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Who wins the Big Ten East?

20 April 2014 - 04:22 PM

We're about half way through the off-season and there's already been some discussion about the B1G-West but who will win the East?

NOTE: Penn State is ineligible to participate in the Conference Championship game but they can still finish first in the division.

The new division will include the following teams:

- Indiana
- Maryland
- Michigan
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Rutgers

Returning Starters (from Phil Steele, his numbers may not be perfect but it is what it is)

1. Indiana 18/8/10
2. Maryland 17/8/9
3. Rutgers 16/9/7
t4. Penn State 15/7/8
t4. Michigan 15/7/8
6. Ohio State 15/5/7
7. Michigan State 11/7/4

2014 Strength/Difficulty of Schedule (LINK, based on the win percentage of each opponent in 2013)
Rank/Team/Opponents' 2013 win percentage

1. Rutgers - 62.58%
2. Indiana - 59.24%
3. Ohio State - 56.86%
4. Maryland - 56.21%
5. Michigan State - 53.90%
6. Michigan - 53.29%
7. Penn State - 51.97%

2013 Record

1. Michigan State 13-1
2. Ohio State 12-2
3. Michigan 8-5
4. Penn State 7-5
5. Maryland 7-6
6. Rutgers 6-7
7. Indiana 5-7

2013 Close Games - LINK, IMO a team that had a bunch of close losses is more likely to improve its win total in the next season...sorted by most close losses margin (close losses - close wins)...I didn't include bowl games in that
Rank/Team/Margin/Close Losses/Close Games/Close Wins

1. Indiana 2/2/2/0
2. Michigan State 1/1/1/0
3. Michigan 0/3/6/3
4. Maryland -1/1/3/2
t5. Ohio State -2/0/2/2
t5. Rutgers -2/1/4/3
t5. Penn State -2/2/6/4

2013 Turnover Margin - Similar to the Close Games margin, IMO a team with a better turnover margin in 2013 may have difficulty maintaining that margin and by extension winning as many games in 2014
Rank/Team/Turnover margin/Turnovers gained/Turnovers lost

1. Rutgers 10/32/22
2. Penn State 9/22/13
3. Ohio State 3/21/18
4. Michigan State 2/20/18
5. Indiana -3/13/16
6. Michigan -9/18/27
7. Maryland -10/20/30

Crossover games with the B1G West:

- Indiana: @ Iowa, Purdue
- Maryland: Iowa, @ Wisconsin
- Michigan: Minnesota, @ Northwestern
- Michigan State: Nebraska, @ Purdue
- Ohio State: Illinois, @ Minnesota
- Penn State: @ Illinois, Northwestern
- Rutgers: @ Nebraska, Wisconsin

The full schedules:


vs. Indiana State
@ Bowling Green
@ Missouri
@ Iowa
Michigan State
@ Michigan
Penn State
@ Rutgers
@ Ohio State


James Madison
@ South Florida
@ Syracuse
@ Indiana
Ohio State
@ Wisconsin
@ Penn State
Michigan State
@ Michigan


Appalachian State
@ Notre Dame
Miami (OH)
@ Rutgers
Penn State
@ Michigan State
@ Northwestern
@ Ohio State


Jacksonville State
@ Oregon
Eastern Michigan
@ Purdue
@ Indiana
Ohio State
@ Maryland
@ Penn State


vs. Navy (Baltimore, MD)
Virginia Tech
Kent State
@ Maryland
@ Penn State
@ Michigan State
@ Minnesota


@ Rutgers
@ Michigan
Ohio State
@ Indiana
@ Illinois
Michigan State


Washington State (Seattle, WA)
Penn State
@ Navy
@ Ohio State
@ Nebraska
@ Michigan State
@ Maryland

The coaches

Combined years spent in position at school by HC, OC and DC (includes Co's, does not count 2014):

Michigan State: 16
Ohio State: 14
Indiana: 7
Maryland: 7
Michigan: 6
Rutgers: 2
Penn State: 0

HC - Kevin Wilson, 4th year, 10-26, 5-19 at Indiana, Previously OC at Oklahoma
OC - Kevin Johns, 4th year, Previously WR coach at Northwestern
co-DC - William Inge, 2nd year, Previously DL coach for the Buffalo Bills
co-DC - Brian Knorr, 1st year, Previously DC at Wake Forest

HC - Randy Edsall, 4th year, 13-24, 6-18 at Maryland, Previously HC at UConn (74-70)
OC - Mike Locksley, 3rd year, Previously HC at New Mexico (2-26)
DC - Brian Stewart, 3rd year, Previously DC at Houston

HC - Brady Hoke, 4th year, 26-13, 15-9, Previously HC at SDSU (13-12)
OC - Doug Nussmeier, 1st year, Previously OC at Alabama
DC - Greg Mattison, 4th year, Previously DC for the Baltimore Ravens

Michigan State
HC - Mark Dantonio, 8th year, 64-29, 38-18, Previously HC at Cincinnati (18-17)
co-OC - Dave Warner, 2nd year as co-OC (8th at MSU), Previously QB coach at Cincinnati
co-OC - Jim Bollman, 2nd year, Previously OL coach at Boston College
DC - Pat Narduzzi, 8th year, Previously DC at Cincinnati

