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This Season: 5-0 (1-0) Brady Hoke's third season in charge has thus far been as good as it gets, record-wise. 5-0, with a win over a top-25 Notre Dame in the non-con and a 42-13 thrashing of Minnesota in the B1G opener is nothing to sco...
This Season: 5-0 (1-0) Brady Hoke's third season in charge has thus far been as good as it gets, record-wise. 5-0, with a win over a top-25 Notre Dame in the non-con and a 42-13 thrashing of Minnesota in the B1G opener is nothing to scoff at. The meat of their schedule sandwich, however, was less than awe-inspiring, as the Wolverines just managed to scrape by against lowly Akron at home, 28-24, and were nearly the final victim of Paul Pasqualoni in Storrs. Being an inconsistent winner is hardly the worst thing you can be in college football. With a favorable schedule down the stretch (hosting Ohio State and Nebraska, visiting Northwestern, Michigan St. and Iowa), Michigan could play themselves into a BCS bowl if some corrections are made. Offense For a defensive lineman asked to play quarterback, Devin Gardner is having an incredible season. Sure, his 1:1 TD to INT ratio is below average by quarterback standards, but throw in his six rushing touchdowns and he's the best story in college football that no one is talking about. Gardner's top target has been Jeremy Gallon (367 yds, 4 TDs) but the big development from this past weekend was the utilization of tight end Devin Funchess at wideout. Funchess is every bit of his listed 6'5" 225lbs and against Minnesota he used that size to great effect, catching seven passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Penn State's secondary issues are well documented and the Gallon/Funchess combo could wreak some serious havoc in Beaver Stadium if Gardner has the time to pick out this duo. Fitzgerald Toussaint is having an Evan Royster-esque decline in his senior season, failing to find a ton of running room behind a struggling offensive line despite the presence of future first-round pick Taylor Lewan at tackle. His 4.1 yards per carry would be more concerning if Gardner weren't such a threat on the ground. Defense The Wolverine defense has been stout against the run, ranking ninth nationally at 90.4 ypg allowed. It can only get better with the return of Jake Ryan, the team's leading tackler in 2012, who may be making his season debut on Saturday. Hoke has stated Ryan, recovering from a torn ACL, could "potentially play," but it doesn't sound like the junior will be seeing a massive amount of game action. Michigan is no slouch in defending the pass, either, coming in at 45th nationally against the throw. The matchup to watch here is CB Blake Countess against Allen Robinson. Countess has four interceptions on the season, two of which came while defending Notre Dame's top wideout T.J. Jones. Special Teams The Wolverines are solid, if nothing else, on special teams. Kicker Brendan Gibbons, who just needs to let his knees breathe, man, is 4-5 on the season. The return game has been pretty meh, with the longest return of 39 yards coming from Dennis Norfleet on a kickoff. Last Game (42-13 W vs Minnesota) As poor as the Gophers were (without Jerry Kill, it's worth mentioning), Michigan was just as impressive last Saturday. Gardner was a mistake-free 13-17 through the air and his team followed suit. Efficient, effective and ruthless, the Wolverines scored on five of their eight drives while limiting Minnesota to just 281 total yards. Gambling Advice From a Degenerate #FollowKunk7 Before getting to this week's game against Michigan (hate Hate HATE), I think we should briefly discuss THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO PENN STATE FOOTBALL!1!!!11!!! (aka the Indiana loss). Sure it was disappointing, but a loss to Indiana was going to happen at some point. The fact that THE STREAK (I just made that up) has lasted this long is a testament to, I dunno, Indiana being really bad most of the time? And luck. Lots of luck. Let's take a look at the historical lines and what the expected win percentage would have been for each game. Then we can put into perspective how unlikely 16 consecutive wins against IU really was. Multiply all those win percentages together and you get about 3%. So yeah, that was
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The betting public has taken notice of Baylor's prolific offense. Though it's pretty hard to ignore 800 yards per game. SuperBook oddsmaker Ed Salmons said he'd make Baylor a 7.5 favorite over Ohio State this week on a neutral field. Par...
