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)
Expectations - 2018 Pre-Season
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
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.
Interesting updates on some past "missed" recruits that are running out of time to make the impact expected - from TomVH on ESPN
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:
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M
- Texas Tech
He's a perfect 0-4 so far in his seedings: the teams he ranked 13-16 all won their games.
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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!
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.
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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.