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07/04/2018 - 8:59am I agree that this sounds…

I agree that this sounds like nonsense. Can you imagine the BTN resorting to TAYKZ for ad dollars?

07/04/2018 - 8:33am Yep. I guess it's not…

Yep. I guess it's not surprising when you consider that Mo is the only Michigan coach of the last 50 years with a winning bowl record.

03/16/2018 - 3:27pm Good point - winning any of

Good point - winning any of the three matchups against 1 seed undefeated wrestlers would be huge. 184 would be the biggest since it would take points from PSU. Of course, Bo Nickal is probably about as good as it gets in college wrestling. He beat Gabe Dean last year and nearly won the year before.

Amine would probably be my bet if there is an upset.

12/07/2017 - 8:38pm Poorly worded, sorry.
My

Poorly worded, sorry.

My point is that if bowl committees really cared about attendance then they would have done more to make them attractive. These days there are lots of empty seats at nearly every game I see on TV but the broadcast rights and sponsorship are worth quite a bit. Matchups and who is playing don't matter because some people will watch their team no matter what.

12/07/2017 - 7:03pm Look at how many coaching

Look at how many coaching changes took place after the regular season (and during) and you will see that it's the coaches that pull the weight around cfb. They carry free agency not granted to the players and therefore hold leverage on how much football is played. Jeremy Pruitt can't be HC in waiting at Tennessee if he has possibly 4 playoff games ahead of him and Tennessee can't afford to wait because of an earlier signing period.

Does Nick Saban want to have to worry about carrying a coach with one foot out the door for a month? Or multiple coaches?

As much as it sucks to not see another game with a star player, I don't think the bowls really care since they have TV contracts. If they really did then something else would have been done a long time ago because there are a lot of empty seats at games of all sports right now, not just bowls.

11/19/2017 - 4:28pm As others have pointed out, I

As others have pointed out, I think this has more to do with not being able to run the ball late the game and burn clock. Even then, it is exaggerated when the defense alread knows you can't pass well. 

09/17/2017 - 9:12am I am worried about Purdue

I am worried about Purdue matching up with Michigan's young secondary but Ohio put up nearly 400 yards against Purdue two weeks ago. Missouri is a bad team - they had just over 200 yards and three turnovers at home.

UM's offense is going through its growing pains on the line and with the receivers. At this point I am more worried about the line since it appeared to take a step back yesterday and running the ball is important in the B1G in October and November, yet they still rushed for 190 yards. Still, I don't think the third and long draw play is fooling anyone for a while.

09/12/2017 - 2:20pm WHAT?!!

You don't think he is going to get his associates degree and enter the workforce as an aircraft mechanic?

09/10/2017 - 10:48am This feels like 2013 Akron to

This feels like 2013 Akron to me. Big win followed by a team that doesn't go away while Michigan trips over themselves to an unsettling win. The team looked young to me in the sense that they didn't have a sense of urgency to take control of the game. Cincinnati saw this, dialed up the intensity, and kept it close.

One big difference between Akron and this game is that in this game Michigan adjusted and kept their foot on the gas.

04/20/2017 - 1:20pm Yes, especially since so many

Yes, especially since so many have upgraded their coaches in the last few years.

04/20/2017 - 1:08pm Purdue should be upgrading

Purdue should be upgrading their facilities soon: http://www.purduefootballmasterplan.com/ross-ade-renovation/index.html

That looks much better and it looks like it will make it louder.

04/20/2017 - 1:02pm I disagree. It looks generic

I disagree. It looks generic and the weird positioning of the videoboards make it look like it was slapped together. The exterior boxes look ok because they match a lot of the rest of campus, I guess.

04/18/2017 - 9:45am Yeah, I just like the idea of

Yeah, I just like the idea of playing the best competition available. The Colorado game last year looked like a cupcake but ended up being one of UM's best wins. Toledo or Ohio could be that but it's trickier because they could be that good team from the MAC but if they aren't, it's just a win (hopefully) over a MAC team. 

04/18/2017 - 9:02am I want it to be Syracuse. By

I want it to be Syracuse. By then, if their new coach has the ship headed in the right direction, they could be solid. My second choice is Kentucky.

