"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."
Ok - I've watched videos on Mgoblue, searched and googled. Does anybody have any info, rumor or fact, that I haven't heard about Devin? I am not dreading watching Shane play, and I still think we can win this game with him under center. I do think this team is much better with him playing, and it looks to me like he's not even practicing in pads this week. I did hear Hoke say earlier this week that if Devin didn't practice by Wednesday that he wouldn't get any PT in the bowl game. Did he practice yesterday? The only pics I saw of him yesterday were of him without pads, so I have no idea. This mgocommunity is really good at ferreting out info from under the shroud of Fort Hoke, so I was hoping for some new info. Happy Holidays to everyone, and I hope you all had good times with family. Go Blue, and beat Kansas State!!!
I know that it had been speculated previously on this here board but according to this report, an announcement will be made tomorrow wherein the Pinstripe Bowl will officially become part of the Big Ten's bowl rotation for 2014.
Mike Patrick doin' his best Brent Musberger in the pre-game opening.
"This game is monumental for Duke" (vs Cincinnati in the Charlotte-based bowl).
After Saturday, the bowl picture for Michigan is extremely simple. Eligible B1G teams:
|Nebraska||[11-2] or [10-3] pending B1G title game|
|Wisconsin||[8-5] or [7-6] pending B1G title game|
If Nebraska beats the Badgers next weekend, they go to the Rose Bowl, and the Capital One Bowl takes 8-4 Michigan (who hasn't played there since the 2007 season) over 9-3 Northwestern and 7-6 Wisconsin.
If Wisconsin beats the Cornhuskers, Wisconsin to the Rose, Nebraska at 10-3 gets the Capital One nod over Michigan, and we play in the Outback Bowl for the first time since the 2002 season.
I know everyone is intimitated by the thought of double posting an open thread for such a popular game, which is obviously why there wasn't an open thread before coverage started.
Enjoy this, your third to last game of the season. The BBVA Compass Bowl comes to you LIVE from Birmingham. Pitt has four coaches for the game and you're going to hear about it 100+ times in the next three hours.
Feel the excitement (HT: EDSBS).
An interesting article on the payout for the Big Ten bowls this season. Big Ten Teams Share Bowl Payout Equally I've read in a couple other threads that people think Indiana is getting the best deal for not travelling, but that's not really the case. These statements were assuming that the revenue is split equally, but that's not true. The Big Ten covers travel expenses up to 100% of the revenue first, then it divides the profits equally. Well apparently with the exception of Nebraska, since they are new. But all that the Big Ten will reveal is that they don't get an equal share. The assumption is they get less, but there is the possibility they get more. Considering that 10 of the 12 teams in the conference are going bowling, the assumption is the Big Ten loves the present bowl system and would hate a playoff. Maybe, but it seems like at least three teams may not have their expenses fully covered, since Penn State, Illinois and Purdue are all keeping 100% of the revenue their bowl hands to the Big Ten. Since the article is on PennLive.com they only detail the extra expense that Penn State will have to cover on their own, estimated at $200k-$600k more than the $1.2 Million the bowl is paying out. But Penn State won't be in the red, their equal share of the profits will be about $2.6 Million so they still have their heads above water. Not as far above water as Indiana, who has no travel expenses at all, but still, Penn State is clearing $2 Million to be equally shared amongst all athletes in their various programs. So I'm sure the Penn State swim team is very greatful that Wisconsin doesn't keep the bulk of their Rose Bowl profits like in a more Texas style arrangement, because the Grand Daddy of them all pays out some serious cheddar (pun intended).
Here's the top four ( out of 10!) in the payout list and their related expenses expected. I guess the hotels in LA aren't that much more expensive than the ones Michigan will be forced to reserve in New Orleans. Check the link for all the details.
Bowl (Big Ten team):--- Bowl pays conference --- Big 10 pays for travel expenses
Rose Bowl (Wisconsin) --- $22.3 million --- $2.3 million
Sugar Bowl (Michigan) --- $6.1 million --- $2.050M
Capital One Bowl (Nebraska) --- $4.55 million --- $1.775 million
Outback Bowl (Michigan State) --- $3.5 million --- $1.775 million