FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
I'm a traditionalist in college football. I think the fact that you can generally count on Alabama, PSU. OSU, Michigan (ahem) Florida et. al to be elite teams year after year is one of the 2 or 3 best things about college football, something that makes it special and different than most sports. I would have no problem if the same ten teams finished every season in the top ten, with another team coming in every year or so just to spice things up. Don't get me wrong, I love upsets, they are fun to watch, but you need an elite hierarchy to make the upsets even more memorable.
Because of this, Boise has always confounded me. I have responded to their success with disdain, bringing forth arguments like "The WAC is a lesser conference than even the MAC," "they send less players to the NFL every year than the MAC or Conference USA," and "Boise snuck up on an overconfident Oklahoma." Now, all of these arguments are true- even Chris Peterson admitted that they snuck up on OK in a recent interview. The fact that they are ranked in the top five this year to me is simply ludicrous, because I've been one that has honestly believed that in the B10 they would be no better than mid-pack every year.
But tonight I am forced to admit they belong. Even though it is only halftime, and VA Tech could come back and win, it is pretty clear that BSU is extremely well coached, hard hitting, and look anything but overmatched out there. Now, VA Tech, while good, is not a top 5-6 team, and lost many of last year's starters on defense, but that is precisely the point- once BSU could not sneak up on a good team, IME they would be overmatched against a good BCS school. But clearly they are not. Welcome to the BCS level Boise, I was wrong about you.*
*I retract this post in the event VA Tech wins 42-20.
well, well we have a football game. Should be a fun second half. That Boise +1.5 line, could see that hook come in handy. Interesting. Boise starts the half with the ball. Can they come out swinging like the first half?
Here is the second half point spread, I want to get a mgo strawpoll on it
VT -2.5 over Boise
This is just for the combined score of the second half, plus any OT played. So, if you take VT on this line, you technically have them at +3.5 for the final score.
Also, there are a couple threads going on this game, both have been pushed to the second page. How about this serve as a new open thread for the second half so new arrivals on the night can find it.
Should be a great second half. Two of my favorite teams. I have to keep from fisting pumping every Va Tech good play because I formally took Boise.
As I was at my first wolverine game, surrounded by season ticket holders, I found myself explaining to them who players were, about the Mealers, how the dedication would go, etc. My uncle actually said "For this being your first game you sure know alot about the team." Thanks Brian for this addiction you have created.
Unfortuantely, I was not in a position to watch the game on Saturday. Thankfully, my beautiful bride (and Michigan grad) was able to tape much of the game for me after some technical difficulties with the DVR. Seeing the final score and the hightlights on line yesterday while sitting in a 3-hour layover in Philly's airport didn't prepare me for the horror as I watched the replay today.
I wil take nothing away from the offense. They did really well for a first game and if D-Rob can stay healthy, this team should a lot of games.
My fear is the still the defense. UConn really beat themselves in so many ways on Saturday with innumerable drops in key situations. Our secondary had as many problems as feared in preseason but were blessed by drops and a few overthrows by UConn. For this weekend, I fear Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph will torch our secondary should Crist get as much time to throw as Frazer did. I look for a very high scoring game in South Bend.
Anybody else fearing this as well?
I have been reading MGoBlog obsessively over the past few years and I have found that it has seriously affected how I interact with other Michigan fans and how my conversations about the program go. I was at the game this weekend and at the tailgater before the game some of the people were trying to talk about what they expected out of the team this season. The ignorance was incredible and I just got so frustrated I walked away before I said something that would piss everyone off. Then two other buddies who read MGoBlog showed up and we talked for the next hour or two before heading into the stadium and it was enjoyable and interesting. At this point I pretty much have just stopped trying to discuss Michigan football with anyone who doesn't read MGoBlog. I was curious if anyone else experienced this or if I am alone in this? I feel like it is just a compliment to this blog on how well it informs us readers especially in comparison to the average UM fan.
I may be late chiming in on this, but did anyone notice Millen's comment on UNC and Butch Davis towards the end of the game. If not, you have to go back and check it out. It is a classic! He was talking about the then-upcoming UNC-LSU matchup and said (and I'm paraphrasing) something to the effect that Butch Davis has done a great job at UNC. He qualified it saying that he's done a great job at UNC, regardles of what has happened the past few days. My jaw hit the floor when I heard it. I bet Millen thinks that he did a good job with the Lions and is a good broadcaster too. What a f-ing moron.