This will cause Stub Hub prices to fall. I'd bet that will draw more out of towners, not less.
Quite possibly M's second-best home opponent in 2014. No, not Wake Forest.
The Big Ten released the 2014 football conference schedule this afternoon, providing our first glance at how the conference slate looks when Rutgers and Maryland are added to the mix. The .pdf with every team's conference schedule can be found here, or you can just click the picture below to embiggen:
To make things a little simpler, here's a (chart?) chart of each team's crossover games:
|Indiana||at Iowa, Purdue|
|Maryland||Iowa, at Wisconsin|
|Michigan||Minnesota, at Northwestern|
|Michigan State||Nebraska, at Purdue|
|Ohio State||Illinois, at Minnesota|
|Penn State||Northwestern, at Illinois|
|Rutgers||at Nebraska, Wisconsin|
|Illinois||at Ohio State, Penn State|
|Iowa||Indiana, at Maryland|
|Minnesota||at Michigan, Ohio State|
|Nebraska||at Michigan State, Rutgers|
|Northwestern||at Penn State, Michigan|
|Purdue||Michigan State, at Indiana|
|Wisconsin||Maryland, at Rutgers|
Fans of the Little Brown Jug will be happy to see Minnesota as one of Michigan's crossovers; an ever-improving Northwestern squad should be a tough test. Ohio State, meanwhile, gets to feast on the conference's two worst programs—unless you want to make the case for Iowa, which... go right ahead, actually—and woe be upon the Gophers for drawing the Big Two.
Home games in ALL CAPS:
|Aug. 30||APPALACHIAN STATE|
|Sept. 6||at Notre Dame|
|Sept. 13||MIAMI (OH)|
|Oct. 4||at Rutgers|
|Oct. 11||PENN STATE|
|Oct. 25||at Michigan State|
|Nov. 8||at Northwestern|
|Nov. 29||at Ohio State|
Yeah, the home schedule suuuuuuucks. This is in part because...
The biggest takeaways for me are the home schedule, which is the worst in the history of ever, and the unfortunate year-to-year imbalance created by playing MSU on the road for the second straight year. These are related, obviously—since the late '60s, Michigan fans could look forward to a home game against either MSU or OSU every year. Now there's a serious vested interest in Penn State's program somehow remaining strong through the sanctions, if only for the hopes of one interesting home game in even-numbered years.
All in all, things could be far worse for Michigan—the crossover games are reasonable, at least, and odd-numbered years are now set up for some great home slates and generous schedules overall. I can't help but look at that home schedule and feel deeply disappointed, however. Tougher non-conference scheduling can't kick in soon enough.
This will cause Stub Hub prices to fall. I'd bet that will draw more out of towners, not less.
The worst part is that 2014 seems like it'll be the year that everything finally starts falling into place for Hoke's program. The team will be mostly made up of our stacked recruiting classes from the past few years, Gardner will be a 5th year senior, we'll have had a year of Borges' preferred system under our belts...
I think it's a very real possibility that we could be a championship contender in 2014 and we get to see them play... Maryland.
On the plus side, we could also be contending in 2015 when we'll presumably have a much better home schedule, but that kind of depends on how redshirt sophomore Shane Morris does in his first season as a starter.
Did you take a look at that away schedule? Away at ND, NW, MSU and Ohio. Good luck making it through that. Only reason I lump what will be a mediocre MSU team is because they will craft their entire season around preparing for that game, as they always do.
the away schedule is, and this is not as homer statement, unfair. There should never, ever, be a year where all of our toughest games are on the road. Oh and BTW, this happened (mostly) this year as well. Why does Brandon not fix this by weighing in with Delaney?
Still will be a very young team in 2014 - you are going to have an OL and DL full of redshirt sophmores and sophmores, and a very young LB core ex Jake Ryan. Not saying they won't be good just saying it's going to be an interesting transition.
Then in 2015 you have a stud year if all these kids develop on the 2 lines but a "rookie QB" - but thats the beauty of CFB, always have to plug a hole somewhere.
I am going to guess Brandon sold out the scheduling in return for a promise from Delaney that the Michigan logo would appear earlier in BIG Ten Network advertisements.
Well I like where our BYEs sit (every silver lining has a touch of grey!).
One more week to prep for MSU another week for Ohio.
I am sure Ohio is bitching about their BYE placement. They get an extra week rest and prep for Maryland and Rutgers.
You're saying we have three weeks to prepare for Ohio, amiright?