Ohio State
HC - Urban Meyer, 3rd year, 24-2, 16-0, Previously HC at Florida (65-15)
co-OC - Tom Herman, 3rd year, Previously OC at Iowa State
co-OC - Ed Warriner, 3rd year, Previously OL coach at Notre Dame
co-DC - Luke Fickell, 12th year at OSU, DC from '05-'10 and '12-present.
co-DC - Chris Ash, 1st year, Previously DC at Arkansas

Penn State
HC - James Franklin, 1st year, Previously HC at Vanderbilt (24-15)
OC - John Donovan, 1st year, Previously HC at Vanderbilt
DC - Bob Shoop, 1st year, Previously DC at Vanderbilt

HC - Kyle Flood, 3rd year as HC, 9th year at Rutgers, 15-11, 8-7, Previously OL coach at Rutgers OL coach at Delaware
OC - Ralph Friedgen, 1st year, Previously HC at Maryland (75-50)
DC - Joe Rossi, 1st year as DC, 3rd year at Rutgers, Previously ST at Rutgers and DC at Maine

Past Recruiting Class Rankings 2010-2014, sorted by best collective score to worst (as ranked by rivals)

1. Ohio State 45/25/11/4/2/3
2. Michigan 84/20/21/7/5/31
3. Michigan State 164/30/31/41/40/22
4. Penn State 168/12/35/51/43/24
5. Maryland 200/36/43/35/33/53
6. Rutgers 222/64/32/24/45/57
7. Indiana: 296/93/60/67/38/38

Wins over the last ten years: (Counts vacated wins)

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The Tim Miles rumor thread

17 April 2014 - 02:39 PM

My status seems to have touched a nerve and it's easier to discuss the stuff in a thread than in a status update.

The evidence:

1. CBS's Tim Brando suggested Miles for the Tennessee job.

2. About an hour ago Kevin Kietzman, host of 810 WHB's Between the Lines (a KC ESPN affiliate) mentioned Miles as a replacement for Frank Haith at Missouri who is reportedly in talks to move to Tulsa.

Discuss and refute away.

A couple notes:

- I never said he was leaving
- I simply said his name is out there which is true.

Ok go.

The Huskerboard High Culture thread

16 April 2014 - 08:40 PM

So we have the more contemporary threads but this can be where we show how smart we are and talk about the great works we enjoy, let's say before 1900 or so. What have your read/seen/heard that you enjoy? What are your favorite pieces of music/art/literature from the more esteemed past.


Books: Lately I've been slogging through Freidrich Nietzche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" written 1883-1885. think the copyright is probably expired and it's available through Project Gutenburg. The thing's I've read about Nietzche, specifically the nihilism and existentialism, have always interested me so I wanted to try out one of his better known works. It's pretty good so far.

Art: I love the Romantic Era:

Wanderer above the Sea Fog by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

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The Stages of Life by Caspar David Friedrich, 1815

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The series, The Course of Empire by Cole Thomas 1833-1836:

The Savage State
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The Pastoral State
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The Consummation
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The Destruction
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Music: The Baroque era was off the chain, especially Bach.

Jonathan Pollard

01 April 2014 - 10:55 AM

On 21 November 1985 Jonathan Pollard, an intelligence analyst with the Navy Ocean Surveillance Information Center, was arrested on espionage charges by the FBI as he left the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.

Pollard plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government and was sentenced to life in prison. Because of his plea and the sensitive national security issues involved the full extent of his activities have not been revealed.

At the very least he is believed to have supplied American information on Arab and Middle Eastern countries to the Israelis as he has admitted as much. At the worst he is believed to have attempted to sell American information to both Pakistan and South Africa.

Pollard is a Jewish-American born in Galveston. In 1995 the Israeli Government officially granted him citizenship and in 2002 former (and now current) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Pollard in a Federal Prison.

His imprisonment remains a sore spot in American-Israeli relations with many Israelis clamoring for his release and many Americans opposing it.

The Israeli case for clemency

Public support in Israel for Pollard's release seems high and the website www.jonathanpollard.org says that: "Jonathan Pollard was a civilian American Naval intelligence analyst. In the mid 1980's (circa 1983-1984), Pollard discovered that information vital to Israel's security was being deliberately withheld by certain elements within the U.S. national security establishment. Israel was legally entitled to this vital security information."

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The American Opposition

Opposition to Pollard's release is still strong in the Defense and Intelligence arenas. Since his imprisonment seven Secretaries of Defense and four Directors of Naval Intelligence have spoken out publicly opposing his release.

There remains a strong contingent of Jewish Americans who also oppose his release. Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro, himself Jewish, said on Pollard: "We work so hard to establish ourselves and to get where we are, and to have somebody screw it up . . . and then to have Jewish organizations line up behind this guy and try to make him out a hero of the Jewish people, it bothers the hell out of me," LINK

Martin Peretz, a Jewish American and former owner of the New Republic said: "Jonathan Pollard is not a Jewish martyr. He is a convicted espionage agent who spied on his country for both Israel and Pakistan – a spy, moreover, who got paid for his work. His professional career, then, reeks of infamy and is suffused with depravity" and that Pollard's supporters are "professional victims, mostly brutal themselves, who originate in the ultra-nationalist and religious right. They are insatiable. And they want America to be Israel's patsy." LINK

All of this has been simmering just below the diplomatic surface for decades only appearing at particularly tense times but it is on the scene once again with our Government and Israel reportedly close to a deal on clemency and Pollard's release, apparently in the near future.

