The public’s first chance to see Jim Harbaugh coach Michigan football came Saturday in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines held the first Big Ten spring game of 2015. It was about as exciting as the 7-0 final score would reveal, but there were a few things worth seeing… Continue reading Michigan football spring game quick thoughts
This column from Jason Whitlock about the present and future of the Michigan football program is really interesting.
Maybe I shouldn’t have led with “Jason Whitlock” because I’m sure he is a divisive figure to some, but he often has an interesting perspective on a variety of sports topics whether you or I agree with him much. This piece on the Wolverines is unique because while Whitlock repeats something he’s never tried to hide – he loves Hoke and they have a personal relationship – he then proceeds to rip apart the state of the current Michigan team.
I agree with his observations about what is wrong with these Wolverines, though you probably won’t be surprised to learn I am far more skeptical about his ability to turn the program around than Whitlock. The author’s main justification is, “He’s Hoke,” which I guess could turn out to be all it takes but isn’t really based on what I’d call facts. Continue reading On Jason Whitlock, Brady Hoke and Michigan football
Ohio State leads the nation in percentage of running back carries that gained at least 5 yards, also known as Running Back Success Rate in Football Outsiders parlance.
The Buckeyes are also in the national top 10 in “line yards” and “stuff rate.” Line yards attempt to measure the line’s impact on a running back’s yards by lessening credit for carries between 5 and 10 yards and eliminating it altogether after a carry goes beyond 10 yards. It also punishes the line for carries that go for a loss. Stuff rate represents the percentage of runs in which a running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Who better to rock us into Michigan week than Ohio’s Black Keys? We thought of a song of their most recent good album while looking at where the Buckeyes are and where they could be after another edition of the greatest rivalry in all of sports.
What we learned last week: Maybe there is something to be said simply for going undefeated in and of itself.
I had not really believed that before, but I’m inclined to reconsider after the Buckeyes pulled out another close one at Wisconsin and the rest of the top five endured another week of upheaval.
No, that does not mean I am going to make the case for them as Associated Press national champions, at least not yet. (Certainly not before Notre Dame loses as it seems to me from here the Fighting Irish have played a tougher schedule, but there will be plenty of time to examine that in December.)
But where does gettin’ er done rank in terms of valuing a sports team?