This list is completely arbitrary and not a genuine analysis of the relative merits of state fossils.
Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the first I'm reading of such a specific desire for Big Ten expansion to reach into the south.
If the two biggest factors are "gaining a foothold in the south" and "lucrative television markets", I can't see any target bigger than Texas. As one who cringes at the thought of Rutgers and UConn joining the Big Ten instead of Texas and anybody, this is good news. Yes, NYC is the giant media market, but with Texas you get Dallas and Houston - two of the top ten markets nationally.
Maybe I'm just hoping (rather than reading) between the lines, but no matter how big the NYC market is, it isn't located anywhere near the Sunbelt...and Rutgers is about as exciting as Everybody Loves Raymond.
Michigan officially announced the release of the schedule, including the talked about San DIego State game. Couple Notes
- 8 home games, all 4 non-conference in month of September at home
- bye week after non-conference before opening at Wisconsin on Oct. 8th
- 3 November home games including Minnesota, Illinois, and Ohio State
- OSU game to be played after Thanksgiving FWIW.
With the talk of a possibilty of a neutral site game in the future who would you like to see play Michigan. On the list of revenge games: Oregon, Nebraska, USC, Texas, Tennessee. On the list of interesting games because MIchigan former/current coaches games: West Virginia, LSU, Stanford. Who else would you like to see San Diego State lol? Include where you would like it played.
Lynn Henning has a pretty fair column up on detnews now about the future of the football program and the athletic department falling squarely on Brandon's shoulders. Nothing earth shattering, but pretty reasonable coverage I'd say.
Hope Michigan makes the final cut. If he is serious about academics Michigan has to make the final cut. We have one of the best engineering schools in the country. Patrick Omameh has shown that soneone can play football and major in engieering (though I have no clue how he is able to pull that off).