Oh thank God.
Michigan's 2011 Conference Schedule
10/1 – Minnesota
10/8 – @ Northwestern
10/15 – @ Michigan State
10/22 – BYE
10/29 – Purdue
11/5 – @ Iowa
11/12 – @ Illinois
11/19 – Nebraska
11/26 – Ohio State
Doom partially averted.
UPDATE: 2012, by the way:
9/29 – BYE
10/6 – @ Purdue
10/13 – Illinois
10/20 – Michigan State
10/27 – @ Nebraska
11/3 – @ Minnesota
11/10 – Northwestern
11/17 – Iowa
11/24 – @ Ohio State
Looks like they're trying to make an important divisional game the second-to-last one of the season. By virtue of dodging Penn State and Wisconsin the next two years, Michigan is set up with pretty easy schedules.
UPDATE II: Sadly, "basketball will chart its own course."
Some people wear Superman pajamas, Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas, and Chuck Norris wears Mike Barwis pajamas.
I should start saving money now for season tickets...
Did he just say the game might move after 2012, though?
Is this true? Did he say it in passing and it's just being forgotten?
Revsine asked him if the end of the year thing was permanent or just for this scheduling cycle (ie 2011-2012) and Delany refused to commit beyond 2012. I'm not that worried about it.
I just uncocked my .40 caliber that has been pointed at my head since 6pm...Whew!
and has this team where they should be then they will roll into that Nebraska game 6-0 in conference.
@Kinnick is tough.
But until November things look favorable.
Yeah, however, Iowa is set up for this year not 2011.
with the Huskers and Buckeyes on consecutive weekends, ouch! Thankfully, they're both at home.
Brian just updated his main post with the 2012 schedule...nothing to see here!
im watching the stream, and what stands out to me most is that Jim Delaney's head is really REALLY shiny.
Nebraska and Ohio State back-to-back... bad.
Illinois and Purdue as delicious snacky-cakes cross-over games = yum
Michigan v. Ohio State at the end of the year = obv.
We used to get Wisconsin or Penn State before OSU all the time. No biggy.
But I think Delany is leaving wriggle room regarding other cross-divisional rivalry games. I think he realized that there is zero wriggle room re: The Game.
OSU/Nebraska back to back at home next year, that's some football! Sounds like I have one week of vacation booked next year.
I don't really like Nebraska going on the same home/away rotation as OSU and ND. With PSU and Wisconsin in the other division, this will lead to many years where the best home game will be against MSU. Other than that this sucks about as little as possible as far as alignments that split UM and OSU.
Edit: Forgot Iowa. Still not a fan of having NU on the same rotation as OSU and ND.
Yeah, that is an issue. I guess the only thing we could do is maybe get ND to switch things around.
the game at Thanksgiving. There would not be a lot of students at the game because most of them aren't a real hardcore fan. Kind of wish that it's a week before Thanksgiving with the Big Ten championship game after Thanksgiving so there would be 2 weeks of rest from the game.
Compared with all of the other changes that could take place, this strikes me as not that serious of an issue.
and I don't adore the holiday weekend concept either, but I'm willing to bet we can find 110,000+ people who are willing, maybe even eager, to escape their families and dried-out leftover turkey in order to attend that game. Students who don't go -- and I think that'll be more due to the logistics of getting back early than because of fairweather fandom -- can sell their tickets at a price that'll buy lots of beer at VC. Just as long as they're careful not to sell to any Buckeyes attempting to infiltrate the student section.
"There would not be a lot of students at the game because most of them aren't a real hardcore fan"
Good. Frees up more tickets for people that actually want to be there.
I was there, and although there did seem to be less students, the crowd was still very loud. Unfortunately, by the end of that game most of the noise was being directed at one John Navarre.
This was in the works prior to conference expansion/realignment.
Timmy B's 313 yd game was after Thanksgiving in 1995. I don't remember many empty seats. It's Ohio State, putting people in the seats won't be a problem.
It's also two days after Thanksgiving; most students live close enough that they can head home for the holiday and make it back for the game.
For those of us watching on tv, the more good football that weekend, the better.
What is most? Half the student body is from out of state.
Well if one assumes half the student body is from Michigan(I think it's more but whatever) and add in those that live in the upper parts of Ohio and Indiana plus those that decide that Michigan-OSU is more important than Thanksgiving, then you get most.
And Chicago, and....
I wish Nebraska was away next year. As it stands, in odd numbered years, we get Nebraska, ND and Ohio State at home, but in even number years, we only get Iowa and Little Brother at home. It would've been nice to have a homefield advantag against either OSU or Nebraska every year.
... we should have a very good team with a decent defense
... Night game vs. Notre Dame
... First game vs. Nebraska
... Beat Ohio State!!!!
Oh my god. We could be undefeated heading into OSU. At the very least we should have 9 wins before that game.
I do wish that the conference wouldn't have continued the "tradition" of making Michigan play an extremely physical opponent the week before OSU. Hopefully, Iowa can make OSU work as hard as Michigan will have to work against NU.
At any rate, the Big Ten is no longer the path to least resistance to the MNC game. Michigan would be wise to schedule all cupcakes for non-conference games until a playoff involving conference champions happens.
I wonder if Michigan will try to flip the ND series after the short hiatus they're taking in a few years so that one year will be Nebraska and OSU at home and MSU and ND the next. The UM-MSU series was played in Ann Arbor both in 1967 and 1968 so that the extra revenue generated by the rivalry games with OSU and MSU would be distributed evenly and not concentrated every other year. I think it was Canham's decision (he took over in 1968) but it might have been Crisler's.
Okay, so can we agree that they did a pretty great job with what they had to work with? I'm pleased.
However, the idea that "we'll see what happens after 2012" regarding the final regular season games scares me. I feel like Delaney is giving himself wiggle-room...
But at the end of the day, it's nighttime. And we should be very happy.
Really interesting that the two non-protected non-divisional games are apparently on a home and home set up, so that each team hits the same conference teams two years in a row.
oh snap we're winning 26 straight. rad times ahead
Are there any plans to name the divisions or are the names "X" and "O" going to stick?
Delany said the names were meant to be forgettable placeholders
Those were throw-away names that BTN came up with; they weren't even floated by Delany/committee/what-have-you. Delany even jokingly gave them a hard time for not being more creative. Those are absolutely not the names of the divisions.
If by "partially" you mean about 95%, then I agree. Hooray for keeping the game in November!
Toughest road games in East Lansing and Iowa City. Gotta love 8 games in the Big House.
Gotta love how the announcement is basically "Here are the divisions; let's talk about Michigan and Ohio State for the next hour."
By which I mean "sorry other teams in conference, I am sure you were talked about too."
When the divisions are named "Bo" and "Woody." Or "Schembechler" and Hayes." It sounds more formal.
The only Big 10 School with a comparable legacy coach is JoePa and he didn't help build the conference into what it is like Bo and Woody did. They'll get over it as soon as the profit-share checks start rolling in.
If we want to name the divisions in honor of coaches who "built the conference into what it is," the only two names in play would be Stagg and Yost.
If Wiscy and PSU are the crossovers for 2013 and 2014 that will be one brutal conference schedule.
They have way overthought this thing to the point that they took something relatively simple and made it complicated. Pure geography would have been better and the divisions would have been nearly as equally balanced. Or, as you said, begin with pure geography and then swap OSU with Wisconsin. That makes more sense to me than this divisional alignment.