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11/16/2018 - 2:05pm If Syracuse wins, Notre Dame…

If Syracuse wins, Notre Dame is out unless there are a significant number of shakeups. Notre Dame's schedule is ass, my dude.

11/15/2018 - 3:13pm KARLAFTIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN…

KARLAFTIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN HERE

11/15/2018 - 2:34pm The Civil ConTXiCT?

The Civil ConTXiCT?

11/15/2018 - 2:33pm Piggy is a better runner…

Piggy is a better runner than Hill, and Hill wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire as a passer. I think they'll stay Maryland - able to explode in any direction at any time.

That said, their last two games are against PSU and OSU, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

11/15/2018 - 2:32pm It's a famous boulder in…

It's a famous boulder in India.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna%27s_Butterball

11/15/2018 - 11:55am We had 59 passing yards on…

We had 59 passing yards on 16 attempts in that game. I don't think that's going to happen again.

11/15/2018 - 11:26am Ramsey's 398 carries this…

Ramsey's 398 carries this year (second only to Scott's 894)

Man, Indiana still runs a ton of plays, don't they?

11/15/2018 - 9:27am So far this season, we're…

So far this season, we're undefeated if Livers scores 6 or more points.

11/15/2018 - 9:26am I don't think it will be a…

I don't think it will be a problem. In a way, our offense is almost inside-out, because many of our best long-range shooters are big men (Livers, Iggy, Teske (?)) and our starting backcourt of Simpson and Matthews aren't great shooters. But Beilein has decades of experience building such an inverted offense, and if the opponents' big men get drawn out to the perimeter, Simpson and Matthews can punish them on drives. In addition, many of our young guys (Poole, Brooks, DeJulius, Nunez) are gifted shooters and should improve over the course of the season.

11/14/2018 - 3:10pm Hopefully Quavaris Crouch…

Hopefully Quavaris Crouch sees this. There isn't a much better recruiting pitch than having the guy you'd be replacing in the running for the Nagurski.

11/14/2018 - 2:08pm Did anyone do a ctrl-F for …

Did anyone do a ctrl-F for "Martellus"?

11/14/2018 - 2:08pm That's true, but there are…

That's true, but there are two mitigating factors.

First, Gentry is still relatively new to TE. Yes, he has an impressive frame and speed, but he's only been a TE for three years, and he's only gotten significant playing time for a year and a half. NFL teams might well tell him that if he returns for a year, effectively doubling his playing experience a the position, he'll go much higher.

Second, we're much more prepared to deal with Gentry leaving than basically any other starter. McKeon is also physically impressive and might not even be much of a downgrade, and Eubanks has shown good things this year as well. Plus, we have two promising freshmen redshirting and another incoming in 2019. I love me some Gentry and hope he stays, but we'd be OK without him as well.

11/14/2018 - 2:03pm There's no practical…

There's no practical difference between a 3-4 OLB and a DE in the NFL today. Most advanced stats just group them together as "Edge" defenders, and Chase is definitely an "Edge" defender.

11/14/2018 - 12:47pm I'm not saying Brohm doesn't…

I'm not saying Brohm doesn't have the ability to turn a bad program into a respectable one, but Purdue was his first P5 opportunity, and he's done well with it. There's no reason he'd need (or want) to take on another rebuild if he's offered something much better.

11/14/2018 - 12:27pm That's an awesome honor. I'm…

That's an awesome honor. I'm guessing that he won't win it unless he goes out and Biakabutuka's Ohio State, but it's still some great validation for his return for his senior year.

Here are the relevant stats: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/2018-rushing.html#rushing::6

11/14/2018 - 10:50am There are really four key…

There are really four key games left that will determine whether we make the CFP:

  • Michigan @ Ohio State - obviously we need to win
  • SEC Championship - we want Alabama to beat Georgia. If Georgia beats Alabama, there's a decent chance they both make the playoffs and knock us out.
  • Oklahoma @ West Virginia - we want WV to beat Oklahoma. There's a chance that if Oklahoma won this game and the next one, their strength of schedule would push them over us in a battle of one-loss teams.
  • Big 12 Championship - likely a rematch of Oklahoma-West Virginia. West Virginia would probably be ranked behind us even if they win both these games, but the ideal scenario would be for the teams to split these two games, giving both of them two losses and removing all doubt.

