chance of bowl: 13.6%
Not much to see on the Win Probability Chart this week. Michigan was a heavy favorite and shut the door early. After adjusting for the spread the chart imagines a conversation like this:
GopherBoy1960: Hey Chart, do we a shot to get the jug back today.
Chart: I wouldn’t get your hopes up. We are talking about single digit percents here.
GopherBoy1960: So you’re telling me there’s a chance.
LloydBrady: Hey, that’s my line.
Chart: Technically you have a chance but oh wait, just turned the game on and your chance is now zero. Hope you enjoyed your two minutes of hope.
GopherBoy1960: I miss Glen Mason.
Biggest plays of the day (from the unadjusted numbers)
1. Fitzgerald Toussaint rushes for 35 yards on the fourth play of the day, +7%
2. Denard scores from 9 yards out to push the lead to 14, +6%
3. Denard goes for 18 yards to the Minnesota 3 to set up Michigan’s first score, +5%
Worst plays of the day (and there weren’t many)
1. The first appearance of Fritz loses 4 yards, –4%
2. Michael Shaw loses a yard to set up 3rd down inside the 10, –2%
3. Dan Orseske boots a 64 yard punt with no return after Minnesota goes 3 and out, –2%
After the jump, projections, rankings, and a Northwestern preview.
The torrent is up at MGoVideo. Boyz will have the YouTube version up later.
For those who are veterans of going to games at Northwestern: where should I park? The NW website mentions "football lots" but then also mentions they're for season ticket holders only. Also, it shows free lots on the NW campus, but I gotta believe those are pretty full by Friday night.
Are there football lots for visitors? If so, how much? Will there be space available in the campus free lots?
The Michigan football team's second-leading receiver, Junior Hemingway, practiced with a large wrap on his right arm Tuesday.
The senior, who has battled injuries throughout his career but remained healthy this season, still received punts during the 20-minute window available to the media. That is his normal routine.
Hopefully this isn't serious. It doesn't sound serious at this point, as he was fielding punts. Hopefully it's just a wrap protecting an abrasion on his arm.
With RJS, Ross, and Richardson all selected to play in one of the two major all-star games, it got me thinking. If I remember a few years ago, when Gardner played in the UA game it caused him to lose his eligibility for the rest of his high school career (some kind of rule that the Michigan high school althletic association has). I know Richardson runs track, and I thought I remembered RJS doing something with track as well. Is there a possiblity this keeps one or all of them from competing in these games? Obviously it would not be an earth shattering event if they don't, but it would be fun to see how they compete against some of America's best talent. It could also help their ranking if they did well (not that that ultimately matters either). Just thought I'd ask the question while it was on my mind.
Unless this is a bluff to increase Mizzou's leverage and get concessions in the B12 (which I highly doubt), it looks like Mizzou will soon be the 14th member in the SEC:
ST. LOUIS -- University of Missouri curators voted Tuesday to consider leaving the Big 12 instead of committing to the troubled league for the long term.
The governing board's members agreed unanimously after a 4-hour closed meeting at the system's St. Louis campus to give Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton authority to look elsewhere.
Speculation has centered on a possible Missouri move to the Southeastern Conference, which recently agreed to accept Texas A&M from the Big 12 starting next year. The Big 12 has also lost Nebraska and Colorado to other major conferences.