Michigan in the Big Ten stat leaders

Michigan in the Big Ten stat leaders

Submitted by jmblue on November 9th, 2010 at 1:40 PM



-Michigan is #2 in scoring offense (behind OSU) and #1 in total offense by a mile. 

-(ATTN: DeAnthony Arnett) Michigan is #2 in passing offense, behind only Indiana

-Michigan leads the conference in first downs

-Michigan is last in the conference in TOP

-Denard leads the league in rushing by over 400 yards

-(PAGING Mr. Arnett again) Roundtree ranks #4 in the conference in receiving yards per game and Hemingway ranks #5

-Michigan has three of the top six tacklers in the conference (!), which I guess might be a factor of having a D that can't get off the field.  Mouton leads the league in tackles per game.

-Our defensive rankings are the polar opposite of our offensive rankings

-OSU looks insanely good by these measures.  They lead the conference in scoring and give up the fewest points.  Yikes.

Balance of Season & Gerg's tenure

Balance of Season & Gerg's tenure

Submitted by StephenRKass on November 9th, 2010 at 1:37 PM

After Penn State, many on the board snapped. The conclusion for a majority was that Rich Rod's job security was in jeopardy. Further, Gerg needed to go, probably as soon as the season was over.

Now, with the win over Illinois, and the strong probability of a win vs. Purdue, RR has some breathing room. The polls here, and the consensus, are that RR has won the right to coach at Michigan a minimum of another year.

Things are less clear for Gerg. I think that many still want to see him cut loose, either after OSU, or after the Bowl Game.

My question is whether the balance of the season will affect Gerg's tenure. Chait suggests that his slim hopes rest on the games against Wisconsin and Ohio State, and how the defense does in those games. (link:  http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1148722)

I personally think that Gerg should be given at least one more year, even with a 7 - 5 record. My reasoning is as follows.

  1. Gerg has only had two years to prove himself.
  2. It is not his fault what has happened in the secondary this year.
  3. Next year, with more defensive depth, and with more experience, we will have a much more accurate picture of the defense.
  4. A change to another defensive coordinator would not be good, in terms of continuity.

I believe that even though I predicted a 7 - 5 record, we will end up at 8 - 4. I actually have been completely befuddled by the koolaid, and actually believe that we will win in Columbus. Of course, if yet more injuries hit, especially to our key personnel, all bets are off. But I believe that we beat Purdue, finally get the monkey off our back with Ohio State, and do well in a bowl. This allows Gerg to stay, and to be judged, good or bad, in 2011.

What about you? Do you want him out of here, no matter our final record this year? Would you rather see us win out and Gerg stay, or lose just enough for him to be cut loose? I can never root against Michigan, under any circumstances, but then, I'm also not pining for a Gerg departure.

If the pollster here at Mgoblog could structure a Gerg specific poll, that would be great. I'd like to see what those on the board think.

OT: Report - Stafford might be done for year

OT: Report - Stafford might be done for year

Submitted by emGeauxBleu on November 9th, 2010 at 12:58 PM

This weekend couldn't have been any more depressing for Lions fans. We lose a heartbreaker to the Jets, a game we could have won, and now we lose our starting QB to his 3rd shoulder injury in 2 years. UGH. If Michigan didn't win on Saturday, this would have been the most depressing weekend ever. 

ESPN Rumor Central: Arnett leaning towards going Blue

ESPN Rumor Central: Arnett leaning towards going Blue

Submitted by The Name on November 9th, 2010 at 11:43 AM

FWIW ESPN Rumor Central says that after the visit Arnett "may" be leaning towards committing to Michigan on Wednesday.

Kind of sounds like its just the author's speculation, but either way its good news.

Link (Insider suscription required): http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/features/rumors/_/date/20101109#5429

Cam Newton - Rush to judgement?

Cam Newton - Rush to judgement?

