Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pitt takes the trophy from Miami

Sorry for the delay in getting this out.

Last Friday, Pittsburgh, for the second year in a row, knocked off the #2 team in the country. This year's win included a bigger prize - The jiMpossible-sarcasMike Trophy!

Miami moves on to the ACC Championship game and a chance to make the playoff, Pitt is likely done for the season with a 5-7 finish. I believe there are already enough 6 win teams that unless there is a rash of schools turning down bowl bids, the Panthers will be home for the holidays.

This is only the 2nd time the Panthers have held the trophy. Their other holding began with win over Navy in November of 1934. The followed with wins over Carnegie Tech, Waynesburg, Washington & Jefferson and West Virginia before falling to Notre Dame in October of 1935.

They have 9 other losses against trophy holders:

Syracuse in 1924
Washington & Jefferson 1927
USC 1933
UCLA 1972
Notre Dame 1973
Penn State 1986
Miami (FL) 2000, 2001, 2002

The trophy itself hasn't missed bowl season since Arizona did not get a bowl bid after finishing the 1995 season 6-5.

Pittsburgh's schedule is not completely set for 2018. The opponents are known - but the dates of conference games are still TBD.

Here's what their website lists for 2018

Sept. 1: Albany
Sept. 8: Penn State
Sept. 29: at UCF
Oct. 13: at Notre Dame
ACC Home: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Syracuse
ACC Away:  Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest

A Penn State win on September 8 would get the trophy back to the B1G. Michigan hosts PSU November 3. The in-between games are Georgia State, at Iowa, Indiana and at Northwestern. There is a decent chance M will be playing for the jiMpossbile-sarcasMike trophy in 2018!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

M-OSU prediction based on historical data

Michigan is 210-61-1 in all games I have attended (all data is based on games I have attended unless otherwise stated)
M is 175-45-1 in Michigan Stadium
M is 36-21 when unranked
M is 183-47-1 when unranked playing a ranked opponent
M is 5-3 vs. the 8th ranked team in the country
M is 20-16 vs. teams ranked in the top 10
M is 136-45-1 in conference games
M is 9-8 vs. Minnesota
M is 11-12 vs. schools with non-Human and non-animal based nicknames
M is 75-17 vs. schools with mascots deemed lighter than a Wolverine
M is 32-7 when Jim Harbaugh plays a leading role for the team
M is 82-21-1 in noon kickoffs
M is 18-8 in the 7th game I have attended in a season
M is 2-0 on November 25
M is 25-14 vs. teams with head coach shares the first name of a Pope

M has played 3 teams 100 times OSU, MSU and Minnesota. In the first 100 games vs. these schools, M had an overall record of 197-89-14. In the games vs. these teams since their 100ths games, M is 5-20. They have however won one-in-a-row.

It's easy when you look at the numbers:

M 13
OSU 27

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ohio State Prediction

Pedestrian Bridge, Ohio State University

Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge, Toledo, Ohio (birthplace of Urban Meyer)

Michigan 20
Ohio State 36

Friday, November 17, 2017

Wisconsin Prediction

Pedestrian Bridge, University of Wisconsin

Lake Wingra Bridge, Madison, WI (birthplace of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst)

Michigan 15
Wisconsin 30

Wisconsin prediction based on a new Michigan fan in Madison

My status as a great-uncle only became greater this week as my niece gave birth to Aria Nicole.
They live in Madison, But I'm sure Aria will be decked out in Maize and Blue before too long.

Unfortunately I don't think her cheers will be enough this weekend.

M 11
W 12

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Michigan vs. Maryland predictions based on a long list of QBs

I saw this on twitter today:
Of course 2 of these teams meet this Saturday in Maryland. There is even a chance the Terrapins will be starting their 4th QB of the season as their most recent starter, Max Bortenschlager was unable to finish the game last week vs. Rutgers. The Baltimore Sun says it will be a game-time decision on their starter.

