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11/13/2018 - 4:20pm I think for Michigan to …

I think for Michigan to *realistically* win the M-ND comparison, the committee will need to think that Michigan is on a higher *level* than ND, not only above but by a significant margin, therefore preventing them from even needing to make those four comparisons (including H2H).

And to make that realistic, ND has to lose. Likely to Syracuse.

11/11/2018 - 6:15pm He behaves poorly with…

He misbehaves with [just ... stupid] consistency.

[Edited because preposterous is a great adjective, guy 🙃]

11/10/2018 - 8:32pm I feel like wikipedia came…

I feel like wikipedia came to me.

11/09/2018 - 10:53pm The BTN isn't helping you.

The BTN isn't helping you.

11/09/2018 - 8:44pm Underrated(!) comment.

Underrated(!) comment.

11/07/2018 - 2:55pm We often talk about how lazy…

We often talk about how lazy the AP and Coaches are to have a string of undefeated teams followed by a a string of 1-lossers, and then 2-lossers. And that pattern is typically *only* broken by Go5 squads like UCF.

With that in mind, let's not revolt at the first sight of a mindful ranking just because it's mindful in a direction that's against us or our hunches.

LSU may well belong in the Top 8/10. And huffing over it seems to convenient and rife with cognitive dissonance to me. Just chill.

11/05/2018 - 8:58pm That's a stretch. Minnesota…

That's a stretch. Minnesota and Illinois belong to the same tier, and it's only barely separate from rutger. Northwestern is not a mathematical lock, but they are a spiritual one.

11/05/2018 - 9:56am Obviously I want it all, but…

Obviously I want it all, but a Big Ten championship has even more value to me than a CFP bid. It is silly to not want that CCG bid to be guaranteed in advance. No matter its record, there are scarce annoying hot takes this offseason if Michigan wins the Big Ten**. They may even go extinct.

**("Oh yeah, Harbaugh can with the Big Ten, but he's never been to the CFP" is a terrible take. If that's how the season plays out, I welcome that take gleefully ... and the unfathomably sad Spartan or Buckeye to utter it)

10/31/2018 - 1:00pm It isn't that Paterno was a…

It isn't that Paterno was a wicked person, he just made human mistakes in many of the most high impact moments of his life. These were terrible mistakes. And they compounded. In the end, I'm sure he felt a sense that he had trapped himself in lies.

Which is something I believe a different environment would facilitate differently.

10/31/2018 - 12:41pm We should also appreciate…

We should also appreciate the possibility that Joe's story never falls into disgrace if he comes here. It doesn't take much in the way of positive circumstances to entirely change outcomes.

10/29/2018 - 1:50am Absolutely. I love our…

Absolutely. I love our defense. And it's opponent-adjusted accomplishments are objectively bonkers. But I can also plain-facedly agree with his over-negged comment.

Sometimes people are sensitive to reality.

10/28/2018 - 4:51pm Society needs a new version…

Society needs a new version of dong punch. It's played out. I'm bored.

10/27/2018 - 7:51pm STREAMS! STREAMS! STREAMS!…

STREAMS! STREAMS! STREAMS! STREAMS! STREAMS! STREAMS-STREAMS!

(BTN) IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!

(BTN) IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!

(BTN) IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!

10/26/2018 - 4:15pm He can be my homeboy, too. I…

He can be my homeboy, too. I just created the u/n almost a decade before knowing about him.

10/26/2018 - 3:14pm Exactly. Which only makes…

Exactly. Which only makes him severely wrong again. Except now it's in the opposite way.

And since his credibility with non-Michigan fans was already toast, this philosophy change is fully self-defeating. Because he's never going to get that outsider audience back. They gone.

10/26/2018 - 3:01pm Honestly ... I sincerely…

Honestly ... I sincerely doubt that he's behaving this way 100% authentically. My multi-year suspicion, watching him guest comment on BTN, is that his career was on the rocks because he was *way* too much of a homer during the Hoke years. 

I think he's just over-correcting. And while that contributes to how little I value his speech, I neither like nor dislike him. I just don't care.

10/25/2018 - 8:45pm Every day. Often two per…

Every day. Often two per page. I keep x-ing it and telling google that it's inappropriate and/or covering content and/or irrelevant to me and/or repetitive.

But google adverts don't care.

I guess I bought a graphic t-shirt three times or something and this is my penance.

10/23/2018 - 2:34pm 1. I agree about it being 50…

1. I agree about it being 50/50ish. Were Shea to stay, he'd (likely) have a much bigger year in 2019.

2. Uche could be at the 2017-Winovich level by the end of the year. Whether he starts is a harder question, however, because he doesn't operate in a vacuum (/necessary-but-trite comment). Does Gary return? Can Vilain get healthy? Where do Hutch and Paye fit in? It could be wide open or crowded. But that dude is a dude.

