further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
I think that the Big 10 has a really favorable bowl schedule, for the first time in a loooong time. The only team that truly doesn't have a shot is MSU. They fell on the two loss Bama grenade, which... awesome.
From there it gets much easier:
Wiscy v TCU - A pressure game for a big team like Wisconsin, but there are way more murderous opponents in BCS games. Easier draw than Stanford (whether you like the coach or not...) This is a can't lose game though, as we don't want a Big East team like TCU to beat a solid B10 school.
OSU v Arkansas - Another solid pull for a BCS game. Could have been a lot worse. I think OSU keeps with the trend and does them dirty ala Oregon from last year.
Iowa v Mizzou - Mizzou had a decent year against a very immasculated Big 12. Their only big win was against Oklahoma. They beat Illinois by 10 on opening day, FWIW. Iowa didn't play Illinois. I think Iowa is overrated, and that this is a coin flip.
Illinois v Baylor - Maybe the name Baylor just doesn't resonate with me, but I think Illinois puts on a clinic. I haven't been a proponent of the Big 12 for a few years, and Baylor is... Baylor. Illinois is going to be pretty solid next year, and Scheelhause (sic) can benfit from the extra practice. Home game for Baylor.
PSU v Florida - Probably not a bad year to play Florida in a bowl game. Losable game, but I think it's more likely a win. Home game for Florida.
Northwestern v Texas Tech - I don't have enough data on these teams to know. Home game for Texas Tech. Maybe a loss? Someone who's more knowledgable than me fill me in...
...and Michigan v MSU - (NNTMSU) I think we match up well against them. Even when our teams lose to 1AA schools, we still can bank on beating SEC schools. Another positive is that our team will have no distractions whatsoever going into this game. I'm sure there won't be any extracurricular banter by the press in the weeks leading up to it.
Another thing to consider is that we play only 3 true away games (in the state of the opposing team). That's down from the average year. I can see the Big 10 going 7-1 or 6-2 without a doubt. I think 5-3 is more likely.
This is my third and final call for joining the mgoblog college bowl pool.
You can join up until the first game starts on December 18th with the New Mexico Bowl, but this will be the last reminder. Thought I would interject it here while the college football world is buzzing about the bowls and hopefully most of our MGoblog family checks in to see whats going on. We are currently at 104 internet athletes at the time of this post.
For those not yet on board that are looking for fulfilling your college football knowledge resume:
Go to ESPN, click on the Fantasy tab.
Click on College Bowl Mania
The group name is mgoblog.
The password is Denarded.
You will not be able to join or leave when the first bowl game starts on Dec. 18th.
Good luck, but not too much. I kind of want to win.
Just a quickie here, but check the Gator Bowl website. Tickets selling quickly. MSU travels well by the way. They're rabid. Literally in some cases.
Rich Rod's UNACCEPTABLE Vote:
5. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
10. Virginia Tech
11. Boise State
14. Oklahoma State
16. South Carolina
19. Texas A&M
21. Mississippi State
22. Central Florida
23. West Virginia
24. Florida State
25. NC State
He's a little higher than average on Mizzou, South Carolina, and a little lower on Texas A&M and WVU. He was only one of three to include NC State, the other two both slotting them at 24.
Other notes, Mike Locksley of New Mexico hates him some Alabama. He has them at #23, 2 below the next most pessimistic and one of only 3 to put them in the 20s.
Speaking of Locksley, he was only one of 3 coaches not to have Auburn vs Oregon in the MNC. He and Kyle Wittingham of Utah both had TCU at #2. Ackley at Idaho put TCU at #1.
A lot of the mid-major coaches were the harshest against Boise State. Locksley put them at 16, Ackley at 14,
Harbaugh hates Wisconsin and thinks the Big Ten's top three are weak compared to the rest. Wisconsin checks in at #8.
Dantonio puts his Spartans at #4. Also has Buckeyes one spot ahead of the Badgers at 5 and 6. Zook puts Spartans at #5, one behind the Badgers.
Yes, I know - New Year's Day has, in fact, happened the last two years despite the absence of our Michigan football team...but you all agree it just wasn't the same.
I am now counting the days to was once, and will be again, my favorite day of the year (yes, more the my own birthday). Of course, I am excluding religious holidays, and my wedding anniversary.
In past years, I have put a lot of thought into how I will spend my day in front of the TV...mostly centered around who will join me, food, and beer. Most of the effort is in planning the food, or 'snackies' as I refer to them (my family loves it when I say 'snackies'...well, not really). It's a long day...Outback bowl at 11:00, last bowl game usually ends at around midnight, so I've learned to 'pace myself'.
So before I plan my New Year's Day, I thought I would ask my fellow MGoBoard experts and connoisseurs - what is your usual routine?