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Old January 5th, 2016, 05:14 AM   #41
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On a side note, Chris Partridge will probably remain at UM. I asked Angie Chengelis (of the Det News) about his status. Her response was:

...My understanding is Chris returns to the position he was working all year -- i believe
he absolutely wants to coach, and I don't think Harbaugh has any intention of losing him...
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Old January 5th, 2016, 07:57 AM   #42
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Attaboy Jon! Busting out the connections!
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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:51 PM   #43
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Hopefully #1 is earned for WR's, #2 earned for DB's and #4 for QB's...

Love to see Chesson wear #1.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 04:57 PM   #44
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absolutely.

Chesson's improvement this year was remarkable. The Citrus Bowl was on TV again last night, and Chesson just killed Hargraves III. I had forgotten the pass that JC caught out of bounds on a pass that Rudock was just throwing away. When you look at how Chesson and Rudock improved this year, you have to be happy that we now have coaches that can "coach up" these kids.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #45
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Early projections have Michigan starting the season ranked #7 Harbaugh affect in full Force!
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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:50 AM   #46
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I like Ohio State at #4.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 09:24 AM   #47
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They are seriously #4 after losing 16 starters?
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Old January 7th, 2016, 09:47 AM   #48
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Well, according to Athlon's "way too early" preseason top 25. My guess is they'll weigh in around 7 to 10 by summer. Probably right around where M is. Most preseason folks won't properly take into account just how fucking awesome O'Korn will be and will think, hmmm, "shitty running game and questionable passing game."
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Old January 7th, 2016, 09:48 AM   #49
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OSU will have no problem with the B10 cupcakes.
They just have a couple tough games at Oklahoma (which should be amazing), at Wisconsin, at PSU, at MSU, and vs Michigan.
OSU should win most of those however unless something we have never seen with that team happens....

I don't think they will make the playoffs, but should finish in the 7-15 range once the final rankings come out. Maybe 10-3? 11-3?
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Old January 7th, 2016, 10:04 AM   #50
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In 2014, Ohio State returned 3 starters on offense none of them were as good as JTB or Elflein. They lost 4 out of 5 OL, 3 of whom started in the NFL as rookies. They lost Carlos Hyde. And they lost Braxton Miller. There were growing pains, but things gradually came together.

On the defensive side, they had a good core on the DL returning -- Bosa, Bennett and Washington. They also had Perry and Grant at LB, but that was little solace given they way the defense played in 2013. Doran Grant was back, but the rest of the secondary was giant question mark. They lost Shazier and Roby off a defense that was generally plain bad.

IMO, they're considerably better off on offense in 2016 than they were in 2014. They're not quite as well off on defense. I really like the DL coming back and McMillan is a stud at LB. But it's not the DL they had in 2014 and while I think Conley will be a good CB, he's not Doran Grant.

So, we'll see. I tend to have faith in UFM to put a decent team on the field. 3-4 losses is certainly realistic, but it wouldn't surprise me if they did a little better. It is, of course, a given that UFM will lose to HARBAUGH!!!!
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Old January 7th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #51
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Athlon's "way too early" preseason top 25:

http://athlonsports.com/college-foot...ll-top-25-2016
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Old January 7th, 2016, 04:00 PM   #52
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9 wins easily for the Buckeyes, their past four recruiting classes:

'16 (#2)
'15 (#7)
'14 (#3)
'13 (#2)

They can sustain the graduates, early entries as well as anyone in the nation.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #53
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As Harbaugh tweeted, you reap what you sow:

http://mweb.cbssports.com/ncaaf/eye-...iew-with-49ers
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:14 PM   #54
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9-3 would disappoint. I'm hoping this season establishes OSU on Bama's level. They'll have as much or more talent than every team on the schedule. They'll just be inexperienced. In some ways it's easier to motivate those kids. We'll see.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:19 PM   #55
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USC, Bama's first opponent, may have more 5 star players on roster. They apparently haven't been developed, though.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:31 PM   #56
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UFM is the best college coach in the land. I would never expect them to lose more than 2 games while he is coaching.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 06:00 PM   #57
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The Nick.

Urbs is really good. Couple others as good or better.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 06:06 PM   #58
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Nick's built Bama up to that point, we'll see this season if Meyer has built such a machine in Columbus. Imo Meyer is the better coach as I've shared as much before though Meyer has much less competition in the B1G.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #59
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Saban is pretty good. Playing for our 4th NC in 7 years and has around a .900 win pct since 2008.

Wins by year since 2008:

2008: 12
2009: 14
2010: 10
2011: 12
2012: 13
2013: 11
2014: 12
2015: 13

It's been a nice run. Hate he is mid 60's.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:07 PM   #60
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John Baxter is headed back to USC to coach Special Teams.
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