3. No.

4. I think they'll both work out. Frost will work out fast - even next year, I see them competing in the West. With Minnesota, I think they can return to that Glen Mason level of achievement ... but only if they stop with these coaching turnovers. As for Fleck, I respect his teaching philosophy. And don't believe he was a nerfed hire. At worst, he's "meh - fine." And Minnesota is in no position to toss coaches like that away. Give him 6-10 years and he'll win 10 games at least once.

10/21/2018 - 11:59am He started then!

Way to go,…

He started then!

Way to go, Tarik. 2 more weeks to heal. Keep this up.

10/21/2018 - 11:47am I always prefer noon games…

I always prefer noon games. Except for this game. Am renting an RV (first time!) and parking at Fingerle for a party of 25. Of course, I want a night game this one time.

10/20/2018 - 11:06am I'm glad I worded that…

I'm glad I worded that cautiously because now we see video of MSU team walking right over a few Michigan players warming up on the field.

I feel like had there been enough staff around, that never happens.

10/20/2018 - 10:56am I have no idea what'll…

I have no idea what'll happen after it comes up, but you know it's going to come up.

10/20/2018 - 10:49am Yeah, not a big fan of Bush…

Yeah, not a big fan of Bush kicking up the Spartan at centerfield like that. Maybe something preceded it that could make me feel somewhat differently, but either way, no, that's pretty dumb. Makes us look bad.

10/18/2018 - 8:02pm Thank you. Naming Warriner…

Thank you. Naming Warriner OC or co-OC would be a terrible idea. And, like you said, we know this because OSU performed precisely that experiment and Michigan performed almost that experiment. Both ended with disappointments. 

Don't put more on the plate of an elite OL coach. Keep him focused, keep him happy other ways (salary), and hope he doesn't want to be an OC anymore.

10/18/2018 - 4:38pm Of course it does. But how…

Of course it does. But how often does it go from "won't play; may not play again this season" to "actually, he's been practicing all week (necessarily including before my opposite message yesterday)." 

That's not whiplash-like change. Those are precisely incompatible. At least one was made up.

10/18/2018 - 4:13pm If umbig11 is an insider (I…

If umbig11 is an insider (I think so), this feels as if Harbaugh told him to go back to the boards and put out the opposite message and stop publicly telegraphing real injuries. There's not enough info to conclude that. But this and that do feel the same.

Going from "may not play anymore" to "has been practicing all week" is a real red flag.

10/17/2018 - 11:53pm Completely agree. The…

Completely agree. The expected preseason MSU OL hasn't had a single snap this season. And at one point 4 were out injured. Getting Chewins last week was huge, and given how he looked when he stretched out to save Sparty's game with that tackle on the INT, he's probably at full strength now. With Jarvis looking very likely to be ready, now only Beedle is missing. 

Granted: Their OL is unlikely to become a world beater because of these returns. But every Michigan fan expecting a steamy heap at OL has miscalibrated expectations.

10/14/2018 - 10:28pm You're right. That was…

You're right. That was sloppy of me. I should have worded it cautiously. Just a very credible rumor: torn ligament. Newly circulating on boards, including RCMB.

I didn't believe it until a poster I respect most on a different board said it (https://www.cfb51.com/index.php?topic=2181.120). No one else has to trust my 15-year posting history with that guy on a small conference board. But anyway, you asked, and that's where I heard it.

10/14/2018 - 9:23pm ME: hi! 

MICHIGAN STATE FAN…

ME: hi! 

MICHIGAN STATE FAN: actually, star rankings have no correlation to player success. And I got into Michigan but decided not to go

10/14/2018 - 5:41pm Nah. I live mostly on an…

Nah. I live mostly on an independent (no front page) Big Ten board (https://www.cfb51.com/index.php?board=7.0) -- no team boards. All the fans are mixed. It might sound uncomfortable, but it's probably the most reasonable message board I've ever seen. That's where I get my MSU intel. Over there, I'm "Anonymous Coward" with a Bo avatar (CIMH was too anachronistic).

10/14/2018 - 5:29pm Which Scott did you mean? LJ…

Which Scott did you mean? LJ is out for the year. Just announced. I've seen nothing on Josiah, but it'll be a bummer if he's back for this one. He's one of the top 2 defenders on their roster.

10/14/2018 - 5:15pm We haven't seen a healthy…

We haven't seen a healthy MSU OL yet. That one may be bad, too, but with Chewins finally playing full games and Jarvis likely back, this will be the closest they've been to full strength all year (and at times they've been down 4 starters).

