chance of bowl: 13.6%
The Big Ten adds:
ND: national program with national TV draw
Missouri: rounds out the geography and gives St. Louis and Kansas City markets
Navy and Army: currently independent...lots of TV's on the coasts and Hawaii..and the Armed Forces network...the Big Ten network not only goes national, but global..how cool would it be to welcome the Cadets and Midshipmen to the Big House?
I have 20 bucks that says Dantonio is running 'the clock' again this year and spending a practice every week getting ready for Michigan..and up until 2 weeks ago, Keith Nichol was the 'Tate' for the scout team..so who is the 'Denard' now? Nichol for the fake QB run and then oh-crap-he's-going-to-throw plays, and a 'walk-on' from the track team for the designed QB running plays? Do they have any players that were of the 'athlete' category and played some QB in high school?
OK, I know it's CFN and they butcher facts on a regular basis, yet here is an article that generally raises the bar for our program and is generally positive. They have us ranked 13th in their weekly power rankings.
As great as Denard Robinson has been so far, he's only part of the story. The stats might say otherwise, but the reason for the Michigan resurgence has been the play of an offensive line that's doing a phenomenal job so far.
. . . I do worry about the hits mounting. He’s taken plenty, and isn’t especially thick. That aside, I’ve seen nothing in the first two weeks to believe his early heroics are a fluke or are about to expire anytime soon.
In response to all the doubters comparing the 2010 start to 2009 results: the question...is M Football making progress and moving in the right direction? In retrospect, considering all circumstances, was 2009 that low of a bar in comparison?
All agree, throw out 2008...no QB, no depth, attrition...total transition year.
Western: W, 31-7
#18 ND: W, 38-14
EMU: W, 45-17
Indiana: W, 36-33
At MSU: L, 26-20
At #12 Iowa L, 30-28
Del. St. W, 63-6
At #13 PSU: L, 35-10
At Illinois: L, 38-13
Purdue: L, 38-36
At #21 Wisconsin: L, 45-24
OSU: L, 21-7
Summary: injuries, injuries, injuries...to key positions. Look at the close losses...Iowa, MSU, Purdue..do we lose those with a healthy Molk, Forcier, Minor, Brown, and countless others? Gobs of turnovers (what 6 or 7 against OSU?). Reasonable to say that the 1 - 7 finish was fluky, with a lot of bad luck. 1 more win and we go to a winnable bowl game ..
UCONN: W, 30-20
@ ND: W, 28-24
UMASS: positive W
BGSU: positive W
@ Indiana: likely W
MSU: likely W
Summary, : So far, quality wins over two teams that WILL be in the top 25 by season's end...Second half M should be favored against PSU, Illinois, and Purdue, with Iowa and Wisconsin at home...then at OSU with all those young players having a full season under their belt (who knows?). Another 3 wins seems very acheivable. Staying healthy and continued positive turnover margin is key...
Total, 2009 - 2010: 14- 10
Conclusion: body of work shows/will show progress and trending up...with a very young team.
I was kind of surprised that ESPN picked up the Bowling Green game. Does each team still have to appear in 3 games on the BTN each season? If so, what games do you expect to be on the BTN going forward? I would think Indiana and Purdue/Illinois. Sidenote: Indiana has completed their stadium renovations, and I heard that they were rededicating their stadium that night. Any chance this is an 8pm start on the BTN?