"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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Here's another one. May do some more and post them all in a diary or something. Until then, enjoy!
Photo cred: Patrick Barron via MGoFilckr
Go Blue! Beat Ohio!
PS: shoutout to all the mgodesigners out there. Love all the creativity this week. Keep it up!
Ohio Bobcats (7-4)
Northern Illinois Huskies (8-3)
Live on ESPNU
Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
Bowling Green Falcons (8-3)
Ball State Cardinals (3-8)
Live on ESPN3
Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
Michigan Monday is up at Ohio State site "The Ozone."
I will go ahead and block quote a few nuggets from the article.
EDIT: This is NOT Michigan Monday. But still an interesting article.
It would be just like it was in 1969, a first-year coach and his inspired and hungry troops ready to repeat history, spoiling everything the favored Buckeyes had planned for another Big Ten and national title.
The second edition of the “Ten-Year War” would break out right before our very eyes.
What is that, you say?
It didn’t happen that way?
Just when you least expect it, the football Gods have a funny way of stunning the narrative and distributing humility along the way.
Michigan has done its part, however. The Wolverines are 9-2 and could have been 10-1 if not for a miracle that handed Michigan State the play of the year back in October. On the flip side, they really could be 7-4, if not for last-second survivals at Minnesota and at Indiana in consecutive weeks.
The important part is that they are much, much better than the mediocre teams that Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke put together the past 10 years.
The bottom line: Michigan is Michigan again and the sky is blue in Ann Arbor again and many wonder if the pendulum of momentum in the series is about to swing North again.
As for the Buckeyes, they will not strut into Ann Arbor as the story line suggested. History will not repeat itself. There is no doubting they are a wounded duck now, shot down by that same Michigan State squad and now lacking the confidence to consistently gain a first down, much less dominate these Wolverines.
Meyer has to be downright shocked at his team’s offensive problems, which have been consistent from the time he tinkered with two quarterbacks and was as indecisive as the junior high school cheerleader dating two handsome boys at once. What would have been the odds that these Buckeyes would not score 50 or more points even once this season – against a schedule that included two MAC teams, Hawaii, Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois and Indiana?
If Meyer can put that psychology degree to use this week and get Ohio State mentally ready to play, especially after one of his best players criticized the coaching staff for the world to hear, because let’s face it -- that’s his uphill battle -- then maybe the Buckeyes have a fighting chance Saturday. Because this team’s problems are not physical. They lie strictly underneath those Buckeye leaf stickers.
“We’re just not operating at maximum capacity,” Meyer admitted Monday. “But we’re still 10-1. So what I am trying to do now is (put) every ounce of ability, every ounce of energy and focus is going on trying to win this game.”
Maybe, just maybe, the tables have been turned with Ohio State’s stunning loss and turmoil last week. Maybe, just maybe, the Buckeyes have the favored Wolverines right where they want them.
That’s only wishful thinking.
Michigan will win this game.
I felt that way a week ago before the Michigan State stunner and that feeling is much stronger today, obviously.
There are a few silver linings to a Michigan win in Harbaugh’s debut as head coach against the Buckeyes: It won’t be an upset, and, as long as the Spartans defeat Penn State as expected later in the day, the Wolverines won’t have a chance at the Big Ten championship much less anything bigger.
Yep, thank God for muffed punts and the miracle of all plays.
I had a little extra time on my hands today and made a (probably rather crude) chart? chart.
Some interesting things:
- Michigan is 22-7-5 in first year contests (Yost is double counted, and counting DNP as a tie for this purpose).
- Michigan has outscored OSU 702-342, albeit heavily aided by a carousal in OSU's early days going up against an up and running M program.
Make of this what you will, or nothing at all. Cheers.
Blue for M, red for OSU, green is unwanted by anybody.
Looks like we're gonna have to settle for a link.
It's starting to heat up. Maryland people are contacting him and it's becoming a serious deal now.
That's the vibe on twitter. A 247 paywalled article is backing this up and that seems to be where the heat is coming from, apparently.
i say bring em. He had snide comments in the offseason towards us, so it'd be great to beat his ass. Michigan hosts Maryland next year.