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12/05/2018 - 8:10am These were his first…

These were his first meaningful minutes this season, and arguably the first of his career. I'm not saying he'll ever have a role other than what we saw in this game -- coming in for foul-troubled Teske when Livers isn't a good matchup for the 5 -- but I am saying that he maybe didn't show what he is capable of in that role.

The problem wasn't so much Davis lumbering around as whatever it was NW was doing re: Simpson when Davis was in the game. That seems like something that can be adjusted to.

Beilien seemed positively giddy after the game about having coached against Painter and Collins so early in the season -- these kinds of games are excellent for working out the kinks, and this one of Davis not being effective when he replaces Teske is a big problem. But I don't think we can assume it can't be fixed.

The Purdue game turned in to a practice (for both teams) in the second half, and this one was a serious test.

11/22/2018 - 7:13am My favorite quote from the…

My favorite quote from the article:

... the lawsuit points to Facebook comments in which Mercado apparently admitted to helping the officials make calls. ... “Facebook is Facebook, and probably things that I should not have said,” Mercado said.

“Facebook is Facebook” should be the company’s motto.

11/18/2018 - 8:20am Only one punt, moved ball…

Only one punt, moved ball well. Something about having JBB out affected the runs inside the ten. If he’s not ready for OSU, adjustments will need to be made.

Thought two plays made the game closer than it should have been: [1] Paye’s sack that got away because he chose not to injure the QB’s knee (whistle should have blown to protect the QB in his grasp but didn’t), and [2] Shea’s pick that put the defense right back out on the field after the fumble recovery. 

Oh, and O’Neill had his thumb on the scale again. He does it via non-calls. He needs a psychiatrist.

11/18/2018 - 7:32am Yes, the attempt they showed…

Yes, the attempt they showed during the broadcast was from much earlier, before the gates were opened. Nordin isn’t 100%, and hasn’t been for a while. Would explain Harbaugh’s reluctance to use him in recent weeks for anything other than points after.  

11/18/2018 - 7:22am May be correct — he made at…

May be correct — he made at least one simulated attempt long before the game (they showed a clip of it during the game broadcast) that did not look good — could definitely be an injury. He tried to go, but couldn’t. 

11/18/2018 - 7:04am Refs — Surely O’Neill won’t…

Refs — Surely O’Neill won’t be assigned to Michigan two weeks in a row, right? Right? RIGHT?

11/15/2018 - 7:26am Schizophrenic when Teske is…

Schizophrenic when Teske is replaced by Livers and vice-versa. Later in the season, the opposition will be better prepared for the oscillation between them but Villanova had no answer last night.

Seemed like Wright wrote the game off not long after halftime and used the second half to practice against a really good defense.

11/11/2018 - 10:24am Also a nice run by the back…

Also a nice run by the back to finish, weaving just enough to throw off the pursuit angles.

11/11/2018 - 8:25am He was back in after that —…

He was back in after that — moving well, full of energy. No way he goes back in if he had aggravated whatever it was that kept him out — so probably just a  stinger like you say. But he needs to play against Indiana, not just to build on his individual progress in his return from injury, but because he’s a key on the field, drawing double-teams and changing what the opposing offense does — the rest of defense needs to see that.

For example, my hot take on Rutgers’ successful runs was that they were running away from Gary’s side and toward Winovich’s — so a bit of an adjustment was needed there.

11/11/2018 - 6:55am Harbaugh answered that…

Harbaugh might have answered that question. For just one snap, it could be Michael Sessa.

11/07/2018 - 12:10pm The only silver lining of…

The only silver lining of that would be it could prompt the move to an eight-team playoff system, with five autobids. So both Bama and Georgia would be in, Georgia as SEC champion and Bama as a one-loss non-champion -- they would be seeded to only meet in the final. Similar situation for a one-loss ND if Michigan is 12-1. Both would be in, M as B1G champion, and ND on merit.