There are obviously other games that could affect our standing. If the events above break the right way, I'm also assuming that we beat Indiana and Northwestern, that Alabama and Georgia win out, and that Notre Dame beats Syracuse and USC to finish undefeated. None of those things are guaranteed, but they seem more likely than the pivotal four games above.

11/13/2018 - 3:14pm I, for one, am glad we no…

I, for one, am glad we no longer have our game broadcasts filmed by a drunk guy with a handheld camcorder.

11/13/2018 - 12:31pm Realizing that we could have…

Realizing that we could have Harrison and Karlaftis coming off the edge with Dax patrolling the secondary just gave me chills.

11/13/2018 - 11:40am Offensive line might be the…

Offensive line might be the unit that's most dependent on coaching. A good OL coach can make almost any collection of talent into a good unit. The NFL has had longtime coaches like Alex Gibbs, Dante Sarnecchia, and Howard Mudd that routinely shaped mid-round talent into the best lines in the league. It's possible that Warriner is the college version of that.

11/13/2018 - 10:46am Zach Smith seems like a…

Zach Smith seems like a horrible human being.

And this is further confirmation that Urban Meyer has no problem with enabling horrible human beings.

11/12/2018 - 11:58am They also gave him the ball…

They also gave him the ball 414 times that year. If Bell would have stayed another year at MSU they literally would have broken him.

11/12/2018 - 11:55am I'm surprise he isn't going…

I'm surprise he isn't going to the NFhahahahaha never mind.

11/12/2018 - 11:52am My only question with regard…

My only question with regard to Brohm is whether he could do better. Yes, he has a connection to Louisville, but Louisville is a pretty terrible program right now. You'd think that Brohm would get an offer from a team in the upper half of a P5 conference, if he wants it.

11/12/2018 - 11:48am Seems to be good news for us…

Seems to be good news for us. Even if Brohm doesn't go to Louisville, he's proven that he's an up-and-coming coach, and should get an appealing offer from a team that's better than Purdue.

Speaking of which, if Karlaftis will only go to Purdue if Brohm is there, then I don't understand why he's considering Purdue at all. Does anybody really think Brohm will be there for another 3-4 years? 

11/09/2018 - 4:19pm Michigan still wins, easily…

Michigan still wins, easily.

Let's say that means Rutger could double-team an extra defensive lineman when they're on offense, which means there will only 2-3 guys hitting Sitkowski instead of 3-4. And on defense, Rutger will still have a super-cyan MLB going the wrong way, so maybe we don't light them up, but we'll figure out ways to get yards.

11/09/2018 - 4:17pm Aww, you missed the…

Aww, you missed the opportunity to note under "Special Teams" that reportedly, Rutgers has great kickoff coverage.

11/09/2018 - 11:54am There might not be as many…

There might not be as many cyan players, but it sounds like the linebackers should be solid cyan or something instead of just circles.

11/09/2018 - 9:40am 1995 is a contender:

1995 is a contender:

  • Charles Woodson (duh)
  • Rob Renes - starting NT for several years, drafted in 7th round in 2000 NFL Draft
  • Daydrion Taylor - starting SS on 1997 defense before career-ending injury on epic hit
  • James Hall - started at DE for several years, 26.5 sacks at Michigan, 63 career NFL sacks
  • Josh Williams - starting DT for several years, drafted in 4th round in 2000
  • David Bowens - was a stud at DE, but didn't go to class and transferred to Western Illinois.

Oh yeah, that class also had Tom Brady, Tai Streets, and Clarence Williams on offense.

11/09/2018 - 9:34am Being the HC at Kansas seems…

Being the HC at Kansas seems like a step down from being essentially co-OC at a national contender.

11/08/2018 - 1:46pm If we go up 7-0 against…

If we go up 7-0 against Rutger we should take the starters out.

