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12/08/2018 - 10:55pm Ugh.  More nuclear fallout…

Ugh.  More nuclear fallout from the Game

12/03/2018 - 2:34pm Dollars = prestige.

At 10-2…

Dollars = prestige.

At 10-2, the Peach bowl ( or Fiesta) is the biggest dollar bowl we qualify for.

Look at 10-2 Wazzu, they got screwed with the Alamo bowl. 9-3 Penn State and 9-3 Kentucky get the less relevant Citrus bowl.  At least we are in a big dollar NY6 bowl.

So glad we are not in the Fiesta playing middleweight UCF.  Beating UCF proves nothing and gains little.  Florida is ranked higher than LSU and beat them too.  We landed the best available matchup.  Beating one of the better SEC teams gives us the best opportunity to gain prestige and a recruiting bump.  Better to have a Florida audience than a LSU audience when we hardly recruit Louisiana.  Better to be in Atlanta near recruits, instead of Arizona with  almost no recruits.

12/02/2018 - 7:03pm We play all BIG east teams…

We play all BIG east teams every year.  We play Notre Dame frequently.  This is just the 5th time in the history of Michigan football we play Florida.  

Peach bowl is on the same saturday as the two playoff games, so it it a great day to play football!

Everyone will be watching!  

 

Not worth crying over.  Plenty of story lines that make this interesting. (Unless we lose)

12/02/2018 - 6:19pm I think you need a…

I think you do need a Psychiatrist.  

At 10-2, this was the best possible outcome for us.  The bowl choices were Fiesta or Peach,  and opponent choices were LSU, UCF, or Florida.  We got the best bowl and the best opponent.  Peach is in Atlanta, great for recruiting, closer for traveling.  Florida is the best opponent for national interest and also for recruiting. 

Please everyone stop crying.  We are playing in a high profile New Years Six bowl! 

Take a look at 10-2 Wazzu.  They really got screwed with a nothing bowl.

11/25/2018 - 2:52pm I'm not angry that we got…

I'm not angry that we lost.  I havent yet  looked at what the defense could have done differently to make a difference in the outcome.  

I'm most upset about the offensive game plan and especially not using Patterson designed runs.  QB designed runs were supposed to be the extra dimension in our offense, and we didn't use it.  This is mind boggling to me.  Even Urban Meyer expressed concern about this before the game.  It seems the only way we could have won yesterday against OSU's best effort would have been to dominate time of possession to keep their hot offense off the field.  That is the primary failure.

On the bright side we are still a top 10 program in the polls, so that should be considered as progress.

10/07/2018 - 4:04pm I was optimistic vs…

I was optimistic vs Wisconsin, until the D line injuries started piling up.  If Dwumfor, Gary, and Solomon are out, then depth is a big concern.  Kemp was injured Saturday too, but I think he went back in.  Wisconsin O line could be a little scary this week.

09/20/2018 - 10:20pm I hope we get " out hit"…

I hope we get " out hit" and win 51-14 like the '16 UCF game.

09/16/2018 - 5:19pm 220 is a farce, he is a…

220 is a farce, he is a lightweight; an accident waiting to happen.   Proved that already- a true freshman with little time in the weight program.  Hope they run him a lot.  Winovich will will murder him.

09/16/2018 - 4:39pm LOL.  Martinez looks a…

LOL.  Martinez looks a buck75.  Bush will snap him like a twig!  Then it's all walk on QB's!

 

09/16/2018 - 3:54pm If I were a reporter I would…

If I were a reporter I would ask Harbs this week:  "Jim remember in '16 when Scott Frost's squad allegedly out hit you guys, but you won 51-14, will your guys be up to the challenge of a hard hitting Scott Frost team?"    Answer could be priceless.

 

 

09/16/2018 - 3:36pm Doah, incorrect correction!

Doah, incorrect correction!

09/16/2018 - 3:28pm I need to hear it more, it…

I need to hear it more, it takes a lot to get me nauseated- need to hear Harbaugh say it this week to the press and start a pissing match with Frost

09/16/2018 - 3:22pm Bullletin, not bulliten-…

Bulllettin, not bulliten-Pretty weak spelling material

09/16/2018 - 3:07pm I hear she hits harder than…

I hear she hits harder than hell

09/16/2018 - 2:58pm It stuck in my craw until…

It stuck in my craw until now, and I'm just a fan.  If I was a player from the 2016 squad, I would take it very personally.

If I was a coach I would use any slights against my team to the max.  Works quite well for little brother.  

