Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Pre-Season Spectacular!!!

49 Days to Kick-Off!!!    I know it’s only July….but College Football LOOMS!!!

I’ve seen many of you over the off-season and I really do appreciate the feedback and ideas for making the blog better.  I feel like this is a “community” blog and more of a reference go to place for links to other resources, but never the less, I get to say my bit and you all get a giggle or two out of it, hopefully.

This off-season has been quieter that the last several…no Johnny Football scandal…no FSU QB scandals…well, RECENT scandals.  There was crab-leg gate that consumed a lot of the spring news, but the MMQ didn’t jump in on that…I figure everybody else could have some fun with that and really, at the end of the day, what more could be said?

So, what have you missed by not following CFB for the last several weeks?  How about a few

 Odds and Ends

This is an interesting item:  Purdue will have beer and wine sales for the first time this season at all home Football Games.  And while I get that watching Purdue Football is hard, (Insert any of the multiple jokes about trying to watch 60 minutes of Boilermaker Football SOBER HERE) since Drew Brees left, the Boilers haven’t had a winning season. And when that happens, well, you could GIVE the Beer and Wine away and I’m not sure fans would show up.  But, in case they do and due to the fact that the 'ole Ross-Ade stadium in West Lafayette was in need of a re-model, the south end zone bleachers were torn down.  And they are going to put in a patio!!!  Check it out:



That’s right on the field, folks.  Yep…I’m getting real nervous if Brandon sees this and starts thinking about what to do with the empty seats at Michigan Stadium…Of course, Michigan doesn’t play Purdue for like…ever, (next scheduled game - 2017 in West Lafayette)  but it makes me think that it’s an awfully short road trip for what would be cheap tickets and a chance to quench your thirst with a favorite Saturday beverage whilst watching the game. Yes – Road Trip in 2017...Someone write that down....Oh, I just did.

Texas A&M is going to have the BIGGEST. SCOREBOARD. EVER. To look at during home games.  I guess they figure if people want to watch a big screen, why not put one in the stadium?  How big, you ask?  163 feet wide by 47 feet tall….If I do the math correctly…let’s see…carry the 2…7,661 sq. ft.




Yep…That’s Big.  And it’s going to be 1080 HD.  So, Aggies, when to the lazy boys go in?


The Athletic Department has proposed the use of close proximity fireworks during the Sept. 13 Miami University, and Oct. 11 Penn State home games. The Penn State game has a 7 p.m. kickoff time, while the Miami start time has yet to be announced.
 

"To further enhance the fan experience for these important games, the department proposes to hold close proximity fireworks displays as part of the production," the proposal read.





But Mr. MMQ, WHY do you think this is a bad idea?  The Detroit Tigers do it on Friday nights during the summertime after home games on occasion…during the summer when everyone wants to stay up late…with baseball…and losing a regular season game is part of baseball and the fireworks are something to look forward to win or lose…Oh, I see where you’re going now and why you think fireworks in the fall are an enormously stupid idea and a waste of the fan’s hard earned coin. 
 
Yep, okay…got it!

Luckily, the regents still need to approve this and maybe there’s someone with a shred of sanity left who will put their foot down and state openly, “Michigan Football does not need the gimmick of fireworks after the game.  Thanks anyway.” 

I was recently asked what I thought of Brandon as an AD.  I remember penning some words when he was first hired that ANYTHING had to be better than Sailboat Bill Martin…Unfortunately, at this point in time, Brandon is making me wish we HAD BILL MARTIN BACK! 

I hope this answers the question on where I stand with respect to Brandon as AD…Isn’t he supposed to run for governor or something?  When is that happening?

The Michigan Take

With respect to Michigan off-season news, it’s been quiet…too quiet. I normally get an earful or eyeful from some other fans, but there seems to be a bit of apathy within the fan base…I liked it a LOT better when people were either loving or hating the upcoming season.  Right now, it seems like there’s a lot of “meh” out there and not a lot of passion…

Is Brady Hoke’s Job on the Line this Season?  I’ve had that question posed to me by several people stating that his record isn’t that much better than Rich Rod’s after 3 seasons and he should be looking at the door if he only posts 7 wins.  The MMQ will state this:  Brady is better at communicating with Michigan Football fans, the media, and the Michigan Alumni Players (AKA – The Michigan Mafia).  We get his style of football and we understand where it can go.  Yes, Borges was a problem and probably should have been canned before the end of last year if not the end of 2012.  It wasn’t working then and it certainly didn’t get any better last year.  But he's fixed that problem...hopefully, so let's see where this goes...