Submitted by mGrowOld on November 9th, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Before we kick Cam Newton out of college football and give both Auburn and maybe Florida the death penalty for their involvement in the Cam Newton affair might I remind my fellow board members that the media had an absolute field day at our expense following practice-gate.  Here are some of the more lurid headlines one can find with a simple Google search:

"Why practice when you can cheat? - Bleacher Report

"Michigan football - the collapse of a storied program" - Opposing Views.com

"Time may not be on Michigan's side" -New York Times

"Massive cheating allegations against University of Michigan football" -Syndicate Times

"Three reasons why the Michigan cheating scandal is serious" - Bleacher Report

"Michigan football players confirm widespread cheating allegations against program" - ESPN

FWIW....all of these were published within 30 days of the initial Freep report as everyone jumped on the Michigan is cheating bandwagon.  We were absolutely hammered nationally as a renegade program with complete disregard for the student-athletes on the team.  The truth, however, turned out to be not quite as juicy as those that wanted to bring the program down had hoped.

To be clear here - I am not defending Cam Newton nor either program alleged to have involvement in his recruitment or class schedule.  I simply asking for restraint in coming to a presumption of guilt based upon stories published on the Internet.

EDIT - I have no idea how those damn bleacher report banner ads got stuck against the bottom of my post.  I blast them for God's sake so there is no way I want to give them any ad space on my time.  If anyone knows how to get rid of them please let me or the mods know.

EDIT - Thank you whoever got those down.

TomVH: Blake Countess Update

TomVH: Blake Countess Update

Submitted by TomVH on November 9th, 2010 at 11:11 AM

As reported last week, Maryland DB Blake Countess (5'10", 170 lbs, 4 Star) was offered by Michigan. I spoke briefly with his coach yesterday to get an update from him, and here's what he had to say.

He's loving Michigan right now. He's going to visit the first or second week of December. They've been recruiting him for awhile now, and he really likes Coach Dews. Dews is a great guy, real humble.

It was a brief conversation so I didn't get to go in depth about anything else. It sounds like Blake is planning an official visit. It could be the first week, or it may be for the Big Chill hockey game that has other recruits attending as well. EIther way, it's good news for Michigan.

Fiu FTW!? Wait... What?!?!?

Fiu FTW!? Wait... What?!?!?

Submitted by bigmc6000 on November 9th, 2010 at 10:48 AM

This by no means exonerates Fiu from, well, being Fiu but I've gotta give him some love for actually writing something intelligent about Michigan Football...


Shhhh. If you listen quietly, you can hear the Michigan coaching staff not seeing that Illinois is going to run Mikel Leshoure in the wheel route AGAIN … For those of you who think that football can’t be interesting without a physical style of play and hard-hitting tackling, you didn’t see Michigan’s 67-65 triple overtime thriller over Illinois. This is the game that’ll be used as an example of how much fun it can be when the official switch to Flag Football is made in 2016, once studies are complete on the effects of tackle football on cognitive function.

(I think that part is funny but probably only because we won...) And more importantly here's the intelligent part:

“D! D! D! You dumb mother****er. Learn how to speak English first. D!” … If I’m a Michigan fan, I’m jacked up right now. First of all, the Rich Rodriguez hot seat talk has to stop now, no matter what happens in the final three games against Purdue, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. The goal isn’t just to be decent, it’s to be a national powerhouse, and the rest of this season has nothing to do with that. Michigan will go to a bowl, and that’s the step that had to be taken; everything else is just gravy. If you want to fire him and get a new head coach, then you’re basically putting off being BCS Championship relevant again until 2014 at the earliest.

Taking the approach that the program is half full, the offense works. Kids, this is what you were buying when you brought the man in from West Virginia, and now you know that when you combine his attack with Michigan-level offensive players, very, very good things will happen. If the defense can do something, anything, then the makings are there for something potentially special. And it should be an easy sell.

Any good defensive recruit can look at Michigan and know there’s a chance at instant playing time. Of course, defensive coordinator Greg Robinson might not be there next year, but all that’ll matter to a freshman is a chance to step on the field from Day One and be a factor. If Michigan had a halfway decent D, and not the worst one in the Big Ten, the Rose Bowl would’ve been in the picture going into the last three weeks this year.


