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11/26/2018 - 1:03pm I  haven't heard anything of…

I  haven't heard anything of note on Julius Welschof.  Has he gotten into any games?  Has he been injured?

11/25/2018 - 11:10am I feel like were the French…

I feel like were the French before WWII.  Equipped and trained to fight the last war.  I believe Don Brown caught OSU off guard in 16 but its been figured out.

11/25/2018 - 9:45am The defense has as always…

The defense has as always been high risk.  The defensive line disappeared the last few games.  It all starts up front!  Will it be better next year?

11/11/2018 - 8:59pm Agreed.  Just see what MSU…

Agreed.  Just see what MSU is experiencing with their offensive issues allowing their defense to be left on the field for too long.

Shea's QB Rating is solidly second in the Big Ten and the biggest thing seperating him from Haskins is volume of attempts.

10/17/2018 - 5:01pm Depending on the nature of…

Depending on the nature of the injury it could impact his draft status enough (drop from the 1st round) that it may be in his best interest to come back for his Senior year.  If I'm not mistaken there are incentives to being drafted higher vs. just being drafted?

10/04/2018 - 7:25pm I'm both encourged and…

I'm both encourged and discouraged.  Encouraged that they executed fairly well despite Northwesterns game planning.  Discouraged as that won't  cut it in at least 4 more games I can think of.  That is more on the coaches?

09/03/2018 - 8:47pm The lack of production from…

The lack of production from the WR spot speaks volumes.

09/02/2018 - 11:53am Things can hopefully get…

Things can hopefully get turned around.  People were saying much worse about Ohio State after their game vs. Virginia Tech in 2014 and we saw how their offensive line turned it around.  Common denominator is Warriner.  We can hope.

I say go with the players with the most upside and build for the end of the season run like Hudson. 

Gee it was 4 or 5 years ago we were all moaning about our poor interior line play.

08/15/2018 - 1:34pm Well improvement is…

Well improvement is improvement.  The point is there is a lot of room for it and for a team that was mostly competitive to begin with this can make a big difference and Michigan more than any other contender in the B10 has more upside given they were so down on that side of the ball.

08/15/2018 - 12:55pm Call me an optimist but I…

Call me an optimist but I think Michigan's offense will make the biggest jump in rankings of any FBS team be it Total Offense, Scoring Offense, or Offensive Efficiency this upcoming year and it won't be that close.  That and the same or similar defense will win a lot of games.

05/23/2018 - 4:26pm This is sound as much like

This is sounding as much like Diplomacy as Risk.  No alliance will last forever eventually there will be a betrayal.

04/10/2018 - 10:11am It can't be entirely true

It can't be entirely true that Ole Miss said they did nothing wrong.  They did self impose last years bowl ban didn't they?  Most of their objections are about procedural things really to lesson the blow it seems to me.  Doing what lawyers are paid to do for the most part.

Anyway they are getting beat up on local radio here in Alabama.  Then again even if they didn't do anything wrong that would be the case.

04/10/2018 - 10:09am It can't be entirely true

It can't be entirely true that Ole Miss said they did nothing wrong.  They did self impose last years bowl ban didn't they?\

Anyway they are getting beat up on local radio here in Alabama.  Then again even if they didn't do anything wrong that would be the case.

11/24/2017 - 11:11am Our only hope is this makes

Our only hope is this makes for some good bulletin board material to light a fire.  I'm not holding out that hope however.

12/03/2016 - 12:16pm It is a quirk and the Big 10

It is a quirk and the Big 10 Championship game is somewhat marginalized as by most estimates the 2 best teams have been left out.  Both Ohio State and Michigan would have represented the West if in the other division.

If Clemson loses Michigan should get in and if not if Clemson wins. 

11/28/2016 - 11:51am I think we should go to 8

I think we should go to 8 games and just eiliminate Conference Championship games.  There are so many odd factors with conferences like balance between divisions, or disparity in cross-division matchups.  Just give the top 4 seeds home games on what is the normal Championship game weekend and then give teams the normal time off as before before the Semi-final and Final Championship game and still have all the bowl games as before? 

Of course the question is how to do this while not taking money away from conferences from the championship game.  Those Quaterfinal games should more than make up for it?

11/27/2016 - 9:04pm I think contacting the Big

I think contacting the Big Ten offices will not have any impact.

What incentive does the Big Ten have in righting this?  From their perspective the best thing happened yesterday giving the Big Ten the best possible chance to get 2 teams in the College Football Playoffs and double dipping on the conference payout.

Pressure needs to be applied from the NCAA and other conferences and about the only thing I can think of that would have an impact has to do with $Money$.

