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12/08/2018 - 1:28pm I think if you do the…

I think if you do the Premier League / second division idea, with promotion & relegation, you can have a decent chance of getting the top two teams from the Premier League into the CFP (a la SEC).

12/08/2018 - 1:25pm You know what would be…

You know what would be interesting in a 16-team league? Two divisions but European soccer-style, with a Premier League, a second division, and 3 team promotion/relegation each year. That way the elite teams could have a round-robin against each other, and the crap teams could compete for promotion to the Premier League.

12/04/2018 - 10:31am Seems like the players think…

Seems like the players think Shea is staying. Which is the right decision for all sides.

12/04/2018 - 8:50am Same HS as Baker Mayfield …

Same HS as Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis HS).

11/28/2018 - 3:19pm Totally agree with this take…

Totally agree with this take Comrade. We have the QBs and WRs for a real passing attack -- but we need a real coordinator to implement it. 

11/28/2018 - 3:10pm I still hope you do a UFR,…

I still hope you do a UFR, Brian. So much of the loss in this game was due to the kinds of things that only Brian UFRs can properly dissect. It would great to get that kind of hard-headed analysis as a respite from the sea of hot takes out there.

Either way, thanks for all you do for the MGoCommune. We fans can check out if we want to, but you keep this blog going through wins and losses. That is a tremendous service.

11/25/2018 - 4:42pm Great stuff JM, and exactly…

Great stuff JM, and exactly right. The frustration we're feeling now isn't that dissimilar from the frustration we felt in the 80s and 90s when we constantly lost to the USCs and the Florida States. The only issue now is that there is a USC-FSU level program in our division.

11/25/2018 - 1:49pm I'm the same age as Deace…

I'm the same age as Deace and I almost entirely agree with his assessment -- though his romanticism of Bo I disagree with. Bo was even more predictable offensively as Harbaugh. Remember how Florida State torched Desmond Howard-led Michigan?

One thing to keep in mind: Haskins set B1G records yesterday for single-season passing yardage and TDs. This is no ordinary QB we were playing. If we'd had 2016's DL, the game could have looked quite different. But the 2018 DL was weak/banged up in the interior.

So to me, instead of drawing historic narratives out of one game, we should realize that their biggest strength -- Haskins plus their WRs -- was going against our biggest weakness -- our injured DTs and our weakness against crossing routes.  That to me is what explains this game more than anything.

11/25/2018 - 8:02am Me three. Word on the street… Me three. Word on the street was that Harbaugh would hire an OC, Don Brown style, who has massive stats if M went 8-5 this year or so. OSU has exposed the need to do it at 10-2.
11/24/2018 - 10:45pm Harbaugh's philosophy of…

Harbaugh's philosophy of going for 2 every time we're down 8 or 15 is idiotic. Kick the extra point if it's early and see how things go. That put us even further behind, though it ended up not mattering in the end.

11/24/2018 - 8:23pm OSU is likely to make the…

OSU is likely to make the playoff now. Which means that we still have the opportunity to win the Rose Bowl. Not the outcome we wanted, but there's still a very meaningful game to play for. It has been a long time since Michigan could call itself Rose Bowl champions.

11/24/2018 - 12:20am Thanks Comrade. A good idea.

Thanks Comrade. A good idea. See you tomorrow!

11/23/2018 - 5:26pm Brian, you should care about…

Brian, you should care about Harvard-Yale! At Michigan, we care about college football tradition, and Harvard (and especially Yale) has tons of it. Yale, in fact, was the all-time winningest program until Michigan surpassed them a few years back.

The reason we're Michigan fans isn't merely because we're good this year. It's because of Michigan's role in the history of the game.

11/23/2018 - 4:29pm I remember the 80s-90s era…

I remember the 80s-90s era of Michigan dominance well. Many Michigan fans came to believe that ND was a bigger rival to us than OSU, myself included, simply because the series with ND was more back and forth, and because ND was more frequently in contention for the MNC. That hasn't been true ever since Tressel and Meyer came to Columbus.

