Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Steele has Michigan wining this weekend 37 to 24. Sounds just about right to me.
Will those invited to the B10 championship game be determined by conference record or divisional record?
Looking at the 2011-12 schedules, I think the idea of a 9-game conference schedule will lose some of its luster as AD's and coaches think about it more. Teams like IN, MN, NW, PUR, MSU and IL are going to find it much harder to get to six or seven wins as it is with the addition of NE to the B10 and this divisional alignment. A nine-game conference schedule will compound that problem because it forces every team in the B10 to add another BCS level opponent. It also will make it more difficult for AD's to get at least seven home games every year unless they begin trading their one good non-conference opponent for an extra baby seal game that doesn't have to be returned.
Sad to see another one let go, especially with Minor's talent. To my knowledge, this leaves Matthews (Bears), Warren (Jets), and Brown (Bucs) as UFAs that have stuck around. On a side note, this is the first thing that came up when I google searched "Greg Matthews Chicago Bears". It looks like he might have a strong future with the team, at least from a fan's perspective.
Now that we know we won't see Penn St., Wiscy, and IU until 2013 at the earliest. But for one of them, we won't see them (unless it's in a championship game) unitl 2015 if the rotation established today continues then. I'd hate to not see a Penn State or Wisconsin the next 4 (!) years, but there's a chance that could happen with this setup.
If they go to a 9 game schedule in 2015, that alleviates some of this, but I'd rather see a 10 game Big 10 schedule starting in 2015 to preserve some of these games versus junk games like Delaware St, UMass, Bowling Green, etc.
Not at all in favor of expansion beyond 12 teams because of this.
Seriously, I think we take for granted the cache that UM has. We didn't see a forum of ADs, I have no idea what the AD of Purdue has to say (nor do I care). It was really a pander to UM/OSU during the segment. Not everyone gets that respect.