So, yeah, doesn't forgive all the rampant stupidity but I'll give him a +1 (yeah, every site  now makes me look for an up-vote button) for this work.



Ugly Game of the Week - Week 11 Edition

Ugly Game of the Week - Week 11 Edition

Submitted by stubob on November 9th, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Well, last week was a spectacular mess. Too bad the Kansas/Colorado game wasn't on tv anywhere. I feel bad for all my Buff frends, but not bad enough to forgive '94. This week brings more exciting second-tier mediocre team action, and one game that's geographically challenged. I also get tired of typing Tennessee, even if it does help my character count. But first

Last Week

Tennessee versus Memphis went almost exactly how you'd expect. A below-average SEC team pounded large lumps onto a bad Conference USA team. Boxscore? Boxscore.  Tennessee had 500 yards of total offense, Memphis had 5 turnovers. The End. Tennessee may end their season on a "hot streak" after playing Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky. If they win out, they're bowl eligible. Just not bowl-worthy.

In MAC-action, Akron lost to Ball State in overtime in a game featuring 3 INTs per QB. And, you guessed it, the last play in OT was an INT as well. Drive home safely. Akron has a chance for a win against Buffalo to end the season, but scoring 15 ppg and giving up 39 is a tough hill to row. Tough row to plow? Tough hill to sled? Something like that.

And in the granddaddy of ugly games, Colorado gave up 35 points in the 4th quarter to blow a 45-17 lead and lose in regulation. The strictures and conventions of my marriage require me to post a large bird at this point.

Rock Chack Jayhawk, Dan Hawkins is So Fired! I think that's how it goes anyway. CU's 4th quarter drives went:  fumble (returned for TD), lost onside kick, 2 plays and INT, 3 and out, ballgame.  We'll probably revisit Colorado next year when they play Ohio State in the "First Annual Dan Hawkins Memorial Buyout Game."

This Week

The Battle For Michigan (which is a title I dreamed up for the Michigan Directional Schools, in case it isn't really a name for a thing) wraps up as Eastern plays Western. Eastern has lost to Central, and Central has beaten Western, so I guess this for second place, but there's still some pride on the line and other cliches.

Tulane plays Rice in the "Find These Teams On a Map Bowl." Seriously, they're like Troy. No one knows where they are. Like Pepperdine or Monmouth in the NCAA basketball tournament, only not as good. But get ready for fun pun headlines like "Tulane Waves Swamp Rice" or "Rice Washed Out By Waves" or other creative headlines. Rice has beaten UGotW regulars North Texas and Houston, Tulane at least has a win over Rutgers on their resume. Which is nice.

Overall, this was a hard week to pick, as there's also Vandy/Kentucky, Cincinnati/West Virginia and Ole Miss/Tennessee games to pick from. Come to think of it, the Mississippi versus Tennessee game gets a "Gratuitous Redundant Vowel/Consonant Face Off" award anyway.  The winner gets two mors S's for their name.

Avoiding a Letdown at Purdue

Avoiding a Letdown at Purdue

Submitted by eth2 on November 9th, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Within the past week we've had two major milestones--the NCAA exonerating RR of the most damning charge and the elusive 6th victory which qualifies us for our first bowl game under RR.

Both are incredibly positive outcomes, but what concerns should we have about having emptied the tank emotionally, not to mention physically, as we head into yet another critical game?

There are numerous examples of the letdown game phenomena, even among the best teams.   While I'm extremely hopeful for this team's future, I'm not sure we're good enough yet to beat the competition, even potentially inferior opponents, if we come out flat.

So if you put yourself in the position of the coaches and the players, what's your mental approach this week?

As a fan, admittedly irrational at times, I see it this way:

  • Another win guarantees a winning record
  • More wins = better bowl game
  • Purdue, on paper, is by far our best chance for another win
  • I'm f*cking tired of losing to Purdue
  • Danny Hope is a tool