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11/17/2018 - 9:33pm Damn!! Thanks for the updates

Damn!! Thanks for the updates

11/17/2018 - 7:31am Yeah I'd definitely rather…

Yeah I'd definitely rather get Providence tomorrow since we get SC at home later in the year. 

11/16/2018 - 5:32pm Sorry it sounds so blunt and…

Sorry it sounds so blunt and bleak, but when Bamas best win is against Cajun Hoke, who've struggled against almost everyone on their schedule, that's not moving the needle for me. Yeah, Bama and Clemson are putting up absurd numbers. But that's what happens when in some cases they never pull the starters, or in other cases they're basically playing against Maryland and Nebraska every week. Except the SEC teams are even more boring than B1G teams, and the ACC plays less defense and has less overall talent than the B1G. 

So, am I impressed when I see a final score of Bama/Clemson 70 - xxx - 3? Nope, not impressed. I'll be impressed when I see how all those 18-20 year old kids respond to being down at halftime, or getting hit hard on consecutive plays. 

 

11/16/2018 - 2:24pm I think ND rolls in this…

I think ND rolls in this game. Something like 38-10. 

I also think ND should be ahead of Clemson, but there's no difference between 2 and 3, so who cares? 

I honestly don't believe Bama and Clemson are unstoppable powerhouses. They've looked great against a bunch of really really really crappy teams. Like, MAC level teams with less creative offenses. I think if they play against a well coached team like ND or Michigan, they will struggle big time. I'd put those games at 50/50. 

I think Michigan, ND, and Bama are the most balanced teams, and have strengths everywhere with no obvious weaknesses. Clemson and Georgia are close. OU/WVU/WSU/OSU/LSU are all talented, but have huge, glaring weaknesses. Nobody else deserves a mention because they're all trash, and would lose 99/100 times against any of the top 5, while the OU/WVU/WSU/OSU/LSU might win 25% of the time against teams in the Top 5. 

11/15/2018 - 12:19pm Wisconsin, I think, was…

Wisconsin, I think, was projected to be pretty bad again this year. I think they'll be Top 5 in the B1G, but they won't be anywhere near Michigan and MSU. In their good years, they are a deep tourney team and a lock for Top 3 in the B1G. 

They looked really good beating Xavier. I just don't see Trice and Davison holding up in conference play. 

Happ will definitely be enough to get them to the NCAAT as a 6-8 seed, but I think Michigan and MSU will be looking at 1-3 seeds, and IU as a 4-5 seed. 

11/15/2018 - 11:54am I never understood why…

I never understood why people were down on this squad. I thought coming in that Michigan was the clear front-runner to win the B1G regular season, B1G Championship, and the only B1G capable of making a deep tourney run.

IU surprised me, and their two freshman are looking really good. Purdue and Wisconsin will be annoying, but nothing like the last 1-4 years from them. MSU is probably the biggest threat in the B1G race, but I just don't see them staying with our offense, or being athletic enough to score on our defense. Unless Langford really makes a jump this year, they'll be hurting for athletic scorers when they face us. I'm not afraid of Winston doing anything against Simpson. 

11/15/2018 - 7:47am But I thought Izzo said it's…

But I thought Izzo said it's impossible to play defense because the rules committee is trying to change the college game into the Warriors-NBA. 

 

I guess Beliein didn't get the memo.

11/09/2018 - 3:08pm Yeah I believe this to be…

Yeah I believe this to be true. And I'm not knocking Hudson at all; just doing a thought experiment. Hudson isn't the greatest in slot/TE coverage, and he's missed some open field tackles. 

Him and Bush definitely have different roles this year from last year. But I'd expect Hudson to show better instincts, and being able to stay with TE's on routes. 

If I were OSU, I'd be scheming ways to get Bush and Hudson in space on slot WR's, and throw nothing but 2-5 yard passes all day. There aren't any obvious holes in our defense. That may be the only way a team has success moving the ball. 

11/09/2018 - 2:32pm Who would be the least…

Who would be the least improved player on defense this year? I'm thinking Hudson. He was electric last year, constantly in the backfield, and crushing open field tackles.

This year, he seems a little lost in his new role. If he isn't attacking, he's not at his best. 

He's still playing solid defense, but I don't think he's playing at a higher level or even same level as last year. 

