here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
I was going to post this on about 15 different threads but honestly its a mistake I see often enough on this board that I wanted it to be in a separate topic (obviously there are going to be people who dont feel like this post is worth its own thread).
I'd like to call attention to the various threads all talking about how we are favored the next two games and underdogs the last two, thus deducing that we'll finish 7-5. Is this possible? Sure. But to say we're favorites against Illinois is ridiculous.
Vegas lines are set to induce betting on both sides, not based on what the Vegas oddsmakers actually think will happen. Conclusion: Michigan has a stronger/larger fanbase that are willing to bet on Michigan than Illinois does despite the circumstances. Also, Denard is flashy and makes highlight reels, so casual fans who like to bet will probably tend toward Michigan especially in a home game because they remember Denard and don't know anybody from Illinois. Thus, Vegas sets Michigan as the favorite in order to induce betting on Illinois from people unaffiliated with either school or simply casual college football fans.
Reality, on the other hand, says that Illinois beat Penn State by 20. We lost to Penn State by 17 (easy TD for them at the end if they didn't kneel). We are not favorites. We can win, sure, but it would be an upset despite the Vegas line.
Please please please stop assuming we're going to finished 7-5. That's a silly assumption. At this point it looks like 6-6 but again anything can happen. We could finish 9-3 even, but it would take luck. I just dont want to see a bunch of people outraged on these boards on Saturday night if we lose to Illinois. Cheer on the team but don't act as if it is an upset if we lose to Illinois. Make no mistake -- we are the underdog.
The Gophers have targeted, in order of priority, Boise State's Chris Petersen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and Texas Christian's Gary Patterson to replace the fired Tim Brewster.
And in other news I am looking to fuck Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen or Jessica Alba this weekend. He if Minny can aim that high why cant I???
According to the convoluted formulas of the BCS, even if Stanford does not lose another game, they could be shut out of representing the PAC10 in the Rose Bowl. I would have to think that this would make Harbaugh a very unhappy camper, and I wouldn't blame him. This is nuts.
OK, I've been on the RR hate bandwagon since the Penn State loss. However, I've taken a breath and cooled off a bit.
I think we may be in good shape at Michigan. Since the State game it's been three bad bad weeks. But we all no how this sport is, it's up and down, sentiments change quickly. We're favored in the next two games. We'll be dogs in the following two. If the season plays out in that manner, plus a bowl game, we will either be 8-5 or 7-6. Our Big Ten record will be 3-5. I think this would be enough, considering the potential we have, to stay the course.
What would make this decision really easy would be an upset of Wisco or OSU and/or a bowl win. I think people underestimate how possible these things are. Yes our defense is horrible, but all it would take would be a couple opportune fumbles or interceptions and we could be in any one of those games.
I don't know. I'm going back and forth. But after cooling off I'm going into this Illinois game cautiously optimistic.
Its a little over a week away and I'm starting to plan my trip to enemy territory for the Purdue game. Google seems to think that, from Ann Arbor, there are three viable, almost equal time-wise, ways to get to Purdue.
Normally I wouldn't care that much about a few minutes here or there, but I want to get back to Ann Arbor as quickly as humanly possible after the game so that I can make all or most of the hockey game, and I'm betting I'm probably not alone on this. So the question I would like to pose to the MGoBoard is directed towards experienced road-gamers to Purdue:
What is the actual fastest route from Ann Arbor to Purdue? The shortest route is to take US-23 south to US-24 and then taking it over, but that appears to have a lot of not-freeway along the way (Also: Ohio). The second route involves taking I-94 to I-69, following I-69 to Fort Wayne, and then taking the last part of the first route over. More freeway, but also more distance. The third option is taking I-94 all the way to Gary and then heading south on I-65 to West Lafayette. Again, longer distance, but also 100% interstate.
I, and anyone else in my predicament, appreciate the advice. The hockey game depends on it, and this is Notre Dame we're talking about, so missing this would make me sad, even after we beat Purdue.
Harbaugh's records at Stanford:
Hey guess what? If Michigan can find a way to beat Illinois and Purdue, and then win a bowl game, they'll be 8-5 in RR's 3rd year.