Mike Lantry, 1972
3-star OL from Indianapolis, Nick Martin, is heading to Kentucky. He had a UofM offer.
I know this has been discussed on the board before, but just because we're all getting ridiculously anxious for the season, I couldn't help but notice how insanely deep our team could be next year.
On defense, the only big loss will be at LB where we lose Mouton, Ezeh, and Moundros. But hopefully the development of the younger guys will account for this or even improve it. What's exciting is that all our dangerous line guys, i.e. Martin, Campbell, Van Bergen, etc. return, along with the young secondary guys (Christian, Avery, Floyd, the Gordons, Emelien, Kovacs) that will get a TON of experience and then hopefully get T-Wolf back on top of that.
The offense could be unreal. Dorrestein leaves on the line but Schofield or Lewan should account for that. Schilling leaving hurts, but Omameh is right there as well as Quinton Washington. Where it gets scary is that all our RB's (Shaw, Cox, Toussaint, Smith) come back, as well as all 3 QB's AND all our WR's (Stonum, Hemingway, Odoms, Stokes, Roundtree) along with Koger at TE.
In fact, many of these guys will be back for 2011 AND 2012. If we can put it together nicely this season, this thing might start rolling after that. At least we can hope, thoughts?
I have been playing around with my divisional realignment proposal and how we might avoid playing The Game two weeks in a row, ever.
My proposed solution: scrap the idea of an Interdivisional Championship Game altogether and replace it with a three-game Big Ten Showcase featuring the top three interdivisional games that weren't played during the regular season.
The point is a Big Ten championship between division champs creates all sorts of scenarios (see SEC) for repeating games, for 1-1 seasons between rivals, for a (conf) 9-0 team from a tough division losing to a 6-3 winner from another division, etc.
I simmed a few seasons under my realignment. Here's the biggest clusterfuck, 2015:
|6||L-Nebraska||W-Indiana||W-Penn St.||L-Purdue||L-Ohio State||W-Northwestern|
|7||W-Purdue||L-Ohio State||L-Northwestern||L-Nebraska||W-Indiana||W-Penn St.|
|13||L-Ohio State||W-Northwestern||W-Minnesota||L-Penn St.||L-Iowa||x|
|Week||Ohio State||Northwestern||Nebraska||Indiana||Penn St.||Purdue|
|8||W-Northwestern||L-Ohio State||L-Penn St.||-x||W-Nebraska||-x|
|9||L-Nebraska||L-Indiana||W-Ohio State||W-Northwestern||W-Purdue||L-Penn St.|
|10||W-Indiana||L-Penn St.||L-Purdue||L-Ohio State||W-Northwestern||W-Nebraska|
|11||W-Penn St.||L-Purdue||W-Indiana||L-Nebraska||L-Ohio State||W-Northwestern|
|12||L-Purdue||L-Nebraska||W-Northwestern||L-Penn St.||W-Indiana||W-Ohio State|
|Bo Division||Woody Division|
|Team||B10 Record||Team||B10 Record|
Now tell me what you would rather have:
Big Ten Championship: Michigan and Nebraska play again for all the marbles.
Big Ten Showcase: Ohio State and Iowa face each other Friday night, then on Saturday at noon we get Michigan/Penn State, and then Nebraska and Wisconsin for the nightcap. At three different stadiums.
The money factor is greater (three good to awesome games) than the championship. And even if it's not a one-game decision, after those three games we'll have a pretty damn good idea which team ultimately had the best season (probably the winner of Wisconsin/Nebraska).
What I love most about it is at the end of the season, we get to hand-pick three telling games that we didn't see during the year: no repeats, no getting stuck with crummy games.
Ultimately, we could determine the Rose Bowl participant by the same factors we have previously:
- Big Ten Record
- Total record including Wins/Losses against non-conf BCS teams, and losses against non-BCS teams (your wins versus EMU don't count; your wins over Texas or Notre Dame do; Vanderbilt's phone is ringing off the hook).
Associated Press, Coaches, Blog Poll ranking.
Okay, critics, rip this apart.
There were no single game tickets available for the Uconn game from UM at the time.
They claim to have sent tickets out on August 16th via UPS Ground. The UPS site shows a 2 day transit time from Connecticut to my zip code.
I'm a bit concerned as it's been 5 business days and I have no tickets and no tracking number. I do have a confirmation email from when I purchased the tickets and they charged my card at that time.
I sent them an email today. I don't expect a response until sometime next week.
Has anyone received their tickets from Uconn?