chance of bowl: 13.6%
Michigan & everybody else
According to Josh Helmholdt at the Freep, "Michigan is making headway with ... Gholston." He goes on to say that UM still trails MSU. Gholston is quoted as saying he is "feeling" UM more than in the past. Gholston likes the idea of playing hybrid LB/DE thing freep article
Here's hoping we win the all important in-state recruiting battle.
Why doesn't the NCAA just schedule a sixteen-team playoff in November/December, just like every other division does, and determine the two slots for the National Championship that way?
They could seed a straight sixteen-team bracket with the higher seed getting the home game. This could be done during conference championship game week, either incorporating or superceding the CC games. The quarters and semis could be played the next two weeks.
Bowl selection weekend could start the same time it always does, with the major bowls getting their choice of the top ten teams as each is determined by their elimination. The Bowls would get the same teams, though in different combinations, and the NC game would get two teams that actually played their way in with no politics involved.
The same amount of teams would play bowls at the same time as now, but college football would have a legitimate national champion. Four teams would play one extra week, and four would play two extra weeks, but would still have time to study for finals, though they may miss Thanksgiving at home.
In essence, the NCAA could simply take the game back from the bowls and conferences by offering this tournament independently of the bowls, and teams and conferences that choose to participate can, and teams that choose not to can decline.
How many teams or conferences would turn down a chance to play for the National Championship?
The bowls were originally supposed to be exhibition games as rewards for a good season. Now, they have become inflated in their importance. The bowl nabobs know this, and have been pretty much running college football for about thirty years, now.
It is time for the NCAA to take football back from the bowls and crown a true National Champion. No longer would a Texas or a Auburn have a legitimate complaint that they were unfairly treated by the system. Other than those citing "striped incompetence," no team would have a legitimate complaint that they deserved the National Championship and got jobbed.
The money wouldn't be too bad, either.
With the win over Purdue and with Iowa squeaking into the RPI top 100 (ironically due to its win over Michigan), Michigan is now one of only 11 teams with at least 5 wins over the top 50, 10 wins over the top 100 and no losses to anyone 101 and above. The other teams are
Michigan has three wins over teams in that select group.
I keep seeing people saying that OSU is the leader for Devin Gardner mainly because he likes the color red. I am dispelling the notion of OSU being the leader which is in fact false. OSU is not recruiting him hard and Devin does not hold an offer from OSU as of now. Why? That I cannot say since it's preminum information.
He is wide open and is open to any school. From what I've gathered, playing time will be the main factor toward him picking a school. Michigan may have a shot of landing Devin Gardner but if Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson plays well in their 1st year at Michigan, I doubt that Michigan will get Devin Gardner but I could be wrong. Plus, there are plenty of targets, like Christian Green, Jeffery Godfrey, Stephen Morris, etc. who fits RR's system.