Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 College Football Hall Of Fame Voting

I voted for the first time last year. Looks like only one player and one coach I voted for made it in the class.

I'll use the same criteria this year:

  1. Did they play for Michigan
  2. Have I seen them play in person and the level of success they had against Michigan
  3. Under recognized player I saw enough on TV or heard enough about to earn my vote
  4. "Star" who is likely to get enough votes from others
Criteria 1 yields 3 deserving Wolverines.
Jumbo Elliot - dominant offensive lineman that helped return M to a OL factory
Rick Leach - The Peach - The Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue
Charles Woodson - Heisman Trophy winner

For the second criteria - there are 16 players I saw play in person on the ballot, so once again I won't have to go past this criteria:
  1. Tyrell Buckley - Great battle with Desmond Howard in 1991
  2. Keith Byars - Injured much of 1985, but played against M
  3. Mark Carrier - Don't remember him from the 1989 Rose Bowl
  4. Kerry Collins - Losing QB in M's first trip to Happy Valley in 1993 - I missed the 1994 game in Ann Arbor
  5. Robert Gallery - I always felt he was overrated at Iowa
  6. Moe Gardner - Stout D lineman from Illinois - I swear jiMpossible called him out on the sideline but he claims not to remember
  7. Dana Howard -Illini linebacker who I saw tie and beat M
  8. Raghib Ismail - shouldn't have kicked to him once, let alone twice
  9. Anthony Poindexter may have played in the Kickoff Classic in 1995
  10. Antwaan Randle El - Had a last second heave to defeat M in 1999 in Bloomington fall incomplete
  11. Simeon Rice - same as Dana Howard above
  12. Taylor Stubblefield - Purdue receiver did not have much success vs. M
  13. Aaron Taylor - DL from Notre Dame - lost to Desmond Howard in '91 and beat M in '93
  14. Troy Vincent - Wisconsin DB - M had no trouble with his Badgers
  15. Michael Westbrook - 1994 Colorado...
  16. Lorenzo White - 1987 at MSU
Easy votes are Buckley, Ismail, Randle El, Westbrook and White. That brings me to 8 votes - so 4 more to go.
I'll go with Byars for his 1984 season, Kerry Collins for his 1994 season, Moe Gardner and Taylor Stubblefield.

For coaches there are 2 options that I saw coach against M, so they get my vote. Frank Beamer - truly deserving even though his team lost to M, and Mack Brown - probably less deserving, but he did ride Vince Young to a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year - New Trophy Holder - Clemson wins!

Clemson pulled out a thrilling 35-31 victory over Alabama in last nights CFP- Championship game in Tampa.
Of course the most important thing the Tigers bring back to South Carolina is the jiMpossible-sarcasMike trophy.




This is the 5th time the Tigers have held the trophy.

  • They beat Duke back in 1974 before dropping their next game to Tennessee. 
  • The Tigers had a longer run the second time, taking the trophy in the 1988 Citrus Bowl over Penn State and followed with two wins to start the 1988 season before falling to Florida State. 
  • Clemson had a trophy drought until 2011. They took it from Auburn in September and won 5 more before a loss to Georgia Tech. The won it back in the ACC Championship over Virginia Tech before getting blasted by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
  • Clemson has also lost as trophy challengers in 1942, 1954, 1959, 1967, 1971 1999 and 2010. 
  • This leaves their trophy game record at 12-11.
It looks like Clemson's 2017 schedule is not finalized, but they do open with Kent St and Auburn at home. They also host the Citadel and travel to arch rival, South Carolina in addition to whatever their conference schedule will be.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Florida State Prediction

Michigan Gulo Gulo 28
Florida State Runaways* 27

*the word 'seminole' derives from the spanish 'cimmaron', meaning 'runaway' or 'wild one'.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Orange Bowl Prediction based on historical data



Michigan is 205-59-1 in all games I have attended
        - Data is only for games I have attended unless otherwise stated
M is 71-15 in non-conference games
M is 6-0 vs. schools from the ACC
M is 8-5 in bowl games
M is 1-0 in the Orange Bowl
M is 1-1 when I attend a bowl game with one of my sisters
M is 3-1 when I attend a bowl game with one of my brothers-in-law
M is 1-1 vs. Florida State
M is 4-2 vs. schools from the state of Florida
M is 25-6-1 when facing a second school from the same state in the same season
M is 5-1 in games played in Florida
M is 47-18 when playing the opposition in their home state
M is 34-15 away Michigan Stadium
M is 132-42-1 vs. schools with mascots deemed heavier than a Wolverine
M is 20-7-1 vs. schools with Native American based Nicknames
M is 71-28-1 vs. schools with human based nicknames
M is 11-2 when ranked #6
M is 56-35 vs. ranked teams
M is 2-0 vs. teams ranked #10
M is 20-19 vs. teams ranked in the top 10
M is 27-5 when Jim Harbaugh plays a leading role for the team
M is 5-3 in night games
M is 40-5 when the next loss would make the total losses attended evenly divisible by 10
M is 2-1 when they’ve won their previous 11 attended games

