kids that big coming out of high school.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Greg Robinson||
has turned things around defensively at Texas. While only one of those games was against an impressive offense (OU), their defense is more than competent. We'll see how they fare against the likes of Baylor and Okie St, but I have more confidence in Greg Robinson RIGHT NOW than I do in Al Borges. That's how bad he's been.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I'm sure everyone knows the stat, but...||
(If TL:DR, I say 21-17)
...In the last 43 years of the rivalry, the team that runs the ball better has won 40 times. With that said, Michigan has found ways to run the ball on good rushing defenses, like Notre Dame, to a respectable level. On the other side, MSU has quietly produced their best rushing offense in years, ranking in the top 40. Both rush defenses are in the top ten, but MSU's is on another level there. The strategy has to be to set up the run with middle of the field passing. Force the LB's to respect the middle of the field, thus having them on their heels a bit, and Michigan can carve out some ground yardage. On defense, it should be noted that Greg Mattison has had an extra week to draw up something for a pretty pedestrian MSU offense. One more week to draw up blitzes and incorporate Jake Ryan into the fray. I suspect Michigan manufactures enough points and shuts them down, mostly.