|09/19/2018 - 2:59pm||Especially when you move…||
Especially when you move from lovable throw pillow to hard ass winner. See Hoke to Harbaugh, now Reilly to Frost. That’s how it goes.
|09/18/2018 - 4:24pm||Haskins could go this year…||
Haskins could go this year. PFF has him in their first round behind Herbert and Grier as of today.
|09/18/2018 - 4:19pm||I think that there's a…||
I think that there's a pretty good argument to be made that stupidity is contagious, and also hereditary. If you're raised by stupid and/or hangout with stupid...
|09/18/2018 - 4:15pm||That's still true, but…||
That's still true, but injuries happen on single plays, and 1 is less than 2 or 3. Two or three QB runs against SMU isn't worth the risk, however minimal, no matter how many other things it opens up.
|09/18/2018 - 4:13pm||Something I have seriously…||
Something I have seriously wondered: do the coaches ever give Shea instructions to give no matter what on read options? Or, is Shea making incorrect reads due to misreading the D/timid to run? I think there's a non-zero chance that the coaches call a read option sometimes and tell Shea to give it no matter what the edge player does to A) avoid contact on Shea, and B) make it more of a surprise against other opponents when they tell Shea to pull it if that's the read.
Speculating, but it's crossed my mind. Wouldn't shock me.
|09/18/2018 - 4:09pm||He's been one of the more…||
He's been one of the more efficient QBs in the country this year. If he can maintain his level of play against the top teams on the schedule, he'll be a first rounder. I'd put chance he returns < 10%. If he was for sure not going to be a first rounder then maybe - although that probably means bad things for how the rest of our season played out.
|09/18/2018 - 1:50pm||40ish, but parity would get…||
40ish, but parity would get even worse and relative competitiveness would drop as well. There are teams that are competitive in their own divisions, but not nationally, that would cease to be competitive in their division also.
|09/18/2018 - 1:44pm||College football would…||
College football would quickly become unwatchable if schools could cut direct checks to athletes. There would be 15 competitive schools and 115 high school teams, OR prices for fans would skyrocket to the point where people just stopped going to games/buying gear/etc.
Let. kids. make. money. off. their. likeness. That's the best next step here. If a kid wants to charge $20 for autographs and people want to pay him, let that happen. If a kid wants to do a commercial for a local car dealership, let him. This is the answer for now.
|09/18/2018 - 1:08pm||I'd bet my house on it.||
I'd bet my house on it.
|09/18/2018 - 12:58pm||This. Installed =/= call it…||
This. Installed =/= call it against SMU. Jim played the Notre Dame game conservatively to not put too much on Shea in his first game. Lost that gamble, not because of Shea, but lost it. Now, there's no reason to show wrinkles until Wisconsin unless we are behind late in a game we shouldn't be.
If we look vanilla each week until Wisconsin, as long as we win, good. If we look vanilla against Wisconsin, then you can complain.
|09/18/2018 - 12:52pm||We should be aggressive with…||
We should be aggressive with Shea against good teams and conservative against bad ones. Harbaugh doesn't care about covering spreads - against the SMUs and Rutgers on the schedule, throw less, run the QB less. Against Wisconsin and Michigan State, open that bitch up. It's pretty simple.
|09/17/2018 - 6:47pm||Sorry, FauxMo, been a little…||
Sorry, FauxMo, been a little on edge around here, even after 2 easy wins.
|09/17/2018 - 3:40pm||Have a been watching a…||
Have a been watching a different team than everyone else???
|09/17/2018 - 3:34pm||Duh||
|09/17/2018 - 1:28pm||I can read it on his user…||
I can read it on his user page but I don't know the context. Seems like it was suggesting that Harbaugh doesn't have total confidence anymore.
We will go 3-0 against Wisconsin, MSU, and PSU. That kind of moves the floor to 10-2, barring something crazy.
