fair point that
So I'm not one who typically bets. Never bet real money. However, my brother-in-law goaded me into a friendly wager. We were at Harry Buffalo's, a bar in Cleveland, to catch the games Saturday. And he challenged me to bet on the Game. He offered whatever points Vegas had, and the bet is for a buck. But I upped the ante. He owns a hardware store in Cleveland. If Michigan wins, he wears a Michigan t-shirt all day. (Adidas yellow Michigan tee is perfect). If Ohio State wins, I wear an OSU tie in the pulpit Sunday morning.
I'm curious, for those of you who are either from Ohio, have relatives in Ohio, or have OSU employees, or heaven forbid, work for an OSU fan, what kind of things you have wagered or will wager.
Also, I wonder about those of you who have married into an OSU household. Fortunately for me, my better half left the dark side when she married me, and is now a Michigan fan. Do any of you have spouses who actively root for OSU? I have to admit, I love the ESPN commercials (with Michigan/OSU couples).
p.s. I was in Cleveland for a wedding (thankfully Friday night). Oh, the schadenfreude. I just couldn't really be too gleeful. When you have to see OSU relatives over many years, being civil and kind is helpful. It cuts both ways. I didn't razz them too much in the Cooper years. And they've been pretty kind not rubbing it in with Tressel and Meyer. I think the reason we're up for betting now is because the playing field looks much more even.
Michigan is 4-1 on the road this year, the best road record since Lloyd’s 2006 team that also was 4-1. (Neutral sites are not included) Going back further, we have:
- 1999 @ 4-1
- 1998 @ 4-2
- 1997 @ 4-0
- 1994 @ 4-1
In the past 21 years, we’ve only had five seasons with four road wins.
Between 1971 and 1975, Bo had five straight seasons with four road wins. But those were different times.
With the talent we will recruit and the attitude Harbaugh will install, road wins should be much more common than the last 10 years (21-25). Even with our games against (depleted) rivals next year. Feels good to be back.
SIAP: did a search and only found this: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/bringing-back-another-tradition-winning-big-road
Found a good read on ESPN of all places on how the B1G QB's do when being blitzed.
3. Michigan QB Jake Rudock
(77.3 QBR vs. the blitz) Only Barrett has a higher completion percentage against the blitz than Rudock (68.6 percent). But, when it comes to passers with at least 40 attempts against the blitz, no one in the Power 5 is more accurate. In the month of October, Rudock threw only two incompletions against the blitz. (He was 21-of-23 for 223 yards.) And in a three-game span – against Northwestern, Michigan State and Minnesota – he was a perfect 17-of-17.
I thought we could all use a happy memory after the news today. According to ESPN.com Desmond struck the pose 24 years ago today. http://espn.go.com/college-football/
Yes its a long shot but this is IMO Michigan's most liklely path to the playoff:
- UM over OSU
- PSU over MSU
- Iowa over Nebraska (they can't lose this)
- UM over Iowa
- Clemson over UNC (concede spot 1 to Clemson so that UNC isn't a threat)
- Ok St over Oklahoma (think 2 loss Michigan can get in over 1 loss Ok St..at least more likely than 1 loss OU)
- TCU over Baylor
- Alabama should probably beat Florida too unless Florida loses to FSU. I could easily see them taking 2 loss Bama over UM to get 2 SEC teams in there.
ND vs Stanford is interesting. I think they could get in both ways, but it would be harder if ND won. I think the strength of Michigan over OSU/Iowa is bigger than Stanford over ND/P12S champ. Plus Northwestern is a common opponent and we know how that worked out for both teams.