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01/15/2019 - 1:48pm The 2013 team was also…

The 2013 team was also beaten soundly by MSU and swept by Wisconsin—two hard-nosed defensive teams like this one. That U-M team didn’t look its best until it got away from opposition like that in the NCAAs. 

The court has two ends!

01/14/2019 - 10:58pm That’s what the Cuse zone…

That’s what the Cuse zone can do to you if you aren’t a solid 3-point-shooting team, which Duke isn’t (262nd). It’s an upset but hardly a fluke.

01/12/2019 - 4:54pm Not sure that would’ve…

Not sure that would’ve happened even if Duke lost. 

If you’re a voter and you’re convinced that Tennessee or Virginia should be #1, you might try to make that happen by putting the competition an extra spot lower. It’s shady, of course, but in this case you could’ve gotten away with dropping U-M to #3 (and U-M is the one to target, since they’re the heir apparent). U-M’s hold on #2 is tenuous enough that a little funny business could affect things. 

01/09/2019 - 2:01am Excellent point about the 3…

Excellent point about the 3 next year. Matthews is very much the straw that stirs the drink on this team. It's been lost a little bit because of all the other pieces U-M has, but having a 3 who can get buckets and stifle the opponent's alpha is the single biggest difference between this team and the Zak Irvin-era ones.

01/06/2019 - 12:18am Who have we missed out on?…

Who have we missed out on? There’s no one currently in the NFL from Muskegon, per Pro Football Reference. 

12/24/2018 - 1:55pm Bama has 2 national titles…

Bama has 2 national titles in years in which it didn’t win its division

12/23/2018 - 6:47pm Fair point, but bear in mind…

Fair point, but bear in mind that there’s a strong chance the playoff expands before too long. It’s hard to believe that 1 or 2 power conferences will put up each year with getting left out.

Once conference champions are guaranteed a spot, none of this matters.

12/23/2018 - 8:02am The negs aren’t necessarily…

The negs aren’t necessarily about being in la-la land. That observation about chemistry was total conjecture.

It would be one thing if he saw players yelling at each other or ignoring the coaches, or if he just said I don’t think this team is that good. But he didn’t specify what his statement was based on, and then said it could be a huge deal. Stuff like that is annoying (and worth down-voting) because it's opinion masquerading as information.

12/20/2018 - 11:48pm Exactly. The Tennessee =…

Exactly. The Tennessee = Michigan narrative stopped making sense pretty much the moment Harbaugh was hired, but like many narratives, people still cling to it. Tennessee was 87th in S&P this year. Tennessee = Maryland, not Michigan.

12/20/2018 - 6:38am Were either of those guys…

Were either of those guys jucos? Brinton went to SDSU and Grant Mason was from Stanford.

12/18/2018 - 9:14am Neck and neck during the…

Neck and neck during the Harbaugh era, though (S&P+/Pomeroy):

2015-16: football 5th, basketball 50th

2016-17: football 3rd, basketball 20th

2017-18: basketball 7th, football 27th

2018-19: basketball 4th, football 5th

12/18/2018 - 9:01am Why is there “some…

Why is there “some legitimacy?” We haven’t heard a rationale for the transfers.

Maybe there is something amiss with the program, but it also could simply be standard-issue player stuff. We don’t know yet. Just declaring that the concern is legitimate does not and should not mean anything.

12/17/2018 - 2:11pm Indeed. Been a 1 seed just…

Indeed. Been a 1 seed just twice, in fact (‘85)

12/13/2018 - 6:29am As with anything, there of…

As with anything, there of course is a sane explanation. You just have to be willing to look at the situation from a different point of view.

U-M's approach suggests two things: They wanted to limit turnovers and they figured they could win the same way they’d been winning all year. All of that is understandable if you’re operating on the assumption that the defense—which did fine against OSU the past two years—would hold up.

Obviously, that was a poor assumption. But remember again that the coaches don’t know that, and that they also know that the last time they were in Columbus, they would’ve won if not for the turnovers. From that standpoint, the approach is logical. 

12/10/2018 - 8:54am Exactly. It’s incredible how…

Exactly. It’s incredible how much people are moaning about the offense in a game in which M allowed 62 points.

