Touché. At the same time Beilein has made UM basketball relevant again, Dantonio has lifted MSU football to levels not experienced since the 50s through mid-60s. Odd turn of events.
I agree. Beilein is a heck of a coach. I thought he was terrific at WVU, and the turnaround he has engineered at UM has been remarkable.
Lousy touch-screen!! That was supposed to be a second up-vote, not a down-vote. My apologies!!
If true, the Big Ten is overrated.
Oops, MSU-UM game is in East Lansing. It was in East Lansing last year, so I assumed it would be in Ann Arbor. For most of the past forty years where the game was played wouldn't matter, UM would be favored. Not anymore.
2nd feels like a hard ceiling, but wouldn't be surprised by a finish anywhere below that, including 7th. MSU graduates Dennard, Bullough, and Allen, so not sure if they can reprise this year's performance. Though, they have been able to reload pretty well the past few year's, a concept that would have been ridiculous to use with the program during the Williams/Smith era. The game is in Ann Arbor next year, FWIW. UM has shown an unfortunate ability to look bad against anybody the past seven years, so any poor finish seems within the realm of possibility. I voted 3rd.
So if you make an amazing play to seal your teams trip to the Super Bowl it is okay to be a jerk?
Didn't Harvey Updike (sp?) confess to Finebaum? He definitely didn't play well on Gameday. Then again, I guess most folks with a regional bias will sound off-key. Unfortunately, until someone takes down the SEC, he can get away with it.
Indiana. Shocking offensive production in the second half last year. Lots of "act like you've been here before" wins over teams a Big Ten team should handily beat. The Navy game was a hiccup, but soundly beating under-manned Penn State team is good evidence of development. This isn't 1988, so I don't expect anything but a two-plus touchdown win for the Bucks, but might be entertaining.
Very true about 2002 team. I also agree with your ranking of various teams' potential for being undefeated at the end of the year (though I might swap spots of Washington and Stanford). OSU is in great position.
Holding a running attack like Wisconsin's in check like that was a statement. On the other hand, I never would have expected them to cause so much trouble through the air. When I read the poll question about holding Wisconsin under 120 yards on the ground, I thought that if that happened OSU would win by 30. Still a great win, but probably does not win much respect nationally.
It seems to me that you actually forward Delany's point. If the kid can make it on his own, then let him brand himself and move forward. But if the kid realizes he needs to play college sports to develop his potential, then he is getting something from the university (beyond the full ride scholarship he likely already receives). To cite the baseball example of few players that are drafted actually making the majors seems to me to suggest that it is one of the missions of universities to produce professional athletes. I disagree. I would love to see more balance to the student-athlete in college sports, and it seems this could be a step in the right direction by creating a path for those that don't have any interest in school.
Well, he doesn't procrastinate with his decision-making, I'll give him that.
Toss up at this point. I thought UM looked great against ND, but has exhibited a pretty terrific impersonation of the RichRod era the past two weeks. I honestly won't be surprised unless Iowa or Minnesota wins it. Actually, probably only Minnesota belongs in that category.
I used the same rationale. Relevance trumps.
Clark Kellogg. He would make a short list of my favorite announcers overall. Extremely knowledgeable and a terrific professional.
I probably should have clarified that I was agree with PaulRobertson.
I agree. I can't really speak to Lincoln as a town or Nebraska academics, but I assume schools with limited big-time in-state recruits and a relatively remote location would be at a disadvantage. I have heard that Osborne, who had a lot of success with recruits from New Jersey, used the school's remote location as a selling point for kids looking to get out of troubled communities (no intended disrespect to NJ). I am not sure that pitch would work as well today as it may have in the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
I know this is a dead horse, but... I assume Gardner said it because OSU has gone 10-2 against UM since 2001. I similarly assume Tressel said what he said in January 2001 because his predecessor had gone 2-10-1 against UM (Tressel's comment was much more nuanced than Gardner's, but I think they serve a similar purpose of trying to rally a team and fanbase that have been thoroughly dominated by their arch-rival for better than a decade). No need for Wolverines to make such claims during the late '90s, just as there is no need for a Buckeye to make such a claim now.
I voted pro-style, mostly because I usually live 15 years in the past.