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09/04/2018 - 2:47pm I don’t think the bottom is…

I don’t think the bottom is gonna fall out, but even my most optimistic expectations at this point include at least two more losses.  It’s hard to feel good about any road game against a good team at this point.

I’ll predict 9 wins just because this team really ought to be better than last year.  Not sure I can do much better than that.

09/04/2018 - 12:32pm Depends on your expectations…

Depends on your expectations, I think.  And yeah, we overreact to losses like every fan base does.  But we’ve had 9 opportunities in the last 18 games to overreact.  So at what point does it go from overreaction to “Wait, I think there might actually be a legitimate criticism or two in here somewhere.”

If you’re happy being a consistently competitive team, we’re fine.  If you’ve been expecting national titles under Harbaugh, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to ask whether this approach to offense is ever going to be enough for Michigan to be not good, but great.

Our scheme is outdated, we’ve struggled at QB and on the OL - the two positions our HC is supposedly known for, and we’re plagued by odd decisions when it comes to play calling, clock management, and maybe the biggest issue - offensive assistants.

Next year we lose most of our defense and quite possibly our QB.  Recruiting appears to have dipped.  So if we go out and lose 3 or 4 times this year, where is that point in the future that we look to and say, there it is, that’s gonna be the year, that’s when it’s all gonna come together for Michigan?

I honestly feel like the one thing that can give Harbaugh a chance to win a title will be his willingness to hand over control of the offense to a good OC.  Until he recognizes his own role in this and makes that change, I don’t see us ever being more than an 8-10ish win team, always good but always with at least one glaring weakness that holds us back from elite.

 

08/27/2018 - 5:24pm Mark Dantonio has already…

Mark Dantonio has already asked his players to vote on whether he can transfer to MSU

05/07/2018 - 8:38am Beilein took some criticism

Beilein took some criticism following the 2013 run for being unable to capitalize in recruiting. Early glimpses at the future suggest that won’t be an issue following the ‘18 run. This staff is really clicking on and off the court.

04/18/2018 - 7:20am I feel like Teske is capable

I feel like Teske is capable of hitting a three here and there. But when defenders close out, he won’t be able to take them off the dribble like Mo could.

Of course, Wagner wasn’t as good defensively.

03/24/2018 - 8:05am I look forward to his picking

I look forward to his picking of the wheelchair nun’s team to beat us in the next round

01/13/2018 - 12:06pm Of course it's on FOX which

Of course it's on FOX which PSVue doesn't have a live stream where I live.  Glad I'm paying for a cable service only for sports and still can't watch sports.

12/12/2017 - 8:23am Plus Michigan fans love

Plus Michigan fans love alternate jerseys

10/10/2017 - 3:48pm I feel like QB almost has to

I feel like QB almost has to be better. It’s either Speight or Peters with one more year in the system, of McCaffrey with his RS year under his belt. If QB isn’t better by next season, we probably have to re-evaluate this whole QB Whisperer thing. But again, I expect it to improve.

RT I’m not optimistic, barring a staff shakeup. The line play has been poor for three years. Cole graduates. That means the best tackle (if there’s one worth calling “best,”) is going to the left. Who goes to the right, and is that person viable? I hope so. But at this point, I need evidence.

10/10/2017 - 12:34pm The point you made about MSU

The point you made about MSU (which could also be applied to a few other teams) is what really irks me about all this.

We’ve been repeatedly told to be patient because it takes time, especially on O line. And that’s true to a point - I never expected to be in Bama’s class until at least a full recruiting cycle. But when other teams are marching out freshmen that are better than guys that Harbaugh brought in two and three years ago, that’s a problem. When those freshmen are also 2* or 3* recruits, it really starts to become an indictment of this staff’s ability to recruit or develop or both.

Yes, we all need to be patient when it comes to winning a title. We shouldn’t have to wait four years to build a line that isn’t noticeably below MSU, Wisconsin, etc.

Honestly, we spend so much time star gazing sometimes that I think we lose track of the fact that other programs are winning with a lot less than we’ve got on paper. After three years, if you don’t have a single great linemen and barely any that can even be considered good, that’s not on the guy that coached before you.

The line ought to be better than this. It’s not unrealistic or impatient to say that much.

10/09/2017 - 4:00pm A new Star Wars movie?
If I

A new Star Wars movie?

If I wanted to get my hopes up only to be inevitably disappointed, I’d watch Michigan football.

