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- Purdue (#11 overall) 73.0 points
- Rutgers (#28 overall) 67.4 points
- Northwestern (#45 overall) 64.7 points
- Michigan (#61 overall) 61.7 points
- Nebraska (#64 overall) 61.3 points
- Maryland (#71 overall) 60.0 points
- Iowa (#74 overall) 59.6 points
- Minnesota (#76 overall) 59.5 points
- Indiana (#77 overall) 59.1 points
- Penn State (#81 overall) 57.8 points
- Illinois (#85 overall) 57.2 points
- Wisconsin (#105 overall) 52.2 points
- Michigan State (#117 overall) 46.8 points
- Ohio State (#128 overall) 38.9 points
- Talent: Michigan recruits well. Every year. Even in an off-year many teams (Iowa, MSU, Wisconsin) would trade us for some of our recruits.
- Experience: Michigan players get plenty of practice and game experience. The next player up will be ready.
- Coaching: This staff will have the players ready to play week in and week out. Pretty soon, we'll start referring to a 7-5 season as a "year of infinite pain" again.
- Win a B1G championship.
- Make the shiny new national playoff.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cord Borrower?||
Instead of being a cord cutter, wouldn't that make you a cord borrower? I mean, if you are using your parents login, you are using their "cord". If your parents wanted to drop cable, you'd be out of luck...amirite?
|1 week 5 days ago||#kidsthesedays||
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|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Mobile +1||
Made me laugh because it is so true.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||meta: mobile app||
Is there a reason comments with pictures in them turn into gigantic text strings?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Late...||
I wrote a similar diary a month ago.
I think that Silver's idea is too radical. He is asking conferences to kill something that they see as a cash cow for the dubious purpose of expanding the playoff. Hell, the B1G expanded just to make a Championship Game happen. I think that, someday, flex scheduling of some sort is going to be done. Change usually happens incrementally, and stakeholders need sufficient reason to change (like seeing a wildly successful playoff that seems like a bigger moneymaker than conference championships).
Given our current constraints (knowing the national champ will come from one of 5 conferences), I do think that it is reasonable to use the regular season to determine "who is the best team from each conference", and use that information to create a postseason tournament to determine the national champion.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Also,||
Talk to someone who was born before 2010 (the first year UM played OSU between Thanksgiving and Christmas http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/Michigan.htm ). We figured it out pretty well.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Like this guy?|
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Meta||
Can the app developers get on that?
I've always thought that some sort of Markdown integration is long overdue. (Now I will post some random links)
|6 weeks 6 days ago||also||
Any Astro program will probably require Calc 1, 2, and 3, as well as differential equations. These are relatively standard across physics and (most disciplines in) engineering as well
|6 weeks 6 days ago||physics professor here||
I think it is great that your son is considering astronomy. I highly recommend STEM majors in general. Astronomy is not as common of a major as physics, but these degrees do exist. My alma mater (Valparaiso University) has a well regarded program, and there are many options. Here are a few things I would keep in mind. 1. Make sure there are other options just in case Astronomy is a fad (kid is 17 after all). 2. Find out what the research experience is like. I worked in a lab after my freshman year, and it was a critical formative experience. 3. As far as math goes, that might depend on the program a bit, and the faculty attitude there. It could also depend on the sort of research that is done (astronomy is heavily computational). The worst case as I see it is that your son takes Astro 101, Calc 1, and Physics 1, hates it, and changes majors knocking out a bunch of gen Ed's in the process.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It's the Lions||
...they probably had "Evaluate Coach" on the calendar this week since they don't know much about this whole "playoffs" thing...Now they can concentrate properly on sending scouts to senior bowl games and various pro days.
ITS TIME FOR THE DRAFT!!!! The high point in every Lions season.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Nebraska||
I feel if Nebraska can return to the Osborne days, they can be a balance to Michigan/OSU in the East. Wisconsin has not really been elite (NC contender) in my lifetime. Same for Iowa.
I also think that the best solution is to scrap divisions altogether.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Tebow demanded to play QB||
There isn't evidence that Barrett would make the same demand.
There were several teams interested in making Tebow a TE.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||So you are saying that Walker||
So you are saying that Walker is a poor man's Chris Wormley, and Nnadi is a poor man's Ryan Glasgow?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||You mean like PFF? I seem to||
You mean like PFF?
I seem to remember a quote from PFF about one of Taco's grades missing the benefit of drawing several "obvious" holding calls in his best game. Yes, I am too lazy to look it up. :p
PFF has the added benefit of not being Fox/ESPN (someone who gets $$ from the NCAA or member institutions. However, the drawback is...what film are they reviewing? Are they getting all 22? Accuracy could be lost due to pore-o-vision.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Oh...||
And this seems an appropriate place to link the article linked on the front page which notes that Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson were all ranked in the 100s of Steele's metric.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I like your idea, and||
I like your idea, and generally agree with it. In fact, you can think about this team as one that wasn't exactly experienced using the metric you gave (They were 61st on that chart you linked).
That being said, I'm not sure this is the argument to make. In some sense, the "best" teams lose seniors to the NFL (a big part of Steele's metric as far as I can tell). In the B1G, it isn't altogether predictive. Let's pull out the B1G rankings from that list
To me, this is predictive of very little. Of the 10+ win teams in the league (Mich, OSU, PSU, Wisc), Michigan is the only one that is in the top half of this group. Of the 8+ loss teams in the league (MSU, RU, ILL, PU), half of them were in the bottom half of the group (MSU and ILL).
I figure it like this: Winning happens because of Talent, Experience, and Coaching. Recruiting is such an inexact science that I don't know that I trust the difference between the #10 recruiting class and the #20 recruiting class. (Also, because the recruiting rankings take class size into account, this seems not to be an exact--or even an approximate--measure of talent). So this is what I know:
tl, dr: Recruiting rankings and Phil Steele's experience metric are extant but of limited use. I think the coaching alone gets us back to our usual standards. We won't feel like it as fans until we:
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|9 weeks 3 days ago||why choose?||
I want both
|9 weeks 5 days ago||sensible||
seeing as how Hitler and Stalin are already dead.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Some random doctor from||
Some random doctor from Texas.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Tarik Black in the||
Tarik Black in the past.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||The Game would still happen, but in September or||
The Game would still happen, but in September or October (and maybe again in December), because Michigan and Ohio State are both in the East.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||It is only bad if you get||
It is only bad if you get jiggy with it.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh brought in Peters for a reason||
Sure, that reason has nothing to do with the fact that Speight is "not his QB". It has everything to do with the fact that we know that Speight will leave at some point. As will O'Korn. As has Morris. As did Tom Brady, John Navarre, Chad Henne, Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, and Jake Rudock before them. Harbaugh needs to recruit so he can reload.
Also, he needs to help his players improve by giving them real competition. As Spielman kept saying in the game I was watching yesterday (NFL -- Tampa vs. New Orleans), "So and so is getting better because the guy behind him is averaging more YPC than he did last year. You get better when you have someone pushing you." (Not really a quote, a paraphrase...still you get my point.)
Football is a meritocracy, not driven by seniority. Ty Issac may be the starting RB next year, but not because he will be a RS senior. Wilton Speight may be the starting QB next year, but not because he was the starting QB this year. Playing time is earned, not given.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Mobile+1||
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Well, if Harbaugh is going...||
...maybe Drevno could stay and be the HC. Leave the defensive staff intact. Make Jedd the OC. Find a new OL coach. And (Shazam!!!) national championship. Who needs FAU?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||meta||
On the Android app, and this is just a huge stream of text. Not sure how to file a bug report.