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11/08/2018 - 11:55am You could probably just…

You could probably just subtly misspell it and very few people would notice.

11/08/2018 - 11:53am I would have an ounce of…

I would have an ounce of hope if FSU wasn't utter garbage this season.

11/08/2018 - 11:51am Thanksgiving get-togethers…

Thanksgiving get-togethers are always heartwarming, but I could have done without the mock Chinese accent.

11/08/2018 - 10:58am I'd argue that the…

I'd argue that the subjectivity of the criteria undermine the purpose of any objectiveness. For instance, you could have an "objective" ranking of teams by the number of stripes on their helmet. It would be objective, but also a meaningless way of evaluating the strength of teams.

11/08/2018 - 10:52am The line in this game is…

The line in this game is bigger than the line for The Horror. However, it's not (currently) as big as the line for the 2007 Stanford-USC upset, which was USC -41.

11/08/2018 - 10:51am It's OK, Mark Dantonio will…

It's OK, Mark Dantonio will pick them up from jail and take them directly to the stadium for the Indiana game.

11/08/2018 - 10:50am I think if this were OSU, he…

I think if this were OSU, he'd be starting. But he's still easing back into the lineup, and there's no need to play him more than 10-15 snaps this week.

11/08/2018 - 10:49am Knowing absolutely nothing…

Knowing absolutely nothing about Rutgers this year, I'm going to go under (i.e., there are more on offense). Rutgers' defense is 99th in ppg allowed - terrible for a P5 team, but only on the edge of embarrassing. Rutgers' offense is 130th in points scored - that is, dead last in the country. It would be tough for any unit to be worse than their offense.

11/08/2018 - 10:45am I feel bad for Sitkowski. He…

I feel bad for Sitkowski. He appears to be on the Devin Gardner memorial career path toward having gelatinized ribs, except maybe on an accelerated pace.

That said, he's partly to blame. He drops back so far that Winovich and Uche might not need to even turn the corner at eight yards - they can just run a straight line to the QB.

11/07/2018 - 11:20am Keep in mind that we have 6…

Keep in mind that we have 6 games left, so we may want to keep some of these guys eligible in case of emergency.

11/07/2018 - 9:54am I don't think anyone thinks…

I don't think anyone thinks the ACC is any good, outside of Clemson.

11/07/2018 - 9:53am Assuming we win out (because…

Assuming we win out (because if we don't assume that, none of this makes any difference)... we'll have to root hard for Alabama over Georgia in the SECCG. I think the only way we wouldn't make it, in that case, is if Georgia beat Alabama and both teams made it.

We should also hope that Oklahoma and West Virginia split their regular-season and conference championship matchups, but I think that even if one team won both, we'd make it over them.

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11/07/2018 - 9:41am Thank you for your service.

Thank you for your service.

11/07/2018 - 9:39am I had this one lined up...

I had this one lined up...

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11/07/2018 - 8:59am Yeah, forget his ability to…

Yeah, forget his ability to completely shut down opposing PGs, which was the key to our NCAA tournament run.

11/06/2018 - 2:17pm I just don't get this…

I just don't get the point of this ranking. Yes, the rules create an empirical number for each team. But the rules themselves are completely arbitrary. So this isn't anywhere close to a "semi-objective" ranking system - on the contrary, it's completely subjective.

11/06/2018 - 2:15pm As we've found out in…

As we've found out in pulling Don Brown guys from New England states, rankings are somewhat skewed by the fact that recruiting services are limited. If Kwity Paye is the only FBS recruit in Rhode Island, or Sean McKeon is from a small town in Massachusetts, they're never going to be ranked highly, because none of the services will see their games. On the other hand, guys from football factory high schools in Florida or Texas will have all kinds of scouting - but the talent from those schools is also distributed much more widely.

This is also how schools like Wisconsin can put together incredible offensive lines full of overlooked farm boys year after year. Nobody is scouting the rural Wisconsin meat factories, so they aren't going to sign many stars.

I'd have to imagine this is at least part of the reason why SEC teams tend to rank more highly.