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03/18/2018 - 4:35am Y'all peoples can thank me

Y'all peoples can thank me for this one. Well, me and comcast.  

See, I've personally jinxed Michigan sports for the past decade. It's like schroedinger's cat for me, but whenever I watch it, it fucking dies.  

It starts 10 years back.  My first game at Michigan Stadium? Season opener 2007. 

Held up all this season. 

Game 1 of football season, I tune in late because I couldn't get home in time.  I turn the game on, back to back picks to keep florida in.  Entire season was like that. 

I turned off Michigan State halfway through the rain and we nearly made a comeback. Yup, I turned the game back on.  

I watched Penn State from the start.  We gave up the two long TDs and I had to leave to drive home.  We start catching up and some dumbass texts me and tells me about it.  I turn on the radio and suddenly Penn State puts us away.  

See, y'all think Belien just develops players.  No, I get crushed by heartbreaking early losses against mediocre opponents and stop following the team early on in conference play.  I stop watching; they start winning.  

Today, Comcast shit the bed.  I'm trying to stream the game at home and the internet and my cable TV go out.  I can't watch most of the game and miss the ending. 

You're welcome.  I think for the sake of the rest of the fanbase, I can no longer watch Michigan sports live because I'm pretty sure the entire past decade of Michigan Fan torture may be solely my fault. 

11/27/2017 - 11:41am Holy shit this.

We shouldn't be judging an entire offense when they've returned basically no starters and spend the entire season on 2nd/3rd string QBs. 

09/28/2017 - 2:59pm Huh

I'll trust your googling over my weak middle-school era memory. 

09/28/2017 - 12:52pm I only remember a tiny bit of latin from middle school

I think it's actually 'Roma Victrix' because Rome (Roma) was female. 

09/27/2017 - 1:52pm  
 
 
 
 
 
They play in the

 

 

 

 

 

 

They play in the Mountain West.  It's still a good accomplishment, but take it with a grain of salt. 

However, there is something to it, and its a pattern not just seen at SDSU.

Since 2012, in all but 1 year, they've been in the top 30 rushing defenses in the FBS.  In the past two years, they've had a top ten unit.  

Running the football is primarily an execution thing more than it is a scheme or strategy thing, especially outside of a spread offense.  

On spread runs (such as any run with any sort of option) and on pass plays, you get a lot of extra edge on decision making alone.  Your offense will have a bunch of free success simply because thy can make a defense guess wrong. This shifts your practice emphasis inherently more towards making the right post-snap read rather than on individual execution.  

When you line it up and attack directly at people, the reads move more pre-snap, and the actual play and coachable moments are more about reacting in the moment and executing correctly on an individual level.  You take more of the post-snap reading out of it.  

Now, it's one thing to have to learn those post-snap reads on an occasional basis against your scout team.  It's something totally different when those post-snap reads are necessarily part of your daily practice simply because of the unit you practice against. 

This might seem like a symmetrical choice, but it turns out winning those individual matchups can absolutely blow up any offense, regardless of how it tries to rely on post-snap reads to ignore defenders. 

On the offensive side of the ball, when your blocking front can out-execute their opponents, you are effectively guaranteed at least a modest gain on a consistent basis.  If the opponent over-committs to stopping this bread and butter, then it opens up your constraints that punish dishonesty.  

For a while in the mid-2000s, this was a bit unclear as the spread/option offenses were fairly young, and were tearing up stale traditional defensive powers (such as us) who were slow to adjust.  However, since then, execution has caught back up and is again king.  If you look at all of the top programs right now in college football, they all rely on basic execution and good defense as their foundation and treat their star power as a bonus, rather than re-tooling their entire team around elite skill-position talent.  

The other side effect of this focus on execution is it also is the best formula for developing talent.  This helps get the most out of the existing recruits, regardless of entry talent level, as well as enticing recruits based on offering a path to a potential NFL career.  