10/05/2017 - 4:21pm I actually like getting a

I actually like getting a non-fan take from someone that gets paid to pay close attention to the team. That’s a rarity.

Most Michigan coverage is either from fans (who are almost always either homers or overly negative,) or people that don’t pay close attention and/or cover the national scene and therefore don’t focus on Michigan so much.

10/01/2017 - 2:39pm Florida and Purdue are both

Florida and Purdue are both decent to good... probably as good as anyone Penn State has played, if not better (unless you like Iowa a lot more than I do.)

 

I think there's a lot of questions yet to be answered for both teams.

 

Meanwhile, OSU lost to the only good team they've faced.

 

I'm skeptical of us until I see some consistency from the offense.  But it's way too early to write us off in either of those games.

09/16/2017 - 8:38am Right.  Everyone says we

Right.  Everyone says we can't regulate telecom because it supposedly stifles competition and innovation.  There IS no competition and innovation because the entire industry operates as a monopoly, as there is no competition in many regions, and in the few regions with multiple companies they just act as a trust and charge similarly outrageous prices for similarly shitty service.

There is no free market if we don't ensure competition and open access.  We don't, and so here we are.

09/16/2017 - 8:32am I have five people in my

I have five people in my household.  We stream all of our TV via Vue and Netflix/Hulu/etc.  Every month, we run right up to the 1TB limit.

When you consider that any strain on the system comes from an unwillingness on Comcast's (or AT&T's part, in my case) to update their own infrastructure in spite of the fact that they're charging much more than people in most developed nations pay for internet service that is much faster/more bandwidth than what we get, we absolutely should be outraged at these data limits.  Same thing for cell phones.  

People in other places get much more than we do for a lot less money.  I knew a guy from South Korea that spent a year in the states for work recently and he used to tell us that using our internet was like taking a time machine back to the 90's.  That's how far behind we are.

We complain about prices all the time, but I don't think most of us have any idea just how badly we're getting screwed.  It's just like with health care where the average person just figures "Well it's not a perfect system, but this is America so I can safely assume this is as good as it gets."  If we all realized what it's really like in some of these other places, we'd never tolerate overpaying several times over for a vastly inferior product.

09/09/2017 - 2:14pm Their offense is

Their offense is out-executing ours at this point.

09/09/2017 - 2:05pm And most of those completions

And most of those completions have been short... remember, one of them was even a 0 yard pass on a 3rd and 8

He's rarely gone downfield, and he's held the ball in the pocket too long multiple times

 

Stats don't tell the whole story.  Rewatch the first half.  He hasn't played well.

09/09/2017 - 1:37pm Wow..... Harbaugh with the

Wow..... Harbaugh with the Hoke like time management

09/09/2017 - 1:23pm Purdue becomes an actual

Purdue becomes an actual concern if we play this bad in two weeks.  I wasn't ready to say that after last week, but now I'm not so sure.

09/09/2017 - 1:19pm Hope they're thinking up a

Hope they're thinking up a good 4th and short play while this gets reviewed.  We need this first down.

09/09/2017 - 1:17pm We're about to go into the

We're about to go into the locker room with one offensive TD in a half vs a dreadfu team

09/09/2017 - 1:11pm Looked like Crawford wasn't

Looked like Crawford wasn't even expecting it

09/09/2017 - 1:00pm Second game last year Speight

Second game last year Speight was lighting up the UCF secondary

I think he's too deep in his own head at this point.... a case of the yips or whatever they call it

09/09/2017 - 12:44pm Cincinnati has more offensive

Cincinnati has more offensive touchdowns in one quarter than Florida did in an entire game

 

I know everyone likes noon games around here, but I think these guys overslept and haven't woken up

09/09/2017 - 12:41pm If you call that interference

If you call that interference you can call it on any play

09/09/2017 - 12:25pm Way to throw to the LOS on

Way to throw to the LOS on third and long

09/08/2017 - 8:13am It's time for Cincinnati to find out who we are

09/08/2017 - 8:07am I care about Edwards' opinion

I care about Edwards' opinion almost as much as Marcus Ray's.  The guy blamed his NFL flameout on Browns fans also being Ohio State fans.  So maybe I'll start taking him seriously when Jabrill Peppers forgets how to play football.  But until that day....

09/07/2017 - 3:02pm I would have made all the

I would have made all the same arguments if someone wanted me to write a sarcastic article on why Cincinnati will win.

Obviously, the writer intended all of this to be read sarcastically.

