Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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BlueinTheFace already posted the Week 1's opponents for teams appearing on Michigan's schedule. As is usually the case in week 1, schedules tend to be soft and don't allow for much in terms of upsets. With that said Jacksonville State did knock off Mississippi last year. Anyone have any thoughts on potential upsets (or at least teams to keep an eye on)? A couple potential upsets (or at least close games):
@ Baylor +6.5 TCU. Griffin III is back for the Bears at QB, while TCU will be turning the keys of the offense over to Paschall. If Baylor can improve last year's defense, the Bears can make some noise in the Big 12.
James Madison OFF @ North Carolina. I'm interested to see how UNC will come out game one, with NCAA violations looming and Butch Davis no longer as head coach. JMU knocked off Virginia Tech last year, following VT's loss to Boise State.
UCLA +3.0 @ Houston. This supposedly is "the year" for UCLA to make a statement. Case Keenum is coming off major surgery. UCLA beat Houston and Texas on back to back weeks last year; both Houston and Texas ended up as disappointments at 5-7.
Tulsa +25.0 @ Oklahoma. I'd be very surprised if Tulsa springs the upset, but Oklahoma has opened rather slowly the past few years. (31-24 over Utah St in 2010; 34 point favorite. 14-13 loss to BYU in 2009; 22 point favorite.) Tulsa has a solid quarterback in G.J. Kinne; Tulsa would be capable of double digit wins if not for a non-conference schedule including Oklahoma State and Boise State.
Marshall +22.5 @ West Virginia. West Virginia has won each game in the "Friends of Coal Bowl," but last year's game went to overtime. Many are picking West Virginia to win the Big East and for Marshall to have a rebuilding year. With West Virginia's coaching change, will Holgorsen be the first WVU coach to lose to their in-state "rival"? Or will he be able to succeed where Stewart failed?
Pretty light though. Jacory Harris only has to sit out one game. That means he plays OSU. A few players got four games.
Here are the week 1 games for our 2011 opponents (all times are EST):
Thursday Sep. 1
UNLV @ Wisconsin*, 8 PM, ESPN ESPN3
Friday Sep 2
Youngstown State @ MSU, 7:30 PM, BTN
Saturday Sep 3
Akron @ Ohio (state), 12 PM, ESPN ESPN3
Northwestern @ BC, 12 PM, ESPNU
Middle Tennessee @ Purdue, 12 PM, BTN
Tennessee Tech @ Iowa, 12 PM, BTN
South FL @ Notre Dame, 3:30 PM, NBC
Minnesota @ USC, 3:30 PM, ABC ESPN2 ESPN3
Arkansas State @ Illinois, 3:30 PM, BTN
Chattanooga @ Nebraska, 3:30 PM, none listed
Howard @ Eastern Michigan, 7 PM, none listed
Cal Poly @ San Diego State, 10 PM, none listed
2011 opponents are in bold text.
*Potential 13th opponent in B1G championship game
Mostly cupcakes in week 1 per usual. I would say out of this entire list the Minnesota game intrigues me the most, although it will be on at the same time as our game, so I will probably not catch very much of it (those of you with dual TV setups are in luck). In the 12pm Saturday slot I will probably watch the NW game. They face a historically decent BCS opponent on the road. Might also be interesting to check out the OSU game to see how the offense rolls with the new QB.
What games will you be watching?
If anyone finds the TV listings for the games missing please pass that information along.
Jason Whitlock (Fox Sports) put out a very good article about Hoke today. He's not my favorite writer, but the article is excellent. And, apparently, he knows Hoke well because both are alums of Ball State. Just reading the article got me pumped for this week's game and further strengthened my belief that Hoke is the right person to be the HC at Michigan at this point in time.
Title says most of it, but it does sound like Braxton Miller will be given snaps early in the season in an attempt to see if he can take the job as a True Freshman.