October 22nd, 2017 at 9:21 AM ^

It is amazing that simply having Dave Brandon as athletic director can cause more long-term damage than the major sanctions PSU had. Louisvilles punishment should be having Dave Brandon as AD.


October 22nd, 2017 at 9:52 AM ^

Michigan will likely finish the season playing a top 5 Wisconsin team and top 5 OSU team (I think they beat PSU) at 8-2 ranked somewhere around 15th. 

This young team could finish like PSU did last year and still end up in a great place with a lot of positive momentum heading into next season. 



October 22nd, 2017 at 11:11 AM ^

I think we beat Wisconsin because of the style. Our D can stop the conventional run game. But I see no way in hell we're beating OSU. Hope I'm wrong but unfortunately I thought we would get beat by MSU and I thought we would get slaughtered by Penn St. I think our loss to OSU will be around 20 or so and I would not count on a victory against Minnesota just yet either. That may be  tough game as well.


October 22nd, 2017 at 11:50 AM ^

My rooting guide for the playoffs is for PSU/OSU/UW to not embarrass the B10 like OSU did last year.

As for Michigan, I think two losses against UW and OSU are a given.  And will probably be blowouts (20+ pts).  This team has shown no ability whatsoever to compete against elite teams.  

The most disappointing thing is that they have shown no improvement this year.  The best this team looked was in the first game against Florida. And Florida is a mediocre team, as we now know.  Since then Michigan has struggled to compete against mediocre teams, generally eeking out a win late.  Or losing, as was the case with MSU.  But against an elite team, Michigan got curb stomped.  They did not belong on the field with PSU.

Again, the biggest problem is that Michigan has shown no improvement.  They emphatically are not getting better.  And if they haven't shown a modicum of improvement by now, I have doubts they will at all this year.  If that's the case, then mediocre is the ceiling for this team. 

Here's the problem. Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland are also mediocre teams, which means all three are coin flip games.  Three coin flips means that Michigan is highly likely to lose one of those three in addition to OSU and UW.  Which makes them a 7-5 team with a mid December bowl date. 

Not sure that's worth $9 million per year.  Michigan is not getting what it paid for.  No, I don't want to see Harbaugh gone.  That's insane.  But questions about the coaching are going to get asked, and they should.  $9 million should buy you competitiveness at least.