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|1 week 4 days ago||To be honest, Luke Hancock||
To be honest, Luke Hancock was less of a random dude than Spike. He at least averaged 8 ppg that season vs. the 22 he scored. Spike averaged less than 3 ppg compared to the 17 he put up.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The first time I ever||
The first time I ever actually drove a car was in driver's ed, and it was a 1999 Buick Century. I got yelled at for driving too fast, a theme that has lasted the past 18 years.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||For me? I would prefer zero||
For me? I would prefer zero autonomy, though I can see the appeal for long road trips. I'm all for other cars on the road being autonomous, as long as the software keeps them in the goddamn right lane on the highway. I yearn for the day Oregon's highway patrol starts enforcing that.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'd love to see them work out||
I'd love to see them work out a plan to "buy" the land at a high school in Florida/California/Texas/etc., use it for spring break, and then "sell" it back to the school at a vastly reduced rate. That way, everyone wins.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I'm actually somewhat||
I'm actually somewhat surprised that our composite would be above Wisconsin - they return most of a ream that was in close games with UM, OSU, and PSU, while we lose most of our starters on both sides of the ball. Thought we would have been dinged more for losing 3 of our last 4 to end the season.
Clemson I don't think will be near what they were with the losses they're having on offense. OSU will be interesting, they're losing some key guys, especially from a seconday that was lights-out most of the year. But they also have a ton of talent returning and a very manageable schedule. PSU will be very good if they can find a replacement for Godwin, but part of me doesn't trust Franklin with a team carrying high expectations; time will tell there. I'm happy to see Florida losing a ton off a good defense - that will be the key to us winning or losing that game in Dallas, because holy shit that offense is bad.
The rest of the B1G looks anywhere from bad to awful.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||But remember, Alabama does||
But remember, Alabama does this every year; they've lost more than one game twice in the last 6 seasons, and both times the second loss was in a bowl game. They've more than earned the right to be recognized as a team that reloads instead of rebuilds.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Yes - his dad is the||
Yes - his dad is the hilariously named former Iowa player Epenesa Epenesa.
|14 weeks 7 hours ago||I am 100% in favor of all||
I am 100% in favor of all players with even remote 2017 NFL draft aspirations doing this, except maybe the playoff teams since that's something legitimate to play for and can have long lasting impacts for the teams involved. If Peppers, Lewis, Butt, etc. want to sit out the Orange Bowl, good for them. There's more important things in life than risking injury for a bowl of fruit, one of which is being healthy and prepared for a potentially highly lucrative NFL career.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Disagree - Harris is a luxury||
Disagree - Harris is a luxury (admittedly a very large one), but we don't really need him like we needed a potentially college-ready OT like Wilson.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I expect a drop off, and I||
I expect a drop off, and I think anyone who doesn't is crazy.
Offense: Next year we have no proven receivers except maybe Perry. We're replacing 3/5 of the offensive line and still don't know if Newsome will be able to play. Speight hasn't shown me that he's the kind of QB you can take into a hostile environment and count on given his performances against OSU and Iowa. I don't really have an issue with the RBs, as I'm content with rotating Evans, Isaac, and Higdon.
Defense: We're losing essentially the entire secondary, and will be counting heavily on at least one of Long and Hill, if not both depending on Clark, to mature quickly. I think Kinnel is going to be a fine starter at one safety spot, but I'm not sure about Metellus/Hudson at the other right now. LB is going to be an adventure; I'd feel a touch more comfortable if Hudson takes over for Peppers' role instead of Furbursh - it's certainly a large dropoff either way though. Replacing Gedeon with Bush is certainly a downgrade to start the season. The starting DL, assuming Hurst does come back, is good, but there's very little depth there. Winovich isn't quite a three-down WDE yet, Dwumfour is our only real backup DT right now and I don't think he's ready, and the young DEs not named Gary are wholly unproven.
The schedule next year I'm not so sure about.
- Florida luckily has no offense to challenge our 9ish new defensive starters, but they return a lot from a pretty good defense (#6 S&P). Cincinnati and Air Force are middling teams that we shouldn't have too much of an issue with.
Right now I'd say 9-3 is the ceiling for the team next year, whereas I think you could simulate this past season a thousand times and never fall below 9-3.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||OSU could have a similar||
OSU could have a similar statistic on their resume if both Wisconsin and Oklahoma win.
