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01/12/2019 - 4:39pm "consultant in a coaching…

"consultant in a coaching capacity".........Translation: we recognized the potential for a shitstorm and structured it in a way where we can claim she's a consultant rather than an employee if we have to cut bait. Knew there was an issue but still went forward anyway but handled the PR reactively.  

 

She's obviously also dramatically overqualified for an assistant coach job, but she still took the job anyway, which demonstrates her association with Nassar is too toxic for her to get the high level type jobs that her resume would otherwise support. 

01/07/2019 - 12:52am Dawkins always figured for a…

Dawkins always figured for a bench player type role given his recruiting profile and Doyle wasn't even close to a top 100 guy. Think they were what like #400 and #200 each in ratings which is pretty low for B1G hoops recruits. The weird one was Chatman since he's probably the highest ranked recruit we've had since the 2013 season but looked completely lost during his time here. 

01/07/2019 - 12:45am I think Alabama wins and I…

I think Alabama wins and I could not give a shit either way. 

01/07/2019 - 12:40am He looked about like you'd…

He looked about like you'd expect a freshman with skills to look. He's fine and it looks like he's now passed Davis. This was a very positive development since we lack quality depth for bigs especially if Teske has fouls and he's by far the best hope for someone who isn't playing now to make a meaningful impact the rest of the year. His performance was the most positive thing about today in terms of possible implications for the rest of the year. 

01/06/2019 - 1:01pm Guy has good but not great…

Guy has good but not great stats, lacks mobility, has an arm that's fine but nothing special, and he plays in the MAC. His production as a fourth year player is less than what O'Korn put up as a freshman at Houston and we saw how that skillset translated to a higher level of competition. Good for him for having a good career and making a major contribution to his school. But this is hardly a drop the mic situation as the OP was presumably right about Jackson > Malzone, but there is nothing to indicate he'd be a successful QB against P5 competition. But maybe he'll grad transfer and you can say I told you so next year and hand out some L's. 

01/06/2019 - 12:57pm That team was made up of…

That team was made up of guys who would go to Duke now and be one and dones. Four first round draft picks. Rice was a 15 year player and multiple time All-Star. The guy was a 6'8" wing who scored 26/game, shot 52% from 3 and 58% overall at a senior! Vaught was a 16/10 guy in the NBA until he got hurt and still played a decade. Mills was also a decade long NBA players with size and the ability to shoot and put up 15/ppg in the NBA during his prime. Higgins and Robinson had a ton of natural talent that unfortunately they never fully developed. Kirk Taylor was also going to be a great player until he blew out his knee. 

The game was a lot different back then but they would have had an insane eFG%, that team could really shoot. Aside from Mark Hughes and Mike Griffin, basically the guys who were getting minutes were all good enough to be NBA starters. The 2019 is probably doing at least as good of a job maximizing their potential as that team did but there's no comparison between the two given the disparity in talent, even once this team is a finished product. Get off my lawn I guess, but yeah, the game was different then since NBA first round picks stayed 3/4 years and Frieder pulled in some insane talent. 

01/06/2019 - 12:35pm Houston might well lose…

Houston might well lose before us. They're under 60% against both Temple and SMU so more likely than not to lose one of the two. I do think we both make it to 1/19 and then it's 50/50 with Wisconsin. UVa probably loses at Duke that day. 

Ken Pom has us on pace for a 15-5 conference record and we only have 2 games left against teams that aren't top 50 competition. Road games against top 50ish teams are tough, we're going to have several losses. 

01/06/2019 - 12:28pm No, Illinois lost a game…

No, Illinois lost a game before that at the end of the regular season so that was their 2nd loss. Though Kentucky did what you describe the year Duke won when Wisconsin beat Kentucky in the Final 4 I think it was. Or Wichita State too but it's a bit different for schools like that or Gonzaga that play in less leagues. Or the 91 UNLV team.

