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05/22/2018 - 11:03am # 5

With Michigan at # 5, it's essentially is saying that Michigan will go 10-2 in the regular season with loses to Ohio State and one other "at large" team......and then win their bowl game.

.......or Michigan will go 11-1 in the regular season, including a win over OSU (!)......but then lose their bowl game.

Either way, Athlon is probably looking at an 11-2 finish with the showdown in Columbus having a big impact on the season.  That's good to see.....especially in late May.

05/15/2018 - 12:26pm Casablanca

I think that Stan and Phillip will have a Rick and Louis moment from Casablanca......and "this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship".  That's probably after Phillip kills Claudia....who is General Strasser in this scenario.

I have no idea what happens to Elizabeth but it seems like she's gone too far to turn back now.


03/02/2018 - 12:47pm Nebraska

"Atlantic City" is brilliant.  "Open All Night", "Johnny 99" and "Reason To Believe" are all good.

03/01/2018 - 1:16pm $30 for a domestic bucket..... a special?  I'd hate to see the "regular" price!  I live in Jacksonville, FL and can get a domestic bucket at a tiki bar in St. Augustine along a major waterway (and spitting distance from the Atlantic Ocean) for about $12.....while I watch the dolphins swim by.  I think that I'll stick with that plan.

Actually, I'm "working from home" this afternoon so that I can watch from the comfortable confines of my house.


02/21/2018 - 8:26am 4th Quarter Leads

He's also consistantly lost 4th quarter leads. Not just against MSU (2015) and OSU (2016 and 2017).....but against Iowa, Florida State and South Carolina (and they were leading Wisky in 3Q).  When you you a Top 5 defense, it seems like 4Q leads should be fairly safe.  I don't know if it's conservative play calling, mental weakness, physical conditioning or something else....but this has to be fixed.

For the record, I still think that Harbaugh is the right (only?) coach for Michigan at this time.


02/14/2018 - 5:02pm Nussmeier

Wasn't Doug Nussmeier an OC at Alabama, too?  I'm not so sure that past results are indicative of future returns.

02/12/2018 - 1:29pm A Different Perspective

Duke has three losses to unranked teams.  MSU has none.  Duke only has one win against a currently ranked team (MSU).  MSU has two wins over currently ranked teams (Purdue and UNC).  Duke is ranked 10/12.  MSU is ranked 1/2.

I'm not lobbying for MSU by any means, just pointing out that there's very little difference between Duke and MSU (as your Kenpom numbers indicate), 


02/12/2018 - 1:14pm Good Catch!

I missed that one (and can't edit it for some reason). Good catch!

02/12/2018 - 12:41pm One More Win.....

If Michigan could flip almost any of their losses to a win, it seems like it would help their resume a lot. 

Any win against Purdue, OSU or UNC would look pretty good right about now.  Conversely, if any of the clunkers (LSU, Iowa, Northwestern) had been a W, that would get a "bad loss" off of the resume. I guess that Nebraska doesn't move the needle much one way or the other.  It shows how important each game is......and what a grind the regular season can be.  

02/12/2018 - 12:35pm Yeah, but....

......Duke lost to BC, NCSU and St. Johns (all teams are lower rated than Michigan or OSU) and hasn't held serve against UVA or UNC, yet and they still got a # 2 seed.  A lot of that could be the "Duke Factor".

I totally agree with you on the unbalanced schedule.  It's crazy that MSU only plays the top 4 other teams in the conference one time each (and mostly at home).


02/08/2018 - 11:15am Enos

Personally, I'm glad that the Enos situation worked out the way that it did.  It just wasn't a very inspiring hire (not to mention the Sparty thing).  

I'm surprised that Scot Loeffler doesn't get mentioned more.  His resume is decent (although not great) and I think he'd certainly be an upgrade over Enos.  He's from Ohio, played at Michigan, had coaching stints at Florida (under Urbs), Auburn, VA Tech and now Boston College (which runs an offense similar to what Michigan is looking for.....and just had a true freshman rush for 1400+).   

01/29/2018 - 12:53pm To Be Honest...

I'm pretty sure that Izzo answered that question by saying "To be honest......I don't remember....".  It's a different kind of guy who can open with "to be honest" and then lie in the next statement.

