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09/15/2018 - 3:31pm I wonder if Akron is…

I wonder if Akron is furiously trying to clear their schedule to make up their game with Nebraska.  Akron could use a win.

09/15/2018 - 2:54pm Troy is now up 11 @Nebraska…

Troy is now up 11 @Nebraska.  Troy lost by 36 at home to Boise State last week.  

Nebraska, you are butt.

09/15/2018 - 2:47pm Hard to see Nebraska getting…

Hard to see Nebraska getting 13 points against Don Brown.  Otherwise, yeah.

09/15/2018 - 1:07pm And that should be a…

And that should be a targeting on Nebraska.

09/15/2018 - 1:06pm Losing Gebbia to Oregon…

Losing Gebbia to Oregon State is just going to kill Nebraska this year.

09/15/2018 - 12:53pm Hey,remember how everyone…

Hey,remember how everyone thought Nebraska looked good last week?  Nope.

09/10/2018 - 3:37pm This is the latest the…

This is the latest the Browns have been undefeated in 14 years. They have not managed to go without a loss in their first two games since they came back, so they have a chance to have their best start in the history of this incarnation of the franchise.

As a Cleveland-area resident who really doesn't care about the Browns (other than Peppers), I find this hilarious.

09/10/2018 - 3:37pm This is the latest the…

So hilarious I posted it twice.

09/09/2018 - 7:09pm Was that booing I heard from…

Was that booing I heard from the crowd when Berkeley Edwards' name was announced on the last carry of the game?  

09/09/2018 - 6:15pm Yeah, he only returned a…

Yeah, he only returned a fumble to the 1 yard line to set up the Browns' second touchdown. Also, it's a "fair" catch, smart guy.

09/09/2018 - 6:10pm I think assigning a loss to…

I think assigning a loss to both teams would have been the correct ending.

09/09/2018 - 4:04pm I think their performance…

I think their performance against Ball State was Wimbush reverting to his real level.  55% completion rate with 3 interceptions and no TDs against Ball State? Yuck.  He threw for almost 300 yards but some of those incompletions weren't close.  He also was not a rushing factor.  Ball State did well to keep him in the pocket and make him throw to beat them, and he was barely able to do so.  They are a good team, with a solid defense, but Stanford is going to whup them.  Frankly, I think if we played them later in the year, we might whup them too.

09/09/2018 - 9:26am "Outkicks her intellectual…

"Outkicks her intellectual coverage." Outstanding.

09/08/2018 - 7:36pm I understand that take, but…

I understand that take, but not running down the play clock is the reason they had time to drive down the field and take shots at the end zone after Colorado scored.  Even if they ran the clock down as far as possible on their last 3 offensive plays, maybe they run off an additional 25 seconds (since they threw on 3rd down), and Colorado scored with 1:06 left.  

Frost knew that a first down likely wins him the game, and not getting a first down will leave Colorado plenty of time to drive and score regardless of how much time he takes off the clock, so why eliminate the chance that Nebraska could score after Colorado did?  Also, he was throwing a walk-on sophomore QB out there in a 1 point game.  I'm guessing that he wanted the kid focused on executing the plays and not on Madden-level clock management.

09/08/2018 - 1:29pm First of all, stop bitching…

First of all, stop bitching about a long touchdown pass.  Secondly, when the coverage is blown, the ball is supposed to be a little underthrown.  Would you rather he risk overthrowing it?

09/07/2018 - 9:58pm The other difference is that…

Hoke had a lot more games where we had no business being in them....and weren't.  Hoke lost to Rutgers (so at least they have a game they can show as a BTN Classic, anyway).  As close as the 2016 team was to beating OSU, Hoke was that close to losing to Akron.  So let's cool it with the Harbaugh-Hoke comparisons.

09/06/2018 - 3:45pm Agreed.  No fixes happen…

Agreed.  No fixes happen overnight.  UTL I was a great example of that.  For as much as we laud Greg Mattison for fixing the defense, it was awful in that game.  We gave up 31 points, and ND had 5 turnovers (3 of which were fumbles, including Rees dropping the ball inside the M 10 yard line).  My reaction in the stadium when V. Smith scored with 1:22 left was "shit, we scored too fast," and I know I wasn't the only one.  ND's last touchdown was something like a 30 yard pass, it was blitheringly wide open, and I wasn't even surprised.  

Turning around a defense, or an O line, is like turning around a battleship.  It might happen really slowly, but when it does, watch out.  I think we have the right people in charge of steering, at least, so hopefully by the Nebraska and Northwestern game things will be pointed in the right direction.

09/02/2018 - 2:31pm If you count any game…

If you count any game starting at 7 pm or later as "night," the last three were at Northwestern in 2005, the Navarre Buffalo Stampede game in the Metrodome in 2003, and at Illinois in 2000.  