11/27/2016 - 8:41pm What is the conference payout

What is the conference payout for each team making the playoff? 

There is certainly a reason the ACC wants Clemson to win.

There is certainly a reason the Pac-12 wants Washington to win.

..and with Ohio State winning it gives the Big Ten the best chance at double dipping.

"Follow the money"

Just saying.

10/04/2016 - 5:32pm All this coming from someone

All this coming from someone who totaled 0 catches for the day.  Lewis had position and went for the ball.  Hard to play it much better except maybe not leaving his feet and running it back for a pick 6!!

10/04/2016 - 1:09pm Certainly there is room for

Certainly there is room for improvement. 

Consider the last 4 oppoents UCF, Colorado, Penn State, and Wisconsin to date have better to far better (Colorado and Wisconsin and even UCF) Defensive statistics against the pass than average.   From the NCAA rankings based on Pass defense efficiency rankings Colorado is 3rd Nationally,  Wisconsin is 24th, UCF is 27th and Penn State is 41st.   For reference, Ohio State is 1st, Michigan is 7th,  Alabama is 25th, and Michigan State is 73rd.

Should the question be more about how well does Speight do compared to other QBs who have played those teams?   Certainly better than Tyler O'Connor in his matchup vs. Wisconsin. 

09/23/2016 - 2:34pm Hmm I do think Michigan has a

Hmm I do think Michigan has a Northwestern type game coming up against a B1G opponent.

With all that happened vs. Colorado I think this team has a lot to prove on both sides of the ball...most especially on defense.  That is really the only calling card PSU has going for them this year...their offense.  With the return of Lews and Charlton I think they will be dialed in and focused and ready to make a statement.  Offense will just be efficient and the PSU defense is nowhere near as scary as Colorado's.  Plus it will be fun to see some Nittany Lion tears as they do have a lot of hope in their offense.

09/23/2016 - 1:28pm I think on Offense the team

I think on Offense the team is going thru some growth issues on the Interior of the Oline.  Mason is still new to the Center position and one Guard position has had to use several players mostly due to an early injury plus your just going to get some breakdowns/growing pains elsewhere...and give the other teams some credit.  It just happens. Thankfully this team has other tools in the toolbox for moving the football and a coaching staff that recoginizes all this and adjusts.

09/23/2016 - 1:22pm Ditto the comments on

Ditto the comments on Speight.

Last year Rudock's first 3 game QB ratings were

Utah - 118.7

Oregon State - 119.7

UNLV - 116.5



Hawaii - 231.4

UCF - 174.1

Colorado - 128.5

His game vs. Colorado was still better than anything Ruduck did before Big 10 play last year.

If I had told you that Speight's QB rating wouild be 40+ points higher than Jake's in the first 3 games I think people wouild have been very pleased.

09/23/2016 - 1:16pm Cohesive OL play is tough and

Cohesive OL play is tough and takes time to develop even with returning starters.  Heck down here in Alabama people are concerned with the Alabama OL (Center and Guards to be specific).  Cam Robinson has LT under control and they have a True Freshman at RT.  I think a good part of the growth required is a by-product of having a new Center.  Alabama has lost their Center and there are some growing pains.  They also had similar problems/concerns when Barrett Jones graduated before that.

I do recall several years ago someone did an analysis hinting that the Center/Guard experience level was a better indicator of rushing success.  Well we a new Center and an injury at one Guard position.  Stil enough time to get things squared away.

The only way to know for sure if your fears are for real is to sit back and watch.  Nothing we say or do can change that.

09/22/2016 - 10:14pm I don't see how you can make

I don't see how you can make that assessment.  The running stats are very close.  Only +1 Rushing Attempt per game and about the same number of TDs and First Downs per game.  It is quite apparent the less emphasis on running the ball in the Pac-12.  Nor are Pac-12 teams know for stout run defenses.

If you look at passing statistics Michigan will out-pace Stanford by a greater margin than Stanford did running the ball.  Stanford had ~+25 rushing yards per game.  Michigans margin passing the ball and total yards per game was greater.  Sure Michigan still has some stout defenses to face but also some less than stout ones.

Seems like people at times are just trying to find things wrong to complain about.

09/22/2016 - 5:03pm I don't know but I'm thinking

I don't know but I'm thinking 3 Rushing TDs and a non-anemic 4.1 yards per carry is not exactly "can't" run the football.  They were able to successfully run it at some important times.  

This team is generally middle of the road at running the football and currently top 3 in B10 in passing.   Let's hope they just improve what they can.  Just remember how far they have come since 2013 and those debacles vs. MSU and PSU! 

