Rittenberg: Rodriguez, Wolverines reach key juncture

Rittenberg: Rodriguez, Wolverines reach key juncture

Submitted by Marley Nowell on October 27th, 2010 at 4:33 PM

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/18627/rodriguez-wolverines-rea…

Well written and fair assessment of where Michigan stands right now.  Beating PSU would be huge for RR and Michigan Football going forward.

GO BLUE!

AA.com Injury Report

AA.com Injury Report

Submitted by Marley Nowell on October 27th, 2010 at 3:57 PM

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/rich-rodriguezs-lone-win-aga…

Not sure if this information is taken from an official Michigan report.

Its too bad Toussaint and Cox are going to be out this week.  Hopefully Shaw is healthy (not listed in the article) so we can get even more speed in the backfield.

 

GO BLUE!

Accepted minimum expectations

Accepted minimum expectations

Submitted by Doctor Wolverine on October 27th, 2010 at 3:11 PM

As Michigan fans, each year we have a ceiling expectation of 13-0 and National Champs.  Whenever I am asked by friends and family for my preseason prediction for the upcoming year, this is the answer.  However, somewhere down in my gut (which isn't too deep down because I am skinny), I have an "acceptable minimum expectation."  At this point in the season, best case scenario would be 11-2, drawing interest from top recruits and stabilizing coaching jobs for years to come.  However, what would be the minimum performance you could accept?  Here is how my expectations break down:  11-2 ->pure joy and excitement for the inevitable NC's in 2011 and 2012; 10-3 ->same as above but possibly only a NC in 2012; 9-4 ->Happy that we took care of business and likely won a decent bowl game; 8-5 ->My acceptable minimum expectation...we won most of the games we should have, but probably dropped at least one where we were the better team; 7-6 -> Only winning 2 of the last 8 would make me very sad, especially if tOSU is not one of the wins; 6-7 -> My brain would explode at the impossibility of such a scenario.

Turnovers under Rodriguez

Turnovers under Rodriguez

Submitted by cjpops on October 27th, 2010 at 1:09 PM

A friend of mine made a statement today that he feels that UM will lose the PSU game due to the "characteristic turnovers and mistakes that are a RichRod staple."  

I asked him if he thought they were a staple throughout his career or only at UM.

I searched mgoblog (granted, I'm not the greatest at this...but at least I tried) and came up with this diary with a nice chart.

http://mgoblog.com/content/mailbag-55

However, I was wondering if there was any data that was more current.  Anyone out there have access/time to post something like this?  Maybe this has already been posted on mgoblog.  Since the prevailing wisdom is that turnovers and mistakes cost UM at least a shot at the MSU and Iowa games, I would think this would be of interest to the board.

OT-Irish fans hilarious idea if (when) ND loses to Utah

OT-Irish fans hilarious idea if (when) ND loses to Utah

Submitted by maizenblue92 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:17 PM

A Notre Dame student paper writer had a pretty good idea if (when) Notre Dame loses to Utah on Nov.13. I will let the article do the rest of the explaining.

Bonus: read some of the comments at the bottom. Some fans are NOT liking his idea.

2011 Defense using 2009 Scheme (em0chart)

2011 Defense using 2009 Scheme (em0chart)

Submitted by Captain Obvious on October 27th, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Disclaimer: I have no problem with the 3-3-5 and don't want to debate its merits here.  I think the scheme should fit the personnel and get the best players on the field.  I think our 2011 defensive depth may best fit our 2009 scheme.  Check footnotes for explanations.

DE: RVB or Black*

DT: Mike Martin

DT: Ash or Campbell or QWash or ?**

DE/Deathbacker: Roh

OLB: Mike Jones***

MLB: Demens

OLB/Spinner/Stevie Brown: Kovacs****

CB: Floyd

CB: Avery or Talbott or true freshman

Box safety: Cam or Marvin*****

Deep Safety: Woolfolk******

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* Black on passing downs, RVB otherwise

** This is the gaping hole that probably necessitated the move to the 3-3-5 and will likely keep it there until another DT steps it up.

*** Another problem is that the hybrid types like T Gordon and Carvin don't have a natural position in this scheme.  They are both speedy enough to play the Mouton position but would need to bulk up to back up Mike Jones.

**** I'm starting to talk myself out of this idea because the Spinner is supposed to be the most athletic player on the field and that's not Kovacs, though a scheme without a position for Kovacs is a bad scheme.  Josh Furman is an absolute natural for this position based on his measureables, but he is too raw at the moment.

***** I think Cam would be good at Kovacs' old position, stuffing the run but occasionally asked to cover.  I do wonder whether Cam would be better at one of the OLB positions and seeing what Marvin could do at box safety since he's supposedly pretty fast and a big hitter.

****** I thought the entire defense played better with Troy at deep safety and I like the idea of a speedy and experienced player as our last line of defense.  I'd also move Cullen to back him up (along with Vinopal).  Cullen reminds me of Warren with less speed and I do not think Cullen has the speed to be a CB for us.  He does have nice size, however, like Warren, and I think with a year of bulking up and learning under Troy he could be a great deep safety.  Recall that Warren had just enough speed to get by at the college level and was immediately moved to safety in the NFL.  Cullen is currently 6'0" and 187.

Eh?  It's a bye week.

ND fans are really losing it....

ND fans are really losing it....

Submitted by patol8 on October 27th, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Not like they ever had it, but this is just sad.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=109&f=2594&t=6547468

My favorite conspiracy theory from that thread is....

IrishTexan wrote: The only reasonable explanation for the bad calls against ND is that NO ONE wants ND to win but ND. As long as ND has a mediocre W/L record, there will be a possibility that the football team can be forced into a conference. If ND can get back to being a consistent BCS contender (and maybe a championship...) then the conference gibberish will go away.

It is usually Big10 or Big East crews making such calls. Look at the measures the Big10 was going to do to get ND to join over the off-season. ND alone would save the Big East football conference. They will not get many fair called games by those crews unless they join.

Just my opinion.