But, seriously, did anyone watch the Bama-LSU shutout? Georgia is not getting past Bama. LSU, easily the best defense in the SEC, held them to basically 31 (three long drives and two big plays), but LSU only had 12 yards rushing. Michigan, maybe, could hold them to 24 (two long drives and two big plays). At that point, Michigan's season-long emphasis on establishing the run would come into play -- you cannot beat Bama without doing that. M is the only team in the country with any chance of doing both those things: [1] holding them to a surmountable number on offense, and [2] running the ball just well enough to keep them honest on defense.

M feels like the only team that has improved enough to have a shot against Bama. I'm still BPONE enough to not really believe in 12-1, but I do believe all of the above. If Michigan is out of the CFP, then it will be a coronation for the Tide.

11/07/2018 - 7:10am No redshirts is interesting …

No redshirts is interesting — not quite sure what to make of that — could light a fire?

You’ll still have that core of eight regulars, but the second group are now all in as well. 

11/04/2018 - 3:55am Yes.This. Although the block…

Yes.This. Although the block wasn’t on him, right? That felt like a flaw Penn State had seen on film and prepared for. 

11/04/2018 - 3:24am The question was about…

The question was about seeding, not who gets in. M is the 4 seed unless somebody above them loses.

11/02/2018 - 9:19am Basically, the committee…

The committee approach isn’t working for two main reasons:

[1] Confirmation bias toward SEC extends beyond its leaders, so top-ranked one-loss, top-ranked two-loss, top-ranked three-loss are always SEC.

[2] One or two “influencers” in the committee can cause it to skew against the data far beyond the margins for error in the data. Currently the skew is toward the ACC, with four teams ranked on average sixteen spots above where they are ranked in the FPI (BC, Virginia, NC State, Syracuse), and the B1G taking the brunt of the displacement. He posits the influencer in this case is likely Frank Beamer.

The B1G is the only conference with its ranked teams on average placed below their FPI rankings — all the other conferences’ ranked teams are on average placed above their FPI rankings. Plus, that statement does not even include MSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Purdue, who are not ranked by the committee (having been displaced by the ACC).

Points out that Purdue beat BC, Indiana beat Virginia, and Penn State beat down Pitt 51-6. Only Northwestern lost to Duke.

[EDIT: Ninja'd so added info to make it less redundant...]

11/01/2018 - 5:50am The person who needs to be…

The person who needs to be fired is Kevin Plank. The Under Armor founder who has basically invested in the Maryland athletic department (as a vehicle for promoting his brand) and was likely behind the reinstatement. The question is why?

The only rationale I can see is he believes, like you, that Durkin did nothing wrong (to be clear, I don’t agree with you — the fact players did not believe they could voice their concerns with regard to the trainer is enough for me to think he should be fired). But even that is not enough for a corporate damage-control team to sign off on reinstatement. So maybe it’s more about making sure Durkin gets paid on the way out, according to his buyout and without a lot of legal wrangling. They may be planning a big, splashy hire — the Nike/Oregon-like facilities are just coming on line this year. So it’s a message to prospective future coaches: we will have your back.

11/01/2018 - 4:41am Bully coaches like the one…

Bully coaches like the one Jabrill Peppers described re: Durkin are common in football. I think he is talking about Mattison as DC versus Durkin as DC when he says, “His tactics were different. It felt extreme at times.” He also said he thought Durkin would “calm down a little bit” and “become more of a people person” once he became a head coach.

That isn't very specific, but it does suggest Harbaugh is okay with a mixture of styles and thus a player’s coach like Mattison can be on the same staff with a high-strung bully like Durkin.

Most importantly, I don’t hear Peppers saying that players didn’t feel like they could speak up — that feels very un-Harbaugh to me. That is far and away the most damning charge the Maryland players and their families are bringing against Durkin’s tenure as head coach: the players felt they couldn’t say anything against the trainer’s tactics.

