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12/18/2018 - 3:36pm Because that is too high.

Because that is too high.

12/12/2018 - 2:29pm The "cough" is not fully…

The "cough" is not fully warranted.  This is actually true if the kid is not producing on the field.

12/12/2018 - 2:14pm You can't mean Mike Hart, he…

You can't mean Mike Hart, he was only a 3 star.

12/11/2018 - 1:13pm I'd imagine the argument for…

I'd imagine the argument for selecting the four "best" conference champions is; what if someone like NW 2018 wins the conference championship game? 

That being said, I like the idea of using as objective criteria as possible, so why not take all five conference champs?  If someone like NW 2018 gets in, then so be it. 

By the way, what if both Pitt and NW had won, taking the four "best" still lets one in.

12/11/2018 - 12:55pm Example of a trade that…

Example of a trade that would help a team and isn't ridiculously lopsided. 

Matt Patricia for a used football.

12/11/2018 - 12:50pm First, not sure schools find…

First, not sure schools find joining conferences is "necessary".  "Beneficial", maybe?

Second, the schools themselves find the conferences beneficial under the conditions that existed/exist.  Perhaps the poster is suggesting the changes the conditions, such that conference membership is no longer beneficial.

12/11/2018 - 12:45pm I think it should be 20.  …

I think it should be 20.   Play everyone in your division in round robin.  Winners of the division play in the championship.  Suppose you had a Big Ten division and a Pac 10 division, the winners could meet every year somewhere, like maybe the Rose Bowl.

12/11/2018 - 12:40pm Is it really I good idea if…

Is it really a good idea if everyone knows it is not implementable?

12/10/2018 - 4:02pm Get your 11 biggest…

Get your 11 biggest/strongest guys on the field.  Bunch them up.  Hike the ball and slowly push forward.

12/07/2018 - 11:02am UNC is 643 miles from Ann…

UNC is 643 miles from Ann Arbor by car.  Austin is 1333.  So obviously UNC is closer, but UNC is far enough that is a plane ride anyway.  When you consider the time of the total trip, time to gather, get to the airport, board, fly, deboard, get to destination, how much of a difference does another 1.5 hours in the air make?

12/07/2018 - 10:52am Doesn't same apply to…

Doesn't same apply to Nebraska and they obviously are in.

12/07/2018 - 10:46am The conference championship…

The conference championship game effectively becomes the first round of the playoffs of 8 teams from 4 conferences each with 2 divisions.  

12/07/2018 - 10:41am It obviously depends on the…

It obviously depends on the metric you use, but:

Iowa State, WVU, TCU, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Okie St + UCF, Memphis, Houston  

would seem to be <<< 

Arizona, Arizona St, Cal, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon St, USC, Stanford, Utah, Washington, WSU

12/03/2018 - 11:49am If the playoff selection…

If the playoff selection involves some selection of participants based on some ranking, committee... (ie, has "at-large" bids) then the more teams you add to a playoff the more likely it is that there is no discernible difference between the last team selected in v. the first team not selected.

 

12/03/2018 - 11:44am But this would benefit the…

But this would benefit the SEC since the "at-large" bids would not in fact be "at-large", but SEC 2nd and 3rd place finishers. 

12/03/2018 - 10:45am Russian on Russian violence.

Russian on Russian violence.

12/03/2018 - 10:39am I agree with the idea of…

I agree with the idea of eliminating the extra conference championship game.  While reducing conferences to 10 teams would be the best outcome, the conferences aren't going to let someone dictate to them how many teams they're allowed to have.  So, it would be up to the conferences to decide how to select a champion without having a championship game.

12/01/2018 - 6:42pm yes.  I missed that, but not…

yes.  I missed that, but not surprised.

12/01/2018 - 6:27pm How long until Danielson…

How long until Danielson starts to whore himself out to his SEC masters and start pushing for Alabama to still get in?

12/01/2018 - 1:43pm Not sure a conditional…

Not sure a conditional championship game works.  You need to determine the winner through the tie-breakers.