On the offensive side of the ball, when your blocking front can out-execute

It may seem like this is the obvious choice - and for a football blueblood, it should be.  However, if you aren't a football blueblood and think you need that asymmetric edge over higher-tier programs, exotic systems remain an attractive choice.  

03/09/2017 - 1:01pm That sounds wierd - they

That sounds wierd - they allow general aviation and offer services for it; maybe charters for whatever reason somehow can't.  

 

[EDIT] Upon further review, it seems that you need to get security approval to fly into DCA, and you must file for this waiver within 24 hours of travel.  Even if a charter operator might normally otherwise try for that waiver, they couldn't have gotten it in this case even if they had wanted to.

03/09/2017 - 11:22am Likely didn't have a choice

DCA is super busy every morning and only has 2 active runways and constricted airspace due to security restrictions.  They probably couldn't get a flight plan into there for a last-minute charter given all the morning commercial traffic.  

For reference, DCA had 45 arrivals and 46 departures between 9 and 10 AM on two runways. That (by the book) would be more than 100% runway utilization uptime - realistically, they easily had departure lines extending past the hour into the next given that Air Traffic Controllers usually have ~2m seperation between flights.

Dulles had 33 arrivals and 36 departures on 4 runways in the same stretch with no controlled airspace interfering with air traffic.  

12/06/2016 - 12:49pm 2006 was stronger talentwise but this is a better team

I think overall 2006 was stronger in most positions outside the secondary and linebackers.  

Offense

QB: Henne > Speight, especially given injury. 

RB: Mike Hart is probably better? More or less a wash given this squad has more versatility.  

FB: Harbaugh actually uses this position whereas this, if anything, seemed to get in the way of Mike Hart.  

WR: 2006 may have had the best WR talent that has ever been at Michigan at the same time.

OL: Jake Long went first overall for a reason - this line was loaded with talent.  Our OL this year, if anything, was a group of scrappy over-performers more than a truly dominating force.  Great in pass protection but wasn't the rungame force that we had in '06.  

TE: Again, a position that Lloyd didn't get enough value from in the Debord offense.  I'm not sure positionally 2016 is any better because this wasn't part of the zone left-run-screen-punt scheme that was used in a way that mattered.  

Defense

DL: We've got a great DL this year but it's arguably not as complete of a unit as we had in '06.  They basically solo-carried the '06 defense because our defense didn't know how to use linebackers back then for anything other than blowing coverage on slot recievers.  It's only by a half-step over this year's unit, but I think '06 gets the edge here.

LB: Far and away the biggest advantage 2016 has over 2006.  2006 the linebacking corps was something of a question mark (remember Woodley was a DE in college despite playing LB in the NFL), it's turned into a swiss army knife of destruction under Don Brown.  Don Brown is one of the greatest LB-using geniuses in the history of football and Ron English was a total hack that absolutely wasted every bit of talent handed to him, so this is no big surprise.  

CB: Leon Hall may have been as good as Jourdan Lewis, but Morgan Trent was a massive liability as often as not whereas Stribling, while mortal, is overall a very good corner.  So call it a wash for the first slot, but 2006 had zero depth and definitely would have been a dumpster fire if they were forced to absorb a Jeremy Clark level injury.    

Safety: The 2006 job for safeties was to read a book and be sad when they actually had to play vs Ohio State.  While 2016 wasn't exactly the most standout unit among exceptional squads on this defense, it actually contributed.  

So yeah, overall 2016 is a better team but 2006 probably had slightly better players on the roster.  

09/18/2016 - 1:19am Best?

Not really 'Best' but 'Strongest' was Ohio State and Michigan State.  

Michigan State is still same old sparty.  If you hoped week 1 meant they were soft this year, give up hope.  They are beatable, but it will take everything we've got.  

Ohio State was super super good. This was the Ohio State that smoked us last year.  Again, not unbeatable, but they are scary as ever.  Oh, in case you forgot why you hated them, the O-H-I-O chant that you heard during that game that spiked your blood pressure is EXACTLY why.  They could have put the gas on harder against Oklahoma and blown them out by another 2+ tds.  

