The wife and I are making the trip out to New Brunswick tomorrow for the game, taking NJ Transit from Penn Station. We were planning on heading in early to check out Rutgers's campus (we've been to New Brunswick before, but didn't make the trip over the river to campus), but with the forecast, we're thinking we might skip campus and just get in in time to get dinner before kick off. This is the wife's first Michigan game (second college football if you count watching Columbia and Cornell play a couple years ago), so hopefully it won't be too soul crushing.
I guess this is a general thread about going to the game. Things to check out on Rutgers's campus (weather permitting), restaurants to hit up before kick-off (crowd permitting), tail gating areas, transit advice, etc.
From the Ed-S-itor: Some of you may have noticed the new ad on the top of the site:
(Don't be fooled by this size; in real life, it's really big!)
Meet the latest sponsor of MGoBlog, Sports Power Weekends. What they do is put together group travel for Michigan's away games (Dallas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc.) So instead of doing the driving and the booking and the ticket scrounging you just give these guys about what you'd pay for all of that anyway and they do it for you. They have a limited number of spots based on how many tickets and bus seats there are.
I have images in my mind of busloads of MGoBloggers singing "The Victors" all the way to Sound Bend. I have to take the family caravan to that one, but I'm gonna try to meet up with the bus at some point.
Their message is below. And yes, it's not too late to be
in there for Alabama in one month (ONE MONTH! EEEEEE!!!!!) -S
-1999 W @ Syracuse 18-13
A win but lowest point total of the season.
-2000 L @ UCLA 20-23
-2001 L @ Washington 18-24
Lowest point total of regular season.
-2002 L @ND 23-25
96 Rushing yards. -2003 L @ Oregon L 27-31
Scored late TD by Breaston to make it look closer than it was. One of the TD's was scored on a blocked FG
-3 Rushing yards on the day!!!!!!
-2004 L @ ND 20-28
56 Rushing yards.
-2005 L @ Wiscy 20-23
Only scored 13 points until late in the 4th. Scored on long flea-flicker to Manningham.
Look it happens, if you can remember these games the offense was terrible. And half of these games were played by WAY more experienced players. The only exception was Henne in 04. Were there some questionable play calls? Maybe. But remember watching these games in the past and banging your head against a wall?
The general consensus here in Iowa is that Hawkeye fans are nervous about the Michigan game, but they are feeling much more secure and confident after the Hawkeye performance at State College. The Iowa offense is really not that good, but they have a good O-line and some very good young running backs. Stanzi is the type of QB who you want to just not lose the game for you. Receivers are average. Kicker is decent, and the Hawkeye punter is on par with He Who Cannot Be Named. Iowa defense is just plain good -- possibly the best front seven in the Big Ten. One of their safeties, Tyler Sash, has had a bunch of picks already, but he's been Johnny-on-the-Spot against some weak players (Arnaud from Iowa State comes to mind).
I also have four tickets to the Illinois game in Champaign on Halloween, and so my fiancee and I are meeting two friends from Indianapolis there. I have not been to Memorial Stadium, but I understand that I'm in for a pretty brutal time. Hell, just last summer, driving through Illinois, I saw "Muck Fichigan" t-shirts in a convenience store. I just hope that the Illini continue to struggle, and that Juice Williams is not going to replicate his performance from last year against us.
Anyone else going to these games?