Got my alumni tix!

Got my alumni tix!

Submitted by Gameboy on August 19th, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I was getting worried about my tix that I got through Alumni Association as we are only a couple of weeks away from the first game. But when I got home, sweet mother of Bo, the tix were waiting for me (both ND and Akron). Not bad considering they mailed them out last Fri, I believe.

Now I have a dilemma. Because my daughter and wife are flynig in (from Seattle) with me to the Notre Dame game, I purchased 3 tickets through general sales (the alumni would not let me get more than 2 max). My plan was just to sell the alumni tix to pay for the general sale tix. Last time I got my tix through alumni assoc., I got tix way up in the bowl (40+ I think), but this time I am on the row 9 behind the goal post. I don't think I sat this low even when I was a senior at UM.

The general sales tix are way up top in the corner.

What do I do now?

MBB: Michigan scheduled for 2 ESPN "Super Tuesday" games

MBB: Michigan scheduled for 2 ESPN "Super Tuesday" games

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 19th, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Just saw this come across the wire- MGOBLUE RELEASE

B1G teams playing on ESPN Super Tuesday-

Jan. 7 -- ohio at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 14 -- Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 21 -- Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 28 -- Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Feb. 4 -- ohio at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Feb. 11 -- Michigan at ohio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Feb. 18 -- Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Feb. 25 -- Indiana at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
March 4 -- Michigan at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

 

Two rivalry games featured. Another 9pm game against ohio. Yippie. 

Here are the keys to the 2013-14 schedule we already know-

Date Opponent Time/Net.
11/8 vs UMass-Lowell TBA
11/17 at Iowa State TBA
  Puerto Rico Tip Off  
11/21 Long Beach State 5pm/ESPN2
11/22 Florida State/VCU TBA
11/23 TBD TBA
  B1G/ACC Challenge  
12/3 at Duke 9:15pm/ESPN
12/14 vs Arizona TBA
  Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invit.  
12/21 Stanford TBA
12/28 vs Holy Cross TBA
1/25 at State* (College Gameday) TBA/ESPN
2/11 at Ohio* 9pm/ESPN
3/4 at Illinois* 7pm/ESPN

 

 

 

Club Seating Questions

Club Seating Questions

Submitted by michgoblue on August 19th, 2013 at 3:14 PM

This is a follow-up question to a thread that I posted a week or so ago about seating recommendations for the opener for young kids.  I am attending with my wife and my sons, ages 2 and 6.

I have the opportunity to purchase 4 seats in one of the 400 level club seating sections (the outdoor, not the indoor, sections).  My thought process is that (1) the seats are larger / wider / more comfortable than the general benches, so more room for squirmy kids; (2) way less crowded concessions and bathrooms for frequent trips required by kids; and (3) somewhat reduced noise, in case either of them gets a bit overwhelmed.  I also understand that there is access to a club lounge, where there are large screen TVs so if I need to let the little guy get some movement in, my wife or I won't miss the game.

Any thoughts on the above?  I would love to hear experiences of those who have had seats in these sections.  Also, how is the view from up there?  Too far from the field?

Any info is, as always, appreciated.

Go Blue.

Re-Ranking Rivals: Are U-M players beating their rankings?

Re-Ranking Rivals: Are U-M players beating their rankings?

Submitted by Ron Utah on August 19th, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Rivals is my favorite recruiting system.  Not my favorite site, and not my favorite rankings (ESPN is winning that title this year), but my favorite system.  In addition to stars, they have a relatively simple system for ranking recruits:

The ranking system ranks prospects on a numerical scale from 6.1-4.9.

6.1 Franchise Player; considered one of the elite prospects in the country, generally among the nation's top 25 players overall; deemed to have excellent pro potential; high-major prospect

6.0-5.8 All-American Candidate; high-major prospect; considered one of the nation's top 300 prospects; deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team

5.7-5.5 All-Region Selection; considered among the region's top prospects and among the top 750 or so prospects in the country; high-to-mid-major prospect; deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team

5.4-5.0 Division I prospect; considered a mid-major prospect; deemed to have limited pro potential but definite Division I prospect; may be more of a role player

4.9 Sleeper; no Rivals.com expert knew much, if anything, about this player; a prospect that only a college coach really knew about

A 6.1 player is basically top 35; 6.0 = 35-85; 5.9 = 85-160; 5.8 = 160-300.

To put it in NFL terms, a 6.1 is a 1st or early 2nd-round NFL draft pick. A 6.0 is a 2nd-3rd rounder.  A 5.9 is a middle-round pick. A 5.8 is a late round or undrafted FA type. A 5.7 is a player with fringe NFL potential, a 5.6 is an NFL longshot, a 5.5 isn't going to make it. 5.4 and below are guys that are unlikely to see snaps at U-M.

Keep in mind that the standard at Michigan is high.  Jeff Backus keeps a picture of a Michigan huddle on his wall.  Why?  Because everyone in that huddle would go on to play in the NFL.  While that's not typical, the majority of our starters on both sides of the ball should at least find themselves on NFL rosters for a season or two.

That said, I have taken the Rivals Rankings and re-ranked our players according to my current expectations.  This is based on the evidence I have, which is obviously flimsy for the guys that haven't played yet.  It's a combination of what I've seen on the field, practice buzz, and my gut.  Using Derrick Green as an example, I don't think we've seen or heard anything at this point that would suggest he is a 1st-round NFL pick (PLEASE remember that I haven't seen him play an actual down of college football yet).  The flipside is that Dymonte Thomas is already showing signs of an impact player, justifying his 5.9 ranking, while Gardner appears on his way to being a solid early-round NFL draft choice. 