12/01/2018 - 12:39pm "no love lost".  Either, I…

"no love lost" between Gray and the coaching staff.  Doesn't that mean they don't like each other?  Did he mean that?

12/01/2018 - 8:49am 3.)  On Xbox, user M Go Cue…

3.)  On Xbox, user M Go Cue just dominated LSU at night in death valley.  So, we've got LSU figured out.

12/01/2018 - 8:46am On hand, yes they can.  On…

On hand, yes they can.  On the other hand, they might not.  On the other hand, they might.

 

fify

12/01/2018 - 8:06am Certainly lots of potential…

Certainly lots of potential/talent.  Here is to hoping that we optimize its usage.

11/29/2018 - 1:49pm C'mon Tressel didn't cheat. …

C'mon Tressel didn't cheat.   He dresses like Mr. Rogers.   He would never allow his team to cheat. /s

11/29/2018 - 1:37pm Northwestern is 8-1 in…

Northwestern is 8-1 in conference (and were reasonable close to being 9-0), seems to me they earned their ticket to the title game.  

 

11/29/2018 - 1:27pm Wait, were sending Rutgers,…

Wait, were sending Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska back to the Big Ten?  I don't get the point. /s

11/29/2018 - 1:21pm I agree with that notion,…

I agree with that notion, but my point was, while it closes the gap $150k/$100k instead of $50k/$0 there is still a difference and paying players will not resolve the bagman issue.

11/29/2018 - 10:55am This is correct, but doesn't…

This is correct, but doesn't recognize that there is no real way to determine who are the top 8 teams.  Who should be in, a team with one loss that plays cupcakes or a team with 2/3 losses and a tough schedule.

Conference championships are determined mostly through objective measures and thus relying on conference championships eliminates much of the subjectivity involved in the ranking process.

11/29/2018 - 10:25am Don't think either "no more…

Don't think either "no more scholarships, strictly walk on" or "PAY them a very healthy stipend plus full ride" resolves the bagman/payola issues.  Even if you paid them $100k a year plus a full ride, the bagman could offer money on top of that.  So, come to CheatinAss U and get another $50k on top of the $100k a year plus a full ride you'll get at StraightLaced U.

11/29/2018 - 10:05am Agree with the comment on…

Agree with the comment on accountability for refs.  Come up with some system that allows teams to select or avoid certain crews.  Michigan could auto veto O'neil and never be subjected to his crappy efforts again.

11/29/2018 - 10:00am Hence the comment on mixed…

Hence the comment on mixed emotions and protecting the qb.  wrt qb health, nobody seems to care about qb health when they run the read option, but have the qb drop back to pass and we want to avoid as much contact as possible.

11/29/2018 - 10:00am Hence the comment on mixed…

double

11/29/2018 - 9:54am Intentional grounding is 5…

Intentional grounding is 5 yards from the spot of the foul + loss of down.  As of right now, intentional grounding is spot foul + loss of down.  The result is exactly the same as if the qb had gotten sacked.

Mixed emotions on the "outside the tackle box, past the line of scrimmage" eliminates grounding.  On one hand, it helps protect the qb.  On the other hand, seems to really skew things in favor of the qb/offense.  DL makes a play only to see the qb sling it wildly away and return to the previous line of scrimmage.  Maybe this becomes a five yard penalty from the previous spot.

 

11/29/2018 - 8:31am I wouldn't say it was a …

I wouldn't say it was a "great" season.  Good seems more accurate.

11/27/2018 - 1:43pm Here's what I don't get.  I…

Here's what I don't get.  I think you're right about the game plan.  But, given that, the very first play of the game Higdon gets 8.  Instead of bringing in Mason and pounding up the middle, twice if need be, Michigan got cute and tried a pass.  Which, okay, I suppose they were trying to catch them off guard. 

But, if you're willing to go away from the ground and pound game plan on the second play of the game in an ideal ground and pound down and distance, why do you insist on running it after halftime when you've got plenty of evidence that it wasn't working or in not ideal down and distances?

