|01/17/2019 - 11:27am||This! I really don't get…||
This! I really don't get all of the bitching about OSU and MSU being on the same cycle. Don't forget that Michigan currently has Wisconsin and Nebraska on the schedule, too. Michigan will play OSU in Columbus every two years and they'll have to play others on the road as well. MSU is as good of option as many other teams. MSU has won 53% of its games over the past three years. To quote Mark Dantonio, "Where's the threat?"
|01/10/2019 - 4:08pm||Nussmeier immediately came…||
Nussmeier immediately came to my mind, too. Fingers crossed!
|01/08/2019 - 2:34pm||Personally, I get more…||
Personally, I get more excited about the Penn State, Wisconsin....and even Nebraska games....than I do about Sparty. There's obviously a lot of in-state tension regarding the MSU game every year but the other teams are "bigger names" with more historical national relevance. Those are the games that I'd like to see. Depending on how this whole Scott Frost thing works out, the Nebraska games could be big events in the coming years.
|01/08/2019 - 12:42pm||I don't get the obsessive…||
I don't get the obsessive objection to playing OSU and MSU in the same home/away rotation. They're in the same division so you have to play them both every year. Would you rather have OSU and PSU in same rotation? OSU and Wisconsin? OSU and Notre Dame?
At some point, you're going to have to play good two good teams away. In this particular scenario, I wouldn't qualify MSU as a "good" team. Sparty is 7-6, 10-3 and 3-9 (20 - 18) in the past three seasons. You can't get a whole lot more mediocre than that.
|01/08/2019 - 12:32pm||Michigan has played Army a…||
Michigan has played Army a total of 9 times.....and not since 1962. I think that we have different definitions of "long tradition of playing".
|01/06/2019 - 12:03am||I think we're the same age…||
I think we're the same age....love your picks
|01/02/2019 - 3:07pm||From Point # 1: "As was the…||
From Point # 1: "As was the case with Bo, this will work against much of the Big Ten/the non-conference schedule, but will often fail against OSU....."
For what it's worth, Bo's record against Ohio State was 11-9-1. I'm not sure how running his chosen offense and losing to OSU is "as was the case with Bo".....because he beat them more often the not.
Also, it seems to me that the BIG teams with the most recent success against OSU would be Wisconsin, MSU and Iowa (along with Purdue this year). I'd say that those three teams also utilize a run heavy offense. Michigan was literally one play away in 2016 and one non-3rd string QB away in 2017 from beating OSU. They certainly need more creativity and to utilize their outside WR tools to stretch the field....but the general tenets of this offense can beat OSU.
|12/30/2018 - 10:11pm||My first real memory of…||
My first real memory of Michigan football was the OSU game in '73 (yeah, that one). I wore a Michigan football shirt to school pretty much every fall Friday for the rest of elementary and middle school. I had pictures of Butch Woolfolk taped to my science folder in high school (along with some Bob Ufer quotes). I've been in this for the long run.
I turned 54 a couple of days ago and I FINALLY find myself caring less than I did when I was 10. Michigan NEVER got beat down during my first 35 years of fandom. Now it happens in back-to-back games. I don't really count RichRod losing his final three games by 20, 30 and 38 (I was there for that Gator Bowl debacle).
The bottom line is, at least for me, it's getting harder and harder to care. $7M coaches can't win a division title. Players choose not to participate in bowl games (I don't necessarily blame them). It's just not the same as it used to be. Now......GET OF MY LAWN!
|12/01/2018 - 8:29pm||Well, I seem to remember…||
Well, I seem to remember Patterson having an 81 yard run on a zone read so there's that. Personally, I would have liked to see some fullback screens to Mason. Would love to see what he could do with some space and a full head of steam.
|11/28/2018 - 8:06pm||I don't get all of the Brohm…||
I don't get all of the Brohm hype (other than the potential Karlaftis flip). I understand that Purdue smoked OSU......but they lost to EMU (that's right Eastern Michigan), MSU and had to win their last game just to make a bowl game. Lots of love for 6-6. Anyway, I guess it's good for Purdue.
|11/28/2018 - 12:18pm||Michigan owes Mississippi…||
Michigan owes Mississippi State payback (or should I say, "revenge") for the last game on the Rich Rod Farewell Tour in 2010. They lost by 38.....it was painful.
|11/28/2018 - 12:08pm||I think that Michigan…||
I think that Michigan coaches could point to the fact that they landed 5 guys on the All B1G 1st Team and that might be enough to reassure some recruits. They're probably more concerned about their personal/professional growth than they are about one game (even if it was that bad).