The upside is that Oklahoma is not good at football.  They couldn't stop even the most basic of Ohio State's bread and butter.  This game was nobody's definition of close; remember that 7 of Oklahoma's points came on a special teams breakdown.  Yes, that's part of the game, but it's a very high variability part.  Oklahoma is bad, and will probably have 4 losses this season (or more).  

I think Houston is overrated.  They relied on Cinci imploding to get the margin of victory they got, and their 'signature win' over Oklahoma clearly wasn't that impressive.  

I know people are fawning over Louisville, and while they are strong, I think thing people are missing is that Florida State is actually really bad.  They were actually really bad even last season, and are worse this season.  The actual contenders in the ACC in my mind are Miami, Clemson, and Louisville.  I'll buy into the Louisville hype more if they can perform well against Clemson, which seems to be the only team that plays particularly good defense.  

The Pac-12 is hard to get a read on this early.  The fact that only Stanford and Washington look particularly good is nice for us; Colorado should be a strong enough squad to do some damage here and make us look good.  

The SEC is kinda flying under the radar.  I think the best squads outside Alabama may be Georgia, Texas A&M, and Florida. I don't believe in Arkansas or Teneseee, and none of the above should challenge Bama in the slightest.  The best thing for this league would be to continue to fly sorta under the radar and get a favorable bowl alignment, because I'm not sure there's a second truly elite squad.  

 

Finally, I'd like to touch on us a bit.  The big weakness we've had is on big play handling, and I have to imagine a ton of those issues go away with Jourdan Lewis on the field. Today we may not have looked like a top 5 squad, but you throw Jourdan Lewis into the mix and we suddenly look a lot better.  I'm not sure I'm satisfied with how we're doing up front on offense, but then again, we have no idea whatsoever if Colorado is actually any good at football.  

09/18/2016 - 1:19am Best?

Not really 'Best' but 'Strongest' was Ohio State and Michigan State.  

Michigan State is still same old sparty.  If you hoped week 1 meant they were soft this year, give up hope.  They are beatable, but it will take everything we've got.  

Ohio State was super super good. This was the Ohio State that smoked us last year.  Again, not unbeatable, but they are scary as ever.  Oh, in case you forgot why you hated them, the O-H-I-O chant that you heard during that game that spiked your blood pressure is EXACTLY why.  They could have put the gas on harder against Oklahoma and blown them out by another 2+ tds.  

The upside is that Oklahoma is not good at football.  They couldn't stop even the most basic of Ohio State's bread and butter.  This game was nobody's definition of close; remember that 7 of Oklahoma's points came on a special teams breakdown.  Yes, that's part of the game, but it's a very high variability part.  Oklahoma is bad, and will probably have 4 losses this season (or more).  

I think Houston is overrated.  They relied on Cinci imploding to get the margin of victory they got, and their 'signature win' over Oklahoma clearly wasn't that impressive.  

I know people are fawning over Louisville, and while they are strong, I think thing people are missing is that Florida State is actually really bad.  They were actually really bad even last season, and are worse this season.  The actual contenders in the ACC in my mind are Miami, Clemson, and Louisville.  I'll buy into the Louisville hype more if they can perform well against Clemson, which seems to be the only team that plays particularly good defense.  

The Pac-12 is hard to get a read on this early.  The fact that only Stanford and Washington look particularly good is nice for us; Colorado should be a strong enough squad to do some damage here and make us look good.  

The SEC is kinda flying under the radar.  I think the best squads outside Alabama may be Georgia, Texas A&M, and Florida. I don't believe in Arkansas or Teneseee, and none of the above should challenge Bama in the slightest.  The best thing for this league would be to continue to fly sorta under the radar and get a favorable bowl alignment, because I'm not sure there's a second truly elite squad.  

 

Finally, I'd like to touch on us a bit.  The big weakness we've had is on big play handling, and I have to imagine a ton of those issues go away with Jourdan Lewis on the field. Today we may not have looked like a top 5 squad, but you throw Jourdan Lewis into the mix and we suddenly look a lot better.  I'm not sure I'm satisfied with how we're doing up front on offense, but then again, we have no idea whatsoever if Colorado is actually any good at football.  