10/30/2018 - 7:16pm This is correct ^

This is correct ^

10/21/2018 - 7:16am Thanks for this, very…

Thanks for this, very helpful — JBB’s injury goes from being a serious concern to being a good chance for Steuber to get some meaningful playing time...

10/15/2018 - 7:19am Plus: Wisconsin still had…

Plus: Wisconsin still had their starting offense in — it’s only garbage time when both teams are doing it — Michigan was doing it on offense, but for some reason Cryst changed his mind after surrender punting.

If WI is going to leave their starting offense in, then you take advantage of that opportunity for more quality reps for the starting unit — the idea that they don’t need those reps is ludicrous — and you also don’t put yourself in a position where you have to suddenly put players back in the game after they thought they were done for the day. That IS a recipe for injury.

09/30/2018 - 5:52pm I think you’d need to make…

I think you’d need to make it a full time job if you’re going to do that. All Big Ten refs have other jobs and lives outside of football — none of them are getting rich doing this — becoming a public figure isn’t supposed to be part of the job description. Still, some kind of explanation that is not behind closed doors would be a good idea.

09/30/2018 - 3:00am I thought he took his eyes…

I thought he took his eyes off the ball — maybe looking to turn upfield

09/28/2018 - 8:56am One does not preclude the…

One does not preclude the other. Both things can be true — MGoBlog can have been wrong about Nebraska AND Michigan can be “elite” as you say.

09/28/2018 - 8:01am If the broadcast was right…

If the broadcast was right and Frost brought in 50 scholarship players this year (both freshmen and transfers), that compounds the team’s coaching-change adjustments. His only non-chaos thing is bringing his entire UCF staff — so Frost doesn’t have one problem Harbaugh had to contend with (developing a staff) — but coaches don’t play the games and one or two UCF transfers doesn’t change the fact Frost doesn’t know what he’s got on the field.

I think you’ll see them improve after this shake-out year, but developing players like Wisconsin isn’t easy — Frost doesn’t really strike me as a program-builder, but we’ll see. It’s what he’s trying to do, but I don’t know if he has the same leadership qualities as his model Barry Alvarez. 

09/19/2018 - 9:19am Thank you for stopping. You…

Thank you for stopping. You are wrong, and I hope you can enjoy watching this offense as it unfolds this season. Sure, there are personnel issues that limit what it can do, but this looks to me like the best design yet in Harbaugh’s tenure. This is a 9-3 team, but it is going to be in every game, even ones that go bad early like ND did. Some luck and you never know.

This is OT here, but the defense probably got the most out of this game, facing that excellent QB in the second half with the refs artificially extending the drives and moving the ball. Nobody got hurt, thank god.

09/19/2018 - 8:35am I think the point that you…

I think the point that you’re missing is that at some point in the game you’ve got to be able to run the clock. You can’t leave your defense on the field the whole game, no matter how good it is. Otherwise, you end up in a RichRod-style shootout where you score in a minute while the other team grinds down your defense. It’s exciting and excruciating at the same time, but in the end you lose the game because the opposition controls the clock.

You practice this against a defense that still believes it can win in Michigan Stadium — you don’t wait until you’ve got the game under control.

09/19/2018 - 7:14am Pretty sure that’s a typo…

Pretty sure that’s a typo for “Because that’s noT how you become a ninja.”

... or I’ve got no sense of humor and the typo is exactly why it needs to be a T-shirt?

09/18/2018 - 12:56pm dunno — something about a…

dunno — something about a golden-maned god using an mundane, down-to-earth phone, I guess — he’s outspoken for good causes and has an awesome major (evolutionary anthropology) — in short, I don’t get it either, but he is meme-worthy in a lot of ways 

09/18/2018 - 12:44pm I thought it was a trick…

I thought it was a trick play — the OL stays motionless, pretending not to know the ball was snapped, the DL rushes by, then they throw a screen pass with most of the OL out in front of it.

If so, didn’t work. 