Look, UMBIG11 is a booster. He's a man who wants to see that his money is going to a productive institution. You can't blame him for that. I love when he posts here. I've exchanged private messages with him, as well as interacted here obviously. I obviously really respect what he has to say. At the end of the day though, I have no reason to trust his football eye more than mine. That's not a knock on him, I just see a team that can double digit games and I believe it will happen. Wisconsin is down. MSU is down. Penn State is replacing a lot. I can't guarantee that our 10 wins would be as good as Alabama's or LSU's or whoever, but I think we can our next 8 games and go into Columbus with a shot at the Division.
|09/17/2018 - 1:23pm||Yep, they remove garbage…||
Yep, they remove garbage time, which I don't know the methodology for. Could have temporal component as well.
|09/17/2018 - 10:53am||I know 38th isn't a sexy…||
I know 38th isn't a sexy rank, but you can win double digit games, every year, forever with an offense in the 30s if your defense is top 5ish. Our offense is right around where I said they'd need to be for us to win 11 this year.
|09/17/2018 - 10:43am||S&P adjusts for strength of…||
S&P adjusts for strength of opponent. You can disagree with Bill Connelly's numbers, which have us at 38th, offensively, but you can probably guess whose opinion I respect more.
|09/17/2018 - 10:41am||I was laughing at you when I…||
I was laughing at you when I wrote my reply - hardly any anger here
|09/17/2018 - 10:13am||70% of Michigan fans are…||
70% of Michigan fans are essentially toddlers: loud, emotional, and extremely ignorant to that which they speak of.
|09/17/2018 - 10:03am||Next you'll tell me that we…||
Next you'll tell me that we scored on 6 straight possessions on Saturday, or that we have a Top 40 offense in S&P.
Sometimes you just have let our fans tire themselves out, man. They just need to yell about something or else they get backed up.
|09/17/2018 - 9:20am||All of his throws to Gentry…||
All of his throws to Gentry were perfect on Saturday, including the one he threw above Gentry's head.
Until Shea throws a ball to Gentry at the knees of the Rutgers DB in front of Gentry and then yells at Gentry about it, he's fine.
|09/17/2018 - 9:09am||He's moving inside so I…||
He's moving inside so I think he'll have to wait a year to get in the two deep.
|09/17/2018 - 8:31am||Herron is no longer coming…||
Herron is no longer coming here - he is committed to Stanford.
I'm guessing starters will be Hutchinson-Solomon-Kemp-Paye as you said, then Jeter-Dwumfour-Vilain seem likely as backups. Backup Anchor seems sketchy right now. If we land Karlaftis I would guess it would be him. If we land Harrison, I would guess Vilain would slide to Anchor and Harrison would be the backup End.
Karlaftis is closer to college ready than Harrison, IMO. Harrison has a higher ceiling, but Karlaftis has a higher floor.
|09/17/2018 - 8:27am||I have no regard for anyone…||
I have no regard for anyone who brings more Brits into the world.
|09/17/2018 - 7:25am||Quiet kid who I think wants…||
Quiet kid who I think wants to go to Michigan but will get pressured into going to Ohio State. Don't know why I get that vibe, but this recruitment reminds of Weber's without the prior verbal to Michigan. I think Harrison likes Michigan more, but I don't buy that MOM (get that British "mum" shit out of here) doesn't care where he goes, and Lord knows he feels pressure to go to OSU living 15 minutes away from campus.
|09/17/2018 - 7:23am||Gary didn't start, and…||
Gary didn't start, and Harrison probably wouldn't either. He would probably rotate in like Gary did, but Harrison is more raw than Gary was - he's freakish athleticism that still needs weight, technique, and time on task.