10/19/2015 - 3:55pm The TL:DR of it was an

The TL:DR of it was an attempt to draw the offsides.  Notice that the o-line is a yard back fromtthe line of scrimmage.  This was never supposed to be snapped.  

10/19/2015 - 10:51am Maybe not

Maybe not but I bet he 100% would have been on the field for that blown assignment that gave up the long TD to the sparty fullback.  That's your ballgame right there potentially. 

10/12/2015 - 11:12am If we make the NCG

If we make the National Champ game, he'll only have featured in 5 of 15 contests, which would be 33%.  If you count his Maryland game as .5, that gives him 4.5/15 games, or /exactly/ 30%.  

10/05/2015 - 3:40pm Read on client side

Anything in an iframe you could simply re-package as a string that you could prefetch clientside in javascript before generating the actual DOM object.  You'd then log by having the JS talk to the server.  

Realistically, it should still count as a single view, though I'm not sure how ads track view count.  

10/05/2015 - 12:00pm Engineering question

Would it be difficult to track and/or block redirect ads from the site side?

 

I've never run an ad-supported site before, but I believe the following should be possible:

1. Prefetch all ad content

2. Parse, search for redirects

3. If redirect found, Block and log it so you can complain to your ad provider.  

4. If redirect not found, render ad content

 

 

09/25/2015 - 5:19pm I'm not sure he missed a hole

I'm not sure he missed a hole or a cut in his entire career.  He didn't have breakaway speed, but he made the absolute best of every block around him and often got the extra yard or two after contact. 

On top of that, the guy basically never fumbled.

09/04/2015 - 12:49am I'm not sure if I'm upset

I'm not sure if I'm upset with the tackling or not.  I'm happy we seemed to get a lot of people regularly flying to the football, but there were a number of plays where Utah guys got to the 3rd and 4th man.  

If Utah is as good I think they are, then we should be happy we held them to 17 offensive points.  

09/04/2015 - 12:46am Gonna say that I'm not as

Gonna say that I'm not as pissed with Jake Rudock as I expected to be.  

First off, this loss is first and foremost on him.  He has at least a 17 point swing on his head. 

However, I really liked his final drive.  

He looks uncomfortable in a relatively safe pocket, I think on a number of his incompletions, he too quickly went to a low percentage early read.  It's hard to tell given the camera angles, but generally when you are throwing without pressure, you should be making a fairly reliable throw.  

The first pick was probably 75% on the WR.  That's a timed route, the WR needs to be where the fuck he's supposed to be.  

The second pick was an awful throw.  

The third pick was basically indefensible.  Not only was the opposite side of the field wide open, you can still put that pass in a place where only your guy is going to get it.  The Utah player had a great jump on it, but all he had to do was play Rudock's eyes and get the inside angle on the ball.  

Offense as a whole was REALLY good.  If they can ever click properly, this team will be super dangerous.  We finally have a coaching staff that gets constraints - they called plays outside to play against cheating inside.  They went deep (unsuccessfully only due to poor throws) after pulling pressure short.  With more accurate throwing, you could have seen a very good defense get completely picked apart.  

Overall, this season won't be super pretty.  However, we're going to be set up pretty nicely for next year, and will be scary to play against even later this season.  

09/04/2015 - 12:36am I honestly had no problems

I honestly had no problems with any of the playcalling, and I haven't felt that way since the 2008 Capital One Bowl.  

For the offensive plays that didn't work, you could see that it was the correct idea even though it wasn't executed well.  I liked how the O-Line seemed to get it together in the second half. 

10/01/2014 - 1:04am If we were 5-0, we probably

If we were 5-0, we probably wouldn't have our QB getting absolutely lit up by someone from minnesota.

09/30/2014 - 12:54pm He'll probably show up at 1

He'll probably show up at 1 am after it's all over, and dismiss the concerns over his tenure as 'minor'.

