OT: Welcome back Kevin Smith

OT: Welcome back Kevin Smith

Submitted by JJB2 on November 20th, 2011 at 4:37 PM
Boy was it great to see a Lion run the ball like that. Another slow Lions start had me thinking of Lions of old, but Stafford and Smith were awesome. 100 plus yards, a couple TDs .. glad to see this. Gives me hope for turkey Day. If they can run on Green Bay they can keep Mr. Rogers off the field.

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 11-20-11

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 11-20-11

Submitted by Ace on November 20th, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Besides a few minor individual rating changes, there's very little of note for the teams at the top of the Big Ten rankings this week. A lot of new commits for teams in the bottom half, however, including Illinois picking up four new commits to leap past Nebraska in the battle to stay out of last place. Action since last rankings:

11-6-11: Rivals just got around to posting this one, but Illinois picked up kicker Ryan Frian.
11-13-11: Minnesota picks up Jeremy Baltazar.
11-15-11: Iowa picks up Greg Mabin. Dominic Twitty decommits from Minnesota.
11-16-11: Northwestern picks up Eric Wilson. Indiana adds Shaine Boyle, David Cooper, and Tregg Waters. Iowa adds Daumantas Venckus. Illinois picks up Robbie Bain and Keith Brown.
11-17-11: Illinois picks up Lamar Atkins.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 24 3.38 3.58 3.33 3.54 3.46
2 Notre Dame 15 3.40 3.73 3.47 3.47 3.52
3 Ohio State 14 3.29 3.50 3.14 3.36 3.32
4 Penn State 15 3.20 3.40 3.13 3.27 3.25
5 Wisconsin 12 3.25 3.33 3.17 3.50 3.31
6 Michigan State 15 3.13 3.20 2.93 3.13 3.10
7 Purdue 21 2.71 2.48 2.67* 2.81 2.67
8 Northwestern 18 2.44 2.67 2.39 2.67 2.54
9 Indiana 21 2.24 2.38 2.53* 2.52 2.42
10 Minnesota 22 2.45 2.41 2.10* 2.54 2.38
11 Iowa 12 2.83 2.67 2.75 2.92 2.79
12 Illinois 13 2.46 2.62 2.62 2.69 2.60
13 Nebraska 8 2.88 3.13 3.43* 3.50 3.23

*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.

On to the full data, after the jump.

Redentor

Redentor

Submitted by club_med on November 20th, 2011 at 3:16 PM

My favorite sports stories have always been those of loss, failure and redemption. While Michigan's history is full of such stories, the last four years have been particularly notable for the frequency with which we've felt the sting of painful losses and the joy that comes from fighting back to the top.

With that in mind, and everyone pronouncing that Michigan is back, I wanted to both connect our history with the current experience, and to remember the work and the struggle that the team has worked through - and the fans have watched and been a part of. This was the result. I hope you all enjoy it.

Go Blue.



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Most telling quote, ever:

Most telling quote, ever:

Submitted by cazzie on November 20th, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Do you feel this is the highest level you’ve played at in years?

Denard: “Not that Michigan has played at.”

when ask "you" it doesn't mean you, denard, or you, 2011 michigan offence, or you, this michigan team. "You" to Denard means, Michigan. i.e. all of the teams before him and including this team.

Strikes me as very cool. Genuine. Sincere. And speaks volumes.

 

 

A plea to season ticket holders

A plea to season ticket holders

Submitted by chewieblue on November 20th, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I realize many of you are older (and therefore probably will not see this) and decide to give away your tickets because the late-season weather is harsh, but I make this plea to all season ticket holders.  PLEASE don't sell your tickets on stubhub or some other web-based ticket broker.  The last thing any of us want or need is your Michigan Stadium tickets being purchsed by Buckeye fans who will, if given the chance, populate our stadium with a revolting show of red.  (See two years ago... hell, even one glance around the stadium yesterday illustrates my point)

All I ask, plead and beg of you is that if you are unable to go and you have tickets to give away, JUST FIND ANOTHER MICHIGAN FAN and let them go instead of the on-line stranger who will almost certainly be a Buckeye.

I live in Ohio and I hear Buckeye fans talk about taking over Michigan stadium like they did in '09.  I realize a lot of people gave away '09 tickets, in part, due to their unwillingness to sit through the certain sadness to follow, but no self-respecting Michigan fan should ever give their ticket to a Buckeye.

If you are reading this, spread the word.  Unwanted tickets should only go to MICHIGAN men "fergodsakes"!!!  Keep the scarlet out of the Big House!!!  Let's create the homefield advantage our guys deserve and turn this series back on a dime in the right direction!

GO BLUE !!!!!

Michigan #17 in AP Poll; #16 in Coaches Poll, #15 in BCS Standings

Michigan #17 in AP Poll; #16 in Coaches Poll, #15 in BCS Standings

Submitted by michiganfan39 on November 20th, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Michigan is #17 and #16 in the AP and coaches poll respectively. Anyone else worried(If we win) that we might not get to #14 after OSU to qualify for a BCS Bowl?  Give me your thoughts

 

EDIT:  Good points.  Beat Ohio

 

Link: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/rankings

 

And in the newly released BCS Standings, we are at 15

 

Link:http://espn.go.com/college-football/bcs

Fiesta Bowl Director at the Big House Yesterday.

Fiesta Bowl Director at the Big House Yesterday.

Submitted by Eric on November 20th, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I thought everyone would like to know that one of the Directors of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was lingering around in the press conference after Yesterdays game.  I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, but I thought it was interesting. 

SEC could have 3 Teams in BCS

SEC could have 3 Teams in BCS

Submitted by Doctor Wolverine on November 20th, 2011 at 1:01 PM

No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.

Based on that rule, if LSU and Alabama both win out their regular seasons (which is probable but obviously not guaranteed) and then Georgia somehow finds a way to win the SEC Championship over LSU, the SEC would likely be able to send a 1 loss LSU and a 1 loss Alabama to the NC game (SEC NC Thread) AND send Georgia to another BCS game as an AQ. In my opinion, the fact that this scenario is even possible is just another reason why the current BCS system is ridiculous. Georgia is not even the third best team in their conference, but they are a fluke away from getting a BCS bid. I am still yet to hear a reasonable argument for why we can't just take the top 8 teams and have a playoff. That gives us 7(!!!) meaningful games, which we can still call bowls and rotate them between sites, instead of just 5 (only 1 of which is truly meaningful). We can still also have all of the other bowls for everybody else that nobody watches unless your team is in it. So, if you aren't a top team, your motor city bowl is just as meaningless as it used to be. Another benefit to the playoff system is that there would be less pressure to be perfect, so we might see fewer cupcakes in the non-conference schedules.
Anyway, those are my rants on both the SEC and BCS merged into one post. Discuss amongst yourselves.