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12/11/2018 - 10:37am Matt Brown had these…

Matt Brown had these accolades and is a walk-on at Michigan (I'm guessing because 6' 220# linebackers aren't considered good prospects unless they are Devin Bush fast):

Honors and Rankings
• USA-Today All-Ohio Defensive Player of the Year
• Named Ohio’s Division I Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press
• Member of Maxpreps 2016 Football All American team
• OHSAA Defensive Player of the Year honors
• Also lettered in lacrosse, where he was two-time All-State (second team, senior; third team, junior) and was Defensive MVP as a junior and Team MVP as a senior
• Two-time All-Greater Cleveland Conference and two-time first team All-Northeast region honoree

12/06/2018 - 5:04pm Sam was saying the game was…

Sam was saying the game was sold out, because everyone that buys a ticket for this game is guaranteed the option to buy a ticket for next year's Peach Bowl (or something to that effect).  Next year it is a CFP game, so supposedly it is "sold out."  I would expect much better deals on the secondary market than the Michigan channels.

12/06/2018 - 3:48pm No.  The NCAA tournament…

No.  The NCAA tournament format introduces so much randomness that makes it feel like a lot of luck is involved.  Last year's team was good, but man did they get pretty weak resistance on the way to the championship.  Not their fault of course, but that's kind of my point. 

In football you're basically afforded one loss the whole season, which basically can't be a conference championship loss.  This battery of tough games at the end of the season - for most schools a rivalry game, conference championship then playoff games against the best schools in the country (no Loyola Chicago to be found here) is such a test that whoever wins it has truly earned it.

12/06/2018 - 3:37pm Do not follow.  It's not…

Do not follow.  It's not televised much and there is other stuff to do/watch.  I also think college hockey is a significant quality downgrade from the NHL.  With NCAAF vs NFL or NBA vs NCAAB the products are "different" as opposed to an inferior product.

12/03/2018 - 4:17pm And OSU's blocked punt TD…

And OSU's blocked punt TD and INT that set them up with a short field was all offense?  Moving goalposts and making shit up, the MGoBoard Difference.

11/29/2018 - 5:08pm Is it possible this team is…

Is it possible this team is coming together a bit earlier because the Europe trip already sorted out in general what most players could and could not be expected to do this year?  The rotation has been pretty tight, where usually in November/early Dec we are playing a lot of different guys and don't settle out the rotation until B1G play.  It's hard to believe a big bump is coming, but I certainly wouldn't be upset if it did.

11/29/2018 - 11:51am I think you're correct in…

I think you're correct in that he will basically be evaluated as a Sophomore, but I don't think the year/age thing is working against him yet.  In 2 years as a 22 year old Junior, that would probably be more relevant.  The fact that he's older probably makes it more likely he should/will take advantage of a high draft grade this year if he gets it.

11/29/2018 - 11:35am This is such a terrible take…

This is such a terrible take.  Patterson threw a crap ton more INT's at Ole Miss and got pounded every other play against every pass rush with a pulse, culminating in a season ending knee injury against LSU.  He also was basically running a wristband offense with a pre snap and a post snap read.  Basically all of his yards came against crap teams at Ole Miss. 

But you're right, he would have thrown for more yards so being at Michigan definitely slowed him down!

11/27/2018 - 3:29pm Ohio State is not going to…

Ohio State is not going to return everyone on defense.  At a minimum both of their starting DT's are going in the draft...hell, Landers should have gone last year.

11/27/2018 - 3:22pm Hard to have perspective…

Hard to have perspective after Saturday but this says it well.  We have a top 10 coach, and when we don't lose 2 QB's during the season we're a top 10ish team.  The roster will basically 100% have turned over since Harbaugh arrived at the start of next year and I'm excited to see where the program goes next. 

11/27/2018 - 2:52pm They were better coaches…

They were better coaches that lost to bad, less talented teams?  What?

11/26/2018 - 11:55am OSU has been blown out, not…

OSU has been blown out, not just lost, once per season for the last 3 consecutive years.  Clemson, Iowa and Purdue.  They put the pieces back together and we can as well.

