On Karsch&Anderson today, Doug said that there would be more information out on Ohio State next week. Given that there have been conflicting reports about the accuracy of the rumored SI article, this seems to give more validity to the possibility. Normally most of us take 97.1 information with a grain of salt, but Doug is usually pretty knowledgeable about college football in general.
This is linked to in the B1G lunch links on ESPN, but Joe Rexrode comments back on feedback he received from a recent article on the in-state recruiting battles. The comments at the end are pretty good.
"Ever notice how Michigan doesn't really ever lose? They just have down years or the other team cheated.
This is what bugs me about recruiting: the whole "Michigan mystique", block M, trying to coopt good(?) men in the state of Michigan as being "Michigan Men", winningest program in history while we count victories we had against highschools in the 1900s stuff is just a big pile of crap to this Spartan. Along with the loud-mouthed alumni and non-alumni that make up their fan base. So it bugs me that high school recruits are still buying that stuff hook, line and sinker. I guess I shouldn't really expect 3 straight victories over them and a Big Ten Championship to change that."
I haven't been following this all that closely, but there's info in here that is new to me. The one thing I can lend insight on is the fact that one of the players had dealer tags from a dealership in Marysville.
I live in Marysville, and the biggest reason they would come up to Marysville, which is 40 min from campus with no traffic, would be a high end car dealer that is open up here. It used to be a Lamborghini dealership, but now carries a variety of high cost cars. Pure and unbridaled speculation? Yes. But still very telling...
Bruce Feldman made a list of the Top 10 rivalries he'd like to see in College Football. This is another example of the media attempting to create rivalries, but it's hypothetical so it's ok.
You have to be an insider to see the whole top 10, but #1 is Boise St. vs Alabama, and Big Ten schools on the list are: Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, Penn State vs. Pitt, and LSU vs. Michigan.
Having these games would be crazy fun. I'd love to have a series with LSU or another traditional powerhouse outside the Big Ten (besides the Alabama game in '12).
Anyways, here's what Feldman had to say about LSU-Michigan:
After years of rumors that LSU coach Les Miles, a former Wolverines lineman and Bo Schembechler disciple, would return to Ann Arbor to rescue his alma mater, we now know that he's not leaving Tiger Stadium for the Maize and Blue. Of course, it would be fun if he and his program visited Michigan every other year. Any time one of Jim Delany's prized programs takes on one of Mike Slive's, you're going to end up with a lot of compelling drama.
So, are there any rivalries that you would like to see? Any big opponent that would be fun for Michigan to play, or another series to watch? I think it'd be a lot of fun playing a home and home with Boise (even though State's doing that, which makes it lame) or a California team like USC or Stanford.