Edited to correct erroneous Nebraska spread included previously.
There is already a snowflake thread going about B1G football performances here:
I was in the process of creating the table below, showing the difference between point spreads and actual scores, when that thread was posted. The table does add a numerical value to the discussion, but not really any huge surprises. Yes, Purdue really crapped the bed against Cincy. Even though Purdue wasn't expected to win (they were the only B1G underdog) the way they lost and by how many points does not bode well for them this season. But, even though they won their games, MSU and OSU also underperformed by quite a bit. Obviously points and point spreads don't tell the whole story, like how monumentally inept MSU's offense looked, and how strong their defense looked.
At the top of the table was Michigan followed by Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern. On paper at least, Northwestern's point total against a PAC 12 school was impressive.
Here's the table. Spread 1 is the pre-game spread, Spread 2 is the actual spread based on the score, and the final column is spread 1 minus spread 2.
|Team||Opp||Spread 1||Score||Spread 2||Sp1 - Sp2|
|7. Iowa||N Ill||-3||27-30 (L)||3||-6|
|8. Ill||S Ill||-17||42-34||-8||-9|
|11. Pur||Cincy||10||7-42 (L)||35||-25|
Edit: My intial amazement at Nebraska's four point spread turns out to have been a misreading of the line on my part (I was looking at the line for the game listed below the Nebraska game). I didn't double check until Farnn showed amazement as well. Fortunately, most posters seem to have ignored this diary so far. I've corrected the table and deleted my ignorant comment about Nebraska. Nebraska sucked in that game, especially for a night game at home against an opponent they should have blown out.
From what I understand the (much maligned) student section really got their act together and showed up in force for warm-ups. Any confirmation from those whom were there. Was this an organized effort, a la Maize Rage?
I inquired about the The "unofficial" weather for UTL-2 courtesy of the USAF for KARB. They are calling for a 55% chance of rain, high near 81, and 76% cloud cover with winds out of the west at 6mph. The highest chance of rain is in the morning and gradually decreasing through out the day.
Game time is expected to be clear and dry, 74 deg and near calm winds. If you plan on attending College Game Day broadcast you might want to take a poncho with you just in case.
The forecast for CMU was dead on as I experienced rain on the north side of town on the drive in about 11am. Then the clouds started to disapate. The humidity was extremely high yesterday. Some of the weather sites and even some MGoBloggers thought the rain would stay to the south with lower humidities.
Great Job USAF Weather Flight. Keep up the good work and your support of Michigan Football.
I have had a Fanvision for the past three seasons that I have always used at Michigan Stadium, but it did not work yesterday. For those who don't know what a Fanvision is, it is a small controller with a screen that provides real-time stats as well as replays and streams of games from around the country. I went online and couldn't find anything definitive as to whether or not Fanvision service at the Big House has ended. Did anyone else with a Fanvision have this problem and/or know if the service is over? It really was great to have one.
P.S. The webiste http://www.fanvision.com/ doesn't list football on the website anymore, so I am assuming they ended service, but I still can't find anything that definitively says so.
In the gym this morning I had the (dis)pleasure of listening to Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Rece Davis on "College Football Final." In case anyone is wondering, they would have been hard to avoid. Multiple TVs blaring, etc. (I'll admit to having at some least some interest in the program.)
They showed the Michigan highlights right after Notre Dame's and moved into a quick discussion of next week's game. It was noted that the next two games will be the last in the series for now. Holtz took the opportunity to say that Hoke's "chicken" remarks "could come back to haunt" Michigan. When asked by Davis whether he thought ND was afraid to keep playing Michigan, he said "Nooooooooooooo."