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I saw this over at ESPN yesterday and was hoping someone would post it for discussion here. Since nobody did, though, I thought I would bring it up today and see what MGoBoard thinks of Minnesota's direction here. The basic story: Minnesota is dumbing down their out of conference scheduling. They cancelled their only out of conference BCS series between now and 2016 (UNC), and announced a two lower conference/FCS games in 2015 (Kent State) and 2019 (South Dakota State).
This is interesting to me because it's the complete opposite of the direction Gene Smith has announced Ohio is headed towards, a strategy backed by Brian repeatedly, of having 3-4 BCS conference games per year. With ticket sales and fan enthusiasm a bigger issue at Minnesota than at a perennial powerhouse, I can't say I blame them for looking at OOC as a chance to go 4-0. Even if the bowl minimum goes to seven, I don't think it's unreasonable for Minnesota to expect their coach to go 3-5 in conference on average, so they should have a clear path to a bowl most years.
On the off chance Minnesota runs the table, I assume they're banking on being an undefeated Big Ten champion being just enough to get them in. I don't think this should be the case, but the upside for Minnesota (almost annual bowling) seems better than the downside (Minnesota goes 13-0 for the first time ever and is shut out of a playoff).
This is a four year schedule from ESPN:
Aug. 29: UNLV
Sept. 7: TBA
Sept. 14: Western Illinois
Sept. 21: San Jose State
Aug. 28: Eastern Illinois
Sept. 6: Middle Tennessee
Sept. 13: TBA
Sept. 20: San Jose State
Sept. 3: South Dakota State
Sept. 12: at Colorado State
Sept. 19: Kent State
Sept. 26: Ohio
Sept. 1: New Mexico State
Sept. 10: Indiana State
Sept. 17: at Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 24: Colorado State
How enthused would you be with this schedule as a Gopher fan? Honestly, I think I would be excited about more chances for wins, but season tickets might be hard to justify. Thoughts, anyone?
Trying to assemble a stat of how many transfers to Michigan there have been, and how many JUCO players there have been. Please contribute if you know or have any ideas and I could look them up in the Bentley databse. So far, I have the following.
|Russell Shaw||WR||1996-1997||Los Angeles, CA||Locke - El Camino C.C. (JUCO)|
|Spencer Brinton||QB||2001-2004||Hemet, CA||San Diego State|
|Grant Mason||CB||2004-2005||Pontiac, MI||Stanford|
|Austin Panter||LB||2007-2008||El Dorado, KS||Kensington Butler C.C. (JUCO)|
|Steven Threet||QB||2007-2008||Adrian, MI||Georgia Tech|
Last year Michigan State punched Michigan in the mouth. They literally punched them in the mouth. After being called for 13 penalties (6 of them of the 15 yard variety) Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi famously said, "That's what we try to do. Sixty minutes of unnecessary roughness. I'm just happy it didn't get called on every snap."
State has clearly been the more physical team of late and their boundary pushing gameplans have paid off to the tune of four straight wins in the rivalry. This wallpaper was inspired by their bold and reckless tactics. I picture the Michigan State coaching staff handing out stacks of flash cards like those used to teach sight words to kindergarteners. Yes, this is a dig at the level of intelligence required to gain acceptance to the state university. Yes, I attended a state university (not that state university) so I am licensed to dig.
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Justin DuVernois for Heisman.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.