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Pat Forde released his annual 40 observations and declarations for the upcoming season. Link? LINK
2. If Ohio State isn’t 12-0 headed to the Big Ten championship game, something went wrong. The Buckeyes play just five FBS teams that had winning records last year, avoid Nebraska and Michigan State in inter-divisional play, and draw Wisconsin and Penn State in Columbus. Take care of business in Evanston on Oct. 5 and Ann Arbor on Nov. 30, and the Buckeyes will quite likely be both undefeated and overrated.
11. Michigan State and Purdue are looking at diametrically opposite schedules over the first two-thirds of the season. The Spartans only play one FBS team in the first eight games that had a winning record in 2012 (at Notre Dame on Sept. 21). The Boilermakers only play one team in the first eight games that didn’t go to a bowl game in 2012 (Indiana State on Sept. 7). Advantage, Sparty.
22. Speaking of that Wisconsin-Arizona State game: It’s the second straight season the Badgers have traveled to Pac-12 territory. Last year it didn’t work out so well, with Oregon State scoring a 10-7 upset that set the tone for both teams’ seasons. This year it will be the first big test for new Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen.
23. Athletic director Tom Osborne’s lovely parting gift for Bo Pelini at Nebraska: four non-conference home games to start the year. The Big Ten added a fifth straight against Illinois. The Cornhuskers do not play a road game against a team that finished 2012 with a winning record until Nov. 9, at Michigan.
35. Penn State’s only true road game in the first half of the season is at Indiana, which is as false as true road games get. There will be plenty of seats available for Nittany Lions fans willing to make the trip to Bloomington.
I created the title to this thread to reflect the title of the article he wrote for Yahoo. I was up in arms while waiting on my browser to load the page and until I scrolled to the part about the Sugar Bowl. Forde does not think Michigan is undeserving, instead thinks that Boise and K-State got hosed. No news there, as the twittersphere has been active with the topic. Below is the excerpt from the article that pertains to our bowl game. I hope Va Tech sucks as bad as everyone says as the bulletin material has definitely been one sided.
Side note: While we all think the BCS is a flawed system, I argue that the flaws are what appeals to the NCAA. Aside from the obvious (cash) incentives, talking about teams getting screwed is a yearly thing. It encites passion among its fans, both positive and negative. It keeps our interest. The old addage about Howard Stern applies...
The presence of Virginia Tech in a BCS bowl is an absolute, complete and utter travesty. The Sugar Bowl should be ashamed of itself for taking the Hokies over more deserving candidates Boise State and Kansas State.
What did Virginia Tech do to deserve its bid? It played three games against ranked teams – and lost two of them, by a combined 48 points. The lone victory was against Georgia Tech, a team that was No. 21 at the time but resides well outside all top 25s now.
Aside from the Yellow Jackets, here’s who the Hokies beat to earn their bid: Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State, Marshall, Miami, Wake Forest, Boston College, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia. They beat nobody ranked higher than 45th in Jeff Sagarin’s computer ratings.
Kansas State played four ranked teams and split those games, defeating Baylor and Texas and losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Wildcats’ schedule is ranked 10th-toughest in America by Sagarin, while Virginia Tech’s is 56th.
But Tech gets the Sugar Bowl reward, while Kansas State goes to the Cotton Bowl to play Arkansas and Boise State is shuffled off to the Las Vegas Bowl to play an Arizona State team that fired its coach. Ridiculous.
Not completely out of the question for this to actually occur. But I still say suck it Forde.
Or, at least he thinks he does.
Pat Forde does his best at trying to not sound like an SEC homer. Just kidding, he says that the Big Ten shouldn't expand to 14 or 16 teams because they won't get Notre Dame or Texas and no matter what they do the SEC will raid the best schools in the south in reaction. He Completely ignores the fact that the ACC just signed a huge deal (with ESPN, his employer, mind you) which will make their member schools that much less likely to jump ship.
Just read this article on Jim Tressel...
"You will demolish Michigan next Saturday, extending a record winning streak over your hated rival to six. You are a relentless, perennial, inevitable winner."
Jeebus! Henri, Otter of Ennui apparently works at ESPN...
"Rich Rodriguez in tears is not exactly the rally-the-fan-base visual they were hoping for to start the season in Ann Arbor. (And thank goodness Bo Schembechler  wasn't around to see it; he would've choked on his gum.) "
Does Pat Forde ever do research before writing an article? He seems to be one of the few reporters (outside of Freep) who makes me pissed more than be interested. I for one, think he is useless. And the quote above is downright infuriating.