01/09/2018 - 6:53pm Highly recommend Dr. James Neuenschwander MD in Ann Arbor

Dr Neu has his own clinic. If there is something cutting edge or alternative worth trying, this doc would know. I dont live near Ann Arbor anymore but he was my doctor a while ago. Best doctor I ever had. He is a Michigan alum too. 734-995-3200

Get well soon Ace!

01/02/2018 - 11:03pm Michigan alumni ...

.... have deeper pockets than Texas A&M. Ross alone is worth more.

01/02/2018 - 3:17pm It is old and just a game, but it is also serious business....

...that demands a return on investmest. We are not the only fan base that demand a return on investment. I think a good comparison is Texas A&M-just fired a good coach, Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin had a good winning record similar to Harbaugh, but they fired him and spent $75 million on Jimbo Fisher because they want a national championship. So far, l think Harbaugh's performance would elicit the same fan outrage at Texas A&M and other big boy teams...Texas, Florida, Tennessee, USC, etc.

So I disagree with others on this website who think this is a Michigan fan base problem. It is not. It would be the same response at a dozen or more other programs who expect to compete for championships and are paying astronomical dollars to win. In terms of dollars spent, Michigan is one of the worst values among the big boys.

If paying huge dollars to win doesn't demand a return, then stop paying huge money and be like the Arizonas of the world who are content to go to any bowl game and pay their head coach $3 million a year.

In the Big10, the coaches who are outperforming Harbaugh in terms of expectations & dollars are Urban Myer, Mark Dantonio, James Franklin, Paul Chryst, Pat Fitzgerald, and Jeff Brohm. Harbaugh is currently 7th on this list (tied with Ferentz) and Scott Frost, PJ Fleck, and DJ Durkin could ascend next year.

01/01/2018 - 11:53pm Wow. What to say?

I have to put this appalling performance on coaching blunders.

There is going to be some heat early on if we lose to Notre Dame next year in year 4. Especially when we could have had a home game against lowly Arkansas instead.

Of the 8 Big10 teams, I really thought we had the easiest matchup going into bowl season! Wow. Glad I am not a betting man.

01/01/2018 - 11:51pm Too many Founders...

...can't type

To blow a 16 point lead against an offensively challenged team like SC is sick.

So sad. Purdue, Nebraska and every other East team have more optimism going into next year than we do.

I hope this is not an inflection point for the worse, because the window to be great is shrinking. If you don't get it done in 3 or 4 years, it may not happen. After watching teams like OSU, PSU, UW, not to mention the 4 playoff teams, it seems we are well behind these teams.

01/01/2018 - 11:32pm Peters and Mccaffrey ....

...have the same starry rating as Eason and Fromm and are in the same 2 recruiting classes. But stars are an excuse. Georgia is in the playoffs in year 2!!

In 3 years we have not developed a good qb and you cannot count the second half of Jake Rudock's year, since he was a mature senior with a lot of starts at Iowa, and it even took him a long time to get proficient in our offense. What is alarming is how many years malzone, morris, okorn and speight have been in the Harbaugh offense with bad results. You just dont see that at OSU, PSU, MSU, let alone the elite playoff teams. Hell, Lewerke and Dwayne Haskins looked great compared to our qb's!

If it took most of the season for Rudock to get comfortable in our offense, what is the chance Peters, Mccaffrey, or shea patterson being proficient against Notre Dame? Doesn't bode well.

01/01/2018 - 11:16pm Gave you a green vote for your grades.

But offensively, Harbaugh has always maintained that game planning and play calling are a three headed monster with Harbaugh, Drevno, and pep/jed. So they all should get an F for the offense.

01/01/2018 - 8:36pm QB concerns are real

Dont forget 4 star Malzone, 4 star Morris, many highly ranked walk ons that weren't developed. Including Speight and O'korn, there are too many undeveloped qb's.

Look at Kirby Smart with young Eason and Fromm, both playing very well. Look at MSU who develop lower rated qb's than ours.

There is an alarming trend going into year 4 with our qb's. I think it boils down to too much to learn in his offense. Takes a qb a lot longer to get proficient.

01/01/2018 - 8:11pm Harbaugh took the blame for the Sean Mckeon fumble

He said, "had the wrong personal in, and should have called a time out." That makes two brutal losses because of not calling a time out in a critical moment (MSU punt block debacle). Harbaugh is now almost as infamous as Chris Webber with time out debacles.