09/14/2018 - 10:14am I thought his point about…

I thought his point about not ruining young players was more about not moving them around — a young player needs to learn his position: footwork, execution of line calls, and so on. Thus all the discussion above re: toilet-paper technique. So Hudson will stay at RT and Mayfield at LT for this season.

08/23/2018 - 10:06pm But Brady had legitimate…

But Brady had legitimate reasons for not wanting to give access to his cell phone to someone he doesn’t trust. Think tabloids, his wife, and so on. He’s an international celebrity, unlike Meyer. You can’t make the same kind of assumptions about Brady’s reasons for refusing to provide access to his phone that you can make about Meyer’s decision to delete his texts.

08/23/2018 - 6:36pm Ulizio down the depth chart…

Ulizio down the depth chart is a good sign, and in retrospect the fact he got a chance to try to prove himself last year helps underline just how thin they were on the line.

The fact we haven't heard anything about him means others have passed him by, I'll guess. Nothing more. But his experience is nonetheless useful in various ways, and he'll likely be very busy at practice, at least.

08/12/2018 - 3:26pm Basically ten years, not …

Basically ten years, not “almost two decades” — the 2007 team had a decent OL, same left side as 2006, with some younger talent at center and on the right.

But yeah, it does feel like twenty years have passed since then...

08/06/2018 - 7:41am If Ripken Jr had any class…

If Ripken Jr had any class he would have broken the streak when he tied Gehrig — dude had a disease named after him. My sister-in-law is dying from it right now. It is brutal. Breaking that record was Cal’s prerogative, but if he really wanted to be a legend, he should have left Gehrig’s name where it was.

08/03/2018 - 3:41pm I don’t think that is…

I don’t think that is decided until later. They document the injury in real time, but the sixth year doesn’t get applied for until then. He was injured against Air Force in week three, so he’s good.

Here’s hoping Black never applies for it because he leaves before then, for the first round of the NFL draft after winning his second Heisman.

06/05/2018 - 7:26pm I'm on a computer right now…

I'm on a computer right now so not testing it, but the site itself should be a lot more mobile-friendly, so apps won't matter.

I'm up-voting everybody who posts in this thread. Woo-hoo!

05/31/2018 - 11:36am Hmm

Heven't seen a good explanation for this. Only real fact we know is that his contract ended after this season, i.e., now. Presumably contract-renewal talks have been ongoing behind the scenes.

I'll guess he doesn't want to sign a new three-year contract with Real because he wants to take over Les Bleus in 2020 when Deschamps's contract ends. Sooner if they crash out of the World Cup early. Nobody's rooting for that, and they should win their group easily, but you never know.

05/21/2018 - 8:31am Was his son with him?

An entire thread and no mention of Ben Miles? The FB who just left the Nebraska program?

Seems like now would be when they'd be looking at possible landing places for him.

He would be in the same class as Ben Mason, so not ideal for Michigan, but maybe worth a visit/conversation?

05/13/2018 - 4:44pm Hear, hear

This is likely to be the media narrative going into the season, and you can bet your ass it’s been the focus of negative recruiting against Michigan.

To hell with that. Don’t waste your time explaining why it’s a weak narrative. Michigan will settle this on the field.

05/11/2018 - 3:18pm I

I can't speak for WH, but to me "undeserved success" (other than a lack-of-institutional-control here and there) means that Ohio State hasn't faced Michigan teams capable of challenging them since 2006/2007. The reason you're here on this site at all is because The Game is a game, as it were -- in recent years it hasn't been, until Harbaugh.

If I were you, I'd be worried about Harbaugh having a competent QB again, and probably more than one of them. The gravy train is done for.

05/11/2018 - 8:50am Positive take

I wouldn't expect it to be much different from all the OSU games in the Harbaugh era -- it will be tight and Michigan will have a chance to win. I really like Harbaugh's response to the losing. He hasn't lost the team or the program -- if anything, he is stronger for it, a better coach. That's a rarity, and it seems real.

Last year was the floor. Once Speight went down, whatever chance for stable QB play and making in-game adjustments they had was shot to hell. Peters wasn't ready to handle that.

