Monday, December 6, 2021

Michigan Monday: Still Smiling

How about the last two weekends?  Feels pretty good.   I had a weird thought on Saturday, Michigan had to cancel two final games to close out the 2020 season those 2 teams: Ohio State and Iowa.  

The non-original CFP committee really went out on a limb and made Alabama #1 which gives Michigan a match-up against Georgia in the Orange Bowl.   To me this game is just the frosting on the cake, I'm super satisfied with the Big Ten Championship.   Does this mean I want Michigan to lay down to the Bulldogs? Absolutely not, I'm just happy this team is playing with house money from here on out.  

We are 9 days away from the early signing day period and the Michigan coaches are on the road to try to ride this momentum and close the class strong.  

  • Michigan got a very big commit on Friday and which you have already heard.  Zeke Berry is now a Wolverine.   This guy is legit and will be a difference maker in Michigan's secondary.   Zeke was committed to Don Brown and Arizona early and then opened up his recruitment.  He is a 4-star Safety from De La Salle in California.  He is 6'0 and 195 pounds and ranks the 64th player in the country to 24/7 rankings.  He has offers from all the top PAC 12 teams including USC, UCLA, Wash, Oregon, and more.   Michigan didn't make Domani's final list but this is an elite DB class.  Welcome Zeke! 
  • Michigan Basketball also got back to its winning ways with a home win over San Deigo State.  
  • Miami's AD and Coaching search seems to be a huge cluster F.  They haven't even fired Manny yet. 
  • Oklahoma makes a good decision on hiring Venables 
  • Joe Brady gets fired by the Carolina Panthers.   He will have a ton of OC opportunities in college.
  • Joe Moorehead gets the Akron job.  Would he be a replacement candidate for Mario if he goes to Miami?
  • Big Ten QB's Adrian Martinez and Michael Penix are in the transfer portal
  • Ohio State's a year early enrolled QB Quin Ewers (the top-rated player in the 2023 class before he reclassified) is transferring to a Texas school.  He is leaving with over $1M of NIL in his pocket.  The move even surprised Ryan Day.  Quin was OSU highest rated recruit ever.  Quin has already done a visit to Texas Tech.  
  • Purdue will be losing David Bell and George Karlaftis to the NFL next season.  Thier participation in the bowl game is TBD. 
  • I need to look closer at the bowls, but nothing jumped out at me.  MSU vs. Pitt is an MSU legacy match-up, Oregon vs. Oklahoma may or may not have head coaches, Baylor and Ole Miss is interesting.   


ScottyDoggs said...

I was surprised to find out Michigan started playing intercollegiate in 1879....1879?
The shoot out at OK Corral has not happened yet, and the Massacre at Wounded Knee would not happen until more than a decade later...then in the 1890's Michigan team went to Notre Dame (via train) to teach them the game .... our Wolverine history goes way back.

szanreno said...

Boy that really puts things in perspective...

Goblu said...

Nice article about Cade... I'm hopeful he plays one more year, and that JJ is ok with that. More time on field for JJ, but still Cade's team. Think that is best for both of them... but what do I know.

Tim said...

Goblu - thanks for sharing the article. Great read.

I agree that it would be awesome if both of the young men were at Michigan next year. We'll see what the next few months bring.

MichiganMan said...

Guys I'm flying to Dubai my flight leaves in 1 hour good luck to Michigan and all the fans around the world... Let's go beat Georgia let's go beat Batman in the championship game... I'll be back in a month..

Justin I'll see you in Dubai buddy with the sign saying "let's go Michigan"...

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