chance of bowl: 13.6%
BREAKING: Pac-12 and Big Ten enter scheduling agreement. All 12 teams playing an inter-league football game starting 2017.
More information sure to be forthcoming but this has been picked up by a lot of people and could very well be the big news expected today.
Personally I think this is a great move for both conferences to get some high-profile home/away games going in a B1G-ACC Challenge type format.
Edit: Link for more info. Big items:
- Cross-Promoting each other's stuff on the conference tv networks
- Football not the only sport to be involved
- May keep B1G at 8-game conference schedule, per Delany
Now that we know we won't see Penn St., Wiscy, and IU until 2013 at the earliest. But for one of them, we won't see them (unless it's in a championship game) unitl 2015 if the rotation established today continues then. I'd hate to not see a Penn State or Wisconsin the next 4 (!) years, but there's a chance that could happen with this setup.
If they go to a 9 game schedule in 2015, that alleviates some of this, but I'd rather see a 10 game Big 10 schedule starting in 2015 to preserve some of these games versus junk games like Delaware St, UMass, Bowling Green, etc.
Not at all in favor of expansion beyond 12 teams because of this.
With the talk of a possibilty of a neutral site game in the future who would you like to see play Michigan. On the list of revenge games: Oregon, Nebraska, USC, Texas, Tennessee. On the list of interesting games because MIchigan former/current coaches games: West Virginia, LSU, Stanford. Who else would you like to see San Diego State lol? Include where you would like it played.
Summarized: The Boise State AD is looking for a big-name, big-money non-conference game for their remaining open date in 2011 (Sept 3). In a fan poll on this blog, Michigan is current leader, ahead of teams like Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. I realize fan polls mean little (read: nothing), but still.
Totally crazy? Maybe. The AD's willingness to schedule UConn this year may signal that we could take on a second non-creampuff in the future. I'm confidant (...ok, hoping) we'll contend for the Big Ten Title in 2011, so it probably wouldn't be a mismatch.
Should it happen we would open the season with Boise State, following it up with ND at night a week later. Yes, please.
If this sounds awful, who would you like to see instead?
FA has done a great job putting together calendars for people to upload that have Michigan team schedules, but I wanted to add this as well.
Google Calendars has calendars that you can subscribe to for all NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, college football, college basketball, soccer, and even rugby.
Google is international, and as a result, they have international leagues included as well.
So if you want to make sure to properly follow Michigan football, Maccabi basketball, Dominican Winter Leauge Baseball, and Asia's World Cup qualifiers, you can.
Holy Crap Update: It also has scores updated in real time.
As a recent graduate that is less than 4 months removed from living on East U, I thought I would share my recent impressions of Rentschler Field. I went for work (there was a product fair in the club area), and couldn't help but compare it to the Big House the entire time I was there.
My (kind of random) thoughts:
1. It's in East Hartford, which is almost 30 minutes from Storrs. Understandable that UConn students aren't as into football.
2. It's in a weird area; across the street on one side there's a huge Cabelas and a large pharmaceutical? company headquarters. Another side is a neighborhood, and the two other sides are undeveloped. It wasn't a gameday, but it doesn't seem like the area is a catalyst for a rowdy football environment.
3. There are some grass fields around it that provide (relatively) ample room for tailgating.
4. Driving up to it, it's incredible unintimidating. It reminds me a lot of IU's stadium if that does anything for you. One of the endzones is open except for the scoreboard, there's space in between the grandstands on the sidelines and endzones. This makes me wonder how loud it can even get.
5. The first 20 or so rows are sunken like the Big House, but it doesn't have the size to compensate. This makes it look even smaller from the outside. The pressbox/club building is easily the biggest (and best) part, I give it a B for exterior aesthetics.
6. I didn't get a chance to take a tour, but the field looked mowed and didn't have any lines on it. I would then assume that it's real grass.
7. Aside from the IU comparison, it kind of reminded me of the high school stadium in the Friday Night Lights movie. Tony Drake and the other Texas players should feel right at home.
Overall, it's a nice looking stadium, but it really looks like an oversized Texas HS stadium or small soccer stadium overseas. I wonder if the players will have a hard time getting up for the game considering what they're used to.
For the record, I'm ok, with the game being scheduled out here as it's not too far from NYC, and there are a ton of alumni out here.