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Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings: Week 6

Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings: Week 6

Voted on by SBNation writers, these power rankings answer the age old question: Who is the best coach in the Big Ten right here, right now? After over a dozen responses I have counted the votes and determined the one, the only, the weekly Big Ten Coaches Power Rankings. Here are the results. 1. Mark Dantonio (Avg. Score: 1.07 LW: #1, 1.23) Team Record (Big Ten): 67-30 (39-19) 2014 Record (Big Ten): 3-1 (0-0) Last week: Home vs Wyoming (W 56-14) This week: Home vs #19 Nebraska Well there's not much to say about Mark Dantonio so I'll let Andy Ketterson from Corn Nation speak his...
Maize n Brew Sep 21, 2014

Sunday Morning Brews (9/21/14)

The weather and Michigan fans had something in common. We, at the height, are ready to decline. There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures. This is a quote from Act Four of Julius Caesar. It talks about the importance of timing to find success. When ships leave the harbor, they do so on a full, or flood, tide. But during an ebb tide, any number of problems could happen to...
Maize n Brew Sep 21, 2014
Dear Shane Morris advocates, some decorum please

Dear Shane Morris advocates, some decorum please

So you want some Shane Morris, eh? Fine. Just don't be an idiot. To the young "men" sitting behind me and my daughter on Saturday...if you'd like to see Shane Morris in the game or named the starter, you are obviously more than entitled to your opinions. You can rant and rave about how bad you think Devin Gardner is for the offense and what a disaster he is for the team in general. He doesn't make the best decisions? Not always. Turnover prone? Yeah, a little. Looks like a deer in headlights? On more than a few occasions. Bring it on; criticize to your heart's content. But, there is one...
Maize n Brew Sep 20, 2014

Trip, stumble and fall: Michigan offense sputters in 26-10 loss to Utah

When it rains, it pours. The defense outscored the offense. The offense did not reach the redzone once again. In short, that describes Michigan's woeful 26-10 loss to Utah on Saturday. The Wolverines (2-2), who had a very similar showing offensively like it did against Notre Dame, once again out-gained Utah (3-0) 308-286 and failed to reach the redzone. Despite a lengthy rain delay late in the fourth quarter, the only thing that was delayed was the inevitable, the final score. "Obviously we're very disappointed in the outcome of the game," Hoke said. "I thought the kids came out very ready...
Maize n Brew Sep 20, 2014

How to watch Michigan vs. Utah: Preview, TV Schedule and more

Oh, yes. It's Game Day. Hopefully, finally, this is the game. Something will happen. It has to, right? Through the first three weeks, despite talent that could go toe-to-toe with some of the best, this team has been a frustrating mixture of progress, lack of progress, and overall meh. The running game has exceeded expectations, the defense has kept all of its run stuffing and been fortified by young talent on the back end, and still, it feels like watching a team in neutral. When will the 'yeah, but's be gone? This is a very young team still, that's for sure. But that's not enough anymore....
Maize n Brew Sep 19, 2014

Your Friday Drinking Instructions Drink Some Sage

nom nom I know relatively little about Utah other than the fact that they score a lot of points and don't run the ball a ton because they throw the ball a lot and score lots of points doing it. Got it? Good. We've been hearing some rumblings from national writers this week about upsets in the Big House but none of that matters because tomorrow Michigan gets to play a Pac-12 team and YOU, dear readers, get to drink a sage saison. What's that, you say? A sage saison? Yes. From the place that brought you Mormons (I suppose technically this is untrue) and a lake full of salt, the lovely folks...
Maize n Brew Sep 19, 2014

This Wolverines game day in history introduces Bo

On this game day in program history, the Wolverines haven't been lights out, but that isn't to say they've underperformed. Sept. 20 marks the date of Bo's first game as Michigan's head football, and his first of many victories leading the Maize and Blue. The tale of this game day begins in the 1969 season opener and first game for new Michigan Wolverines head coach, Mr. Glenn Edward Schembechler, Jr. You probably know him as Bo. The Wolverines dominated the Vanderbilt Commodores (a progam that's averaged 1.64 wins since being a charter member of the SEC in '33) in the game, something...
Maize n Brew Sep 19, 2014