09/29/2014 - 10:21am I'm not sure I buy that he's

I'm not sure I buy that he's evil. 

 

I think he's just somewhat incompetent and not fully firm on what his responsibilities need to be as a coach.  I think he has some severely misguided views and priorities.  

 

I think what he said was 100% accurate - that he wasn't immediately aware of the situation with Shane Morris.  I think he's that incompetent and that disconnected.  He doesn't realize that snap decisions like this are why a Head Coach in a major college program needs a goddamn headset.  There's a quick decision process that I think is not properly established with this team, and in this instance, it reared its head in its ugliest way.  

 

Don't get me wrong, this is still a fireable offense, I'm just not sure I buy they he's deliberately evil. 

09/28/2014 - 7:19pm I'm not sure you can stack up

I'm not sure you can stack up the quality of the player development job Hoke has done with any other top program in the country.  Especially Michigan State.  

 

We simply don't get as much from our talent as top programs do.

09/28/2014 - 1:51am THERES NO SUCH THING AS

THERES NO SUCH THING AS ENOUGH FOR THIS SHIT

 

WHAT THE FUCK

09/27/2014 - 8:29pm Still not up to standard

They just don't feel like dominant players.  When teams have legitimately good defenses, you feel like they are threatening to maul their opponents on any given play, and I don't see that here.  

 

In a way, this defense plays like a bunch of suboptimal players overachieving in a smart scheme.  They feel like they are doing a lot of good things, but don't win many individual matchups particularly hard. I don't feel generally afraid that this team will miss tackles, either. 

 

My uneducated opinion leans towards some smart players that arent physically dominant in their individual position.  Each player does a solid job performing their role, but don't MAKE PLAYS heavily above and beyond what they are designed to make.  They are stout, but not incredibly disruptive.  

 

I feel like the teams we seem to hold up against would be absolutely mauled by a defense from someone like Michigan State. When Michigan State is beating on a bad offense, most offensive plays seem to begin to crumble as soon as the ball is snapped.  O-linemen are pushed out of position, running lanes don't open, and pockets collapse quickly from multiple directions.  

 

Overall, not dreadful but many steps away from being good and not in the same conversation as the elite.

09/27/2014 - 8:17pm Agree 100%

At least that way we aren't sending out concussed kids to get murdered.

 

Where did 2006 go? 

09/27/2014 - 8:14pm Need Dave Brandon gone first,

Need Dave Brandon gone first, else he'd think we were asking for Lane Kiffin from the bama skywriting.

09/22/2014 - 8:21pm Season's not over yet. Wins

Season's not over yet. Wins against Ohio State, Michigan State, and the majority of the Big Ten schedule would go a long way to helping us forget a dreadful start to the season.  This team doesn't look capable of that, but Hoke and crew have all season to prove us wrong and make something of this team.

09/22/2014 - 8:15pm I guess Dave Brandon could

I guess Dave Brandon could hire Lane Kiffin in a midseason deal

09/08/2014 - 7:58pm Nice to see Stevie Brown

Nice to see Stevie Brown blowing a coverage helping us for once

12/01/2013 - 12:06am Honestly I wonder if some of

Honestly I wonder if some of the insistence on regularly running the ball and playing towards some of our weaknesses is part of what helped the offensive line develop into what they were today.  

12/01/2013 - 12:03am The second read (fade) looked

The second read (fade) looked open to me.  If Devin steps up more into the pocket and pumps the first read, nobody from Ohio State is in a position to make a play on the fade.  

They were facing zones, they knew they were facing zones, trying to overload the zones was not a bad plan. 

11/30/2013 - 5:03pm The call

Going for it guarantees the game is decided on your most favorable matchup (M Offense vs OSU Defense) that has gone well all day.  

I don't mind the play call either, the timing route is a solid choice when your QB has been playing well and you want to be able to get the ball off fast, understanding that your offensive line won't hold up that well and that OSU has been gunning for the rollout/option all day.

I think going for the jugular here was correct.   