Long story – Short Question:  Can Michigan find its soul and figure out a way to win the B1G Championship and is Brady Hoke the guy to do that?  I say he still is until he does something to prove otherwise and he is getting closer to having the right pieces of the puzzle in place…

What does the Ole’ MMQ foresee for Michigan this year?  Let’s start with the easy one first:

 Defense

I believe with Jake Ryan returning healthy, leading a solid LB core and Jabril Peppers contributing earlier than anyone thinks, Michigan has the possibility of being the most improved defense in the B1G…if not the NCAA.  Yeah, I know, that’s really putting it out there.  The “D” was ranked 5th in overall defense last year in the B1G and that was without an offense on the other side of the ball.  I figure if there’s ANYTHING resembling an offense this year the defense will have the luxury of not being on the field for more than 30 minutes a game and should be able to not only hold their own, but play with an up tempo, turn-over producing style that Mattison loves….Yes, look for a defense that could potentially make us think about 2006 and 1997. 

 Did I just write that?  Yep, I did.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it….

Offense






 

 

That’s all I’ve got.  Yeah, DG is back and hopefully 100% healthy.  But Nussmeier is new and there’s a new (albeit streamlined) offensive game plan in place.  Michigan literally has a plethora of RB’s with transfers and incoming freshmen capable of starting.  IF Smith and Green come in at their playing weight and Funchess can play something like Megatron and he gets some help from Canteen and Chesson, among others…Well, it could be interesting...IF the offensive line can gel and get the hang of the Nussmeier mechanics…but if they can’t…  Turning around an offense and playing with a new scheme is like turning around the Titanic.  ITT- It Takes Time….Of course, Aburn did it and ended up in the National Title Game with a brand new offense…So, I dunno. 

The Rest of the Mess

Finally, after harping and complaining about the BCS for 16 years…It’s finally dead and College Football Nation is on to the 4 Team Play-off for a National Title!!  Yes, I’m excited for College Football and the first 4 teams that participate in the play-off will be Jeopardy and Bar Trivia answers for years to come.  I can only hope the Wolverines are one of them…but a lot of things have to happen before that comes to fruition.

Will the fans like the CFB Play-Off?  Absolutely.   Unfortunately, I think the places the play the semis will be completely empty as homer slappys will wait until their team wins and buy their National Championship package afterwards.  I do foresee a day when the play-offs happen on home fields.  You can say you read it here first.

MMQ Top 10

Everyone knows that pre-season Top 10’s are kind of like looking at the wedding cake and predicting that the marriage will last 25 years…All you have is a pretty picture and nobody has done anything yet.  Anyway, I will give you my thinking on who will be in the FINAL Top 10 once the season is over….

  1. Florida State – Can’t ignore the possibility of lightning striking twice and with that schedule…Well, let’s just say I will be surprised when this team loses.
  2. Stanford  - They will have beaten the 3rd ranked team in the Final 4 for a chance to lose to FSU in the College Football Play-off.  Yes, the Cardinal will win a tough Pac 12, beating UCLA in the championship…
  3. Sparty – As much as this pains me to say it…Look out for Sparty this year having a nice run in the B1G and potentially going undefeated.  They’ve got the schedule to do it and Cook has another year of experience under his belt…Unfortunately, Stanford will remember that they have a passing game and defeat Sparty in the Semis during the Final 4….
  4. Satan’s Warriors:  Yes, they will have won the SEC, but they will have a couple of blemishes on the record and will have squeaked into the Final 4.  It’ll be a close game, but they won’t get past FSU to get into the championship game…
  5. ohio – Will lose to Michigan and that will be what knocks them out of the B1G Championship Game against
  6. Wisconsin – Look out…I may have these guys lower than they should or could be.  IF Wiscy can get past Sparty in the B1G, well, they will be in the Final 4. 
  7. Oregon – Another team that could be in the Top 4 come the end of the year…Sparty visits Autzen this season and that will be a HUGE game to decide who might get a Final 4 nod…I like Sparty.  Don’t know why.
  8. Oklahoma….They could also be in the Final 4, but it will require perfection without a title game in the Big XXII
  9. Missouri – Will be in the Championship against Satan’s Warriors…but lose again…
  10. UCLA – Mora could actually win the Pac 12 Conference, but man, its solid top to bottom…
Dark horses to infiltrate the Top 10 (or even the Final 4) with a bit of Luck:  MICHIGAN, LSU, Washington, South Carolina, Baylor, and Auburn (if they get their QB back)…

So, with all that being said, how does Michigan in fact create a dream season and win the B1G and potentially get a shot at the being in the Final 4??  Here’s the entire dream season, game by game!