01/06/2019 - 12:22pm I can't speak to the 60s or…

I can't speak to the 60s or 70s but this is the correct answer for best Michigan team of the last 35 years. Although a couple of Frieder's teams that bombed in the tourney like 85 or 86 should also be in the conversation. 

01/05/2019 - 10:45pm He looks like Speight would…

He looks like Speight would look if he was healthy and playing MAC level competition each week. But you were certainly right vis a vis Malzone. 

 

Since we're diving into the wayback machine, here's some Kelly Baraka highlights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1O9eGsxb8

 

12/31/2018 - 12:47am Agree with a some of this…

Agree with a some of this but there is more to the story. One difference was he replaced Dreisbach with Griese (sort of happened late season 96 but over the course of a whole season that was a change from year before). Griese had a higher completion rate, fewer INTs and more TDs so overall a more efficient passing game. Also, Carr did demote Fred Jackson from OC to assistant in an attempt to make the offense better. Perhaps a useful lesson there on dumping an OC who is ineffective, though to his credit Harbaugh did as much with Drevno last year too. 

While Mattison's 96 D was pretty stout, Hermann definitely changed up the play calling and style from the prior year. Also, to just say oh we had Woodson short sells that year's improvement a bit since Woodson was there in 96 as a starter too so that wasn't a change.  Let's not discount the rest of that defense either, while Woodson is legendary, they also locked down the run at 91 yards per game, 207 yards offense, and 9 points/game. Even an NFL HOF CB doesn't do that on his own and that D was stocked across the Board with fantastic college players like Hall, Renes, Steele, Copenhaver, Sword, Swett, Gold, Dhani, Weather, and another safety who shall remain unnamed. 

12/31/2018 - 12:24am That's kinda true in a way,…

That's kinda true in a way, but not really, because ~9990 or so of those guys weren't 6'8" 260 and pretty athletic for that size. 

12/30/2018 - 9:53pm Or a fact. The 2008 hoops…

Or a fact. The 2008 hoops team had 2 fringe NBA/DLeague guys in DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris (minus Udoh due to transfer) and we gave serious minutes to Ron Coleman, Kelvin Grady, Jevohn Shepard, Ant Wright, CJ Lee, etc. The cupboard was really bare. Whereas the 2015 football team had Jabrill Peppers, Dymonte Thomas, Jourdan Lewis, Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Delano Hill, Jake Butt, Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson, Chase Winovich, DeVeon Simith, Ben Gedeon, Channing Stribling, Mike McCray, Zack Gentry, Karan Higdon, Tyree Kinnel, Graham Glasgow, Kyle Kalis, Willie Henry, Ben Braden, Maurice Hurst, Ty Isaac, Mason Cole, Mario Ojemudia, Jon Runyan, JBB, Grant Newsome, Erik Magnuson, Khalid Hill, Ian Bunting, Matt Godin, Ryan Glasgow, Jeremy Clark, Joe Bolden etc. Some of those guys are just guys and there were certainly some holes in talent by position or depth but overall that's a lot of talent to walk in to for a rebuild. Harbaugh inherited top 15 or so talent while Beilien was stuck with a roster that was mostly composed of MAC level players. 

12/30/2018 - 9:35pm The 08 team was worse than…

The 08 team was worse than 07 of course because Dion Harris, Petway, Lester Abram and Courtney Sims were all gone and the only talent was a young DeShawn Sims/Manny Harris. The 09 team improved. There was a step back in year 3, similar to football in 2017. The 2010 team actually had a worse record than prior year but some of that was bad luck, they had a bad record of like 2-8 or something in games decided by 6 points or less. That team couldn't shoot 3s, get ORebs, or get to the line at all. And then 2011, 2012, and 2013 were all progressively better. The basketball program was a lot more of a mess than the football program and didn't have the resources that the football team gets. Also, Hoke left a lot of talent, especially on defense as the 2017 draft demonstrated. Whereas there were basically 2 serviceable players in Sims/Harris and we were playing guys like Ron Coleman, Jevohn Shepard, Ant Wright, Kelvin Grady, Zack Gibson. Good kids, but not guys who should've been playing meaningful B1G minutes. 

