Michigan NOW Favored To Win Out!

I ran across these “advanced analytic” guys who now think Michigan is the favorite in each of their remaining games, including Michigan State and Ohio State.  I do not believe they are the favorite against these two teams, but according to SB Nation’s Bill Connelly they are: Check it out!

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Click here to see SB Nations’s the methodology.

ESPN also has some advanced metrics that say Michigan is the favorite in all their games, except Ohio State.

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Click here to see the ESPN methodology.

 



PODCAST: The Maize & Blu Sit-In 9-21-15

Today on the Maize and Blu Sit-In with Gregg Henson and Art Regner the guys discuss Michigan’s first three games under new Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.  They also take a look at the QB position ad the future of Shane Morris!

 



Why Are Michigan Fans So Unnerved By Michigan’s Win Over UNLV?

Talking to a lot of Michigan fans on social media and I’m shocked so many of them are unnerved by Michigan’s 28-7 win over UNLV.

It was very clear to me what was going in on Ann Arbor on Saturday, Harbaugh was working on the run game against a clearly over-matched team from UNLV.  In my mind this was a vintage “scrimmage” for Michigan, Harbaugh never had any intention of rolling it up on a little guy.

Michigan came out Saturday with the only purpose of running the ball and getting some work in for all the running backs and offensive lineman.  They were never going to throw the ball around the field.  Harbaugh is a methodical guy, he was there on Saturday to work on the run game.

Yes, Rudock was underwhelming, but that was it.  If Michigan is going to have success this year they will have to win with “man-ball,” they simply don’t have a QB who will be successful throwing the ball most of the time. Rudock is a game manager and a “ball protector,” he isn’t here to be spectacular, he is in Ann Arbor or bridge the gap while Harbaugh is able to develop a more dynamic passing game.  Jim knows that Michigan’s success in 2015 will come from their ability to possess the ball, wear out opponents and play great defense.  Thinking anything else with this group is nuts, they are too light on play makers to get into shootouts, they must run the ball and lean on opponents this year.  That philosophy will change going forward but for the time being and with this current group Michigan will be boring, stodgy and methodical in their approach.

Michigan rushed for 254 yards against UNLV, not great, but good.  That was the goal and it was a worthy goal on a windy, blah day in Ann Arbor.

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Re-forecasting Michigan’s Schedule After Two Weeks!

This was my prediction for Michigan before the season started.  I thought eight wins was realistic, nine if Michigan could pull an upset over Utah, MSU or OSU.  After two weeks of football, I have decided to re-forecast my predictions based on what we’ve seen thus far.

Thu, Sept 3
  • L
  • 24-17
L
Sat, Sept 12 W
Sat, Sept 19 12:00 PM ET BTN W
Sat, Sept 26 12:00 PM ET W
Sat, Oct 3 8:00 PM ET BTN W
Sat, Oct 10 3:30 PM ET W
Sat, Oct 17 TBD L
Sat, Oct 31 8:00 PM ET ABC ESPN ESPN2 W
Sat, Nov 7 TBD W
Sat, Nov 14 TBD W
Sat, Nov 21 TBD L
Sat, Nov 28 L

Since the season started, I think Michigan may get a ninth with without upsetting MSU or OSU.  I’ve taken the Michigan game at Penn State out of the loss column based on the awful play of the Nittany Lions and replaced it with a W.  Penn State is a tough place to play, but I just don’t think they are a very good football team.  I still think Michigan pulls a big upset, if they do, 10 wins, for now I’ve got them slotted in with 9.

Thu, Sept 3
  • L
  • 24-17
L
Sat, Sept 12 W
Sat, Sept 19 12:00 PM ET BTN W
Sat, Sept 26 12:00 PM ET W
Sat, Oct 3 8:00 PM ET BTN W
Sat, Oct 10 3:30 PM ET W
Sat, Oct 17 TBD L
Sat, Oct 31 8:00 PM ET ABC ESPN ESPN2 W
Sat, Nov 7 TBD W
Sat, Nov 14 TBD W
Sat, Nov 21 TBD W
Sat, Nov 28 L

 



Gerry DiNardo Lists “Elite” Teams By Conference

Gerry DiNardo from the B1G Network has listed his “elite” teams by conference.  I’m not sure of the criteria, but here is his list.  I’m not sure I’d put MSU on the list just yet, but I am sure Texas and Oklahoma deserve to be on the list.  In my mind “elite” is not just about the play on the field, it’s about money, prestige, brand awareness and fan base.  That is why I think MSU shouldn’t be on the list, they have a top 4 team and aren’t sold out for this weekend’s game.