I don't know if he will ever be ready, but it doesn't matter now. The reality-based depth chart will be Patterson, McCaffrey, Peters. Peters might get a short-leash first chance if Patterson is out, but having McCaffrey ready to go is a luxury Harbaugh has not had at Michigan before now. Actual QB depth. Another rarity, and the offense will be stronger for it. More confident.

So there's a decent chance Michigan will play OSU in 2018 with a healthy and competent QB, probably two of them. Harbaugh hasn't had that, outside of his first year, with Rudock.

05/03/2018 - 1:50pm Trust, but verify (what is the Latin for that?)

It's fine for the Raiders to take a chance on Hurst -- BUT that chance should be that a strong consensus of informed medical opinion clears him to play as long as he takes his meds.

I don't have a problem with him playing if the meds reduce the risk of heart problems to normal levels. Surely Michigan would not have cleared him to play if that was not the case.

I also don't have a problem with a "trust, but verify" clause in his NFL contract with regard to his taking the meds.

05/03/2018 - 12:19pm Greyshirt

Greyshirt would work, I think. He redshirted last year at Nebraska, so he's going to lose a year no matter where he goes.

So he pays for a year, then goes on scholarship for 2019. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think Nebraska can stop that.

But I doubt Michigan would want to do this -- it puts him in the same graduating class with Ben Mason, and it also reduces the size of the small 2019 recruiting class, while increasing the size of the large 2021 recuiting class.

04/30/2018 - 2:50pm Nordin

Not worried -- freshmen will be freshmen. He'll be fine. Knows what to expect now.

04/29/2018 - 5:47pm Note:

The Knicks hiring Howard would be part of their play for LeBron James. Good luck with that, but if anybody can shock the world, it's Juwan:

04/29/2018 - 3:21pm Plus

Plus he was basically a player-coach late in his career, especially for the Heat "big three" teams, where he was known for making halftime speeches -- he was 40 years old on the 2012-13 team. He started 900 games in his career. Five years as an assistant sounds about right, and the Knicks could be a good fit.

I don't know if anyone can overcome the idiocy that is JLD, but there have been some changes that might work in Howard's favor. For one, Dolan's family no longer owns Cablevision/Optimum, the source of their fortune and a major distraction for him as CEO. Now he's just a rich dumbass who inherited an NBA franchise. Probably manageable? Maybe?

04/28/2018 - 1:10pm Seems

Seems nobody's going to draft him to fill a position of need. So it will be a good defense late in the draft. Vikings, Steelers, Seahawks, Jaguars...

04/28/2018 - 12:47pm Contracts

Partially guaranteed contracts end after the second round. After that only the signing bonuses are guaranteed. Seems crazy somebody hasn't taken him at this point (Patriots on the clock at 114 now).

EDIT(s): Lions have traded up for that pick at 114 -- this is it? Nope! Hand!

04/20/2018 - 3:22pm Definitely staying to graduate

The assumption is that he won't play if he doesn't win the starting job. He graduates in December, so then would have two years of eligibility and immediate availability for the Spring practice wherever he goes.

BUT, it's possible he will end up playing even if he doesn't win the starting job and Tua is successful -- injuries, for example. I doubt Saban would screw him by playing him in garbage time, but there are plenty of scenarios in which 'Bama would need him to play. So it's uncertain as to whether he will have one or two years of eligibility when he transfers. Two is not a given.

04/10/2018 - 1:47pm Upvote

Logged in to upvote this. Articulates the heart of the matter.

And to argue that it's the timeline after January 25 that shows a continuing pattern of deception by Ole Miss.

They're arguing that they couldn't have known they would get caught beyond what had already been alleged in the first notice. That's weak, precisely because Freeze's program was dirty. Ole Miss was a dirty program, and they sold it as a clean program. End of argument.

And Shea Patterson isn't just any recruit -- he's an IMG product and because of that support he was squeeky clean.