11/23/2018 - 4:22pm Does a wet turf affect…

Does a wet turf affect rushing or passing more?

11/23/2018 - 3:40pm If the Mesh is the most…

If the Mesh is the most efficient play in football, I wonder why we don't run it? We have the receivers and the QB for it.

11/23/2018 - 3:39pm We've gotta be RPOing all…

We've gotta be RPOing all day against that LB corps...and also passes to Evans in the flat.

11/22/2018 - 8:12pm I am terrified of their…

I am terrified of their short passing game. Hopefully:

1. Winovich is healthy and we can get pressure on Haskins

2. Brown has a great game plan for the mesh package.

11/22/2018 - 1:58pm So many indelible memories… So many indelible memories for me from that season. The Woodson punt return vs. OSU. The slant for a touchdown against PSU. Him holding the rose stem in his mouth after the game. Let’s hope we make similar memories this weekend Comrades!
11/21/2018 - 4:58pm Perhaps Ross to full-time…

Perhaps Ross to full-time snaps (along with Solomon/Dwumfour) is a Patterson like situation, where it's "keep them healthy until OSU."

11/21/2018 - 3:51pm This is the key for us…

This is the key for us defensively. Can we stop the YAC? Better yet, can we pressure Haskins on short throws and drive incompletions with good coverage in the shallow middle of the field?

11/21/2018 - 11:11am What's interesting about…

What's interesting about this is that Bosa's replacement is Chase Young, a 5-star DE coming out of high school, #7 overall, nearly a Rashan Gary-level recruit.

11/21/2018 - 11:07am What I notice about the…

What I notice about the Maryland-OSU game is that OSU benefited a lot from pass interference calls against Maryland's DBs, and also Haskins keeping on the read-option: something that Maryland hadn't been respecting. I can easily see us getting a lot of DPI calls against our DBs if the refs are in a bad mood.

11/21/2018 - 8:33am By far the best offense we…

By far the best offense we'll have faced this year. We'll find out what Michigan's defense is made of. I'm sure they relish that.

11/20/2018 - 2:31pm One thing to keep in mind is…

One thing to keep in mind is that M has had an advantage over OSU with these opponents in terms of QB play. We got Lewerke not Lombardi; McSorely injured his knee against Iowa and had less mobility against us; same with Martinez of Nebraska.

Also, M played PSU at home, not on the road.

But still, the stats and the eye test say that we're the better team. But we haven't played an offense nearly as good as OSU's before. I think this could be a high-scoring game.

11/20/2018 - 2:25pm Yeah I listened to this last…

Yeah I listened to this last night as well. A lot of hilarious and witty comments from pessimistic OSU fans. ("What should I drink while watching the game: beer, hard liquor, or bleach?") But also some good points about how OSU matches up well against Michigan's downhill running offense and Michigan's weakness with the short passing game.

11/20/2018 - 1:36pm OSU fans are hoping that…

OSU fans are hoping that they match up well with us on two fronts: (1) their short passing game works against our defense (not just because of safeties but because of lack of effective pass rush); and (2) the offenses that have gashed them have been slot bugs and speedy outside runners, as opposed to downhill running. I have to say I am worried about this.

11/19/2018 - 5:32pm The OP's memory is correct…

The OP's memory is correct. I don't recall anybody referring to Mich-OSU as "The Game" until relatively recently, perhaps the 2006 edition. The original "The Game" is the game between Harvard and Yale, which has been called "The Game" forever.

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11/19/2018 - 4:09pm I think Bill Connelly is…

I think Bill Connelly is exactly right. The two big weaknesses of Michigan are (1) its inability to win on obvious rushing plays against good defenses; and (2) its vulnerability to the quick, short passing game. Ohio State's defense is bad against explosive offenses and its offense is great at the quick short passing game.