 

B1G – OSU, MSU, and Michigan
Big 12 – None
Pac 12 – USC
SEC – Alabama and LSU
Independent – Notre Dame
ACC – Florida State

 



VIDEO: Inside Michigan Football Episode #3

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The current edition of “Inside Michigan Football” is up.  Click here to watch the whole episode.

This episode has some great video, the OSU long snapper trying to take out skycam, the Harbaugh eruption and more.  Enjoy.

 



A Return To “Man-Ball” And The Latest B1G Bowl Projections

I don’t think Michigan has any delusions about what they say in Ann Arbor Saturday during Michigan’s 35-7 win over Oregon State.  The Beavers are a young, bottom of the pack Pac-12 team, the kind of team that Michigan use to steam roll with regularity.  Yes, there will be tougher sledding ahead and a few painful loses along the way but Saturday’s game marked Michigan’s slow return to “man-ball.”

“Man-ball” is what is currently being played in E. Lansing and Harbaugh’s goal is to reinstate that style as be rebuild the Wolverines, although he may not have the personnel to completely maul opponents, you can see it all over his 2016 recruiting class with road-graders like five star offensive linemen like Ben Bredeson (6’4″ 280), Devery Hamilton (6’6″ 270), Michael Onwenu (6’3″ 367), and Eric Swenson (6’5″ 300).  Michigan is likely to also land four star OL Terrance Davis (6’4″ 307) and potentially another offensive lineman following the dismissal of Logan Tuley-Tillman last week.  Every one of these recruits is a highly recruited 4 or 5 star talent would would fit in with the new mauling offense that Harbaugh will employ with the Wolverines.

It was obvious in the second half that Oregon State wanted no part of tackling De’ Veon Smith on Saturday, the slow methodical pounding that Michigan put on OSU was just too much for a young, inexperienced team, they didn’t quit but they certainly didn’t have an answer for “man-ball.”  Just like Michigan has had NO answers for Michigan State in recent years!  What happened on Saturday marks the slow grind back to basic B1G football for Michigan, it is what Bo, Mo and Lloyd did for 40 years in Ann Arbor.  Maybe this time Michigan fans won’t want a “change.”

Here Harbaugh discuss the running-back play as the offensive line.

When asked about Oregon State potentially “quitting” or “giving up,” Harbaugh declined to comment.

Harbaugh isn’t a miracle worker, but he understands the fundamentals of B1G fooball and why they are important.  The spread is fun to watch and some teams win a ton with it, but the B1G and Michigan football are as much a mentality as it is execution, in this league you much pound your opponent.  Ohio State is the exception as they have multitudes of talent and can pretty much do as they please, but that will change and Michigan and potentially Michigan State stockpile more and more dynamic athletes to compete with the pounding and “glitz” of Ohio State.

Week 2 Bowl Projections 

I love bowl projections, so here is the latest from Jerry Palm.

PALM’S BIG TEN BOWL TEAMS

Iowa: Holiday vs. UCLA

Michigan: Outback vs. LSU

Michigan State: Peach Bowl vs. Florida State

Minnesota: Foster Farms vs. Arizona State

Nebraska: TaxSlayer vs. Ole Miss

Northwestern: Pinstripe vs. Virginia Tech

Ohio State: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Penn State: Citrus vs. Georgia

Wisconsin: Rose vs. Oregon

 



PODCAST: Big House Nation 9-8-15 With John U Bacon!

In this edition of Big House Nation Gregg talks with the author of “Endzone: The Rise Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” John U. Bacon. The guys discuss intimate details of the Dave Brandon firing and the Jim Harbaugh hiring as well as who some former Wolverines were campaigning to be the next head coach at Michigan, hint, there were multiple NFL coaches interested!