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11/19/2018 - 12:17pm So you are going to ban a…

So you are going to ban a Big Ten official from doing Big Ten games? How does that work? John O'Neill is a Big Ten official so if you want him out, he would have to be fired by the conference.

On a side note, Dan Capron was removed from the Big Ten after a poor performance in 2002, but he eventually got reinstated to the pool of Big Ten officials.

11/19/2018 - 12:11pm I think Capron is a…

I think Capron is a possibility, but he worked The Game the last time it was in Columbus so I don't think it is going to happen twice in a row especially with how much publicity the officiating got in The Game in 2016. I think O'Neill and Kluczynski are out because they did the Michigan and OSU games last week respectively. Ron Snodgrass did The Game last year so I doubt he does it two years in a row. My guess is it is going to be Mike Cannon or Jerry McGinn.

11/19/2018 - 11:53am Definitely going to be a…

Definitely going to be a strength on strength matchup. OSU is the best offense we have faced all year, and their style of play is much different than Wisconsin's, who is the second best. I don't think we have faced a passer as good as Haskins so it will be a test for our defense.

The stats look like we should have an advantage with our offense facing their defense, and Michigan is going to have to capitalize on that end based on the numbers.

Hopefully, they bring the edit function back at some point for original posts. I would have liked to add the FEI data later in the week when it is released.

11/19/2018 - 11:15am 538 has always been lower on…

538 has always been lower on Michigan making the playoff. Their formula somehow uses the committee's past behavior in determining their forecast for who makes the playoff. My guess is the head-to-head loss to another playoff contender Notre Dame is the reason they have our odds lower. It is the only thing that makes sense to me. If you set the model to have ND lose to USC, it raises our playoff odds more than any other team and shifts us back above OSU and Oklahoma.

11/19/2018 - 10:59am I could be wrong but aren't…

I could be wrong but aren't some of the officials not fixed to a particular crew? I thought there are 8-12 officials on the field, but only some of them are in full-time crew and the rest are contracted out from a pool of officials in the area?

I don't know that much about it, but that is what I thought.

My guess is we are going to get Jerry McGinn's or Mike Cannon's crew, but there is no way of knowing until gameday. O'Neill worked our game last week, and Kluczynski worked OSU's game last week. So those two are probably out. That would leave McGinn, Cannon or Dan Capron most likely. Capron worked The Game the last time in Columbus so I have feeling it won't be him again. Ron Snodgrass worked The Game last year so I doubt he would get the gig two years in a row. That is why I am betting on McGinn or Cannon.

11/18/2018 - 5:44pm Michigan has the Ken Pom and…

Michigan has the Ken Pom and Torvik #1 ranked Defense after today's win. Beilein continues to amaze as that is something I never thought I would see in his program. #7 overall in KenPom.

https://kenpom.com/

http://www.barttorvik.com/

11/18/2018 - 11:11am Anyone who tries to compare…

Anyone who tries to compare Michigan's resume or strength of schedule to UCF is just plain stupid. I am willing to entertain an argument where someone makes a case for UCF based on eye test, common opponents, or being undefeated, but that is about it. And to add to the ridiculousness, UCF plays one less game than Michigan this year because the game @UNC was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

I would look up the numbers and put them here, but it would be such a colossal waste of time that I am not even going to bother.

11/15/2018 - 5:39pm It is surprising this kid…

It is surprising this kid did not get noticed by any other schools. His HS football team has other Division I prospects (the QB is a Wisconsin commit ranked in the top 100) so it's not like he hasn't been scouted or his film not seen. He must have had a huge senior year. I think this may have been his first year playing football as well.

This coaching staff has a good hit rate on prospects other schools don't even sniff so I have faith this kid can play. Especially with the season Michigan is having and the other potential prospects on the board.

11/12/2018 - 1:57pm True, I have noticed the…

True, I have noticed the late season Rutgers and Indiana games are slowly becoming a tradition. The outlier is coming though. 2025: Michigan plays @PSU and OSU back-to-back to end the season. Assuming the B1G has not rid itself of its Rutgers infestation by then.

