"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
This may end of as a confusing neg bomb for me, but let me try and explain what has me a little confused.
1. I think everyone agrees that the Big Ten is horrible this year.
2. Many of the supposed top teams around the country have tanked.
3. The top 3 teams in the country are quarterbacked by Jordan Jefferson, AJ McCarron and Tyler Wilson.
4. If the Big Ten sucks why do I not fear any bowl match ups as being potentially embarrassing? Can every conference be down at the same time?
My questions to the Mgocommunity are
Do you feel like the quality of teams in the Top 25 are down this year?
If so why? Bad QB play? Pairity?(Min and Ind disagree... still seem to be plenty of really shitty teams but not as many great ones).
Found an interesting article link while lurking at 11W. It's not new but I thought it was an interesting take on Herbstreit. It's a long read.
On his number (4) in college.
"My favorite player was Jim Harbaugh," Herbstreit says, "I loved his style. His style of play and my style of play were very similar."
On moving from Columbus.
"Five times a day, there would be a car parked at a stop sign, people knocked on the door, they'd ask for autographs at the front door, they'd drive by real slow, 12:30 at night, I was getting up in the middle of the night to see cars outside in the street. I had no idea what they were doing there. The thought, that in this crazy world we live in, somebody's driving by your house five times a day or more, that starts to work on you emotionally. But we dealt with that for four or five years."
"If I left (the show) I would want to go coach," Herbstreit says, "I'd want to be a high school coach at a program where it really mattered or I've talked with Urban (Meyer) about if he gets back into coaching being a quarterbacks coach and eventually an offensive coordinator for him."
Asked if he's serious, Herbstreit responds, "Oh, yeah, for sure. At this point, at my age, it's tougher probably to imagine doing that just because I've elevated myself to a point in my career where it's hard to imagine starting over, but I'm not closing that door. I'll keep doing this (ESPN College Gameday) as long as they'll have me, but if a big time college coach asked me to be his quarterbacks coach and eventually be his offensive coordinator, it would be an interesting situation to deal with."
Today is the 22nd of November and some memorable victories over the Buckeyes happened on this date.
*8 years ago today was the 100th meeting. Keith Jackson insisted on coming out of "retirement" to call the game. Like a throwback to so many meetings of the past, the winner would get the outright big ten title. This was our last victory over OSU. (As someone who grew up watching us beat the Bucks every year, it hurts like hell to even type that out.) John Navarre threw for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both TD passes were to Braylon Edwards. Chris Perry ran for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Final: Michigan 35 Ohio State 21
*14 years ago today, #1 Michigan faced off against #4 Ohio State. David Boston's words leading up to the game: "If our offense and defense are clicking, we should win by 2-3 touchdowns. We're going up there and upsetting them. I think we're better than Michigan. Also, Charles Woodson can claim to be the best player in the world all he wants but he's no Antoine Winfield. Winfield is as good as Woodson and certainly faster." The game? Well, we know what Woodson ended up doing that day.
Final: Michigan 20 Ohio State 14
*25 years ago today, #5 Michigan went into Columbus needing a victory to go to Pasadena. The week leading up to the game, Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh said, "We're going to play in the Rose Bowl this year, I guarantee it. We'll beat Ohio State and we'll be in Pasadena on January 1st." Lloyd Carr, on the coaching staff at the time, remembered thinking, "Oh GOD. Bo's going to kill Harbaugh when he finds out about that statement." When Bo did find out, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "O.K. We just have to be sure to back up Harbaugh's word." Thanks to a wide left field goal by OSU in the final minute, that ended up being the case. The win made Bo Michigan's all time winningest coach. Harbaugh threw for 261 yards and Jamie Morris ran for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Final: Michigan 26 Ohio State 24
*31 years ago today, Michigan and Ohio State, once again, played for the outright Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl. The Michigan defense, which had gone 14 straight quarters without giving up a single point, held the Buckeyes to a field goal all game. It was Bo's third straight victory in Columbus and Bob Ufer's final UM/OSU game in the broadcast booth. Butch Woolfolk ran for 143 yards. Larry Ricks and Stan Edwards added another 80. The game's only touchdown was a 17 yard strike from John Wangler to Anthony Carter. Ali Haji-Sheikh missed the extra point.
Final: Michigan 9 Ohio State 3
*42 years ago today was the big one. The game that many believe will always be the greatest win in school history. #1 Ohio State, riding a 22 game winning streak and regarded as Woody's best team ever went to Ann Arbor to face Michigan under first year coach Bo Schembechler. Does this game even need a recap? Billy Taylor, Garvie Craw, John Gabler and quarterback Don Moorhead (who, up until his retirement last year was my nephew's gym teacher at Paw Paw High School). As Bob Ufer noted, "22 Michigan Wolverines put on the gloves of gray, and as Revelli played the Victors, they laid Woody Hayes away."
Final: Michigan 24 Ohio State 12
Glad to see them sticking to their attitude towards the NCAA
Enough. Enough of the "Urban Meyer said what?" Enough of recruits who aren't coming to Michigan. Enough of RR to Zona.
THIS IS MICHIGAN.
IT'S OHIO (State) WEEK.
Remember when they went for 2 up a ton? Remember when they tore down our banner? Remember when they had police dogs sniff our players on their way into their toilet-shaped stadium?
Remember when they cheated their way into (who knows how many) wins? Remember when beating us was no big deal? that they (cheated) sold their gold pants?
For too long they've gotten away with it. For too long we've let them celebrate in our Big House.
This ends now. Get hyped. Get your heads right.
We've got a freshman corner who reminds you of this guy
(embed fail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI1lZCpBCWE)
We've got a running back who reminds you of this guy:
(vid embed trouble http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wSUL3kk1w)
We've got a QB who is setting records and runs like this guy:
(vid embed trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxpoqP9PkqM)
4 Days from now we take the field. Remember 2 things:
And THIS IS MICHIGAN
Go Blue. Beat Ohio
They are not to be screwed with.
- Deal done. 7 years - 40 million
- Luke fickell retained as Asst. Head Coach - in fact he was involved in recruiting Meyer
- Greg Studwara - Offensive Coordinator - BGSU connection, currently OLine coach LSU
- DJ Durkin - Defensive Coordinator - FL LB Coach
- Zach Smith - WR Coach - G.A. FL - WR Coach Temple (Earle Bruce grandson)
- Mickey Marotti - Dir Football Ops - Strength coach FL
- Stan Drayton - retained by OSU - moves from WRs back to RB coach - RB coach FL
Job opening will be posted Monday/Tuesday as per State/Federal regulations - announcement Week from Tuesday @ OSU v. Duke
Lemme see if I can get a link for you folks it's from the OZone.
Again, Ozone and bucknuts sources. Also he was going to call the OSU/Michigan game with Speilman/Pasch, but now there is a conflict of interest