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12/18/2018 - 12:18am I am more inclined to think…

I am more inclined to think the staff was breaking a tendency to try and catch OSU out of position and it basically worked. Instead of the long pass play they were hoping to spring they got the PI penalty which is exactly what happened if you watch the play again (not that I recommend watching any of that again).

Sometimes your great plays go for TD’s, sometimes the defense is beaten so bad or put out of position so bad they just grab a guy to prevent the TD and fight another play. Doesn’t make it a bad call by the coaches.

12/17/2018 - 5:37pm I have no idea what is…

I have no idea what is happening inside the walls of Ft. Shembechler, however, could the issues we are seeing simply be attributed to a program which is starting to have some success? 

It seems like every year OSU and Alabama have players declare early for the NFL where we all scratch our heads and say, what? I believe there was a post just today about Mike Weber declaring early. 

It would be nice to have some of the conference championships and playoff appearances to go with that success. That is probably what makes it seem so hollow for Michigan fans. The guys are leaving like other top programs experience but Michigan doesn't have the hardware to make its fans feel better about it.

 

12/17/2018 - 2:25pm Sounds like my marriage.

Sounds like my marriage.

12/13/2018 - 11:43am So you would be willing to…

So you would be willing to lose Jim Harbaugh as Michigan's coach just to get rid of the RB coach has proven to be an okay recruiter?

Hmmmm.....

12/13/2018 - 11:33am (No subject)

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12/12/2018 - 3:03pm Let's say the only value Jay…

Let's say the only value Jay brings to his job is being Jim Harbaugh's son. Which is what helps keep Jim Harbaugh at Michigan because he loves coaching with his son. Do you still want to get rid of Jay?

12/12/2018 - 2:13pm I think you need to go back…

I think you need to go back and review the history of Michigan football. 9-3 is closer to Michigan's average season than 11-1. There's a reason we can all remember 1997, 2006, 2011 so easily. 

12/12/2018 - 12:19pm I appreciate the analysis…

I appreciate the analysis. With the way things have gone over the past 16 years, I think Michigan fans should assume, no matter who the QB is, as a team OSU will play a great game against Michigan.

Michigan needs to figure out what it is going to take to beat OSU regardless of who they trot out to lead the offense. This goes beyond one player.

12/12/2018 - 11:04am He has been hanging out in…

He has been hanging out in Ann Arbor the past few years which also is not New England.

12/10/2018 - 11:29pm Speaking of connect the dots…

Speaking of connect the dots, I love how Emmert continues to try as hard as he can to portray this as a basketball only problem. If it’s happening in basketball, it is definitely happening in football. He can’t stand the reality that the whole thing is corrupt under his watch, yet here we are.

12/05/2018 - 1:54pm I'm assuming Gene Smith made…

I'm assuming Gene Smith made a call to the top boosters to make sure they would back this hire. 

And yes, I mean, publicly and non-publicly (i.e. all of the back channel contacts to make sure the recruiting pipeline keeps flowing).

 

12/04/2018 - 2:00pm If Braxton Miller leaves…

If Braxton Miller leaves...if JT Barrett leaves...now that Joe Burrows is gone...if Dwayne Haskins leaves...surely Tate Martell can't be as good as...

 

At some point you have to beat the other team regardless of who is on the field for it to be a true rivalry.

12/04/2018 - 11:46am Ara Parseghian coached at…

Ara Parseghian coached at Northwestern with Bo Schembechler. Just sayin'.

12/03/2018 - 1:49pm MSU has traditionally been a…

MSU has traditionally been a basketball school. They have had attendance issues with the football team, often pointed out on this blog.

12/02/2018 - 1:54pm What balls do you want him…

What balls do you want him to show? Harbaugh needs to win more or less than 10 games in a season to avoid playing perpetual 9-3 Florida. 

11/29/2018 - 4:34pm From what I have read here…

From what I have read here since last Saturday, no, not everyone is happy about that decision.

11/27/2018 - 12:32pm Many of Higdon's long runs…

Many of Higdon's long runs this year were because he was able to hit the edge and outrun LB's and DB's who were stuck trying to get out to the edge from box. It's not a bad philosophy when it works. Just like every scheme, it doesn't work perfectly every time.

11/27/2018 - 12:30pm I don't know football at all…

I don't know football at all, but I'm guessing many of those between the tackle runs helped to keep the edges open. Had 100% of plays been run to the edge, OSU would have adjusted and shut that down. Is that how coaching works?

11/27/2018 - 12:23pm I didn't realize Alabama and…

I didn't realize Alabama and Clemson gave up 62 points (55 if you take away the punt block) to their key rival.

11/27/2018 - 12:19pm Along with millions of fans…

Along with millions of fans on Saturday.

11/26/2018 - 2:39pm Hadn't followed the Keegan…

Hadn't followed the Keegan updates too closely and didn't realize Georgia was the other school he was considering. I'm assuming Georgia will make sure he is in their class. On to the next option for Michigan.

11/26/2018 - 2:31pm ND was a bigger stage than…

ND was a bigger stage than last year's bowl game....awwww crap...your point still holds true.

