stephenrjking

October 10th, 2016 at 3:50 PM ^

Yeah, they look good. The way they are beating these teams is impressive... but when Washington State is doing exactly the same thing to the same teams, the sheen comes off a bit. They're still a good candidate for the playoff and they would be a tough matchup, though.

ghostofhoke

October 10th, 2016 at 1:14 PM ^

Exactly and it doesn't matter. If we were 6,7,8 and behind some 1 loss teams with the possibility hanging over our head of being left out even with a win against Ohio St that would be different. Right now we control our destiny which is all we care about. If it was still the old 1v2 system I would feel differently but it's not.

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reshp1

October 10th, 2016 at 2:42 PM ^

Our DL was down 3 starters by the time we rolled in to The Game last year. Our DC also insisted on keeping a safety high instead of getting him involved in stopping the run. You guys edged us over and over and he never adjusted for it. 

Also, I don't think your team is as talented this year as it was last year, certainly less experienced. 

Frank Chuck

October 10th, 2016 at 2:57 PM ^

A good/great NT has the most thankless job in football. Sure, there are some dominant ones like Suh, Donald, etc. who get recognized because they are overpowering but most good NTs don't get recognized until their absence highlights a glaring hole. 

OSU is not 28 points better than us. That was Meyer taking advantage of Michigan not having any good NTs (Mone injured, Glasgow injured, Pipkins transferred) and trapping our LBs in the wash.

DJ Durkin's defensive gameplan for that game was awful. Even Ohio State fans with Xs and Os acumen acknowledged they didn't understand what he was trying to do.

reddogrjw

October 10th, 2016 at 3:23 PM ^

note - doesn't mean Michigan wins or loses - but big differences

1 - Zeke is in the NFL - no runner in the B1G this season is anywhere close to him

2 - Currently (knocks on wood), Michigan has a much better DL with depth - our last few opponents of 2015 before the bowl game ran all over us

3 - OSU lost a lot of talent to the NFL - the new kids are not much of a drop off, but it is a little

4 - Michigan has 2 backs that can pop a long run now

I fully expect this year to be one helluva game

BeatIt

October 11th, 2016 at 5:30 AM ^

but for different reasons. but a few things need to fall in place first. first and foremost, i think peppers will be taking more snaps on offense than defense by the game. if speight doesn't stop telegraphing his intentions i could see harbaugh gradually as the season progresses, transitioning peppers full time on offense by the game. peppers is easily your best player and think he's much more valuable to average offense then the defense. it all depends on speights development of course. Thoghts?

Mr. Yost

October 10th, 2016 at 1:31 PM ^

Please explain how we are "hands down" better than Clemson?"

If we are "hands down better than Clemson" we should be #1 and it shouldn't be close because no team in the country is "hands down better than Clemson"

...just like no team in the country is "hands down" better than Michigan.

We haven't played anyone close to L'Ville or Lamar Jackson except when our defense goes up against Jabrill in practice. 

We'll see what Wisconsin is about this weekend...don't get me wrong, I hope they beat OSU, obviously... But beating an average LSU team in Wisconsin, crushing a shit Sparty team, and hanging with Michigan in shit weather and 3 missed FGs doesn't mean they're an automatic top 10 team in my book. At least, IMO, they're not L'ville if that's the reasoning behind the comment.

Michigan could easily be #3, but there isn't any team in the top 7 that's "hands down" better than any other team in the top 7 right now.

stephenrjking

October 10th, 2016 at 3:55 PM ^

To be honest we are the only team of the top five serious playoff contenders that has a glaringly obvious flaw, which is our inconsistent QB position. Clemson may not be playing great on offense consistently but their QB is a known quantity, and everybody else is humming along.

Maybe Speight improves or maybe our defense is so good that it won't matter, but right now that sticks out more than any unit on another one of the "elite" teams.

lhglrkwg

October 10th, 2016 at 2:26 PM ^

Everyone in front of them lost and all of a sudden they're #10. They seem decent, but they haven't played anyone and I bet they'd lose handily to several others teams below them

If IU doesn't handle them this weekend, I suspect they'll come back to earth with back-to-back throttlings by Wisconsin & OSU

TrueBlue2003

October 10th, 2016 at 4:31 PM ^

got a huge bump from beating Oregon when Oregon was ranked, but the voters haven't adjusted their view of the that win after Oregon went on to show how bad they are by losing three more in a row, two of them badly, the other at home.  A three point win at home against Oregon now looks kind of bad for Nebraska.  They are way overrated at this point, but have plenty of chances to prove their worth.