01/09/2018 - 12:20pm Big Ten East or West.....

I could pretty easily see UCF at 9-3 with Wisconsin's schedule last year.  Of course they could lose any games but the only ones that stick out are Northwestern, Iowa and Michigan.....and Wisconsin had all three of those games at home.

01/09/2018 - 8:48am 9-3 or 8-4

Personally, I hate the 9-3 or 8-4 argument because it doesn't offer any context.  In my mind, not all losses are the same (even though the count the same in the final tally).  Sure it's easy to look at a schedule and pick projected wins, losses and toss ups.  People projecting four losses last year were thinking about Florida, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.  Once Michigan beat Florida (smoked them actually), the basement should have moved to three losses.

If you're JMFH coaching at Michigan, you can't loss every single game against good competition.  In 2016, Michigan lost three games by a total of five points.  They were competitive in every game.  Not ideal, but easily explainable.

In 2017, they lost five games by 65 points.  All but Michigan State (a projected "win" before the season) and South Carolina (a projected "win" going in to the bowl game) were by double digits.  They had second half leads in all three of the final games (Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina).....and still managed to lose them all.  I'm sure that it's not coincidental that they had second half leads in all three 2016 losses as well.

People are obviously going to play the QB card here, but the fact remains that last night's NC game featured two true freshmen and a RS freshman QB.  Those players are out there.  It's not unreasonable to ask for Michigan to have responsible QB play in year 3 (through recruiting or development or grad transfer).

This is not intended to be a slam of the program (or JH), just my observation of the 2017 season (and late 2016 for that matter).



01/09/2018 - 8:19am And...

.....Alex Leatherwood (FR) and Damien Harris (JR).  It was a little disheartening to see how many guys Michigan was close to landing (but couldn't seal the deal) playing in this game.

I'm surprised at the state of Michigan's OL and QB situation going into year 4 of Harbaugh.  A KJ Costello or Devery Hamilton would really help at this point.  They need more big wins on the recruiting trail.

01/04/2018 - 1:03pm Yeah, but....

.....being comfortable (or even very comfortable) doesn't mean that he's right.

I'd be comfortable (even very comfortable) saying the Charles Woodson was the best CB in program history.  You might even be able to make a similar case with Steve Hutchison at guard.

Outside of that, I think it's very difficult to make the "best in program history" distinction at any other position. 



01/04/2018 - 10:04am "Best DT In Program History"

I love Mo Hurst.  Really, I do.  But it seems pretty arrogant to declare him the "best DT in program history".  As Harbaugh has said, any time you compare things you run the risk of doing a disservice to them.  I can think of at least two DTs (Mark Messner and Alan Branch) who certainly belong in the conversation. 

12/06/2017 - 10:59am Gator Bowl

Were you at the 2010 (11) Gator Bowl against Mississippi State?  That was quite possibly the worst Michigan game ever. 


I actually live in Jacksonville now....but didn't at the time.  We had a good time enjoying NYE festivities along the river and the pre-game scene wasn't bad.  However, the game itself was atrocious (and now I hate cowbells).

12/04/2017 - 4:47pm This

I think that it sort of gets lost just how critical that MSU game was this year.  It was a "must win"....that they didn't win.  Consider that Sparty is # 16 with a 9-3 record.  Michigan would be at least that high if they had won that game.....with a chance to finish in the 10-12 range after the bowl games.

In some ways, losing to Sparty this year is more painful than it was in 2015.  Not necessarily the way they lost (hard to top 2015), but in terms of perception and reclaiming the rivalry.

11/28/2017 - 3:55pm Echo Chamber....

.....I like it! The group think on MGoBlog is out of control at times.

I like having Jim Harbaugh as the HC. He was the best option in 2014 and he's the best option in 2017. However, it's short sighted to not acknowledge that the results have not been optimal. Michigan had second half (often 4Q) leads in most of the 10 losses over the past three season. It will be critical to close out games in 2018.

11/21/2017 - 8:33am Michigan Quarterback

I think that the Michigan QB situation is much more important than the OSU QB situation.  I would guess that Michigan has a 40-45% chance to win with some QB(s) and a 10-15% chance to win with another.  Brandon Peters health is critical to this game.

