TCU and Oregon both played ok New Year's Eve/Day. I'd rather see teams like that in the top 10 as opposed to the entire SEC West.
Couldn't agree more.
Not sure how you can call last year's team without Melo Trimble the "same Maryland team."
Monday is the night in which the most television sets are turned on in America. Which is why the NCAA prefers to hold both of it's major championships on that night. As far as the time, there is no way they would schedule a major event at 4:30 pacific time on a work day. You're eliminating a large portion of your audience if you do that. I live in the Eastern time zone, so I would always prefer an earlier start, but realistically it's not going to happen.
I figured most people would prefer the Saturday slate for the semi's as opposed to NYE. Saturday seems perfect as most are off work and then can stay up late without having to work the next day. The early game would probably start at 5 eastern (2 Pacific), and a lot of people would miss some of the game (even on the east coast) due to work if it were on NYE.
Those teams all have a fighting chance of winning their conference. Sparty (realistically) does not.
I'm not sure we should be beating May up too much for this. This is a weekly article he writes for the Dispatch and "what went wrong" is a part of th article every week. Even after a 66-0 game, he still tries to find something to touch on.
Despite losing to Louisville last time we played them, I was still pretty happy from the night before.
I'd say the 2009 Fiesta Bowl was just as winnable. One of 2 really tough losses to take against that school.
I'm sure this will earn me lots of down votes as it seems to go against popular opinion on this site, but I always cheer for the B1G aside from TSUN. I'll be rooting hard for Bucky to cut down the nets. The conference could really use a national title.
Technically yes for now. But we are all even in the loss column. Iowa has two more games after today and we only have one. Hopefully Purdue can pull this out.
Unfortunately we don't hold the tiebreaker over Iowa, but we do over Nebrasketball.
Thanks for bringing up the students idiotic chants at Aaron White. I was embarrassed for them.
It comes from the 1989 basketball season when Bill Frieder left to take the Arizona State job, but still wanted to coach the team in the tournament. Bo wouldn't have any of that, and said a m*chigan man would coach m*chigan. Steve Fisher coached the team in the tournament and won the title.
Schiano just got fired
I don't think we ran at all the last drive despite having time outs. If memory serves, we ran every play the drive before, including 4th and 1 up the middle when Joe Montgomery got stuffed. Then on the final drive we threw every play.
I get what you're saying, but as we all know, pre-season polls really aren't meaningless. It's a big advantage starting near the top.
Completely agree with everything you said. I do think the fact that the Northwestern game has been one of the most talked about all summer will help take the trap game aspect out of it.
He should petition to get back in the top ten since Jake was a receiver last year
Love the Hoke reference
I'm assuming these are mostly players who were not offered scholarships by OSU. I could certainly be missing someone, but off the top of my head, I can't think of a single recruit we lost to NU. Even Backes and Sutton (I know he's from NE Ohio, but still...), two of the more highly publicized NU recruits I can remember, did not get recruited to play RB at OSU.
In a perfect world I would love to play as many in conference games as possible in football and basketball. But the reality is it's just not going to happen. No way you can get the 7 home games you need with an 11 game conference schedule. And the only way you can do it with a 10 game conference schedule is at the expense of the big time non-conference matchups. We would literally never be able to play a road non-conference games, which in turn means get used to seeing two MAC teams playing in the Shoe every September.
The second thing my wife said when we were found out we were having a baby (after dammit I'm going to get fat) was "No, we are not naming the baby Braxton."
No big loss on Harris. Nobody with the phrase "getbusy" in their twitter handle has made an All-American team since Red Grange.
Both of those guys are currently juniors. Wouldn't be here until the season after next. Still would have a good point guard to get them the ball, the need for a big man, and hopefully a top 5 team as well though.
Good write up Kyle. The only thing that may need fixed is that you said the worst seed m*chigan could get was 4 in the article, but said 5 below.
My dad, brother, and I have gone to every Big Ten Tournament since 2006 and it's easily my favorite weekend of the year. I would highly recommend it to any Big Ten basketball fan. Plus it wouldn't hurt to have a few more folks in scarlet and gray there.