Probably just some bitter talking points but here are a few quotes that showed up on my Twitter feed. Has a "we are better than you so we don't want to play you any more" kind of feel to it.
Brian Kelly on Michigan: "I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries."
Sure they've played under 40 games but why undermine the tradition when the games have been hard-fought battles over the last 10 years?
"I don't think any time off will affect the great rivalry that these two teams have shared."
Series has been on hiatus before, but obviously this one will effect it given the nature of how successful UTL games have been.
And transistions to this, which makes no sense given what he was saying previously.
"We'd like to play everybody. Unfortunately we can't...We'll work hard to get them back on the schedule."
Someone is obvious bitter. All that U-M needs to do to respond to this kind of talk is show it on the football field Saturday night. College Gameday in Ann Arbor baby. Beat ND!
Adam Rittenberg & Brian Bennett giving their predictions for each B1G team's destination this bowl season based on week 1 results.
- Ohio to Rose Bowl
- Michigan to BCS at-large
- NW to Outback Bowl
- Sparty to Buffalo Wild Wings bowl (LOLSparty)
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.