11/18/2017 - 10:48pm Not True

You indicated that no other team in the Top 25 is starting a 3rd stringer at QB....well neither is Michigan. Since Peters started today (and the past two weeks), he's not a third stringer. Second string at worst. He clearly beat JOK out for the second spot...and did so before today.

11/15/2017 - 8:02am Good Info

I was in Tokyo for work during the Penn State game and could not figure out a way to get the game.  I have DirecTV at home and wasn't able to use that app out of the country.  I ended up listening to the game on a radio app and following ESPN updates on my laptop.  Meanwhile, a typhoon was coming ashore outside.  It wasn't a good day.

11/13/2017 - 11:35am Florida Institute of Technology

There's already a Florida Tech (or sorts) down in Melbourne.  A friend's daughter played lacrosse there.  College on the beach.....not a bad way to go.

11/01/2017 - 8:15am No Good Wins

Unless PSU somehow makes it to the B1G Championship Game, they won't have any "good" wins on their resume.  It's possible (depending on what happens to UM and MSU) that they won't have any Top 25 wins.  That could make it tough (or impossible) for them.

10/12/2017 - 12:28pm Strengths

I'm not trying to be sarcastic.....but what ARE the offensive strengths?

In my mind, it's probably intermediate passes to TE's who create mismatch issues.  At least enough of that to keep the safeties honest and not loading up the box.  Grant Perry has the ability to make some things happen (again, intermediate range).  Outside of that, an occasional swing pass to Poggi/Hill seems to work.  The deep pass game is non-existent....especially without Black.

In the run game, I'd still like to see more of Ty Isaac (fumble last week notwithstanding).  He's still the most physical RB (who whiffs in pass pro) and gives them the most "identity".  40% Isaac, 25% each Evans/Higdon and 10% other. 

I'm really shocked by how bad this offense is in Year 3 (outside of the second half against Purdue).



09/13/2017 - 2:08pm Monday

I live in Jacksonville, FL and it really is Monday for us.  The office has been closed since Friday due to Hurricane Irma.  This is our first day back to work this week.....otherwise known as "Monday".

09/13/2017 - 2:05pm My Ticket Experience On Saturday

Contrary to my Raleighwood name, I currently live in Jacksonville and was in A2 for the game last weekend.  I had plans for the Bob Seger concert at night (as well as watching the WMU vs MSU game) so could only stay at the game for an hour or so.  I ended up buying a $30 ticket in the south endzone, 11 rows up.  I got the ticket from a scalper outside of the stadium.  It was a hard ticket and looked legit.

The ticket taker wasn't able to scan the ticket on first attempt but he didn't seem too concerned, hit a few keys, and then let me in.  When I got to my seat, it was occupied.  The guy told me that I got a ticket he had "lost" and it had been replaced.  He showed me another ticket with the same seat location.

I was able to hang out in another seat for most of Q1.  When those people finally came, I just lingered at the top of the section near the entrance.  It wasn't a big deal, and I didn't raise an issue with the ticket office, because I couldn't stay for the whole game.  It might have been different for a bigger game.  Anyway....that's a lesson learned.  I won't tell you about the time I got scammed for $400 outside the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta.  Ouch!

Also, take it for what it's worth, but I know a ticket taker and she mentioned that her manager (or someone like that) said that the MSU game would be at 7:00.  I guess we'll find out for sure in a few weeks.

Oh yeah, the Seger concert was really good.




09/05/2017 - 12:10pm I hear what you're saying...

.....and don't necessarily disagree.....but he's won the SEC East in each of his first two seasons.  They beat LSU on the road last year and destroyed Iowa in the Outback Bowl.  I think that he might have a little bit of good will built up....but this game certainly didn't help anything.

08/18/2017 - 8:36am Intuition Brewing

Did you know that there's an "open container" policy around the stadium before the games?  You can go to Intuition and get a "to go" beer to drink while walking to the game (or concerts).  Of course, I guess it's cheaper to just bring your own and tailgate in the parking lot.  Every city should have an open container policy for certain events.

08/09/2017 - 12:30pm David Reese

One time Michigan commit, David Reese, is the Player To Watch for Florida.  I can't help but think that he's one that got away a little bit.  Still, Michigan seems to be pretty well stocked at LB going forward.....especially for the style of D that they play.

