2019 Football Schedule & Too f&%$#@* early predictions...

Submitted by FlexUM on December 12th, 2018 at 8:03 AM

A lot of "guessing the '19 record" posts in other threads and schedule talk so let's take a look...shall we? Below are my way too early, probably incorrect, predictions. 

All teams have two byes. Home games are nice but you play @Wisconsin and 4 of the last 6 games are "big games",  3 of the last 5 are rivalry games. Not sure I love playing MSU and then OSU two weeks later either. 

PSA: Relax…no football this week, no basketball, it’s a message board and we don’t have much to talk about for a few days if it stresses you out looking at 2019 double up on your xanax. xoxo

Aug. 31- Middle Tennessee State (8-5) Prediction: WIN
Sept. 7- Army (10-2) Prediction: WIN
Sept. 14- BYE WEEK
 **Wisconsin also has a bye week here
Sept. 21- at Wisconsin* (7-5) Prediction: LOSS
Sept. 28- Rutgers* (1-11) Prediction: WIN
Oct. 5- Iowa* (8-4) Prediction: WIN
Oct. 12- at Illinois* (4-8) Prediction: WIN
Oct. 19- at Penn State* (9-3) Prediction: LOSS
Oct. 26 - Notre Dame (12-0) Prediction: WIN
Nov. 2- at Maryland* (5-7) Prediction: WIN
Nov. 9- BYE WEEK
Nov. 16- Michigan State* (7-5) Prediction: WIN
Nov. 23- at Indiana* (5-7) Prediction: WIN
Nov. 30- Ohio State*(12-1, big ten champ, Michigan ass kicker) Prediction: WIN

Prediction: 10-2. I'd assume out of @UW, @PSU, ND, OSU, they lose two games. I picked the away ones, just because. I sort of laughed writing in "W" for the osu game, of course. 

Epic Riveting Thoughts: Defense has a lot of dynamic moments but not as consistent as the 2018 squad. The offense has a chance to be elite led upfront by a kick ass line. The offense wins most games with the defense playing like a top 15 unit (which is still damn good). Unfortunately, the offense putters a few times and the defense can’t work a miracle like this year (sans osu). Michigan has a very good year, wins 10 games but may miss the Championship Game again. 

Have a good hump day.

Share your thoughts. Please. Or don't, whatever, nobody cares. 

Comments

ijohnb

December 12th, 2018 at 9:16 AM ^

Yeah, did you guys hear that Chase Winovich had the audacity to suggest that he did not think Ohio State was that much better than Michigan, that he believed the team still had a really good season and that he thinks they have laid the foundation for better things to come. 

I mean THE NERVE OF THAT GUY!!  That right there is the entire problem within that program. You would never hear a Michigan State player say something that outlandish, and that is because of their admirable humility.  

Winovich can't just admit that they suck worse than any other team, always!  Why can't he just admit that he sucks, the team sucked, that Michigan will always suck and that there is no reason to think that Michigan is ever not going to suck, EVER!?

                            - The entire Local Michigan media

 

Sione For Prez

December 12th, 2018 at 8:14 AM ^

I think it's hard to make an accurate prediction about next year before knowing who is going to the draft. If all of Patterson, Bush, Hill, Long and Gary are gone it probably changes the outlook for some.

mGrowOld

December 12th, 2018 at 8:49 AM ^

If Patterson goes he's getting terrible advice.  At best he'd be a late Friday (third round) pick and with one year in a pro-ish (cant really use the term pro-style anymore) would help his draft status a lot.

The other four should all probably go.  Bush, & Gary will go round one and Long & Hill prolly round two.

DrMantisToboggan

December 12th, 2018 at 9:20 AM ^

Or he’s not listening to proper advice. The only way he goes is if his mind was made up before the season, and his pride tells him that if he doesnt enter the draft this year, then he’s a failure. 

I think that’s silly, and I don’t think he’s too proud to spend 4 years in college, so I think he will be back.

DrMantisToboggan

December 12th, 2018 at 9:30 AM ^

LOL man, what?? Gary is the only consensus first round pick on our team. Plenty of mocks don’t have Bush in the first round. Bush could definitely be a first round pick, but Gary is guaranteed, with a bullet. He won’t get out of the top 20. You’re so wrong that it would not surprise me if you were actually Mel Kiper Jr.

Edit: just to really hang on the rim in this dunking on MeanJoe’s stupidity, McShay just posted his mock draft with Gary going SECOND OVERALL. Pick 2 of the draft. 

mGrowOld

December 12th, 2018 at 9:49 AM ^

Hey MeanJoe do you wanna make a small wager?