09/03/2017 - 9:17am Following the ticker last

Following the ticker last night, this one jumped out at me.  UNLV isn't exactly a power, but Howard has been bad at the FCS level for a long time, and this was a road game to boot.

Good to see for London after the UVA job didn't go according to plan.

09/03/2017 - 9:13am 1.  10-2... If they play like

1.  10-2... If they play like they did yesterday.  If they get more consistent QB play and the RT and CB positions come on strong, well.... then maybe better than that.

2.  Both.  It was disappointing to see Speight play like he did.  On the other hand, you can see the potential on that side of the ball if he gets his head on straight.  The run blocking has improved, and the backs look to be spotting the holes better.  Lots of receiving options.

3.  Better, and I thought they'd be really good anyway.  I feel like as long as Don Brown is here and the recruiting doesn't fall off a cliff, this is the kind of defense we're going to play.  They physically dominated a big, athletic offensive front for Florida.

4.  Way too early IMO.  Never been a big Heisman guy anyway (unless one of our guys wins it.)

5.  Alabama.  After that, it gets muddy.  I had FSU, but now they don't have a QB.  Too early to tell on Clemson.  OSU has the inside track, but Michigan or Penn State just might be able to catch them on the right day.  Oklahoma if they can upset OSU, but not betting on it.  Not sure I like anyone in the PAC 12 to run the table.

Gun to my head:  Bama, OSU, Clemson, Oklahoma (losing to OSU but running the Big 12 table to sneak in over the Mich/Penn State winner on basis of conference championship.)  PAC 10 will eat itself with no single team head and shoulders above the rest.

 

 

09/02/2017 - 9:02pm Purdue just took the lead

Purdue just took the lead against Louisville late second Q

09/02/2017 - 8:27pm Feed here

https://www.reddit.com/r/CFBStreams/comments/6xpbcj/any_working_usc_vs_…

09/02/2017 - 8:01pm The Big 10 has shown up

The Big 10 has shown up pretty well this first week so far.  Northwestern was underwhelming (though they did win,) but seems like most everyone else has met or exceeded expectations

09/02/2017 - 7:58pm Purdue strikes first against

Purdue strikes first against Louisville after UL fumbled on the goal line earlier

09/02/2017 - 7:17pm Good news is we have several

Good news is we have several weeks before we play anyone that has a good chance to beat us if the defense continues to play like this.  It's a while before Penn State, and in that time hopefully the offense comes together a bit.

Realistically, Florida's defense is the second best we'll face.  I'm comfortable saying that now that Wisconsin has lost two starting LBs.  They're better than Penn State.

Meanwhile, Penn State and OSU are the only teams where I feel like they can challenge this defense.

Maryland and a couple others may prove able to frustrate us for a few plays, but I don't think those teams have enough D to beat us.

09/02/2017 - 6:55pm Florida receiver took a dive,

Florida receiver took a dive, just trying to get a flag.  Good of the officials not to reward it

09/02/2017 - 6:54pm Wow, Zaire biffed that one

Wow, Zaire biffed that one good

09/02/2017 - 6:53pm i thought the roof was closed

i thought the roof was closed and the air was on

what's with all the cramping

09/02/2017 - 6:50pm Hope thats just a cramp

Hope thats just a cramp

09/02/2017 - 6:48pm Is there a draft in the

Is there a draft in the Cowboy Stadium?  Florida's kicker is one of the best, and he's also missed today

09/02/2017 - 6:46pm Well.... I guess he's mortal

Well.... I guess he's mortal after all

09/02/2017 - 6:44pm Dammit, enough false

Dammit, enough false starting!

09/02/2017 - 6:43pm Holy shit Eubanks!  TE speed!

Holy shit Eubanks!  TE speed!

09/02/2017 - 6:38pm This defense is just killing

This defense is just killing them

09/02/2017 - 6:37pm I'm not sure where Florida

I'm not sure where Florida comes up with 9 points in 9 minutes unless we give it away

09/02/2017 - 6:32pm Shooting ourselves in the

Shooting ourselves in the foot all game long and still up by two scores

09/02/2017 - 6:31pm Holy shit Speight... come

Holy shit Speight... come on... that was as gimme as it gets

09/02/2017 - 6:29pm I like this McKeon guy

I like this McKeon guy

09/02/2017 - 6:27pm Isaac has had his best game

Isaac has had his best game as a Wolverine

Hope he's OK