 

With the basketball program, the difference was back to back classes of Hardaway/Jordan Morgan/Burke and then the Albrecht/Stauskas/McGary/GR3/LeVert. That's an extraordinary injection of talent. I guess that's possible but to replicate that, the 2018 and 2019 classes would have to significantly exceed expectations.

 

It's the same argument as the Dabo Clemson argument. Yeah, it can happen. But for every time that's panned out as well as it did for Beilein or Swinney, there are 50 other examples of where it never blew up like that. So....appreciate the basketball program. 

12/30/2018 - 8:59pm Yeah, national championships…

Yeah, national championships are rare and too random to be a good metric. Plus, until Alabama's recruiting is curtailed or the NCAA takes action or schools start paying players above the board it will be very hard to compete with them. On the other hand, conference championships, CFP appearances, the record vs OSU, and the bowl game record is the part where improvement can reasonably be hoped for. 

12/30/2018 - 3:48pm No ability to run 2 or 4…

No ability to run 2 or 4 minute offenses and we very seldom play with tempo. And last 2 games have shown we lack urgency when score and time dictate we play quickly. I have to think that the offensive play calling by committee is a key root cause for those issues and our slogging approach to offense in general.

12/30/2018 - 2:54pm We lost to OSU by 23 who…

We lost to OSU by 23 who lost to Purdue by 29 who lost to Auburn by 49. Auburn is thus 101 points better than us, per the transitive property of football.  

 

Shit happens and you have to look at the whole season in context. The champion of the B1G got run off of the field by Purdue which is certainly a worse loss than Oklahoma losing a close game to Texas. You can be a pretty good team and lose a game you shouldn't. 

 

Also, considering OSU struggled a bit with a mediocre TCU team and beat no one OOC, we lost to ND and Florida, PSU barely beat Appalachian State, WI lost at home to BYU, MSU lost to ASU, NW lost to Duke & Akron, and Purdue lost to EMU & Missouri there are a lot of data points that suggest the B1G is nothing to write home about this year. 

12/30/2018 - 2:44pm Oklahoma doesn't have much…

Oklahoma doesn't have much talent but DFW is just as close to Norman as to Austin and the amount of talent coming out of Texas is enough to support multiple top programs. The state of Texas has 45 4-stars and 18 top 100 players this year. So geographically I think they are better off than us but it also helps that their primary competitor in Texas has struggled a bit whereas OSU has not in a long-time. 

12/30/2018 - 1:21pm I don't understand this…

I don't understand this point of view. So because we hired an offensive coach with a perceived cutting edge offense and it didn't work out that one time it means that it could never work out with other different better (or worse) coaches? It might, might not, but  RichRod's outcome is not the only possible outcome. I mean, I think Harbaugh deserves more time and there's still hope for progress, especially with Meyer leaving, but I don't understand the extrapolation from RichRod bombing to all modern offenses being probable failures at M. Even thought they are working fine at the majority of other schools. 

12/30/2018 - 1:00pm Were we hammering everyone…

Were we hammering everyone all year? We couldn't move the ball on OSU until we were down 3 TDs in the 3rd. Had 17 against Notre Dame. We put up 20 on NW after scuffling for most of the game. We put up 21 on MSU and ground it out even though their offense had nothing. Even in our two best wins against WI and PSU, we put up 124 and 144 yards of passing! Body Blows is a concept worthy of an eye roll, but the only time this offense was effective was when we bullied teams with the ground game and then we won games by locking it down on D. 

