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11/13/2018 - 10:40am People keep saying this, but…

People keep saying this, but I can't really believe it. In the scenario you describe, Alabama and Michigan will both be 12-1. Michigan will have 10 conference wins compared to Alabama's 8, plus a conference championship. Alabama's OOC wins are an FCS team, two mediocre Sun Belt teams, and a really bad Louisville team. Losses would be comparable, both to other playoff teams. 

Alabama may be the best team ever, but something as subjective as the "eye test" really can't override the resume comparison without causing an uproar.

11/08/2018 - 4:11pm Didn't read the article. Is…

Didn't read the article. Is the lack of cash really the problem? As other commenters have said, other schools do more with less. If Rutgers had any sort of football (or general athletics) tradition and support, they would have boosters willing to fund quality coaches to make up the difference.

In the long term, the money will even itself out. But I'm willing to bet that even after a decade of equal Big Ten money, Rutgers will have a 4-year rolling conference record that is significantly worse than Indiana and Maryland in the East, or Purdue and Illinois in the West. 

11/07/2018 - 12:25pm Tip for Haskins: get off the…

Tip for Haskins: get off the field before 10 a.m.

11/07/2018 - 8:08am When a player announces that…

When a player announces that they are leaving the team and transferring, are they generally allowed to complete the current semester? I would think yes but want to know if anyone knows for sure. And if they are allowed to do so, how many actually do finish off current classes? I would imagine some would think that it's not worth it to keep going this year and drop out.

11/06/2018 - 8:44pm The "Champions Classic" has…

The "Champions Classic" has 3 teams that have won national championships in this century, went to last year's Sweet 16, and are ranked in the top 4. And MSU, which gets included for...reasons.

11/06/2018 - 3:52pm "Slam" Francisco is GOAT…

"Slam" Francisco is GOAT basketball nickname

11/06/2018 - 2:08pm The Detroit Lions had a…

The Detroit Lions had a Sackenberg on Sunday, then

11/06/2018 - 12:10pm I often wonder who does. The…

I often wonder who does. The embarrassing state of our game threads is likely due to self-selection bias, as the only people posting are not watching live or on TV, drinking and enjoying with friends. Only the denizens in the dark recesses of the BPONE are alone on their computer and ready to post here during a game. I don't mean to cast aspersions on fellow mgoposters but, yeah that's exactly what I'm doing. If you feel bad enough about the team to go straight to UNACCEPTABLE after the first 3 and out, maybe you should try going outside for some fresh air and sunshine.

If you, reader, think I'm talking about you, I'm not. I'm only referring to the vast majority of other people posting on the game threads.

11/06/2018 - 10:09am A few more big games and he…

A few more big games and he could get invited to New York, and Bovada agrees. Tua's gonna win, of course, but I can't think of many other options to be the other invited nominees. Having a Harbaugh-coached QB as a finalist would be great for the publicity and recruiting. 

11/06/2018 - 7:15am I feel like we're beating a…

I feel like we're beating a dead horse on this. Yes, Brandstatter isn't great at play-by-play, we all know this and don't need to bring it up every month. He's also been around Michigan football for nearly 50 years and clearly loves the program. He's obviously not the long-term solution, so who cares? I hope the school is looking into a long-term radio announcer, someone who is young and passionate and can be the voice of the games for the next 30+ years. It's a big decision, no need to rush it.

Also, calling the radio broadcast "unlistenable" is hyperbolic BS. It's Michigan football, it happens one day a week for three months of the year. Are you really going to miss a game because the radio broadcast sucks? Come on. That's like saying pizza is "literally unedible." At the end of the day, it's still pizza, it cannot be that bad.

11/05/2018 - 10:35am Death penalty for hockey too…

Death penalty for hockey too, since that on-ice assault by Tropp and Conboy is still probably the worst thing I have ever seen happen during a college sporting event. Regent Cook won't forget that. FYS

11/03/2018 - 9:16pm The one sack should hardly…

The one sack should hardly count. It was right before halftime and Shea could have thrown it away but was clearly trying to get tackled so the clock would keep running. 