But good find on the breaks before thee rival games at least. Of course, we usually do worse going into the bye with two weeks to stew, so PSU and Northwestern are scary games.
And what I'm seeing of OSU's schedule has Cinncy before Maryland, and a bye on the 6th. So either the Big Ten screwed it up or OSU did (or most likely that's considered "Big Ten season" and a bye, but OSU scheduled a game there and took their bye after the 1st game).
I figured it out...Dave Brandon must have groped somebody's wife/daughter. No other explanation.
Why can't Brandon make a deal with IU and have them flip their UM/MSU games while Michigan and MSU flip their games? It probably should have been that way in the first place, but maybe the ADs can work something out. It should work out better for MSU as well because as it is they have ND and Michigan both home/away the same year. Only reason I coudl see MSU against it is because their one goal in life is the mess up Michigan's schedule and feel like they got one over on Michigan by getting 2 home games in a row.
Edit: And maybe Brandon likes it because in odd years he can jack up prices more than usual due to the slate of games at home.
It should work out better for MSU as well because as it is they have ND and Michigan both home/away the same year./
Actually OSU is on the same home/away schedule as well for MSU.
So that makes me happy. Also, since I have started just buying NW tickets along with Michigan these days...
1. I thought the new alignment was supposed to fix the schedule imbalances, not make them worse.
2. Who OK'ed the MSU double away game, anyway?
3. This is so lopsided it may affect coaching and recruiting. What's the point of having a stacked team in even years?
Oh jeez it's just a schedule. It doesn't make that much of a difference. From a fan perspective, I get it. But from a competitive perspective, it makes very little difference.
Our only really hard game will be OSU, and that will alternate. Is MSU really so good that we couldn't possibly beat them on the road?
If MSU and OSU are both going to be away in even years and home in odd years, it's nice that Arkansas and Va Tech are both at home in even years.
So if the schedule stays this way our home schedule will include:
2018 - Arkansas, PSU
2019 - MSU, OSU
2020 - Va Tech, PSU
2021 - MSU, OSU
Not ideal, but I like the idea of having the marquee non-conference game at home in the off years from MSU and OSU.
That schedule makes it seem like Mr. Brandon knew this was coming.
They've probably had 'working drafts' of future schedules from the minute they knew Rutgers and Maryland were coming to the Big Ten which wasss possibly last summer? Early fall?
Arkansas may have been luck, but the VT scheduling was intentional I'd guess
That does soften things a bit, but would still prefer the balance of splitting up MSU and OSU with one at home and one on the road per season.
Indiana really took it on the chin having to play at both Michigan and Ohio, I was hoping that wouldn't be the case since I live 1 1/2 hours from Bloomington and like to go to games over there.
Which schedule is easier? Iowa's or Wisconsin's? I gotta go with Iowa and they get the bonus of having 2(!) whole big conference games at home.
Wisconsin's is definitely easier.
From September 13th to November, Iowa has one home game.
Iowa's 2 toughest games are at home though. Plus they get Northwestern at home and Indiana instead of @ Rutgers. I'd rather steamroll everyone and save my hard games for last.
we're talking about Iowa. No schedule will seem "easy" when they're through with it.
I think we can all agree on the current quality of Iowa's football team. I wasn't comparing the two, I was comparing their schedules.
As a Michigan fan and a Big Ten supporter it worries me that they have such an easy schedule.
Also, it's interesting to me to see the teams I love to hate (OSU, Wisc) getting cream-puff crossover games.
We are gonna have a really tough time making the playoff next year (not like it was a lock or anything anyhow).
It just kind of sucks looking at that schedule and seeing AT nd, AT ohio, and AT little brother (also at northwestern FWIW, but thats sort of like a home game).
But again, it sort of sucks to have a potentially stud 5th year senior DG led team, that is filled with 4 and 5 stars coming into thier own, have to go up against all of that.
I know this is looking really far ahead, but fingers crossed that either Speight or Shane can ball out in 2015 because our squad will be starting virtually all 4 and 5 star talent at that point.
The three tough road games plus B1G championship trumps the terrible home schedule. I think they will be fine. Just win.
The point was just made above, as I was typing this - Nov. 8 @ Ryan field is an awesome home game... let's make it feel that way to the purple-clad who show up anyway!!!
Weather-wise there's always a chance of a repeat of the great deluge of '98, where we won the game but lost the war.
Then again, there's always a chance of a lovely crisp Autumn evening in Evanston!
