"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Per a sport site alert I just recieved on my phone. Fitz officially named the No 1. tailback. I know, shocker!
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In Brian's Purdue game column, he says:
I sort of had the Kovacs information but it was only one unconfirmed source so I held it and hoped it was not true. Now that it is obviously true I can tell you a couple things about it: It is supposed to be an MCL sprain, which means he can barely move his leg at the moment and will be out a few weeks. When the coaches say he's "questionable" for Iowa they're in all likelihood… …lying their boo-boos off. Kovacs did not practice Tuesday but no one noticed this because they threw Matt Cavanaugh out there in #32.
But in today's Detroit News, there's this article:
As for Michigan's injuries, safety Jordan Kovacs, who missed the Purdue game with a knee injury, is "day-to-day," Hoke said. But the junior did run around a bit in practice Sunday. "I know he'll be back this week," said senior defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen. "He was running around looking pretty good (on Sunday). The doctor said he wasn't going to play (against Purdue), but if you asked Jordan, he was going to play. We'll have him back."
This sounds considerably more promising. Hopefully his injury isn't as bad as Brian's information.
After the game as the players were celebrating on the wall with the students, I got a chance to talk to Koger, during which he told me he was going to be Mr. T for Halloween (great choice). This got me thinking: what could you see other players dressing up as for Halloween?
Obviously Gallon could be Snoop from The Wire, and Martin could go as the Hulk in I'm-Pissed-Off-And-Going-To-Sack-You-For-A-Safety Mode. What do you guys think? Any other ideas for the rest of the team?
I dont know if this has been discussed yet, but after watching the end of the OSU vs Wisconsin game saturday night, I thought Ohio State storming the field was quite pathetic for multiple reasons. First, OSU considers itself a national football program. If that is the case, someone explain to me why beating a 15th ranked opponeat is such a major deal. Is Ohio State admitting that they are taking a step backwards and dont consider themselves a power house football program anymore? Now you might say that OSU is down with all the scandals and such, and the win was a good moral victory, but you didnt see michigan storm the field after beating the 9th ranked badgers in 2008 after our program was going through some turmoil. Second, OSU and Wisconsin isnt even a rivalry game. Now I know wisconsin beat the #1 ranked buckeyes last year and stormed the field, so maybe that was a bit of a payback, but I dont believe the two programs have much of a history. I was always under the impression that when you win, you must act like you been their before. In which case i was shocked to see OSU that. Now i tried to find the last time michigan stormed the field and was unsuccesful, anyone remember when we did this last? I was shocked to see that none of the victories vs the Irish or PSU victory in 2005 netted any storming.
Thanks for the great explanation from MVictors for clearly explaining the Big Ten rules for tie-breakers and how Michigan can get to the Big Ten title game. But while everyone is so focused on getting to Indy, I thought of something else. As crazy as it sounds, is going to Indy the most profitable thing for Michigan? Obviously, we would have the chance to be the conference champion and play in the Rose Bowl – I get that.
( )o( ) <--- big but, if we win out and MSU wins out, we would still have a great national ranking and still play in a BCS bowl. If Michigan wins out (and so does MSU), they will be 11-1, easily be a top 10 team and could take one of the at-large bids. If MSU loses, Michigan would go to the championship game, where they would have to face the Leaders division champ – not going to try to guess who that is, I only see it has one more (good) opportunity to lose.
So, if we win out (and MSU goes to Indy)= 11-1, BCS at-large
Win Big ten Champ= 12-1, Rose Bowl
Lose Big Ten Champ= 11-2, Capital One-ish bowl.
I only bring it up to gage the MGoCommunity on whether they would rather not go to the BTCG (under these circumstances) at all and get an at large bid, or go to the BTCG, risk losing and go to a Capital One-ish bowl.
Personally – I would like to see us go to the BTCG, I just reeeeeally don’t want to lose if we go!
EDIT - OK OK OK...Obviously we want to play and win the BTCG, I was only trying to solicit response from a scenario that has not been brought up.
As it turns out I'll be in Sydney, Australia for the Michigan versus Ohio game. Obviously I would like to watch the game but I have no idea if that will be possible... I suppose it depends on what channel the game is on (most likely ABC but maybe ESPN) and if any bars/etc. are open at game time... it will most likely be a nooner so that'll be about 2am on Sunday for me.
Anyway, if anyone else has been in this situation and has had success I would love to hear about it. I've watched Michigan games while abroad in the past, but that was in the Caribbean and this time will be much different. I have pretty much resigned myself to settling for mgoblog written content (immediately) and some highlight clips following shortly after.
Thanks in advance for the help!