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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…

?

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. 

07/10/2018 - 11:43am Agreed, so long as US gas…

Agreed, so long as US gas prices remain a global outlier.

If they rose to Europe’s level ($6 to $8 a gallon), things would change. 

07/03/2018 - 4:02am 100 plus his jersey number

100 plus his jersey number

06/10/2018 - 6:03am That’s just Doc being a good…

That’s just Doc being a good guy. If you notice, he also makes mention of the AHL and ECHL when he can. He attended a couple of hockey schools (Miami and BG) and just seems to appreciate all levels of hockey. 

05/19/2018 - 8:48am It’s baffling that anyone

It’s baffling that anyone considered Nebraska a possibility. They’re on OSU's schedule through the rest of Burrow's eligibility.

05/16/2018 - 6:02pm The bowl record is a fair

The bowl record is a fair point. Bo shines more as a program builder/maintainer.

At the end of his tenure, U-M’s recruiting was such that they could march into Ohio and take their very best players. That is not nothing. No matter what Harbaugh does, it is difficult to imagine that ever recurring.

05/16/2018 - 5:54pm The buildout of sports

The buildout of sports facilities on South Campus has gone way too far. It looks like an Olympic village, not a school.

05/16/2018 - 2:09pm Breslin has said he isn’t

Breslin has said he isn’t running

05/10/2018 - 4:47am Least bad option?

That's illogical. It’s only the least bad option if you’re thinking solely about the 2017 season—which CLE shouldn’t have been, since the team was going to suck no matter what.

Given that Peppers is one of their top assets, they should’ve been prioritizing his development by playing him where he belongs.

05/09/2018 - 12:31pm Eh—2020 still has Bucky and

Eh—2020 still has Bucky and Penn State

05/08/2018 - 1:27pm They said the same thing to

They said the same thing to Daniel about his crane crap

05/03/2018 - 2:19pm Recruiting

Recruiting explains why it isn’t a great OL. It doesn’t explain why rushers are barreling through untouched.

Michigan has some physical limitations with its tackles, but it’s not like we’re throwing 280-pound freshmen out there. The bigger problem is confusion.

04/30/2018 - 10:00pm That said, Brady and Brees

That said, Brady and Brees are the two oldest QBs in the league (by some distance), and Wilson was found by and developed at NC State. Cousins is the only current pro starter that the Big Ten has truly produced in over a decade.

04/30/2018 - 4:59pm Fair points all, but remember

Fair points all, but remember who he’s competing with. McCaffrey hasn’t stepped on the field yet and Peters had the training wheels on big-time last year.

That latter point is critical. Michigan was far more cautious with Peters (despite his familiarity with the playbook) than they were with Rudock, who didn’t even have a spring practice. Patterson also is a better fit for an OL that’ll need the QB to improvise.

I would take the opposite point of view: The only reason the starting job is even in question is because Patterson just got here.

04/30/2018 - 1:00pm Gary, sure, but who else?

Winovich is a SR but we already have options on the roster. Bush’s production is outstanding, but I’m not sure he’s an early entry guy at his size. Higdon and Perry have plenty of guys behind them.

And then there’s Patterson. He’s an early entry threat, but again, by 2019 one of Peters/McCaffrey/Milton should be good to go.

04/27/2018 - 4:17pm Crazier than subs?

Crazier than subs?

04/21/2018 - 1:58pm Wimbush

The weird thing about him is it’s not like he can’t throw it. When they went up to EL, Wimbush tore State up through the air. This is a Brian Kelly team; you know he wouldn’t bring in a QB who can’t throw.

04/21/2018 - 1:43pm No chance

Nebraska is on OSU's schedule through the remainder of Burrow's eligibility. There’s no way OSU would release him there. (Still needs a release even if it’s a grad transfer.)

04/20/2018 - 2:38pm But on the flip side, State

But on the flip side, State was one of the youngest teams in the country last season. Qualitatively, they should improve.

If Lewerke gets hurt, yes, they’d be in trouble, but that goes for just about any team losing its starter (save Bama and, unfortunately, OSU).

04/14/2018 - 3:06pm Yeah, it’s a good move

He’s been in the national spotlight for some time now; that’s not an issue. And he’s not a crazy athlete with untapped ability, or a supporting-cast guy who needs to show he can get his.

Staying in school can’t just be about hiding out from the draft. There has to be something to gain—otherwise you’re just delaying what’s going to happen anyway.

04/12/2018 - 12:39pm It’s not that Stanford has a lot of sports

It’s that they’re good in a lot of them.

The scoring system takes your best 19 sports (4 of which are mandatory), so it doesn’t matter if you play more.

04/07/2018 - 11:18pm South Carolina

Touch the Banner did a great breakdown of who was actually on the field for U-M that day. It was basically a B or C team relative to who played in the season opener.

In other words, while it might’ve looked like they rolled over, the real problem was that they were on their 3rd-choice RT, 2nd-string QB, etc.

04/04/2018 - 2:07pm On the contrary, people are

On the contrary, people are overplaying Simpson’s offensive shortcomings.

Defense is half the game. PGs have even more defensive impact than their teammates since he guards the ball and thus can disrupt the entire flow. Aaron Craft likewise had major offensive limitations, but OSU won a lot of games with that dude.

It’s easy to point at Simpson because a broke jumper is an obvious deficiency, but you win on both ends. Even after this season, people still struggle to see that.

04/04/2018 - 1:53pm This should take care of itself

Seems unlikely that both Wagner and Matthews stay. But if they do, that creates a playing-time logjam that would bring about a transfer.