12/05/2018 - 1:12pm I hear you, but at a certain…

I hear you, but at a certain point you are what you are. This is his 4th collegiate year. Presuming he gets his degree in the spring, there’s just no reason to stick around. 

12/02/2018 - 12:00pm the tickets are priced so…

the tickets are priced so that it's within reach for most fans to go to a game, but not necessarily to go to many games.

This is dead-on. It's funny how people want to blame the public. In what other realm does a product deserve to sell?

12/02/2018 - 8:31am Odd comment, considering…

Odd comment, considering that Purdue won in Ann Arbor last season. Maybe he was conflating AA with the B1G tourney game.

12/01/2018 - 5:20pm It’s just a sign, but yes,…

It’s just a sign, but yes, it is annoying that people can’t enjoy basketball’s success without taking (subtle) shots at football. 

11/25/2018 - 2:44pm Illinois has been to the…

Illinois has been to the Rose Bowl more recently than us. 

So annoying when points like this are made without context.

That Illinois team didn’t win the Big Ten. They only went to Pasadena because OSU was in the title game. So, it was the same as reaching the Orange or the Sugar (both of which U-M has played in since that time) or whichever New Year's Six game U-M makes this season (which may very well be the Rose).

Also, Michigan beat Illinois that year!

11/24/2018 - 6:10pm ?

Wisconsin did this last…

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Wisconsin won in such a spot last season. (Lost national-title shot in B1G championship, won the Orange Bowl.)

11/18/2018 - 11:11pm Not sure how much rain would…

Not sure how much rain would affect their passing game, since it’s so short-distance.

11/18/2018 - 12:20pm Home vs. home uniforms makes…

Home vs. home uniforms makes no sense for Mich-OSU. It does for USC-UCLA because it’s rooted in the fact that they once shared the same stadium for decades (the Coliseum), and thus were both at home when they played.

Michigan and OSU, of course, are hundreds of miles and a state line apart; neither visitor has been or ever will be at “home” in the series.

Also, games without white jerseys are awful for color-blind people, as the NFL has found out. Other than all that, it’s a fine idea.

11/14/2018 - 12:33pm As long as they keep winning…

As long as they keep winning, they’ll keep wearing alternates

11/12/2018 - 11:49pm Sadly, it once took less…

Sadly, it once took less than that to get the Michigan job.

11/12/2018 - 11:41pm This happened in the first…

This happened in the first quarter of the Bama-LSU game. (Tua had to sit a play and Hurts was injured.) So Bama sent a guy in to hand off.

11/09/2018 - 11:21pm Thanks a ton for the updates!

Thanks a ton for the updates!

11/03/2018 - 7:40pm ?

If Bama, Clemson, ND and…

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If Bama, Clemson, ND and Mich win out, how is Mich not the 4 seed?

10/29/2018 - 7:19pm If MSU was motivated against…

If MSU was motivated against Purdue, why wouldn’t they be against OSU?

I get that we don’t expect MSU to win just out of our own general pessimism, but come on. OSU is having trouble blowing out Minnesota-level competition at home, let alone MSU on the road. 

10/18/2018 - 12:53am What’s silly is saying “to…

What’s silly is saying “to think otherwise is silly.” It’s akin to saying “to think differently than me is silly.”

Losing Singleton is less than ideal, but if I had to pick a spot on the team to lose a talented recruit, this would be it.

10/17/2018 - 8:44pm Not really. Since he didn’t…

It’s not really news. Since he didn’t dress against Wisconsin—an all-hands-on-deck game—one had to expect that he wouldn’t be ready a week later.

10/16/2018 - 3:33pm Winovich has zero TFLs in…

Winovich had zero TFLs in the 2 games Gary didn’t play.

10/15/2018 - 1:24pm It wasn’t Indiana in ‘86; it…

It wasn’t Indiana in ‘86; it was Minnesota. Rickey Foggie!

10/14/2018 - 4:31pm Line has moved to U-M -6.5

Line has moved to U-M -6.5

http://www.vegasinsider.com/college-football/odds/las-vegas/line-movement/[email protected]/date/10-20-18/time/1200#BT

10/14/2018 - 1:55pm SEC could also get 2 teams…

SEC could also get 2 teams in if LSU beats Bama. Then Bama and the SEC title game winner could finish with one loss. Bama has gotten into the playoff and the BCS without reaching its conference title game and surely would again. 