OSU and MSU on the same rotation is a major cluster-you-know-what. Good grief!
This is the same disaster we have with Neb/OSU/ND on the same home/away schedule. I'm really disappointed with how DB has handled B1G scheduling. Keeping The Game the last of the season is really the only good scheduling victory he's pulled off.
How is playing at MSU two years in a row even allowed? In the last 40 years, no team in any of the major conferences has played AT a rival's stadium 2 years in a row.
College football schedules have always needed some type of scheduling changes because of realignment but it's never been used for rivalry games because....hello, they're rivalry games.
We had a thing with Iowa in the 80's where we would play 2 straight at Iowa City, 2 straight at Ann Arbor, 2 straight at Iowa City before going back to the 1-1-1-1 format. Likewise, more recently, we played at Minnesota in 2002 and 2003 and at home against Minnesota 2004 and 2005.
Does this mean we could get MSU at home in 2015 and 2016? That's the only thing that could be slightly fair in this warped new schedule.
God, this is so stupid. We alternate MSU and OSU at home every year. That's the way it's been and that's the way it should stay.
so it's all good.
That Iowa agreement really changed history when you consider UM has to go back to Iowa City in 1985 after playing their in '84.
Given the deck will be reshuffled again in 2016 with the 9-game conference schedule, let's hope the MSU/Ohio thing is just a two year anomoly, and that we'll end up hosting Sparty two years in a row to get it back to having one at home each year.
Who's in charge of B1G scheduling? It does not seem to me that this would be that hard of job. First basketball and now this!?! I don'tget it. Putting some sort of competitive balance to everyone's schedule should be near the top of their priority list. Not to mention balancing rival schedules (OSU and MSU) such that you don't play both either away or home the same year. Very poor. Who ever is in charge of this needs to be fired.
Surprised they doubled up on MSU and OSU at the same time. Hopefully this gets remedied at some point, because having both on the road/home doesn't make much sense for the conference or those rivalries.
As for the rest of the slate, I think Maryland will be fine, and who knows how good Minny will be. They will likely be horrible, but who knows at this point. They definitely were fiesty last year at times, which gives me some small hope.
It's interesting to see how crowds at Michigan Stadium will respond -- or not -- to the lousy home slate.
For travelers like myself, who have 4+ hours each way to the Big House, while I obviously WANT to see Michigan victories, I also want to see great matchups. So, take Nebraska-Michigan, all the makings of a new great rivalry...Michigan curbstomped them in 2011, the Huskers got their revenge over our QB-challenged squad last season, and I'm looking forward to the rubber match in 2014.... well to hell with that -- it's MARYLAND! Yay.
I have been of the opinion that adding Rutgers and Maryland was a terrible idea from the beginning. I stand by that now.
Well, on the bright side, if we can somehow pull off an undefeated home schedule THIS year, we've locked up going undefeated at home for 4 straight years.
As my dad responded when I sent him the 2014 schedule:
"...if we are not undefeated going into the last game at OSU there should be an investigation."
November 29th game -- latest Michigan-OSU game ever, maybe?
Well, this year it'll be November 30th, which IS the latest is could ever be =P
I didn't realize this year's was so late.
in order to reduce the student section even more. Book it. Combine this with GA and there is ZERO reason to not just buy tickets off some drunk freshman for every game. Before, if you wanted to be sure you'd sit with your friends, you had to get season tix... now that factor is completely out of the picture.
This is probably a blessing in disguise though, since it'll mean I won't have to plunk down $400 after DB increases the price yet again. Buying tickets under $20/game will be a cakewalk. As it is, with GA the only reason to buy season tix in either basketball or football is to ensure you don't have to pay an outrageous amount for the marquee games. Honestly I'll bet you I can attend the entire home slate in 2014 for under $100.
will bump up against craptastic home schedules, and the no-shows in the student section won't be the only thing Mr. Never Say Never to Chrome Helmets has to worry about.
...except i would extend that to non-student tickets. ticket pricing is a classic bubble, and it will eventually pop.
i, for one, wouldn't spend the $500 a pop plus license fees to watch this schedule...or any other in the last ten years, for that matter. maybe i'd feel differently if i lived in ann arbor rather than grand rapids, but seriously. no way.
DB will blackmail the people who want to drop season tickets in 2014 with the 2015 home schedule. If you drop out in 2014, you won't be able to get 2015 tickets.
The issue with students not showing up.
To be honest, I'm a little worried about the 100,000+ streak