10/14/2018 - 4:22pm I think that's vastly…

I think that's vastly underrating the Sparty run defense. UW's defense was in the 50s in S&P+ and missing their best Edge defender (Loudermilk) before we played.

I'm happy about the progress. It's more than I predicted and almost extreme. But there are much bigger challenges for the M OL these next two games.

I'd also like to see us prove we can take over and beat a good team -- or own a bad team -- on the road. I trust we can. Yet seeing it is better than thinking it. This is a key step for us. 

10/14/2018 - 4:19pm My injury guess for MSU:

My injury guess for MSU:

Back - Chewins, Jarvis, Stewart, Chambers

Out - Beedle, LJ Scott, Cody White

Important questionables: Josiah Scott, Nailor

10/14/2018 - 12:30pm PSU just isn't good (but MSU…

MSU's overall defense is very solid (not our level, but still, they're objectively good). I'm sure that has to do with it.

Also: can you imagine if those two PSU fumbles had gone to MSU as they should have? At least one of them was inarguable.

10/14/2018 - 10:05am MSU's OL has mostly been…

MSU's OL has mostly been trash because of injuries to Chewins, Jarvis, Beedle, and I believe one other starter I'm forgetting. Last night Chewins (their best) seemed back to full strength. 

Im expecting Jarvis back this week (not insider info).

10/13/2018 - 11:29pm This thread has been going…

This thread has been going for 7-minutes. How doesn't it have 12,000 comments yet?

I love this kid. And his post-game antics on the field -- both the interview beside Shea and the candid moment with recruits (Harrison was maybe one?) -- were *delightful.*

Kid is a[n elitely talented football] puppy.

Really enjoyable to watch. A good guy to root for.

10/13/2018 - 7:03pm I just read a rumor about…

I just read a rumor about Gary not dressing. Please say it ain't so.

10/13/2018 - 6:59pm The PSU OL has consistently…

The PSU OL has consistently lost the battle today. Often overwhelmingly. Their lead is 100% about the PSU>>>MSU skill position margin.

10/13/2018 - 6:25pm PSU's OL may have improved…

PSU's OL may have improved in other games this season, but today they are a heap.

Meanwhile, MSU's run defense is legitimate. They'll be by far the best acid test so far for our OL.

10/12/2018 - 5:11pm Your heat is dry and I can…

Your heat is dry and I can tolerate (correction: enjoy) that, but it's fully sincere when I say I'd rather live in a forever-polar-vortex than spend even one year in the swampy south. This isn't an aesthetic thing. Both are tremendously beautiful and culturally rich places (if you have a sufficiently open mind). But I looooathe sweating and adore the challenge of selecting the right gear so that even -20*F can feel toasty everywhere except the cheeks.

10/12/2018 - 1:07pm I'm a very soft personality…

I'm a very soft personality. So although I knew as well as everyone that he had to go, I was very sad for Brady that the experiment didn't succeed. Having Hoke consistently go to the CFP would be like having Beilein for both basketball and football. I love what Harbaugh has done and is projected to eventually do. He's revolutionized this machine from the trash heap. But winning at the highest level despite unfathomable niceness is outrageously rare. Even hiring a coach that nice to a premiere school is rare. Damn that Hoke couldn't pull it off. 

10/08/2018 - 8:03pm This is ... a new ND trend?…

If rumor holds:

This is ... a new ND trend? Very strange.

10/06/2018 - 12:58pm Kind of petty to be…

Kind of petty to be incapable of giving that to them. They also lead in yards per carry. The run D is legit. And since, though their total pass yards against is famously bad, their pass D yards/attempt is average. So it seems even more likely that their run D is forcing passes than their pass D is welcoming passes.

10/02/2018 - 11:29am HA!

HA!

10/01/2018 - 10:08am How about: "This is even…

"This is even more surprising given the context**, which isn't a new idea but still deserves repeating."

**(Michigan's DL has been filthy during each year of this analysis and that should be causing more of these opponent penalties, but that's the opposite of what we're seeing)

10/01/2018 - 10:00am https://mobile.twitter.com…

Here's a clickable version to facilitate less copy/pasting.

09/30/2018 - 5:37pm Near the start of the game,…

Near the start of the game, they showed that graphic identifying the Michigan defense as the nation's best in plural categories (including total D) since 2015.

Can anyone recall or find that? I've tried but failed so far using google image.

09/29/2018 - 7:33pm Holy crap, that "penalty" on…

Holy crap, that "penalty" on Higdon. Ghost-inflicted, indeed.

Damaging, damaging ref incompetence there

09/29/2018 - 7:02pm Eff. Plz be ok

Eff. Plz be ok