Friday Six Pack: Utah

Michigan Stadium welcomes its first legitimate opponent of the year this Saturday in the Utah Utes. Which match-ups should you be watching? We're three games into the 2014 Michigan football season and I'm feeling odd. Odd because I witnessed a Michigan team get clobbered by Notre Dame in South Bend only two weeks ago and still somehow feel as if the Wolverines are destined to win nine games. Michigan's ground game is improving at a surprising rate, with Derrick Green learning how to find a hole and his offensive line learning how to create them seemingly as each game progresses. Its defense...
Maize n Brew Sep 18, 2014
Inside the Numbers: Doug Nussmeier's Play-Action Plan

Inside the Numbers: Doug Nussmeier's Play-Action Plan

"Inside the Numbers" has been tracking Michigan's offensive plays this season. After only three games, one of Doug Nussmeier's play-calling tendencies has emerged. What is it? What does it mean? We reveal below. Tendencies are the backbone of a scouting report. When coaches and players sit in a film room together and scout their next opponent, they search for tendencies. How often does an opponent deploy a certain formation? What percentage of the time does that opponent call a run out of that formation? Is there a specific run play that the opponent prefers to call out of that formation?...
Maize n Brew Sep 16, 2014

Film Focus: Michigan vs. Miami (OH)

There is not much to extract from a game against an inferior opponent like Miami. But, with some clamoring for Shane Morris to replace Devin Gardner, this week's "Film Focus" charts Gardner's performance against the RedHawks to see whether such a move would be justified. Other than a derp-tastic second quarter, Michigan out-classed hapless Miami, handing the RedHawks their 19th consecutive defeat. The Wolverines piled up 460 total yards -- 6.43 yards per non-sack carry and 9.20 yards per pass attempt -- while limiting Miami to 198 total yards and 3.96 yards per play. The RedHawks did so...
Maize n Brew Sep 16, 2014

BTN announce full basketball television slate

The Big Ten announced Tuesday its full televised basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season. Basketball season is just around the corner. With that, the Big Ten Conference announced its slate for televised conference games that will air on the Big Ten Network during the 2014-2015 season. While John Beilein is busy preparing his squad for another tournament run, he will have six games airing on BTN to look forward to. Playing both Northwestern (Jan. 17, 8:15 p.m. and March 3, 9 p.m.) and recent-addition Rutgers (Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. and March 7 12 or 2:15 p.m.) twice, Michigan will also play...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014

The Day the Big Ten Died: Part 2

On September 6th, 2014 13 Big Ten Teams entered non-conference play. 6 teams lost while 4 barely escaped with their lives. When the day began Five Power Conferences entered the fray but only four returned. This is the day the Big Ten Died. How did this happen, how did it come to this and how do we move forward? How exactly did the Big Ten get to such a state? This is not a conference built upon losses to MAC teams and Notre Dame, but a conference built upon a tradition of winning and excellence. So when did it all happen? At what point did the Big Ten go from a New Years Day staple to the...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014
Despite fans' cries for change at quarterback, Nussmeier sticks to the script with Devin Gardner

Despite fans' cries for change at quarterback, Nussmeier sticks to the script with Devin Gardner

Senior quarterback Devin Gardner's five turnovers through two games is not the way to win over fan support, but offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier isn't ready for change just yet. The cries for change of quarterback have been heard far and wide from the Michigan faithful. Whether those calls are answered still remain to be seen. Senior quarterback Devin Gardner, who is entering his second full season as the starting quarterback at Michigan (2-1), has received a good portion -- alongside the offensive line -- of the fan vitriol throughout the team's struggles of last season. Although a...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014

Hoke continues to avoid injury talk, "doesn't feel like" discussing Funchess' availability

Michigan saw four starting players miss the Miami (Ohio) game with injuries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke will not provide updates and "doesn't feel like" discussing when Devin Funchess will return. The carousel of injury talk between the media and Brady Hoke continues to spin madly on. Another week goes by and the status of Michigan's injured players continues to remain unknown. The cat-and-mouse game continues, mostly from the head coach. Michigan (2-1) had four starters miss last Saturday's game against Miami (Ohio). Three starters on defense and one on offense did not make the dress list....
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014
It's Not An Excuse, It's A Fact: Turnovers prevent scoring (duh!)

