Whence the Blogpoll?

Whence the Blogpoll?

Submitted by Ali G Bomaye on October 27th, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Has anyone seen the Blogpoll yet this season?  I know it's bounced around somewhat from site to site, but I haven't seen any updates yet this season.  If it died, that's a shame, because I think it was the most accurate and thought-provoking poll out there.  If it's still kicking, can someone point me in the right direction?

Losing Denard Robinson and finding an offensive identity

Losing Denard Robinson and finding an offensive identity

Submitted by Blazefire on October 27th, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I see so, so many people complaining about the lack of a steady offensive concept, and an effective one, and I'm trying to understand the complaints as they relate to this year. I want to know what other people think as far as how the loss of a record setter affects a team going forward.

The past four years, Denard Robinson has been the face of Michigan Football. When the offense was working, he was amazing. When the offense wasn't working, he was still amazing. How many times did a play or an entire game almost fall apart entirely only to become "DO SOMETHING DENARD! Oh, wow... did you see what he did? DID YA!?!"

What I want to know is, what do fans think is a reasonable amount of time for a program to find its identity going forward following four years of DENARD DO SOMETHING football? Pre season? One game? Four? One Season?

I personally think that once you no longer have, nor expect to have, Denard Robinson\ in your backfield, it makes sense that you would at first try to go the other way, to bring some sense into your game, since so often, plays with Denard made no sense, and that's what made them awesome. I would, in fact, expect somewhere between one half and one full season, the team would start to figure out what works and what doesn't following four years of having a guy that made nothing and everything work.

What's your timeline?

10/26: Night Games Open Thread

10/26: Night Games Open Thread

Submitted by Mr. Yost on October 26th, 2013 at 7:08 PM

A very good slate of games tonight...

7:00 PM No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon      
7:00 PM No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri      
7:00 PM No. 8 Baylor at Kansas      
8:00 PM Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State    
10:30 PM No. 6 Stanford at No. 25 Oregon State      

Also...Oklahoma/Texas Tech had a hour and a half delay so they're only in the 3rd quarter. However, they'll be switching the game to FOX News because the World Series at 7:30p.

 

BBrown: Quick Update With Alex Malzone

BBrown: Quick Update With Alex Malzone

Submitted by Brandon Brown on October 26th, 2013 at 12:06 PM

2015 QB Alex Malzone spoke with Coach Borges for about 10 minutes on Wednesday to talk about his recruitment moving forward and possible visits.

While the chat was brief Alex came away feeling pretty good about their conversation.

It went great. He said he watched my highlight tape today and was very impressed. He said that I'm definitely on their radar. They aren't ready to offer anyone yet though, they are still waiting on that.

Being an in-state kid Alex has had a lot of interaction with the coaching staff, specifically Coach Borges.

I talked to him a lot at camp and at the Minnesota game so he and I always have good conversations.

Alex will now focus on the final stretch of his season and he said he definitely should be in attendance for the Ohio State game, and he is now thinking he will try to make it for the Nebraska game as well.

Michigan Conference non-plays

Michigan Conference non-plays

Submitted by stopthewnba on October 26th, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Michigan misses Illinois and Purdue this year on the schedule, two winless conference teams.
 
That got me thinking - doesn't this seem to happen alot?   The years we "miss" opponents, they're way down.
 
I didn't go as far to look at typically bad teams that have "up" years when we do finally play them (example:  we played 6-2 Illinois in 2007.  We didn't play them in 2006 or 2005, and they went a combined 1-15 in league play).
 
Anyway, here's what I found (all records are league games only).  
 
  • The overall record of league opponents we don't play over the past 8+ seasons is 62-91 (.405)
  • Since 2005, the BEST combined records of opponents we've missed on the schedule is .500 (2012 / 2011 / 2009)
  • We didn't/won't play the worst team in the league in 2005 (0-8 Illinois), 2006 (1-7 Illinois), 2008 1-7 Indiana), 2011 (0-8 Indiana), and 2013 (0-2 Illinois [lost past 16 conf games) + 0-3 Purdue

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-1PX2xzKJe7bkRHWlFsUklMWFE/edit?usp=s…

Alabama taking away student seating priv(i)ledges due to leaving early

Alabama taking away student seating priv(i)ledges due to leaving early

Submitted by trueblueintexas on October 26th, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Summary: Saban and Alabama officials are upset students have been leaving games early so they are imposing a clause which is in the ticketing rule. 20 student organizations (mainly greek orgs) will no longer get priority to sit together in blocks. It will be open seating throughout the student section.

Link: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9880250/alabama-crimson-tide-punish-students-leaving-early

Not exactly a big punishment but it is petty even if it was clearly stated up front.

I find it interesting the powers that be in college football have been making decisions for years which have nothing to do with the students interest.  Most of the decisions have been made to increase TV viewership.  And yet, athletic departments and coaches can't understand why students are showing up late and leaving early.