Saturday forecast: chance of rain. Un/Favorable for Michigan?

Saturday forecast: chance of rain. Un/Favorable for Michigan?

Submitted by sheepdog on September 8th, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Saturday night forecast: chance of rain

I don’t really have an opinion, so I am interested in some analysis of whether good weather is favorable or unfavorable for Michigan against ND.  We all know that the rain was a non-factor for Michigan for the majority of the time the players were actually on the field.  However, the weather in South Bend was not good and surely contributed to some of the poor QB play and turnovers.

Michigan has the potential for a dynamic rush attack with several weapons: Fitz, Shaw, Denard, etc.  Cierre Wood put up 104 on 20 carries with 1TD last week in poor weather.

Should the weather be good or poor, how does this affect the play on the field and who has the edge?

How to stop Denard? Put him under center, says RR

How to stop Denard? Put him under center, says RR

Submitted by wolverine1987 on September 8th, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Interesting RR comment:


“When he’s in the shotgun surveying the field, whether he’s running or throwing it, he’s one of the best weapons in college football,” Rodriguez said. “And when I saw that game, they’re still doing a lot of that because that’s what he does well and sure, you’re worried about him getting hurt a little bit but I think you also get hurt when you have your back to the defense, standing in the pocket waiting and trying to find somebody open."

His earlier quote in the article was as in my headline. Cue the RR bashing/defending.…

Reasons you hate Notre Dame

Reasons you hate Notre Dame

Submitted by samber2009 on September 8th, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Just to get the morning board flowing, let's hear any and every reason you dislike ND. I'm catholic, grew up in Indiana, and that school was shoved down my throat.  I grew up with people like damefan all around me. That's probably the base of my hatred.

Side note: We do love our fellow MGoUser, Irish.

EDIT: As profitgoblue says below, try and keep this clean and good natured.

UM Fourth Non-Conference Game for 2012 (A MAC schedule analysis)?

UM Fourth Non-Conference Game for 2012 (A MAC schedule analysis)?

Submitted by Maize_in_Spartyland on September 7th, 2011 at 10:26 PM

EDIT: A friend of mine pointed out that Massachusetts joins the MAC next season.

My speculation is based on Michigan's current schedule, the "agreement" that Big Ten teams play MAC teams, and based on the current MAC teams schedules.  I tried looking everywhere I could think of to find the MAC conference schedules for 2012 and beyond, with no success.  

(1) With that said, let's start with Michigan's schedule for 2012:


S1: vs. Alabama; S8: Air Force; S15: OPEN; S22: @ Notre Dame; S29: OPEN


O6: @ Purdue*; O13: Illinois*; O20: Michigan St*; O27: @ Nebraska*


N3: @ Minnesota*; N10: Northwestern*; N17: Iowa*; N24: @ Ohio*


(2) Teams in the MAC that currently have a full non-conference schedule (with their opponents in parenthesis):

Ball State (@ Clemson, @ Indiana, USF, @ Army)

Bowling Green (@ Florida, Idaho, @ Virginia Tech, Rhode Island)

Buffalo (@ Georgia, Morgan St, @ Connecticut, Pittsburgh)

Kent State (Towson, @ Kentucky, @ Rutgers, @ Army)

Miami (OH) (@ Ohio, @ Boise St, Missouri, Cincinnati)

Northern Illinois (Iowa, UT Martin, @ Army, Kansas)

Ohio University (@ Penn St, New Mexico St, @ Marshall, Norfolk St)

Temple (Villanova, Maryland, @ Penn St, @ Army)

Western Michigan (@ Illinois, Eastern Illinois, @ Minnesota, Connecticut)


(3) That leaves us with:

Akron, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Massachusetts, Toledo.

Eastern Michigan

I tend to think playing EMU in 2012 is very unlikely. EMU and Michigan have what appears to be a common open date on September 29, but the two will have met just this year. I just don't see this happening. Further, EMU is playing at Purdue and at Michigan St. Down to Akron, Central Michigan, Massachusetts, and Toledo.

Central Michigan

Believe it or not, Michigan and Central Michigan have not met since 2006. With that said, I highly doubt they will meet in 2012, but 2013 or 2014 are possibilities. CMU faces both Michigan State and Iowa in 2012; facing three Big Ten teams in the same season is highly unlikely. Down to Akron and Toledo.


The Minutemen and Wolverines met last year in the Big House.  UMass has Connecticut on the road on August 30 and faces Indiana at home on September 8.  September 15 and 29 appear to both be open for a meeting between the two.  However, given the recent meeting, I don't see this one happening.


Neither Akron nor Toledo have any Big Ten teams listed on their non-conference schedule in 2012. Toledo is @ Arizona, @ Wyoming and home to Coastal Carolina on the week of September 1, September 8, and September 22, respectively. That would leave September 15 or September 22 as possible dates for a meeting in Ann Arbor. My hunch is that Toledo schedules another home game for 2012. I also believe AD Brandon would not want to set up Coach Hoke with another tough non-conference opponent in 2012. That leaves . . .


Akron and Michigan have not played before from what I can remember. Akron only has one non-conference opponent scheduled for 2012, UCF, and no date is set for the game. Akron is not a good team, would give Michigan an easy game, and would provide the Wolverines with a MAC opponent.


Thoughts on who the fourth non-conference opponent in 2012 could be?

Inside Michigan Football - what happened to the production values?

Inside Michigan Football - what happened to the production values?

Submitted by MBAgoblue on September 7th, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Just caught the show for the first time this year, and HD is nice, but what is the deal with the horribly low, public access level production values in the interview segments? -- Handheld, shaky camera work; -- Odd, annoying zoom into close-ups; -- Random, generic stadium table dragged in front of a window with a view of the parking lot. The editing, bumpers, player interviews and Brandy's interviewing are all still excellent, but the rest is markedly worse and more amateurish. Was the this a special situation or the same as week one? The high table and bar stools with RR last year was nothing special, but that was just odd for a show in production for decades.

All Michigan Fans in Gainesville (UF)

All Michigan Fans in Gainesville (UF)

Submitted by UMGooch on September 7th, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Calling all University of Florida graduate students, or any other Michigan fans trapped in the heart of Gator Nation (I know you're out there):

Where are you watching the UM-ND game this Saturday? Any good non-Gator'd-out bars? I was going to try to find one it on TV at one of the midtown bars, but I almost guarantee I won't be able to hear it over the Gators game going on simultaneously which will be blaring at all UF bars... Oh, and I don't have cable TV, so that's out.

Side note: Despite having many recent successes in sporting events, the UF student body seems to have meek showings to sporting events when compared to Michigan. They have a bigger student body and smaller stadium, but the demand for student tickets is much smaller compared to Michigan. You make me proud, Blue.