in town for free camps
So the best game in the Noon timeslot is Michigan 15 v. Iowa, which wins by default because it is the only game involving a ranked team on the road.
The 3:30 timeslot may even be worse, with Stanford 4 v. Oregon State as the ranked team on the road edging out Texas A&M v. Oklahoma 6 in a game with likely no BCS implications.
I believe the main reason this happened is ESPN is mad at CBS for moving the LSU v. Bama game to the 8:00 timeslot, so they decided to stick South Carolina 9 v. Arkansas 7 at 7:15 and KSU 14 v. OKST 3 at 8:00 to in a probably fruitless attempt to siphon off viewers from the most touted college football game this season.
Just another reason to hate ESPN in case you need to add to the list.
By request, I have made a separate thread for this so it's easier to find.
To add the hockey schedule to your Google Calendar, paste this (yea, it's ugly) ( email@example.com ) into the "Other Calendars" search bar, and you are golden. Let me know if I should edit anything.
I did a little bit of searching but wasn't able to find it on the Board or from Google. So here it goes: If we do beat Tennessee today, what time will we be playing Duke* on Sunday? I have work on Sunday and I would like to see if I need to get it off. Thank you
(*Assuming Duke wins their first round game of course.)
I have seen a few posts today pointing to the 2011 schedule as setting up favorably for UM next season prompting some of these posters to predict a strong season (10+ wins) for UM.
I would be interested to see the overall opinion of the board on this subject. Do you think the 2011 schedule is favorable or challenging next season?
I believe that the 2011 schedule is actually more difficult than this season. I will list the games played in 2010 vs. the games in 2011 as I see them matching up in terms of challenge starting with easiest to hardest (2011 schedule):
- UMass v. Eastern Michigan -- solid FCS team v. terrible MAC team == push (UM wins both)
- Bowling Green v. W. Michigan -- terrible MAC team v. bad MAC team == push (UM wins both easily)
- Indiana v. Minnesota -- bad Big 10 team v. terrible Big 10 team == Minnesota should be an easier game (UM wins both)
- UConn v. SDSU -- mediocre Big East team v. mediocre MWC team == SDSU should be a slightly easier game (UM wins both)
- Purdue 2010 v. Purdue 2011 -- mediocre PU v. mediocre PU == advantage 2011 because game will be in the Big House (UM wins 2011, 2010 ????)
- Notre Dame 2010 v. Notre Dame 2011 -- bad ND team v. mediocre ND team == more difficult in 2011 because ND will be in 2nd season under Kelly and, presumably, Christ will play the whole game (UM wins both...maybe)
- Illinois 2010 v. Illinois 2011 -- above average v. good(?) == advantage 2010 as we will be playing them at their place in 2011 (UM loses both IMO)
- PSU 2010 v. N'Western 2011 -- below average Big 10 v. average Big 10 == advantage 2010 (UM loses both IMO)
- Iowa 2010 v. Iowa 2011 -- good v. above average == push (Iowa will lose their starting QB, but the game will be in Iowa City; UM loses both IMO)
- MSU 2010 v. MSU 2011 -- good v. good == advantage 2010 because we got them in AA, next season will be in EL (UM loses both IMO)
- Wisconsin v. Nebraska -- good v. good == push (get both in AA, but it won't matter as they are both much better than UM; UM loses both IMO)
- OSU 2010 v. OSU 2011 -- good v. good == advantage 2011 (game will be in AA in 2011...it won't matter. UM loses both IMO)
In summary, for 2011 I see the schedule thusly:
Should win -- EMU, WMU, Minnesota, SDSU and Purdue (5 wins)
Toss ups -- ND, Illinois and N'Western (1 win, 2 losses)
Likely losses -- Iowa, MSU, Nebraska and OSU (4 losses)
That would mean a 6-6 record with an optimistic goal of say 8-4 if UM wins all of the toss ups.
Below I've presented what I believe is a solution to the Big Ten's scheduling in 2011. I know many have been thrown around and mine is yet another on the pile. All I ask is that you read it in its entirety.
1) Penn State
2) Michigan State
2) Ohio State
- All teams play everyone in their pod. (2 games)
- Pod 1 and Pod 2 play every year. (3 games); Pod 3 and Pod 4 play every year. (3 games)
- Year 1, Pod 1 plays Pod 3 (3 games); Pod 2 plays Pod 4 (3 games)
- Year 2, Pod 1 plays Pod 4 (3 games); Pod 2 plays Pod 3 (3 games)
8 regular season games thus far.
- All natural/important rivalries are preserved. (Michigan/Minnesota and Indiana schools vs. Illinois schools would be every other year.) Those schools could be marginally adjusted within EAST or WEST based on how the league desires those less sexy rivalries to shake out from year to year.
- The pods remain geo-centric, with some slight meddling in the East to offset the Pod 2 behemoth.
- Pods are slightly unbalanced, but opportunity within remains fair. Each team within a pod plays 8 common opponents. If a school doesn't get out of its pod there is nowhere to lay blame.
- A 2 division format leads to advancement where non-division scheduling must play a factor
- Michigan/OSU would be an “8th” Game. In a normal year, as much would be on the line, based on details of Game 9.
A full crossover matchup between skipped pods based on order of finish, with winners of the 1st vs.1st games (played at neutral sites) advancing to the CCG. This would grant fresh and exciting matchups for the playoff and potentially between 2nd place schools fighting for bowl eligibility.
- Home/Away pods for Game 9 can be declared before the season to avoid scheduling issues.
Conference Championship Game
Winners of 1st place matchups from Game 9 (neutral site)
- The pods would be equally sound with Michigan and OSU in different EAST pods by switching one with another school. However, the win-or-die importance of The Game may not be there (i.e. the losing team could still be in the playoff). The possibility of a Michigan/OSU Conference Championship Game would also be created. Whether that is appealing depends on your taste.
- It is possible, though unlikely, a team with a .500 or worse record could win a pod (like pod 3 in the year pod 4 and 2 are played). Unfortunately, the potential caveats to address the issue make an even greater problem. (I explored it.)
- If that scenario happens, no 2nd place team can complain with cause since the schedule is equitable within every pod.
- Any potentially aggrieved 2nd place school is still going to a quality bowl game. This school also receives a favorable Game 9 matchup that will add a win to its resume. That school could easily be considered a 3rd-ish place school in the eyes of the media.
- The pods need names, yes.
If the league goes to 14, pods are impossible, obviously. If it goes to 16 playing a balanced schedule becomes nearly impossible.