09/22/2018 - 6:08pm Gary had 2 sacks (3 TFL) and…

Gary had 2 sacks (3 TFL) and 10 tackles last year against OSU

09/17/2018 - 2:23pm Dexter Williams didn’t play…

Dexter Williams didn’t play for ND against us either

09/17/2018 - 12:39pm He knows better than to go…

He knows better than to go pro, too. You can’t run your QB 15 times a game, and you don’t get to have a massive talent advantage over every pre-playoff opponent. 

09/16/2018 - 2:46pm Alabama and Clemson, but…

Alabama and Clemson, but point taken 

09/07/2018 - 6:25pm With all due respect, of…

With all due respect, of course Martin said that. It’s his sport. He knows what the gap is between fan and athlete knowledge—and doesn’t know it for sports he didn’t play.

09/04/2018 - 12:10pm It’s a good question. The…

It’s a good question. The answer is U-M has holes on the OL. There’s a huge difference between being mediocre or even below-average and being nonfunctional.

If you can trust your OL, as Utah State, App State and Oregon State could, you can just run your offense, and from time to time you’ll string together some drives and/or hit some big plays even against an opponent like Ohio State.

U-M couldn’t approach the game that way. They had to build their whole game plan around keeping Shea upright, which limited their options and made them predictable. The fact that he still got pressured a lot says it all.

08/16/2018 - 1:28pm Excellent post. A question…

Excellent post. A question here:

—Michigan's quarterback situation is still not excellent...

How much better can it get, realistically? U-M has three non-true freshman QBs, two of whom have starting experience.

These days, you’re just not going to have a quality fourth-stringer who isn’t a freshman. Such a player will leave if his path to playing time is that blocked. 

08/15/2018 - 7:07pm It’s fine to think MSU is…

It’s fine to think MSU is better, but the writer’s rationale is baseless.

2016 MSU was experienced. 2017 MSU wasn’t—it was one of the youngest teams in the country. For instance, none of MSU’s top 4 receivers in 2016 were on the team last year. It makes no sense to say 2017 was the result of a 2016 youth movement  

For some reason, evaluations that relate to U-M and its rivals are often based on contrived narratives like this. 

08/11/2018 - 9:48am Really? Louisville is…

Really? Louisville is unranked in the preseason poll. Things can change, of course, but Jackson is gone and it’s not like they have a big national following. 

08/08/2018 - 7:58am The rankings aren’t an…

The rankings aren’t an impediment:

2010: Auburn began #22, won the title

2012: Notre Dame began unranked, reached the title game

2013: Auburn began unranked, reached the title game

2015: MSU was 13th on Nov. 14, reached the playoff

2016: Washington began #14, reached the playoff

2017: Georgia began #15, reached the title game

If anything, we should expect a team to come from outside the top 10 (either preseason or midseason) and get in.

07/30/2018 - 3:07pm Could be, but the NFL isn’t…

Could be, but the NFL isn’t out of the question yet. Ryan Mundy was no further along at the same point in his career. Then he had a strong 5th year and wound up playing in the league for several years.

07/30/2018 - 2:51pm All of the big-three sports…

All of the big-three sports in one UV—verr nice

07/28/2018 - 7:29am The playing-up-north thing…

The playing-up-north thing is a bit overdone. Auburn just played a home-and-home with Clemson, which is tougher than anything else they possibly could’ve done, including a home-and-home with Ohio State. 

07/26/2018 - 1:12pm Have to agree with TrueBlue…

Have to agree with TrueBlue on this one, especially the park-the-bus line.

When Dantonio has a lead, he is indeed quite like a soccer coach in how he sits on it. You come away thinking that you forced X punts in a row should’ve won, but that’s only because they shut it down to avoid turnovers and bleed the clock. Just like Tressel, actually. 

07/13/2018 - 2:34pm It’s very easy to make the…

It’s very easy to make the argument for Franklin/PSU because people tend to project based on what just happened.

If you get away from narratives (“Michigan hasn’t done X since 2006”) and just focus on the roster, there’s much more reason to believe U-M can rise from 8-5 than there was for Penn State when they went 7-6.