The betting public has taken notice of Baylor's prolific offense. Though it's pretty hard to ignore 800 yards per game. SuperBook oddsmaker Ed Salmons said he'd make Baylor a 7.5 favorite over Ohio State this week on a neutral field. Part of that is because the betting public has taken to Baylor's incredible offense. But still, think about that for a second. Baylor would be favored over Ohio State. From Betting Talk: “The bettors bet Baylor every week. It doesn’t matter what the spread is,” said Salmons, adding that he’s inflating the Bears’ lines every week. “Obviously, they’re inflated. If you break down the line on the West Virginia game (Baylor -30), Baylor is the highest power-rated team in the country. These teams that play in the no-huddle, especially against the weaker teams, you can take their spread and add 10. That’s how silly they are. And it doesn’t matter what you put on Baylor.” On Sunday, prominent offshore sportsbook Bookmaker opened Baylor as a 10.5-point favorite at Kansas State. The line surged to Baylor -20, before moving back to the current line of minus-17.5. The Bears were not the darling they are now at the beginning of the season. They opened the season at 200-1 odds and came down to 75-1 when a house bettor, "a high-roller who frequents the hotel and casino table games, but is not necessarily a sharp sports bettor" according to the article, placed a monstrous bet on Baylor. Salmons wouldn't say how big the bet was, but he said that Baylor is the book's biggest liability. Bryce Petty, Lache Seastrunk and company are now down to 6-1 odds at the SuperBook. The Bears are averaging 779.5 yards of offense through their first four games, which is an absurd number even if a weak West Virginia squad is the only team of note that they've played. Baylor also isn't the only team that's messing with oddsmakers. Oregon has covered the spread in its last seven games. The Ducks offense is right behind Baylor's in the total offense rankings. If they met each other? The over/under for total points would be a cool 100. - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday and be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
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The College Football Playoff selection committee will be officially announced next Wednesday in Dallas, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
The College Football Playoff selection committee will be officially announced next Wednesday in Dallas, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
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Art Briles: 'Can't see myself anywhere' but Baylor
Art Briles: 'Can't see myself anywhere' but Baylor
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Dawgs' WR Bennett expects to return after surgery
Dawgs' WR Bennett expects to return after surgery
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A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.
A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.
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It’s been too long since we’ve done a Video of the Day, so it's time to reintroduce it. And what better way to do so than with a preview of one of the matchups we’ve been looking forward to since the season began — Clemson-Florida State....
It’s been too long since we’ve done a Video of the Day, so it's time to reintroduce it. And what better way to do so than with a preview of one of the matchups we’ve been looking forward to since the season began — Clemson-Florida State. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston have emerged as Heisman candidates thanks to the video game-like numbers they’ve put up this season. So, the ACC decided to showcase their matchup than by showing their highlights with video game music and 80s video game graphics. It's kinda awesome. The two players will meet Oct. 19 in a game that will probably oust one player from the Heisman race. Our only hope is that the video game music and graphics are present during the broadcast. - - - Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
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To be fair to Todd Grantham, there’s a more fleshed-out version of his fourth-down comment that made the rounds the other day: “Because of our team, you’re going to have some fourth-down opportunities, so you’re going to have to st...
To be fair to Todd Grantham, there’s a more fleshed-out version of his fourth-down comment that made the rounds the other day: “Because of our team, you’re going to have some fourth-down opportunities, so you’re going to have to stop them on four downs.  They went for it three times on fourth-down.  If we stop any of those, it’s less points.  In fact, if we stop the two they went for it on our side, the game is probably over because we’re going to get a field goal and it’s (now) a two possession game. That’s the big thing: You’ve got to finish people off.  To do that, it takes some dueling.  That’s where we are.  We’ve got to learn to finish people off.” That makes some sense, honestly.  The defense doesn’t need to be shutdown good every play.  But it needs to win enough key plays to lock a game down after the offense has done its job.  The point being that you’re trying to sell inexperienced players on a level of effectiveness that will win you a game.  Style points don’t matter. That’s probably small consolation to some.  But I’ll take a season full of one big stop, three-point win sort of games, regardless of the opponent, pretty or otherwise. Filed under: Georgia Football
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Home Depot, we appreciate your sense of humor. LSU coach Les Miles has a ritual of eating grass, one that took off in 2010 in a game against Alabama when cameras caught him sneaking a pinch of fescue in his mouth in the fourth quarter ag...
Home Depot, we appreciate your sense of humor. LSU coach Les Miles has a ritual of eating grass, one that took off in 2010 in a game against Alabama when cameras caught him sneaking a pinch of fescue in his mouth in the fourth quarter aginst Alabama. And so if you search "Les Miles" on the store's site, the first result before any LSU branded items? Grass seed, of course. Very well played. The home-improvement store is an official sponsor of ESPN's "College Gameday" (as you can see in the video above), so it's intimately aware of college football's wackiness. So what happens when you search other famous college coaches? Well, nothing comes up for "Lane Kiffin," which is probably appropriate at the moment. "Nick Saban" gets you an Alabama cooler as the first result, likely because Home Depot doesn't sell oatmeal creme pies. And when you search "Mack Brown" you get a light dimmer switch. We don't even need to explain that joke to you, do we? - - - (H/T Reddit) Want to join the conversation? Hit us up on Twitter @YahooDrSaturday be sure to "Like" Dr. Saturday on Facebook for football conversations and stuff you won't see on the blog.
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Noles' safety Hunter has neck surgery, out for year
Noles' safety Hunter has neck surgery, out for year
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