ESPN's Katz picks UM to start 7-0.

ESPN's Katz picks UM to start 7-0.

Submitted by massblue on August 18th, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Sharon Katz of ESPN gives UM a good chance to start 7-0. According to the article

New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier should bring toughness and physicality to an offense that was wildly inconsistent last season. Nussmeier's first task will be filling the gaps in an O-line that allowed the most negative plays (sacks and tackles for loss) in the nation. With an improved line, QB Devin Gardner should be able to return to his 2012 form, when he had the highest QBR (91.0) of any player in the nation with at least 150 action plays.


I did not know that Devin had such a high rating in 2012.  It then goes on to say

Michigan's toughest early-season test will be at Notre Dame, a game with considerable historical significance, as it will be the last scheduled meeting between the two schools. According to FPI, Michigan has a 55 percent chance to beat the Irish. In every other game through Week 7, the Wolverines have at least a 70 percent chance to win.


Three other teams are mentioned as being underestimated.


Arizona State UNIFORMZ v. Notre Dame

Arizona State UNIFORMZ v. Notre Dame

Submitted by Ghost of BCook… on August 18th, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Arizona State unveiled alternate uniforms today and the strong rumor in the Valley is that they will be used in their November matchup at home vs. Notre Dame.  

You may or may not like these aesthetically - personally, I think the helmet/copper facemask is sharp but I don't like the jersey.   But that's  not the point....the egregious crime against all that is sacred in college football  is that ASU's traditional colors of maroon and gold (e.g. yellow) are nowhere to be found.   It is also impossible to ignore that these are highly reminiscent of ASU's PAC-12 Conference foe Oregon State.  

Nike, Adidas, Under Armor...they are all the same.  Just thank God that (at least so far) Michigan has stuck to maize and blue.....

Arizona State copper uniforms.




Inside Michigan FB premieres 8/25 at 5pm

Inside Michigan FB premieres 8/25 at 5pm

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 18th, 2014 at 3:57 PM

The first Inside Michigan Foootball TV episode will premiere next week at 5pm on FSN Detroit per the guide on my TV.

Sadly, I'll miss most episodes on air date if they stick with that 5pm time due to one of my classes just getting out at 5, but luckily I have MGoBlueTV. If you miss any episode, MGoBlueTV subscribers can watch it again on the site. 

mgovideo did most of the shows last year. The radio show will premiere 8/27 on Wednesday night for MGoBlueTV subscribers. Or, you can watch it live via the free stream on the Pizza House website. 

Appalachian St. Wallpaper

Appalachian St. Wallpaper

Submitted by Blue Indy on August 18th, 2014 at 3:34 PM

For those of you who enjoy rotating wallpapers during the season to mock highlight our weekly opponents, I thought I'd submit one for Appalachian State. I hope to have a new one each Monday (yeah, I know this one is early), similar to what momuMental has done in seasons past. In my opinion, his work is second to none (if you haven't yet had the privilege, check it out) but I believe he only does wallpapers for marquee opponents now. If that's still the case, I'll continue to offer a wallpaper on Mondays. If not, I'll kindly cease and desist :-).

For the Appalachian State game, I struggled with whether to dub it "the Horror II" or not. On the one hand, it's awefully catchy and reminds us why Dave Brandon even thought this game would be mildly interesting. On the other, it seems to suggest the possibility that this year's game could have a similar outcome which... [insert curse word]. In the end, like Brandon, I went with brand recognition. Without further ado, I give you:

Here's the link for the full size image: 2560x1440

General Excitement Thread - Specific Examples for the Upcoming Season

General Excitement Thread - Specific Examples for the Upcoming Season

Submitted by mgobaran on August 18th, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Okay. A lot of negativity on the board recently. Whether OL stuff, or, well just the OL stuff. And the scrimmage didn't seem to ease anyone's mind. Actually, it has seemed to make everyone feel even worse. Not to mention it is Monday, which is factually the worst day of the week. 

Anyways, I am here to change all that!

Open ended question to the board; and remember folks, no wrong answers here.

What, specifically, are you most excited about for the upcoming season? No, not the ND game, or the night game against PSU. Not CBs, or LBs, or even JABRILL PEPPERS (which is officially its own position group as of right now).

Mine has to be the Dime defense. Even if it only shows up in 4% of this year's plays. Our corners going 5-6 deep has been an amazing revelation this offseason. No more white slot guys from CMU and Akron killing us up the middle. No more Indiana games. Come at us with 4 or 5 WR sets and see what happens! You got JMFR roaming in the middle, and Jabrill rushing in from the nickel. Or a safety in the box. Active and aggresive CBs in run support. And killer DE's to crush the QB. 

IMO, this defense will be deadly in the few times we roll it out. 

Okay, so what's yours?

12 days to kick off and I am still pumped! As always, GO BLUE!!

Ten College Football Freshmen To Watch In 2014

Ten College Football Freshmen To Watch In 2014

Submitted by Logan88 on August 18th, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Found a random article posted by a random dude on the internet about his selections for the Ten Freshmen to Watch in college football for 2014. Seeing as how his list contained one Buckeye and one Wolverine (not the one you might guess, btw), I felt it might be of some interest here...


Edit: I modified the link parameters so it opens up a new window when left clicking, so people won't get shuffled off to a new site and leave the wonders of MGoBlog behind.

Know Your Enemy: Notre Dame

Know Your Enemy: Notre Dame

Submitted by alum96 on August 18th, 2014 at 10:18 AM

USA Today has done a pretty nice write up of the strengths and weaknesses of Notre Dame, accounting for Friday's issues.  ND has a very tough schedule this year - even their 'patsies' i.e. Rice and Syracuse have a chance to beat them, and then they have road trips to ASU and FSU not to mention the traditional tilts with UM, USC, Stanford.  Outside of Purdue/Navy there is not much out there in terms of 'write it down wins".  It's the type of schedule where even a solid team could emerge with 5 losses.

Looks like the matchup with UM is actually going to be a strength on strength thing (ND's offense vs UM's defense) and then a weakness on weakness (ND's defense vs UM's offense) so should be a very good preview for the following month or so of UM football. 

ND is switching defenses, has a new defensive coach, and is relying on some young - if very talented players on that side of the ball.  They might also be relying on some walk ons, Kovacs style.  Sounds like outside of WR they return some good talent on offense (their OL was very impressive last year - took some hits but has a lot of depth), and obviously their QB is the type that has given UM issues for 2 decades now. (I see you McNabb)

Jury still out on if these 4 players will actually miss time but if so, it's a stud CB and their leading returning WR... along with a "Will Campbell" type on the DL (5 star who has not really made an impact thus far in his career).