“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Apologies to those that can't access this behind the paywall, assume it will be pulled out into the internets at some point. Pretty bold for an editor of a magazine (and UM alum) to be throwing fire like this since it puts him out there. I suppose there are not too many Spartys that can read the New Republic. Here is just one part of "The Big Ten Spits on MSU"
"Many considerations went into the proper balance of the conference and its scheduling - the balance of power, the preservation of rivalries, the creation of nationally compelling matchups. One factor that seems to have played no role whatsoever is the role of Michigan State, except in its traditional role as unwanted tagalong to Big Brother. No controversy over whether the Spartans should play this team every year, or whether the balance of power requires them to be split up with some other program. They were just happy to be tugging at Michigan's pants leg."
I'm not trying to turn into a hype machine for the station, but they had a number of interesting interviews this morning, which included Dave Brandon (must be the first post BTN reaction); Beilein about the European tour; and Brian and Ira talking season (which actually I missed and am listening to now, because I had to go away from the radio, and didn't know what was happening. (Thanks for the warning, Brian. What have you been doing all week? ;-)
For the easy access to all-
For the very specific-
5a - John Beilein in-studio Part 1a
5b - John Beilein in-studio Part 1b
6 - John Beilein in-studio Part 2
8a - David Brandon
8b - David Brandon
10 - Brian Cook Part 1
I pick OSU over Michigan in the title game and I see Michigan beating UConn 31-14 this weekend. I will see you next week at the same time!
Last entry for those who don't believe it. Beano's in favor of a re-match for the national title!
In line with the Marshall v. Ohio State post below, who are you pulling for in the Purdue / ND game?
A) Big 10 all the way - Go Boilers;
B) F Notre Dame every game no matter who they play;
C) We want a 1-0 Notre Dame in week 2;
D) We want an 0-1 demoralized Notre Dame in week 2;
E) Screw Purdue and/or Danny Hope;
F) Mavre to fail and create QB chaos in W. Lafayette - weaken their team long term;
G) Other (explain).
The question I'm posing here is not whether playing Ohio State a week later in the Conference Championship lessens the rivalry. I think it does, but this has been discussed ad nauseum already.
My question is this - could Michigan and OSU play each other in the final week of the season, and both be guaranteed of a spot in the conference championship before the rivalry game is even played?
In this scenario (and it applies to any other set of cross-divisional rivalry games played in the last week of the season), Michigan and Ohio State enter the last week of the regular season undefeated in divisional play. Everyone else already has two losses in their division.
It seems to me in this scenario, that no matter the outcome of The Game, Michigan and Ohio State would both be assured of a spot in the conference championship game.
(This is different from a scenario where Michigan had to beat Ohio State to force a rematch, but an Ohio State win would keep Michigan out of the title game.)
Both teams would obviously want to win. But there would be questions about how much strategy, etc. each team would want to reveal before the Conference Championship game. Obviously, because of the BCS polls (and hatred for the other side), there would be incentive to win both games.
But wouldn't that be a huge let down, to play/watch the game, knowing that no matter what the outcome, we would be playing again next week?
Just another reason that where rivalry games are played in the last week, both teams should be in the same division. (title edited and last sentence added)