That formula didn't work against talented teams and this offense never showed a capacity to win games with prolific scoring or passing offense. Which isn't surprising since we don't get the needed repetitions in the passing game against the WMUs, SMU, Rutgers, Nebraska etc as we're content to just grind them down. Which works very well against those teams, but doesn't prepare us for situations where that strategy won't suffice. We're the #24 offense on S&P+ and that's before yesterday. It's not the 1980s anymore, scoring 20 points and passing for 150 or 200 yards won't get it done against good teams especially if they commit to stopping the running game and we stubbornly bang our heads into the line repeatedly.

12/30/2018 - 12:39pm Kenpom has us as a 30 point…

Kenpom has us as a 30 point favorite.

12/30/2018 - 12:26pm I wouldn't be surprised…

I wouldn't be surprised either way if he never played in the league or if he lasted a dozen years. He's big and fairly athletic for a TE especially of his height. He'll never be good at blocking but all he has to do is catch the fucking ball and he'd be a pretty useful asset on passing downs in the NFL.

12/30/2018 - 12:16pm Countess' grad transfer year…

Countess' grad transfer year? He's still in the league, surprisingly. Although it is the Rams defense. Your overall point on transfers generally not panning out is definitely true.

Rawls was productive at CMU before getting into trouble (again) though his original departure was off the field reasons too.

12/30/2018 - 1:12am Yeah, one point that looks…

Yeah, one point that looks pretty clear is that Harbaugh is not the QB whisperer that some made him out to be when he was hired. He did a good job with Rudock but he had already learned his craft and was a 5th year. There was only so much you could do with Speight talent wise obviously. But anyway, Harbaugh did a good job developing QBs before M but he was also lucky as shit during his time in California as he had a #1 draft pick in Luck, another former #1 in Alex Smith, and a talented 2nd round guy in Kaepernick. To have basically no competent QB play in his 3rd year and then have to rely on lucking into a bagman fallout 5 star transfer and still put up only 200/yds game with DPJ, Collins and sometimes Black is not good. 

12/29/2018 - 10:59pm Eh. We went to the Rose Bowl…

Eh. We went to the Rose Bowl 3 of the first 4 years after we invaded Iraq. 

 

In contrast, once Bob Barker retired from The Price is Right in June 2007, Michigan football has been mostly Citrus-y in our good years*. With a little Sugar 7 years ago.

12/29/2018 - 7:49pm OSU's offense though with…

OSU's offense though with Barrett and Miller has been more of a run oriented spread than what WSU runs. But I do agree an air raid can be pretty successful, but I think you just need to have a quality running game too which Leach teams have not historically had. More open to an Oklahoma style offense where they have better balance and running than what Leach does. I'd take either over Manball. 

 

I don't follow your point on KC since they've lost their last two games or on a longer-time horizon they're 1-4 in playoff games under Reid with the only win in Houston and 3 losses in cold weather. Might be different this year but jury is still out. But NFL is different anyway because they play all thru December and January and since college is all fair weather bowls during that timeframe. 

12/29/2018 - 5:08pm That's a valid point and in…

That's a valid point and in the end I'd agree with you that I wouldn't want Leach as coach as he's always had shitty defense and his air raid would struggle a lot more in the B1G with athletes and weather. But if you've been to Lubbock or Pullman you know that he's done a lot with backwater football programs that really haven't had any better success ever than what he has done. Would be interesting to see him at a location where he could attract more talent. 

12/29/2018 - 5:04pm Clean-ish teams that have…

Clean-ish teams that have been to NCG/CFP or won a P5 conference championship since Harbaugh was hired:

Notre Dame

Oklahoma

Washington

Oregon

Stanford

USC

PSU

MSU

I wouldn't want to be MSU or USC until they get a new AD (and coach) but the first 3 programs are in better shape than us and in the end because our premier achievement is beating PSU and WI a few times and that one Citrus Bowl win I don't know that we've really accomplished anything that the others haven't. Racking up better records against the Indianas and NWs of the world I guess? 

12/29/2018 - 4:47pm Mattison wasn't fired, he…

Mattison wasn't fired, he went to ND of his own accord and pissed off Carr in the process. 

