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10/17/2018 - 8:57pm Damn. I remember being…

Damn. I remember being really excited about him committing. He was the kind of sideline to sideline LB that I thought would be the perfect foil to an Urban Meyer offense.

Best of luck to him for wherever he goes.

10/17/2018 - 8:54pm UMBig11 seems to think he’s…

UMBig11 seems to think he’s going to be out for a while, if not the whole season. While technically it is speculation, he’s got quite a bit of credibility in these situations.

I’d be surprised if we see him play on Saturday.

10/17/2018 - 12:41pm This isn't as big as the…

This isn't as big as the 2016 OSU game was so I won't say its the most important game of Harbaugh's tenure, but it's probably #2. This is to re-claim the state, your program's respect, and perhaps most importantly, prove that your team can win "the big game." Especially one that's on the road. Harbaugh's had four years here to get his program up and running. I love what I've seen over the last six weeks, but it's time to put up or shut up against Dantonio. 

If Michigan wins this game: Harbaugh has got his team riding high on a seven game winning streak, heading into a critical, perfectly well-timed bye week to prepare for a Penn State team that may have already decided its season is over. Everyone on this team will remember last year's embarrassment against them and will be foaming at the mouth to take their anger out on McSorely and Co. Not that I think Penn State will be a pushover as there is a ton of talent there, but if we're fortunate enough to win on Saturday, I truly believe we will be 10-1 heading into Columbus in a winner-take-all game. And given how sloppy OSU has looked the past few weeks, I like our chances in that game much more now than I did at the beginning of the season. In this situation, whoever wins that game is almost guaranteed to be heading to the playoff. If Harbaugh wins on Saturday, he quiets a lot of his critics. 

If Michigan loses this game: might as well book your hotel rooms in Tampa or San Diego because we're not doing any better than the Outback Bowl or Holiday Bowl. You can forget about playoffs, Rose Bowls, playing for anything other than pride or spoiler against OSU. I know we'd only be 6-2, but all the momentum that you gained over the last six weeks, all the wind in your sails: all of that is gone if you lose on Saturday. Even with the OL progression, the only storyline on Sunday morning (and the rest of the season) would be "So what? Harbaugh STILL can't win the big game." If we lose on Saturday, we finish the regular season no better than 9-3. Maybe even 8-4 if we come into the Penn State game still reeling from MSU. 

10/17/2018 - 8:33am Someone who has traveled…

Someone who has traveled internationally more frequently than I probably has a better answer, but assuming you don't find a bar to go to, if you want to be safe I'd just tell him to pay for a VPN and watch the game that way. 

I used PureVPN when I lived in China for a few months. From what I recall it was really cheap (I think maybe $10-$15/month), and I didn't have to worry as much about streaming issues. Obviously China is a bit different from Germany in terms of internet restrictions, but just something to consider. 

10/16/2018 - 9:57pm Go ask Harbaugh. He’ll tell…

Go ask Harbaugh. He’ll tell you all about his injury report.

10/16/2018 - 8:21pm Hmmm.....so, Iran for the…

Hmmm.....so, Iran for the 2020 Spring Break trip, right?!?

10/16/2018 - 6:51pm Four fumbles and all of them…

Four fumbles and all of them recovered? 16 passes defended and somehow only one pick?

Seriously, how the fuck is MSU so damn lucky all the damn time? Any other team and you’re looking at a bare minimum of 4-6 turnovers from all of that.

10/16/2018 - 6:11pm Best of luck to him in the…

Best of luck to him in the league, but I’m sure as hell not sorry that we don’t have to play him. 

10/16/2018 - 12:29pm Whatever. If the rain comes,…

Whatever. If the rain comes, let it come. They've got to play in the exact same weather. 

10/16/2018 - 12:07pm A little surprising, but its…

A little surprising, but its probably a smart move to secure his draft status. Why risk coming back, injuring yourself even further, and losing out on a few million bucks because of it? The only scenario in which I see he may come back is if OSU makes its way to the title game. 

That being said, I'm not going to apologize for Michigan not having to square off against him in a month and a half. 

10/16/2018 - 8:16am Although I've never seen or…

Although I've never seen or heard it for myself, I've heard Angelique has a tendency to try getting under our coach's skins (maybe she does that with MSU coaches too, I don't know). Someone on a previous thread mentioned that she and Carr got into a little spat back when he was still coaching here. 