02/23/2017 - 4:58pm While it may stop here, I

While it may stop here, I hope it just keeps going with Mississippi State turning on Alabama who then blows the whistle on Auburn who then goes after Georgia who then points the finger at Florida who in turn squeals on Clemzon and Tennessee. The beauty of the destruction would be second only to the Michigan's (and the B1G's) dominance in the wake of the SEC's sanctions.

02/23/2017 - 3:07pm (No subject)

02/22/2017 - 7:37pm NT dupe post

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02/22/2017 - 7:36pm None if it is surprising. The

None if it is surprising. The only question is what surprised you less: That Ole Miss cheated or that it has taken the NCAA this long to make anything out of it. Sadly for me, it's the latter.

Ole Miss will get hammered but their boosters and alumni will still enjoy the few memories when they were mistaken for a good program. Meanwhile the NCAA will play catch up to the next sleazy coach just before he bolts for the league.

02/22/2017 - 5:34pm I am confused

Wasn't Freeze also the victim of coaches spreading rumors about impending sanctions? Poor guy has to suffer through this now too.

02/22/2017 - 9:25am I will never understand this

I will never understand this line of thinking, especially when the Pac 12 may play November games in Pullman, Salt Lake City, and Boulder. 

02/21/2017 - 3:48pm I want this to be true. I am

I want this to be true. I am not sure it will be, however, as Peppers does not have an extensive tape as a safety. Teams will draft based on potential if they like what they see and have little risk however that will have to be teams in the latter third of the first round.

Personally, I would look at him if I was GM for an NFC East team that has to play the Cowboys  (Zeke, that OL) twice a year and an NFC South team that plays the Panthers. Hell, he may even be an asset to somebody like the Rams, but they have many other holes.

02/21/2017 - 9:29am 2013 Browns WR coach - The

2013 Browns WR coach - The Josh Gordon year. It also seems like he has done a good job with Bridgewater and Bradford.

02/16/2017 - 3:53pm Whatever the reasons, it

Whatever the reasons, it still means the kids being recruited now were 5 or 6 when Michigan won their last conference title. The successes sprinkled in since then are not as prominent to recruits as Saban's rings and Clemson's recent success. 

I personally think that our fan base was numbed by that stuff and made it easier to find victories in things like recruiting and moral superiority. That doesn't change being 2-13 (*14) against your biggest rival since the start of the new century. Last year should have been the year that we saw some of those green shoots and we had to settle for wins over MSU and Wisconsin. 

As holy as Harbaugh is to this fanbase, I sure hope he can deliver next year (especially against OSU) because if not, it will begin to appear that his hiring was one of those offseason "wins". 

02/16/2017 - 3:05pm I agree. Clemson's win just

I agree. Clemson's win just showed everyone that the talent gap isn't that wide and that even with the most talent, one weakness on your team can be the big difference. For Michigan, that was the OL. For Alabama, it was QB. 

The B1G and playoffs were there for the taking and this team and the coaches couldn't pull it out. That is now 12 season without a conference title and no matter how you spin it, that is massive underachievement. 

02/15/2017 - 3:09pm To be honest, I already look

To be honest, I already look at it that way. I know that the board loves Harbaugh and I do as well. With that said, if you are the highest paid coach in the country, you find ways to win those games like Iowa and OSU. 

02/15/2017 - 1:43pm Yeah, I am not surprised by

Yeah, I am not surprised by their omission but Kalis was 2nd team All B1G (along with Braden) and Magnuson was first team and 3rd team last year. 

02/15/2017 - 12:42pm Tough to hear for Thomas,

Tough to hear for Thomas, Magnuson, Kalis, and Godin and pretty surprising.

At least Clark got his redshirt denied before the draft so he can participate in the combine instead of having to go in a supplemental draft.

02/04/2017 - 6:16pm I think the ACC was better

I think the ACC was better than the SEC last year, especially at the top and despite Louisville's struggles down the stretch. The B1G was probably 1 or 2 with the ACC with the SEC and Alabama's 3rd and their closest games were against Ole Miss and LSU - a combined 12-11.