11/12/2018 - 1:31pm The penultimate weekend of…

The penultimate weekend of college football has been garbage for years now. The SEC teams all schedule FCS or garbage FBS opponents for a virtual bye before their rivalry games. That means 20% of the college football inventory for the week is guaranteed to be garbage. B1G usually does not do primetime games this late in the season.  Clemson and FSU almost never have a big game the week before their in-state rivalry games. Have to hope that you get a good primetime game from the Pac-12 or Big 12.

11/12/2018 - 1:25pm 8PM night game at Morgantown…

8PM night game at Morgantown, WV in November? Have fun OU.

11/11/2018 - 3:34pm "12-1 is 12-1"

Go look at…

"12-1 is 12-1"

This statement is ludicrous. Go look at Cincinnati's football record in the same span of years that you are citing. It's better. Would you argue that Cincinnati is a better football job and program than Louisville or Purdue? You have to account for being in Big East/AAC, especially during the last years of its existence after it had been gutted. Louisville didn't even go 12-1 in the Big East. They went 12-1 in the AAC after losing West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

"Louisville has a Heisman winner at Louisville under Petrino, who we assume is a worse coach than Brohm. Imagine the ceiling with Brohm."

That is a terrible assumption. Petrino was a really good football coach with a track record from winning at Arkansas and his first stint at Louisville. Look at Arkansas post-Petrino. Look at Louisville post-Petrino. Petrino made those programs better, not the other way around. There are theories that his Louisville program may have fallen off during his second stint because he had trouble recruiting after his scandal at Arkansas. But I think to assume that peak Brohm will be better than peak Petrino is not necessarily a given. And Lamar Jackson was once in a generation player. And they still were averaging 5 losses a year. Just because you had a Lamar Jackson doesn't mean you are guaranteed to find another one because of him. Purdue has one of the richest QB traditions in college football with Drew Brees, Bob Griese, Len Dawson, Jim Everett, and Gary Danielson. How does that factor in your analysis?

"How many loses has Purdue averaged in the B1G West in that span, which you acknowledge is a weaker division?"

The B1G West didn't exist until 2014 so there has not been enough time to evaluate how being in the weaker division can help those programs. But it is easy to look at examples like Wisconsin and Northwestern to see how it could benefit them.

"Every Louisville booster will break out the check book for Brohm, money won't keep him at Purdue. Also I don't see why the AD is in turmoil. They have a new full time AD after firing the one who oversaw the Pitino/Petrino era, have a new basketball coach, fired Petrino and no longer have Papa John's involved. If anything their AD is rapidly cleaning house and removing any turmoil that was there."

Papa John is their biggest booster. Losing him may not be a net positive in the long run for the success of their athletic department. Louisville does have a lot of boosters, but Purdue isn't broke either. Their AD has made a significant commitment to the football program with new facilities in the works. Louisville has significant financial commitments to pay off Petrino, Pitino, and Jurich. And Brohm has a lot of young talent secured in Purdue while he will be building with a more challenging roster in Louisville. Does it make sense to spend another 2-3 years of his coaching prime to get his program to where Purdue already is? Maybe coach at Purdue for another 3-4 years and gamble on yourself parlaying that into a top 10 college job or NFL?

11/11/2018 - 2:21pm The fact Metellus traveled,…

The fact Metellus traveled, dressed, and went through warm-ups makes me believe he could have played yesterday if needed, and the injury is not serious. I don't think you would waste a spot on your travel roster if you had a player with a serious injury.

11/11/2018 - 2:05pm Does Louisville have more…

Does Louisville have more money than Purdue? I assume they have booster with deeper pockets, but doesn't Purdue make more money from the B1G than Louisville receives as a new member of the ACC?

EDIT: I looked it up. I guess Louisville does have more money than Purdue with revenue about $35 million more in 2016-17.

http://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/finances/

11/11/2018 - 1:56pm Disagree somewhat and take…

Disagree somewhat and take issue with how you present those records. Louisville's record is inflated from being in the Big East/AAC from 2008-2013. Despite having a Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson, they have averaged over 5 losses in the last 5 years since moving to the ACC. Louisville might have a higher potential than Purdue given its proximity to more fertile recruiting areas, but the expectations and barriers to reach that potential are much higher.