11/08/2018 - 4:20pm Can't blame him. Big rivalry…

Can't blame him. Big rivalry game this week; probably watching multiple game films of Rutgers so he can provide the most informative preview week, before one of our biggest games of the year. 

11/08/2018 - 1:17pm I was cracking up reading…

I was cracking up reading the NW and Maryland sections. + 1 to you.  

11/08/2018 - 10:38am Bingo. Syracuse is basically…

Bingo. Syracuse is basically Purdue or Indiana. They are not good. The ACC sucks, so much so that it's hard to know if Clemson is the real deal this year. 

11/05/2018 - 2:56pm What are the rules after a…

What are the rules after a FG is blocked? What has to happen for the ball to be marked down or dead? Is it like a punt, and the kicking team just needs to touch the ball? If nobody touches it for 5 seconds, is it dead? Did McKeon (or was that Gentry) touch the ball? Why don't more teams run back blocked FG's? (typically you just see everyone on both teams run away from the ball, right?)

It seems like PSU finds some strange special teams luck in big games. 

11/05/2018 - 2:50pm James Hudson

James Hudson

11/05/2018 - 11:42am Some gems from some of our…

Some gems from some of our biggest haters on the internet, the lovely folks over at SBNATION Off Tackle Empire:

Even when they try to give us credit, they still find a way to take their shots:

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Michigan Wolverines - (Defeated Penn State, 42-7) Michigan destroyed the Nittany Lions. The defense is spectacular, and the rent-a-quarterback strategy seems to be paying off for them. Go to Piscataway, get the win, and do not get anyone hurt. Everyone else in the B1G East looks to be several steps behind Harbaugh’s crew. Next up: @Rutgers.

 

PSU at Michigan | Stop beating PSU they’re already dead, 42-7

I invite you to pause for a moment to wallow in the reality of Michigan peaking at just the right time to win a moribund B1G. For whatever reason, the Penn State team we knew—the team that racked up 60-something points per game on the arm and legs of QB1 Salutey McHomerun—suddenly vanished in the fourth quarter of the OSU game and has only been seen on milk cartons since. Meanwhile, Michigan is on their revenge tour after umpteen years of their coach melting down on the sidelines over...(let me check my notes)...his own failings. Shea Patterson seems to be the spark the Wolverines needed on offense, which isn’t that bad of a situation until you consider the fact that a coach who made his name on QB development basically has to rent them from someone else. At any rate, Penn State got beaten so badly this week that laughable HOT TAEK extruder Dan Wolken at USA Today suggested Franklin look for another job.

A-A-Ron Yorke: I was afraid that Penn State’s trip to Ann Arbor might look a lot like 2016 version, and it turns out that’s exactly what happened. The defense played pretty well in the first half to keep Penn State in the game, but eventually the unit wore down thanks to the offense’s inability to put anything resembling a drive together. Yes, the game should have been closer than it was. A blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown by Garrett Taylor got called back due to a questionable penalty call. Trace McSorley missed a wide open DeAndre Thompkins for what should have been an easy touchdown pass. Still, the offense was overwhelmed by Michigan’s front seven for most of the game and McSorley now looks broken after going 5-for-13 for 83 yards and a pick. Given his physical condition, I’m not even sure that he should start the game against Wisconsin next week.

87townie: Fuck harbaugh. Fuck michigan. Revenge my ass. We’ll see you next year you khaki clown.

11/05/2018 - 11:28am Looks like we found the…

Looks like we found the salty Steelers fan...

10/30/2018 - 11:26am 1. Bama

2. ND

3. Clemson

1. Bama

2. ND

3. Clemson

4. LSU

5. Michigan

6. Georgia

7. Oklahoma

8. Kentucky

9. West Virginia

10. Ohio State

10/29/2018 - 11:10am I agree 100%. And there's no…

I agree 100%. And there's no reason to think Beilein can't get his shooting % up as he matures. 

If he can become a 70% FT shooter and 33% 3-pt shooter, then that's all we can ask for at this point. 

10/29/2018 - 9:55am Yeah. Leading with his…

Yeah. Leading with his helmet into a seemingly defenseless receiver. Looked pretty obvious to me. 

10/29/2018 - 9:53am Outsidethebox aka I…

Outsidethebox aka I'mJustHereToTroll...

