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3 losses is a great season
Why the build up?
Why not just say going pro or staying?
If you finish the season with just three losses, I will be the first to say you guys have a great team this year.
Everything is pointing in that direction. Maybe he will surprise us. He's a bit of a practical joker, you know.
No more losses for MSU this year? Congrats.
That would be nice for the oline next year.
Bilas's Weekly Top 68.
Louisville 1, Duke 2
3. Michigan Wolverines (Previous ranking: No. 4)
This is the best offensive team I have seen this season, as they average 1.26 points per possession, the best in the nation. Michigan does not have the same post presence as Duke, Louisville or Indiana, but the Wolverines score with ease. Last season, the Wolverines had a lot of shooters, but not quite as many playmakers. This season, Michigan has pros who can fill it up. Can Michigan be beaten? Of course. There are no truly great teams this season. However, The Bilastrator sees the best team in the Big Ten wearing maize and blue. And John Beilein was the only one on Michigan's sideline who didn't dunk on Iowa.
16. Michigan State Spartans (Previous ranking: No. 8)
The Spartans were in position to win at Minnesota, but were not strong with the ball down the stretch. Against Purdue, Michigan State ran away from the Boilermakers in the second half. The Spartans big men have been better, and freshman guard Gary Harris is looking more assertive. This team may wind up with only the fourth-best record in the Big Ten, but is a team capable of beating anyone and reaching the Final Four.
I haven't seen Louisville enough, but their press is always tough. And I was not overly impressed with Duke's performance against Clemson. In fact, I've seen them struggle more than once on their home floor and they don't seem to have great depth. I think IU is better and I think UF should be up in the top 5, too.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 15 months ago
Louisville is really good, esp. on the defensive side
Yea, Duke's been less than stellar a couple times- but has some insane Ws, so maybe they just play down to their opponents?
Haven't seen too much of UF yet, but IU will be a tough out for sure
Mgoblog did a first look at the 2013 defense. Losing Kovacs, Roh, Demens, Campbell, and Floyd, but there is plenty of talent coming back.
"Michigan loses five starters, yeah, but that's almost literally all they lose. Mike Jones may or may not return for another season of staring from the bench, other than that the only player they lose is Brandin Hawthorne, who was exclusively special teams as a senior. They return 16 heavy contributors to the D, 17 if you count Jarrod Wilson."
IU is better than they were last year. Oladipo is much more productive and they have that new FR guard (can't think of his name) who is really good. Last year, they beat UK once and put up 90 points on them when they lost to them in the NCAA. They can beat anyone in the country if they play up to their ability.
I don't know if the first look at the offense was discussed before, but that is where I saw the numbers for Gallon at 80 catches, 1300 yards, projected out over a whole season once Gardner started at QB.
UM's D should be very good, esp. if Countess comes back at 100%
Losing Roh will hurt, same with Kovacs from a leader standpoint- but probably more talented overall
And not to be harsh, but generally speaking we are replacing who we lose with as good or better talent. Kovacs and Roh probably leave the biggest shoes to fill on defense and Denard and Lewan on offense. Considering Denard was injured most of the season, we already suffered the loss of him to some extent this year. And Gardner got some invaluable experience as a starter that should make the transition to a new QB smoother than normal.
Oladipo seems to be under-rated on that team. You could see his talent last year, and it is all coming together this year. I think Yogi Ferrell is the FR guard.
Their 6th man, Sheehey, can score in bunches also.
Yogi Ferrell, that's it. I think IU is going to run us off the court in Bloomington. It will be such a high profile game they will be up for it and the environment with Game Day will be crazy.
It does sound bad when someone says the guys replacing those leaving will have as good or better talent, but it looks to be true.
At SDE, I think Black may move back, but he will be battling with RS Soph Heitzman, RS FR Wormley, and RS FR Strobel.
I see Gordon shifting over to SS and Wilson sliding into the FS spot. It will be interesting to see the development of highly touted early enrollee Thomas at the safety position.
I was talking to some Indiana fans down in Florida, they stated that they had that game circled. Burke and Stauskus scares them.
A couple football players live next door to my son. I just asked them what Lewan was going to do and the one said they're "all in the dark."
We'll see. I think he's gone but hope he surprises us.
Defensively, I largely expect that to be true for UM, as well as on the OL. It should pop up at random positions on the entire team as well.
It's really the case with MSU at several positions as well.
Taiwan Jones was stealing minutes from Chris Norman already.
Johnny Adams was good, but he lacked good size. Trae Waynes and Jermaine Edmondson both likely possess more raw talent. It remains to be seen if they will utilize their talent as well or better than J5 utilized his.
Then you look at the OL, and it is very likely the case there. Jack Allen was named to the Freshmen All-American team, and showed steady improvement over the course of the season. Burkland and Fonoti both possess more raw talent at the Tackle position than Dan France (although they may or may not replace him). And its probably likely that a player like Benny McGowan possesses as much or more raw talent than the current guards.
Two spots we will definitely be losing raw talent is at DE with the loss of Gholston and TE after losing Sims. Both of those players, though they didn't always show it, were gifted as hell. Physical freaks that are near impossible to match, talent-wise. However, their backups are likely more refined. TE could be a question mark, with highly talented (but converted from WR) Caesar potentially moving up the ranks there. At DE, there are a couple physically gifted players who most are quite excited about, with Shilique Calhoun and Joel Heath (who has drawn comparisons to Gholston).
Obviously, with all of these players, pure talent doesn't mean that they will flip the switch on the field. That is a question that really can't be answered until the player goes on the field and either performs, or doesn't (see Maxwell, Andrew).
Edit: You could potentially include RB as one of the positions where the talent level of the replacement may be lower. Bell is hella talented, but I think there are some highly talented young players too, particularly Nick Tompkins and Gerald Holmes.
This post was edited by Jandy 15 months ago
laconophilia is everywhere...
Yeah. I couldn't give two shits what a player does in the NFL. I want to know what he is going to do for my team now.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
Their only real impressive win is Louisville. Kentucky is out of the rankings. If we beat Ohio and Minnesota next week, we'll have the same amount of impressive wins as Duke.
Well they've also beaten Ohio State and Minnesota.. soooo
I think setting up a time and creating a lot of build up to return is something he would do. He likes to joke around and he seems like the guy who would like nothing better to create a stir by coming back. Remember he has not accomplished the goals of the team and OLs don't get injured as much as other positions.
Ohio, Minnesota, NC State, and Kansas State would be around the same caliber of their wins especially beating Ohio and Minny on the road.
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