Before that it was Bo beating UCLA in 1989.  The highest-ranked (at gametime) of those four teams was the #17 Minnesota team that we needed 31 4th quarter points to beat.  Night road games against ranked teams are tough.

09/02/2018 - 12:48am Auburn absolutely would have…

Auburn absolutely would have made it last year as a 2 loss team if they win the SEC championship game. They started the season ranked 12th.  They lost an early non-conference game on the road at night against Clemson 14-6, in which their strong defense was not enough to make up for an inept offense.  They also lost at a borderline top-25 LSU team before beating Georgia and Alabama, and were ranked #2 going into the conference championship.

It may not look like this is possible tonight, but let's say that Michigan puts together a similar season.  We win the easier games coming up, then take 2 of 3 in the Wisconsin-MSU-PSU, then somehow knock off Ohio State.  In that unlikely event, we are 10-2 with a better resume  than Auburn had last year (certainly better losses, and more good wins). 

Auburn had no road wins against ranked opponents last year.  They only beat three teams that were ranked at the time or at the end of the year.  And yet, there they were, a win away from a sure playoff berth.  I'm not saying we are capable of getting to 11-2, but if we were to do so, we'd probably be a playoff team.  These early games don't destroy a season, but they do give a team an opportunity to earn a buffer against a later loss.  ND now has that buffer, but winning the B1G would still likely get us to the playoff.  

09/01/2018 - 9:43pm Yeah, keep armpunting…

Yeah, keep armpunting motherfucker.

09/01/2018 - 3:42pm So, everyone else then?

So, everyone else then?

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08/24/2018 - 4:15pm I don't know about "condoned…

I don't know about "condoned," but he kept his job.  He also kept his job when he was drinking heavily, showing up late to work, and skipping scheduled recruiting visits and lying about it to Meyer.  I guess the only thing that gets you fired at OSU is having the public find out about it.

08/24/2018 - 2:43pm In McElwain's defense, let's…

In McElwain's defense, let's say for the sake of argument that in the meeting he has with walk-ons, he says "You are on scholarship for the rest of the year/semester.  When the next year/semester starts, you're back to walk-on status, but if there are scholarships available you can earn one again."  He can correctly say that he already informed the players that they would not be on scholarship the following year, and that the letter is just auto-generated paperwork.

To be clear, it should have been handled better, and I would have thought that a program like Florida even beyond the head coach would handle it in person with football players and not via letter, but it may have been less chickenshit and more a lack of attention to detail.  

08/22/2018 - 10:58pm A couple thoughts:

1. That…

A couple thoughts:

1. That 2015 conversation would also have been a good time to bring up the 2009 incident that he never told Gene about, but he still hid it.  

2. Is there a good reason that Gene Smith wasn't fired?  He seems to be trying to take the blame for not reporting the 2015 incident, and given his many oversight oversights dating back to the Tressel era, I have to ask, what exactly does he do at OSU? 

3. I have to give you a tiny modicum of credit for being the rare OSU fan that thinks that Urban Meyer actually talks to his wife about things.  Since you believe that, you also must believe that Urban blatantly lied to the press again during that press conference.

08/22/2018 - 9:23pm Urban just said "Most of…

Urban just said "Most of what I know about Zach is work-related." Sure, that guy that is my mentor's grandson, that played for me, coached for me, that I hired again at my new job, that I was so close to that my wife and I personally counseled through a difficult time in their marriage 9 years ago, that I have known for over 15 years?  He's just this guy from work.

08/22/2018 - 9:18pm That Gene Smith still has…

That Gene Smith still has his job after overseeing the athletic department during both this fiasco and the Tressel scandal while doing virtually nothing about either is monumentally embarrassing.  Somewhere around 2012-13, I met an OSU guy that had played under Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, and during the requisite OSU-Michigan back-and-forth I said that at least his school had a better athletic director than mine.  Immediately, he said "Oh, no we don't."  How these two great schools and athletic departments could hire such complete clowns is beyond me, but at least we didn't keep ours around for almost 15 years.

08/22/2018 - 9:08pm FWIW, we also lost Ben Huff…

FWIW, we also lost Ben Huff to injury prior to the season in 1997.  Not sure if he would have started, but your point is correct in that the most important thing was the overall low injury count combined with the quality depth we had at the positions where we had those injuries, which is the reason those players weren't irreplaceable.  The problem at the end of 2015, for example, is that we had an injury at a spot (DT) where we simply couldn't afford one, and OSU was able to bulldoze us, no matter what Durkin did or didn't do.  The last two years, our weakest depth was at QB, and that's where the injuries hit late in the year. 

For the first time in memory it seems like we finally have solid depth almost everywhere on offense and defense.  Even on the O-line, we have 3 players that started last year plus Spanellis with a bunch of PT under his belt, and while the OTs may not be great, at least there probably wouldn't be a huge dropoff if we lost one.  

I will now go and furiously knock on wood.

08/20/2018 - 9:18pm Also LXIX is a far less…

Also LXIX is a far less interesting number.

08/16/2018 - 4:14pm This is a terrific idea.  If…

This is a terrific idea.  If I win I'll be taking my younger son to his first ever M game.

08/15/2018 - 9:41am And Hackett has been there…

And Hackett has been there for how much of that time, exactly?

08/13/2018 - 9:49pm When your license is…

When your license is suspended, you still get to keep the physical card, right? Would Hertz even know that your license was suspended?  

EDIT: for the record, I completely believe that Urban knew about this, and if he didn't then he is an incompetent manager of his staff.  

08/10/2018 - 10:44pm So the Loins look flaccid?

So the Loins look flaccid?

08/07/2018 - 6:49pm My wife also had to get from…

My wife also had to get from Manhattan to NJ that evening. She was walking down to the subway when the power went out (thankfully she left work a little late and didnt get stuck underground). My apartment in NJ somehow never lost power (we were just south of the dividing line) so I was able to let her know what was going on, and not to bother with the Port Authority buses because of the massive mob of people there.  I tried to drive there and pick her up, but once I hit the area where power was out it was complete gridlock.  I think I drove for two hours and never got more than 5 miles from where I started.  They eventually had to bring diesel trains in from NJ, and she managed to slip on to the first one out at 9 pm or so, which is amazing in retrospect.  Scary evening.

08/07/2018 - 11:08am It's not like he needs the…

It's not like he needs the extra leg room in first class.

08/02/2018 - 9:19pm "TE" Ryan Hayes is #60. I…

"TE" Ryan Hayes is #60. I know we all expect him to play OT, but I thought he at least wanted a shot at TE.  Is this number a not-so-subtle way of telling him that's not in the cards?  

08/02/2018 - 8:42pm You don't need a smoking gun…

You don't need a smoking gun to show that he knew, you just need his words and a brain. He said in the presser that he and his wife counseled the Smiths after the 2009 incident, and that the Meyers and the Smiths were close.  The Smiths got divorced in 2016, with the 2015 incidents as a major cause. Is it at all believable that, after all of the counseling, and the relationship that Urban had with both Smith and Earle Bryce, that Urban heard that the Smiths got divorced and never asked why?

08/02/2018 - 3:23pm It won't. His district …

It won't. His district (which is about a half mile away from me, and I am ever thankful for every inch of that) is pretty solidly R. I think he won his last race by about 35 points and this year is a rematch of that race.  Ohio gerrymandered its districts so effectively that there hasn't been a seat flip since the districts were drawn, even with pretty solid swings in both directions in 2012 and 2014.  So Jordan is probably safe unless he gets indicted, and even then he'd probably have to lose a primary. 

07/27/2018 - 2:27am Fair enough. Although 300 is…

Fair enough. Although 300 is an improvement from 350, at least. And Chattanooga comes from a decent one bid conference, and probably won't be 300 again (it took them going 3-15 in conference  to be that low).

07/27/2018 - 2:23am 70 RPI isn't "filler." 70…

70 RPI isn't "filler." 70 was Notre Dame last year. Maryland (a team we needed a miracle to beat at home) was 75, and NIT champ Penn State was 77. Would OSU call Penn State "filler?" For that matter, losing to Rider (RPI 69) may be what kept Penn State out of thie tournament.

I would argue that playing a team around RPI 150 is a no-win situation. They're good enough to have some chance to beat you, and not good enough to help you when you beat them. Ask UNC about Wofford. At least a 200-300 team is a virtually certain win and you get your bench a lot of run, which is very important down the road.


07/27/2018 - 2:07am Auburn's RPI was also high…

Auburn's RPI was also high before their losing run because they were 21-2.

I understand your point; one of the reasons RPI is falling out of favor is that a team can drop when beating a bad team. However, if you remove Alabama A&M from the schedule and substitute a win over Air Force, for example, Michigan's RPI goes from 12 to 10. Hardly an RPI anchor. Repeat that with the Detroit and UC Riverside games and we're up to 8. Does that change our seed line? Probably not. At best we slide into MSU's spot in Detroit, but I doubt it. 

Also keep in mind the 20 game conference schedule is replacing one or two previous tomato cans with conference opponents. So the SOS is going to improve from that alone.

Two other things to consider: cost and team availability. We have 5 guarantee games on the schedule. I would think better teams are more expensive. Also, we were filling a spot on the day after thanksgiving, which limits availability. Three of last year's baby seals were over Christmas break or during finals; same problem. 

Overall I just think RPI isn't hugely determinative in seeding, the impact of an RPI 200 vs 300 is overrated, and there are reasons to schedule a couple guaranteed blowouts early in the season. I think Beilein has earned a break from fan bitching about this for a while, especially since the schedule is legitimately harder this year.




07/26/2018 - 9:13pm I looked.  They played 4…

I looked.  They played 4 games in the range you gave, and lost one of them (to Temple). Michigan played 3 such teams (@Texas, LSU, VCU) last year. Auburn also played four teams with RPIs over 200, which is the same number that we are predicted to play (including starting the season with Norfolk State, as we will this season).  They also completely avoided good teams in their OOC scheduling, with their only top 50 games coming against Middle Tennessee and Murray State.  As a result, they had no OOC win to really hang their hat on, which is probably why they got bumped down to a 4 seed as the co-champs of an 8-bid league.  

Overall, Auburn had a slightly worse overall record than Michigan and played in a much tougher conference (which they won), and ended up with a lower seed.  I don't see how they are the apotheosis of RPI gaming, and it's not an example that justifies your characterization of the athletic department as "stupid" and "idiotic."  

07/26/2018 - 8:49pm This is a good, and…

This is a good, and predictable, scheduling move for several reasons:

  • It's the day after Thanksgiving, and with The Game in Columbus this year most students won't be on campus, so it's the perfect time to schedule a complete baby seal.  It unfortunately conflicts with the home hockey game the same night, but I don't think there's much that can be done about that unless they have the bball game in the afternoon.
  • It's a good opportunity to get the freshman some additional run before the home game against UNC.  With five freshmen joining the team, these games are valuable ways to get them game experience in low-pressure situations before throwing them into the fire in the conference season. 
  • Michigan's OOC schedule is still predicted to be tougher than last year's.  The Naismith Tip-off is roughly the same level of competition as Maui last year, @Villanova should be similar to last year's @UNC, and you replace the games against UCLA and Texas with games against UNC and South Carolina (though admittedly Texas was a road game).  There are only three real tomato cans on the schedule (RPI over 250), compared with four last year, and none anywhere near the awfulness of Alabama A&M, which won its last game to pull ahead of Delaware St. to be the second-worst team in Division 1. 

I think we get way too upset about the negative RPI impact these teams cause.  Our supposedly terrible RPI-gaming landed us a 3 seed after finishing 5th in a down B1G that only had 4 bids.  Also, MSU had a lower RPI than us, and lost to us twice and got the higher placement on the seeding curve (although I'm glad they did, as things worked out). Also, the RPI 100-200 games that everyone seems to want are not the layups that people seem to think.  After all, we lost at Northwestern (RPI 168), and we had very uncomfortable wins against Iowa (157), Minnesota (171), and CMU (167).  A team like Chattanooga is a 99%+ win, and a team like Western Michigan is more like, say, 92%. Put 5 Westerns on the schedule and there's about a 1 in 3 chance that we lose at least one of those games.  More importantly, however, we lose the opportunity to use those games as the scrimmages they are intended to be.   

This team will need to break in a very different kind of starting offense, without an outside shooting threat at the 5. Poole and Livers will have to play a much bigger role. The backup PG and center roles are going to be important battles.  The freshman need to get playing time, and we need large leads to let them play as much as possible.  We need a few tomato cans to work out the kinks before conference play begins.

07/02/2018 - 2:40pm Western suburbs of Cleveland…

Western suburbs of Cleveland.


Low cost of living

easy access to downtown

Ann Arbor is only 2 hrs away

not a Browns fan, so I've been enjoying Schadenfreude Sundays  for years.


Buckeyes, obv.

too close to my mother in law.

Browns fans (no offense Mgrowold). Seriously, you have a perennially contending baseball team and all you want to talk about in the summer is how their QB looked at minicamp or whatever.  

06/06/2018 - 11:49pm If you're not allowed to…

If you're not allowed to seduce unmarried women, how are they to ever become married women? 

05/05/2018 - 10:34pm That's not it at all.

It's a team of people that sells stolen merchandise. They work closely with the football program.

04/04/2018 - 11:35pm Nova missed a bunch against Kansas.

They missed 22 3s in that game. Of course, they made 18, so it wasn't much of an issue. Just shows how terrible the Kansas defense was, to allow 40 3 point attempts to the best shooting team in the country.

04/03/2018 - 5:10pm It's based on the tournament.

Michigan will get 90 points for second place. WBB will also get 50 for being "tied for 17th" as a R32 team. Also at least 83 for hockey, and a bunch more for gymnastics. Great winter season for M sports.

03/31/2018 - 7:52pm Poole and Matthews.

Drive drive drive. Let mo clean up on the weak side. We got this.