If Maryland goes on offense first and starts a 4th QBm Harbaugh should start Malzone for the first series to push the winner of the game up to their 4th QB win!

Michigan 38
Maryland 10

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Maryland Prediction

Boardwalk at University of Maryland

Marshall Street Bridge, Youngstown, OH (birthplace of Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin)

Michigan 33
Maryland 18

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Alice’s 1943 jug

My mother loved Michigan football. She was a freshman in 1940 and she and her roommates cried when Michigan lost the Little Brown Jug to Minnesota 7-6.
She often told Minnesota was the big rival while she was in school.

We recently cleaned out my parents house in the UP getting ready to sell it. One of the items I claimed was this jug with the score from the 1943 Michigan - Minnesota game.

I know it belonged to my mother because in addition to the score and date it includes the Kappa Delta symbols, my mother had been the president of the sorority at one point at Michigan.

I don't anything more about the history of this jug, and that makes me a little sad.

Go Blue! Beat the Gophers! Protect the Jug

Thursday, November 2, 2017

M vs. Minnesota Prediction Based on Historical Data



Michigan is 209-61-1 in all games I have attended (all data is based on games I have attended unless otherwise stated)
M is 174-45-1 in Michigan Stadium
M is 35-21 when unranked
M is 26-14 when unranked playing a unranked opponent
M is 135-45-1 in conference games
M is 15-3 vs. Minnesota
M is 120-21 vs. schools with non-Human animal based nicknames
M is 51-15-1 vs. schools who commonly include an adjective in the nickname
M is 74-17 vs. schools with mascots deemed lighter than a Wolverine
M is 1-0 vs. head coaches whose first name is given as initials
M is 13-2 vs. head coaches whose last name is associated with size or measures
M is 31-7 when Jim Harbaugh plays a leading role for the team
M is 1-1 in 7:30 kickoffs
M is 10-5 in night games
M is 23-7-1 in the 6th game I have attended in a season
M is 2-1 on November 4
M is 34-14 in trophy games
M is 23-3 in a QB’s first attended start (in case Peters starts Saturday)
        QBs that lost first start are Shane Morris, Nick Sheridan and Tom Brady
        Peters would be the first #18 to start – I believe Jermaine Gonzales was the only other #18 I’ve seen play QB for Michigan

It's easy when you look at the numbers
M 31
Minnesota 10

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Minnesota Prediction

 Washington Avenue Bridge, University of Minnesota

Galena Rd Bridge over Route 56, Sugar Grove, IL (birthplace of Minnesota coach P J Fleck)

Michigan 30
Minnesota 13

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Boneg Ladder

Still no a>b, b>c, c>a scenarios.

WI OSU
PSU NEB
NW
MSU MD
M IA
RUT IN
PU
MN
IL

Friday, October 27, 2017

M vs. Rutgers prediction based on historical data



Michigan is 208-61-1 in all games I have attended (all data is based on games I have attended unless otherwise stated)
M is 173-45-1 in Michigan Stadium
M is 34-21 when unranked
M is 25-14 when unranked playing a unranked opponent
M is 134-45-1 in conference games
M is 2-1 vs. Rutgers
M is 71-30-1 vs. schools with Human based nicknames
M is 50-15-1 vs. schools who commonly include an adjective in the nickname
M is 134-44-1 vs. schools with mascots deemed heavier than a Wolverine
M is 24-3 vs. coaches who share a name with a character played by Bruce Campbell in a movie or tv series
M is 30-7 when Jim Harbaugh plays a leading role for the team
M is 81-21-1 in noon kickoffs
M is 22-10 in the 5th game I have attended in a season
M is 4-0 on October 28
M is 35-8 when playing in a homecoming game
M is 33-8 when playing on Michigan’s Homecoming
M is 1-0 when I have tickets to the Premium Seating area in Michigan Stadium
M is 27-8 when I have attended every game against the current opponent
·         This 4th game vs. Rutgers will break a tie with FSU for the most games that I have seen the entire series

It's easy when you look at the numbers
M 27
Rutgers 3