11/26/2018 - 4:52pm As the saying goes, user…

As the saying goes, user name checks out.

11/26/2018 - 4:50pm This is picking out a small…

This is picking out a small piece of what you said, but I heard this on the Spath show last week as well.  Along the lines of "sure, we beat Penn State, but they had three losses this year."  Last year, Penn State was viewed as very good and had two losses.  In 2017 PSU lost to OSU by 1, same thing happened in 2018.  They lost to close games to MSU in both years.  The difference is that this year they lost to Michigan and last year they beat Michigan.  So, it becomes a bit circular in that  because Mi beats PSU, the victory over PSU gets discounted because PSU had more losses this year.

Now, obviously the eye test shows that PSU is not as good this year, but the evidence given is the record.

11/26/2018 - 2:57pm Could still be right if…

Could still be right if Mayfield starts in the bowl game.  

11/26/2018 - 2:54pm Kinnel too.

Kinnel too.

11/26/2018 - 11:02am Even with the knowledge of…

Even with the knowledge of what had transpired throughout the year, I was not shocked in the least that we lost.  I was completely shocked that it wasn't even competitive.

11/26/2018 - 10:36am In the last ten years,…

In the last ten years, Michigan has won at least double digits in 4 seasons.  Three of those were under Harbaugh. 

Overall record in last ten years 81-46 (63.8% wins).  Harbaugh 38-13 (74.5% wins).  Others 43-33 (56.6% wins)

Last four years have seen significant improvement over the previous six years.

11/26/2018 - 9:33am If the goal is to try and…

If the goal is to try and experiment and grow, then I disagree on running the zone read more.  It seems like that has been pretty effective this year and doesn't need repping in a game situation, so why expose your qb to the hits?  

Wrt to players for next year, who would you play? 

If you believe Patterson is coming back, then he should play qb (especially if you're going to experiment). 

I suppose you could give Mayfield some run at tackle (I think he can play without burning his rs).  

Next year's DEs have gotten a fair amount of run this year.  Maybe Hutchinson could play more.  

Amber much more in corner rotation.

Hawkins has played a fair amount, maybe Woods more at safety. JKP if he is available.

Maybe Anthony at mlb (migh be required if Bush is hurt - but seems like they've tended to use Ross in the middle)

Christian Turner at RB?

 

 

 

11/26/2018 - 8:57am Dude on dude violence.

Dude on dude violence.

11/26/2018 - 8:44am What sticks in my memory is…

What sticks in my memory is the game many years ago against USC.  USC came out in the first half and tried a balanced offensive attack.  Michigan had a great run defense and the run plays ended up just setting downs on fire.  The USC staff goes into halftime, recognizes that it is futile to run the ball, so they totally abandon trying to run the ball, throw it a zillion times in a row and win the game.

Hard to imagine Michigan making having that kind of self-awareness and being willing to make that kind of adjustment in-game or over the course of a season.

 

 

11/26/2018 - 8:15am I think the defense was…

I think the defense was built to built OSU.  The problem was, it was built to beat OSU of 2017 with JT and the read option. 

11/21/2018 - 12:22pm Cloudy with a chance of…

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

11/21/2018 - 12:13pm Huh, so the play from the…

Huh, so the play from the most important position on the field is important.  Interesting.

11/21/2018 - 12:10pm I don't think the era…

I don't think the era adjustment completely levels the field with respect to comparing winning percentages.  For example, prior to 1973 there was no limit on football scholarships.  So well to do, successful, programs had larger advantages over their counterparts.  This should mean that there is more parity now than there used to be.  That is, it is harder to beat lesser teams.  

To complete the picture, the scholarship limit in 1973 was 105, which dropped to 95 in 1978.  The present day limit of 85 was instituted in 1992. 

11/21/2018 - 11:48am Dude, this was just posted. …

Dude, this was just posted.  Literally right below yours.  

All kidding aside, good insight.