12/29/2018 - 4:27pm Great. Now all we need is a…

Great. Now all we need is a DeShaun Watson caliber QB and an armada of bagmen and history will repeat itself. 

12/29/2018 - 4:04pm Not sure if Pep is the real…

Not sure if Pep is the real problem, it's probably Harbaugh, but he's not the solution and Harbaugh isn't getting canned this year. Bye Pep, good luck in your career elsewhere.

 

Also, compare Florida to the Florida team we saw last year. The most embarrassing thing about today is that we actually thought it was a good idea to hire McElwain after his work there. Which is illustrative of why there is so little hope for meaningful change in the offensive approach. 

12/29/2018 - 3:56pm It's warm. There's no more…

It's warm. There's no more pinning it on Hoke and while there has been a bit of bad luck at times and they've been good but not great for most of his tenure, you can't fail to win meaningful games, have an a total lack of trophies indefinitely. The expectations aren't being met. And there's now a narrative in place about his program that it can't compete at the highest levels which will harm recruiting. He's on the precipice of losing the fanbase and $ alumni and that only has one long-term outcome. 

12/29/2018 - 3:51pm I did wonder this as well…

I did wonder this as well. Harbaugh grinds on people and has worn out his welcome before. Is it just coincidence that we had some peculiar transfers, more players sitting out the bowl than our peers, and a nosedive in performance at the end of the year? Might well all be unrelated, who knows, but it could be an indication that he lost this team in November. 

12/09/2018 - 3:23pm Whether or not the class is…

Whether or not the class is better is debatable. Sometimes you do need to fill positions with warm bodies based on depth and how talent is spread across classes. But otherwise, yeah, you are worse off by tacking on a bunch of low 3 stars because you only get 85 either way so filling those slots with lesser talent comes with an opportunity cost for as long as those recruits are on the roster. Replacing our 3* with 4* is exactly how you should look at it, it would help the overall talent level. I do agree that TEs and FBs and K/P aren't really rated in a way that is meaningful. Viper, I don't necessarily agree there, look at Jabrill, that spot can and should be an athlete even if they are a tweener position wise.

 

I mean, not every recruit is going to be a blue chip but count up the top 15-20 per class if that is how you are looking at it. In the 2018 and 2019 classes we have 2 T100 players and 10 total T200 players across 43 commits/enrollees. Contrast that with OSU having 17 T200 players and 23 T200 players out of 42 commits/enrollees. We need more top level talent to compete more effectively. 

12/09/2018 - 3:07pm There are hundreds of four…

There are hundreds of four stars every year, few are true difference makes on that level. The overall point is that to compete at a higher level we need either stronger talent across the board or a winning lottery ticket at QB (Watson, Young, Newton, Winston). That's pretty much how college football works.

 

That's great that MSU won the B1G in 2010 when they didn't have to play OSU. Or that they won it in 2012 during the Fickell year that OSU took off. I don't think we can count on those as strategies for winning the conference in the future. We yeah, in one season, anything can happen, as demonstrated by PSU and MSU (with the punt fumble). You're right that a lot can happen in one year, and maybe that's enough to lift up the program. 

 

The whining about people being too negative or positive or whatever on the board when someone has a different opinion is tedious and childish. My perspective is based on what I've seen while following M football for 3 decades so if you don't agree, ok, whatever. While recruiting isn't everything, it is also certainly true that our best on the field results have matched our recruiting and that historically when we were closer to parity on recruiting. Go back and read some of Seth's historical posts too or look at how we fared recruiting wise from the mid-80s to ~2004. Our classes are good, but not quite up to those historical standards. 

12/09/2018 - 2:32pm If you add Harrison and…

If you add Harrison and Keegan you're looking at 3 T100 guys and 8 T200. That's good but far from excellent. The team ranking may well be top 10 because it is a large class but the average rating will be around 88 and outside of the top 10. Eight guys outside the top 500. There are probably some gems, but there are also some reaches because we aren't getting top guys. 