If Gary goes in the first round you owe me $100

If Gary goes later than the first round I'll owe you $500

So I only have 32 chances to win $100 while you have 160 chances to win five times that much.  Seems like almost stealing on your part but I'm a generous man and I like you so letting you have these great odds doesnt bother me all that much.

maize-blue

December 12th, 2018 at 8:53 AM ^

I think Patterson should go. If he decides to return it will mostly be about improving his draft stock in 2019. But how much can he improve it if he is averaging under 200 yards a game?

If during his talk with Harbaugh, Jim assures him that the offense will lean more to pass next season then it will be worth it for Shea to return. 

I'd put Zach Gentry in the same situation as Patterson.

DrMantisToboggan

December 12th, 2018 at 9:26 AM ^

The logic of your first paragraph is “how much can he improve if he doesn’t improve?”. Which is to say it’s not logical at all. You’re presuming the answer to your own hypothetical.

For one, Shea averaged 195.5 yds/game this year and has another game to go. 254 passing yards in the bowl would take him over 200 per game on the season, but I get that’s not really the point.

The fact is that NFL scouts don’t give a shit how many yards you’re throwing for irrespective of the technical aspects of your game. Shea could be throwing the ball 12 times a game for 150 yards and go in the first round if he was perfect from a technical stand point. He needs to work on his pocket presence, he needs to work on seeing the field, and he needs to speed up his processing on the field. If he can do those things, his stock will improve, no matter what his passing yards total does next year.

ijohnb

December 12th, 2018 at 9:43 AM ^

I think his larger point is kind of accurate though.  I actually think that one of the better things that is going to come from our losses on defense is that it is going to really be impossible for the coaching staff to believe that the defense is going to be this dominating machine that will allow the team to remain in games with a consistently stalling offense.  I think that narrative, that the coaches started to genuinely believe, was a big part of the issue when we went to Columbus.  If Harbaugh, or whoever is actually calling the plays, continues to rely on a game plan that is dependent on the defense having multiple consecutive dominant performances in order to land "body blows" we are going to lose a lot of games next year. 

xtramelanin

December 12th, 2018 at 9:52 AM ^

i object to your callous, unequal use of the punctuation and other marks.  where are the !!?  how about some >> or some <<.  what do you have against these guys^ and += these guys?   and asterisks are underrepresented.  those little ** will haunt urban meyer's legacy till time ends.  he is, in a word, an asterisk.  won a lot, but the ring leader of a criminal enterprise.  you don't want to be under-asterrisked when you are talking about urban. 

Mike60586

December 12th, 2018 at 8:15 AM ^

No predictions, just a comment:

We finally put ND in the middle and not first. Very good.

The Army game scares me a bit, only because of all the cut blocking schemes.

 

DrMantisToboggan

December 12th, 2018 at 8:23 AM ^

I hate that we filled our schedule with Army. Hate, hate, hate it. Monken is a helluva coach. Oklahoma found that out this year.

UNC just hired Army’s DC though, so they could take a step back on that side of the ball. We will have a lot of guys on our defense that will have played Air Force two years ago, which should aid in some of the prep for Army. Definitely another game that Brown will have to spend a week in spring ball on.

Junior18

December 12th, 2018 at 9:56 AM ^

Absolutely correct. Army will not be the gimme many probably assume. They lose a few of their key players, but they do return a lot, including their QB. As was mentioned above, however, their DC Jay Bateman was just hired by UNC. He's been a tremendous DC there; he will be missed by them.

DrMantisToboggan

December 12th, 2018 at 8:17 AM ^

Well let’s try this again - 11-0 going into OSU.

On paper, Wisconsin and Penn State don’t scare me next year.

I think our offense will be excellent - a top 25 unit returns all but 2 starters.

Notre Dame will lose a lot on defense and we get them back in AA.

We play enough good teams where we could lose a game or even two before OSU, but I think we have the team to beat anyone on the schedule, so why not.

karpodiem

December 12th, 2018 at 8:28 AM ^

I second this take, as it mirrors my own. If McCaffery is fully healed, I could see the offense having more output than it did with Shea last year. If Shea comes back, that would be ok too. It's a win/win.

We are in a much better spot than people think. It all comes down to two games - state / ohio state.

I don't see penn state being in a position to win the conference title, they will slip up multiple times. They don't have McSorley to bail them out.