We are talking about National Championships, not bowl games. It's a completely different animal because you have to be able to defend and attack many different things very quickly. If you just dance through to those games with no real challenge then you end up with the B1G of most of 2001-2010 where one or two teams are good but only because they beat some MAC teams, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Everyone knew MSU was a fraud in 2015 but enough luck bounced their way to get into the playoffs. Similar thing happened to OSU last year. Michigan will have to win despite that stuff to have a real shot at a title. Hell, they still had a shot at one last year after losing to Iowa.

02/03/2017 - 8:58pm You have to be tested.

You have to be tested. Plowing through Purdue and Rutgers does not make you any better. Plus, even if you drop a close game, your season is not doomed. In fact, a lot of teams play better after a loss, like Clemson, PSU, and OSU last year. If you are too weak at the bottom you get a situation like the Big 12 where the worst teams don't make the best teams better, they are more or less cupcakes. Alabama gets the best from every SEC team they face because they all want to knock them off.

We are going to measure Harbaugh by games like OSU, Florida, Wisconsin, and MSU. Beating the absolute piss out of some teams has to happen as a natural order of things where coaches are fired and replaced by new blood which will hopefully be innovative and bring the conference along, making coaches think and adapt. Remember when Northwestern started running a spread in 99/2000? They didn't win any titles with it but they upset a lot of teams.

That is where I disagree with OP - MSU is outperforming expectations and so is PSU, and Purdue, Rutgers, and Minnesota need to step it up. As fun as 78-0 was, beating MSU and Wisconsin was so much better.

02/01/2017 - 5:18pm As bad as this looks, the OL

As bad as this looks, the OL is one group that can be difficult to scout accurately, in part because there are so many different positions. The hiring of Frey should help to develop the young guys and he will also be coaching TWJr and Asiasi, who from a blocking perspective, will be much different from Butt.

The other thing to keep in mind is that while there aren't a lot of starts returning, there are a number of years with Harbaugh and Drevno. The depth is thin, so staying healthy will be really important.

01/02/2017 - 10:42am This only makes sense if

This only makes sense if Michigan is not sending out mostly 4th and 5th year guys all over the place. The biggest talent difference I saw was on the OL where UM seemed average and lacking cohesion in the middle. They moved the pile against inferior lines and the rest of the time their liability seemed to be gameplanned around.

I would say receivers too and that is mainly because they disappeared late in the season. Some of that has to do with Speight/O'Korn and I suspect they may have been banged up. Still, any pro-style/multi offense team needs reliable receivers.

12/30/2016 - 12:55pm One difference that comes to

One difference that comes to mind is that as the south became integrated, eventually more of that talent stayed closer to home. I believe northern schools recruited a lot from Georgia, Alabama, Texas, etc. 

12/22/2016 - 9:25pm Good for him

I hope he does well out there and then wants to come back to Michigan.

12/14/2016 - 5:20pm Smart move as it won'the be

Smart move as it won'the be hard to improve on the 2016 defense. If Hoke is still under contract, they may retain him as a DL coach but I doubt that will happen.

12/05/2016 - 8:31pm His impact on field position

His impact on field position alone probably added at least four points a game. I do think he was overhyped as an undersized lb however if UM wins in Columbus, the media would be talking about how he and the Michigan D shut down OSU on the road.

11/25/2016 - 3:20pm Losing to Iowa doesn't kill

Losing to Iowa doesn't kill the chance for a conference title. Losing to OSU likely means we are talking about roster projections by Monday.

My point is that as good of a coach as he is, beating OSU and winning championships are the expectations if you are the highest paid coach in the country.

11/25/2016 - 1:54pm If Harbaugh is the highest

If Harbaugh is the highest paid coach in the country then he should beat this OSU team, injuries or no. This team has enough ways to get 24-27 points, or however many are needed.

11/13/2016 - 8:20am Yes, and I hope we see some

Yes, and I hope we see some coaching up of the holes on this team right now (linebackers drawn too far into the line to cover the edge and poor tackling outside the tackles, the left side of the OL, and Speight still just a bit late on a lot of throws).

