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I posted this on the Bama board, but thought I'd bring it over here as well, since you guys are the ones deserving of the respect. So here goes:
I think it often goes overlooked when teams sack up and schedule a top flight out of conference opponent. The SEC teams have been doing this for a while, but for Michigan to schedule a team as dominant as Alabama has been the last few years, deserves a TON of credit. Why?
Look at their biggest competition in their conference: Wisconsin
Wisky's OOC schedule looks like this: Northern Iowa, Utah State, Oregon St, UTEP. Pitiful.
Meanwhile, UM goes out and schedules Bama on TOP of scheduling ND every year. They also have Air Force on their schedule, who's never easy to prepare for.
UM's SOS is going to be in the top 10, while Wisconsin's will be in the 70s. And of course, those who make the rankings NEVER look at the schedule, only the record. So kudos to you, Michigan. Your good deed will certainly not go unpunished, but college football is better for it.
Thanks for the kind words. Alabama doesn't even have to schedule tough OOC games, because the SEC is tough enough, but they still play pretty good teams in OOC play. I have to give you guys some kudos too.
Thanks for stopping by - we're all really excited about the schedule. The OOC schedule will be very tough and I hope we come out of it with just one loss, but it'll set up our team for a great Big Ten run.
Losing to Alabama is much better than beating Northern Iowa
Thanks. The only regret is most of us would have loved a home-home series with you guys. FWIW Wisky is notorious for its watered down OOC schedule. This year is nothing new.
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It makes for much more anticipation over the offseason. It's fun for everyone in my opinion.
We were all pretty bummed when we saw that it wasn't a home and home. You guys are known to travel REALLY well. Your fan base reminds me of the Oklahoma fans who traveled by the thousands to Tuscaloosa a few years back.
And yeah, Wisky does that with their OOC schedule, and it's why they're ALWAYS overrated. And they end up doing something stupid like giving up 45 to Oregon or losing to TCU...ever...
The build up......I just cant take it anymore.
I would have paid so much money to go to a game in Tuscaloosa.
I've really wanted the Big Ten to set up an agreement with a conference like the SEC or Pac12 for a while, similar to the ACC-B1G challenge in basketball. It would be a week where every Big Ten team plays an SEC team - it'd be awesome and really help the level of competition in OOC games. I was so excited when they announced the Pac12-B1G showdown, but then it disappeared. Hopefully they come up with something else.
Yea home and home would've been sick. I'd love to travel town to T-Town for a game, but the prospect of the "pro" atmosphere in Dallas plus ridiculous prices on tickets/hotels made me not go to Dallas.
In Wisky's defense, that was a very good TCU team and they were outclassed by Oregon - just the way the Rose Bowl is sometimes.
I feel like we have that now in bowl games. Or maybe that's just the series that should be called "The Big 10 has agreed to send Mich St to Florida to play some middling SEC team every year, since we've already decided they won't be going to the Rose Bowl" - I guess that's too long. So they called it Capital One instead...
Personally would love to have a home and home with UM. We recently declined a home and home with Wisky. Their fans were pretty upset but there is really no point for us to have a home and home with them. That would be like yall having a home and home with South Carolina. Just isnt that appealing and not full of tradition and blue bloods. I really would like to play ND a few times too. Beat the crap out of them and show everyone that they are still irrelavent and will not be any type of title contender. They have sucked the past 10 years for the most part and for some reason people still think they are NC material.
ND will be top 10 and legit next year. No sarcasm.
That was a good TCU team, but Wisky was steamrolling everyone by 50 that year. They laid an egg in that game for sure. And I contribute part of it to the fact that they never get punched in the mouth by someone with a pulse. They're lucky they don't play Michigan this year.
Their OOC schedule the year they lost to TCU was: UNLV, Arizona St, Austin Peay, and San Jose St.
I forgot about us turning down that home & home with Wisky. Since I've been killing them in this thread, I should at least own up and offer them some love for reaching out to schedule us. Maybe they're turning things around up there.
Same here. Saturday night seems like it is years away.
I'd love a home/home with with you guys. I was in Tuscaloosa this summer, and I'd love to go back for a game. I talked briefly with Saban outside of Bryant-Denny, but he didn't have much to say. In hindsight, it may have been a statue. Either that, or he's 10' tall and a man of no words.
With a wicked tan...
I'm not kidding.
Not gonna happen.
We'll see. Brian Kelly has been recruiting well the past few years, and it's about to pay off imo.
Think their classes are far overated with the production they have shown. Depth is not there to run a full season. Also their schedule is never in their favor. Too many good teams for them not to mess up atleast 2 times a year. Even when they over achieve they still lose two. In order for them to be a top ten team at the end of the year they would have to beat USC, Ohio State, Michigan, and Oklahoma in 2013. Not gonna happen bud..
Maybe we should wait until they at least put an above-Mac level QB on the field before we slot them into another BCS bowl. The first two didn't work out so well for them.
They'll still get a BCS bowl. All they have to do is go 8-4...
I think an 8-4 season for ND this year will be a cause for celebration. Especially with Cierre Wood out for two games, I predict another Navy win over ND.
Seems like such a no-brainer to take the 17 pts that ND is probably going to win by 40.
That's gambling for ya.
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