this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
2011 football schedule
Here are just some thoughts on the remainder of the schedule. The good thing is that I think the up-coming opponents gradually get better, giving us a chance to get two big ten warm ups before Sparty.
Minnesota: Michigan by 4 TDs, Minny is not a very good football team with not a lot of scary weapons. M has played better and better with each game and good momentum will carry on into the BIG opener.
@NW: a road test, but again I don’t think they are playing very good football. If Michigan can play solidly, I think they win by 17-21 points.
@MSU: The first of several games that could go either way. It depends on if MSU can contain Denard, which they did pretty well last year (Denard also threw 3 picks last year). But I think Hoke and Co. will be VERY well prepared for this game, so it will be close and very winnable. TOSS UP.
Purdue: M by 21-24 or more.
@Iowa: Another game that could go either way. Iowa hasn’t gelled yet with their new personnel but neither have we. M could win this game if Iowa doesn’t improve. Side note – Iowa is 8th in the BIG power rankings, Ritt and Bennett don’t put a lot of stock in them-yet. TOSS UP.
@Illinois: so many good things for Illinois happening, then they EEEK one out against Western at home? I still think this will be the best team we play to date and it will be a tougher game than most. TOSS UP.
Nebraska: We will need to play our best game of the year to win this game, and it is possible. TOSS UP.
TSIO: As we all know, the momentum has shifted for the teams playing in The Game. M is improving and tsio has been declining over recent weeks. We are starting to see how good both teams are. A few weeks ago just about all of us would predict an L, but maybe not? Again, I think M will be VERY well prepared for this game. TOSS UP.
BOWL: last year we were sent to a bigger bowl than we deserved IMO because Denard sells tickets and we were trounced by superior competition. If the same happens, an L could be in store.
If we have a good year, it feasible to win 9 or dare I say 10 games? If we don’t get up for the TOSS UP games, we could be in store for another 7-6 year.
EDIT: BIG Championship: I think we would all be a bit surprised if Wiscy isnt there this year. If Michigan plays as well as we hope, it will all come down to the Nebraska game. If we beat Nebraska, I (and most people) fear Wisc. I think they are a legit top 4 team and can make a run at the NC. LOSS
Via Dr. Saturday :
Ailing Aztecs. San Diego State receivers Dominique Sandifer and Jay Waddell are both out for the entire 2011 season with knee injuries, further depleting a corps already suffering from the loss of the two most productive receivers in the Mountain West to the NFL. Sandifer was only the Aztecs' fifth-leading receiver last year in the shadow of soon-to-be draft picks Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson, but was expected to take a much larger role this fall as the most experienced wideout on the team — as was Waddell, a redshirt freshman who came out of the spring as a likely starter. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Not that I think we needed a ton of help to begin with, but it certainly doesn't hurt our chances on September 24th.