ESPN breaks down Michigan as its preseason #10 team in their Top 20 Roundtable countdown today on College Football Live.
EDIT: ESPN has posted the video to their website.
Chicago Alums/Fans, the Sports-O-Rama is tonight aka the Coaches tour... It was a fun event last year and is for charity (scholarships)/supports the alumni association.
Obviously Hoke, Beilein, and Red will be there...
Several hundred attended last year, and there are tickets available at the door:
Wow. Two forum posts in one day.
Its come to my attention that over the weekend 5Dimes has indeed released a regular season win total prop for Michigan. This includes just regular season games. Any hypothetical Big 10 CG and bowl game do not count.
Michigan O/U 9.5 wins
Over pays out +140 (bet $100, wint $140)
Under costs -180 to play (bet 180 to win 100)
Michigan has to go 10-2. Thats seem ambitious. Especially since its basically 10-1 after the opener. Sadly, I like the Under, but hope I am wrong.
Others of note: ND, O/U 8.5, Under is -230; Wisco, O/U 8.5, Over is -260; Ohio, O/U 8,5, Over is -230; and MSU O/U 8.5....Spartans have standard juice on both sides.
All 8.5, except MICH who is 9.5
Michigan picks up a commitment, so the rankings are front-paged this week. There was very little action elsewhere this week, with the rest of the top eight remaining entirely unchanged. Also, Indiana continues to be unaware that they have a football program, which is probably for the best. Changes since the last rankings:
5-9-12: Michigan picks up Csont'e York. Illinois picks up Kenton Gibbs. Purdue picks up Randy Gregory.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
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^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.
Just a heads up, TomVH is having a chat on ESPN.com at noon.
Out of boredom, I've been scanning some of the other B1G sports blogs (plus ND's), and of course reading posts here on MGoBlog linking to and dscussing other teams, and it just made me realize how fortunate I am to be a Michigan fan. I got to thinking about which B1G fanbase I would least want to ever be a part of. Looking at football especially, I considered such aspects as program history, recent success, coaches and ADs, scandals, and the quality of the fanbase. Here is my thoroughly researched, scientific, unbiased and objective ranking of B1G fanbases I would hate to belong to with worst being number 1, and reason(s) in parentheses:
1. PSU (Jerry Sandusky, JoePa and administration's response)
2. OSU (the rest of the fanbase is the worst part--the scandals, another lesser issue)
3. IU (football so crappy basketball is the #1 focus even in September)
4. ND ( strong history; sucky team for decades, and a delusional fanbase)
5. PU ( better at football than IU; worse at basketball, no money being used to support athletics)
6. Illini (Year after year of good recruits and crappy teams; does place players in NFL)
7. NW (Good coaching, teams that battle, indifferent fanbase)
8. MSU (good success lately, good runs going back 70 years, thug players, burning couches)
9. Minn (tough place to recruit, positive sparks now and again)
10. Neb. (great tradition, team showing signs of some recent success, coach named Bo)
11. Iowa (quality sports blog, decent team year in and out)
12. Wisc. (Good success in past decade)
13. UM (need I say more?)
How would you rank the teams you would most hate to be a fan of?