 

Maybe that worked for Clemson but there are 10 other schools that didn't become Clemson as they don't get to compete against pervasive mediocrity in the ACC and because no DeShaun Watson ever walked through the door. To compete at a CFP level, the recruiting will have to be better, or we'll have to find a true star at QB. None of the current QB recruits or players are close to that level. 

12/09/2018 - 2:20pm Indiana is the best team but…

Indiana is the best team but I'd be most worried about Northwestern just because of the problems their zone poses. But yeah, good chance we go into Madison at 17-0. 

 

Don't feel great about Davis but he needs to get minutes as a true backup post does feel like one of our weaknesses. If Teske gets the auto bench at some point in a meaningful game, which he will, Davis will have to be better. 

 

The schedule ends with 11 of 14 being Tier A games so it's going to be tough after the next month. 

12/05/2018 - 10:26pm Duke has had probably more…

Duke has had probably more early round upsets than they should have but they've had so many deep tourney runs too. I wouldn't consider them an underachiever overall on a 30-35 year time span.

 

Izzo significantly overachieved from about 98 to 09 and since then the last decade has been pretty lame for them. 

 

Also, remember, this is underachieving relative to ELO projections, not relative to talent. So if Izzo fails to develop his team of 4 and 5 stars as usual, MSU just flows into ELO as like a #10ish type team which is similar to how Beilein's team will be ranked even though he's molding 3 stars. The model just captures how good you are, not how good you should be based on raw talent. Obviously Izzo was a great coach for about 15 years but he has been coasting on his rep and the talent his name brings for a decade now without doing much to convert talent to quality team play. 

12/05/2018 - 10:12pm Yep, although I believe that…

Yep, although I believe that article is posted prior to the start of the sweet 16. So 3-1 record since then. Not sure what the ELO predicted wins would be but should be less as I believe we were about a 60% favorite to win each of the 3 games we won and like 30% to beat Villanova. And data is a little bit different for other coaches too of course.

12/04/2018 - 7:45am Kenpom has 31% chance of…

Kenpom has 31% chance of loss. Significantly lower but this isn't a 97% win or anything. Road games against solid teams are tough. 

 

12/02/2018 - 7:42pm You could also scuttle the…

You could also scuttle the divisions and do a 1 vs 2 like the Big 12 does. This eliminates the division  imbalances, avoids having the Pitts and Utahs in the CFP, and creates more competitive conference championship games. So for this year it would have been Clemson vs Syracuse, OSU vs Michigan, and UW vs WSU. Rematches of the rivalry games, some might not like that, but I'd be fine with it. The challenge though is that it's hard to create schedule parity with these larger conferences. You'd have to either go to a flexible scheduling methodology, or accept large differences in scheduling which is the one advantage the division format has. 

12/02/2018 - 7:29pm Everyone's staying at the…

Everyone's staying at the Motel 6 in Adamsville.

12/02/2018 - 7:25pm Agree with this. G5 could…

G5 could win a game but not 3 straight. Let them compete with the other teams for an at large. Truth is, most years they would be an underdog against a power 5 runner up. The anti-trust concern is valid but the G5 are too dependent on the P5's revenue to push the issue. 

Also, college football should tell Notre Dame (and the other independents) to go fuck themselves. If they want to participate, they can go through the ringer of conference play.

You could allow a trigger where if a division winner has 2 or 3 fewer losses or whatever but loses the CCG that it triggers preemption of conference champ by the highest rated team. Think the Big 12 used to have a rule similar to this related to the BCS? This alleviates the issue of mediocre division winners screwing things up but it does minimize the importance of some conference championship games. Has to be based on a set of rules agreed upon in advance. 

12/02/2018 - 4:42pm Well, let's hope so but I…

Well, let's hope so but I tend to think motivation is tied to the opponent and not the last game. See also the Revenge Tour theme. 

