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12/10/2018 - 9:31am A close game (either loss or…

A close game (either loss or win) and plenty of bitching.

12/04/2018 - 12:04pm Per S&P+ his offenses were…

Per S&P+ his offenses were 26th, 13th, 39th, 19th, 1st, 25th, and 25th. Ours is currently 24th this year.

I fully admit he could be a boon to certain deficient areas of our offense - like obvious passing downs and slow play progression - but I am skeptical that he's a panacea.

12/04/2018 - 8:53am Yeah, offense wasn't really…

Yeah, offense wasn't really a big issue this year. We went from 85th in S&P+ last year to 24th this year. You'd still like to see it inch closer to the top 10, but yeah, offense wasn't the issue. That's not to say there aren't valid criticisms (like how we still run the entire 40 seconds off of the play clock when we're down a couple of scores).

12/04/2018 - 8:38am It's difficult to win on the…

It's difficult to win on the road.

12/04/2018 - 8:36am So where is he coaching in…

So where is he coaching in 2020?

12/04/2018 - 8:34am If this is our early-season…

If this is our early-season form when we usually hit our stride in Feb. what the fuck we gonna look like come then.

Wonderful.

11/29/2018 - 9:59am The point of rewarding the…

The point of rewarding the top seeds with byes would be to preserve the meaning of the regular season. A point of contention for most people opposed to expanding the playoff seems to be that it would diminish the meaning of the regular season, so that would address that better than simply expanding the field to 8, or 16, etc. That's just my opinion of course.

I think in general I am in favor of any expansion, and I really would enjoy the first round on campus sites. I doubt that would happen precisely because of what you suggest - an SEC team potentially playing north of the Mason-Dixon line in December. The SEC would raise hell about it.

11/29/2018 - 9:47am I also don't mind the 6-team…

I also don't mind the 6-team playoff format, where No. 1 and No. 2 get byes. Play the first two games on campus of higher seed, then maintain the current semifinals and final format.

11/29/2018 - 9:39am If they are all blown out …

If they are all blown out ... maybe? But we don't deserve the playoff after such an embarrassing outing in Columbus. In 2014, OSU lost to VT by 14. In 2016, Washington lost to USC by 13. In 2017 Georgia did lose to Auburn by 23, but won the SEC. Alabama did lose to Auburn by 12 in 2017 also.

Point is, outside of Georgia, there's no precedent for a team that has been blown out during the season to get in - and Georgia still won the SEC last year. Also, no 2-loss team.

Theoretically it could happen, but IMO UCF deserves to be in before we do since we shit the bed in Columbus.

Ed: Though I did forget UCF's QB is down, so perhaps not.

11/28/2018 - 11:06am We are currently the second…

We are currently the second best team in the Big Ten. OSU has been rolling for 2 decades now, Harbaugh is in Year 4, we'll be fine.

11/28/2018 - 9:47am What do you mean "move to a…

What do you mean "move to a spread"? Seems like we run a lot out of a spread already ...

11/27/2018 - 1:34pm +1, Insightful

+1, Insightful

11/27/2018 - 1:32pm While I tend to agree, what…

While I tend to agree, what we called worked - Gentry comes to mind as being open for medium-to-long catches often, unfortunately he just had a couple of drops.

11/27/2018 - 10:38am The score does matter if one…

The score does matter if one is insisting we haven't been competitive with OSU for years. In 2016 we lost in 2OT and last year we had the ball down 24-20 with a shot at a go ahead TD. That certainly is competitive.

11/27/2018 - 10:36am If we had played Arkansas …

If we had played Arkansas (as originally scheduled) and everything else remained constant, we'd be sitting at 11-1 right now. Not sure if that makes anyone feel any better but... yeah.

11/27/2018 - 10:35am Honestly not sure I will be…

Honestly not sure I will be watching it, will probably just get score updates on my phone or whatever. I don't know if I'll watch much championship football this weekend. I don't even know if I am into football anymore, really. It's been weird, man.

11/26/2018 - 10:10am Not sure a one-score loss in…

Not sure a one-score loss in ND is "convincing". 

11/26/2018 - 10:03am Who's to say they are very…

Who's to say they are very flawed? Certainly not talent-wise or in terms of athleticism. They just looked unfocused and like they were sleepwalking through their schedule. They just managed to play to their potential finally, unfortunately it took The Game for them to do it.

11/26/2018 - 10:02am I'd love to play for a B1G…

I'd love to play for a B1G championship even if we lost 100-0 in Columbus.

11/26/2018 - 9:56am Our offense wasn't the issue…

Our offense wasn't the issue on Saturday, except for some pretty bad drops. I don't think it's prudent to abandon the offensive philosophy from your previous 12 games in favor of something new just for the sake of it.

A new wrinkle or two, sure, but I can't imagine you can overhaul.

11/26/2018 - 9:54am Advanced stats (referring to…

Advanced stats (referring to S&P+ specifically) are opponent-adjusted and garbage time is removed, that still held us as the No. 1 or No. 2 defense through noon on Sat. Our performance dropped us to No. 5 overall.

11/26/2018 - 9:06am This is so over-the-top…

This is so over-the-top reactionary. He's had two bad games - 2017 PSU and 2018 OSU.