11/01/2018 - 3:16pm Temple got kicked out of the…

Temple got kicked out of the Big East in 2001. That was after about 10 years in the conference. So we need to wait at least 6 more years for the Big Ten to consider doing it, probably.

10/25/2018 - 3:16pm If Brohm leaves Purdue he is…

If Brohm leaves Purdue he is going to Louisville. Nowhere else, especially not Maryland.

10/25/2018 - 11:21am Murderwolf is on all sides…

Murderwolf is on all sides. Murderwolf is everywhere

10/25/2018 - 11:14am For the first second after…

For the first second after the snap, Belly moves like an inside zone read: The quarterback and running back get a mesh on, the tight end is kicking, the RT is threatening the next level, the RG is trying to get around the frontside DT, and the backside guard and tackle appear to be combo'ing the backside DT.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the center is unaccounted for in that paragraph. In the diagram I see, its the C/LG combo'ing the backside DT and the LT going to the second level. Also, I think I you edited the post while I was posting, since I distinctly remember the original post saying "the RT is kicking ass" instead of threatening the next level in the paragraph. 

10/25/2018 - 11:05am Sports Ilitch-Rated— Matt…

Sports Ilitch-Rated

— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) October 25, 2018
10/24/2018 - 5:34pm Seth this is amazing I just…

Seth this is amazing I just have two minor quibbles: (1) The description of "Belly vs Even Front" doesn't match the graphic - shouldn't it be RT/RG are doubling the DT, and C/LG doubling the NT, and LT releasing? I could be wrong (credit to you guys, everything I know about football I learned on this here blog) but I that's not making sense to me as written. 

(2) Why are the Michigan plays presented upside-down, with offense on top of the LOS? It threw me for a loop when skimming through the pictures at first. 

Lastly, and this is me being very greedy, but do you have any examples of similar plays against the Michigan D? Interested to compare and contrast the MSU approach with Don Brown's response. Thanks!

10/24/2018 - 5:18pm They're not the only school…

They're not the only school that does this. In order to protect the school's brand and intellectual property, they have to make sure it's not being used illegally. It sounds like they are being reasonable in cooperating with Pinconning to resolve the situation. 

This is an old article that gives some background on what and why colleges have to do this. Interesting to note that Kansas State is apparently well-known for being liberal with licensing the Powercat logo to high schools that wish to use it, while others (like MSU) are way more strict about who they allow to borrow the logo. And I cannot bring up KSU's Powercat without saying that sideways it looks like a bird ventriloquist.

10/23/2018 - 1:53pm Scored 39 once and nobody…

Scored 39 once and nobody was happy about it

10/23/2018 - 12:49pm Obviously not the same, but…

Obviously not the same, but it strikes me that the Zach Smith situation was handled with the people that count. Meyer tried to keep it between the OSU AD and Ohio police. It wasn't until the media was aware that tangible change happened (first Smith's dismissal, then Meyer's suspension). I completely agree that some things get better when handled through the free press.

10/22/2018 - 2:14pm Didn't DPJ do a like 6 foot…

Didn't DPJ do a like 6 foot box jump? I think he probably squats a bit.

Also if you thought the OSU game was the Rondale Moore coming out party, you're not paying attention. He had like 2 touchdowns in the first quarter of the Northwestern game.

Also also, have you heard about someone like Jabrill Peppers? It wasn't that long ago that he was here. I heard he's pretty athletic.

I have more but it feels like piling on. This is not a good OP.

10/22/2018 - 1:24pm Did anybody else notice that…

Did anybody else notice that when we run the jet sweep, often we tip it because both WR are on the LOS? I thought I saw it on one of the Bell runs this game (though not the one charted) and also back in the Maryland game, I think. I thought it would be commented on in either the UFR or one of these picture pages, but I haven't noticed it. Am I crazy or did someone else notice the same thing?