11/26/2018 - 11:44am The 2011 season was such a…

The 2011 season was such a weird one.  I honestly don't think that team was any better than the 2012 or 2013 teams, it just experienced massive turnover luck and ran into the worst OSU team in the last 40 years or so.  The UM 2015, 2016 and 2018 teams would all pave Hoke's best 2011 squad.

11/25/2018 - 9:00am Maybe this is the ceiling,…

Maybe this is the ceiling, but let’s not constantly move the goalposts- preseason everyone thought the B1G would be a top conference and we had one of the toughest schedules in the country.  Wins are wins and 10 wins 3 out of 4 years is massive improvement since 2007.  Time will tell if this is the ceiling.

11/25/2018 - 8:24am I think it’s comical some…

I think it’s comical some people want him gone.  The two coaching changes prior almost cratered the program.  It is more likely to get worse than better with another change.

11/22/2018 - 8:25pm Just FYI, and yes it is sad…

Just FYI, and yes it is sad that I know this, but almost every decommitting tweet uses that phrase.

11/19/2018 - 4:06pm Ohio State isn't fully…

Ohio State isn't fully healthy.  Nobody in CFB fully healthy at the end of November.

11/19/2018 - 3:37pm I've heard rumblings that…

I've heard rumblings that the seat in Seattle is getting warm...

Watch them hire Pete Carroll and get even better.

11/19/2018 - 1:00pm I think that game is way…

I think that game is way overblown in the fanbase and amplified because it was The Game, our recent history with OSU and the feeling that we finally had a good enough team to compete.  I watched that video someone posted about the no live ball fouls and I saw 3 legitimate bad missed calls (the late hit and a couple of PI/Defensive holding) and the rest were pretty boarder line.  You can argue the spot all you want but there was no definitive angle and IMO the offense gets the benefit of the doubt in most cases of spotting the ball.  2015 MSU by far the worst game I've seen from officials in a Michigan game and was orders of magnitude worse than 2016 OSU.

11/19/2018 - 12:10pm I'm going to guess being 6'2…

I'm going to guess being 6'2" 233 lbs has something to do with that.  Remember Rutgers' guy last year (Gus Edwards) that got us a couple times when he going north/south?  Same size, and side note he just went 17 carries for 115 yards yesterday against the Bengals.

11/19/2018 - 11:47am One nitpick - Scott had 30…

One nitpick - Scott had 30 carries for 139 yards, which is 4.6 per carry not 5.  I know it rounds up to 5, but there is a pretty big difference between a guy that consistently averages 4.6 vs 5.0 YPC.

11/19/2018 - 9:51am I mean, that is what people…

I mean, that is what people are asking but are those actually moving?  I saw (very briefly) a Section 20C (25ish yard line) Row 11 with 1-4 tickets available for $250.  Never been to The Shoe myself but those are what I would at least call "pretty decent" seats.

11/19/2018 - 9:35am Stueber filled in pretty…

Stueber filled in pretty well against MSU, although the MSU DLine had faced a lot of plays by the time he got in.  UFR may say otherwise but I think he was fine against IU.

I think a lot of the concern about last Sat is overblown.  Not to be the guy that says "I checked the film" but I did rewatch the whistle to whistle film.  The red zone issues seemed to me to heavily be influenced by some bad luck - usually one bad/just missed play that put us off down/distance.  It reminded me a lot of the first 3 games of 2017 where everyone proclaimed we had "bad red zone offense"...that then magically evened out over the rest of the year despite our well publicized offensive struggles.  The drive before the end of half was the outlier - I thought that was poorly handled by the staff and players.  Multiple runs with no timeouts, no spiking of the ball, routes not run/thrown into the endzone, etc.  There were also a couple 4th and 2's we may have gone for in a different situation.

11/19/2018 - 8:49am Stubhub is also barely above…

Stubhub is also barely above face before fees.  Outside of very special events, I think we've passed peak ticket prices for CFB.  Media breaks are more frequent than NFL games.  The "get in" price for these games for two people on the secondary market exceeds what it would cost to buy a brand new 60"+ 4k HDTV to watch it from home.  I could be wrong, but he number of buyers seems like it is quite reduced.  Tickets barely over face for The Game to decide (essentially) the B1G seems unheard of 10-15 years ago.