Am I the only one that was surprised that Gary made 1st Team All B1G? I think that he missed three games (25% of the season). I'd think that it's hard to be first team with that kind of gap in the resume. Of course, I half expected Nick Bosa to make it and he only played three games. It still baffles me that he beat out Hurst for DLOY last year.
|11/27/2018 - 11:42pm||OSU blocked a punt, returned…||
OSU blocked a punt, returned an interception to the 2 and returned another interception (off the 3rd string QB) to the 19. All three of those situations resulted in TDs. That's 21 points in a 23 point loss. Michigan certainly didn't help it's own cause with miscues during the game.
|11/27/2018 - 10:55pm||Michigan essentially ran the…||
Michigan essentially ran the 2:00 offense with about 4:00 to go before halftime. They went right down the field and scored a TD (and then scored again after the Buckeyes muffed the kickoff). I thought that they should run a similar scheme and tempo throughout the game.
|11/26/2018 - 11:22pm||I agree. I can't believe…||
I agree. I can't believe that people are blaming a loss in Week 13 on a loss in Week 1. Or that fact that Michigan had to play a crappy 7-5, geographic rival, MSU team in October. If you can't get up for OSU after the past 15 years, then there's a serious issue within the program.
Also, I don't get the "Notre Dame needs us more than we need them argument". It's almost like people think that Notre Dame can't get other teams to play them. USC is on the schedule EVERY YEAR. Obviously, USC is down right now but they're as much of a college football "blue blood" as just about anybody not named Alabama. Notre Dame plays 5 ACC games every year which means that teams like Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech will rotate through their schedule on a regular basis (they played two of them this year). Notre Dame plays games in Ireland, Yankee Stadium and Jerry World. That have their own freakin' TV network (well, you know what I mean). I'm thinking that they don't need to play Michigan to be visible to the college football world or generate revenue.
|11/25/2018 - 10:38am||I agree with this. Michigan…||
I agree with this. Michigan scored 39 and left more on the field (going for two twice...and missing, Gentry's dropped TD). Yes, OSU handed Michigan a TD with the botched kickoff return. In my mind, the offense is fine, the execution (and play calling) was poor. They rarely attempted to get wide with speed. There might have been one screen pass. TE'S dropped at least three passes. It seemed like Shea was typically rolling in a direction that forced him to throw across his body. Harbaugh and Hamilton had bad days. However, I think that the offense will work.
|11/24/2018 - 8:49pm||Carr had a much better…||
Carr had a much better record considering, you know, he won The Game multiple times. He had actually had a winning record for most of his tenure (until the Troy Smith years set in). Ended up 6-7 against the Buckeyes.
I'm definitely not on the "Fire Harbaugh" bandwagon and I still think that he is the best coach for Michigan. However, this loss was largely on the coaching staff for lack readiness and adjustments.
|11/23/2018 - 2:33pm||MSU giving 27 points to…||
MSU giving 27 points to Rutgers seems like the lock of all locks. Rutgers caveats apply but MSU has only scored six points in each of their last two games. They've only scored 27 or more in one B1G game. If Rutgers scores a TD, I can't imagine Sparty getting to 35. This seems like a -17 game at best.
|11/22/2018 - 3:56pm||I'll take the under on all 3…||
I'll take the under on all 3. Dantonio will be back. The other two seem to be really up in the air.
|11/20/2018 - 2:20pm||Serious question......do you…||
Serious question......do you REALLY think that USC is going to hire James Franklin? I think that he's 3-12 against MSU, OSU and UM over the past five years. He's already punching above his weight class at Penn State....I just can't see him getting an even better job at USC.