Also, overtime is a bad idea when your kicker isn't 100%.

11/30/2013 - 4:56pm truth

Well said. This so much forever.

11/30/2013 - 4:54pm Absolutely

We'll see how well the team plays with a month to prepare.  The offensive line played well above what we've seen all season, and in general the offense executed well.  

11/26/2013 - 1:44pm In any other context, I'd be

In any other context, I'd be agreeing with Hoke, and that you stand out there and support your team /especially/ when things are bad.  

But not like this.  

When Dave Brandon and the Atheletic department made this about the money with the insane ticket pricing, they undermined that undying loyalty we might have otherwise had.  

We aren't new york city, we are Michigan.  

We are the hard working heart of America. We are a land of people who do the jobs that aren't flashy enough for the east coast and not stylish enough for the west coast.  We stood at the front lines of the economic depression that hit us harder than any other state of the union, and even as our core industry was faced with bankruptcy and bailout, the production lines still built cars even as the banks kicked our friends and families out of their houses.  

We get what loyalty is. The best sports fans in America are in this state.   I've never been any place more intense than a red wings playoff game.  Tigers fans turn Comerica park into someplace magical, in a way the Yankees couldn't reproduce in the bronx.  Lions fans file down to Ford Field every home sunday and every thanksgiving despite over 50 years of continual futility.  

My first game at the big house was The Horror.  

I was there in the frigid rain as we capped the 2008 home season with a loss to Northwestern.  

I was there in 2009 listening to the sea of red in the big house chant O-H-I-O for hours as we fell victim yet again to a superior buckeye team.  

I love this team, and hope we somehow magically win against Ohio State, but seriously would never pay face value to see this game.  Jacking up the price for this game takes advantage of our fandom, while the program fails to deliver an elite caliber team.  If the program wants to charge that kind of money, then maybe they need to deliver a product on the field that backs it up, else they can enjoy OSU fans subsidizing the experience.

It's not being fickle when you are talking about a significant amount of many local fans' budget on the table.  

11/13/2013 - 12:23pm Great Post

 I think that this play is a classic example of why the Fullback is such an important and underrated position. To approach an opposing player at full speed who is also approaching at full speed in such a manner as to land a successful block is incredibly difficult.  You see heads talking about 'tackling in space' all the time, but actually, 'blocking in space' is far more difficult to do reliably.  

On this play you see the FB completely whiff his block, which messes up the exchange completely.  Even with the poor line play, that missed block there is probably a 3+ yard swing alone, if not more.  I think you'll find that in a lot of plays where the FB is in the play, having him do his job is one of the most critical roles, and I think its our FB play over our RB play over the past few years that have held this rushing attack back, especially the further outside the running play gets.   

08/30/2012 - 9:04pm Same thing we do every night, Pinky.

Try to take over the world

08/30/2012 - 6:09pm 1. USC - Spoiled children

1. USC - Spoiled children look pretty legit this year and oregon/Stanford do not

2. Michigan - Homerism with added Senior Denard Robinson making every game on this (tough) schedule winnable

3. WVU - any losses they can have on their schedule will look good,

4. VA Tech, most criminal underrating of a quality football team in all of the rankings.  Should breeze through their conference. Will be a top-10 team by november. 

5. Boise State - still soft schedule, opening win over an overrated MSU missing every major contributor to its passing attack last year will give them an early bump to their rankings and they won't fall. 

6. South Florida - Perenially overrated at midseason and may well win out on voter rankings confusion.  Now actually not that bad of a team either.

04/29/2012 - 10:10am Alabama Game

Will decide a lot of the draft future for the M seniors.  If Denard torches Alabama, look out.  BWC and/or Roh get first-round looks if they muck about in bama's backfield.  Big games by any offensive player in that game will draw a ton of eyes, even if its a crazy yardage reciever game off of some oh noes.  Omameh and Lewan especially have a great chance to look good here.

 

If anyone gets drafted in the first round from Michigan though, this is where the conversation about it will begin.