Our starting DEs will be Paye and Hutchinson next year, there's almost no doubt about that, only question is which will be an End and which will be an Anchor. I would guess they flip from this year and Paye plays End and Hutchinson Anchor.
|09/16/2018 - 12:05pm||I'm starting to see that you…||
I'm starting to see that you don't really get college football. Have a good season, man.
|09/16/2018 - 12:04pm||Can't wait to see that. As a…||
Can't wait to see that. As a Doctor I can't recommend it, but as a petty person I've already made arrangements to make the video go viral.
|09/16/2018 - 12:02pm||Failing to win the…||
Failing to win the conference has nothing to do with the defense being fine. The defense has been a lot more than fine. These are two entirely separate concepts.
|09/16/2018 - 11:53am||Evans and Wilson are good…||
Evans and Wilson are good backs (Wilson has impressed me, Evans is a great chess piece and can do a lot), but Higdon is a star and really the only "true" RB we have. He changes angles. He changes the offense. We are certainly a notch better when we have him, so that should definitely be accounted for in yesterday's performance.
|09/16/2018 - 11:50am||The point is that whether…||
The point is that whether they are a fraud or not, for purposes of our strength of record, 11-1 or 12-0 looks the same. It doesn't matter if they luck into 12-0 again, if our only loss is to a team that is 12-0, that looks amazing for us.
|09/16/2018 - 11:48am||We play much of many games…||
We play much of many games with three corners out there, and we played two high at times yesterday. I haven't seen anything, since he's been here, that gives me cause to criticize Don Brown. The defense will be just fine.
|09/16/2018 - 11:46am||They had virtually the same…||
They had virtually the same score against TCU at halftime as OSU did lol. You can do with that info whatever you want, I'm not even saying it's indicative of anything, but it's a fact.
The teams SMU has lost to are good. North Texas is really good - they whooped an SEC team in said SEC team's home stadium yesterday. It's maybe the worst SEC team, but that should not happen. TCU hung with OSU in a neutral game (the game was played about 15 minutes from TCU's campus but the stadium was 70% OSU fans) for 50 minutes.
Nobody has scored more on SMU's defense than we have this year. The announcers mentioned this yesterday - many points scored against SMU this year have come from opposing defenses and special teams. Our 38 offensive points is the most they've given up.
I agree, I think SMU is okay. Not good, maybe not able to get to 6-6 and make a bowl after an 0-3 start, but they can win most of their remaining games. They're better than Western for sure.
|09/16/2018 - 11:40am||Metellus has played pretty…||
Metellus has played pretty well this year in my eyes. He's had one bad penalty, but he's mostly been in great position, good in run support, and was screwed with a horrible PI call yesterday. I've always been higher on Metellus than this fanbase has, but honestly, I think he's a fine Rover.
Kinnel is not great when he's doing anything other than playing centerfield. If Dax was on this team he would be the starting Free the second he knew the defense, yes.
|09/16/2018 - 11:31am||The Notre Dame team that…||
The Notre Dame team that went 12-0 in 2012 looked like shit week in and week out. If this ND team goes 12-0, I don't really care how they look doing it, it will benefit us the same.
The nice thing for Notre Dame: it looks like they have one tough game on the schedule, which is at Virginia Tech. Stanford looks weak, especially if they don't have Love. They beat UC Davis by 20 yesterday. FSU is trash, USC is trash, Northwestern is trash, Pittsburgh is trash. Down the line. They get Stanford at home, who is respectable, but ND should absolutely win that one. Then you're looking at Virginia Tech as the difference between 11-1 and 12-0.
|09/16/2018 - 11:26am||After the first handful of…||
After the first handful of drives, the offense looked good, IMO. Now, we can't pull the "takes 3 drives to wake up" shit against Michigan State and Penn State, but the offense having fire power is so damn encouraging. The defense will be fine - we know this. They have the dudes, they have the coach, they need to clean up some technical stuff, get Solomon back, and not have drunk Sun Belt refs. If the offense can be a B offense, which I think they were yesterday, bad opponent caveats aside, this team will go to Columbus 10-1.
|09/16/2018 - 11:24am||We will go into Columbus 10…||
We will go into Columbus 10-1. I tried to encourage people to not throw in the towel after the ND game, and part of that was how our opponents have looked. We can improve week to week (and yes, so could our opponents, but their weaknesses look to be of a different variety) and the games that looked difficult before look less so now.
People chuckled when I said Wisconsin would go 9-3 this year. I think most Wisconsin fans would take 9-3 in a heartbeat today.