10/21/2018 - 7:31pm Yup. The author discovered…

Yup. The author discovered something that I didn't really even notice during the August drama, that Meyer is really the most hated coach in the country. Even Saban, Swinney, and a few others have some redeeming qualities. But literally everyone is happy when OSU loses. 

 

Dantonio would probably be close if anyone outside of Michigan actually cared about the MSU program.

10/18/2018 - 4:46pm The NHL draft age is 18 and…

The NHL draft age is 18 and everybody is fine with it. Just because you draft a guy at 18 doesn't mean he has to play right away. If this G-League proposal is a step toward draft-and-follow, which allows players to play in the G-league/college/overseas after being drafted, it sounds good to me. 

10/15/2018 - 12:27pm People all seem to credit…

People all seem to credit Dantonio for being a great coach, with the evidence being that he wins games that nobody expects, without stopping to consider why they were not expected to win the games in the first place. Despite a decade of success, including two B1G championships and domination over the biggest in-state rival, the team always looks undermanned from a talent perspective--which indicates that they still cannot attract talent. And by the middle of each season, the team has already lost a game or two, which shows they are inconsistent at best. I don't think there is a ton of coaching talent in winning the turnover lottery in 4 point wins at PSU this year and at Michigan last year.

10/14/2018 - 2:18pm OSU, ND and LSU are the only…

OSU, ND and LSU are the only teams in the top that have Second-Order Wins which are at least 1 game below their actual win total. It suggests that they are not as good as their records, and have been somewhat fortunate to win all their games. 

On the other side, Oklahoma, Penn State and Washington are all +0.8 on 2ndO, unsurprisingly, since they have all played well, statistically, in games they lost. Michigan is at +0.3. 

10/12/2018 - 10:56pm Get a job with a firm that…

Get a job with a firm that pays for your subscription. 

10/11/2018 - 8:04pm What is the effect of the…

What is the effect of the left-handed QB on the defense? Does it make that big a difference? Obviously the RT is the blindside, but does the field being reversed mess with any tendencies, particularly in the secondary? 

In 2016 Shane Morris was still around for the defense to prep against. Who knows how much it helped, but the game went pretty well.

10/10/2018 - 8:24am (No subject)

10/09/2018 - 8:10pm Joe Ross, the University of…

Joe Ross, the University of Michigan
student with a broken leg, was reimbursed for a $2
ambulance ride and a $15 surgery.

I assume Joe Ross is Craig Ross's son, who was attending school back in 1905. 

10/09/2018 - 8:04pm You're information is out of…

You're information is out of date. Downtown, from LCA to the river, has transformed over the last 5-ish years. Old buildings are being re-done, people are living and working and going out all over the place. For me, it's gone from ghost town (as you note), past fun, all the way to over-crowded. There are people visiting the city now as much as ever, and now there is actually something to do outside the stadium before or after the game, as opposed to drive, park, watch, leave.

As for the OP, changing the seat colors is a bad look but easy jokes aside, I think the problem is over blown. The stadium is new and has a lot of fun stuff to do outside the bowl. I have been for games where we walk around or sit at the bars on the outside for a majority of the actual gametime, and spend less time in the actual seats. The most-visible empty seats on TV, in the lower bowl, have access to a kickass club below, with food and booze. I would rather spend the time down there than in the seat too. Attendance could be better no doubt, but until there is a Wings or Pistons playoff game, you're not going to get everyone with a ticket to actually sit in their seats.

10/09/2018 - 7:47pm The fact is that the NCAA…

The fact is that the NCAA puts the onus on the schools to police themselves, and so it's on Michigan's Compliance office to control the "boosters," including all the former players. No one else in the NCAA apparatus has the ability to enforce the rules. Yes it's an impossible job, but I have to believe that Michigan did everything they reasonably could to educate the boosters about the rules. They likely have already self-reported a minor violation, demonstrate there was no benefit, and everyone will move on. Maybe another email will go out to all alumni/boosters reminding them that they cannot do stuff like this.