11/26/2018 - 1:59pm Their version of an A-game…

Their version of an A-game is studying Michigan obsessively, finding every weakness, and preparing a gameplan full of surprises and never-before-seen plays that exploits those weaknesses to maximum effect. 

 

My immediate thought, and 48 hours later still my take, is that this game was on the coaches. The players played very hard for the first three quarters. I didn't see huge mental mistakes or lack of effort. OSU had a great game plan to start and Michigan did not. Once things got going, OSU had great adjustments and Michigan did not. That is all on the coaches and I think it absolutely sucks for the players. 

Harbaugh said they have to take responsibility for it during the post game press conference. I really hope a reporter follows up on that today and asks Harbaugh what that looks like. I also hope they ask him what it is going to take for him to lead a team to victory against OSU. 

11/26/2018 - 1:51pm Did Mo Hurst play on a team…

Did Mo Hurst play on a team that beat OSU?

11/18/2018 - 6:03pm Too bad style points don’t…

Too bad style points don’t count, if they did Alabama should have dropped 20 spots for being tied at the half with The Citadel. (Yes, using “The” is appropriate in this case.)

11/14/2018 - 3:14am 6-4 is only part of the…

6-4 is only part of the story. Throw in their 3-5 conference record and it is truly mind-bottling.

11/12/2018 - 2:57pm Well, in fairness, that…

Well, in fairness, that happens to Arizona most years.

11/12/2018 - 12:21pm Your avatar should have been…

Your avatar should have been Exit 69.

11/12/2018 - 12:18pm I don't disagree with your…

I don't disagree with your assessment. What I find interesting, Brohm is talked about as a hot commodity, while I hardly hear any conversation about Stoops at Kentucky. You could argue Stoops has had the more impressive season overall. I wonder if our view of Brohm is heavily tilted because of familiarity and recruiting Karlaftis? 

My reason for pointing this out, Louisville may be Brohm's only real option to move on from Purdue given his current resume. If he really wants a big time job, it very well could be in his best interest to stay at Purdue if he truly thinks he can get them to 8-9 wins for two years in a row. 

Because it is his alma mater, I would be surprised to see him take the Louisville job and leave it in 2-3 years. 

11/12/2018 - 10:44am Save him for the playoffs?…

Save him for the playoffs? Are you crazy??? We need to keep him under wraps until his final game of eligibility so no one knows how awesome he is until the last second!!!

11/09/2018 - 1:49pm If all of the candidates for…

If all of the candidates for the last spot have two losses, I could see the committee giving an undefeated UCF their chance. It would be the easiest way to throw a non-P5 team a bone to prove whether they belong or not. 

11/08/2018 - 5:14pm Then get some long names…

Then get some long named donor to fund the Offensive Line Head Coaching Position at the University of Michigan.

11/08/2018 - 5:12pm We need Seth's recruiting…

We need Seth's recruiting database. I thought there was a recruiting class under Gary Moeller which had an amazing number of offensive players who went on to the NFL. 

11/07/2018 - 11:33pm Your second scenario sounds…

Your second scenario sounds a lot like what Northwestern is trying to pull off this year.

11/07/2018 - 2:54pm Here's a helping Thumbs up.

Here's a helping Thumbs up.

11/02/2018 - 1:38pm One game does not a season…

One game does not a season make?

Hmmm...

Ask a Michigan fan about The Game over the past 15 years.

Ask a Sparty about the Michigan game over the past 10 years.

11/02/2018 - 11:26am I love that there is a FB…

I love that there is a FB highlight video and everyone would be disappointed if there wasn't.

11/02/2018 - 10:47am I'll bite your legs off.

I'll bite your legs off.

11/02/2018 - 10:42am You seem to know a lot about…

You seem to know a lot about his movements....hmmmmmmm....

11/01/2018 - 2:51pm I understand what you are…

I understand what you are saying, but if the committee is doing their job, then Alabama would not be ranked #1 right now based on this year's schedule strength so far. ND is undefeated and has wins over Michigan (7-1) & Stanford (5-3). Alabama is undefeated and has wins over Texas A&M (5-3) and.....no other team with a winning record in conference!

11/01/2018 - 2:02pm Despite the individual…

Despite the individual losses, UCF has become a better program over that period. In that stretch, they also have bowl wins against #6 Baylor in 2013 and what was supposed to be a good Auburn last year. 

Making a schedule is never one sided (as Michigan fans well know). Many of the really good Power 5 schools simply will not play a team like UCF no matter how much they beg for it.

A quick look at UCF's future schedule shows Stanford in 2019 (which I give Stanford credit for). Other than that, it is all middle of the road power five teams like UNC, Georgia Tech, and Louisville. As witnessed in their prior history, it's not for lack of trying to get the top tier teams. Many simply won't play them anymore. 

11/01/2018 - 10:32am Good luck getting a good…

Good luck getting a good power five team to play a team like UCF as part of their OOC schedule now they have proven themselves on the national stage. The potential for loss is too great and the pay-off still isn't enough. 

