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09/18/2018 - 12:50pm I have nothing to support…

I have nothing to support this, just a feeling. This presser reads a lot more like Harbaugh circa '15 than the more awkward, word-fumbling Harbaugh we've seen over the last year and a half. Seems like he's done walking on eggshells and has his unique swagger back.

Maybe I'm just being wishful, but I got that feeling.

09/18/2018 - 12:24pm Shea will throw as much as…

Shea will throw as much as we need him to. We havn't needed him to do much against the last two opponents. Against Nebraska and Northwestern, we'll probably see Shea have 25-30 attempts to create enough space to keep the running game efficient. I also hope he won't get hurt, but you cant play scared. You play to win the game.

09/17/2018 - 2:49pm Most surprising upvote I've…

Most surprising upvote I've given in weeks.

09/17/2018 - 2:19pm As soon as I saw "mum" I…

As soon as I saw "mum" I read the remainder of the OP with a British accent in my head. It certainly hurts the credibility of the OP. They don't know anything about football over there.

09/17/2018 - 2:12pm One of Welschof or Upshaw…

One of Welschof or Upshaw will break through next year. I think Welschof will be an Anchor. Mattison is the best in the business at turning raw ability into football ability on the DL.

09/16/2018 - 7:21pm StraightDave has a nice long…

StraightDave has a nice long history of racist, homophobic trash posts. If the liberal conspiracy moderation theory of MGoBlog were real, he would have been banned a long time ago.

However, he crossed a real line with the personal attacks on teenagers in the game thread. Needs to be gone.

09/15/2018 - 10:49pm The QB broke contain like,…

The QB broke contain like, twice? Thrice? That's what mobile QBs do. He didnt run away from anyone. He took advantage of gaps when the D left him one. It's an issue. It's not a speed issue.

09/15/2018 - 10:46pm The one on Ross was one of…

The one on Ross was one of only two that were totally legit. He got beat, so he held his man. PI.

09/15/2018 - 8:15pm The kindest word I can think…

The kindest word I can think of to describe StraightDave is curmudgeon.

Candidly, he's a grade-A asshole.

Unfortunately, he's not a troll so he pops up and spews his (sincerely held) garbage thoughts without getting banned. If he was actually attacking kids personally in the game thread, I hope mods bring the banhammer.

09/15/2018 - 7:58pm Roughing the passer on…

Roughing the passer on Hutchinson: Bullshit

Targeting on Hudson: Bullshit

At least 2 of the PIs were bullshit and were flagged because the DB dominated and the receiver fell down. 

There were legit instances of PI today, but refs colored our perception of the defense today. They were trash.

09/15/2018 - 7:52pm I agree this defense isn't…

I agree this defense isn't elite. But "they look slow" is the dumbest take I have ever read in a snowflake thread. SMU had several RPS +2 plays that were held down to 10-15 yards simply because our guy tracked it down from being out of position. The long touchdown was a simple miscommunication, not a speed issue. If this defense was slow, that 4th and 1 conversion would have been a long touchdown. 

09/15/2018 - 7:42pm I agree with this take. Play…

I agree with this take. Play some coverage on 3rd down. The straight 4 man rush is plenty good enough.

09/15/2018 - 7:36pm Why do fans think that a…

Why do fans think that a great defense means they have everything under control at all times? Perfect offense beats perfect defense. Every time. Sometimes, offenses execute perfectly. There is no defense for a perfect pass. They happen sometimes. You tip your cap.

There is one legitimate complaint about this defense: over-pursuit. Misdirection still hits for big plays most of the time. Guys need to be better at playing their gaps responsibly, especially in the back side vs the run. That 4th and 1 counter pitch was too easy, and I can't believe SMU only ran it once.

09/15/2018 - 7:29pm Especially on 3rd and long.

Especially on 3rd and long.

09/15/2018 - 7:27pm Refs -1000000

There were a…

Refs -1000000

There were a couple legitimate PI instances, and that's OK when you're a heavy man coverage team. We'd rather get flagged for 15 than give up a long TD. However, when a DB dominates a route and the ball sails over his head while a receiver falls beside him, stop flagging it. There were 2 AWFUL PI flags on the same drive as the awful targeting ejection. 

09/15/2018 - 7:21pm We'll see balance as the…

We'll see balance as the season progresses. SMU prepared as if Nico was our #1 wideout. They game planned to take him and McKeon away. DPJ and Gentry took advantage.

09/15/2018 - 7:19pm Pizzo said Higdon looked…

Pizzo said Higdon looked slow in warmups. "Lower body injury" confirmed at halftime. 

