100 Days Out: Michigan Favored by 1 vs Notre Dame

100 Days Out: Michigan Favored by 1 vs Notre Dame

Submitted by SkyPanther on May 24th, 2018 at 9:48 AM

100 days until kickoff vs. Notre Dame. Michigan is slightly favored by another betting outlet, BetOnline.

Other notables there:

State favored by 26 over Utah St

Wisconsin favored by 33 over Western Kentucky

Ohio St favored by 38 in their really tough match up with Oregon St ;-)

Penn St favored by 23.5 over Appalachian St.

Nebraska favored by 20.5 over Akron

Iowa favored by 14 over Northern Illinois

It looks like Michigan has the toughest match up of all big name teams in the BIG 10 on opening weekend.

 

Two other games that should be great ones that weekend: Auburn vs Washington on Saturday afternoon, before the Michigan night game. And on Sunday night, LSU vs. Miami, at AT&T Stadium, Dallas (JerryLand).

 

Link: https://www.betonline.ag/sportsbook/football/ncaa

 

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Submitted by Catchafire on May 23rd, 2018 at 3:07 PM
I am starting to feel confident and bullish about our chances to go into South Bend and leave with a W. When we do, we are going to put the whole college football world on notice. So, why am I confident? Well:

1. Joe Milton. All the good news coming out of camp on Milton is getting me excited. He is pushing all the quarterbacks and putting them on notice. If he is that good, put him in the game, we need to win NOW.

2. Wariner. The offensive line will be better. It has to be better. This is going to be a book for our running backs, which will alleviates pressure on the QB. Running backs improving will benefit our wide receivers. This 2018 offense might be the best we have seen in the last 10 years.

3. Don Brown. He will help our offense improve by showing them the different looks and varieties of defense we will face this season. Steel sharpens steel and nothing is quite as sharp as our defense.

Wolverines are hungry and we are going to feast! this season.

Shea Patterson Ranked the #15 QB by Athlon

Shea Patterson Ranked the #15 QB by Athlon

Submitted by SkyPanther on May 22nd, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Out of 130 starting NCAA QBs, Athlon has ranked Shea Patterson at #15. This will come as good news to those of you suffering from Shea Patterson Hype Fatigue (SPHF).

Big 10 QBs on the list:

 3) Trace McSorely, Penn St

12) Brian Lewerke, Mich St

15) Shea Patterson

25) Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin

27) Nate Stanley, Iowa

28) Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St

37) Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

44) David Blough, Purdue

52) Kasim Hill, Maryland

68) Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

73) Brandon Dawkins, Indiana

93) Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

110) Artur Sitkowski, Rutgers

116) Cam Thomas, Illinois

Link: https://athlonsports.com/college-football/college-football-starting-quarterback-rankings-2018

 

Personally, I'm not tired of the hype. I think Shea Patterson together with Jim Harbaugh is a match made in heaven. Having Ed Warinner and Jim McElwain now doesn't hurt either. I'm expecting more than 10 wins this year.

 

P.S., Brandon Wimbush of Notre Dame is at #43. I'm expecting him to have a very difficult time with Michigan's defense.

 

 

Hypo: What if Gary Moeller stayed?

Hypo: What if Gary Moeller stayed?

Submitted by 1408 on May 22nd, 2018 at 6:58 PM

Moeller was before my era by a little bit but I am curious what might have happened to Michigan had he never gone to Excalibur that night in Southfield.  The guy had a .758 winning percentage and was back to back Big Ten coach of the year.  

He might have coached for 15 seasons at that rate (especially given that he had immediate success following Bo).  

Do we still win it all in '97 if he is the HC?  Do we win more?  Interesting to think about.

SIAP: B1G Moving Back to 8 Conference Games (2022 or Sooner)

SIAP: B1G Moving Back to 8 Conference Games (2022 or Sooner)

Submitted by umbig11 on May 22nd, 2018 at 6:32 PM

The B1G wants to move back to 8 conference games. It is a matter of when, not if. The current scheduling arrangement runs through 2021. Some are saying the change could possibly take place in 2020.

Why? They want to even the playing field with the SEC and ACC for access to the CFP. In addition, it reduces scheduling burdens and allows for B1G teams to get back to 7-8 home games on a more consistent basis.

11 Warriors on Shea Patterson

11 Warriors on Shea Patterson

Submitted by Caesar on May 22nd, 2018 at 4:53 AM

Interesting, well-written stuff (link), though I look forward to more of Brian's analysis. 

To summarize, Patterson's last Ole Miss OC relied on receivers winning 1-on-1 matchups against teams with less talent and quick throws/RPOs against the 'Bama/LSUs of college football. Importantly, however, that offense did not require him to make a 'read' in the traditional sense of the word. He isn't looking at a linebacker stance as much as he's trusting his receivers to get open after they make route adjustments based on the coverages. In this context, Patterson is praised for his ability to drop the ball in a bucket and knowing where that bucket needs to go. He definitely has great tools.

The negatives start with Patterson getting spooked after LSU/'Bama DLs aged his body by a few years. Patterson's throwing mechanics (which apparently need work to begin with) are entirely abandoned and get further out-of-sync. This even showed up against Cal. Also, the author asserts that Michigan runs a ball-control offense that relies much more on precision and reads than did the Ole Miss offense. If Patterson's INT rate persists, it will be unnacceptable in this different schematic context.

Questions. I'd really appreciate it if any knowledgeable commenters can get into the weeds about his throwing motion, comparing the Ole Miss offense to Michigan, and some ideas on the probable transition cost.

Edit: Welcome back UMBig11! I hope all is well with your family, and we look forward to your insights whenever things clear up for you.