Louisville has to compete against Clemson and FSU within their division. Purdue doesn't have the same obstacles in the B1G West and has a built-in advantage with a permanent crossover with Indiana which helps them avoid Michigan, OSU, and PSU more often than B1G West rivals. Purdue has B1G money to spend and their AD is not in turmoil like Louisville's right now.

11/11/2018 - 11:50am Agreed. Selfishly and short…

Agreed. Selfishly and short-term, Brohm going to Purdue could net Michigan George Karlaftis and set up a monster DL class.

But Jeff Brohm staying at Purdue long term would be good for the B1G and competitiveness in the B1G West. B1G West has been the butt of jokes the last couple years, but a lineup of Brohm, Scott Frost, Pat Fitzgerald, Kirk Ferentz, and Paul Chryst could be the foundation for a competitive division over the next 5-10 years.

11/08/2018 - 5:11pm And a HC at a Power 5…

And a HC at a Power 5 program is almost always going to make more than an assistant coach, especially one that is not the OC. For me, the "get out the wallet" move only applies to competing with any program that tries to hire him as an OC.

If Kansas decides on Warinner, I think people should congratulate him and move on to the next one. Harbaugh has been pretty good in finding replacements for assistants who leave for other jobs at Stanford and Michigan. There are other OL coaches who can do the job.

11/08/2018 - 3:47pm Wisconsin isn't eliminated…

Wisconsin isn't eliminated yet, but the odds of them winning @PSU and @Purdue seem unlikely. S&P+ has it around 20% and ESPN FPI around 10%. And that is looking at the whole season and not accounting for injuries.

And without Sagopolu and a hobbled Loudermilk, their defense is in trouble.

11/08/2018 - 12:46pm Pulp Fiction. Jules recited…

Pulp Fiction. Jules recited those lines before killing

11/08/2018 - 11:16am Metellus finally earned his…

Metellus finally earned his star! I had been waiting for it to happen.

11/08/2018 - 9:16am He is probably better than…

Ian Book is better than Wimbush, but do we know how much better Book is? I have seen it on social media when people are comparing Michigan to Notre Dame after the CFP Rankings, and a lot of Notre Dame fans think they would have beat us worse if Book had been playing.

But the best defense Notre Dame has faced since Michigan is Northwestern (#32 on S&P+), and they lost half their secondary in that game. The rest of the defenses they have faced: 73, 93, 46 (Stanford), 81 (Virginia Tech), 87 (Pittsburgh), 121. Not exactly a murderer's row. The Ian Book hype train has been built off some mediocre to terrible defenses.

FSU (#39) and USC (#43) are left on their schedule so they don't have much left to challenge them either.

11/06/2018 - 3:32pm It's the B1G Championship…

It's the B1G Championship Game so I wasn't expecting to pay a Rutger price. I was talking relative to average. And I think a championship game featuring Northwestern will be below average in price as compared to trying to buy a ticket to Wisconsin-OSU, PSU-Wisconsin, or MSU-Iowa in the last three years.

11/06/2018 - 3:23pm I think it depends on the…

I think it depends on the opponent as well. Northwestern winning the West would open up more potential tickets.

11/06/2018 - 3:21pm By S&P+, Northwestern is…

By S&P+, Northwestern is only around 50% to win the division. ESPN FPI is a little higher on them and currently projecting them into the B1G Championship Game, but I would hardly call it a lock. The advanced stats have Northwestern as worse than their actual record and winning 2 of their last 3 games in not a layup for them. They won two games against Nebraska and Purdue that they probably had no business winning and beat Wisconsin without Hornibrook.

11/05/2018 - 10:49am Like I said, I was not…

Like I said, I was not taking a shot at his qualifications or commitment to public service. But this is a university and should be above the political process. Attorneys are not the only ones committed to public service, but they are overrepresented in our political parties and higher offices. And for me, commitment to public service or suitability for higher office aren't necessarily the highest on my criteria for qualifications for regent for a university. Like you pointed out, I don't know much about the law and young attorneys. But the vice versa is true as well, and if you stack the board with attorneys, what do they know about medicine or a health system? Or Engineering, Business, or Music? With a university as large as Michigan, I think it is important to think about that. Does another attorney bring more depth of experience and knowledge, however qualified he or she may be, to the board than someone else could? I doubt it.