Les Miles probably should have held out a bit longer before he took the Kansas job....
|11/19/2018 - 3:16pm||Well, they SHOULD have 3-4…||
Well, they SHOULD have 3-4 losses. Purdue hammered them, PSU got Franklin'd and Maryland imploded this past weekend. That's three losses. The MSU game was close until the official Sparty No! was issued.
All of the being said, there's absolutely no reason to be over-confident going into the game this weekend. It's fairly apparent that Michigan has the better (or at least more consistent) team at this point. However, turnovers, bad calls, trick plays, bad weather, blown coverages, missed assignments....could all come into play this game.
|11/16/2018 - 3:17pm||Not so consensus. I just…||
Not so consensus. I just randomly Googled "Can Alabama Lose To Georgia And Make The Playoffs" and the first article that came up was from Sports Illustrated (a national publication, right?) and it was suggested that Michigan is a one loss team that could be ahead of Alabama. It added caveats regarding the details of Bama's loss (controversial call, 3OT.....).....but they still suggested that Michigan would go.
Also, the Sporting News indicated that, "Michigan would be the best bet to win that argument against the Tide" when referencing one loss teams that could be ahead of Alabama.
I live in Jacksonville, FL and the local person responsible for picking Gator Bowl (or whatever they call it now) teams was on the radio earlier this week and he suggested that the SEC could get two teams in......if Michigan loses to OSU.
I think that we have different definitions of consensus.
In other news, the Gator Bowl guy projected that they'd be taking NC State if they go with an ACC team. It'll probably be MSU or Wisconsin if they pick a B1G team. The SEC team is undecided....but they'd love Florida if they lose another game and fall that far.
|11/13/2018 - 4:41pm||Disagree. Having a…||
Disagree. Having a conference championship game definitely makes a difference. Let's say that ND had a conference championship game and had to play, oh let's say.......Clemson. That would have a big impact on the rankings. The Domers should definitely lose style points for not playing in a conference championship game.
|11/13/2018 - 4:37pm||I agree with your assessment…||
I agree with your assessment. However, I also think that a 12-1 UM gets in over an 11-1 Notre Dame.....even with the head-to-head loss. I was having trouble convincing a Sparty friend of that earlier today.
|11/13/2018 - 4:35pm||I've seen a lot of people…||
I've seen a lot of people talk about Michigan's TV appeal and I just don't think that's very important in this instance. Do you really think that more people are going to tune in to watch Michigan vs Alabama than Clemson vs. Notre Dame.....or any other iteration of the Final Four? It's the semi-finals....people would watch even if MSU was playing (and losing 38-0).
|11/12/2018 - 1:48pm||Since the other games…||
Since the other games featuring highly ranked teams are on Friday (OU vs WVU and U-Dub vs WSU), what are the chances that GameDay will be in Columbus for a Top 10 match-up between Michigan and OSU? I'd say that it's pretty good except that both teams have already been featured on GameDay twice this year (although not in Columbus). Michigan (@ ND and Wisconsin). Ohio State (neutral with TCU and @ PSU).
|11/11/2018 - 12:37pm||Thank you for the dose of…||
Thank you for the dose of sanity!
|11/08/2018 - 3:45pm||It's not Monday Morning…||
It's not Monday Morning Quarterbacking because I would have said the same thing before the play. It wasn't the most judicious use of assets given the time remaining and score of the game (and the time of year). Also, I hate referring to players as "assets" but I'm at work so I'm in that mode.
I understand that football is a physical game. I know that people get hurt. Hell, the starting QBs from the last three teams that has played (Hornibrook, Lewerke and McSorley) have all missed time recently (or been pulled from games) because of injuries.
I'm totally behind the coaching staff and support their right to make decisions. Sometimes they just make the wrong ones. Kind of like declining the penalty on a kickoff out of bounds and not taking the ball at the 35 yardline. I'm looking at you James Franklin.
|11/08/2018 - 1:58pm||There was less than two…||
There was less than two minutes to go in a 42-7 game. It could have been a handoff to the 5th RB at that point in the game.
