further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
With West Virginia beating Pittsburgh today in the Backyard Brawl, UConn, of all teams, now controls its own destiny to get to the BCS. This is due to their two victories over the above referenced teams. Now, I know that we all expected UConn to be a decent team this year, but after their showing in Michigan Stadium, did anyone really expect this?
The Big East is a joke and doesn't deserve an automatic BCS representative.
As we sit ready to watch the Iron Bowl its just making think that Big Ten has hurt our rivalry with ohio state. I know that in today's game Auburn already has the SEC championship game locked up, but it just seems like we should be playing ohio state to see who will go to the Big Ten championship.
I know it would be amazing, but say we have a season like 2006 and both teams are 11-0 (7-0) and we lose to ohio state, then the very next week we beat them on a neutral field. Now both teams are basically out of a national championship with losses that late in the season.
It also puts both teams at a tremendous disadvantage having to play the top team in the cross division rival.
Its Michigan and Ohio State. It should be once a year. Including this season I believe that 35 of the past 42 seasons has had the Big Ten championship decided by this game. In a 6 team division including both Michigan and Ohio state and playing the last game of the season would be incredible. Just like Alabama v. Auburn. Only one team makes SEC championship game. If it was between UofM and osu no other teams would even get to play!
I know that it would be amazing to beat them twice in the same season, but more than likely if that possiblity occurs the teams would be pretty evenly matched and a split would occur. Or could you imagine both teams already have their divisions clinched and the national championship was out of the picture? "The Game" would turn into a practice for the following week to determine who played in the Rose Bowl. Just that thought that playing a game against ohio state could mean nothing worries me greatly!
I don't like moving the date of the game, but I think that if both teams remain in opposite divisions, I think they might have to, just to make sure the game continues to have meaning. It hasn't worked with Miami and Florida State. I guess only time will tell, but I think if we were to follow anyones lead it should be Auburn/Alabama (IMO the next best thing to Michigan and Ohio state) This is what its all about!
I hate to dissapoint all of you Ron English Fans, HOWEVA, Mr. English will be returning to coach the EMich Hurons, doh, Eagles next fall:
"Absolutely, he'll be back," Gragg said. "I like the direction the program is going. Ron is one of the most resilient people I know."
Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart wins versus Saugatuck 42-21.
Friday game schedule
1pm Lowell vs Farmington Hills Harrison (Game of the day)
4:30 Ithaca vs Monroe St Mary Catholic Central
7:30 Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs Williamston
Good luck and remember
Good Sports Are Winners!
The 103rd backyard brawl is happening now on ABC. If your like me and have nothing to do today it could be interesting to check out our possible future DC.
Currently WVU is up 7-0
FA Edit: Combined the two threads. All encompassing title moved to thread with more comment.
I have a question and I'm hoping the board can help me out. I went back and looked at Michigan's injury reports for the year and noticed that while there didn't seem to be a direct correlation between the percentage indicating the probability they would play and what actually happened. I then went to the official NCAA website and looked for the rule mandating any sort of injury reporting or what guidelines the coaches should follow and found none (doesn't mean they're not there - I just couldn't find them). So I started asking myself why in the hell do we publish one at all?
The NFL, because of betting mostly, requires teams to publish injury reports weekly. Some coaches uses it to mislead other teams into thinking certain players won't play. We all remember Tom Brady famously showing up on the New England injury report for years and never missing a game. And some coaches leave players off the list or downplay the severity in an effort to get other teams to game plan for players most likely not going to play but either way it's a game. But its a league-mandated game.
But is this reporting required in college? And if not, what possible gain does any team have by telling their opposition who is likely to go and who is not? And if injury reports are required but there are no rules governing the accuracy of the reports should we even pay any attention at all to who's on it and who is not? It would seem to me that a smart coach (and I think RR is a very smart coach) would fill the report with misinformation to try and gain any edge he can on Saturday.
Can anyone shed some light on this one for me?