I have ONLY ranked the players I believe are likely to contribute this season.

Player Position Rivals Re-Rank
Derrick Green RB 6.1 5.8
Kyle Kalis OG 6.1 6.0
Ondre Pipkins DT 6.1 5.8
Devin Gardner QB 5.9 6.0
Dymonte Thomas CB/S 5.9 5.9
Jeremy Gallon WR 5.9 5.9
Justice Hayes RB 5.9 5.7
Amara Darboh WR 5.8 5.8
Blake Countess CB 5.8 5.8
Brennen Beyer OLB 5.8 5.7
Cam Gordon OLB 5.8 5.8
Chris Bryant OG 5.8 5.7
Dennis Norfleet WR/KR 5.8 5.8
Fitz Toussaint RB 5.8 5.8
James Ross III WLB 5.8 5.9
Jarrod Wilson S 5.8 5.8
Joe Bolden MLB 5.8 5.8
Mike Schofield OT 5.8 5.9
Raymon Taylor CB 5.8 5.8
Richard Ash DT 5.8 5.6
Royce Jenkins-Stone WLB 5.8 5.8
Taco Charlton DE 5.8 5.8
Taylor Lewan OT 5.8 6.1
Tom Strobel DE/DT 5.8 5.7
A.J. Williams TE 5.7 5.7
Ben Braden OG/OT 5.7 5.8
Chris Wormley DE 5.7 5.7
Delonte Hollowell CB 5.7 5.7
Devin Funchess TE 5.7 5.8
Jibreel Black DT 5.7 5.7
Mario Ojemudia DE 5.7 5.7
Matt Godin DE 5.7 5.7
Drew Dileo WR 5.6 5.7
Frank Clark DE 5.6 5.8
Jake Ryan OLB 5.6 5.9
Jehu Chesson WR 5.6 5.7
Quinton Washington DT 5.6 5.8
Willie Henry DT 5.6 5.7
Courtney Avery CB/S 5.5 5.7
Desmond Morgan MLB 5.5 5.8
Jack Miller C 5.5 5.5
Keith Heitzman DE 5.5 5.7
Thomas Gordon S 5.5 5.8
Brendan Gibbons K 5.4 5.8
Joe Kerridge FB 5.4 5.6
Matt Wile K/P 5.3 5.7
Graham Glasgow OG/C 4.9 5.5
  avg 5.71 5.77

No, I'm not going to explain the rankings one-by-one.  What I will say is that I believe our average needs to be closer to 5.83 before we are considered "elite."

Also note that the rankings should be slightly inflated.  Why?  Because these are the guys that are projected to contribute to our team this season.  They have gone from recruits to players, and have either demonstrated performance on the field or generated significant buzz.

You'll also notice that higher-ranked players are likely to see rankings revised downward.  This is part common sense, part timing: a top-ranked player has nowhere to go but down and most of our higher-ranked players are young and not yet fully-developed.

Finally, you'll notice a few grades below 5.7 in the re-rank.  If we are to be an elite team, we should not have any (other than kickers) players below 5.7 pushing for playing time.

Here are the rankings, with my projected starters only:

Player Position Rivals Re-Rank
Kyle Kalis OG 6.1 6.0
Jeremy Gallon WR/PR 5.9 5.9
Devin Gardner QB 5.9 6.0
Dymonte Thomas CB/S 5.9 5.9
Dennis Norfleet WR/KR 5.8 5.8
Amara Darboh WR 5.8 5.8
Jarrod Wilson S 5.8 5.8
Fitz Toussaint RB 5.8 5.8
Mike Schofield OT 5.8 5.9
Taylor Lewan OT 5.8 6.1
Chris Bryant OG 5.8 5.7
James Ross III LB 5.8 5.9
Cam Gordon LB 5.8 5.8
Blake Countess CB 5.8 5.8
Raymon Taylor CB 5.8 5.8
Devin Funchess TE 5.7 5.8
Jibreel Black DT 5.7 5.7
Drew Dileo WR 5.6 5.7
Jake Ryan LB 5.6 5.9
Quinton Washington DT 5.6 5.8
Frank Clark DE 5.6 5.8
Thomas Gordon S 5.5 5.8
Desmond Morgan LB 5.5 5.8
Keith Heitzman DE 5.5 5.7
Jack Miller C 5.5 5.5
Joe Kerridge FB 5.4 5.6
  avg 5.72 5.81

This includes a slot WR, nickel CB, KR, and extra LB (JMFR).  If we're looking to be a dominant team, I think we need an average closer to 5.88.

I will revisit these rankings after the season, and perhaps once in the middle.

SB Nation's Preseason "BCS" Rankings

SB Nation's Preseason "BCS" Rankings

Submitted by Search4Meaning on August 19th, 2013 at 2:29 PM

For our dissection I present another source of opinion and discussion...

Michigan is ranked #17.  Alabama is #1, followed by Oregon, Georgia, Stanford and Texas A&M.  

What, you say?  No Ohio?  No Notre Dame?  Not in the Top Five...

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/8/19/4633516/college-foot…

12 days - Go Blue!

Gabbert named Jags regular season starter over Henne

Gabbert named Jags regular season starter over Henne

Submitted by Butterfield on August 19th, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Chad didn't help himself with a poor performance in the second preseason game, but its a bit surprising that the Jags made the decision so early considering Gabbert is out the remainder of the preseason with a thumb injury.  Hopes of a Henne/Denard backfield dashed, but knowing the Jags, probably only temporarily. 

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23222304/blaine-gabbert-out-for-preseason-but-named-jaguars-starting-qb