09/15/2018 - 7:17pm We can pass protect now?…

We can pass protect now? Sometimes?

09/14/2018 - 10:56am The way I remember it,…

The way I remember it, Hamler's offer was more of an "offer" than an OFFER. I think Hamler wanted to hear more from Michigan, but the coaches saw him as a plan B type of player. PSU showed more love.

09/13/2018 - 3:42pm It's as good a plan as any…

It's as good a plan as any with 20+ people. Best of luck!

09/13/2018 - 2:50pm I need to be spending more…

I need to be spending more time in Andersonville. Great little neighborhood.

09/13/2018 - 2:40pm I'm sure there are bars near…

I'm sure there are bars near the stadium, but I havn't been to any of them. Take one of the shuttles downtown. I also forgot to mention World of Beer in my initial post. 

09/13/2018 - 2:34pm Hopefully someone can chime…

Hopefully someone can chime in with a better idea, but I dont know any super awesome parking tips. The lots attached to the stadium are for season ticket holders. They run free shuttles all day between downtown parking structures and the stadium, but if you're looking to tailgate, maybe Canal Shores Golf Course? I'm not sure how parking works there or if you have to reserve your spot in advance. You could try scoot around the neighborhood north and west of the stadium, but I'm not sure what you'll find.

09/13/2018 - 1:40pm Evanston resident here. I…

Evanston resident here. I was going to post a recommendation thread the week of the game, but this will do just fine.

Definitely check out the new facilities by the lake. I would also recommend walking the quick loop on the Lakefill. Michigan has the Rock, Northwestern has hundreds around there. You'll get a nice photo op with the entire Chicago skyline from the south end of the Lakefill.

Around Ryan Field, I really can't recommend 10 Mile House highly enough. It's as if a bunch of frat bros got high, decided to open a restaurant, and wrote the menu at 3am. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Wood fired pizza? Legit BBQ? An attached donut shop? Yes, yes, and yes, and it is somehow all delicious. 

Downtown Evanston: You can't go wrong with Bat 17, which is what you get if you ever wondered "What would the bastard lovechild of Zingerman's and Fraser's Pub look like?" If you just need a quick burger, try Edzo's or Epic Burger. There are tons of Asian restaurants, most of them very good. My favs are Koco Table (Korean-fusion) and Todoroki (sushi and/or hibachi). If you need a beer (or many beers) post-game, check out Five & Dime, Smylie Brothers, or Whiskey Thief. 

Not downtown, but right off the Main street CTA: If you are into brunch, try Lucky Platter.

If you're spending the weekend, check out a museum. If the weather is nice, Lincoln Park Zoo is free and fun for kids. Don't forget Chicago is a world class theater town. Check out a show at Steppenwolf, Second City, or any of the dozens (hundreds?) of smaller theaters. There is bound to be one or more within walking distance no matter where you're staying.

 

09/12/2018 - 3:38pm Dont know who Warriner is,…

Dont know who Warriner is, but I'd be interested to hear what Ed Warinner has to say.

This is Jake Ruddock all over again.

09/12/2018 - 1:35pm ND had a super athletic DT…

ND had a super athletic DT on the field most of the time. This play does a lot of things to mess with gap responsibility and edge defenders, but all it takes is one or two explosive steps from a DT to wreck this whole thing before it gets started. We will see this in games when coaches are certain that Ruiz can execute that reach block consistently.

Reach blocks are hard enough running outside zone, when the C has the playside G to help him get around the DT. With this play, the playside G is bugging out to the edge, leaving the C to do it on his own. It is not advisable against athletic DTs.

09/12/2018 - 11:39am No, I'm saying that as great…

No, I'm saying that as great as Higdon's day was, PFF probably believes he left some yards on the field.

09/12/2018 - 11:34am Dr. Toboggan, do you have…

Dr. Toboggan, do you have any insight on Mac's transformation? Are you supplying HGH?

09/11/2018 - 1:59pm PFF rewards patient backs…

PFF rewards patient backs with good vision. They don't hand out big scores for running away from linebackers and safeties, which Higdon is great at. As much as I love Higdon in the open field, he still sometimes gets going too fast too soon in the backfield. He doesn't have great instincts when setting up his blocks. Great physical ability, sometimes in too much of a hurry to make the most of it.

09/10/2018 - 1:07pm CJK5H

CJK5H

09/07/2018 - 4:20pm If Gary moves anywhere, it…

If Gary moves anywhere, it should be to LT.

 

#notseriousbutmaybe

09/04/2018 - 10:50pm This is why I can't watch…

This is why I can't watch Michigan football with certain die-hard family members.

