This fall I'm traveling to Rutgers and possibly Notre Dame for away games. I've already been to Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, Iowa, and Minnesota (metrodome), and Arlington for the Alabama game. I want to travel to all of the big ten football stadiums and am getting close to doing that. So far my favorite away stadium was PSU and my favorite drive was probably a tie between the Minnesota and PSU. Has anyone else attempted this feat before? Which were your favorite/least favorite stadiums and drives?
Well, with the World Cup winding down, I am certainly getting back into college football mode. With that, I have been thinking much more about this year's Michigan team. Opinions here on the blog seem to be relatively pessimistic about our chances this year, and I am the same way. However, any other team in our situation this season would be highly optimistic about having a successful season by their standards. Here are the circumstances I'm talking about:
1. Returning numerous starters on both sides of the ball including basically an entire defense with players like JMFR, Ross, Countess, Ondre, Clark, Morgan, etc. and much of the offense including DG and Funchess
2. Incoming impact players (Peppers and Isaac)
3. High quality coaches in Nuss and Mattison
4. Favorable schedule outside of rivalry games
Now we are entering Hoke's fourth year, and I feel like he has definitely passed his grace period and has had more than enough time to implement his schemes, players, and depth. So, I guess what I'm getting at is with all of our circumstances, are we as fans allowed to expect 10+ wins by now?
More than anything, I just wanted to get some football discussion going on here, but this is a question I've been pondering for a while. Personally, I feel like with two five star running backs, all-B1G talent on both sides of the ball, nine very winnable games (3 toss ups), and many veteran players, there is no reason this team should not have at least ten wins when it is all said and done.
The Elite 11 QB competition has been on going and from all accounts he has performed admirably.. Just came across this video of him at the Elite 11 and decided some of our QB gurus would like to dissect it..
The competition got underway at The Opening today with a NIKE Training Camp which featured drills and one-on-ones. Scout's staff compiled a top ten for the day.
Other names you might recognize include 5-Stars Byron Cowart & Iman Marshall. Allen Trieu had this to say about Kirkland:
Darrin Kirkland - Linebacker, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central Kirkland, a Michigan commit, has worked hard on his ability to run and move in space and that was on display today as he was one of the top linebackers in coverage. He could run with backs and did a nice job playing the ball in the air, coming away with a couple of interceptions.
I just stumbled into this announcement:
...which outlines Purdue's plans to sell beer and wine inside Ross-Ade Stadium starting this fall. The sales will be limited to the new patio area which will be set up in the south end zone, replacing the rickety old bleachers which were very recently torn down.
Those are the same south bleachers which for years were primarily occupied by visiting fans, meaning that Purdue will likely now designate part of north end zone as the visitors seating area. Purdue is still working on plans for a major renovation at some point in the coming years, and those plans likely will include building a permanant addition to the stadium where the south bleachers used to be.
The new patio area will be limited to a maximum of 1500 fans at a time and will be also limited to season ticket holders and students who purchase a special pass. Beer and wine and "typical tailgate foods" will be sold in that area, making Ross-Ade only the 2nd B1G Football Stadium to allow alcohol sales.
The World Wide leader has graced us with their Junior 300 list ..Michigan has 2 commits on the list so far. If anyone has a list of current targets that we are after and want to include in the discussion feel free
Erik Swenson is rated as the #20 OT
Messiah DeWeaver is rated as the # 11 PP QB