8-30-14  App State:  I don’t want to say anything about this game.  It’s revenge…JUST WIN!

Michigan 52- App State - 0

9-6-14  @ domers:  As usual, domer nation is all agog over what they are bringing back and who will be playing and they have all more or less accepted the fact that they will be one of the Final 4 due to "how can you not have the domers in the first play-off??"  However, I do believe that Michigan has the domer’s number and no one…NEITHER TEAM wants to lose the last one to be played between these two for the foreseeable future after the chickens backed out of the game…Yeah the game is in the dark in domerland…Big Deal.  Ask the domers how the last two night games worked out for them. 

Michigan 31- chicken dinners 23

9-13-14   Miami (Ohio):  Miami is still a bit of a train wreck and this could be a nice game to get some kinks worked out of the offense before a very good Pac 12 team comes to town….

Michigan 45 – Bo’s Alma Mater  10

9-20-14   UTAH:  This is a pretty good team that has some returning starters and they are really well coached by a guy who is on EVERYONE’S SHORT LIST whenever a vacancy pops up – Kyle Whittingham.  This could be a home game “oops” where Michigan stumbles early and loses a close one.  Or Michigan could get really exposed on defense if they aren’t careful. 

Michigan 24 – Upsetting Utes 27

9-27-14:    MINNESOTA:  Poor Minnesota got stuck with the same “two years in a row at Michigan” deal as Michigan did with respect to Sparty.  Somebody ought to be shot for letting that happen…And I’m sure Gopher fans are thinking the same thing.  Can Kill get a victory over Michigan?  I don’t think so…not after a Michigan home loss…

Michigan 35 – Road Kill 13

10-4-14  @ Rutgers:  Another train wreck of a team that looks nothing like what it used to look like under Schiano…Flood is still trying to figure out which conference his team is in and who his new rival is…

Michigan 42 –Underwater-scarlet-shorts 14

10-11-14:  PENN STATE:  This game scares the BEJEZUS out of me this year…Why?  Because I didn’t mind O’Brien being the head coach at PSU.  He was brought in to clean it up and keep it business like.  But now, NOW PSU has a guy in Franklin that actually cares about the college game and is going to have that team playing PUMPED….This one could get tricky, even though it’s revenge for Michigan…

Michigan 23 – Blue and White Kitties  20 (OT)

10-25-13  @ MSU:   Okay – either it ends here and Hoke re-establishes who is the Football Elite in the state of Michigan…or it’s a slippery slide down into the abyss.  I don’t’ want to slide down into the abyss, so Jesus-Tap-Dancing-Christ… BEAT SPARTY! 

Michigan 35 – Little Brother 33 (OT)

11-1-14  INDIANA:   This team also scares me…and I don’t like to play a game immediately after playing Sparty close.  Indiana will have some tricks up their sleeve and this is a game where Michigan fans may end up asking themselves, “How did we beat Sparty and lose to Indiana???”

Michigan 27 – Who’s Your Daddy 35

11-8-14 @ Northwestern:  The MMQ practically nailed the score and the fact that the game almost went into OT last season.  However, with distracted Purple Kitty Kats everywhere, Fitzgerald is going to find that this team won’t be as formidable as they have been in the past.  I’m guessing that the Purple Kitties go down easier…

Michigan 27 – Kitty Kats 13

11-22-14 MARYLAND:  Maryland Football is a bit of an oxymoron right now. (No Sparty and suckeye fans – I’m not calling them names.  An oxymoron is a play on words where two words are put together that can have opposite meanings:  Army Intelligence, Jumbo Shrimp, Sparty Academics, ohio degrees…see what I’m doing there?)  No Maryland is trying very hard to play football there…It just doesn’t look like football.

Michigan 35 – The Tortoise loses This One 21

11-29-14: @ ohio:  Michigan will have lost two games up to this point, (maybe 3) and again, if they want into the Final 4 and the B1G Championship Game, well…All roads go through Columbus.  Can Michigan finally shake the 11 Year Monkey off their back and have a two-loss season where they BEAT all their rivals?  I think they could!!!

Michigan 21– Suckeyes 16

Big 10 Championship:  Michigan finds a Badger team that plays right into their hands…Wiscy tries to run the ball into the league leading defense and loses a close Championship Game.

Michigan 17 – Wiscy 14

So, will a Michigan team with two regular season losses but with a B1G championship under its belt be good enough to garner a top 4 spot?  Maybe…Maybe.  I know, I have Sparty in the Final 4 and I have Michigan winning the B1G in the Dream Season...Please submit all complaints on the back of a $10 bill and mail to the MMQ....