Pitt as well if both Clemson and PSU win.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||If both Clemson and||
If both Clemson and Washington win, 0% chance at the Rose. That will be either OSU or the Big Ten winner.
If one of them lose, it's either Rose or Playoffs.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Damn Coach, you're really||
Damn Coach, you're really doubting your own team for next year, especially considering Michigan loses nearly every starting player and OSU should return just about everyone.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Best I can find had us||
Best I can find had us favored by 1.5.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||2 blocked punts is kinda||
2 blocked punts is kinda cool.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||This game did exactly nothing||
This game did exactly nothing to our chances of winning the division. It was always set up to come down to the OSU game. Even if we had won at Iowa, losing in Columbus would still knock us out. The only teams' chances it affected were OSU and PSU, unless you actually think MSU has a shot against OSU on Saturday (hint: they don't).
|19 weeks 4 hours ago||This is an achievement I will||
This is an achievement I will forever cherish.
The weather is going to play a significant factor, but only really to keep Michigan from running away like pretty much every home game except Wisconsin. Indiana's offense won't do much, and I can see Michigan winning something silly like 16-3.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Hufanaga goes to the high||
Hufanga goes to the high school right up the road from me. I should go check one of their games out because it's always hilarious to see top-200 kids totally dominate inferior competition.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||He's only got the one||
He's only got the one receiving TD against Rutgers this year though... 8 on the ground is correct.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||2016: Alabama, OSU, Clemson,||
2016: Alabama, OSU, Clemson, Washington
2016.1: Michigan 31 - MSU 17 (I refuse to believe we blow them out in their own stadium, regardless of the trajectory of each other's seasons, until it actually happens.)
2016.2: Michigan 38 - Indiana 10
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Sure you||
Sure you can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0igyk4Exzw
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Who invited Debbie Downer to||
Who invited Debbie Downer to the conversation?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Those are actual states, so I||
Those are actual states, so I don't know if they count. However, what about Northwestern?
|24 weeks 1 day ago||There's a reason it's called||
There's a reason it's called the "Fulmer Cup"
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Shit yeah, back on track with||
Shit yeah, back on track with a great 5-1-1 week last week. And happily enough, the only one I got wrong was MSU covering, so I'm totally okay with that. On to this week:
OSU -30 - I have a feeling this is a train that isn't coming off the tracks any time soon. They've blasted everyone, and I think Indiana's worse than Oklahoma, whom OSU beat by 21 on the road at night. OSU keeps blowing up the scoreboard in a 52-14 win.
Michigan -28 - I normally am a pessimist when it comes to my own teams, but seriously Rutgers is a different level of awful than we've played so far, except maybe Hawaii. And we know how that one turned out. Speight starts to get back on track heading into the bye week, and the running game continues to improve in a beautiful 59-10 beating.
MSU -6 - As funny as it was seeing Indiana pull off that win, I don't think BYU has what it takes to continue Sparty's downward spiral. Dantonio rights the ship, albeit temporarily, and wins this 27-17.
Minnesota +2 - Iowa, on the other hand, seems to have mostly checked out for the season following the loss to NDSU. Minnesota should have won last week at PSU, but this time they seal the deal by winning 31-24.
Maryland -1 - Durkin seems to have found a bit of magic, and he knows how to keep Barkley bottled up. I'm still not a true believer in McSorley being able to win a game with his arm, and with all the injuries to PSU's run defense, I see Maryland winning an old school looking B1G game 24-20.
Illinois -10.5 - I wish we got to play Purdue this year, because wooooooof are they bad. Illinois wins this leg of the basement battle without a lot of trouble 31-14.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Oof, 3-4 last week. I'm due||
Oof, 3-4 last week. I'm due for a regression to the mean!
Maryland -10.5 - Neither team is all that good, but Maryland is at home and I think they win this by 2 TDs, looking at something like 27-13.
MSU -7.5 - Based solely on the defenses, I think MSU's is more likely to force turnovers than Indiana. It'll be a sloppy game, but MSU has enough firepower to win this 31-20.
OSU -38.5 - Rutgers is bad, won't be able to score with Grant out, and I don't see Meyer holding up his offense to do Ash any favors. This will get ugly fast, and I see OSU winning 58-10.
