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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||Not to reference those guys, but...||
This is making me think about the Terrelle Pryor/Todd Boeckman situation in 2008. The short version was that Tressel ended up sitting (senior, returning starter) Boeckman for (true freshman) Terrelle Pryor after they lost to USC (35-3). I think the idea was that they could win plenty of games with their defense, and Pryor could get some on the job training so that they could be even better the next season.
Here is a link to their scores from that season and the ones following it. I'll let you decide if it worked or not.
|1 week 5 days ago||All Spring Game news is good||
This should be a corrolary to the "all weight gain/loss is good" rule for rosters. Let's apply it here.
News: Peters played well. This is a good sign for the upcoming season. There are at least two players who are capable of leading a B1G champ team at the QB spot. The competition is wide open, iron is sharpening iron, and the best player will play.
Let's try it again:
News: Speight struggled. This is a good sign for the upcoming season. On a defense that lost 10 starters, many holes are expected. Instead, the next players are stepping up, and Michigan will have a formidible defense once again. This is demonstrated by their being able to stop an offense piloted by one of the top 3 QBs in the B1G.
Easy enough, right?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||mobile+1||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||nuff bewbs?||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||mobile +||
mobile + 1
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Something about his shot...||
His mechanics seemed off to me. His feet just weren't under him, and I felt like he was falling forward on his shot.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Mobile+1||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||meta: Android app||
The above message is a string of text. I assume it is an image on the site. I don't know a better way to report bugs to the app devs. I would be happy to do so more formally.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||first row sports||
just be careful where you click. And remember that the tiny blue x can move sometimes. ;)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||It would be a sad day...||
...but same old Lions. I always say that the peak of the Lions season is right before the draft. That day that Lions fans believe that they will draft the one piece that will step things up that one more level. All the way to the super bowl...Now the day after the draft...Same. Old. Lions.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Gif choice fail...|
|11 weeks 3 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?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||#kidsthesedays||
|12 weeks 1 day ago||your solution for interactive statistical graphics|
|12 weeks 4 days ago||obligatory|
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Mobile +1||
Made me laugh because it is so true.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||meta: mobile app||
Is there a reason comments with pictures in them turn into gigantic text strings?
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Like this guy?|
|16 weeks 2 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)
|16 weeks 3 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
|16 weeks 3 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.
|16 weeks 3 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.
|17 weeks 1 day 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.
|17 weeks 1 day 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.
|17 weeks 3 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?
|18 weeks 1 day 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.
|18 weeks 3 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.
|18 weeks 3 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: