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06/19/2018 - 9:56am This seriously may be the…

This seriously may be the stupidest take I have ever seen on this board.  And that says a lot.  I lived through the RichRod years, the Hoke years, the Dave Branden years and all of the various coaching searches, and I can say without hesitation that I can't remember a less good post than this.  

Not because I am overly PC or offended - but because this is just a stupid take.  OL is perhaps the most race-diverse position in football.  If you want to say that there tend to be a lot more star WR, CB and RB that are African American (purely by numbers), then fine.  But OL?  Some of the best OL in CFB and the NFL are white.  And Samoan.  And black.  And a host of other origins.  Oh, and Taylor Lewan was totally a guy who backed down from a fight and talking shit.  

 

06/12/2018 - 2:41pm Looks like this may be fixed…

Looks like this may be fixed since I was just able to log in for the first time in a few days.  

Obviously, some of this is not liking change, but so far I am really not loving the 3.0.  The design is really unappealing (too much white, the banner is cluttered and the links to stories below the banner are annoying) and, perhaps worst of all, on mobile, you have to scroll all the way down to get to the MgoBoard, which is what I am usually checking.  I really miss the MgoBlog app.  For all of its issues, it worked great.

 

06/07/2018 - 4:47pm I am pretty sure that this…

I am pretty sure that this is not political (and it is certainly not meant to be political):

I think that income tax brackets should be indexed to geographic cost of living.  What is "rich" in Iowa would not even be considered middle class in NYC or LA.

06/07/2018 - 4:39pm Are you me?  I thought I was…

Are you me?  I thought I was the only one who hated the stuff.  I can't stand the smell or taste of Ketchup.  

06/01/2018 - 11:45am Mine

QB - Henne (I loved Denard the athlete, but not Denard the QB)

RB - Mike Hart / Touchdown Tim

WR - Braylon Edwards / Jason Avant / Breaston

TE - Jake Butt

OL - Jake Long

DL - Lamarr Woodley

LB - David Harris

CB - Some guy names Charles something or other

S - Jabrill Peppers

ST - Steve Breaston

05/17/2018 - 3:13pm totally agree

and it's not even close.

Aruba >>> any other caribbean island.

05/12/2018 - 10:45am Social security numbers

If you send me yours, and those of your friends, I will send you $150,000 in bitcoin. Did I mention that I am trustworthy, since I am a well-regarded Nigerian Prince?

05/10/2018 - 1:19pm facts

You are wrong that "Most Championship Bulls teams without MJ would make the ECF"

The two years that Jordan retired (which were sandwiched between his two sets of thee-peats), almost the exact same team that had won the prior three championships DID NOT MAKE THE NBA FINALS.  They lost to teams that didn't even win the championship.

 

05/10/2018 - 1:16pm LOLWUT?

Are you serious?  If so, can I ask you how old you are?  Did you watch MJ?  

Over an 8-year span, he won 2 sets of three championships each!  Take a look at the rosters those teams:

The first three-peat had Jordan and Pippen and . . . the following, who each played around or over 20 minutes a game:  BJ Armstrong, Bill Cartright (ancient version), Horace Grant, John Paxson, Rodney McCray and Scott Williams.

He took that collection of crap to THREE STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS.  

Most of the same cast - including Pippen - came back the next two years when Jordan retired and guess what happened?  They didn't even make it to the finals - they lost to Eastern Conference teams that DIDN'T EVEN WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.  Almost the identical case.

After his two years off, Jordan came back in 1996 and guess what happened?  Three straight NBA Championships again.  This time, his cast of contributors included (aside from Pippen an Jordan) such superstar talent as Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc, Luc Longley (as a starter!!) and Bill Wellinhton.  The only other talented player who he had was Dennis Rodman (who was a dominent rebounder, but contributed 5 points a game).  

Tell me again how Jordan could not singlehandedly raise his team from garbat to contender?

05/10/2018 - 12:35pm Seriously?

I can't tell if you left off the /s or not, but you are completely wrong on this.

LBJ is a physical specimin.  He is in insane physical shape and he is arguably one of the strongest, most conditioned athletes of all time.  One should not be able to move that well at his size, but he does.  But, that does not equate with being the best basketball player of all time. 

A few counter-points to consider:

1.  Michael Jordan played during an era in which defense was at all all time high in the NBA.  Look at the teams that he had to battle year after year - the early 90's Knicks (Oakley, Mason, Ewing on the inside), the late 80's / early 90's Pistons, etc.  Not only were those teams comprised of players who prided themselves on their defense, they were PHYSICAL!  Look at the average score then vs. the average score now if you don't agree with this point.  And MJ still scored around 30 a game.  Not saying that LBJ wouldn't be a top player back then, but it would be hell of a lot harder than doing it against the matador defenses of the NBA today.

2.  The hand check rule.  Back when MJ played, hand checking was permitted.  Remove that and MJ may have scored 50 a game.

3.  Defense.  Not taking a bit away from LBJ on defense, but MJ had the ability to completely shut down the opposing team's top guard.  Completely.  His defense was on another level.

4.  MJ didn't play on hand-picked "all star teams" (other than the Dream Team) - it was him, Pippen and a who lot of nobodies (who he made look good by regularly drawing double and triple teams - and still scoring).  It's a lot harder to dominate the way that MJ did when the teams know that if they stop you, they stop the whole team.  

I really believe that anyone who is on team LBJ in this debate wasn't old enough to appreciate just how insanely dominant MJ was.  That's not anyone's fault - I see the stats, but I don't appreciate just how dominent Wilt Chamberlain was.  But, as someone who has closely watched both MJ and LBJ, I have to say that it's not even close.

05/09/2018 - 9:49am work travel

I travel for work anywhere between 5 and 20 nights per year.  Usually for no longer than 2-3 days at a time.  

i have two kids and a wife at home, and generally speaking, I don't like being away from them, and I especially hate when I have to travel on days where I will miss one of my kids' little leage, soccer or other games.  

That all said, because I work kind of long hours, and spend pretty much all of my non-work time with my wife and kids (not complaining at all, it's a good thing), I've learned to enjoy the short work travel.  I usually start the day with a longer-than-usual workour in the hotel gym followed by a relaxed room service breakfast while I switch between watching the news, CNBC and SportsCenter pm TV (which I almost never have time to do at home).

After the work portion of my day is done, I often try to get in a second workout in the hotel gym, followed by a relaxing room service meal (again with some mindless TV), and then, aside from spending a bunch of time on the phone with my wife and kids, I usually end the night reading whatever book I loaded up on my kindle.  

Overall, I miss being home with the family, but it is usually a super relaxing few days.

05/08/2018 - 10:01am Tom Brady

Wait, someone other than Gisele was in that picture?  Huh, for some reason, I didn't notice.

04/04/2018 - 1:28pm Point Guard

First, I don't remember this series from the past, but I am pumped to read the next few installments.  If Mo does come back, we should be even better next year than this year.

As to point guard, I expect that X will spend the next 6-8 month locked in a gym doing nothing but working on his shooting motion.  Will be suddenly become Stauskas?  No.  But, I expect his FT number to get up to around 60% and his 3-pt percentage to break 33%.  Not offensive weapon numbers, but also numbers that don't make him an offensive liability.  

As good as Simpson's defense is, his offense is currently such a liability that it caps our overall offense significantly.  One of the things that I notices during the tournement was that defenses showed Simpson's outside shot virtually no respect - on ball defenders played well off, limiting Simpson's ability to take it to the rim, and off ball defenders cheated off of him badly, making it more difficult for other to get open looks.  Simpson does not need to be an offensive star, but he needs to get his outside shot and FT shooting to a level where teams have to respect him on offense.

04/03/2018 - 12:00am Dayenu

Pretty much sums up the season.

It was enough. We all wanted more but it is hard not to be excited about the direction of this program. If Mo comes back, we could be right back here next year.

04/02/2018 - 5:18pm Awesome post

From one Passover-loving Jew to another, Seth you just hit it out of the park with that one.  Dayenu perfectly encamsulates this entire run.  Had we beaten Sparty, both on the road and at MSG, this season would have been great.  Remember, this is a rebuilding year.  Had we toppled Purdue to win the BTT but gone out relatively early in the tourney, it would have been fine.  The MSG experience was awesome and winning the conference in that manner made for a great season.  Had Poole's miracle gone in but we lost the next game to a pretty good Texas A&M team, it would have been an awesome ride and one we would all remember.  Had we lost to FSU and their athletic superfreeks, what a season.  And has we lost to the Rambling Sister Jeans, any year in which we make a final four is a resounding success.  It would have been sufficient.  But to be playing for the National Championship - win or lose, just getting here again is amazing.  We are at Dayenu for the season.

Now let's go pull off the upset and give the best coach in college bball his 800th win and first of several national championships.  

03/16/2018 - 9:35am agree

This is not remotely a criticism of Mo, but when Teske was in, he was going good things.  He blocked or altered a bunch of shots, and his offense was at least as good as Mo's was in that game.

My speculation is that JB knows that we need Mo to be right if we want to make a run, and since the game was not in any real jeopardy in the second half, he was playing Mo to see if he could work off some of the rust and get his game back on point.  If that's the case, I can see the reasoning (although Mo never really pulled it together in this game).

 

03/15/2018 - 11:09pm Question

Teske has blocked like 25 shots so far. Why does Beilein keep going back to Wagnerian quickly. It's working so I am not complaining. Just curious.

02/24/2018 - 9:53am Why is it even remotely to

Why is it even remotely necessary to make a political joke here? Let's just stick to things that we all agree on: loving Michigan and hating MSU.

02/24/2018 - 9:52am Why is it even remotely to

Why is it even remotely necessary to make a political joke here? Let's just stick to things that we all agree on: loving Michigan and hating MSU.

02/14/2018 - 1:35pm no

I don't think he said that.  But, once you are married, many decision become "joint" decisions - and that applies to both men and women.  Kate would have as much right to weigh in if Justin wanted to post naked pics on line as Justin would if Kate were going to post the same.  

Maybe Justin doesn't care.  But, I don't see it as oppressing women to say that a husband might have an opinion on something like this, and that the wife migh want to consider that opinion.  I would say the exact same thing regarding a husband's conduct.  

02/14/2018 - 1:25pm the horror

Of a bunch of sports fans on a sports blog joking around about a hot swimsuit model (who happens to be a big Michigan fan).  

Seriously, people need to lighten up, learn how to just laugh (or not laugh, if the jokes don't appeal to you) and move on.

02/13/2018 - 4:05pm Hard Pass

As a big Giants fan, here's my $.02 on McAdoo:

1.  The Gients were undone this season by insanely bad OL play.  The OL's inability to run or pass block completely killed the offense's ability to run or throw the ball.  What is worse, the issues with the NYG offence this season were IDENTICAL to those of the second half of the prior season.

Just saying that if I were a team coming off of a historically bad offensive season, where by biggest deficinecy was the OL, I might want to look elsewhere.

2.  During his last season, it came out that the Giants' players almost uniformly hated the guy.  He was especially terrible at dealing with the younger players on the roster.

Being unable to deal with younger NFL players might not translate well to the college level.

3.  After watching how this guy carries himself, there is NO WAY that he would be a good recruiter.  

If I were a team that has been struggling with recruiting, I might want to find a 10th coach who can actually help, you know, recruit.

Please take Mr. I Love Sharks over this guy.

01/09/2018 - 1:36pm Hang in there, Ace

Ace, it takes an absolute ton of courage to share details like that.  I commend you for having the confidence to do so.  

Here's hoping that this episode is short-lived and that the recovery that follows is long lasting.  

Hang in there, and know that the MGoCommunity is pulling for you.

01/08/2018 - 9:51am comments

I think that the comment section of just about any widely-read, free website is going to have pretty much the same ignorant, stupid comments.  Fox News is no different.  Plenty of crazies out there, and they all love to comment on the internet - check out Fox, CNN, MSNBC, or even a non-political page like ESPN or M-Live.  Lots of crazies out there.

01/05/2018 - 9:57am ND

Every team loses a number of starters every season to graduation or the FNL.  It's not uncommon for a team to lose 3-5 on each side of the ball.  Sure, losing star players like Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen will almost always be felt significantly, but losing a wide receiver, or even a few linemen is common and rarely causes a significant drop off.  in most cases, teams like ND have quality, experienced depth ready to step in so that even if there is a drop-off, it is not significant.  ND has recruited fairly well, and has had a relatively stable staff in place for more than 3-4 seasons, so I would imagine that their roster is stable enough that these losses will not be all that harmful.

I think that as Michigan fans, we may slightly overestimate the effect of graduation because when we have lost quality starters in the past few years, the back-ups have been very young, inexperienced players.  This, however, is the result of changing coaches 3 times in a decade, which has effectivley caused us to take off a few recruiting years.  

01/03/2018 - 2:55pm all good

For some reason, I thought you were serious.  I must still be in shock from the epic bowl game disaster!  My bad.

01/03/2018 - 1:07pm Rutgerzzz

Did you seriously list Rutgers at a rival?  Once I read that, I had to stop reading.

12/16/2017 - 4:16pm Threads

Need? No. Want? Yes.

Sure beats a lot of the other OT crap that fills the board in the offseason.

Plus, an offer to a likely top-100 kid from Detroit who is likely to actually come here seems worthy of a thread. NOt as worthy as Rutgers' basketball team or what the coach of MSU ate for breakfast while thinking about Harbaugh, obviously, but still important.

12/13/2017 - 11:48am interesting

I caught that too, but at the same time, I attributed our lack of strength to our youth.  No matter what type of S&C program you have, a 19 year old can only get so strong, as compared with 21-23 year olds.  

That said, if Jim views this as an area in which we can improve, who are any of us to disagree.  

12/08/2017 - 1:59pm MGoLawyer

Brian,

If Matt Mann really were to sue you, I hereby offer my legal services ro defend you in the matter.  My resume:

Experience:  15+ years as a litigator

Rate: accepts payment in either Bitcoin or at a rate of 500 MGoPoints an hour

Comparison to Matt Mann:  knows that the 1st Amendment (and likely the 1st Amendmentment, but I haven't looked) doesn't apply to anyone but the government; also, not a huge douche.  

 

11/30/2017 - 3:08pm My analysis

This year was frustrating, but to anyone paying attention, the strugles that we had (aside from QB) should have been largely expected.  We were insanely young at so many spots.  Quite frankly, it could have been a hell of a lot worse (see FSU, Florida, etc.).

Looking at this post, I am really optimistic about next season.  Here's my reasoning:

The defense returns pretty much everyone other than Mo Hurst and McCray.  Mo is a HUGE loss, but we have a ton of guys who got experience this year who will step in.  In every other position across the ENTIRE DEFENSE, we should improve, because almost every position sees the same player return with another year of experience and S&C.  With a defense made up largely of underclassmen, I expect that every one of these players will be a better version of their 2017 self next year.

Now to the offense.  The receivers were a disaster this year.  Some of that is on the OL and much on the QB, but there is a reason that this blog has a "freshman receivers" tag.  There are rarely good, often because they don't have the complexities of the offense and route tree down.  The good news is that all of our WRs are back and a year older / more experienced.  I expect the WR position to improve significantly.  Same goes for the TE position (same players, a year older, etc.) and the RB position.  

Now let's turn to the areas of concern:

for QB, while Wilton struggled, we were able to win when he was playing.  Same goes for Peters (he missed half of the Wisco game, but when he was in, he was moving the ball and we scored some points).  All of our losses came when JOK played significant time.  JOK is gone and whomever is the starter next year CANNOT POSSIBLY be more of a liability than non-Purdue JOK was.  Even if Peters comes back and plays exactly as he did this year, it is STILL an improvement from the JOK portion of this season.  

Finally, the OL will have a very solid interior with Ruiz, Onweno and Bredenson.  All will be better than this past season because of , again, age and experience.  As for the tackles, of the 10 possibilities that we have, I expect that we will fiend 2-3 who are decent enough not to be a liability.  I know that Cole was a 4-year starter and very good center, but at LT he was often overmatched.  Losing a senior starter sucks, but in this case, I am not sure that whomever replaces him will be a downgrade.

tl;dr:  We return almost everyone and are going to be really good.

11/27/2017 - 1:40pm Comparing

So Brady is an inch shorter and 12 pounds heavier.  If the extra inch is worth 3-5 poinds of weight, then McCaff needs to gain appriximately 15-20 points to be in the same range.  Which is exactly what most posters in this thread have said.  

McCaff may have huge upside, but if he doesn't put on another 15-18 pounds of muscle, he is going to get broken when he takes hits from some of the larger, angrier DL that we face.  

But, from someone very experienced in S&C and weight lifting generally, asking a kid who is 6'5" and only 18 years old to put on 15 pounds in a year is not asking all that much.  A fairly untrained lifter (and while he may have lifted in high school, make no mistake that as a skinny kid entering a D1 S&C program for the first time, he would be considered "untrained"), with a solid lifting program, a solid diet and solid sleep habits can EASILY put on a pound a month.  If he puts in the work, there is no reason that he couldn't be 210 (or a few pounds heavier) at the start of next season.  

11/25/2017 - 1:58pm Nice narrative but no

A few points:
1. Money is not the root of all evil; there's nothing wrong with money.

2. If you really believe that "money is the root of all evil" crap, then it would actually be in the B1G's interest for us to win this game. A rivalry in which OSU wins for like 20 straight yesss isn't a real rivalry. A renewed M/OSU rivalry that is roughly equally balanced is big profit for the B1G. Arguably, the best conference game of the year has been reduced to a national afterthought.

3. Even if the BIG wanted OSU to win for $$ reasons, that wouldn't explain why we get hosed in almost every other game. We are certainly a bigger cash cow than Wisconsin (DPJ non-touchdown), Sparty any missed PI calls) and every their team that gets suspect calls over us.

I agree that we are getting screwed, but $$ isn't the reason. We are getting screwed because either the refs just suck or they don't like our head coach.

11/23/2017 - 9:32pm Beat Ohio

Yes. Beat OHIO.

11/22/2017 - 1:28pm fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

I am not trying to bash O'Korn, but at this point, the sample size is good enough to say that he is not a D1 QB in this offense.  He might be fine running something different or simpler, but he clearly just doesn't have it in the harboffense, and the coaches have  so little confidence in either (a) his ability; (b) his decision making; or (c) his knowledge of the offense, that they will not let him even attempt much more than handoffs and a few short tosses.  This makes our offense so one-dimensional that it is painfully easy to stop.

Saturday should be fun.

11/21/2017 - 2:54pm Great column

There have been a ton of "a call for calm" or "don't overreact" posts over the past few week.  Most make really valid points, but because of the nature of board posts, the discussions devolves into a series of "quit telling me to be patient," "stop posting hot takes," and "but we keep losing to OSU / MSU" comments.

This post - and the manner in which it was presented as the question of the week - was fantastic.  Basically, it's a bunch of smart people, who all know a lot about both football and Michigan football, and who have a rational thought process, discussing the state of the program and, generally, coming to the consensus that:

(1) we are on track, pretty much everywhere;

(2) we basically hit our expecations for the season, given our youth, roster imbalances and 2 QB injuries, and

(3) next year, we are going to be a whole lot better across the board, if for no reasons that every player will be a year older, stronger and more experienced.

 

11/21/2017 - 12:01pm Complaining

I get that the MSU game is frustrating, and I am as upset his season as anyone, but people need to keep in mind that he game was played with our backup QB (who, in retrospect, is really not serviceable) and in which the entire second half was played in a tornado. Sucks to lose that game but there are reasons other Jan "we suck".

11/17/2017 - 4:04pm Michigan Win

24-20.

We match up fairly well in this one:

1.  The strength of the Wisconsin offense, like all prior Winconsins, is their rushing attack.  Specifically, a ground and pound inside run game.  They have a depleted OL going up against Mo Hurst, Gary, etc.  In short, our defense lines up well to take away the entirety of the Wisconsin offense.

2.  Wisconsin's passing offense is really weak.  And they have injuries to the WRs.  And a QB who likes to throw to players wearing non-Wisconsin jerseys.  Our secondary may be a bit suspect at the whole tackling thing, but they are good in coverage, and athletic, and should either completely shut down the Wisco passing attack or have the ability to create turnovers.

Points 1 and 2 lead me to believe that we will hold Wisconsin in check.  They will move the ball some, and score a touchdown ot 2 (likely 2), but they will also stopped with regularity or held to FGs.  Hence, my 20 point preduction.

3.  Michigan has a damn strong rushing attack.  Wisconsin's D is a scary thing and will likely shut us down to a large degree.  Maybe.  Wisconsin's stats are awesome, but they haven't played a single real team.  I still think that our size up front should test Wisconsin more than any other team that they faced.  

4.  Our passing offense.  I get Brian's doom and gloom.  We can't pass protect and Wisconsin is really good at rushing the passer.  My hope here is based in Harbaugh.  He has had three weeks to scheme up some counters, trick plays and wrinkles that might force Wisconsin to adjust.  Get them off balance and perhaps that opens up the run and passing game a bit.  

I know that points 3 and 4 argue for less than 24 points by us, but for some reason, I think that we win this game in a close one, setting up an awesome Game on 11/25 pitting 2 top-15 teams against each other.

10/28/2017 - 11:47am Umfan

If seeing peters play is really the ONLY reason that you are watching, maybe consider changing your username? It's midsession and we have 2 losses. Lots of football left to play this season.

10/27/2017 - 5:03pm SORRY, ALL

My bad, everyone.  I did a quick scan of the board but don't know how I missed it.  

I am the Al Borges of MGoPosters today, and I accept all negs that come my way.  

To make up for my error, here's a picture to make everyone think of better times . . . 

 

Image result for picture of charles woodson michigan

10/25/2017 - 3:22pm odd numbers

I know that high school numbers are always off (lower completion percentages, etc.) but 46% completion seems low.  Also, 166 caries for a total of 274?  For a guy who is regarded as fairly athletic, that just seems off.  There is no way they are running a guy 166 times over 3 seasons if he is running for under 2 ypc.  

10/25/2017 - 12:10pm horrible

I can't even begin to understand what you and your wife must be feeling.  As a parent, I am so sorry for your loss.  I hope that you both find confort after this horrible tragedy.  

Don't be a stranger here on MGoBlog.  While I am sure that this loss gave you a ton of perspective, it is important for you and your wife not to completely abandon those things that previously brought you happiness.  After my dad died a sudden and unexpected death, I also lost my excitement for a number of things.  I found that with time, it was important to reconnect with things that previously brought me happiness.  Hope to see you back here soon.

10/24/2017 - 5:42pm could not agree more

Let's examine Lloyd Carr's tenure:

1.  He won a freaking National Championship!  While fielding perhaps the greatest defense in the history of college football.]

2.  Out of 13 seasons, 6 were at least 10 win season (including the perfect National Championship season).  With one exception, the rest were all 8-win or better, and most were 9-win or better.

3.  In 5 of his season, he lost one or fewer conference games.  He never lost more than 3 conference games.

4.  In 13 seasons, he won two outright B10 championships and tied for 3 more.  

5.  During his entire tenure, there was no even a hint of any NCAA impropriety.  He ran perhaps the classiest program possible.

6.  For those who don't like Harbaugh's "antics" (I personally don't mind them and usually like what he does publicly), Carr almost never made headlines for anything other than winning.  

Yup, I would take another Lloyd Carr era any day.  My hope is that Harbaugh can replicate that level of success. My expectaiton is that he will, but the roster was so uneven as a result of so many coaching changes in a short period of time and it will take a few years of stability to get the program to where it needs to be (i.e. upperclassmen starting in most spots, redshirting all OL and QB, not playing OL until they have had 2-3 years in the program, never again playing a freshman WR, etc.)

10/24/2017 - 11:21am awesome post

The linked article should be required reading for all Michigan fans.  The analytics there are pretty hard to refute.  Given how many starters we lost, what we are experiencing right now is not only expected, but probably not as bad as it would be if we didn't have a top flight coaching staff.  

And, while the article predicted some pretty serious regression, it made that prediction assuming that we would be returning our QB.  We did, and we didn't lose a single game with him.  But, losing the QB - when combined with all of the other starters who did not return from last year is just too much to paper over with HARBAUGH AND DON BROWN WILL MAKE US WIN.  It just doesn't work that way unless you have an OSU / Alabama roster.  We don't, and other than those to schools, nobody else does either. 