Still, when you go to Kinnick and hold Iowa to 12 points on defense, it's pretty hard to be mad. It took 2 turnovers, all kinds of weird penalties, and their punter's best game ever to win by 1.

11/04/2016 - 1:08pm My impression lately (and

My impression lately (and this may not be the case) is that the last 3-5 years we have seen more freshmen come in ready to play who are better than many vets. I am not talking about the Rashan Garys and Jabrill Peppers of college football, I mean less-touted recruits that can step in immediately (Mason Cole, Devonte Fields, Corey Davis, Davis Webb, Arden Key, Gareon Conley). Maybe it's conditioning, year round football, camps, or something else but whatever the case, I don't see as muych of a need for freshmen to hide back on the depth chart and develop unless it is somebody that is undersized or likely to take some time to develop.

11/04/2016 - 11:10am Depending on the scheduling,

Depending on the scheduling, they could end up with a down Nebraska and Wisconsin and crossovers against bad east teams. I think their upside is like one of those good Iowa years once they get the offense going. As it is, they are only 10 points away from being undefeated.

Late November should be telling for them.

11/04/2016 - 10:44am Nebraska and Wisconsin should

Nebraska and Wisconsin should rule the west with Iowa and NW popping up every so often. I have this feeling that Minnesota is going to be formidable in the future but I am not sure why.

I think Maryland is on the rise in the east and Indiana seems to be putting it all together. CFP bound? Probably not anytime soon. PSU reminds me of Nebraska under Pelini - 8-9 wins a year with nothing particularly impressive.

10/16/2016 - 1:39pm Where'd all the Spartans go?

Where'd all the Sparties go?

10/16/2016 - 9:27am I think that any way you look

I think that any way you look at it UM and OSU are very evenly matched. OSU looked vulnerable last night and they are young. UM has experience but not at QB and most would say the talent isn't as high as OSU.

For as many 5 wide sets as they used last night, I really hope the LBs are able to handle Barrett one on one. I do like Michigan's DL vs. OSU's young OL. Their receivers honestly look very good. Thankfully neither RB looked like another Elliott or Hyde.

One of my biggest takeaways is that Wisconsin is legit. The offense seems to be improving and that Cichy is one hell of a player.

10/16/2016 - 9:11am I agree. Remember how Drake

I agree. Remember how Drake Johnson had all those solid games against OSU? I see their running styles (especially Evans') as more similar to Drake's.

10/02/2016 - 1:21pm The media stuff doesn't

The media stuff doesn't matter. I imagine none of them mentioned Michigan's offense slowing and changing dramatically after Newsome went down. I doubt the missed field goals are discussed (23-7 is a much prettier score) and I bet most of them mention that Michigan is still #10 in PPG this year.

09/03/2016 - 5:30pm I am surprised by these comments

This is a roster move. A lot of teams now keep their 3rd string QB on the practice squad and that may be what theyou are trying to do here.

Also, Rudock does have some things he needs to work on before he should see the field in an NFL game. He needs to eat everything in sight and work on refining that next level timing and vision.

08/14/2016 - 9:19am I really would not be

I really would not be surprised if athletes today aren't more clean than ever before. We know so much about training, nutrition, and recovery than we ever have. There are close to seven billion people in the world so there is more overall talent. It's just inevitable that competition combined with improved knowledge will bring out better results.

As for doping, I kind of don't care. I know there are a lot of purists here but I really don't see the difference between some 50 or 60 year old guy getting jacked thanks to doctor'prescribed testosterone and an athlete trying to prolong their career. If it wasn't so frowned upon, it may be able to work within the bounds of science to help some of these guys so they don't end up unable to walk.

Then again, in a way, I like the idea of athletes being just like me.

08/05/2016 - 1:42pm On the spring game, I have a

On the spring game, I have a feeling JO'K was told to make some runs, perhaps as a way to exercise that as another option rather than trying to make a bad decision/throw.

I have no inside knowledge on this, it just appeared that way vs. what his Houston film looked like.

08/03/2016 - 10:20am Bucs and Chargers

Bucs and Chargers

08/02/2016 - 10:40am Oregon does not strike me as

Oregon does not strike me as a scary team anymore and Nebraska was right there with Wisconsin and Iowa last year.