Northwestern +13.5 - Iowa struggled with Rutgers, and besides last year have normally struggled against the Wildcats. Now without their best WR, Iowa won't be drubbing anybody. They'll win a close one 17-13.
Minnesota +3 - PSU's LB situation isn't getting any better, so Minnesota should be able to move the ball on the ground without a whole lot of trouble. They've also got the corners to neutralize McSorley, allowing them to concentrate on keeping Barkley bottled up. I see Minnesota winning 31-24.
Illinois +21 - Illinois is bad, but Nebraska hasn't exactly been blasting people. Nebraska wins 38-20, but that's not enough to cover.
Wisconsin +10.5 - Maybe I'll be surprised like last week, but again I don't really get the double-digit line on this game. Sure, Wisconsin likely won't be able to score without turnovers and short fields, but I haven't seen enough out of our offense to confidently think we'll move the ball with regularity. I see a low-scoring, one-possession game, with Michigan ultimately coming out on top like 17-14.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Since moving across the||
Since moving across the country, my wife and I have become really good friends with a couple who went to Wisconsin, and we're actually heading over to their place to watch the game. It's been a fun week of joking shit-talking, though I have made it a point to thank them repeatedly for what they did last Saturday.
They're also convinced that they're going to lose, especially with the late-breaking Biegel news. I'm also nervous, but I've always been a pessimist when it comes to my sports teams.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I doubt Herman wants any part||
I doubt Herman wants any part of PSU. He'll hold out for either Texas or LSU, or hope that Houston gets scooped up by the Big 12.
Patterson has been mentioned for so many big jobs and is still kicking it at TCU - he's not going anywhere.
Petersen is a PNW guy through and through. No chance he leaves UW for PSU. Dude turned down USC, come on.
Fleck is a possibility, it'd likely be the best job available, as I can't see Texas or LSU offering him at this point.
Chip Kelly, if he wants back in the NCAA, will probably have his choice of jobs. If that's the case, I'd imagine Kelly and Herman split the LSU/Texas jobs.
Realistic candidates: Mullen, Golden, Rhule, and Fleck. The first three have ties to the program and/or area, and Fleck would be the high-risk, high-reward G5 promotion.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I'd be curious to see the||
I'd be curious to see the breakdown of the percentages of 1) actual muscle, 2) synthol, and 3) photoshop.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||My picks for the B1G games||
My picks for the B1G games (ended up 4-6-1 last week, further emphasizing why I don't actually gamble on sports):
Wake Forest +7.5 - Indiana doesn't seem quite the same, and WF does enough to keep it close. Thinking something like 24-20 one way or the other.
Purdue -6 - Nevada is pretty bad, not that Purdue is any good. Making a cross-country trip for a noon snoozer, I'll take Purdue to cover and win an ugly game 24-13.
Minnesota -17 - CSU got smoked by CU, and I think Minnesota is probably about as good as Colorado is. It won't be a 37-point difference, but Minnesota wins comfortably and keeps CSU from doing much of anything offensively, 34-10.
Rutgers +13.5 - I hope I'm not overreacting to the NDSU game last week, but Iowa has the look of a team that's not really going to be running away from too many foes that are remotely competent. Rutgers has some talent, they just need to stop going down by 2-3 TDs within the first 15 minutes. I like Iowa to win, but not by much. 27-24 seems about right for this game.
Nebraska -7.5 - Northwestern finally showed something offensively, but they're still a mess of a team right now. Nebraska may just be playing the best in the B1G West right now, and I think they'll win this one handily, 31-14.
MSU -6 - Hornibrook making his first start, on the road, against a Dantonio team seems like a recipe for making some critical mistakes. Wisconsin's run game is still a work in progress, and though the defense is pretty good, it's not enough to keep the Badgers in this game. MSU pulls away in the second half to win comfortably 27-13.
PSU +19 - I guess I'm not totally sold on the perceived gulf between these teams. I think Michigan is clearly a better team, but PSU is certainly capable of taking advantage of some of the defensive miscues the UM secondary has shown. Speight's game last week also worries me, especially since PSU has a reasonably competent secondary. Butt's the big difference in UM winning, but PSU hits a few big plays to keep it close, 38-27.