College Football is just a weird sport as evidenced by the way they determine a national champion. I had some thoughts that I wonder if anyone had the real answer to because there doesn't seem to be one and if they had any of their own.(Some of these may or may not be really true they just sure seem that way.)
1. Why doesn't Wisconsin get the best RB in the country every 3rd year? Watching the BT Champ game and seeing Monte Ball run wild I wondered if they had any big name backs go there. If you look at their recruiting you don't see a 4 star rb for the past 6 years. How is this not the easiest recruiting pitch in the country? You'll play behind a great line, we'll give you the ball 25 times a game, if you stay upright for 12 games you will be a Heisman contender, we have recent Heisman winners and we're an annual top 10-20 team.
2. Why doesn't Spurrier know how to coach offense anymore? Imagine in 2 years RR is in Arizona running a power I and leaning on his top 10 defense to squeeze out 16-10 wins. He's been at SC for a while now and they have turned into a horrid offense and he can't get a qb to save his life. Florida just used to kill teams on offense and while he got top talent name a qb or wr that had a great NFL career under Spurrier? He used to move the ball at Duke for pete's sake. Doesn't compute.
3. Why do Michigan DB recruits slow down once they hit campus? When was the last time you saw a Mich db that played fast with that cat like quickness? They all seem fast when we are recruiting them as juniors but by the time they hit campus they are not. Some when they hit campus still time fast but don't play like it on the field. While we have had some very good ones since Woodson, you wouldn't consider any of them to have elite speed or quickness. Countess may be the chosen one to break the cycle.
4. How did John Tenuta's defenses get worse with better athletes? These things always confuse me. 5 years ago when Herbie announced Miles and Tenuta were coming to Mich we were thrilled. Tenuta was one of the hottest defensive coaches in the country turning Georgia Tech's engineers into one of the best defenses in the country. He goes to Notre Dame where he has better talent across the board and his d is subpar. Now I don't even know where he is at. WTF??
What are some of yours?
http://www.wtka.com/pages/9395307.php packed full 12 minutes from this morning. In case you missed it.
Wright and Chesson updates are very positive. Also some interesting insight on Brionte Dunn and where that is at. Plus mention of the tight end from Kyle Kalis' school from a thread already up.
The comparison Sam makes between Chesson and a former Michigan standout is also interesting.
Article (as of 4:30 PM yesterday) says we sold 14,000 of our 17,500 allotment. VT only 5,000.
Here is an idea for bowls to sell more tickets:
The team that sells the most tickets gets to be the home team. If both sell out then the normal rules apply.
Thought I'd take some time while working nights to see how the Big Ten has done in the Sugar Bowl, historically.
I included Nebraska, Penn State, and Notre Dame, despite not being Big 10 when they played in the bowl (or in ND's case they're still not).
The Big 10 (plus Nebraska, PSU, and ND) is 6-10 all-time in the Sugar Bowl. In their victories, they won by an average of 10 points. Notre Dame (’73, ’92), Nebraska (’85, ’87), and Ohio (’99, ’11 [according to some this game never actually happened]) all have won two apiece.
In their 10 losses, they lost by an average of 15 points. Penn State leads the way with three losses (’72, ’75, ’79) while Ohio (’78, ’98) and Notre Dame (’81, ’07) each have two. Michigan (’84), Nebraska (’67), and Illinois (’02) each have one.
Virginia Tech, meanwhile, has played in three Sugar Bowls (’95, ’00, ’05), losing all but one ('95--thanks btjabrone). They lost by an average margin of approximately 2 points a game.
This probably won’t tell us anything, but I was interested to see how our conference has performed thus far, and how VT has fared.
*All data and image taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Bowl
I love the wallpapers we see over at http://theartthearttheart.com, so I decided to try one of my own. It's definitely not on par with what has been produced for previous wallpapers, but I thought it turned out well, so I wanted to share. I'd love to see some other wallpapers people have made for the game.
Now in a mobile size!
EDIT: Per suggestion, I've added a version with more subtle team logos.
I'm not amazing at cropping to proper widths for average users because I use my TV as a monitor @ 1920 x 1080. I did make it smaller, so hopefully it looks ok and doesn't take up the whole screen in the preview. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
EDIT: Thanks for all the feedback. I did another, just in case those of you who like variety haven't gotten your fix anywhere else.
EDIT III: Ok, the high res are up thanks to imageshack who, it seems, is the only major image-hosting service that doesn't down-size your high-res photos. Anyway, enjoy!