It's Not An Excuse, It's A Fact: Turnovers prevent scoring (duh!)

The Miami University football team's last win came in October of 2012, yet they gave Michigan a run for their money in the first half of Saturday's game. After a huge letdown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Michigan Wolverines came out and...let us down again. Sort of. Yes, it was a win, but that first half was like watching a Big Ten footb...oh, yeah. Crap! A lot of things went right with Michigan in the second half, but if only they could have scored a few more points! It's not an excuse, it's a fact...turnovers prevented a major blowout Michigan had 13 possessions, and...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014
Maize 'n' Brew Top 25: Week 3

Maize 'n' Brew Top 25: Week 3

Plenty of teams looking vulnerable, but a top 10 is starting to take form. College football is played for games like these. South Carolina downed Georgia in 'a game of inches,' in which South Carolina benefited from a barely missed 28-yard field goal try in the final minutes that would have erased the Gamecocks' lead, then got precisely 3 inches on a 4th down and inches run to keep the ball out of Todd Gurley's hands and bleed out the clock for the victory. "I'll tell you what - our defense didn't stop 'em much, but when we had to we did. I'm really proud of the entire team," Coach Spurrier...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014

Michigan 34 - Miami (OH) 10: Examining Michigan's Three Pretty Good Quarters, As Well As The Bad One

Michigan put together three pretty good quarters against Miami (OH), but fell apart spectacularly in the second quarter. What did Michigan do to lead to all of this? We take a look. 1. The Second Quarter Blues.  Michigan's 34-10 win against Miami (OH) failed to satisfy many, and a big part of that has to do with the Wolverines' crap-tastic second quarter.  Behold: Michigan's first three second quarter possessions ended with turnovers, including an interception (a high pass that was tipped by the DL than the WR), a fumble after a catch and run down the field, and a special teams...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014
What We Learned: Miami (Oh)

What We Learned: Miami (Oh)

Michigan started slow and finished fast against another overwhelmed opponent in Michigan Stadium. What should Michigan fans take from the outcome? Two and one. Michigan's football team won two of its first three games, something a myriad of football 'experts' predicted heading into the season, yet the air around the program smells of depression and underachievement. Beating Miami of Ohio by twenty-four points doesn't do anything to change the situation in Ann Arbor. In fact, it may have made the atmosphere even more suffocating. The Wolverines came out looking like the dominant team, only...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup adds a legacy commit

The MRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Jack Dunaway has committed as a preferred walk-on, the rival Spartans offer two of Michigan's top 2016 targets, Donnie Corley picks up an offer from Arizona State and a few more prospects set their official visit dates. Jack Dunaway joins the 2015 class as a preferred walk-on The 2015 class of incoming freshman got a little bit bigger over the weekend as Michigan received a verbal commitment from Birmingham Brother Rice (Michigan) defensive end Jack Dunaway, who will join the program as a preferred...
Maize n Brew Sep 15, 2014

MnB Player of the Week: Derrick Green

Is the running game finally on the ascension in Ann Arbor? There may have been some struggles in the first half, but Michigan was able to find a run game and consistently gave the rock to Maize n Brew's Player of the Week... Derrick Green Whether it was his weight or his speed, there had been plenty of questions about Green's future potential with the program. Here we are three weeks into the season, and Green already has 332 yards and three touchdowns; that's an average of 111 yards per game! Two of his TDs came against Miami on Saturday, where he was the featured back, seeing 22 touches...

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