Got word from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville asst. Tony Overton that QB Cardale Jones is looking to set an OV to Michigan, but no date is set.
I don't know how reliable this gentleman is, but i thought it might be of interest to mention.
Recruiting staff, your thoughts and sources on this one?
All 4 of the Rivals "Experts" pick Wisconsin to win this game. So does 91% of America. If I remember right, 91% of America picked Florida to beat us in the Capital One Bowl. Here's hoping for a repeat.
4/4 Say tosu over Iowa, 76%.
4/4 Pick MSU over Purdue, 99% of America (Boiler-Down)
The closest matchup is Pitt vs South Florida, at 3/4 saying Pitt and 54% of America saying South Florida.
Not many close games this week. I'd be surprised if there were many upsets (from teams not starting with a "W" that is).
I can't think of anything clever to say. This is ugly.
The defense in case you missed it.
I know that we all feel we got jobbed out of a MNC game bid by Urban Meyer in 2006 but its nice to see a national media memeber acknowledge it:
6. 2006 - Michigan
Regular season: 11-1
Because Ohio State lost -- and lost big, 41-14 -- it's easy to forget now that most fans didn't even want Florida to be in the game. They wanted Michigan, which spent the final six weeks of the regular season ranked behind Ohio State in the AP Poll. The Wolverines' lone loss was a 42-39 classic in Columbus, Ohio, a game so good that the following week the pollsters kept Michigan at No. 2, as did the BCS. But when one-loss Florida defeated Arkansas in the SEC title game, the Gators leaped into the second slot and into the BCS title game. Michigan settled for the Rose Bowl, where they were romped by one-loss USC, whom Florida also leapfrogged.
Top 6 teams as BCS bridesmaids... its behind a paywall but you can probably guess who is number 1. I'll give you a hint they were ranked number 1 and took out their frustration on us.
SI Article by Dan Wetzel and Austin Murphy talking about the economics of the BCS system quoting former AD Bill Martin on page 4. Basically says that athletic departments and schools are big losers in the bowls and a playoff system is the post-season solution to the economic blood letting. Check out Ohio State's profit from last years $18 million payout at the Rose Bowl.
The thing that shocked me was the way the current system works. The schools build in a loss to show up and play, while the bowls, cloaked as non-profit, make out like bandits. If you are pro-playoff, this article throws down some really good talking points.
***Side note: Mgo was talking about this issue referencing Wetzel two years ago. During my dark ages period:
Try to remember this the next time you are a bit inconvenienced. This, my fellow board members, is Tradition.