11/26/2018 - 9:01am No pass rush means a good QB…

No pass rush means a good QB will feast on this defense. Did the pocket collapse even once on Haskins?

11/25/2018 - 2:40pm I’m beginning to resign…

I’m beginning to resign myself to this too, is an average of 10-3 good enough? Probably not if we are being honest, but the Sabans and Meyers of the world are limited (in fact, there’s only precisely two), so assuming we can’t lure either of them to Michigan I think Harbaugh is the best we have. It’s a hell of a lot better than what we’ve had. 2015-2018 has been our best stretch since the late 90s and before that you’d probably have to go back to the late 70s.

Things wouldn’t look as dire if MSU and OSU didn’t happen to have possibly their best coaches in both of their school’s history, and even ND has their best coach in decades - that distorts the view some, IMO.

11/25/2018 - 2:38pm Last year we had the ball…

Last year we had the ball down 24-20 with a few minutes left in the game - the chance for a go-ahead TD, but O’Korn threw a duck to an OSU player where there was no Michigan receiver to be found. OSU scored to finish 31-20 but it was certainly very winnable.

11/21/2018 - 1:55pm I've been thinking 42-28 us,…

I've been thinking 42-28 us, but it seems sacrilegious to expect a somewhat large victory.

11/20/2018 - 12:31pm Eh, our receivers ran free…

Eh, our receivers ran free against them last year - we just didn't have a QB that could throw a ball into the ocean.

11/15/2018 - 8:59am I think my expectations are…

I think my expectations are higher after last night, sure, but we really don't know what Villanova is this year either. I thoroughly enjoyed that, though.

11/14/2018 - 8:43pm Ah yea, 73-46 final Michigan…

Ah yea, 73-46 final Michigan, just as we all predicted.

10/31/2018 - 12:02pm Eh, the committee has shown…

Eh, the committee has shown that they are forgiving of losses to good teams. A win over what would be a 2-7 Arkansas team isn't a resume boost.

10/30/2018 - 12:42pm Probably 6.

Probably 6.

10/25/2018 - 11:16am I understand this, but I…

I understand this, but I also feel the goalposts are being moved every game. First it was "If we get through Wisconsin..." then it was "Yeah, but Harbaugh can't beat rivals..." and now it's "Let's get through PSU...".

At some point I feel we've got to allow ourselves to he happy that we have, most likely, a good football team this year.

Fans are urging other fans to not think about the playoff. I really hope that's not the attitude the team has taken. I hope they are believing they can make it there and playing that way, too.

10/24/2018 - 9:28am Something irks me when…

Something irks me when people say (not necessarily you, this just reminded me) that Michigan has no offensive identity or doesn't know what it's trying to be or any of the other seemingly innumerable cliches regarding the offense. The offense's identity is this: multiple.

10/22/2018 - 11:42am Always get a sinking feeling…

Always get a sinking feeling when someone is carted off of the field. Hopefully he recovers quickly and it doesn't impact the draft too much for him.

10/21/2018 - 9:53am I would think it would be…

I would think it would be Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Michigan. UCF would probably finish like #6 - #8.

10/20/2018 - 1:07pm Is there any logic to…

Is there any logic to winning the toss and electing to receive?

10/20/2018 - 12:59pm Kicked me out of the blog…

Kicked me out of the blog and says username is already in use when I try to get back in. Doesn’t seem fit for mobile.

09/27/2018 - 11:36am It never came from anywhere,…

It never came from anywhere, it just ... always was. Some say it is what initiated the big bang.

09/27/2018 - 11:35am Only ironically.

Only ironically.

09/24/2018 - 11:41am Our offense is top 25,…

Our offense is top 25, according to S&P+ (24th). Ultimately I agree the line is probably fine and maybe even perhaps too generous. I can see us blowing them out, but I can easily see a much closer than anticipated game as well.

09/22/2018 - 3:22pm We must lead the nation in…

We must lead the nation in PI calls

09/18/2018 - 2:58pm When I say "turn him loose"…

When I say "turn him loose" I don't think passing. I do think a handful of designed runs should be deployed, but perhaps against higher quality opponents. Love that he kept the ball a couple of times - he should do that some to keep defenses guessing. Handing off every time just takes something the defense needs to respect away.

09/18/2018 - 2:57pm Literally the guys next to…

Literally the guys next to me on Saturday were calling for Harbaugh's head on every 2ish yard run up the middle. "Throw the ball more!"

Like what? Why would we do that when 1) it's not what Harbaugh wants to offense to do generally anyways and 2) we're up 3 scores

09/12/2018 - 1:58pm However, this was the best…

However, this was the best the offense has looked since 2016, even adjusted for opponents.

09/10/2018 - 9:47pm Jesús H Christ

Jesus H Christ

09/10/2018 - 9:40pm I want to turn it off and…

I want to turn it off and yet I am intrigued by how bad it can get 

09/10/2018 - 9:40pm To be fair this is…

To be fair this is exceptional even by Lions standards.

09/10/2018 - 9:37pm Stafford’s 4th pick lmao…

Stafford’s 4th pick lmao what am I seeing 

09/10/2018 - 9:33pm This is quite the implosion…

This is quite the implosion even by Lions standards

09/05/2018 - 9:28am I also feel like we should…

I also feel like we should just luck ourselves into a win in one of these games.