We're back on the road again this week to face an Iowa team that
unexplainably chocked against B1G bottom-feeder Minnesota has been inconsistent this season. Since I already went the whole "animal eye" route with Northwestern's wallpaper and the corn thing has been done [well!] by monuMental, I wanted to do something different.
Now, as a former resident of north campus (go Bursley!) and a Computer Science major, it will come as little surprise that I'm a Marvel comic book fan. With the emergence of Marvel movies, I'm sure you're all familiar with X-Men's Wolverine. Those of you who know comic book heroes by movie only, however, probably aren't familiar with the Avengers' Hawkeye (although you will be, since he'll be in the upcoming Avengers movie). Generally, I think using Wolverine (X-Men) as a "mascot" for Michigan is a little lame, but seeing as how our opponent this weekend also has a Marvel alter-ego, I couldn't resist:
Now that we're within the sight line of the finish to the regular season, I thought tonight would be a good chance to post my inital (but still early in the process) BCS Outlook:
The main points:
- Barring unbelievable upset in the SEC championship, either Alabama or LSU will be in the BCS championship game.
- The SEC is getting two teams in the BCS.... again. The question is whether it will be either the Alabama-LSU loser, Arkansas, or the East Division winner (likely Georgia or South Carolina)
- Boise is in a BCS game unless they lose from here out. If Oregon beats Stanford and Ok St loses to Oklahoma, they might be playing the SEC champ for the title.
- The Big East and ACC are only getting one team each in the BCS. There will be significant competition for the at large slots
- The projections for the BCS are (based on Fiesta-Sugar-Orange order for this year):
BCS championship: Ala/LSU winner vs. Ok St.
Rose (B1G v Pac12): B1G champ vs. Stanford
Fiesta (Big 12 v at large): Oklahoma (2-loss, 1st choice at large) v. Boise St (3rd at-large)
Orange (ACC v. at large): Clemson v. B1G runner-up/Houston
Sugar (SEC v at large): Ala/LSU loser (2nd choice at-large) v. West Virginia (4th at-large)
- A 2 loss Oklahoma even if they lose to OkSt will still be ranked high enough to justify an at-large slot and will be attractive as a replacement pick for the Fiesta who loses OkSt to the NCG
- the Sugar will happily take LSU or Ala or even Arkansas as a replacement pick for the SEC champ in the NCG
- A Boise v Oklahoma rematch may be a good draw for the Fiesta.
- West Virginia as a Big East champ may be a better draw than a weakened Big ten 2nd team, especially in a Sugar Bowl.
- The last at-large for the Orange Bowl can't be an ACC team (sorry VaTech), SEC & Big12 already have their two teams, so that leaves either a 2nd Big ten team, a possibly undefeated Houston, or a damaged Oregon / Arizona St team. Pac12 teams don't travel well and a 2-loss Oregon isn't as sexy as a 1-loss Oregon. That basically means its either a 2nd B1G team (Mich St? Neb? Penn St? a Michigan that loses to Penn St or Wiscy in the B1G champ game?) or an undefeated Houston. My guess is a second B1G team.
Craziness in the NCG?
- How could the SEC winner not get inthe NCG? Well if it's not the SEC West winner ... a 1-loss LSU or 1-loss Ala who beats the SEC East winner is going to the NCG. But the only other craziness would be if the LSU/Ala winner loses to their rival (Ark for LSU or Aub for Ala) before the SEC championship allowing some weird tie-breaking formula to get Ark in the SEC championship game.
- Stanford is the next in line to take OkSt's place should OkSt slip up. If Stanford loses before the Pac12 champ game, good googily moogily.... Boise St is probably next in line given voter's likely backlash preventing an Ala / LSU rematch. We could have BCS armageddon if OkSt loses to Oklahoma, and Stanford loses to Oregon / Pac 12 champ game.
Could Michigan get in without winning the conference?
Yes, maybe in two situations:
1) Michigan wins out, but so does Michigan St including the B1G champ game meaning a 1-loss Michigan (who didn't get a chance in the B1G champ game) with wins against ND, Neb & OSU would be a mortal lock for at least the Orange if not Sugar Bowl.
2) Michigan wins out the regular season, Michigan St loses twice, and Michigan loses to Penn St / Wiscy in a B1G championship game closely. At that point, a "reborn" 2-loss Michigan team may be more attractive than even an undefeated Houston for a Sugar Bowl match against an SEC powerhouse or a Orange against Clemson to boost TV ratings.
More in weeks to come.....
The Pro Bowl voting has opened up, and we now have the opportunity to vote The Space Emperor Zoltan Mesko into the Pro Bowl. His awesomeness not withstanding, he also happens to be the best punter in football.
In the Purdue interview this morning, Purdue Coach Hope blamed their loss on the crowd noise. He discussed the fact that the O-Line did not "fire-off" at the same time and this caused problems for the offense. He went on to say that he thought the team was used to the noise because of the PSU game.
I guess he forgot to mention that the M D-Line dominated and man-handled the Purdue O-Line. Also, the M O-line opened gaping holes for Fitz and Mike. Certainly an interesting spin on the poor performance of his team.
Michigan is ranked #15 in the BCS poll.
3. Oklahoma St.
5. Boise St.
Big Ten Teams
16. Penn St.
17. Michigan St.
I am sure we are a long shot to land him, but I just saw over on ESPN that he narrowed his list down. I am just curious if anyone knows where he is leaning? I will sleep better knowing if we are not going to have to face him in the near future as a player in the B1G (or nd).