09/02/2018 - 6:38pm You can coach around a bad o…

You can coach around a bad o-line. 

Our o-line isn't "bad." Its an unmitigated disaster. 

You can call quick passes if your tackles are talentless try-hards who are generally in the way of a pass rush even if they cant hold up for 3 seconds. You can't hide a guy who blocks air. 

Our tackles aren't bad. If the tackles were just "bad," we'd be griping about not quite turning the corner to become playoff contenders. This is a team that will need to improve greatly to be bowl eligible. Our tackles literally might as well not have been on the field at times. Coaches can scheme around a couple bad players in an 11vs11 game. Vince Lombardi himself couldn't move the ball if forced to call plays 9vs11.

09/02/2018 - 9:58am 5-7 is very much a worst…

5-7 is very much a worst case scenario, but I can kind of see it. OSU, MSU, UW, PSU, are all looking like losses. I don't think Michigan is any better than the Texas team that just lost to Maryland. Then you don't have to squint too hard to see one more road loss at Northwestern or Nebraska.

09/02/2018 - 9:49am We are 0-1

We have 2 more…

We are 0-1

We have 2 more sure losses on the schedule

We have 3 more tossups games on the schedule

We will finish 9-3

 

Dude, you suck at math

09/01/2018 - 11:22pm Tackles both played like hot…

Tackles both played like hot garbage. Time to roll with Mayfield/Hudson and live with the growing pains. Runyan and JBB aren't going to get better.

08/30/2018 - 1:24pm Patience.

The corners may…

Patience.

The corners may be better than the DEs

08/29/2018 - 9:45pm Corners might go to 6

Corners might go to 6

08/29/2018 - 1:21pm It's not the coach. It's the…

It's not the coach. It's the cheese.

08/29/2018 - 10:53am When this post never arrived…

When this post never arrived yesterday, I assumed Brian was planning on a 1am release for the bad news preview.

08/28/2018 - 3:54pm How epic would it be for…

How epic would it be for Michigan and Wisconsin to each finish 12-1, each handing the other their only loss, and have a rubber match in the CFP?

08/28/2018 - 2:09pm Samuels is a hell of an…

Samuels is a hell of an athlete and might want to ask coaches if he can focus on being a return specialist. The backfield isn't getting less crowded, and I think his skill set is perfect for a designated KR/PR role.

08/28/2018 - 12:42pm I am disappointed that the…

I am disappointed that the jump states "Persons who are available"

Clearly should have been "Peoples(ha!) who are available"

08/28/2018 - 11:09am Thomas is also the better…

Thomas is also the better athlete, and therefore has a much higher ceiling. I expect much more improvement from Thomas between his first and second year than I do from Watson between year 4 and year 5. Watson has done well to maximize his talents, but he probably has, in fact, maxed out as a dependable B+ corner. That's an excellent guy to have as a 3rd or 4th option. If he isn't already, Thomas will eventually be a better player than Watson.

08/27/2018 - 10:42pm Dude, I love your enthusiasm…

Dude, I love your enthusiasm and your willingness to drink the Kool-aid, but please stop trying to make "K-Hig" happen.

08/27/2018 - 5:09pm PJ Fleck is blowing up this…

PJ Fleck is blowing up this kid's phone already.

08/27/2018 - 5:01pm Gary is a tough dude. Even…

Gary is a tough dude. Even if he plays through a nagging shoulder injury, his floor is 2017 Rashan Gary, because he played through most of last season with a nagging shoulder injury. Healthy Gary is a force to be reckoned with, injured Gary is still an all conference player.

RB has 2 starters, so Higdon can take his time getting back to 100%. Evans can carry the load if need be.

On the WRs: The majority of the offense is run with only 2 WRs on the field at a time, and Harbaugh is just as likely to use 0 or 1 as he is to put 3 on the field at once. 5 healthy WRs would be a depth concern for a spread outfit, but not a Harbaughffense with 3 excellent TEs and a monster FB.

Are you off the ledge yet?

08/27/2018 - 1:33pm Wisconsin returns the very…

Wisconsin returns the very same QB who was literally the difference in last year's loss.

08/26/2018 - 1:49pm Not to take anything away…

Not to take anything away from these gentlemen; all are very deserving. However, are all 3 of these guys more valuable than Glasgow? Or is Glasgow already a full fledged FORMER walk-on like his brothers? Did I miss that update?

08/20/2018 - 6:10pm A few still remain from the…

A few still remain from the original article. I hope to see a breakdown of what stayed, what is gone, and what is new.

It is a glimpse into the mind of our beloved madman.