I also thought it was strange that McSorley (PSU) was in SI's Top 10 but Mason Cole was not.  I guess that OL doesn't necessarily get a lot of recognition but surely Cole is the better football player (4 year starter, versatility.....).


08/03/2017 - 1:01pm Penn State Reminds Me Of....

Penn State reminds me of Wisconsin in the late 90's.  They won a B1G title and they won a Rose Bowl (Wisky....not PSU).....but they never beat Michigan and Ron Dayne (or Barkley in this case) never rushed for 100 against Michigan.


08/02/2017 - 2:58pm Built On Freshmen and Sophomores

Speight, Cole, Kugler, Runyan, JBB, Bunting, Wheatley, Higdon, Isaac, Perry, Hill, Poggi, Mone, Hurst, Winovich, McCray, Furbush and Kinnel all might disagree that the team is "built on freshman and sophomores"......and they should all see plenty of PT (Runyan and/or JBB).

I don't think that sophomores are really what they used to be, either (early enrollment, training...).  There will be PLENTY of contributions from Crawford, Evans, Bredeson, Onwenu, McDoom, Gary, Mettellus, Hudson, Long, Hill, Uche, Gil, Bush.....and probably a few others (Dwumfour and Kemp come to mind).

It's not an ideal situation but OSU won a NC a few years ago with a team that prominently featured Elliott, Bosa and Barrett.....all sophomores at the time. 

I'm curious to see how Michigan looks against Florida.  I don't think that it will be the organizational stinker that the Utah game was a few years ago.  Some of the younger players should have their feet under them by the time B1G play comes around.  The PSU, Wisconsin and OSU games are all past mid-season.  This team should be fine. 


07/25/2017 - 2:23pm Michigan Girlfriend

I sat in the family section for the Penn State game last year and remember seeing her wearing a "Michigan Girlfriend" shirt (like Michigan Football, Michigan Law....).  Thought it was a little strange at the time.  Hopefully justice (whatever that is) prevails.

07/24/2017 - 2:58pm Cincinnati Is Still In Ohio

I had considered Cincinnati.....but it's in Ohio and I really wouldn't want to generate any revenue down there.

07/24/2017 - 12:50pm Agree

Both schools are within ~2 hours of Chicago (and they don't have a historic rivalry) so that makes it more of a natural fit.  

The Michigan v. Florida game in Dallas makes absolutely no sense to me.  However, it would be awesome if this were a home and home series.  I think that I read somewhere that Florida hasn't played an OOC game outside of Florida since the 90's.

i was thinking about it and there's really not a good regional, neutral site game for Michigan.  You could rule out all of the Ohio cities right away.  Indy might be a fine city.....but I don't think that it generates any interest.  Chicago and Green Bay might be OK due to the historic aspect of the stadiums but I can't think of another team within driving driving distance that would generate interest.  Chicago would have been OK if Nebraska wasn't already in the B1G.

The closest destination city/game that I can think of would be UGA vs Michigan in that might generate some excitement!

07/13/2017 - 10:23am Exactly

I paid $175 for UTL in 2011.....and had so much fun that I came back to pay $140 for the OSU game.  I think both of those prices were pretty reasonable by today's standards.

Other than that, I doubt that I've ever paid more than $30 for a ticket in A2 (there was the time that I paid $100 at Penn State in 2006....but that was a road game).  The stadium holds 110K, there's ALWAYS somebody selling tickets at a reasonable price outside the stadium.  You just have to know how to play the game (don't get tickets early, be willing to walk away, only show limited cash....but stash more away in case you need it).

The only time that I thought it was impossible (or at least really cost prohibitive) to get a ticket was the OSU game in 2003.  There was nothing for less than $200 and most were asking $300 or more.


05/31/2017 - 5:43pm Scalping

The last two times I scalped I got a Rutgers ticket for $25 in 2015 and a Penn State ticket for $10 in 2014 (bought two for $30 then sold one for $20). The only problem is that Cincinnati is coming to town.....and that's driveable for their fanbase.