It's easy when you look at the numbers:

M 27
FSU 17

Monday, December 5, 2016

Worst losses by a Big Ten Champion

When Penn State winning the B1G championship game Saturday night in Indianapolis. I wondered if any previous champions had lost a game by 39 points like they did earlier this year to Michigan (49-10).
I was not surprised to find that it was the new record. The previous record was just last season when MSU lost 38-0 to Alabama in the playoff game/Cotton Bowl.
I applied current tie breaker format to all previous Champs and compiled the worst loss (if they had one) for each champ in the table below.
yearchampworst lossbowl/playoff
2016Penn St39
2015MSU138
2014OSU14
2013MSU4
2012Wisconsin76
2011Wisconsin67
2010Wisconsin102
2009OSU8
2008Penn St114
2007OSU714
2006OSU27
2005Penn St2
2004Michigan16
2003Michigan414
2002OSU
2001Illinois2513
2000Purdue2010
1999Wisconsin5
1998Wisconsin17
1997Michigan
1996OSU4
1995Northwestern29
1994Penn St
1993Wisconsin7
1992Michigan
1991Michigan2020
1990Iowa2712
1989Michigan57
1988Michigan2
1987MSU28
1986Michigan37
1985Iowa917
1984OSU53
1983Illinois1036
1982Michigan1010
1981Iowa1728
1980Michigan3
1979OSU1
1978MSU21
1977Michigan167
1976Michigan28
1975OSU13
1974OSU31
1973OSU
1972OSU725
1971Michigan1
1970OSU10
1969Michigan237
1968OSU
1967Indiana2611
1966MSU
1965MSU2
1964Michigan1
1963Illinois27
1962Wisconsin75
1961OSU
1960Minnesota910
1959Wisconsin2136
1958Iowa10
1957OSU4
1956Iowa10
1955OSU6
1954OSU
1953MSU6
1952Wisconsin137
1951Illinois
1950Michigan21
1949OSU27
1948Michigan
1947Michigan
1946Illinois20
1945Indiana
1944OSU
1943Purdue
1942OSU10
1941Minnesota
1940Minnesota
1939OSU11
1938Minnesota19
1937Minnesota5
1936Northwestern20
1935Minnesota
1934Minnesota
1933Michigan
1932Michigan
1931Purdue7
1930Michigan
1929Purdue
1928Illinois3
1927Illinois
1926Michigan10
1925Michigan1
1924Chicago3
1923Illinois
1922Iowa
1921Iowa
1920OSU28
1919Illinois4
1918Illinois7
1917OSU
1916OSU
1915Illinois
1914Illinois
1913Chicago
1912Wisconsin
1911Minnesota
1910Illinois
1909Minnesota29
1908Chicago
1907Chicago14
1906Wisconsin
1905Chicago
1904Minnesota
1903Minnesota
1902Michigan
1901Michigan
1900Minnesota
1899Chicago
1898Michigan
1897Wisconsin
1896Wisconsin10

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OSU prediction based on it being about damn time


This is a picture of my mother and my Uncle Jim at the 1939 Michigan - Ohio State game. Michigan won that game 21-14 in Ann Arbor. Sometimes it feels like M hasn't won since. Then I remember...

My first OSU game was Jim Harbaugh's 1985 team. Michigan was the better team all day, but the Buckeyes got close late and them Harbaugh to Kolesar put it away. We went down on the field after the game, the north goal post came down and jiMpossible made an effort to grab the flag st the top of one of the uprights. A cop pounded on the upright with a billy club and that dispersed the crowd somewhat.

jiMpossible was Gilligan in the MMB halftime show for the 1986 Harbaugh guarantee game. Bo knew they would miss the field goal because it was his turn.

1991, of course belonged to Desmond Howard.

1993 was the first in a series of M ruining OSU's season, and the last time OSU was shutout.

1995 was the Biakabutuka-ing

1997 was Charles Woodson channeling Desmond 

1998 was my only trip to Columbus to watch the game. We sat in the first row - in bleachers right on the track - this was before they lowered the field. Tom Brady tried to keep them in the game, but the offensive line got no push and Michigan had negative rushing yards for the day.

In 2000 jiMpossible and I watched Drew Henson's naked bootleg ice the game from the TV in my apartment. M hasn't won in Columbus since (and he hasn't watched a game on TV with me since).
That brought Tressel and everything changed.

M won the 100th game between the two schools and my dad was on the field as legends returned to line the tunnel for the team touching the Go Blue Banner.

The 2005 game is when my then 83 year old father was knocked over by a BDBitL cymbal player.

M won again in 2011 with a great effort from Denard Robinson, but a poor pass from Braxton Miller missed a wide open receiver or that game too might have ended in a loss.

There were times this season when I was convinced Michigan had the better team. OSU has had several closer-than-expected games, But these past couple weeks Michigan's offense has been very disappointing. My head says the Buckeyes will win at home and probably make the playoffs. My heart says it's about damn time.

M 17
O 14

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ohio State Prediction

Michigan Gulo Gulo 19
Ohio State Aesculi Glabra 33