At one time power five schools did play UCF because you were mostly guaranteed a win but still had to play well. Those days are gone now that UCF has proven they can beat you on any given day. 

Here's a run down of UCF's OOC schedule the past 10 years. You can see the trend.

2018, South Carolina St, Florida Atlantic, Pitt  (no ranked teams)

2017 Florida International, Maryland, Austin Peay (no ranked teams)

2016 South Carolina St, Michigan, Maryland, Florida International (Michigan ranked #5)

2015 Florida International, Stanford, Furman, South Carolina (Stanford finished #3)

2014 Penn State, Missouri, Bethune Cookman, BYU (Missouri ranked #20)

2013 Akron, Florida International, Penn State, South Carolina (South Carolina ranked #12)

2012 Akron, Ohio State, Florida International, Missouri (OSU ranked #14)

2011 Charlston Southern, Boston College, Florida International, BYU (Down year)

2010 South Dakota, NC St, Buffalo, Kansas St (NC St finished #25)

2009 Samford, Buffalo, Miami (YTM), Texas (Miami & Texas both ranked in the top 10)

10/30/2018 - 2:49pm WTF!?!?!?!

So the head…

WTF!?!?!?!

So the head coach can run a program so negligent someone dies (without an unknown pre-existing condition) and return to his job?

I give up and clearly so did Maryland's BoT, President, and AD.

10/29/2018 - 6:08pm And he's not paying his…

And he's not paying his illiteracy fines either!!!

10/29/2018 - 6:03pm I think Shea has mentioned…

I think Shea has mentioned this in at least one interview. His job was to learn how to manage a game and he wants to prove he can do that. I believe that is part of his getting ready for the NFL and is a primary reason he chose Michigan & Harbaugh. 

There are only so many Brett Favre's types. And as much as fans like the idea of the gunslinger QB, it's great until the turnovers cost the team an important game. And for every gunslinger who won a championship or Super Bowl, there are just as many game managers who have won as well.

OPPSSSS: Meant to reply to the post below by Communist Football.

10/29/2018 - 2:11pm McSorley running vs. Devin…

McSorley running vs. Devin Bush, Josh Ross & Devin Gill???...I'll take that match up all day.

10/29/2018 - 1:41pm It's pretty easy to look…

It's pretty easy to look good when your schedule sucks.

But play out the scenario anyway:

SEC: LSU beats Bama. Both have one loss and win out the rest of the season. Georgia wins out. 1 loss Georgia (who already lost to LSU) plays LSU in the SEC championship game. Whoever wins that game is in for sure and the other team is out.

ACC: Clemson wins out. Undefeated team who has been in the past few CFP.

Big Ten: Michigan wins out. 

Notre Dame: Wins out.

Big Twelve: Oklahoma wins out.

 

That leaves the end result of:

11-1 Bama with a very week SOS (especially OOC) and no championship game 

12-1 Michigan with a conference championship

12-1 LSU or Georgia with a conference championship

11-1 Oklahoma with a conference championship (but no championship game)

12-0 ND

13-0 Clemson with a conference championship

From that that pool, Clemson and ND are in for sure. The winner of LSU/Georgia is in for sure. That leaves one spot to pick from:

11-1 Bama with a very week SOS in retrospect

12-1 Michigan with a conference championship

11-1 Oklahoma with a conference championship (but not championship game) 

Now the committee starts looking for indicators. Oklahoma lost to an at least two loss Texas team in a rivalry. A Texas team that lost to Maryland on the road. The same Maryland team Michigan beat. Oklahoma will not get in ahead of Michigan.

Now it's Michigan vs. Alabama.

Michigan has a conference championship and a loss to an undefeated CFP team, in a rivalry game, on the road, in the first week of the season.

Alabama has a loss against their rival, on the road, but that team has one loss (to a 2-3 loss Florida team)

It's a little too close for comfort, but in that scenario, I think the committee goes with Michigan instead of Alabama.

 

10/29/2018 - 1:07pm Of all the guys on that list…

Of all the guys on that list, I felt bad for Drake Harris because he could have chosen the basketball route instead. Then I remember he was signed to go to MSU and he would have been criminally mis-used in that scenario. Poor Damn Drake Harris.

10/29/2018 - 12:24pm Making the "Would you rather…

Making the "Would you rather have two good things vs. one?" argument is fairly dumb. Of course having the best coachable talent with the best coaching is preferred, however, recruiting doesn't work that way (unless you are Alabama, Georgia, etc which apparently can walk into the recruiting store with their no spending limit credit card and the NCAA doesn't care)

For Michigan, the pool to pick from starts smaller. It takes significant effort to find the right recruits. That is why I trust guys like Harbaugh and Warriner to be able to find the right matches for all five positions on the line and turn them into a cohesive unit. That means there will be a fair share of 3* big tight ends and tweener guard/tackle prospects who turn into very good college tackles.

10/29/2018 - 11:12am Being in Toledo means you…

Being in Toledo means you are over half way to Ann Arbor!