02/09/2012 - 3:01pm For what it's worth

Florida state is ACC - the Big East conference buyout probably doesn't cover them for losing their agreed out-of-conference game. 

02/01/2012 - 10:52am Percy Harvin?

I'm reminded of Percy Harvin when I see this guy's film

01/06/2012 - 12:12pm CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU

is such a stupid rumor.  There's no way CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU.  It's just not possible.  He was a bigtime athelete there with a bright future, there's no reason to believe that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU. Even if CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU,  how would he have gotten away with it? It would be pretty big news that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU if it were true that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU. I think its only reasonable to assume that the rumor that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU is bogus and that anyone who believes that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU is insane. 

12/05/2011 - 6:50pm U MAD, LIL BRO?

U MAD, LIL BRO?

12/04/2011 - 8:44pm So the SEC is just given

So the SEC is just given national chamiponships without actually having to play for them. 

Wow. 

12/04/2011 - 11:41am Big Ten sees a loss triangle

Big Ten sees a loss triangle of Michigan - Nebraska - MSU with an additional Michigan loss. 

Nationally, they see two loss triangles of Michigan - Notre Dame - MSU and Michigan - Nebraska - MSU. 

Notably, none of these matchups ended with the road team winning. 

There are the extra losses as well: Michigan has a close loss at Iowa.  Michigan State has a close loss in the title game. 

I'd say that under these circumstances alone Michigan State does have the slightly better resume when it comes to loss analysis, but this likely evens out when you factor in that their loss to nebraska was a completely noncompetitive one-sided jailsexing 

At the end of the day,  you have three factors playing into this:

1, three-loss voter knee-jerk reaction,  (unjustly against sparty)

2. Money factor, Michigan will bring it due to  program name + storylines + Denard dilithium (unjustly against sparty)

3. SpartyNoo / Dantonio team in bowl game beatdown factor:

Last year both michigan and michigan state played in bowl games that weren't anywhere near competitive.  Voters remember this.  People write off michigan last year because the improvements from then this year are legion and the team has a completely new identity. Nobody, however, is convinced that Michigan State is a significantly different team than the one that got braincocked by Bama. 

This is evidenced by how they've lost games this season:

1. Laid a complete egg at notre dame and weren't ever really in it

2. Aforementioned nebraska annhilation

3. Undisciplined play throws away an otherwise dominant chamionship game performance (Pathetic late-game 4th down punt and, seriously, why were you within 10 yards of that punter).  As a result, Michigan State's situation, while unfortunate, comes across as easily avoidable with some disciplined football. 

12/04/2011 - 11:01am Nobody can convince me that a

Nobody can convince me that a defense that gives up this performance is one of the best in the country:

http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313230333

Unless you can point me to a top tier offense on that schedule that I missed. 

11/29/2011 - 9:59pm It's worth mention that

It's worth mention that there's no way Boise State would be ranked right now if TCU and Georgia weren't ranked in the preseason.  I think the preseason ranking carryover bias has helped the SEC image a good deal.  You can't look at the top-to-bottom resume this year and tell me that they are a deep football conference. 

11/21/2011 - 11:40am I'm not sure I agree.  I

I'm not sure I agree.  I don't have much faith in Alabama's ability to complete a forward pass against a competent defense and I hear that's important in football.  Who have /they/ beaten other than Arkansas and some child molesters?

11/21/2011 - 11:38am Honestly this is OK, because

Honestly this is OK, because they'd have had to beat up on the top teams from the rest of the nation to prove that they did deserve to play each other to decide the national title.  Where is Alabama's big win? Shit, get off the ESPN/National circlejerk bandwagon, where the hell is their offense?  Their QB?  Sure, they have trent richardson, but they can't complete a forward pass against a team that doesn't have its pants around its ankles. 

I personally think Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma St, and hell, even Michigan right now would have a good shot at beating Alabama straight-up.  Their defense is one of the best in the land, but their offense is not that hard to slow down or stop completely.  If we played the quality of game we did against Nebraska we'd probably beat them by two touchdowns.