Come on in folks, I have a safe haven for you here to escape the dumpster fire that is the Michigan football program. I promise you there will be no mention of concussion protocol, students marching on University president lawns or headset debate. Just like the band from the Catalina Wine Mixer plays strictly 80’s Joel, we will discuss just on the field action football. Nothing more and nothing less.
Last week the state went 1-3, with Michigan State being the sole winner, rolling over Wyoming. The aforementioned Wolverines lost the Little Brown Jug in a show of offensive ineptitude, losing to Minnesota 30-14. The Broncos of Western Michigan tried to make things interesting against Virginia Tech, with super freshman Jarvion Franklin getting my predicted two touchdowns, yet falling to the Hokies 35-17. The Chippewas of Central Michigan opened MAC play with a loss on the road to Toledo 42-28. For my picks last week I went 1-3 against the spread putting my season record at 10-7. This weekend all five Michigan colleges are taking the field, so follow the jump for info on all your favorite teams! (As always games ranked for intrigue/watchability)
Tony Lippett looks to continue his hot start this season (photo credit: zimbio.com)
I’m back folks! After real life got in the way last week, I am back to get you psyched for a week of college football in the Great Lakes state. Since we last previewed these match-ups the B1G has imploded, MSU and Michigan have lost, Thomas Rawls has been suspended indefinitely for the Chips, Eastern lost twice and Western got a nice win on the road. This week all five teams are in action, with an intrastate match-up included.
One note of change in this weeks’ preview is the slow introduction of using some advanced football analytics, namely F/+ from the great Bill Connelly (click here for a glossary as a resource!). F/+ is a ranking used that combines the Fremeau Efficiency Index and S&P+. Basically it is a ranking that utilizes drive data and drive efficiency. It is an incredible useful rating system and has shown an above average ability to predict the likelihood of wins and utilizes the five factors of football. With that out of the way let’s get to the week’s match-ups, as always ranked in order of intrigue/watchability.