Michigan should be #4, ahead of LSU

Michigan should be #4, ahead of LSU

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on October 25th, 2018 at 11:43 AM

The stunningly beautiful and obviously brilliant Maria Taylor argues that we should be the #4 team when the first CFP Rankings come out.

Also, Pep said we reworked our entire offensive scheme to suit Shea's talents.

https://247sports.com/Article/Michigan-football-ESPN-Maria-Taylor-college-football-playoff-top-four-123768439/

Root against Oklahoma, leave nothing to chance

Root against Oklahoma, leave nothing to chance

Submitted by VictorValiant on October 23rd, 2018 at 2:17 PM

John U. Bacon tweeted during the Purdue-OSU game, that it would be better for Michigan if OSU won. The numbers may actually show this. According to Nate Silver, Michigan does not fully control its destiny into the playoffs, even if winning out:

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-college-football-predictions/

Leave nothing to chance, root for Oklahoma to lose a game!

Today is 25th anniversary of Lions' last playoff win

Today is 25th anniversary of Lions' last playoff win

Submitted by harmon40 on January 5th, 2017 at 10:56 AM

25 years ago today the Lions demolished the Cowboys 38-6 in the Silverdome.

Barry Sanders was largely quiet (11 carries for 22 yds, apart from a 47 yd run late), as the Cowboys schemed to stop him. Erik Kramer resonded with 341 passing yds, 3 TD, 0 INT.

Prior to this game it had been 34 years since the Lions' last playoff win.

1957, 1991...when will the Lions' next playoff win come?

Anyway...happy silver anniversary, Lions fans!!

Former UM Coach Lloyd Carr steps down from CFP Committee due to health reasons

Former UM Coach Lloyd Carr steps down from CFP Committee due to health reasons

Submitted by Bo_Knows on August 19th, 2016 at 2:17 PM

The title covers the main point.  LINK

While it hurts to lose a Wolverine advocate in the CFP Committee meetings, especially before a hyped season like this, the bigger concern is for Coach Carr and his health.  Hope he is able to focus on his health!

WoJo: Michigan has closed the gap with OSU and should be favored to win the Big 10

WoJo: Michigan has closed the gap with OSU and should be favored to win the Big 10

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on January 15th, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Bovada has us at 12-1 odds to win the NC next season, third behind Alabama and Clemson.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/bob-wojnowski/2016/01/15/wojo-harbaugh-um-quickly-make-ground-big-ten/78835054/

It’s all just numbers and notions and rankings right now, but at least we have more football evidence than a year ago. Ohio State and Michigan State will remain near the top, we’ve seen enough to say that. If there’s a notable gap between them and Michigan, no one’s seeing it or saying it anymore.

Scenario to get UM into playoff

Scenario to get UM into playoff

Submitted by umfan83 on November 23rd, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Yes its a long shot but this is IMO Michigan's most liklely path to the playoff:

  • UM over OSU
  • PSU over MSU
  • Iowa over Nebraska (they can't lose this)
  • UM over Iowa
  • Clemson over UNC (concede spot 1 to Clemson so that UNC isn't a threat)
  • Ok St over Oklahoma (think 2 loss Michigan can get in over 1 loss Ok St..at least more likely than 1 loss OU)
  • TCU over Baylor
  • Alabama should probably beat Florida too unless Florida loses to FSU. I could easily see them taking 2 loss Bama over UM to get 2 SEC teams in there.

ND vs Stanford is interesting.  I think they could get in both ways, but it would be harder if ND won.  I think the strength of Michigan over OSU/Iowa is bigger than Stanford over ND/P12S champ.  Plus Northwestern is a common opponent and we know how that worked out for both teams.

This would likely put Michigan over MSU (hurt from not making BTT), Oklahoma (fresh loss to Ok St), OSU (2 straight losses and no BTT) and Florida (fresh loss and hasn't looked all that impressive). 
 
Clemson and Alabama would be playoff locks meaning UM would be competing for 2 spots with:
 
1 loss ND (unless they lose to Stanford)
1 loss Ok St
1 loss Iowa (who they just beat)
2 loss Baylor
 
ND is almost certainly in if they beat Stanford and the above scenario occurs. If they do win, then they could still get in over the other 2 based on 2 very good wins to close the season, and general committee hatred for the Big 12 and their lack of title game.
 
Am I missing anything?  Other than PSU/MSU, the other games not involving Michigan either require favored teams to win or at worst 50/50 games (in the case of TCU/Baylor and OK State/OU given that both are home games).
 
It's unlikely but until PSU loses to Sparty, I will not give up hope!
 

Possible perfect storm to aid M: Can Cook play / can MSU stop Hackenberg?

Possible perfect storm to aid M: Can Cook play / can MSU stop Hackenberg?

Submitted by tedheadfred on November 22nd, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Do we have a possible perfect storm coming up to get that needed help?  Let's look at a few item for MSU/PSU:

PSU O vs MSU D:

Last night the wind may have protected the MSU secondary from being exposed.  PSU's most successful play and biggest talent is at QB and had good receivers.  Can PSU throw on MSU and get a lead?  (insert comment on the strength of the MSU D line here)

MSU O vs. PSU D:

MSU isn't a rushing juggernaut.  Cook may still be out.  Can MSU generate offense against a stout PSU defense?  PSU D can generate turnovers.

 

No spread yet.  It's gonna be exciting!

 

 

Washington Post thinks Michigan might make the playoffs. This year.

Washington Post thinks Michigan might make the playoffs. This year.

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on September 30th, 2015 at 4:18 PM

The gist of the article is that our defense is awesome and MSU isn't that good.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/09/30/michigans-defense-fuels-early-success-but-can-it-carry-wolverines-to-a-surprising-playoff-berth/.

 

The Big Ten sets up well for Michigan this year, with three home games against Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State. And given how Ohio State has played on offense thus far, that game is also not projecting to be quite as lopsided as it did in the preseason.

 

EDIT:  MSU not that good?

Jim Harbaugh Will Bring Michigan the Big Ten Title

Jim Harbaugh Will Bring Michigan the Big Ten Title

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on August 13th, 2015 at 11:02 AM

So I don't know what Sports Cheat Sheet is, but they have an article up listing the 5 reasons why we're going to win the B1G Title this year.  As they're saying things I want to hear, they are obviously a credible website staffed with smart people.

Spoiler alert:  Three of the five reasons listed are HARBAUGH.

http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/5-reasons-why-jim-harbaugh-will-lead-michigan-to-the-big-ten-title.html/?a=viewall