With eight days left in the regular season you may be wondering, what's next. Well that is very dependent on how things shake out over the next couple of games.
Currently Michigan sits in 7th in the conference at 9-7. With two games left, Michigan has a chance to not only grab 11 conference wins, but doing so would knock fellow 9-7 team Northwestern off the 6-line. Additionally, this could lead to other movement within the standings.
MSU is currently in fifth place in the conference at 9-6 with a game at 4 p.m. vs. Wisconsin. I don't need to tell you who to root for. But, if Michigan wins out and MSU loses any of their final three games, Michigan would move up to fifth place in the conference based on tie breakers. The teams are 1-1 head to head but Michigan has one less loss and a key tie-breaker is overall win percentage among tied teams. For Michigan State to finish ahead of Michigan they would need to win out and have Michigan lose at least one game. MSU also plays Maryland next Sunday.
The difference between the 5-6 seeds and the 7+seeds are important. The 5-6 seeds will get to play someone coming off a Thursday night game. For example: last year No. 6 Wisconsin played the winner of the 11/14 game. And although they lost, along with Iowa and Indiana - that was weird and I imagine you would definitely rather play a team that is tired.
Now, there are other possibilities as well. If Michigan falters, they could drop below Iowa in the standings. Iowa owns the tiebreaker. But MIchigan cannot fall below 8. So worst case scenario would be an 8-seed with a second day game vs. the 10-seed which would currently be Illinois. More importantly, this would hurt our NCAA tournament hopes/seeding. Lets hope we avoid this by taking Mitch McGary's advice and winning the game.
In terms of best case scenario, the 4-spot could be still in reach. This would get Michigan 2 byes. For this to happen, Michigan would need to win out to pass MSU and Northwestern and Maryland would have to lose out. Even if MInnesota loses out, they hold the tie-breaker. Maryland plays Rutgers Tuesday, so we will know our highest potential in two days.
So here are your rooting interests:
Wisconsin over MSU - at 4 p.m.
Rutgers over Maryland - on Tue
Illinois over Michigan State - on Wed.
Wisconsin over Iowa - on Thur (prevents Michigan dropping from 7)
MSU over Maryland - on Sunday, but only if Maryland loses to Rutgers
I hope everyone found this helpful. Win the game.
Happened a month ago.
Spencer Hall has penned another masterpiece, this time on the Michigan-Michigan State game. Here's the first paragraph:
life comes at you fast pic.twitter.com/xQvydm2W80
— mgoblog (@mgoblog) October 31, 2016
NO SPARTY. NO. GO TELL YOUR STUDENT NEWSPAPER TO NEVER WRITE ABOUT THIS RIVALRY AGAIN. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND RIVALRY. YOU SENT THE WRONG PERSON TO WRITE THIS. THEY’RE TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER AND AT NO TIME IN A RIVALRY SITUATION SHOULD YOU FEEL BETTER.
Read the whole thing here: http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2016/10/31/13480346/don-t-do-this-michigan-state
Previously on the Sights of series:
2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament
2016 Football at Rutgers
For your read-along listening pleasure, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordan Lightfoot. Beware when the gales of November come early.
(As always, right click -> view image to make it bigger. All photos are by myself, Patrick Barron, and Bryan Fuller)
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early
The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T'was the witch of November come stealin'
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashin'
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind
Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya
Fellas, it's been good t'know ya
And the good ship and crew was in peril
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her
They may have broke deep and took water
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters
The islands and bays are for sportsmen
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
With the gales of November remembered
In the maritime sailors' cathedral
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
Of the big lake they call 'gitche gumee'
When the gales of November come early
We need some wallpaper for #HateWeek, right? Of course.
The MSU rivalry has always been the most important rivalry to me. I live in Lansing, so many of my friends and family members are Spartans. For the last decade, it has not been very fun to live amongst the Green and White.
However, this year has been great fun. The Sparty fans in my life have been unusually quiet. It's almost as if they are sitting quietly in a burning room. Just like the famous dog from the very popular comic. That's where the idea for this wallpaper came from.
And for all your trash talking needs, here it is in comic form.
Aaaand for good measure, here's a GIF.
— Joe Sports (@joefedewa) October 27, 2016
Yep, another MSU hype video. This one is a shorter / trailer-esque type one. Going to have some more videos coming out soon - one for a current commit and then another secret video.