10/09/2018 - 7:36pm I was on the sailing team at…

I was on the sailing team at Michigan and we always referred to them as Wisco. Their team burgee says "Wisco" so it's semi-official, at least in the sailing community. I don't think it extends much beyond that, but I will always say Wisco.

Link to sailing team website with photo of Wisco burgee

10/08/2018 - 11:59am Fake News

Fake News

10/07/2018 - 7:07pm They announced that the game…

They announced that the game would be on ABC last week, before they decided on Gameday. But since Hebstreit has to be there for the game, it makes sense for Gameday to be there too.

10/07/2018 - 3:19pm My base assumption was that…

My base assumption was that the rule was not as broken as it is. After further reading thanks to replies above, it is clear that it is, and I shouldn't have thought the officials and coaches did not know the rules. Apparently they did, and there was nothing that they could have done to improve the situation.

10/07/2018 - 12:22pm Another thing I learned from…

Another thing I learned from looking at all QBs - Indiana has a guy named Michael Penix Jr. Seriously

10/07/2018 - 12:21pm If you include back-ups (the…

If you include back-ups (the "unqualified" filter), McCaffrey is #8 in the B1G, still ahead of Hornibrook, Thorson, and Lewerke. Obviously in limited time against backups, etc. Sadly, among all the B1G QBs, OSU has 1-2 in Haskins and Martell. 

10/07/2018 - 12:16pm It's possible the rules are…

It's possible the rules are so poorly written that they don't properly anticipate this situation, though I find that hard to believe. I would think that it should be possible to decline the yardage enforcement of the targeting foul (as in, pretend it didn't happen) and take the play as happened, including the offensive penalty. It's likely that the officials and Harbaugh together didn't know the option. Weird though that since there was a delay to review the targeting, they couldn't use that time to figure it out. 

Personal Fouls should be treated as dead ball fouls though and enforced separately from normal penalties. The 15 yard penalty is a reflection of the serious nature of the penalty, and it should not be negated by a minor infraction. So it would be the DPJ block enforced first, to move the ball back from the 13 to 23, then the targeting, half the distance to take the ball to the 11.5.

10/07/2018 - 12:05pm I would expect the stats to…

I would expect the stats to come back down a bit as we go through the far more difficult portion of the schedule. On the other hand, it may be offset by further development, particularly the OL and Shea getting more comfortable. In any case, the improvement on Offense is clear based on just the eye test and the stats validate that. It's encouraging and I hope that it holds up through the rest of the season. 

10/04/2018 - 4:28pm I think everyone's heard…

I think everyone's heard Hamilton by now. We know who Lafayette is.

10/03/2018 - 10:19am You're right, I had RRS…

You're right, I had RRS originally but the tag available said Red River Rivalry, so I started doubting myself and changed it. The article itself says Red River Showdown so I should have gone with my gut.

10/02/2018 - 7:13pm These are cool. Especially…

These are cool. Especially since it says we're favored to win every game from now until OSU. 

10/01/2018 - 3:02pm Pretty incredible that @…

Pretty incredible that @ Kentucky is considered a big game this year. Man the SEC-E is bad.

09/29/2018 - 4:53pm It's on FOX Sports Go…

It's on FOX Sports Go. Decent quality, though you need a cable login.

09/29/2018 - 1:56pm I think Rich Rodriguez could…

I think Rich Rodriguez could get Steven Threet, Nick Sheridan, and the rest of the 2008 team for a 10-year reunion, and they could beat 2018 Rutgers. Having Brandon Graham would help

09/29/2018 - 1:47pm I suppose he could have lied…

I suppose he could have lied to Bryant, leading him to believe he would start just to keep him around. 

09/29/2018 - 1:30pm Dude, Dabo has won a CFP and…

Dude, Dabo has won a CFP and been there for 3 straight years. Freeze barely sniffed winning the division. There's no comparison, Swinney can coach.

09/28/2018 - 2:43pm They may be cheaters when it…

They may be cheaters when it comes to oversigning and paying players, but dammit if they don't take their accounting rules seriously.

Yes, just piling on the SEC jokes