11/15/2018 - 9:42am What is a Hoosier

Games are…

What is a Hoosier

Games are always chaotic

No worries, DeBord.

11/14/2018 - 2:11pm Yes we lost early, and…

Yes we lost early, and someone brings him up every time there is a recruiting discussion about OL so I'm surprised you haven't seen it.

11/14/2018 - 12:26pm Like the poster above me…

Like the poster above me said, I don't think it was the weather.  That being said, easy to fall in love with the first real snow in November during a football game - feelings can change by mid February :)

11/09/2018 - 8:50pm Every sports message board…

Every sports message board has constant threads and discussions about injuries.  Every such thread on MgoBlog has a post that leads to a side discussion about HIPAA and potential violations.  It never fails.  Get a new angle people, we get it, some of you are doctors.

11/08/2018 - 3:22pm The Frames Janklin intro …

The Frames Janklin intro (brilliant, by the way) just makes me sad that we didn't really get a lot of good sideline shots of Frames doing Frames things.  All I remember is him looking sad/angry with his arms folded.  We need the cameraman/producer that caught the "NO FRAMES DON'T CALL TIMEOUT" to do all PSU games.

11/08/2018 - 3:05pm I think all of the newcomers…

I think all of the newcomers have to ramp up their share of the big money pot don't they?  I don't think this is unique to Rutgers.

11/08/2018 - 11:12am Then Bo Melton should have a…

Then Bo Melton should have a star down since he was #151 at 24/7.

The reason I asked is not to be a pain in the ass but to actually know if there is one method for the star down or if it is an "eh, close enough."  Either is fine, the diagram isn't some official document.  Also it seems hard to believe (at least for Bush anyways) that some of these guys were not top 250 recruits.

11/08/2018 - 11:05am We could also just have…

We could also just have excessive celebrations after every TD to speed this up.  Have Harbaugh "accidentally" bump into a linesman as well and presto, a 50 yard attempt.

11/08/2018 - 10:52am Is the "star down" for top…

Is the "star down" for top 250 recruit based on the composite or highest ranking someone had?  Because neither Kemp nor Bush were top 250 composite guys.

11/07/2018 - 6:36pm Clemson already beat…

Clemson already beat Syracuse.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/game/_/gameId/401013131

They play BC this week.

11/07/2018 - 11:06am None of this is new - the…

None of this is new - the SEC and other big time programs have been subtly shifting their schedules as well to better position themselves for high rankings. 

- Playing marquee in conference matchups early in the year:  Gives the impression they are playing tough out of conference schedule because most teams are not playing conference games

- Slip in bottom G5 teams in the schedule in November when they should be playing all conference teams, essentially almost getting a second bye week

- Scheduling conference games early on gives more control on when to schedule bye weeks (usually later in the season, again when they should be playing conference game after conference game)

- Scheduling less tough non conference opponents in general to take advantage of other teams losing and having high rankings for 3-0 teams that haven't played anyone going into week 4, which leads into the whole "circle jerk" of the SEC teams keeping high rankings by losing to each other.  I'm not sure there is much that can be done about it, it is the very embodiment of "perception is reality."

11/07/2018 - 11:00am Is it?  There are obviously…

Is it?  There are obviously a lot of 30-50 year old posters who grew up as the Rose Bowl being the big prize for winning the Big (actual) 10. 

11/07/2018 - 10:05am Still waiting for some…

Still waiting for some prominent posters to come back around and eat crow on Gary "shutting it down for the season."

You know who you are.

11/06/2018 - 4:35pm No it won't.  It's a road…

No it won't.  It's a road trip game for both fanbases with potentially one week's notice in a large NFL stadium. 

11/06/2018 - 7:52am He’s choppy, he…

He’s choppy, he misidentifies players, his description of plays is poor, he doesn’t consistently set down and distance, and he gets way too excited about every play.  He is awful.  