12/02/2018 - 3:16pm That's another shitty aspect…

That's another shitty aspect to this. After those past 2 beatdown games, Florida is probably going to be a lot more motivated and focused on this game than our players will. Coaches have their work cut out for them on this not being a letdown bowl game. 

12/02/2018 - 3:14pm There's no conflating the…

There's no conflating the two-- advanced stat rankings and poll rankings are related as they're driven by the same factors. Offensive efficiency is certainly correlated with outcomes scoring points and winning games, which obviously results in high poll rankings. Of course it's not the only element since defense and special team and luck come into play, but it's a key aspect. 

Alabama last year? They wouldn't have won had they stuck with their season long offense, pulling Hurts for Tua won that national championship, and they'd have finished as a 2 loss team if they'd stuck with the QB that drove that #23 ranking. The inability to move the ball against Auburn cost them that game and they had to rely on getting in w/o a conference championship which took luck and often won't work out. They also had the #1 defense.

That's the real point, sure, a team can still go to the CFP or win a NC with a meh offense, but it places a higher burden on the defense and special teams to be dominant. We saw the same thing ourselves in 2016 when the offense could only score 13 on Iowa, 14 on Wisconsin, and 17 in regulation on OSU. We still beat WI but we lost the other two because the defense couldn't lock it down completely and the offense forced them to do so because they weren't good enough. Why accept mediocrity on one side of the ball and force the bar to be even higher for the defense?

Note that Alabama this year is not as good on D, 23rd, but the offense is making up for it at #2 this year. Or Notre Dame made the CFP with the #26 offense and #4 D. One way to do it. But the other 3 teams are #1, #2, and #7 on offense. The broader point remains, a strong offense puts you in a much better position overall. 

12/02/2018 - 2:22pm The obstacle is still $. If…

The obstacle is still $. If you play Alabama, you've got to split the dough more or less. If you play Eastern Michigan you can give them a much smaller cut and EMU is still happy so both parties win financially. 

Also, the disincentive $ wise for coaches is still against tough OOC opponents. The downside of a loss isn't really worth it when you can beat Middle Tennessee and have a better record when your multi-million job is on the line. 

12/02/2018 - 2:15pm Especially if Hurts is QB. 

Especially if Hurts is QB. 

12/02/2018 - 1:58pm I dunno, I think Teske is…

I dunno, I think Teske is probably the hardest to replace. We haven't seen enough out of Davis but if he wasn't a significant drop-off from Teske he'd probably be getting some run. Especially in terms of ball screen D and rim protection plus rolling to the rim on the pick and roll. Z to me is the other person we couldn't lose because of how he directs the offense, limits turnovers, and obviously on his on-ball defense. Brooks ostensibly could run the point but it would be a hit and you'd probably have to play DeJulius 20 minutes with one or the other sliding to the 2 just to relieve Matthews/Poole for 10 minutes.  

I think we could manage to play small if Livers or Iggy were out against most teams were out, but it would be a problem later in the tourney against bigger athletic teams. Poole, Matthews and Brooks can probably substitute in for one another enough. But yeah, injuries are definitely a big risk with a 7 man rotation. 

After NW, we have our easiest stretch for 4 games. I know Beilein has always gone ~33 minutes for his key guys but i do hope we get some more significant minutes for the backups during that span.

12/02/2018 - 12:37pm Top 30 is not good. No one…

Top 30 is not good. No one is hoping Michigan football is a top 30 program. 

Also, the offense is getting a pass because of how bad the defense was and getting credit for garbage time yards/points. With 6 off of the KO fumble, the offense effectivelyput up 13 against a shit buckeye defense through 40 minutes and by then the game was over with us behind by 22 points. Which, never mind the ridiculousness that we were calling plays like we could win the game with a ball control offense well after it became obvious that our only hope to win was a shootout with explosive plays involving the WRs which just so happened to be a weak point of the OSU D.