"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
The leader in attendance in 42 of the last 44 seasons is once again back on top.
2015 average attendance top-six
Wonder if we see another graphic in the offseason from other B1G schools on this? My bet is no.
After today's game, a lot of people have been commenting that our linebackers were too slow, couldn't tackle, and couldn't keep pace/do anything against the physical Ohio State defensive front. We have a bunch of senior Hoke guys that graduate. Who is going to replace them, and are they going to be any better?
There is a not insignificant chance that this playoff seeding could fall into a nightmare scenario in regards to our rivals. i.e. scenarios where 2...if not all 3 could get in.
MSU is peaking and getting healthy - based on how they dominated OSU's OL and DL and watching 3-4 Iowa games this year I don't feel good about that matchup at all for Iowa. Iowa looks like UM with a better running game but not as good of a DL. I know - there will be 100s of posts this week saying Iowa has a great chance just like PSU had a great chance today but I bet the line is 7 to 8 for MSU.
Assume MSU wins; they go into the playoff. Nightmare scenario step A.
Baylor already lost. Step B of nightmare.
Oklahoma loses tonight. Notre Dame loses.
Then you are left with two 1 loss teams and 2 loss Stanford (if they dont screw up the P12 championship game).
- #11, 11-1 Oklahoma State who would have just beaten the #3 seed at home. I am assuming that will be a close game, so say close win for OK State. Only loss to 2 loss Baylor.
- #8, 11-1 OSU who just demolished #10 seed on the road. They get style points, sex appeal, $$$$, and defending national champion. Whose only loss was to a playoff team (MSU) on a wacky night with the monsoon rain. Yes they lack signature wins but its frigging OSU.
- #9 10-2 Stanford (who still has to play a P12 championship game)
This has danger of Buckeyes getting in all over it, even if OK State is a "conference champion". I don't see 2 loss Stanford who lost to NW getting in over 1 loss OSU ...even as a conf champion.
So we need Oklahoma to win tonight to elimiate that possibility (as well as Bama/Clemson of course) to create: Clemson, Bama, MSU/Iowa, Oklahoma.
Fig Things beats Stanford. Oklahoma State wins.
Then you have three 1 loss teams up for debate:
- #6 Fig Things with a win over #9 on the road. Whose only loss was on the road to a playoff team (seeded most likely #1)
- #8 Bucknuts with a win over #10 on the road. Whose only loss was at home in wakcy weather to a playoff team (seeded #3/#4)
- #11 Oklahoma State with a win over #3 at home. Whose only loss was to Baylor. (not a playoff team)
It's a free for all at that point - but you know the $$$ will favor ND or OSU (YTOSU) vs the other OSU.
HELL ON EARTH Scenario:
Fig Things beats Stanford. Oklahoma State wins. Bama loses.
SEC gets shut out. Playoff is Clemson, MSU/Iowa, Notre Dame, and .... one of the OSUs. And you know which one brings the $$$
Root for Oklahoma big time here to freeze out OSU or Notre Dame.
Question your decision on who to root for btw Stanford v ND. Because maybe we need Notre Dame to win to freeze out Ohio State from slot #4 (ugh!!!!!) Ok State could get that 4th slot but no sure thing over Ohio State.
Root for Bama (ugh).
(I assume ACC is getting a team if NC beats Clemson so I am not that concerned with that outcome.)
Alright...time for me to get over it and put "it" to the back of my mind for tonight. This is a REALLY good slate of games. Let's sit back and try to enjoy the best we can.
|#18Ole Miss||#21Mississippi State||7:15 PM||
||Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS|
|#13Florida State||#12Florida||7:30 PM||
||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL|
|Texas A&M||LSU||7:30 PM||
||Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA|
|#6Notre Dame||#9Stanford||7:30 PM||FOX||Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA|
|#3Oklahoma||#11Oklahoma State||8:00 PM||
||Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK|
I'm probably going to be negbombed to Bolivia, but I have to get this off my chest.
I am a Michigan alum, and a rabid Wolverine for the past 8 years. I did not grow up rooting for the Wolverines, but I live & die by the Maize and Blue with the rest of them. Hell, my first game in the Big House was The Horror, and I'm still here so that has to count for something.
I was at The Game today. Honestly I can't blame the coaches and players too much. They are operating within the constraints forced upon them by situations outside of their control. They gave it their all, and for that they should always have a special place in the heart of Michigan's Faithful.
The biggest element I found lacking was the fanbase. From the start, the stadium was at least 25-35% Buckeyes. I know it's Thanksgiving weekend, but you won't see Ohio selling that many tickets to us when we're playing in Columus.
But even worse to me was the fact that the atmosphere just plain wasn't there. You could hear a pin drop on most Ohio downs. When they were running tempo, you could clearly tell that our fanbase was not prepared and had no idea about when to get loud. In full honesty, when they annouced the Slippery Rock score there was a bigger reaction than on Ohio third downs when our defense needed it the most. Not to mention the fact that the stairs were fully occupied with Michigan fans leaving from the beginning of the fourth quater onward at full tilt.
I don't mean to denegrate our fans, I honestly don't. But to put things in perspective, I went to the Alabama-LSU game this year and the difference is night and day.. If we ever want to be a "Great Team" we need to secure our home field advantage. It's one thing to have a great team, a great coaching staff, great traditions, a great campus. But if we can't turn the Big House into a place that strikes fear into opposing teams' hearts we will never truly be elite.
I hate people pointing out issues without proposing solutions, so I will propose a few. First, we need to stop selling tickets to opposing fans. How we do that in the age of Stubhub is a difficult task. The Mgoblog ticket list is a good start, but we need to do so at a larger scale. Maybe the Athletic Department could work on a fan-to-fan sales system where they could take a cut but still ensure tickets end up in the hands of Michigan fans.
I also agree with Woodson -- The Game needs to be moved to 3:30 or a night start to encourage fans to get rowdy. The atmosphere shouldn't be like an afternoon picnic. It needs to be fierce and intimidating.
Lastly we need to take measures to get people loud when they're in the stadium. Encourage the people next to you to yell! There are times for talking (TV timeouts, halftime) and there are times for yelling (every down on defense). If we can't make use of the largest crowd in America then we are throwing away a vital advantage for our boys in Maize and Blue.
I may be preaching to the choir, or I may be pissing people off. Regardless, this is a message that needs to get out and be discussed seriously. It blows my mind that we can have a better atmosphere for a Penn State night game last year than we did for our most hated rival in a meanginful situation and Harbaugh's first year. Let the Team work on the X's and O's, but let's make sure we bring the heat and get back up our defense with the best damn home field advantage in all of sports.
Honestly our fanbase should be ashamed at the support we provided the team today, and we need to get real about fixing things.