Not faulting her for being nosy. She's a journalist. That's her job, and you don't go into that business to make friends. Especially these days. But Harbaugh has no obligation to tell her much of anything. Especially not anything that gives MSU something to work with. I for one appreciate the no bullshit, business-like mentality he has going into this week. 

I think after this game has ended two of the last three years, all he wants to do is go to East Lansing, crack some skulls, get the W, and go home. 

10/15/2018 - 7:58pm All business this week.

All business this week.

Harbaugh is marshaling the troops. Come 12:00 EST this Saturday, prepare for war, my friends.

10/15/2018 - 7:13pm Assuming the results keep…

Assuming the results keep coming on the OL, and it looks like they just may, pay that man. Don’t allow him to leave.

10/15/2018 - 2:42pm My completely speculative,…

My completely speculative, uneducated guess: Milton was put in to give him a couple of reps in a real game atmosphere, especially once the game was already well in-hand. Whether he's actually passed Peters on the depth chart, I don't know. My guess is Peters is still #3. 

What I do know is that it's clear McCaffery has passed Peters on the depth chart, and presuming Patterson leaves after this season (he's said as such that he wants to), this is McCaffery's offense next year. With McCaffery being a year younger, Peters may be at a point where he never gets the starting role back. I wonder if he'll end up transferring after the season is over. Certainly would not blame him if he did. 

My prediction for the depth chart next Fall: 

1) McCaffery - he's the guy, especially based on what we've seen in the time he's played. For the first time since Harbaugh has arrived at Michigan, we have an offseason not wondering who the QB will be. 

2) Milton - Still too raw to take over, but another year or two of tutelage under Harbaugh might have him ready to challenge for the job by 2020. All the talent in the world for him to be a truly special player at the position.

3) McNamara - true freshman QB is true freshman QB. Won't see the field for anything other than 4 games of mop-up duty. 

10/15/2018 - 2:24pm I can think of a ton of…

I can think of a ton of reasons why we can lose this game: 

1) Road game, where Michigan is yet to prove it can put a complete game together against a competent opponent. MSU is a more than competent opponent. 

2) Can we win "the big game"? Wisconsin was big. This is bigger, especially now that MSU got back pretty much everything to play for after beating PSU. Michigan has tended to fall apart in the biggest games, or has just not been able to finish. MSU has been the opposite. 

3) You're playing a team that spends 365 days a year, 366 in leap years, preparing for you. Hating your guts. Vomiting with rage at the sheer thought of you. Can we match their intensity? Most years, we haven't been able to. But I don't think this team will be starved of motivation after last year's shit show. 

4) That team is coached by a man who has unparalleled success in this rivalry. He knows how to win this game, and he knows how to get his team to play its absolute best against Michigan. Every. Single. Time. 

5) You can talk about talent differential all you want. That means nothing against a Mark Dantonio-coached MSU team. There are countless instances of his teams beating other teams that, on paper, are far more talented. He went into Columbus with a backup QB and smacked around arguably the most talented OSU team ever assembled. 

For every reason we can win this game, there is another reason we can lose it. We've got a great chance to win, but this is going to be, in my opinion, a lot harder to win than Wisconsin was. 

10/15/2018 - 1:56pm Anyone who has watched…

Anyone who has watched Michigan State on an even occasional basis for the last 8 years already knew that. 

10/15/2018 - 1:45pm Harbaugh!! What is best in…

Harbaugh!! What is best in life!? 

To crush your Sparty enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!

10/15/2018 - 10:55am You’re probably right, but…

You’re probably right, but if Tua is injured for any extended period of time, that definitely limits their offensive abilities. And their defense isn’t as good as it normally is. LSU may catch them at the right time. 

Dont get me wrong: most anyone Bama plays would be a massive underdog regardless of whether Hurts or Tua are back there. But if Tua is out for a while or isn’t the same player when he comes back (big ifs for sure), then there is a chink in the armor. 

10/15/2018 - 10:50am How much emphasis is placed…

How much emphasis is placed on divisional wins vs. just conference wins in general? For example, let’s say Iowa won out, and Wisconsin won out for every game except Penn State. Who wins the division between them and Iowa?

Wisconsin has the head to head over Iowa and it’s only in conference losses are to Eastern division opponents, but they end up with more conference losses.

10/15/2018 - 10:46am I also think of the NFC East…

I also think of the NFC East. How many years in a row did it seem lime the winner of that division went 9-7 or 10-6?

10/15/2018 - 8:40am For a fanbase that thinks we…

For a fanbase that thinks we're completely irrelevant, it sure doesn't seem that way. 

