Michigan Moves up to #15 in the Coaches Poll, Down To #19 In AP Poll

Submitted by FauxMo on October 15th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

PSU is now #2, of course. So next weekend will be a pretty marquee game. 

The lines aren't out yet, but I am guessing PSU will be favored by something like 9 or 10. In my opinion, they should be favored by about 17. If O'Korn gets rattled during a day game at Indiana, he is going to curl up in the fetal position at PSU at night. 

FYI, a viable passing offense is an important part of modern college football. 

MOD EDIT - slight addition to catch all the poll discussion - LSA



October 15th, 2017 at 2:36 PM ^

2006 ND was the last time Michigan won a big primetime game against a good opponent while not being favored. 

Harbaugh has to get it done as an underdog against either PSU, OSU or UW. 

Otherwise, the narrative completely changes and he goes from media darling to underachiever which is obviously not good for recruiting. 


October 15th, 2017 at 2:45 PM ^

I don't think you should worry about the media narrative right now. Harbaugh has shown a crazy good ability to recruit. This was always going to be a rebuilding year. Some people just started buying the hype after the Florida game, which turned out to be not much at all. 


We've got 2 top 10 recruiting classes in a row, and this year's class looks like it will be high quality, if not high quantity. When these players are upperclassmen, with top notch coaching, they will be able to compete with the best in the country. 


October 15th, 2017 at 4:36 PM ^

the misses so far at key areas where we need 1-2 elite guys at TE, RB and DT; even 1 more WR. I am willing to trust the choice of Hayes and Mayfield as development options at the critical OT spot, but the offense clearly needs to add explosive playmakers.

Let's also admit the elephant in the room - despite Harbaugh's success in recruiting, he is behind Meyer who has a recruiting machine in Columbus.


October 16th, 2017 at 1:40 AM ^

it's the QBs, WRs and OTs that make our passing game terrible.  And we probably do have some serious playmakers at WR, they're just really young and inexperienced (or hurt) at this point.

I will admit to being surprised how bad Crawford and McDoom have been. Obvioulsy early, and I hope they put it together, but those look to be misses so far.


October 15th, 2017 at 2:53 PM ^

2006 PSU was the primetime game that year.  ND was during the day.

As for the narrative, I think some Michigan fans are building this into far more than it actually is.  Most of the country thinks he's a great coach (however they feel about his personality) and if this year's team is struggling, then it's probably just a year away.




Clarence Beeks

October 15th, 2017 at 2:53 PM ^

Go back and watch the PSU/Iowa game and you'll be more confident, particularly when you slot Bush into the role that Jewell played for Iowa. This game will largely come down to whether Bush can negate Barkley, not what our offense can do.

Ghost of Fritz…

October 15th, 2017 at 2:36 PM ^

With a D like Michigan has, of course they should be ranked.

I am not happy with the offensive problems either, but you are being ridiculous. 

ANY 5-1 power 5 conference team should be ranked, especially with an elite D.  Who has a better D than Michigan?  Not Clemson.  Only Alabama has a plausible argument.

Plus, the offense did demonstrated on Saturday that they are going to get better.  They showed an ability to use power run plays to gain yardage even though there was no threat in the passing game and IU was all in to stop the run.

Long way to go.  But that is a huge first step for this young offense, and something that is a foundation for getting the whole offense better.


Ghost of Fritz…

October 15th, 2017 at 3:38 PM ^

It does not respond to even one thing I said.

I said M should be ranked in response to a post that said M should not even be ranked.  

I did not say anything about PSU, OSU, Wisc., or Minn, games.

YOU are mistaken if you think that M will do no better than 4 passing yards in a half in each of the games you named. 

Your post makes so little sense that I have to guess you meant to respond to some other post.



October 15th, 2017 at 6:49 PM ^

Threet beat Wiscy (in Ann Arbor) and Nick Sheridan led that 2008 squad to an upset victory on the road to secure the Little Brown Jug.  O'korn's best game may be coming up.


October 15th, 2017 at 2:07 PM ^

Polls mean little to me, rather performance and progress are most important.  We'll see what happens in Happy Valley, and I'll be there cheering on the Maize and Blue.


October 15th, 2017 at 2:07 PM ^

If Michigan wins out they are in the playoff. Ranking has no impact at this point. If we lose another game we are out of Big 10 champ and playoff. That simple.