11/19/2018 - 3:30pm Cowherd thinks Brian Kelly…

Cowherd thinks Brian Kelly may go to the NFL. So Urban can go there -- that's one of his favorite schools.

11/19/2018 - 2:47pm That's a good point…

That's a good point regarding the overall stat/methodology, but it's pretty clear in OSU's case that the lack of a read-option game has hurt them in short-field situations. Brian's breakdown makes sense to me -- you need either a great power run game (i.e., one that can gain yards even when the box is stacked) or a good read-option game in the red zone. Michigan has a good power run game (i.e., one that sometimes gains yards when the box is stacked) and a good read-option game. OSU has an ok power run game and an ok-to-bad read-option game.

11/19/2018 - 1:52pm Courtesy of Isaiah Hole:

Courtesy of Isaiah Hole:

11/18/2018 - 9:33am It's not a product of the…

It's not a product of the team, but of their program.

11/18/2018 - 5:18am So glad we went to the…

So glad we went to the overtime rule vs the old "do we tie vs going for 2" thing.

11/16/2018 - 3:08pm "defended" > "defensed"

"defended" > "defensed"

11/16/2018 - 10:02am John Runyan is a star. I… John Runyan is a star. I still can’t get my head around that.
11/15/2018 - 8:58pm If we get through OSU, the…

If we get through OSU, the rest of our games will be indoors or in pleasant weather.

11/13/2018 - 3:01pm I think this is exactly…

I think this is exactly right. The Mason play, the DPJ play, and the 80-yard bust were all of the same type.

11/13/2018 - 2:33pm Harbaugh clearly having more…

Harbaugh clearly having more fun in his press conferences as the season goes on. Love the color on Don Brown's in-game adjustments, Tarik's injury, McKeon's ability to block even though he can't see the RB behind him, and much more. This was a good one.

11/13/2018 - 2:06pm And we'll likely see Higdon,…

And we'll likely see Higdon, Evans, and Wilson rotate snaps as they did against Rutgers.

11/13/2018 - 1:39pm Growing up in the 80s and…

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, ND was actually our #1 rival, OSU #2, and MSU #3. Because we beat OSU almost every year -- it wasn't really a rivalry game. ND, on the other hand, went back and forth every year with some epic clashes.

11/12/2018 - 2:23pm The OP forgot: Yale @…

The OP forgot: Yale @ Harvard at Fenway Park, noon, ESPNU.

11/12/2018 - 2:21pm The solution is simple: the…

The solution is simple: the B1G should learn from the SEC and do exactly the same thing.

11/12/2018 - 11:02am I believe that Brohm's $4…

I believe that Brohm's $4.4MM buyout goes down by $1MM if he leaves after Dec. 5. So I would expect movement after that.

11/12/2018 - 9:05am Nico Collins was asked…

Nico Collins was asked yesterday what he thought of the situation:

When asked if Black was frustrated with his play, Collins says it’s matter of Black getting his “groove” back.

“Not at all,” Collins said of Black. “Tarik is a great player. Coming from the injury, I feel he had to get his groove back a little bit. I feel like he’s there. He’s 100-percent. I feel like once he gets on the field he’s going to do what he’s going to do. And that’s make plays for us. We all keep each other heads up. It don’t matter, as long as we make plays. I’m happy for the next guy. He’s happy for him. This is a team sport. Just happy, Not holding a grudge against each other. Happy for him.”

11/11/2018 - 1:54pm I've been saying this for…

I've been saying this for weeks -- totally agree Comrade.

11/09/2018 - 4:23pm I wanna see Brandon Peters…

I wanna see Brandon Peters zone reads on 3rd and 2.

11/09/2018 - 2:05pm Thanks Comrade!

Thanks Comrade!

11/08/2018 - 5:40pm Hat tip to Joel Klatt.

Hat tip to Joel Klatt.

11/08/2018 - 4:27pm I'm kinda hoping they air it…

I'm kinda hoping they air it out and pull a Haskins-like 73 attempts against Rutgers. Let's see that passing game.