05/31/2017 - 3:55pm Bob Seger

I'm flying up from Florida for the Bob Seger concert the weekend of 09/09.  I'm sort of glad that's a noon game.  I might try to scalp a $20 ticket outside the stadium and stay until halftime before heading off for pre-concert tailgate festivities.

I'm a little torn because I graduated from WMU and they're playing Sparty in East Lansing that day.  If that game has a noon kick-off......I might try to head up there.  The Broncos could have a reasonable chance of beating them depending on how much disarray Sparty is in after all of the legal issues (and 3-9).


05/26/2017 - 2:21pm Alt Country

I'm at a strange age where I still like to listen to music (maybe that never stops) but have limited interest in the current "scene".  

I've been listening to A LOT of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt, Old 97's, Ryan Adams, Avett Brothers, Lucero, Drive-By Truckers and American Aquarium.....with some Johnny Cash sprinkled in for good measure.

05/20/2017 - 12:12pm Marcus Ray

I think that it was Marcus Ray.  The quote was something along the lines of, "We're Michigan, they're Penn State.  Enough said".

04/12/2017 - 2:51pm Detroit Lions General Manager

GM is a position, right?  I'd say all of the GM positions get a lot of scrutiny.

I understand the argument (and the history) behind the Red Wings goalie but it seems like they split time around 60/40 these days (adjusted for games missed due to injury).  No more than 75/25....except possibly in playoffs.  It's hard to blame one goalie in particular.  If one of them is not winning, the other one will play more.  If neither is winning, the blame gets split (and diluted).

My real vote would probably go to:

1. Tigers Bullpen - It's hard to lump all of these guys together.....but it seems appropriate. 

2.  Lions QB 

3.  Michigan QB

4.  Wings Goalie


02/17/2017 - 12:54pm Archie Miller

NC State fired Mark Gottfried this week (or will at the end of the season).  I'm sure that Archie Miller will be at the top of their list.  He and his wife both graduated from seems like a pretty good fit.

On the other hand, I heard last night (might have been during the Michigan game), that Archie might not be interested in the NCSU job.  There's a A LOT of pressure to win there and going head-to-head against Duke and UNC every year isn't the best way to grow a program.  It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.


02/11/2017 - 10:53am White Guys

You just named a bunch of guys who don't necessarily have a lot in common other than, you know, being white. Cole Beasley (5' 8") and Eric Decker (6' 3") are not the same kind of receiver. The same goes for Welker and Nelson.

In my mind, Oliver reminds me of someone like Jason Avant. Precise routes, decent speed, good hands....a good possession receiver with some ability to stretch the field.

01/20/2017 - 2:26pm Saban

I live in Jacksonville and saw the Saban story on the news last night.  I think that he went to three different schools (all private) during the day.  It's crazy the amount of football talent available in this area.  

Two Heisman Trophy winners (Tebow and Henry) have come out of the area recently (Tebow is still recent to me) along with a ton of other D1 talent.  It's interesting to follow along.

01/08/2017 - 2:33pm Sarcasm

Yes, it was sarcasm and yes, I've been to Berkeley. There aren't too many other cities in the US quite like that.

01/08/2017 - 1:45pm PJ Fleck

PJ Fleck should have held out for two more days. Kalamazoo is basically the Berkeley of the Midwest....easy transition.

01/07/2017 - 10:35am Yeah, but....

Yeah, but Cleveland is in Ohio and Detroit is not. Advantage Detroit.

01/02/2017 - 3:58pm Fair Enough....

....but this team probably didn't meet ANY of its goals. That's particulary disappointing given the level of experienced and/or NFL level talent on the roster (per Brian's post).

At the end of the day....we probably just have different definitions of the word "very".

01/02/2017 - 1:44pm Very Good Season

I think that I disagree with your assertion that it was "a very good season". I don't know what their specific team goals were coming into the season but I imagine that it went something like this:

1. Win East
2. Win B1G
3. Make Playoffs
4. Win Bowl Game
5. Win NC

You might throw in "beat MSU" or "beat OSU"....but that's probably more of a fan thing than a team thing. Every game is a "championship game" in the Harbaugh world.

Essentially, this team didn't meet any of its goals (except possibly for beating Sparty). It's a results oriented world and this team just didn't get them (for a variety of explainable reasons). It's hard to call that "very good".