Realisticly, What do you want to see out of the Wolverines this weekend. The teams coming off a bye weeks with supposed major changes to the O-line (Bryant and Glaskow), RB (more carries for Green) , TE ( Funchess more on the outside and Butt Starting) and possible changes in the WR corp. What does the team have to do to ease the fan bases angst after the last few weeks.
Everyone remembers the story of the little guy, Jack Hoffman, who scored a touchdown at the Nebraska spring game while battling brain cancer. The world learned today that his cancer is in remission and he no longer needs chemotherapy. Of course he will need monitoring and maybe more treatment in the future, but his case is moving in a very positive direction, and it's great to start the day off reading some good news like that. Because fuck little-kid cancer, man - it's the worst thing ever. Go Jack!
College Gameday is at Evanston today for Northwestern v. Ohio State at 8 PM on ABC tonight
It looks like the Northwestern crowd is up and into this game, which should lead to a great atmosphere tonight.
Some highlight-ish games for the noon slate:
MSU v. Iowa - 12 PM on Espn 2
- Iowa looks to be vastly improved from last year and their defense should be enough to stall the MSU offense. The question is whether Rudock can have time in the pocket to find his tight ends.
Maryland (25) v. FSU (8) on Espn
- Is Jameis Winston for real? Maryland has not yet played a good team and could be used to wipe the floor. On the other hand, Florida State is seemingly slow to start and struggled defensively against Boston College and Nevada to start that game.
Illinois v. Nebraska on Espn U
- Nebraska's defense always seems to turn a corner midseason... is this the game where they do that? If not, it's going to be a long day for the Huskers as Scheelhasse in Cubit's offense seems to have found a groove and the Illinois defense can probably do enough to stall the Huskers.
Interesting take on the increases in revenue in the B1G vs on-field success in football.
- The ADs in the B1G to include Smith and Brandon also are pointing towards recruiting geography, focus and schemes as a key difference.
- Size of staffs (Alabama significantly higher in non-coaching positions)
- SEC is 4th in funding behind B1G #1, PAC12, ACC
- Focus on funding non-revenue sports - B1G funds on average 4 more non-revenue sports than SEC and 6 more than Big12.
A warm start to October! Feeling a lot more like August actually, with warm temps, humidity, and the chance of rain/storms. A very slow-moving warm front is just to the north of us (M-59 area), causing SE Michigan to remain in the summer-feel weather. Another weaker warm front will move up from the Ohio Valley later today and will keep rain chances in the forecast. While most of Saturday looks to be mostly cloudy and dry, there will be scattered showers possible and it's a day to keep an eye on the weather. The main threat of any passing storms will be heavy rain, but wind gusts and small hail can't be ruled out. The chance for rain/storms increases in the evening, and for those traveling-Sunday will be a cloudy, rainy day. I'll be at this game, and can't wait to cheer my heart out! Happy Homecoming!
A couple years ago we had wind and temps making it feel like 30 degrees - not the case this time! Overnight lows remained in the mid 60s, so that's where we start the day for you early at 'em tailgaters. Overcast to mostly cloudy skies, a decent chance for rain/storms continues from the overnight, and calm winds greet you this morning, with the main issue being fog. Fog may be dense in some areas, so if you're out on the roads early getting those last minute tailgating supplies, you may need to give yourself a few extra minutes. Into the low 70s we go for lunch, with a SSW wind at 5-8mph (a light breze, leaves rustle a bit), keeping mostly cloudy skies.
Although that chance of rain is small, we keep it around for kickoff. Warm out there, with the temperature approaching 80 degrees! Still a good amount of clouds, and we're not getting rid of that rain chance either. There may be a rumble of thunder in there as well. Winds are out of the SSW at 10mph (leaves and small twigs blow about).
Just a gentle breeze at the half with winds about 7-10mph. Mainly clouds, and the pesky chance of rain. Still very warm though as we slowly drop into the upper 70s.
Looking at mid 70s and mostly cloudy walking out of those gates, with SSW winds back to about 5mph. Rain chances increase for the evening, and don't rule out a thunderstorm. Mild temps ahead for the night-even by midnight we're still at 69 degrees, and only getting down into the mid 60s for overnight lows- so you can keep that tshirt on if you're headed out late to celebrate! Heading towards sunrise Sunday, we'll turn overcast and the rain/thunderstorm chances become much more likely.
Enjoy the game, and let's keep that Little Brown Jug where it belongs!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
It's been 6 years since the Big Ten Network first started broadcasting and I feel that is a long enough sample size to look at the long term results. Whether the evidence in connected or not there is no doubting that since the 2007 season that the B1G has fallen well below the SEC, PAC-12, and ACC conferences.
Is it a coincidence? Or has the limited market of the BTN affected the national perception of the conference? To me, almost all BTN televised games have the feeling of it being amateur hour. Whereas I've never had that feeling watching a couple of middling ACC teams go at it.
It just seems like those old school bruiser games like Wisconsin vs Minnesota have been marginalized. They used to be top tier Big Ten matchups but are now relegated to filler between nacho dip commercials
Don't get me wrong, the proof is in the pudding. The B1G still has to beat top opponents. But I can't help to think that the BTN's constant coverage and commercialization has hurt more than it has helped as opposed to schools that always have ESPN airing their games.