Michigan up to No. 7 in ESPN's FPI, favored in all games but OSU

Michigan up to No. 7 in ESPN's FPI, favored in all games but OSU

Submitted by I Like Burgers on September 10th, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Don't think I saw this posted, but Michigan is now ranked No. 7 in ESPN's FPI rankings.  They were at No. 9 last week.

The other notable change is that FPI has Michigan favored in all games except Ohio State now.  Last week, they had them losing to Michigan State.  Notable games:

@ Northwestern: 76.7%

Wisconsin: 68.6% (UW is No. 11 in FPI)

@ Michigan State: 55.1% (No. 13 in FPI)

Penn State: 56.4% (No. 12 in FPI)

Ohio State: 24% (No.3 in FPI)

AP Top 25 Discussion with Rece Davis - Very Optimistic on Wolverines

AP Top 25 Discussion with Rece Davis - Very Optimistic on Wolverines

Submitted by WindyCityWolverine on August 21st, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Ralph Russo sits down with Rece Davis to discuss AP Top 25. 

He brings up Michigan, knowing that Rece had us at #7 in the ESPN poll. 

Rece says what most of us know....."They're just going to be filthy on Defense:"

And goes on to say;

"I think their Offense will take a significant step forward."

You can skip to the 26:27 mark of the podcast for his comments. 

 

Recruits not living up to the Hype ~ Some past recruiting "misses" make the list

Recruits not living up to the Hype ~ Some past recruiting "misses" make the list

Submitted by MFanWM on June 19th, 2018 at 9:45 PM

ESPN's Myron Medcalf a Perfect 0-4 in Reseeding Sweet 16

ESPN's Myron Medcalf a Perfect 0-4 in Reseeding Sweet 16

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on March 23rd, 2018 at 7:23 AM

A few days ago there was a discussion of Myron Medcalf's ESPN article where he reseeded the Sweet 16 and had Michigan ranked number 15.  His four worst ranked teams all won their games yesterday.  Here are his rankings:

  1. Villanova
  2. Duke
  3. Clemson
  4. West Virginia
  5. Kentucky
  6. Nevada
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Purdue
  10. Kansas
  11. Syracuse
  12. Gonzaga
  13. FSU
  14. Loyola-Chicago
  15. Michigan
  16. KSU

He's a perfect 0-4 so far in his seedings: the teams he ranked 13-16 all won their games.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22825232/ncaa-tournament-reseeding-sweet-16

ESPN Tournament Challenge 25 Hour Marathon Open Thread + General Bracketology Talk

ESPN Tournament Challenge 25 Hour Marathon Open Thread + General Bracketology Talk

Submitted by JWG Wolverine on March 12th, 2018 at 6:54 PM

QUICK REMINDER: Be sure to join Saint_In_Blue's "MGoBlog Community" group to compete with the rest of your fellow MGoBoard users!

Password: harbaugh!

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So I normally hate gimmicky stuff like this that ESPN does, including the Fantasy Football version of this show in the fall (sucks), but this is a marathon that I grew to absolutely love last year. My time to worry about Bracketology is restricted to my free time from now until the first game, and it's nice to have a show to count on no matter when that free time comes! So, the ESPN Tournament Challenge is on now, shifting across ESPN channels from now until 7:00 ET tomorrow, and also on WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

I have no idea why it's 25 hours instead of 24, I guess that's one of the stupid parts of this!

I thought that in addition to being an open thread for the event, this could be a good place to have general non-Michigan-specific bracket talk. So, who have you got in your bracket? Who is your final four? Major upsets? Which matchup is currently giving you a headache? Discuss below.

Let's have fun and discuss below, and hopefully any of us not picking our boys to take this thing are dead wrong. Go Blue!

MGoBlog ESPN Tournament Challenge 2018

MGoBlog ESPN Tournament Challenge 2018

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 11th, 2018 at 7:18 PM
ESPN Tournament Challenge 2018 is now ready for your selections. So get in there and make your picks. The brackets will lock on Thursday at noon. Group Info: Link --> http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?redirect=tc… Group Name: MGoBlog Community Password: harbaugh!

ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog Community

ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog Community

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 5th, 2018 at 2:31 PM

ESPN Tournament Challenge 2018 is now ready for registration. Link and info are below. We had over 1,000 participants last year, so let's continue to grow! 

 

Last year was a tight race at the top. Here's how they finished:

1st Place - team no sleep, kdawg215 - 1490 pts

2nd Place - Jutson Jakskin, EthanKilometers - 1480 pts

3rd Place - John Erogul, Yigit3 - 1450 pts

LAST PLACE - random picks, Zgeigs - 300 pts

 

If you are one of the top 3, please let me know. We might have something for you.

 

Group Info:

Link --> http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?redirect=tcmen%3A%2F%2Fx-callback-url%2FshowGroup%3FgroupID%3D2997&ex_cid=tcmen2018_email&groupID=2997&groupp=aGFyYmF1Z2gh&inviteuser=ezE5NjMyNTdBLUEzMzEtNDgxNi1CQzcxLTcwMzc3NzkyMDgxMX0%3D&invitesource=email

 

Group Name: MGoBlog Community

Password: harbaugh!

2018 FPI Preseason Ratings

2018 FPI Preseason Ratings

Submitted by Ecky Pting on February 14th, 2018 at 5:10 PM

So the 2018 Football Power Index (FPI) Preseason Ratings have just posted, and the results are not terribly dissimilar from those posted last week by Bill Connelly of S&P+ fame, and they are not terribly dissimilar from last season's preseason's ratings for that matter, with the exception of Sparty, who has bounded back up into top-tendom.

These ratings are based on the following criteria:

  • Team performance over the past four seasons (most emphasis on last season)
  • Returning starters at quarterback, on offense overall and on defense
  • Whether a team has a returning head coach
  • Recruiting rankings over the past four seasons

Some notables? M is looking at a bitch of schedule, playing 5 of the top 12 teams, and 3 of those on the road. What's more, the next 3 highest rated opponents are in the upper half of the rankings, and the lowest 4 are at least in the third quartile.

As for the team breakdowns, the M defense remains elite, 2nd only to Clemson. M is also remarkably the elite-est in Special Teams! Offense looks to remain on the dicey side, and is what is clearly pulling this team down overall.

So here's a grab of the top 25 of the rankings, along with M's 2018 opponents in bold, including M, since if M is going to stand any chance of beating these other teams, the first thing they're going to have to do is not beat themselves.

Rank Team FPI Off. Def. S/T
1 Clemson 25.5 7 1 27
2 Alabama 23.2 4 8 8
3 Georgia 23.1 2 9 9
4 Ohio State 22.4 6 7 3
5 Notre Dame 22.3 11 3 10
6 Washington 22.3 8 6 5
7 Auburn 20.1 18 4 13
8 Penn State 19.9 3 18 14
9 Oklahoma 19.0 1 30 35
10 Michigan State 18.8 15 10 6
11 Michigan 18.8 32 2 1
12 Wisconsin 17.4 10 17 16
13 Stanford 16.4 5 34 7
14 Miami (FL) 16.2 23 11 20
15 USC 15.0 28 13 4
16 Mississippi State 14.8 19 15 56
17 Texas 14.2 58 5 2
18 Florida State 13.1 16 27 52
19 Oregon 12.5 20 24 40
20 Texas A&M 12.5 25 23 23
21 Oklahoma State 12.4 13 35 43
22 Florida 12.2 31 16 36
23 Virginia Tech 11.5 46 14 17
24 Georgia Tech 10.8 9 50 67
25 Iowa 10.6 38 21 18
32 Northwestern 8.5 57 20 19
50 Nebraska 4.0 49 63 15
60 Maryland 1.2 43 81 38
66 Indiana -1.4 79 70 48
68 Rutgers -1.8 90 54 29
72 Western Michigan -2.6 55 96 49
90 Southern Methodist -6.7 80 95 107