this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Michigan & Virginia Tech will play a home-and-home series during the 2020 & 2021 seasons; 2020 (Michigan Stadium), 2021 (Lane Stadium).— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) May 9, 2013
EDIT: now on the front page. Mods, feel free to delete.
So, with Nebraska and Colorado both moving, and assuming that the Big 12 is done, what does that mean for this fall? Are all these changes immediate, and a whole new schedule is on the way for all these schools? Or is the Big 12 going to hang on for one final year, which would seem very strange and uncomfortable, but easier on the scheduling.
I don't understand all the dynamics, but it seems like there's going to be all kinds of rescheduling problems even once the conferences figure out what they want to do in terms of how many non-conference games you still get, such as: not having the space in your schedule to play someone like UConn because you're playing more in-conference games, having to add new out-of-conference opponents because who is now in-conference was before out-of-conference, and all the rippling repercussions of scheduling.
I haven't seen any of this talked about anywhere, and I did a quick check on the board to find it. My apologies if this was already mentioned somewhere.
Any thoughts on this? I guess the biggest question is whether these decisions are immediately effective. My impression is that they are.
In checking some fantasy teams I noticed that Penn State is playing the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Is playing Akron, Syracuse, and Temple to start the season so difficult that they needed to slide in Eastern Illinois into the schedule to give themselves a breathers? I normally don't notice one blanket cupcake game on a team's schedule, sometimes I'm even okay with two a year. But when the best team you play in the non-conference is....ahhh.....Temple?....something just isn't right with the system. Last year they played Oregon State, in 2007 and 2006 they played Notre Dame. None of these teams upset Penn State, so why wuss out this year?
Try harder Penn State.
I found this public calendar for Google Calendar that has all of the announced games for this season and next (and for last season, not that that matters) with times and channels for each. I thought I would pass it along for any one else who wants to have this on their calendars.
I sat with Bill Martin at lunch today. He said that he tried to get Minnesota (as a non-conference game) for the opener in 2010 but they declined. Aside from that he said it will be a BCS school but still yet unknown.
When asked about recruiting RRod said that he does not really put much stock at all in what Rivals or Scout says. He mentioned that he has to do his own evaluation based upon his needs for a position.
It was the I-94 tour today with Beilien, Red, RRod and Martin. Breakfast in Jackson, lunch in Kazoo and dinner in Battle Creek.
Anybody more ambitious than I that can look up teams with open dates on Oct 17, 2009?