10/14/2018 - 6:49pm And Iowa

And Iowa

10/14/2018 - 6:48pm Could they? Sure. Will they?…

Could they? Sure. Will they? I doubt it.

I do think it’ll be somewhat close for a half or so, as OSU gives up a ton of big plays and Purdue’s offense is predicated on big plays and getting players out in space. But I’m not sure how good Purdue’s defense really is. And if their secondary isn’t up to snuff, Haskins could be carving them up all night.

I’m guessing a final score of something like 41-24. Close at the half but OSU slowly pulls away in the second half. But if Purdue does win, I have to imagine that Auburn will be calling Brohm very soon.

10/14/2018 - 6:24pm Sounds like the same crap we…

Sounds like the same crap we all spew about Sparty every year. And then every year we either get out-coached or just out-muscled and lose, wondering how this could’ve happened.

The talent differential means next to nothing in this game. That’s why Dantonio has been able to beat some great teams that have far more pure talent (OSU, Stanford, Baylor, Michigan). MSU’s entire two deep could be walk-ons and I’d still think this game wasn’t much better than a coin flip.

10/14/2018 - 5:46pm Pride comes before the fall.

Pride comes before the fall.

For a school that despises the fact that its rival looks down upon them as athletically and academically inferior, MSU has slowly but surely become everything its ever hated about Michigan. 

10/14/2018 - 3:55pm Given that he is arguably…

Given that he is arguably Harbaugh’s biggest critic, this must just kill him to have to say. 

And I take a lot of joy in that. 

10/14/2018 - 2:34pm While it was a dominant…

While it was a dominant performance last night, we definitely also got helped by four top-10 teams losing yesterday.

Huge test coming up next weekend. MSU has been foaming at the mouth for this game for the last year. If we start slow on the road again, we’re in trouble. We’re getting their best game.

10/14/2018 - 11:19am I mean probably not, but who…

I mean probably not, but who’s going to really blame Higdon for saying so? Nothing wrong with complimenting your teammates and giving them their due credit. But they’ve got bigger tests next week, and against OSU in November.

I’m just happy to see week to week improvement. You can tell Warriner’s presence is having a huge impact.

10/14/2018 - 9:42am we’ll see. they’re going to…

we’ll see. they’re going to have to play just as well to win next week, if not better. they can definitely do it given what we saw last night. but still have to prove we can get over our road woes.

10/14/2018 - 9:22am I went in ‘14 (I lived in…

I went in ‘14 (I lived in Columbus and my father in law offered me his tickets), and I was surprised in that I wasn’t really heckled once. Got a couple of friendly jabs from my father in law’s coworkers, but nothing even remotely terrible.

Probably because we were awful that year and not perceived as a threat, but still, I was expecting at least one obnoxiously drunk student to run up to me, flick me off, and yell something to the tune of fuck Michigan. But still...nothing.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to go when we’re actually good and have something to play for. I’ve heard horror stories about tires being slashed, car sidings being keyed, and fans trying to draw you out into fights.

10/14/2018 - 8:58am I can point to many…

I can point to many instances in the game of college football (and history in general) and show you just how wrong that statement is.

Sometimes evil wins, buddy. But hopefully not next Saturday.

10/14/2018 - 8:54am It’s going to be close. A…

It’s going to be close. A hell of a lot closer than last night’s game. I’m not sure yet exactly how good MSU is, but they’re saving their best for us. Dantonio has written up trick plays just for this game, their awful OL will probably be at least decent next week because, again, we ALWAYS get their best game. Lewerke is going to look sharp next week, and we’re going to have a very hard time running the ball. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, especially now that MSU has pretty much everything to play for again.

One thing I do know, though: this team will not have any lack of motivation going into EL. They remember last year’s debacle. They’ll be ready to play. Beyond that, I’m not predicting anything about who will win. Dantonio has a long history of making his doubters look like fools. The game will probably end with a score of 21-17 or 17-14. Who wins is anyone’s guess.

10/14/2018 - 7:19am Overconfidence against…

Overconfidence against Sparty. That’s exactly what they want you to do, and exactly the kind of environment they thrive in. Where everyone doubts them. Look at what they did yesterday, on the road against a team that everyone expected to not just beat them, but destroy them.

Michigan may be the better team, but make no mistake: next Saturday is going to be a war. Especially now that MSU has pretty much everything to play for again.

