that is nice bonus change
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.
I've tried to reach everyone jumping off the bandwagon this week with moderate success. How about this angle? Do you really want the Freep to feel they won? The Ticket? Drew Sharp? ESPN? etc... Even if you have more doubt than ever don't you feel a little vindication today now that the final report has come out that you stuck with him? RR got dragged thru the shit for really next to nothing. I'm willing to take that chance just to give him a chance to look M. Rosenberg in the eye after a Buckeye win and know he has to right a positive article. Believe me you'll enjoy it even more next year. Hold the rope!!!
According to The Associated Press, the NCAA will announce on Thursday that Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez did not fail to promote an atmosphere of compliance at the school.