I would think and hope there are a number of qualified candidates that would be willing to serve the university from fields like the sciences, business, medicine, education, humanities, or the arts, and it would be nice to have candidates whose resumes don't look so similar to the others. I didn't mean to single Acker out, but just my two cents on the issue.

11/05/2018 - 8:50am I didn't mean to single out…

I didn't mean to single out any of the regents' qualifications. I was just making the point that we need to remove the political parties from the regent selection process. The Democratic party has a lot of fundraising from trial lawyers so I am not surprised when we get THREE personal injury attorneys as candidates from them. And the Republican party is just as bad with both parties leading to the clusterfuck on the MSU Board of Trustees. It needs to stop.

11/05/2018 - 7:43am How many personal injury…

How many personal injury attorneys do we need on the Board of Regents or plain attorneys for that matter? Because Jordan Acker would make THREE personal injury attorneys (and 5th attorney) if he were elected. Not saying that should be a huge or only factor in making a decision, but it would be nice to have a diverse Board with a range of experience. A Board with Acker, Behm, and Bernstein on it would not be achieving that. I would think Michigan with its wealth of alumni in different fields could do better than this. I am not sure how the Michigan Democratic party goes about selecting candidates for regent, but I am disappointed by their lack of diversity. We need to take the university regent selection process out of the hands of the political parties.

11/04/2018 - 1:46pm And they have the smallest…

And they have the smallest fan base in the B1G. If Michigan can close the deal, it would be a virtual home game, and tickets would be easier to obtain than normal B1G Championship games.

Odds are still only around 50-60%. The advanced stats actually have Northwestern worse than their record so I don't think it is a lock they will win 2 of their next 3. Winning @Iowa next week would almost clinch it though. S&P+ has them as a +7 to +10 point underdog to @Iowa and around a pick 'em against @Minnesota.

11/02/2018 - 9:25pm No.

No.

11/01/2018 - 3:31pm I don't think it's going to…

I don't think it's going to be Matt Canada unless he somehow kills it in this closing stretch Maryland has with MSU, @Indiana, OSU, and @PSU. That looks like at least 3 losses there and probably not the momentum that leads to getting hired. Maryland could even lose out and miss a bowl.

I think Maryland has a chance at decent hire because there are going to be fewer Power 5 teams going through the coaching carousel this coming offseason. They could make a run at some decent candidates that are listed in the article linked by the OP. Some of those guys may say no, but it is worth a shot.

11/01/2018 - 12:45pm We need the MGoPoints to…

We need the MGoPoints to start working again.

11/01/2018 - 12:43pm Because the last time they…

Because the last time they hired a Michigan DC worked out so well for them

I think Maryland is going to hire a coach with head coach experience this time around. I don't think Don Brown fits that well.

10/31/2018 - 5:02pm "Make them feel you."

-Don…

"Make them feel you."

-Don Brown

10/30/2018 - 7:52pm It would be interesting if…

It would be interesting if it happened. Their schedule could end up being terrible outside the Michigan game as ND may not have another win over the top 25 (Syracuse, Northwestern, Stanford, and VT are their best hopes).

I think who the loss is to also matters. If the loss were to Northwestern this weekend, I don't think it hurts us as much because we have a head-to-head win over Northwestern. Possibly two if we were to play them in the B1G Championship Game.

10/30/2018 - 7:02pm Jim Delany's crowning…

Jim Delany's crowning achievement as today was a banner day for B1G expansion.

10/30/2018 - 4:04pm When Urban needs to spin a…

When Urban needs to spin a story, he turns to his information minister Pete Thamel. Pass on any Urban story from Thamel.

10/30/2018 - 2:28pm I stand corrected. This OP…

I stand corrected. The OP may have a happy ending.

10/30/2018 - 1:24pm You are right though…

You are right though. TickPick is much better for buyers and sellers because the fees are lower. Stubhub fees kill sellers. The big issue is there are not enough listings on TickPick to make it competitive especially if you are looking for 4 tickets.

10/30/2018 - 1:07pm Does it matter when you put…

Does it matter when you put the fee in? Stubhub went to the same system but switched back when they found it hurt their sales. The amount or percentage the site charges in fees matters more than if the fee is "built it." You can change the settings on Stubhub to show the listings with fees included, and there are some there as well for sub-$200.