What do you think should happen to Pollard?

An insight into Russian Geopolitical Strategy

21 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

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I stumbled across this book the other day, The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia by Aleksandr Dugin, a professor at Moscow State University, which is apparently part of the curriculum at the Russian Military's General Staff Academy. I can't find an English translation of it or find any evidence of its influence (which is reported to be large) on Russian decision makers but you all can read the Wikipedia article about it and take from it what you will.

It basically outlines a strategy for a post-Soviet Russia to increase its influence in the world at the expense of just about everyone but especially us. The ultimate goal seems to be the establishment of a large Russian dominated Eurasian union, here are the basics (shamelessly copied from wiki):


In Europe:

- Germany should be offered the de facto political dominance over most Protestant and Catholic states located within Central and Eastern Europe. Kaliningrad oblast could be given back to Germany. The book uses the term a "Moscow-Berlin axis".

- France should be encouraged to form a "Franco-German bloc" with Germany. Both countries have a "firm anti-Atlanticist tradition".

- The United Kingdom should be cut off from Europe.

- Finland should be absorbed into Russia. Southern Finland will be combined with the Republic of Karelia and northern Finland will be "donated to Murmansk Oblast".

- Estonia should be given to Germany's sphere of influence.

- Latvia and Lithuania should be given a "special status" in the Eurasian-Russian sphere.

- Poland should be granted a "special status" in the Eurasian sphere.

- Romania, Macedonia, "Serbian Bosnia" and Greece - "orthodox collectivist East" - will unite with the "Moscow the Third Rome" and reject the "rational-individualistic West".

- Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because "Ukraine as an independent state with certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible.

In the Middle East and Central Asia:

- The book stresses the "continental Russian-Islamic alliance" which lies "at the foundation of anti-Atlanticist strategy". The alliance is based on the "traditional character of Russian and Islamic civilization".

- Iran is a key ally. The book uses the term "Moscow-Tehran axis".

- Armenia has a special role and will serve as a "strategic base" and it is necessary to create "the [subsidiary] axis Moscow-Erevan-Teheran". Armenians "are an Aryan people ... [like] the Iranians and the Kurds".

- Azerbaijan could be "split up" or given to Iran.

- Georgia should be dismembered. Abkhazia and "United Ossetia" (which includes Georgia's South Ossetia) will be incorporated into Russia. Georgia's independent policies are unacceptable.

- Russia needs to create "geopolitical shocks" within Turkey. These can be achieved by employing Kurds, Armenians and other minorities.

The book regards the Caucasus as a Russian territory, including "the eastern and northern shores of the Caspian (the territories of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan)" and Central Asia (mentioning Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirghistan and Tajikistan).

In Asia:

- China, which represents a danger to Russia, "must, to the maximum degree possible, be dismantled".Russia should offer China help "in a southern direction – Indochina (except Vietnam), the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia".

- Russia should manipulate Japanese politics by offering the Kuril Islands to Japan and provoking anti-Americanism.

- Mongolia should be absorbed into Eurasia-Russia.

The book emphasizes that Russia must spread Anti-Americanism everywhere: "the main ‘scapegoat’ will be precisely the U.S."

In the United States:

- Russia should use its special forces within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism. For instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics.

I highlighted items in red where I think we can see Russia pursuing the strategy.

I won't pretend to be knowledgeable on domestic Russian affairs but Dugin does seem to have some kind of a following. They appear, at first glance, to be fascists and openly reject what they call "liberalism". It's difficult to tell if leaders really subscribe to his thinking but they are at the very least fellow travelers and sympathetic in some way, Putin's recent statements and his approach to Ukraine seem to indicate he agrees with Dugin at least some level. Personally, I find the rise of Russian fascism and ultra-nationalism disturbing.

You can spot Dugin's followers by their use of that black flag with all the arrows, it represents his "International Eurasian Movement".

Marching in Russia:

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In Serbia

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In Syria at a pro-Assad rally. This is interesting because it would seem to hint that maybe the Russian Government in someway does support the movement given their strong ties to Assad.

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In South Ossetia (disputable autonomous region of Georgia):

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In the arctic:

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Dugin isn't alone in his thinking. Some of you may remember Igor Panarin, another Russian college professor, who predicted the collapse of the US by 2010. This is how he thought it would pan out:

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So he was obviously wrong about that but he, like Dugin, advocated the establishment of a "Eurasian Union" which we see Russia taking steps to create.

Like I said, I have no idea how big these ideas are in Russia, if these guys are popular or they're just seen as extremist loons, but from the outside looking in it does seem to explain a lot about their foreign policy. I'm no expert and most of my sources are crap but it's still interesting. So um... discuss I guess.