Zavier Simpson is not cringe worthy on offense. He has a 3:1 A:TO ratio, and he plays an excellent game of pick and roll. He is an excellent PG. No, he's not Trey Burke. But he's what we need; someone who can push the pace and find open shooters, work set plays to get open looks, and he can put up big points if he's overlooked like in these games:

12/9 W vs UCLA: 15 points on 6-9 shooting, 4 steals
1/2 W vs Iowa: 15 points on 6-9 shooting, 7 assists
1/9 L vs Purdue: 15 points on 6-10 shooting, 6 rebs, 5 assists
1/13 W @MSU: 16 points on 5-9 shooting, 4 rebs, 5 assists
1/25 L vs Purdue: 16 points on 7-13 shooting, 5 assists
3/3 W vs MSU: 15 points on 4-8 shooting, 7 rebs

Also had 11 points vs A&M and 10 points vs Nova. 

Yeah, he probably won't ever average 15 ppg over the season, but if he can keep running an efficient offense, hit open shots, and drive when defenses over commit on the pick and roll, then he's doing his job. 

10/26/2018 - 11:31am I agree with most of this…

I agree with most of this. We want FSU, Okie St, Florida, KState, Purdue

I think we'd rather see ND win out. Unless we can see them getting 2 losses. 

Definitely want Bama over LSU. We don't want a 1-loss SEC non champ getting into the playoffs.

Stanford over Wazzu. And every other 1 loss team to lose again. 

I think we'd want PSU over Iowa, unless we want to see Iowa sneak their way into the B1G CG with a Wisconsin loss to either NW or Purdue. If PSU wins, then we get the chance for another ranked win, at home. If PSU loses, then we definitely want Iowa in the B1G CG for a shot at a big ranked win (and also #RevengeTour on Iowa). But Iowa needs help to get there, and can we rely on someone upsetting a wounded Wisconsin? 

10/25/2018 - 12:40pm *Improvement Week

*Improvement Week

10/24/2018 - 6:54am So he's basically carsen…

So he's basically carsen Edwards, but taller and a better passer. Awesome! Go blue!!

10/23/2018 - 12:58pm I really hope we can keep…

I really hope we can keep this group of coaches together. We really need some continuity and consistency. No more musical chairs, especially on the offensive side. 

10/22/2018 - 1:07pm And Lewerke looking for a…

And Lewerke looking for a flag because Bush was got up in his face after the sack.

- If you constantly seek out a fight, don't cry when you get punched in the face. 

10/20/2018 - 6:07pm Fuck sparty! Go blue!

Fuck sparty! Go blue!

10/19/2018 - 12:58pm It's been evolving as the…

It's been evolving as the year goes on. 

10/19/2018 - 10:25am How good is MSUs front 7…

How good is MSUs front 7 compared to ND? I would guess the areas of strength are different; ND seems to have borderline elite DE + DT dudes, while MSU has a perfect system for the LBs they get, and the strength is always at the LB position. 

This will definitely be a harder game for our OL than Wisconsin was, because injuries. 

Let's hope we learned how NW, PSU, and USU got so many yards against them, and have a couple scripted drives and unseen plays to throw at these guys. If we can get on the board quickly, that can really hurt the 'disrespkt' chips. Can't afford a slow start to give these guys momentum and confidence. We need a lead at halftime. 

10/18/2018 - 3:01pm Some would say even a…

Some would say even a complete 360! 

10/18/2018 - 12:30pm I'm so nervous for this game…

I'm so nervous for this game I'm probably going to watch it on mute in the dark. Nothing is going to go the way we think. Everything bad will happen. I'm 100% in the BPONE. Until Michigan beats MSU on the scoreboard and the stat sheet, I'm going to lose sleep over this match-up. I think this is the year we can do it, but...I need to see it to believe it. Please hold me TVH (and umbig11)!

10/16/2018 - 5:14pm Michigan wins 30-7, wins 105…

Michigan wins 30-7, wins 105 of the 106 simulations, and 89 of them by 20+ points. 

10/16/2018 - 5:10pm I'm shocked nobody posted a…

I'm shocked nobody posted a simulation score vs our real rivals: Rutgers! BRB I'm on it!

10/15/2018 - 2:15pm I was hoping you'd chime in,…

I was hoping you'd chime in, since you're obviously more knowledgeable about MSU than I am. 

Basically, it's gotta be a weird game, bounces go MSUs way, and Michigan gets sloppy (penalties and/or turnovers). 

I hope you're right with the score prediction! I'll take a 23-17 W please! 

