Afternoon non Michigan game open thread

Afternoon non Michigan game open thread

Submitted by ThadMattasagoblin on November 8th, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3:30 PM CBSSN Army vs. Uconn (Yankee Stadium)

3:30 PM ABC Notre Dame at Arizona State

3:30 PM FSN Iowa State at Kansas

3:30 PM CBS Texas A&M at Auburn

3:30 PM NBCSN Penn at Princeton

3:30 PM FS1 West Virginia at Texas

3:30 PM ESPNU Tulane at Houston

Where college football means the most

Where college football means the most

Submitted by bo_lives on November 8th, 2014 at 2:25 PM

So the NYT has made a map showing the percentage of facebook users from each county in the US who have "liked" the "college football" page. They're calling that "where college football means the most" which I think may be a little flawed for multiple reasons. The results are certainly a little interesting in any case.

Some obvious things that stand out are the relative apathy of the East Coast and West Coast toward college football, and the South's obsession with it. However, I did find it mindly surprising that Texas, Tennessee, and Louisiana have so fewer counties with 30% or more "liked" than Alabama. Also, it seems Nebraska, despite their relative downturn over the past decade, is still just as much into college football as Alabama.

I also found it rather interesting that for Michigan, the counties with 30% or more FB users liking college football are centered around East Lansing. Would that have been any different had this been made a decade ago? Washtenaw county is still relatively high overall (24%), but well below the 30% threshold.

Game Day Weather

Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on November 8th, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Sorry for the delay, I was at Hill Aud late last night. Hopefully this still helps you a little :) Flashback to last time in Evanston - and it was very similar to what we have in store for us to start today. Chilly, breezy, and cloudy/rainy, at least in the morning. We have low pressure in Canada this morning just north of the straits, cold front stretched across Lake Michigan through Chicago to Arkansas. On the backside of this system, we're starting the day pretty raw, but high pressure will build in to bring us more sun for the afternoon.

If you're in Evanston...


Started off this morning with a few showers, but they're diminishing as our system pushes east. Chilly and windy with steady northwest winds around 20mph with gusts up to 30mph (small trees sway, empty plastic garbage cans tip over, you can hear the wind "whistling"). Tie down that tent! Temps start in the low 40s and reach 45 for lunch, but those winds will keep it feeling like the low and mid 30s. Cloudy skies through the morning, but we start to see some breaks towards lunch.


Hanging on to 45 degrees for the CT start! Unfortunately, we're keeping the winds too. Remaining out of the northwest at 20mph with gusts still up around 30 - this is when you use a little effort to walk against the wind. Wind chills will be running in the low 30s, so you'll want the coat and your favorite warm winter accessories! We will see some sunshine peeking through the clouds, and the winds will begin to gradually fall through the first half.


Temps drop a little to 42, and we're finally seeing more of a mix of sun and clouds. Winds have fallen a bit, down to a steady 18mph with gusts in the mid 20s - still pretty windy! That'll keep it feeling like the low 30s. Winds will continue to drop through the second half. Hot chocolate anyone?


Headed out of Ryan Field you'll want to warm up and celebrate a win! We drop temps to the upper 30s, but finally start to get rid of the wind gusts. Still a cool wind out of the northwest, steady at 15mph, and gusts here and there to 20 (leaves blow about, maybe some small twigs, you'd see some white horses on the water). If you're staying out late, temperatures will fall into the mid 30s, and that wind chill will go down to the upper 20s, with winds shifting westerly to about 10mph. A decent amount of clouds hang with us overnight, and that'll be the case Sunday. If you're traveling Sunday morning, winds will shift to come out of the southwest ahead of our next system, and pick up again too - steady 15-20mph winds, gusting in the 20s. You may run into some rain and wintry mix as well. Let's go blue!

Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for ABC in Flint, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!

Real-Time MGo-Map of Evanston for Saturday

Real-Time MGo-Map of Evanston for Saturday

Submitted by Seth on November 8th, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Thank you to everyone who contributed. The final map is now live. Take the link below.

When do they do this? Where is that on the map? I have answers.

A startup called City Data Company makes these three-dimensional (North-South, East-West, and Time) maps for walkable spaces, usually for local festivals and the like.

The founder, fellow 2002 alum Tres Crow, offered to make one for MGoBloggers looking for stuff to see and do on game days so traveling readers can find each other and locals can let everyone know where the good things are.

Here's the current map:

Pretty empty so far. So if you've got some place to add to the map before Saturday, respond below with what it is, the time (start and finish), the address or Google Map geo-location (latitude and longitude), and like half a sentence of description.

Examples of things to put in:

  • Your tailgates
  • Best places to park
  • Best places to eat on a game day
  • Favorite bars on a game day
  • Where the bus leaves from
  • Where Bacon's signing something
  • Where the Michigan players get off the bus
  • Pretty things on campus that you ought to see
  • Where cool Northwestern gameday traditions occur
  • The Alumni Association's official tailgate (one of the best)
  • The bar where alumni gather on Friday night
  • The spot to go to after the game if you want to stand around chanting the "It's great! To be! .." cheer. You know, like ironically.
  • Whatever other readers would be interested in on gameday.