I think TickPick does charge less in fees than Stubhub, but there are fewer listings unfortunately.

10/30/2018 - 12:55pm There is this new website…

There is this new website called Stubhub. Not sure if you have ever heard of it before.

Don't want to be mean, but this is the best home game on Michigan's schedule this year. If you really want *4* tickets, you probably need to go to Stubhub, TiqIq, or take your chance with scalpers near kickoff.

I guess you may be able to find a seller on here looking to avoid Stubhub's fees, but anyone selling on Stubhub probably isn't going to cut that big of a discount off the site.

10/30/2018 - 11:28am Michigan will be #5 or…

Michigan will be #5 or possibly #6 if Oklahoma slips ahead of them. The top 4 will be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and LSU. But does it really matter? This weekend has some of the best games of the year, and the rankings are going to change dramatically next week because of it.
 

Alabama @ LSU

PSU @ Michigan

Notre Dame @ Northwestern

Georgia @ Kentucky

West Virginia @ Texas

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech

Iowa @ Purdue

even Temple @ UCF is a sneaky good game for Group of Five on Thursday night.

 

Stanford @ Washington and Texas A&M @ Auburn didn't even make my list that is how loaded this weekend is.

10/29/2018 - 11:40am Agreed. The two guys who I…

Agreed. The two transfers who I think have made a significant impact have been defensive players: Keith Washington and Brian Cole. Which makes sense. If a player could not contribute to Michigan's offense during the last couple years, I don't see how that is going to change much somewhere else.

Michigan's defense has been extremely good though, and I can see how some guys who were buried on the depth chart may shine given the opportunity.

10/29/2018 - 11:31am I think a team of Michigan…

I think a team of Michigan transfers would beat Rutgers. OL and DL could be an issue though.

10/29/2018 - 10:28am I don't think that is a…

I don't think that is a guarantee. It depends on what job opens up. There aren't going to be that many high profile job openings this offseason compared to that last couple years. Why make a lateral move? I am not even sure Louisville is a better job. Purdue can compete in the Big Ten West. He has already shown with this current recruiting class that he can get some players to come there.

Would you rather compete against Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa? Or make the move to Louisville where you will be competing against Clemson and FSU every year? Purdue might even have deeper pockets than Louisville with the new B1G contract. The only difference is it is alma mater and hometown so it is hard to know what weight that will carry.

But I don't even think he is a fit at USC so I am not sure he would consider it or be considered.

10/27/2018 - 9:55pm I think the resume will be…

I think the resume will be OK as there is chaos going in other conferences too. The one issue I see is if ND beats NW which could make it hard for Michigan to leapfrog them. I don't think the Big 12 champ resume will be much different if Texas were to lose tonight (down 17 points at half at the moment). The Pac-12 is out.

The big roadblock I see for a one-loss B1G champion is if Alabama were to lose the SEC Championship Game or lose the division to LSU and end up with one loss.

10/27/2018 - 9:40pm In defense of the B1G West,…

In defense of the B1G West, at least it isn't the Pac-12 South or the ACC Coastal.

10/27/2018 - 9:34pm Just like MSU to screw up…

Just like MSU to screw up what could have been a perfect day. That line was fishy to begin with, and I should have stayed away.

10/27/2018 - 2:11am Games I am on this weekend:

Games I am on this weekend:

Utah -10.5 @ UCLA

Purdue +1 @ MSU

Kentucky +7 @ Missouri

Syracuse +2 vs. NC State

Washington St. +3 @ Stanford

10/26/2018 - 2:51pm Tickets are already around …

Tickets are already around $6 on Stubhub. They may be giving them away tomorrow.

https://www.stubhub.com/michigan-state-spartans-football-tickets-michigan-state-spartans-football-east-lansing-spartan-stadium-michigan-10-27-2018/event/103350215/?sort=price+asc&mapState=sec

10/26/2018 - 2:49pm Their fans have already…

Their fans have already checked out. Sparty fans selling their tickets for $6 on Stubhub:

https://www.stubhub.com/michigan-state-spartans-football-tickets-michigan-state-spartans-football-east-lansing-spartan-stadium-michigan-10-27-2018/event/103350215/?sort=price+asc&mapState=sec