thanks to Purdue...

Submitted by MgoFunk on October 20th, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Don’t look now but Michigan sits atop the B1G and the B1G East.  Will also be in the top 4 at the end of next week at the latest...probably (Alabama vs LSU).  It just feels different this year, less like we’re just hanging on and more like we’re in the driver’s seat.



October 21st, 2018 at 12:21 AM ^

I’m still salty he left WKU.  Here’s how WKU lost tonight: at the end of regulation ODU gets called for roughing the passer. On the untimed down WKU goes for the field goal, the kick is short and returned to the WKU side of the field...WKU gets called for unnecessary roughness so ODU gets an untimed down.  Kicks the field goal and wins...


October 21st, 2018 at 3:58 AM ^

Was just reading through the stats. Haskins completed 49 of 73 attempts for 470 yards and 2 touchdowns. That's more completions than most QB's attempts in any given game, and nearly half of the attempts that Patterson has attempted all season. In one game. And they still lost.

I think it's safe to say that even Ohio is saying "FUCK OHIO!" after that result.

The Man Down T…

October 20th, 2018 at 11:41 PM ^

And great to Purdue for winning for that kid with cancer.  And Fuck cancer too.  Damn.  I teared up a bit for the kid.

In conclusion: 

Congrats Purdue

Fuck State

Fuck OSU and 

Fuck Cancer


Go Blue


October 20th, 2018 at 11:48 PM ^

Way too early question but....


Say ND and us both win out.  Would they get into the playoffs over us?


On one hand, they beat us head to head and went undefeated.


On the other, we lost in the season opener on the road competitively.  We had a tougher schedule.  We would have won an extra game (conference championship).


Who would get the nod?

A Lot of Milk

October 20th, 2018 at 11:52 PM ^

We would both get in, guaranteed. SEC champ, ND, us, Clemson. If we win out, we're getting in over every one loss conference champ because we have the best loss in the country, and I believe every P5 team outside of Bama has one loss, so we are completely in the driver's seat, with full control of our destiny


October 20th, 2018 at 11:52 PM ^

Yes, but it almost certainly won't matter.  If Michigan and Notre Dame both win out, the playoffs will be SEC Champ, undefeated Clemson or 1-loss Big XII champ, Notre Dame, and Michigan.

The only fly in the ointment would be an LSU victory over Alabama, followed by LSU or Georgia running the table.  Then, you might get two SEC teams, in which case Michigan is probably on the outside looking in.  But these things have a way of working themselves out.


October 21st, 2018 at 12:04 AM ^

You may be right, but they've got the name and conference recognition.  The fact that they played nobody out of conference -- as usual -- and the SEC West is down won't matter.  Don't get me wrong: Alabama is an excellent team.  But they've also got the SEC factor going for them: when Big Ten teams beat each other up, it's because the Big Ten is mediocre, but when SEC teams do it, it's because the SEC is, top-to-bottom, the best conference in America.


October 20th, 2018 at 11:54 PM ^

We would both be in. Undefeated ND gets in, period. Michigan, with one loss against a playoff team, gets in over one-loss Oklahoma or any other Big 12 or Pac 12 team. 

In that scenario we're the four seed and play Bama, FWIW. 

There's still a narrow scenario where there are two good SEC candidates; if LSU beats Bama and wins out, and Bama wins out, Bama is a good candidate and so is a winner of a hypothetic LSU-Georgia SEC championship game. In that scenario I'm a bit nervous. But Georgia's loss to LSU means that the window for 2 SEC teams is pretty small. And it's small to begin with.

Notre Dame is going to be ahead of us by virtue of head-to-head in almost all scenarios. But our loss to them looks really good right now. 



October 21st, 2018 at 12:56 AM ^

They could, but FSU and USC are both terrible. 

And even if they do, that H2H factor is hard for Michigan to overcome. Also, if we're getting to the end of the season and ND and Michigan both have one loss and they're also looking at teams like Oklahoma with one loss, ND has the best win--us. 

The team that would really suffer with a loss would be Clemson, which has a dreadful schedule in conference. 

Wolverine 73

October 20th, 2018 at 11:44 PM ^

With all the great athletes Ohio State has on defense, they have played like crap for the last several weeks.  Recruits take notice, bad coaching in Columbus.  Especially defensive recruits.  


October 21st, 2018 at 12:06 AM ^

They lost their DB coach, Kerry Coombs, to the NFL when Mike Vrabel hired him to coach his DBs. Coombs is a bigger loss because he has developed NFL DBs like Lattimore, Ward, Conley, Hooker, Bell, etc.

I remain unimpressed with their LB coach who has been bad. The only good coaches on the defensive side is the DL coach, Larry Johnson. Larry Johnson is a great DL coach who can identify and develop NFL talent.


October 20th, 2018 at 11:46 PM ^

Our schedule looked like an insurmountable gauntlet. And, indeed, we did lose our first game to a top four team.

But the team is improving every week. And the rest of the Big Ten is disintegrating under pressure. 

We are the best team in the conference. We are the favorites. We have pole position to win the B1G and go to the playoff. 

And we can beat OSU. We should be OSU. We must beat OSU.

They'll be a much better team when we play them.

But so will we. 


October 20th, 2018 at 11:46 PM ^

Michigan is the best team in the conference.

OSU's run game has disappeared....the defense has fallen will take quite an effort from the Buckeyes to upset the Wolverines on Nov. 24.

Congrats on winning the B1G East Division! Buy your tickets to Indy now.