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|3 days 3 hours ago||Northwestern's best win of||
Northwestern's best win of the year is inarguably the win over Stanford. Minnesota is not anywhere near as good as people thought they might be.
|5 days 23 hours ago||The only thing that's holding||
The only thing that's holding me back from anointing this a 2006-level defense is the lack of turnovers forced. I know they're generally high-variance, but the best defenses seem to get a lot of them. See OSU scoring a defensive TD in every game so far this year. The 2006 team had 30 takeaways, more than 2 per game.
If we start forcing turnovers, though... hoo boy the sky is the limit for this group.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Depends how heavy the rain||
Depends how heavy the rain is. I remember watching a Southern Miss-Louisville game 3 years ago where the rain was so heavy the field was essentially flooded. Good thing it looks like we won't have to deal with this!
|6 days 13 hours ago||Michigan 41-Maryland||
Michigan 41-Maryland 10
Michigan 27-Northwestern 3
|1 week 2 days ago||+1, very informative.||
+1, very informative.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hedged my bets and guessed||
I hedged my bets and guessed a BYU win because by the time I posted all the reasonable (at the time) scores had been selected. Oh well!
Also, internet high five for a fellow NERS graduate! (I'm guessing, based on the screenname...)
|1 week 5 days ago||I laughed. +1||
I laughed. +1
|1 week 6 days ago||23-27 BYU.||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Pittsburgh's beer scene is||
Pittsburgh's beer scene is mostly just getting off the mat right now, as there has been a rash of micros opening over the past 5 years. The best, in my opinion, are probably Grist House, Brew Gentlemen, and Spoonwood. East End has a great stout but is pretty average elsewhere. Church Brew Works is okay, but the brewery is in an abandoned church so it's a real neat place to go. If you drive a little more than an hour north of the city, Voodoo is really good.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||According to Harbaugh||
According to Harbaugh himself, it looks like you want to be as close to Section 25, Row 12, Seat 9 as possible.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Considering that UNLV lost||
Considering that UNLV lost their already not very good starting QB, I don't think that offense is moving the ball too much against our defense. The score won't be a total massacre because the second half is going to be a lot of power running and clock chewing, but it'll be something on the order of 45-3 I'd guess.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The Peppers gif, the dude||
The Peppers gif, the dude with the clipboard in the top right is making the "oooooooohhhhhhhh" face as Peppers crushes the WR. It's hilarious and I can't stop watching it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I'm with you on the||
Yeah, I'm with you on the Wilson TD. The WR is the one moving horizontally while Booker stays outside as a blocker, so Bolden should have the outside responsibility. RJS's task should be to force the play to the RB and allow the 4 tacklers (against 3 blockers) to clean up. He ended up forcing Wilson to keep the ball, and with no help behind him due to Morgan falling, it was as easy as TDs get.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Michigan wins 31-17. Gary||
Michigan wins 31-17. Gary Andersen scares me a bit when he has a mobile QB, like what he did at Utah State with Chuckie Keeton. Good thing is we'll be getting Collins in only his second game, his first road game, three times zones away, and the rest of the Beavers aren't all that threatening.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, this is one contest I'm||
Yeah, this is one contest I'm not happy to finish well in. I hate when my pessimism gets rewarded.
That's not to say that I would turn down a free copy of BLL (which I didn't order because I don't read many books)... plus the entry does say both "correct guesses" and "five closest," so it depends on which one you want to believe.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Our offense is a long way||
Our offense is a long way from being a true threat. Rudock did not impress me; made some bad reads, and the first overthrow of Chesson was inexcusable for a 5th year senior. Smith runs hard, which is nice to see, but he runs hard to the wrong place half the time. The receivers were somewhat of a surprise, but Perry's routes aren't quite good enough to see as many targets as Rudock gave him. Jake Butt is amazing, and he'll have to play like this all season if we want to have any success going forward.
Defense was a bit hit-and-miss for me. The DL seemed to get really good penetration, which was nice to see; however, I fully expect RJS to get some serious minuses on Wilson's TD run - he boned that play as bad as you possibly could. The LBs were good against the run for the most part, but got really exposed through the air. They're lucky there aren't a whole lot of dangerous passing attacks in the conference. Lewis is the real deal, and by the end of the game Peppers was fantastic.