Too bad, because he was just fine as a color guy.

11/05/2018 - 9:53am So true.  Slightly off topic…

So true.  Slightly off topic, but I think as a whole (with Wisconsin being our "locked" B10W opponent) the years with MSU/OSU on the road might actually be easier schedules.  Those years coincide with having only 4 B1G road games.  The years we have OSU/MSU at home we have 5 B1G road games - including a fixture of @PSU (and @Wisconsin for now).  OSU/MSU is never going to be a trap game for Michigan, but 5 B1G road games is a lot of opportunities for letdowns.  What really tipped the schedule this year was ND away in game 1, but nothing can be done about that now.

11/05/2018 - 9:33am I don't think the 2016 team…

I don't think the 2016 team overlooked Iowa.  Iowa loaded up against the run, our OLine had a below average game (compared to their performance throughout the year), and Speight missed wide open guys by yards for the last 3 quarters.

11/03/2018 - 11:54pm JT may have gotten that…

JT may have gotten that first down and the officiating from the game can still be terrible.  It was close enough and IMO the offense almost always gets the benefit of the doubt on close spots.

11/03/2018 - 11:48pm He had one against Maryland…

He had one against Maryland when he hurdled the defender.

10/31/2018 - 9:23pm I’m mid 30’s, I watch every…

I’m mid 30’s, I watch every game, and my wife does occasionally get pretty annoyed with it as she’s not much of a football person and she’s not from Michigan.  

We don’t live in MI so DVR is key- I usually try to start a game 60+ minutes behind so I can skip commercials and get it done in ~2 hours.  Since I’m not in the area the chances of someone “spoiling” the game is basically zero- just stay off your phone! This plan backfired this year for both MSU and MD because of the lengthy weather delays, but not much you can do about that.  

I also take my young daughter out before and after games to give my wife some alone time or time to do what she wants.  Yes, everything is still planned around the game but a little give and take goes a long way.  

10/31/2018 - 8:31am The "no power plays into an…

The "no power plays into an odd man front" might be part of what Warriner has referenced in some interviews.  Basically most teams are either inside/outside zone or power/inside zone teams, very few teams run all three (especially in college, limited practice times and whatnot).  Warriner has stated that he sees no issue with running all of these, the "catch" being that they won't try to run all three against all types of defenses.  So if upcoming opponent tends to have defensive setup/philosophy "A", the gameplan will probably drop one of the 3 or will only run one of the 3 against a certain look.

10/26/2018 - 8:29am Dude I went to a concert at…

Dude I went to a concert at our po-dunk "biggest arena in town" (smaller than the Chrysler Center) and a beer (Bud or Bud Light) was EIGHTEEN DOLLARS.  It was on the bigger end, maybe 24oz or so, but all I could do was laugh and say "I'll enjoy this concert sober then, thank you very much."

10/26/2018 - 8:17am Um, he spend a significant…

Um, he spend a significant portion of a season in their locker room and wrote a book about it.  That good enough for you?

 

https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Long-Fight-College-Football/dp/1476706433

10/25/2018 - 10:10am If they win out, sure.  The…

If they win out, sure.  The only decent team they've played is Wisconsin, which they lost.  They also have probably the easiest schedule in the Big Ten.  Look at this schedule:

http://www.espn.com/college-football/team/_/id/2294/iowa-hawkeyes

The only non-bottom feeder crossover they have with the B1GE is PSU.  If they win that game this weekend, which I don't think they will, they may finish with one loss.  Classic 8-4 Iowa team that caught an easy schedule.

 

10/25/2018 - 8:08am Alabama will almost…

Alabama will almost certainly have a higher ranked conference championship opponent if they get there. 

The B10W champion may very well be a 3 loss team going into the B1G championship game.  Very interesting race out west right now with 4 teams with one conference loss.

10/25/2018 - 8:05am I don't think he meant it in…

I don't think he meant it in a "If we talk about Alabama the team might not be focused on PSU" sort of way.  I think it is more "Alabama has murdered almost everyone they've played for the last 6 years and we've yet to finish with less than 3 losses in the same time period" sort of way.