Come Saturday people will be able to download the map to their phones from this site, and use it to kill time awesomely before the game.

ESPN GameDay in East Lansing open thread

ESPN GameDay in East Lansing open thread

Submitted by Moonlight Graham on November 8th, 2014 at 9:23 AM

No open thread created yet, so thought I'd kick things off. Sparty fans' signs are getting a lot of mileage out of Urban's late-night pizza run in Indy. Here's to GameDay being in AA for The Game next year because it's relevant to the B1G East title, and we can have our own fun. Go Blue. 

CC: Miami v San Fran Season Prospects

CC: Miami v San Fran Season Prospects

Submitted by alum96 on November 8th, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Ah, the traditional waking up Saturday morning and your first thoughts turning to....those games at Ford Field and the Superdome.  We're not in Kansas anymore.

The "crowned one" has a new blog posting up that indicating again Jim H is in play and while no sure thing there will be interest if he is approached "respectfully" and "appropriately".  Appropriately = no direct contact during NFL season (duh) and respectfully means bring a lot of suitcases of cash.  Don't lowball.  Common sense. 

If you don't know who the crowned one is, the first rule of MGoBlog is don't link to the crowned one.

So let us look at the remaining schedules of the Dolphins (most likely the strongest NFL suitor) and 49ers the rest of the way and project, because as we all know NFL games are won on message boards and with statistics.  The Raiders can be skipped because any decision to go across the bay is a bet on Jim's views on Derek Carr and Mrs. Harbaugh's demands.

As for San Fran, it is not so much about Jim's future there but Jim's availability i.e. when can "respectful" (i.e. official) contact be made.  If San Fran falls out of the playoffs, that day could be Dec 29th (or whatever day Jim would be let go). As for Miami, a playoff bound Miami would be good for business and make it difficult to fire a coach, although we've seen NFL teams fire 10-6 coaches in the past, when a better option presents itself.  Something that would seem like a no brainer except for those inside the UM administration apparently. (ugh)  But I digress.


Analysis:  Can we call Jim H on Dec 29th?

San Fran remaining games

  • Home:  Redskins, Seahawks, Chargers, Cardinals
  • Away: Saints, Giants, Raiders, Seahawks

Caveat - San Fran somehow lost at home to St Louis last week, which per science should not have happened!  Here is how San Fran compares to remaining opponents per Football Outsiders offense/defense efficiency.

  Off  Def
SF 23 7
WAS 17 19
SEA 12 5
SD 6 31
ARI 24 6
NO 4 29
NYG 21 18
OAK 29 25

Wins - Raiders (they suck), Washington (hosting a midde of pack team), Chargers (hosting a team that plays no defense), Seattle at home (hosting a hatefest for personal pride)

Losses - @Seattle (traveling to a hatefest), NYG (traveling to a middle of the pack team), NO (traveling to a team that plays no defense), 'Zona (playing for home field advantage throughout playoffs most likely)

Science indicates an 8-8 record and if science is off by 1, best case 9-7.

NFC playoffs - Jimbo is playing for a wildcard - his competition is projected to be, (1) loser of Green Bay (5-3) / Detroit (6-2), (2) Seattle (5-3), and (3) loser of Philly (6-2) / Dallas (6-3).  So Jim being let go in late December counts on the Detroit Lions and Tony Romo coming through in the clutch.  (deepsigh.gif)   My prediction is loser of GB/Detroit and Seattle (a good statistical team taking everyone's best punch) edge out Jimbo for the 2 wildcards.  Official UM calls commence late December.


Due to length of post I won't break out Miami's to such a degree but here are the games and the chart.

Miami remaining games

  • Home:  Bills, Ravens, Vikings, Jets
  • Away: Lions, Broncos, Jets, Patriots
  Off  Def
MIA 13 2
DET 25 1
BUF 27 4
NYJ 28 20
NE 9 17
BAL 10 9
DEN 1 3
MIN 30 11

Miami faces a litany of tough defenses ahead, but quite a few struggling offenses as well.  It will be all about which Tannehill shows up.  Science projects them with 2 guaranteed losses to @NE, @DEN so to get to 10-6 from current 5-3, they will need to go 5-1 against everyone else.  Doubtful that happens even with 2 byes vs the Jets and a sort of bye v Vikings.  Ravens, Bills, Lions are all Dolphins level and toss up games, and more teams are "in play" in the AFC for the playoffs than in the NFC.

Takeaway - Mr. Ross keep your 9-7 coach.  Thanks.


OT: Jameis Winston linked in possible point-shaving scandal

OT: Jameis Winston linked in possible point-shaving scandal

Submitted by Kermits Blue Key on November 8th, 2014 at 6:54 AM

A friend and former high school teammate of Winston placed a $5,500 bet on the first-half spread of the FSU-Louisville game, and Winston coincidentally threw 2 int's and FSU trailed 7-21 at the half. We all know how the second half went.