Judging by fast ticket sales for Michigan and slow ticket sales for VT I'd guess 50,000 Michigan fans.
Neat article about the "academic index", used by the Ivy League schools to ensure some kind of fairness across schools. The basic idea is simple: compute a formula based on GPA and SAT scores, and ensure each school has about the same average across their athletes.
Should the Big Ten, SEC, etc., be forced to do something like this too? (it certainly would be interesting to know the AIs of various schools)
The Big 10 always seems to get negative press about their record in Bowl games the last few years compared with the SEC but no one ever comments about the level of competition they play. Once again all 5 Big 10 ranked teams are playing someone ranked ahead of them.
It would be interesting to see how the level of competition among ranked teams works out between the Big 10 and the SEC the last few years. I think if the Big10 office was smarter than they are they would arrange the bowl schedule so that their teams plays competition inferior (or at least more equal) to themselves a little more often.
It would certainly help with the perception that SEC football is far superior to Big 10.
Collegefootballnews.com has ranked the first year Head Coaches in D1 and our very own Brady Hoke went to #1 with a bullet. CFN noted that Brady has been named coach of the year now in three different conferences and correctly observes he has "attracted all the right assistants" and "imagines how well he will do "once he gets a few recruiting classes on campus".
Merry Christmas everyone! The future's so bright we gotta wear shades.
It was four years ago tonight that Elliott Mealer was in a tragic automobile accident on the way to Christmas Eve Worship. His father David, and girlfriend Hollis, were killed instantly. Brock was paralyzed, and Elliott tore his rotater cuff. Sometimes I wonder if that injury affected his playing time at Michigan. We'll never know. Regardless, keep Elliott, Brock, their mom Shelly and brother Blake in your prayers. I suspect that Christmas Eve will always be a bittersweet day for them, in light of their loss.
I am creating this a little early because I still have some gift wrapping to accomplish, but I should be back here to man the thread (as if I had to work at it) around 8 PM.
It's that vaunted Nevada vs. Southern Miss rivalry in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and for those of us at home with little else to do but wrap gifts on Christmas Eve, a football game is the perfect thing to at least listen to.
Further, LSAClassOf2000 and his MGoFamily wish everyone Happy Holidays and much prosperity in the new year. I've had a lot of fun here this past year, and I look forward to many more.