All in all, it played out somewhat like I expected (though I did not imagine Rudock would have 3 INTs, even if one wasn't his fault), as I guessed 23-17. I did see enough that makes me think this team will improve as the season goes along. But, if it was possible, I'm even more skeptical that they'll provide much of a challenge to MSU or OSU in the division.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||White Braylon||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just gonna throw an||
I'm just gonna throw an upvote here and move on. Drinking on the job would get me fired, and that's not ideal.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've actually only attended||
I've actually only attended two Michigan games outside of Michigan Stadium - 2007 MSU and 2012 Sugar Bowl.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The game at Connecticut was||
The game at Connecticut was scheduled when they were still in the Big East, a BCS conference. The game at Utah wasn't scheduled until they were in the Pac-12.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Yeah, I don't see anything||
Yeah, I don't see anything wrong with what Whittingham said. We probably wouldn't be playing the game there if Utah wasn't in the Pac-12.
Let's not try to read disrespect into everything anyone says about Michigan.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||I have pessimistic||
I have pessimistic tendencies, so I don't have a real good feeling about the season. I just think there's a few too many holes on the roster still.
@Utah - Loss. Road opener against a tough opponent. Their pass rush will just be too much for our improving-but-not-quite-there OL to handle.
OrSU - Win. Depleted roster, new coach, home opener, reinvigorated fan base.
UNLV - Win. Easily the worst team we play this year.
BYU - Win. Hill is very good, but he's the only established rushing threat, and I trust Lewis to be able to lock down half the field. Our LBs keep their ground game in check enough for us to close out the game.
@Maryland - Win. They simply lost too much on offense, and I'm not sold on their defense outside of Likely.
NW - Win. If Hoke can beat them routinely (in the most unorthodox of fashions, no less), I don't see them being a huge challenge.
MSU - Loss. They're still just a bit too good for us to beat this year. I don't think their in-state dominance will last much longer as long as Harbaugh is around, but he just doesn't have the horses yet.
@Minnesota - Loss. Road game on Halloween will be tough enough, but they also have a pair of great corners to shut down our passing game. It'll be a cold, low-scoring game, and that plays into the home team's favor.
Rutgers - Win. They're just not good this year, and thankfully we don't have to deal with Gary Nova again.
@Indiana - Win. See NW - any team that Hoke could handle, I trust Harbaugh to do the same. He won't let us get tempo'd to death.
@PSU - Loss. Tough road game, their defense will be stout, and any improvement in their OL will make that offense actually dangerous.
OSU - Loss. This team is just stacked, and Meyer will have them ready. We'll have to bring our A++ game, because anything less and the game could get real ugly, real fast.
7-5 overall, 4-4 in conference. The team will show signs of improvement as the season goes on, for the first time in years. However, there's a long way to go to become competitive with the likes of MSU and OSU, and that won't happen in one season.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Utah 23-17.Unfortunately I||
Utah wins, 17-23.
Unfortunately I think things get off to a bumpy start on the scoreboard, but the signs are there that the team will be a lot more competitive as the year goes on.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||My shining moment on the||
My shining moment on the internet is still the day THE_KNOWLEDGE anointed me the Protege of the Week a few years ago, after the 12-10 win over MSU. May the future be infinitely bright for you, good sir (or madam)!
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||The season starts next||
The season starts next Thursday, not tomorrow.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||For the sake of practicality,||
For the sake of practicality, one would be a 2016 Subaru Forester XT. Still decently powerful with the 250hp turbo engine, but enough space for my wife and I to take any road trip we want. Plus it can go places in Pittsburgh winters unlike my second car.
My other car would be a red Porsche 911 - either the 2015 GT3 RS or the 2010 GT2 RS. If I only get one car for the rest of my life, it will be a red 911 worthy of a racetrack. It's the one car I've always wanted since I knew what cars were. I keep telling myself that someday I'll finally have the money to buy one.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||This post reminds me how||
This post reminds me how ridiculous it is that we've never had a QB throw more than 25 TDs in a single season, and only once has someone cleared 3000 yards.
For comparison, 39 QBs threw for more than 3000 yards last year alone, 21 of which were in P5 conferences. 24 QBs threw for more than 25 TDs, 13 of them in P5. Yet, with all the talent we've had in the past at QB and WR/TE...
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, I think it's unlikely||
I mean, I think it's unlikely that we beat either MSU or OSU, but to not even consider the possibility in a 'best case' scenario is ridiculous. I could understand a 10-2 best case if it involved beating MSU, and you could even preserve the 'Rose Bowl' part of it by saying the 2nd loss is to Utah or BYU.
Also, on the other end, I'd peg our worst case to actually be 5-7, if it turns out that none of the QBs are any good and the DL doesn't put much pressure on opposing QBs. If that happens, we could easily drop games to Utah, BYU, Minnesota, MSU, PSU, and OSU. One upset in the other 6 games and 5-7 is reasonable, if a bit unlikely.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||*woosh*||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Fleck seems like a pretty||
Fleck seems like a pretty neat guy. He's gonna get a big time job sooner rather than later.