Idle Thoughts From the Pre-Season

-The off season keeps getting shorter and shorter…
-My nephew is going to UM this fall!!
-THAT…Is hard to believe.
-I don’t feel that old…
-Well, sometimes I do…
-New team of Dierdorf and Brandstatter will make the calls on Wolverine Radio…
-I like Doug Karsch…
-Not saying he should have got the job, but when Dierforf is there..well…
-Sometimes you just have to recognize that you’re good…just not that good.
-I thought the State of Michigan did pretty well in the NBA draft.
-6 Michigan players drafted in the NBA draft in the last 2 years.
-Why bring up basketball during football season?
-“Why NOT?”



-That’s the family Tiki Bar we built over the summer!
-Hey, everyone needs a hobby.
-Two of my favorite hobbies are woodworking and beer…
-So I figured, “Why not combine them?”
-Why not, indeed!
-If you’re ever in the neighborhood, swing by!
-You BET there’s a lot of Michigan stuff hanging inside.
-All the stuff Mrs. MMQ won’t let me hang in the basement...





 
-And it’s all got a good home now.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
-Do I really think that Michigan can win 10 games this season?
-After Auburn…Anything’s possible.
-There’s a lot of desire in Ann Arbor...
-Of course, there’s desire everywhere.
-Hoke is not going to get fired this season…I don’t think.
-But if he does, who’s next?
-Good Question. 
-Took forever to get to Hoke in the first place...
-I don’t want to think about that…not yet, anyway.

The Hot Seat

I can’t believe I’ve been doing the hot seat for 5 years and we are entering the 6th season of the Hot Seat Mascot!  Truly a milestone of sorts and the careers we’ve helped to get off the ground and move forward by appearing as a Hot Seat Mascot are too numerous to mention.  So, without further ado, the 2014 Hot Seat Mascot for the Pre-Season Spectacular is  - Alison Brie!  You may have seen her in “Mad Men” playing Trudy and she has been in some other stuff as well…

 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
Hot Seat Rank

  1.  Will Muschamp:  If Brady’s head is on the line, Will’s ass is certainly feeling the heat.
  2. Charlie Weis:  Believe it or not, I had to look this up.  I thought he had already been canned at Kansas…Nope.  Still there.
  3. Dana Holgorensen:  Here’s another coach that was welcomed with open arms and those same arms are trying to strangle him and desperately want him gone…
  4. Pelini:  I’m not sure why I’m putting him on here, but I guess it’s ‘cause he’s Bo and who knows what he’ll do next…
  5. Brett Bielema:  Coaches with troubles in Arkansas nation that don’t win are not tolerated very long…Brett’s seat is close to getting really hot…
  6. Hazell:  Purdue.  Even though I like this guy, he needs to win some games..
  7. Turner:  Florida International…Even though he’s a big name, you have to win a game or two..
  8. Norm Chow:  Hawaii.  The Rainbows haven’t mattered in awhile..and that’s a fan base that cares.
  9. Beckman:  Illinois.  Another coach that needs some wins…desperately.
  10. Satan:  I know, I always put him on the list.  But I have a feeling if he DOESN’T win the SEC or make the Final 4…His seat will get a little warm in Tuscaloosa..

 

FMQ

I haven’t reviewed the entire results from the FMQ last season, but I do know I wasn’t able to give it as much time as usual.  I will try to get back to form this season and we’ll see if we can’t double up on the season with some better picks!

4 comments:

Msuperfan said...

HEY, I resemble that Army Intelligence comment!!!

P.S. WHAT A DREAMER YOU ARE!

MMQ said...

Sorry about that Superfan!!! I always seem to forget that we have a military presence that reads this blog!

Yes...I may be dreaming, but then again, if you can't be optimistic in the pre-season..then when?

G Money said...

I am on board with a double digit wins for the Wolverines this year! I also believe the defense will help carry this years team. However I do not believe any B16 Ten team will make the playoff with two loses. Only an SEC team would be able to pull that trick off.....

A more likely scenario that B16Ten fans will have to be concerned with is getting a one loss B16 Ten team in the finals over a two loss "really good" SEC team.

MMQ said...

@ G-Money - Not Sure....I get what you're saying about the SEC...But I really don't see any one SEC team running the table and I think there will be some early upsets in that league that no one sees coming. Still, a 2 loss SEC will be a media darling compared to a 1 loss B16G Champion. It will be interesting...