As a final note, the article posted doesn't take into account that our roster is devoid of upperclassmenm as a result of a coaching change a few years back.  While I can't find the post, I recall a few years back that someone on this blog did an awesome analysis of the value of returning upperclassmen, as opposed to younger players, and the conclusion was that having lots of seniors and juniors as starters makes a huge difference.

So, combine that analysis with the article linked by the OP, and I expect that we are actually well exceeding our expectations this season.  If we end up at 8-4, given our roster make-up, we should all be applauding our coaching staff and eagerly awaiting the future as these young players develop into seasoned, experienced starters.

10/21/2017 - 7:40pm Serious question

How come the big house, even for huge night games, doesn't sound even close to as loud as Happy Valley??

10/17/2017 - 12:54pm My prediction

9-3.

We win the gooey middle of the schedule games, bring us to 8 wins.  We nab one of the Wisco / PSU games.  And, sadly, lose to OSU for the 10000th time in a row (except for the Luke Fickell year).

9-3 gets us to some non-descript NY day bowl in Florida where our team uses the bowl practices to get right and we dominate some middling SEC squad for our 10th win.

Many will complain about the losses to our rivals, but it will be Harbaugh's 3rd 10-win season in a row, and we will be set up well for a monster 2018 season (bc in my prediction, Peters takes over at QB for Rutgerzzz a really has a coming out party in the bowl).

10/16/2017 - 3:40pm JOK

I am hoping that over the next week he hones his clipboard holding skills.  After what I saw, I would almost seriously prefer that they go with 5 OL, 3 TE heavy on one side, 2 FB and a RB on almost every play.  Yes, we are about to run the ball.  Now see if you can stop it in less than 3.5 yards.  Rinse, wash, repeat.

10/16/2017 - 11:40am nope

Here's are some choices for how Harbaugh or just about any experienced coach would answer:

1.  Next question

2.  That's a terrible question and I'm not even going to respond.  

3.  Well, MinWhisky, I disagree with your premise that our QBs haven't grown and impoved.  They have.  Are there errors? Sure, but not all of those are on the QB.  On an interception, for example, you are quick to blame the QB, but it could equally be a receiver not running the proper route.  But, as coaches, we watch these guys day in and day our in practice, and we watch and rewatch every single snap of the games over and over and let me tell you, these guys are improving every day.  JOK made some really good throws today and he also made a few that he would probably like to have back.  He also made some really great, smart reads.  And I see his confidence improving every day, and along with that, I expect big things from him.  Great guy.  Hard working guy.  Good work ethic.

10/16/2017 - 11:35am next year

To me, what is most upsetting about all of this is that based upon this analysis, while next year should be better, it will still not be great.  We will still be really young.  Our top receivers project to be the massive haul from this year (which will be a combination of redshirt freshmen and true sophs) and grant perry.  That's still super young.  On the OL, we are still going to be very young, as well (and not all that deep).  Our only positions at which we will have some upperclassmen in key roles will be RB (Higdon will be a true junior, as will Evans) and TE (Gentry, TW JR., Eubanks and the rest will be upperclassmen).  It's better than this year, but far from ideal.  To me, the biggest question is will we have Wilton Speight (a senior, with a ton of experience, who has shown the ability to play smart and well), a Junior Peters (who knows - tons of sprint hype, but apparently not even close to ready and almost zero game experience) or a redshirt freshman D.McCaffrey (potential for miles, but freshmen QBs scare me).

10/16/2017 - 10:33am Agree

I usually agree with most of Brian's analysis but i recall reading the season preview and thinking that he was WAY under-valuing the impact of losing senior receivers like Darboh and Chessen and replacing them with true freshmen and sophomores. Plugging in a 4 or even 5 star recruit looks great on paper, but until that 4-5* kid learns how the play the game - a process that takes a few years, especially at receiver - he isn't going to anything approaching an upgrade. This is the reason that a school like Wisconsin is steady and pretty good year after year after year. While they don't recruit the talent to hang with the like of Bama, OSU or Clemson, they are consistently top 15 and competing for division titles because they are able to redshirt their players, let them develop and generally field teams consisting largely of upper class men. The importance of this can't be overstated and appears to be lost on a huge portion of our fan base.