Michigan State fans laughed when I told them they would go 8-4 this year. They'll probably be 2-3 with losses to an average Arizona State team, an average Indiana team, and a good Penn State team when we play them. Shea might throw for 400 in that one.
Penn State is a paper tiger right now. I still see the weaknesses I saw against App State. They've put up big numbers in the second halves the last two weeks against garbage opponents, and we will see how "real" they are against OSU, but we will be 7-1, coming off a bye, and ready for revenge in this one. I think we will win big.
Obviously, everyone else outside of OSU is trash right now (save for maybe Indiana, who I do think beats MSU next week). Nebraska, Northwestern, and Rutgers are tire fires. Nebraska is understandable. Northwestern and Rutgers should be ashamed that they claim to play the same sport as us.
|09/15/2018 - 7:08pm||LOL exactly. It was fine, it…||
LOL exactly. It was fine, it just made me miserable. College football.
|09/15/2018 - 7:05pm||Some of the worst I have…||
Some of the worst I have EVER seen call a college game.
|09/14/2018 - 4:41pm||Dax's combine testing…||
Dax's combine testing numbers (all laser-timed, official, etc.) are stooopid. Slightly faster than Jabrill. They'll obviously be different players, so hard to compare, but Hill is one of a kind.
|09/12/2018 - 6:48pm||Her character was decent in…||
Her character was decent in Ocean's 8, which was bad.
|09/12/2018 - 12:51pm||I have no idea what Mac is…||
I have no idea what Mac is doing, and quite frankly, I don't care. He needs to just fess up to banging the Dennis Doll and be done with it.
|09/12/2018 - 12:40pm||I do think Dennis will…||
I do think Dennis will maintain his status as a main character, even if he's in the show for fewer minutes.
The show has such strong side characters that they could fill any Dennis hole (lol) with them - Cricket, the McPoyles, the Ponderosas, the Waitress, Artemis, Gayle the Snail...hell, give the Maniac a more frequently recurring role. The show already has an amazing cast of characters to pull from.
|09/12/2018 - 12:08pm||I thought the episode was…||
I thought the episode was decent, actually, but I was thinking the whole time, "man I hope Mindy Kaling isn't a regular now and Dennis just comes back." So, I agree. She just is not a fit with those characters and the humor on the show.
Nothing is worse than a show trying to mess with perfect chemistry/character fit.
|09/12/2018 - 12:03pm||That's exactly the game we…||
That's exactly the game we need him back for. It's a sustainable injury for every opponent until Wisconsin. Ideally he's back by Maryland, and Wisconsin isn't his first game back.
On a tangential note, how awesome would a 5 DL look against Wisconsin be? Alignment-wise it could look like a 4-3 Under with the SAM shaded over the TE, but swap the SAM for another DL. Align Gary in a 7 or 6 on the TE, Solomon in a 4i inside the T, Mone in a 1 on the C, Kemp at 3T on the backside G, and Chase at his normal End spot. Then just play with Bush and Hudson at LB, or you could play both Bush and Ross as regular Mike and Will backers, but swap Metellus for Hudson and walk the Rover way down. Then, when they swap the FB/TE for WRs, bring Ross out for Hudson and get Metellus back out there. Probably fanciful, but if we make Hornibrook beat us with his arm, in Ann Arbor, that won't go well for them. Have to slow Taylor down a lot.
|09/12/2018 - 11:46am||He will be back, Jim has…||
He will be back, Jim has said as much. Timetable unknown, but given the nature of his surgery I am guessing a few more weeks...probably back by Maryland or Wisconsin.
|09/12/2018 - 11:38am||They could be the dirt!||
They could be the dirt!
|09/12/2018 - 11:23am||How come we don't play…||
How come we don't play Nightcrawlers anymore?
|09/12/2018 - 10:52am||I figured even most Michigan…||
I figured even most Michigan fans couldn't remain upset after that one, that game went exactly how we needed it to (except for Nordin's FG attempt I guess, which as far as I'm concerned never happened).