10/14/2018 - 12:13am Really? A program winning 15…

Really? A program winning 15 of the last 17 games doesn’t give a psychological advantage? Even if you play the “none of the OSU players have played all these games” card, at least half of the current OSU squad has two years under their belt of coming back from double digit deficits against Michigan and winning. They know how to win this game. 

We don’t. 

10/13/2018 - 11:50pm Don Brown adjustments. Gotta…

Don Brown adjustments. Gotta love em.

10/13/2018 - 11:49pm So did Solomon and Dwumfour…

So did Solomon and Dwumfour play tonight? I swear I saw 5 and 50 on defense tonight, and I never would’ve pegged them playing tonight over Gary, given their injury situation.

10/13/2018 - 11:19pm One HELL of a gameplan…

One HELL of a gameplan. Defense was lethal, offense was efficient. Shut Wisconsin down tonight, and Gary didn’t even play (or I at least didn’t see him play). 

Got an even bigger challenge next week against MSU, so Michigan is going to have to have to be even better. But they can do it. Probably the most complete performance we’ve ever seen, under Harbaugh, against a legitimately good opponent.

If they’re fortunate enough to win next week and against Penn State, we’re going into Columbus for all the fucking marbles.

10/13/2018 - 10:41pm Fuck Xfinity and their…

Fuck Xfinity and their fucking outages. Had three separate outages in one day. This most outage only affects ABC. 

Fuck this piece of shit TV provider. 

10/13/2018 - 9:09pm anyone who said MSU was dead…

anyone who said MSU was dead.....yeah, you’re an idiot. 

this is what they do. Year after year. Drag their opponents down into the mud and make them play an ugly game. Exactly the way MSU wants it. 

10/13/2018 - 5:15pm Fucking figures that MSU…

Fucking figures that MSU would ugly this game down to their level and keep it within reach. That's their MO.

Wouldn't at all shock me to see them win this game.

10/13/2018 - 4:41pm Shea is going to…

Shea is going to collectively skullfuck the entire Rutgers defense.

10/13/2018 - 4:38pm That has to be a worse stat…

That has to be a worse stat line than when they played us in 2016. And that’s hard to do.

Ash may be fired before this year is over. He seems to have lost his team, because it’s not so much that they’re losing. It’s how badly they’re losing and how much they’re getting humiliated in each and every game. They were huge underdogs, at home, to a mediocre MAC team. And got absolutely spanked by said MAC team.

If this was year one, it’d be somewhat excusable. But in year three, he has somehow found a way to make Rutgers regress from where it was when he came in. His ass is gone before December 1st.

10/13/2018 - 4:27pm I am curious to see how OSU…

I am curious to see how OSU handles Purdue next week now that Purdue seems to have found its stride. Brohm will finds ways to get his offense in position to succeed, and against a defense prone to giving up a lot of big plays, Purdue has got a chance of keeping the game competitive well into the second half, maybe even into the fourth quarter.

I still expect OSU to win. But it could be a closer game than it ought to be.

10/13/2018 - 4:22pm Hard to talk shit about a…

Hard to talk shit about a guy who made our secondary look like chumps the minute he set foot on the field last year.

Somehow, once again, an injury to its own player became beneficial to OSU.

10/13/2018 - 4:17pm Seeing the final result does…

Seeing the final result does make me feel ever so slightly better about our chances, but it’s still a massive monkey to try and get off our back. 

OSU could lose every single starter the night before the game and I’d still feel like we’re underdogs. They have a MASSIVE psychological advantage against us where even if they’re down 28-0 going into the fourth, they will still believe they’re going to come back and win. 

We've got a legit shot, but regardless of how they played today, they will be better when they play us. Probably a lot better.

10/13/2018 - 7:40am Don’t toy with me....

Don’t toy with me....

10/12/2018 - 11:17pm Shut up bitch!! Go fix me a…

Shut up bitch!! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!

10/12/2018 - 6:43pm I’ll eat a lemon, proudly,…

I’ll eat a lemon, proudly, if that happens.

10/12/2018 - 6:43pm 24-20 good guys

17-3 at the…

24-20 good guys

17-3 at the half, offense looks great to start and we think we’re sitting pretty, but we’ve got to sweat out a second half that sees a few Hornibrook heroics and stalled Michigan drives. Shea converts a critical 3rd and 6 on a zone read that ices the game and prevents Hornibrook from getting the ball back. 

I just don’t want to see that guy get the ball in his hands with 2-3 mins left and the game on the line.

10/12/2018 - 6:34pm Cut down on the cold cuts,…

Cut down on the cold cuts, Scott. It’s seeping in, coming through your pores.