09/22/2016 - 4:41pm I think we need to relax a

I think we need to relax a bit.  The running game has been respectable and as good or better than it has been minus the 2-3 year Denard era and just a tad below the output of the late Stanford teams under Harbaugh.  Are there things to work on most definately.  Was Colorado pretty good...I think so.  The one good thing to take out of this is the versatility of the Michigan offense.  The diversity of the attack and the number of different people scoring TDs is only a positive and makes it hard to gameplan against or try to make one-dimensional.   You don't roll up points at a decent clip without doing something right.  Frankly I think there is still much more upside than downside with this unit as also with the defense!  Neither side has really hit their stride yet I feel.  Turnovers are low.  Penalties are low.  3rd Down efficiency is good on both sides of the football.  This team is very good.  If they can improve on that  then they have a very good  chance to be one of the elite teams this year in college football.  What more could we hope for?

07/24/2016 - 9:28am Koyaanisqatsi

I actually had the experience of seeing Koyasnisqatsi with a live orchestra at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor ~25 years ago.  Amazing experience.  The music was such an intergral part of the film.

04/26/2016 - 7:21pm Eagles grestest hits

From Harmony House

03/04/2016 - 4:11pm Awesome Bob Jones High

Awesome Bob Jones High School.  My boys go to school there and play in the Marching band.

Reggie Ragland played for Bob Jones btw.

02/16/2016 - 11:55am Don't forget that his Dad's

Don't forget that his Dad's best year in Denver (2000) was with Brian Griese as the QB.  Then franchise record in receptions with 101.

02/12/2016 - 10:45am Perfect diversion

Sankey and the SEC should be thankful for Harbaugh.  This really won't make that much of dent in what they are doing (The SEC will get more than fair share of players regardless) but perfect to throw attention away from the scandels at Tennessee and Ole Miss. 

10/18/2015 - 8:26pm It's amazing how much

It's amazing how much Michigan State Fans are sounding like Ohio State Fans...and that is far from a compliment.

01/06/2015 - 1:03pm >Seemed like the wheels kinda

>Seemed like the wheels kinda fell off the Hoke bus once he left.

I was thinking that as well



01/05/2015 - 10:04am I for one believe that the

I for one believe that the defensive side of the ball should get the greatest attention.  Our current woes vs. Ohio State stem largely from a decline on that side.  We have not shown any ability to outscore them which seems to be the current approach in the NCAA these days. 

09/29/2014 - 4:55pm Somethings up

This feels even worse than when the Lions went 0-16.  It just feels like the team has no life or spark to them.  We are getting killed in the Big play department,  getting killed in special teams and field position batle.  Something is just not right with this team to fail in such epic fashion.

I said something at the game Saturday how I could remember when the 3rd Quarter I could almost always count some positive momentum coming out of the it is the complete opposite.  I certainly think it is more on the coaches than the kids. 

As much as I want to see some heads roll and changes made I wonder what is best for the kids.  It's not fair to put them thru any of this. 

There just seems to me there are some still deep issues with the team we are unaware of.

09/08/2014 - 4:44pm My first thought about

My first thought about halfway thru the game on Saturday was for them to STOP doing whatever they do to prepare for road games and try something else....anything!

11/26/2013 - 5:48pm Interesting I read looking

Interesting I read looking back at the 1996 and 2005 seasons were both disappointments and in both 1997 and 2006 Michigan had new coordinators for both offense and defense.  The two best years the team has had the last 20 years.

In 1996 Fred Jackson and Greg Mattison were in their 2nd years as coordinators and were replaced by Jim Hermann and Mike Debord respecrtively.

In 2006 Mike Debord took back over for Terry Malone and Ron English for Jim Hermann.

This gives me some hope for next year.

I was also looking back at Al Borges success at UCLA and Auburn, his two longest stays.  After McNown left the UCLA offense nosedived and what happened at Auburn is eerily similar to Michigan's prediciment.

I don't think they need to replace Mattison but do think they need to find an up and coming OC from say a MAC school and inject some new life into the offense.  I think mentally the offense is just beat down and needs a change.

11/25/2013 - 3:59pm What about the defense??

What about the defense??

11/06/2013 - 11:54am Let's not forget that the

Let's not forget that the 1997 team had Chris Floyd in the backfield to help pick up blitzes.  I think it's safe to assume that Michigan may see a steady diet of Blitzes.  I think it may be unfair to put all the blame on the O-Line.  They are also rebuilding the FB and TE positions after the R-Rod years.