10/15/2018 - 2:10pm Good response. Your last…

Good response. Your last comment is a good thought experiment. I think I'd take Felton Davis and move DPJ to the slot. This would basically eliminate Oliver Martin snaps. I agree with taking Bachie over Gil/Ross for this year (I think Ross can become something greater than Bachie with more experience). 

10/12/2018 - 2:37pm 23 - 19

3 FG's for Nordin,…

23 - 19

3 FG's for Nordin, with two being 45 yard+. 

Wisconsin totals over 350 yards, but kicks 4 FG's and can't cash in when they get to the red zone. 

10/11/2018 - 11:06am The also have system…

The also have system stability. They've been running this for 30ish years. Basically nothing has changed except the name tag on the HC. When you have a system in place, and you basically never deviate, that system should be near perfect. They know what they need, they get what they need, and they do what they want. It's impressive, but it might also be why they'll never beat OSU/Bama/Georgia/Clemson. It's an old school system in a game that's evolved. Michigan has slowly caught up with the times. 

10/09/2018 - 4:38pm Shout out to the Michigan…

Shout out to the Michigan money cannon.

$48,503 in 5 hours. We got your back Ace! 

10/08/2018 - 12:10pm This pleases me. I love noon…

This pleases me. I love noon starts, and to not have to play in the dump at night is a huge bonus. Now we just need to hope there isn't some crazy monsoon or blizzard, and I don't see that MSU secondary doing anything to stop Shea and Co.

Go BLUE!!!

10/05/2018 - 3:31pm Worry if...

DJ Durkin tries…

Worry if...

DJ Durkin tries to recruit you. 

SAVAGE, just like the videos they show in their film room :/

10/03/2018 - 6:20pm Because he can. He obviously…

Because he can. He obviously knows his worth; which is how much someone is willing to pay him. I just think people obsessing over his salary is dumb. 

10/03/2018 - 6:10pm Why are people so obsessed…

Why are people so obsessed with his salary? I don't care if he's making $1 or $1,000,000,000,000,000.

I'm not paying his salary, and his desire to do the best that he can every day is not determined by a paycheck. 

10/02/2018 - 3:39pm At least they went easy on…

At least they went easy on us this time. And everyone says the NCAA is unfair. In this case, the punishment and the crime are a perfect fit.

09/28/2018 - 12:58pm Michigan wins easy: 38 - 13

Michigan wins easy: 38 - 13

09/27/2018 - 1:58pm I think scary is Hamler and …

I think scary is Hamler and #11 at OSU (also Dobbins and Haskins). 

09/26/2018 - 5:55pm And that would still get…

And that would still get flagged because of the below the waist scoop with the right arm. Very violent, dangerous, and there's no place in society for that kind of aggression. Think of the children! 

09/25/2018 - 1:22pm That OL tweet has one…

That OL tweet has one mistake that I know off the top of my head, and I don't want to take the time to fact check the rest of the players.

But David Dawson did not retire from football. He's the starting RG for GVSU. Side note, JJ McGrath (K) is also on GVSU and is 2-3 on FGs this year, missing from 30, and hitting from 27 and 23. Also, 17/20 on XP. 

09/24/2018 - 1:28pm Based on remaining SOS and…

Based on remaining SOS and pure hatred for all things ND, we have to root for Stanford, right? Much more likely they slip up in a Pac-12 after dark game than ND does against the rutgers of the ACC (Pitt, VT, FSU, Cuse), NW, Navy (not the typical Navy that could pull an upset; too many injuries to their QBs this year), and @USC to end the year.

So, root for Stanford over ND, then root for the usual chaos in the Pac-12 to eliminate both Washington and Stanford. 

09/24/2018 - 1:03pm Anyone have a gif of the…

Anyone have a gif of the McCaffrey run? 

09/21/2018 - 1:27pm I have no clue, but I feel…

I have no clue, but I feel confident is saying Michigan will win.

Hoping to see something like:

Michigan 38 - Nebraska 10, but wouldn't be surprised if it's closer to something like 31-21 Michigan winning. 

09/20/2018 - 1:30pm http://www.espn.com/video…

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=24617285

 

I have no clue how to embed videos, and I'm not an X/O kinda guy, but I remember this TD vs Alabama. The entire OL chops, and gives the QB enough time to find a WR open for their only TD. So I can only assume it's a way for a poor OL to "block" an elite DL to give the QB at least 3 seconds in the pocket.