01/01/2018 - 5:15pm Harbaugh is supposed to be an offensive genius

Why can't he call plays like Stanford's coach?

01/01/2018 - 4:14pm Coaching blunders doomed us!

Got burnt on over aggressive defense in second half when we were up by 16. Should have played more prevent, but that apparently is not in the play book. Did not need to gamble on defense in the second half.

Play call on the fumble by the tight end when he has never had a hand off in a live game is inexcusable. That fumble cost us the game, and it was a stupid call. Give it to the running backs, that is their job. USC then had too much momentum, and it was too late to stop it.

Not a fan of trying to out dazzle the opponent with too many complex formations when you have a young qb who has too much to think about. We have better athletes, if we keep it simpler, we win on talent alone. No need to out dazzle when we have superior talent.

People will point to the turnovers, but the bad calls that caused the first two touchdowns deflated our team, and game them unstoppable momentum. Bad coaching led to the collapse. The turnovers after that were a product of a shaken team, and a qb trying to press.

12/30/2017 - 3:12pm Herbert has the....

Ojemudia death stare. That alone is worth the money.
http://mgoblog.com/sites/mgoblog.com/files/ojemudiasmile.gif

12/21/2017 - 3:50pm With Georgia....

....getting a commitment from OLB Channing Tindall yesterday, does anyone know if he fills their OLB spot for Otis Reese?
I hope it does!

10/31/2017 - 12:03am My handicap of the Harbaugh handicap that Peters is 51% starting

Odds Harbaugh really means Peters has a 51% chance of starting:
51% really means 51% ......... 500 to 1
51%. really means 75% .......... 100 to 1
51% really means 99.9%. ..........1.1 to 1

10/18/2017 - 4:36pm Sorry

I didn’t know the rule about only mentioning people/games the author wrote about. Thought it was in play because of the title of the article. Dillon was committed to us and would have been a nice bruiser type RB for us at 240 lbs. I am not aware of any other thread discussing this week’s performance of Dillon.

10/18/2017 - 4:34pm True

But that is a separate topic that no one was asking about. The OL misses have been discussed ad nauseum in other articles. The Dillon performance was new this week, that is why I mentioned it.

10/18/2017 - 4:06pm Wow

I didn’t expect that reaction. I think it would be great to have a 6 ft 240 lb tailback that would have a different style. Obviously the coaching staff thought so as well since he was committed to Michigan!

Tough crowd! Can you really have enough good tailbacks? Dillon’s a true freshmen, Higdon will graduate before you know it!

Also, if you follow recruiting, why would you not be interested in guys that we just missed out on? I’m always curious whether a guy flames out or if he becomes a star. Not sure why I would get negged for that. Some of you must have had a bad day at work, or the dog puked on the carpet.

And, if Dillon’s week 7 performance is not interesting to you, why are you reading this article titled “Week 7 College Football Recap”?

10/18/2017 - 10:36am Wish we would have signed RB AJ Dillon

He tore it up against Louisville with over 200 yards at a playing weight of 240 lbs!

10/16/2017 - 11:45pm Wojo article gives explanation why offense is struggling

This is from today’s D. News written by Wojo:
“I wouldn’t say it’s a difficult transition, but it’s absolutely a transition,” O’Korn said. “I’ve had to adapt to the offense, and it’s something I’ve been working on. Completely different style of offense, completely different style of play.”

Hamilton is in his first season here, and that has caused some adjustments. But O’Korn said the communication has been good, and he called Hamilton “probably the most consistent person in our building.” (End of quote)

This is the first time I’ve heard someone from inside the program explain how the offense has changed so much from last season. I am somewhat surprised that the new passing game coordinator was allowed to change so much of the offense. Seems a lot like getting a whole new offensive coordinator. Certainly not a minor transition or just added wrinkles from last year. Makes more sense to me why Speight and JOK both struggled this year and why Peters is not ready yet.

10/16/2017 - 2:40pm defense is younger than the offense in # of starts.

The defense is in the the discussion for best in the Big10 and the nation. The offense ranks among the worst in some categories. Why can the defense thrive with youth and the offense cannot? The QB position has not relied on youth.

10/16/2017 - 1:13pm I’ll trade

If we can retroactively bring bamas 5 nattis to Ann Arbor and give them the Hoke and RR years.

10/15/2017 - 10:07pm Ad hominem attack means you are stupid

My arguments are lucid and valid. Your ad hominem attack is stupid and invalid.