Perhaps you haven't seen any of the meaningful snaps that McCaffrey has taken this season (a 44 yard TD run against Wisconsin comes to mind). He's certainly had game experience.....including a near TD run in the previous series against PSU.
|11/08/2018 - 9:52am||This! I re-watched the PSU…||
This! I re-watched the PSU game last night (was at the game on Saturday). It seems like having a QB run play with McCaffrey in the last two minutes of a blow-out was probably a mistake. If Michigan gets a big lead, I hope that back-up players see a lot of action.
|11/07/2018 - 12:28pm||You bring up an interesting…||
You bring up an interesting point. What would the BCS do this year is Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated? I suppose that Alabama and Clemson would play for the NC but I suspect that Notre Dame's win over Michigan would be better than anything on Clemson's resume.
I think that the four team playoff is better than the two team BCS.....and eight teams would be even better.
|11/07/2018 - 11:01am||Still not sure that I follow…||
Still not sure that I follow the conspiracy theory. The committee is made up of representatives from every conference.....as well as multiple "at large" members. Most of them don't have a vested interest in tipping the balance toward the SEC.
Herb Deromodi would most likely support Michigan's case. PAC 12 guys like Ronnie Lott and Rob Mullens are possibly more aligned with the B1G over the SEC. You could certainly make an argument that Bobby Johnson (former Clemson player) and Ken Hatfield (former Clemson head coach) would love to find a reasonable opportunity for Clemson to avoid Alabama in the playoffs. I'll admit I'm concerned that Gene Smith is the B1G rep because, well, Ohio State.
I just think that the committee is too diverse for "the fix to be in". There's no reason for people from other conferences overly support the SEC. A final four of Clemson (ACC), Notre Dame (essentially ACC), Georgia (SEC) and Alabama (SEC) would be disastrous for the committee. The whole process breaks down if three of the P5 conferences are excluded.
Let's see how this plays out.....
|11/06/2018 - 10:19am||A former Michigan QB named…||
A former Michigan QB named Jim Harbaugh finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in 1986. I'm not sure if he went to NYC.....but he certainly would have in today's Heisman format.
|11/01/2018 - 11:38am||I disagree. A one loss …||
I disagree. A one loss (conference champion) Michigan would have a better resume than a one loss Bama. More wins against better teams.
The Committee can't possibly take two (essentially) ACC teams in Clemson and ND and two SEC teams in LSU and Bama. Especially if one loss conference champs Michigan and Oklahoma are sitting on the outside.
There are still a lot of games to play so it will sort itself out but if Michigan runs the table....they are getting in.
|10/30/2018 - 3:12pm||I'm flying in from Florida…||
I'm flying in from Florida for the weekend......and plan on hitting Fraser's after the game. I used to love that place in the early/mid '90s.
|10/30/2018 - 12:54pm||Exactly! PSU was one JT…||
Exactly! PSU was one JT Barrett 4th down spot away from missing the B1G Championship Game in 2016. If Michigan wins this weekend, Harbaugh will be 3-1 against Franklin (worst case is 2-2).
As far as being stuck in the past goes....perhaps the writer missed Patterson's 81 yard TD run against Wisconsin. Or McCaffrey's 44 yard TD run. Or Joe Milton's 23 yard run....
|10/30/2018 - 11:35am||I don't think so. I can't…||
I don't think so. I can't imagine that the CFP would consist of Clemson (13-0), ND (12-0), LSU or UGA (12-1) and Bama (11-1).....that didn't even win their division.
Yes, I realize that it's happened before. However, this scenario leaves out the Pac 12, Big 12 and B1G. If 60% of your pool isn't invited to the party....the party won't go so well. The committee would be faced with a huge dilemma (because everyone believes that Bama is a Top 4 team) but I just don't think that they could let them in at the risk of alienating over half of the conferences. Particularly if you have multiple 12-1 conference champs in the mix (Michigan, Oklahoma....and OSU or Washington State to a lesser extent).
