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All of those guys came back because they didn’t have great draft grades. All mid to late rounders.

They’ll be good but when you look up and down their roster, they have a lot of good players but not many real 1st-3rd rounders. Will Johnson and Donovan Edwards will likely be the highest drafted of the bunch. I think their O will be about the same as this year and me even take a step back. Corum has sustained injuries the last two years and in typical Harbaugh fashion has been run into the ground.

The D will take a slight step back after losing 3 key pieces of their DL for next year.

Their biggest loss which no one is talking about is Jake Moody at K who has been something like 37/38 the last two years on field goals under 40
Yards. He’s been the best kicker in college football.

They still could make the playoffs but I don’t see how they’d beat a Bama or Georgia in a playoff game. They just don’t have the star power to win a game like that.
 

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Michigan finished 4th in SP+ in 2021 and 2022. The highest ND has finished is 7th in 2015. Unfortunately, they've been really damn good.

Also speaks to how BK's record isn't the best gauge of how good ND's teams actually were. He wont he games he was supposed to which was enough to get into the playoff.
I’m going to stop you at SP+
Bill Conley’s formula is the most flawed way of ranking teams ever.
He literally ranked teams that LSU beat in 2019 ahead of them the following week in his SP+ rankings.
Read his article about crowning “true national champions” where he strips most ND teams of titles. He even says one ND team is arguably the most talented ever (who finished undefeated & #1), but then says they weren’t national champions in his SP+ rankings. He just looks at final stars with no knowledge of the games. Like when Leahy would be winning by 4 scores and the other team literally couldn’t move the ball past midfield, he would play 4th stringers the 2nd half. Skews stats.

SP+ doesn’t understand actual football. It’s nerds looking at stats & not watching actual games.
See Michigan versus TCU.
 

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I hate when Michigan is good. But what's worse is when Michigan is just decent, but benefits from playing horrific schedules because the Big10 is down. I give them credit for what they did to OSU two years in a row, but that's about it.

Nice run, clap clap. But it's back to reality you go once Harbaugh bolts to the NFL (where I feel he rightfully belongs. Dude is too good of a coach to be sputtering around the Big Ten and dealing with 18-22 year old kids).
 

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What is happening in college football a little is what happened in college basketball.
Above average teams challenge for the title when they get guys to come back for 4th and 5th years, while the elite teams have guys for 2-3 years.
So Michigan gets all their team to come back, & they have 23 year olds that are 150-450 guys playing 19 year olds at OSU who are top 100 guys.
Michigan returning seniors will beat OSU’s talented Sophomores.
Just like in college basketball teams like Gonzaga jumped up by having teams loaded with seniors every year.
 

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What is happening in college football a little is what happened in college basketball.
Above average teams challenge for the title when they get guys to come back for 4th and 5th years, while the elite teams have guys for 2-3 years.
So Michigan gets all their team to come back, & they have 23 year olds that are 150-450 guys playing 19 year olds at OSU who are top 100 guys.
Michigan returning seniors will beat OSU’s talented Sophomores.
Just like in college basketball teams like Gonzaga jumped up by having teams loaded with seniors every year.
While this is true, it's not fool proof.

Last year, Michigan lost Vastardis and Stueber. Stueber was going to be a tough replacement, however for Vastardis, Michigan landed Oluwatimi. That was an immediate upgrade and took Michigan's interior with Zinter and Keegan from being really good to elite. Oluwatimi was the best interior lineman in CFB.

There's a reason why they've hit the portal so hard for OL, because their poor recruiting is about to catch up with them there. The problem is that unlike last year, there isn't an Oluwatimi to hold things down at center. Michigan went after quantity, but the quality isn't quite there. They got a few starters from Stanford, but the problem is that Stanford's OL was among the worst performing OL's in CFB last year.

There's likely to be a hole at C and they'll have to replace Hayes at LT. Those are two very tough spots to replace and they haven't recruited all that well to compensate it. So while guard should be a modest upgrade, center should be a substantial downgrade, and tackle will likely be a downgrade too.
 

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You know…what’s missing from all of this…is Harbaugh actually saying that he’ll be the head coach of Michigan next year.
 

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You know…what’s missing from all of this…is Harbaugh actually saying that he’ll be the head coach of Michigan next year.

Yeah. Santa Ono is known for how much he tweets everything out. I do think he’ll be back, but also nice posturing by Ono so the UM alum base knows he’s doing everything he can. It’s also telling about how Ono views their AD Warde
 

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Scum fans would be happy to see him gone


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“Computer Access Crimes” on a university owned computer…have to think it’s something in between accessing some sort of encrypted data and something more felonious like child porn.
 

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A neighbor of Weiss’ told reporters that numerous unmarked cars showed up at Weiss’ house to search.
Sounds like some Jared Fogle Subway stuff.

“Last week, a neighbor of Weiss' in Ann Arbor told ESPN that several unmarked cars showed up outside Weiss' home in what appeared to be some type of police presence. (The neighbor declined to be named.) The search of his home is believed to be tied to the University of Michigan Police investigation, according to sources.”
 

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“Computer Access Crimes” on a university owned computer…have to think it’s something in between accessing some sort of encrypted data and something more felonious like child porn.
Put your money on porn.
 

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I bet he was using Napster to download MP3’s


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People don’t understand the kinda wild shit you’d get if you tried to download a movie or the last WWF PPV on Kazaa.

Absolutely insane behavior on that app by the people who names and uploaded files to that service.
 

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People don’t understand the kinda wild shit you’d get if you tried to download a movie or the last WWF PPV on Kazaa.

Absolutely insane behavior on that app by the people who names and uploaded files to that service.
True story: In college I got sued by the RIAA for illegal downloading through Limewire while on campus. Got a call from my dad on a Saturday morning during a bout of kegs & eggs. Most surreal moment of my life.
 

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True story: In college I got sued by the RIAA for illegal downloading through Limewire while on campus. Got a call from my dad on a Saturday morning during a bout of kegs & eggs. Most surreal moment of my life.
So what's your prison tattoo?
 

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Must suck to get rejected 2 years in row.
Story that I read on r/cfb was that when with the Niners he told the CEO to leave a team meeting because it was "for men only". I think it was Jed York?

You can feel these types of ways Jim, but saying them out loud makes you an idiot that no one will want to hire.
 

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No Feds involved now apparently


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I saw this earlier.
Here is the problem with this report;
Federal investigations aren’t public. If the feds were involved, there would be no record of it. I don’t know or care if feds are involved in this situation, but if they were, it would not be public.
Ever notice when the feds come out with an indictment they say something like, “after a two year investigation…” that nobody even knew was going on?
State & local are public, federal aren’t.
I’m not saying feds are involved here, but this guy wouldn’t know it if they were.
 

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Agree. Michigan is highly overrated. They are probably top 10, but nowhere near tops in the nation. The style they play, they will look really good playing against crap teams.
Which is 75% of their schedule year after year! Michigan sucks!!!
 

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One speculator on Twitter trying to connect the dots, thinks he may have been accessing Harbaugh's emails to see what discussions he's having with the AD (contract extension, staying or leaving.?).
 

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Harbaugh is preparing to risk a six game ban by not accepting a 1 game ban by the NCAA according to rumors
 
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