10/15/2017 - 5:55pm Very puzzling

Speight, JOK, and even Alex Malzone have been in Harbaugh’s system for all 3 years,I think. I remember at the 1st spring game coming away impressed with Malzone. Why in the heck can we not field a competent QB half way through season 3? We should have multiple dangerous scary competent QB’s by now! I can’t help but think the offense is way too complex and there is way too much to learn to do anything well. Dantonio said post game “we are very well coached...over 40 formations in the first half”! I think he hit the nail on the head and diagnosed our problem. Way too many plays to learn, and not many are executed well. If the best 2 QB’s on the team look confused and are missing easy throws, the only answer seems to dial back what is on their plate and make it simple for them. It is frustrating to see that we don’t trust any of our QB’s to throw over the middle at all, eliminating a large portion of the field to defend. If I am the opposite defensive coordinator, you know you don’t have to defend the middle vs Michigan! I can’t remember running hardly even a slant to anybody. Grant Perry could probably catch 5-10 slants a game. Lots of questions and no answers in sight.

10/14/2017 - 11:05pm This is Michigan!

Expectations are always Big10 championship and beating our rivals! When that doesn’t happen it is OK to be disappointed,

10/14/2017 - 10:37pm Seen a few true freshmen QB’s play much better than JOK

Jake Fromm, Dwayne Haskins before getting hurt among others. Begs the question why our QB’s are so bad?

10/14/2017 - 4:04pm Next week

Might get ugly

10/09/2017 - 11:54pm The question I now have is about our offensive complexity

Is our high complexity offense hurting our QB and OL play?
Mark Dantonio’s comments after the game were quite telling and sounded like a slam against our offensive complexity. He made the back handed comment “they are very well coached... they had like 40 formations in the first half” (or something very close to that comment.)
Of course the result was only 3 points for us, so his slam might have some merit. After seeing both Wilton and John struggle so much in this offense this year, I am wondering if they have too much to think about? If this is true, that may be tougher to fix than it may seem. I can’t imagine them wanting to simplify the offense when you are paying millions to have a huge offensive brain trust with Drevno, Pep, Frey, and Harbaugh who all want to put their stamp on the offense. That would be like hiring a bunch of great chefs and then asking them to just cook burgers and wings. Am I over analyzing?

10/08/2017 - 3:05pm I’m beginning to question the value of...

....having two high priced running game and passing game coordinators. Ie There may be pressure to run certain pass plays to justify paying a pass game coordinator, or to stick to a game plan that doesn’t fit the flow of the game. This could explain much of the questionable play calling like the first drive abandoning of what was working and changing gears to throwing the two red zone touch passes on the edge, forcing a field goal. We may need just one offensive boss like a Don Brown on defense.

10/08/2017 - 8:37am Offense looks clueless against pressure

Harbaugh is consistently afraid to throw over the middle even when the linebackers are in he box stopping the run. I can’t believe we can’t throw some slants to Grant Perry. Also the drop backs of Wilton and John OKorn are painful to watch, slow developing and they don’t get rid of the ball when they need to.

10/07/2017 - 11:36pm Ugliest offensive performance ever

Extra week of prep and we still looked clueless. We should have lost by 3 touchdowns except our defense played like heros. I hated the offensive play calling. The only time I felt like we knew what we were doing was before the Ty Isaac fumble. After that fumble we never looked good on offense again. With state going up by 11 early the rainstorm basically gave them the win because it made our offense even worse.

09/26/2017 - 1:55pm My theory is Speight has paralysis by analysis

He is thinking about too many things causing slow/bad decisions. Like when a golfer is thinking too much about what is causing a hook or slice instead of swinging freely without thinking about mechanics.

09/26/2017 - 1:47pm Good call

My bad. But it is interesting how many look to one game last year, and not his whole freshman season which is a whole season of data points.

09/26/2017 - 1:19pm Ozone layer is not causing global warming!

CO2 and methane gas do. Ozone blocks UV.

09/26/2017 - 1:11pm Disconcerting

How inefficient Speight has been this year when other teams redshirt freshmen like Maryland's Kashim Hill and others have been very efficient. Speight has the benefit of playing in many games and it doesn't show.

09/26/2017 - 1:03pm It is easy to ignore the Indiana game last year!

JOK came off the bench cold literally and figuratively. One data point under extreme circumstances is not a good data point to judge how good someone is. The Purdue game is a much better data point for all the reasons people have mentioned. Also they have been neck and neck in practice this year, but Speight has looked confused in games this year and JOK has looked good without the benefit of more experience of playing Air Force and Cincinnati.