BTW.....I think that the OP's ranking is spot on for tonight.
|10/22/2018 - 5:25pm||I don't know. Stanford was …||
I don't know. Stanford was #7 when ND beat them. VA Tech was #24 when ND beat them. If Michigan continues to roll, ND would have a win over a current Top 5 team. I just don't see an undefeated ND falling behind a team that it beat head-to-head (even if it was in Week 1).
|10/22/2018 - 4:37pm||Wait, you think that an…||
Wait, you think that an undefeated Notre Dame team that beat Michigan head-to-head would get a higher seed (4) than Michigan (2)? I just don't see that happening. The same with an undefeated Clemson team.
|10/19/2018 - 4:37pm||This made me feel good at…||
This made me feel good at first.....and then I realized that Michigan has been outscored 41 - 37 on the road this year.
I'm clinging to the fact the Michigan won in East Lansing two years ago as a rationale that it can (will) happen again.
|10/17/2018 - 3:42pm||The same with Schiano to a…||
The same with Schiano to a certain extent. He's in his third season at OSU but he certainly isn't an "up and comer". Hell, he's already had an NFL HC gig. Between Larry Johnson, Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson (former HC at Indiana).....I'm not so sure about the theory that Urban brings in young coaching talent and then expects them to move on. Of course, you have Tom Herman, Luke Fickell and Chris Ash (can't type that without laughing....) on this list of young coaches who became HC's.
|10/15/2018 - 3:44pm||I'm in the camp that hates…||
I'm in the camp that hates calling this a rivalry game. However, I'm OK with calling it an "in-state" rivalry because, duh, they're in the same state.
I reserve "rivalry" for OSU and Notre Dame. Those are the teams that Michigan competes with (or at least used to) for B1G championships, high end recruits, national exposure.....things like that. With all three of those teams in the Top 10....and ND back on the schedule next year.....it looks like it's coming around again.
|10/15/2018 - 2:07pm||After re-reading....I can…||
After re-reading....I can see how you meant Indiana this year!
|10/15/2018 - 1:26pm||Michigan (and Harbaugh!)…||
Michigan (and Harbaugh!) lost to Minnesota in '86.....not Indiana.
|10/14/2018 - 1:36pm||LSU still has to play Bama …||
LSU still has to play Bama (a likely 2nd loss). UGA would need to play Bama in Conference Championship game. Another likely loss.
It would be interesting if UGA wins out and Bama has one loss in Conference Chamionship game (to UGA)....but I don't see that happening. A one loss Michigan team (on a 12 game winning streak) likely gets in. Still a looong way to go.
|10/09/2018 - 4:33pm||That story was almost too…||
That story was almost too ridiculous to believe. The original seats cost $3.5M to install....and that was only a year ago!
I follow the Wings pretty closely and almost always purchase the NHL Center Ice package to watch them from out-of-state. I decided not to do that this year. I just couldn't justify spending the money (even though it's not that much in the larger scope of things) for the product that they're going to put on the ice this year.
|10/09/2018 - 1:19pm||In addition, Michigan would…||
In addition, Michigan would be on a 12 game winning streak with its only loss coming on the road to a Top 4 team (by seven points). Clemson's resume couldn't stack up with that.
|10/07/2018 - 2:40pm||I don't know about a…||
I don't know about a probable playoff berth for OU or Texas. The Top 4 "probables" at this time are Bama, Clemson, OSU and Notre Dame. If they stumble, UGA, or UM/PSU might be the next up.
My guess is that WVU is the Big 12 team with the best chance of getting in. Based on SOS (and a potentially undefeated ND)....I think it will be hard for a one loss Big 12 team to make the playoff. SEC, ACC, B1G and ND would all get there first.
|10/04/2018 - 2:10pm||I think that I was at the…||
I think that I was at the games against Navy in 1976 (70-14) and Duke in 1978 (52-0) as a middle school student from Brighton. In retrospect, those were probably sub-MAC level teams by today's standards.
|10/02/2018 - 10:08am||Did anybody else notice that…||
Did anybody else notice that Higdon got a lot of 1st down carries? In fact, he got Michgan's last six carries on 1st down. All of them went for one yard or less. I found myself yelling at the TV for them to mix it up a little bit because that clearly wasn't working. To be fair, I think that Higdon also had runs of 18 and 30 yards on 1st downs earlier in the game. It was just the six in a row that was getting to me.