True enough, but 2011 is a particularly good year for us to catch a break. I will happily pay it back with a tougher schedule once our machine is running full steam again.
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."
no more Wisconsin or Penn State?
Subject heading says it all. Penn State and Wisconsin will rotate back on the schedule in 2013. Probably replacing Illinois and Purdue who will come off the schedule for 2013 and 2014.
Do they rotate on together or separately? If it's together were going to have some brutal schedules every couple of years.
I have no idea. Penn State, Indiana, and Wisconsin are off in 2011 and 2012. All three of them can't rotate back on after that because the Ohio State game is locked in. Normally I'd say two will rotate on and two will rotate off but that means we'd go 4 years without playing a team.
My guess is that a similar situation to the SEC is set-up.
Let's say we're Florida. Our protected rivalry is LSU.
2006-Alabama and Auburn
2007-Auburn and Ole Miss
2008-Ole Miss and Arkansas
2009-Arkansas and Miss St
2010-Miss St and Alabama
In effect, our schedule would be
2013-Indiana and Penn State
2014-Penn State and Wisconsin
2015-Wisconsin and Illinois
2016-Illinois and Purdue
2017-Purdue and Indiana
For some technical reasons involving home and road games, I think they would have to rotate together. I'm pretty sure that's how the ACC and Big XII do it.
2011 & 2012 -- Purdue & Illinois
2013 & 2014 -- Indiana & Wisconsin
2015 & 2016 -- Penn State & Purdue
2017 & 2018 -- Illinois & Indiana
2019 & 2020 -- Wisconsin & Penn State
Or something like that. Obviously, a 9-game schedule would change things.
Yeah, isn't it 2 of PSU/Wisconsin/Indiana? So it means we won't get one of them for four years.
oh boy time to clear the credit card for some big games!
Anybody know when you can place a deposit for season tickets for 2011?! MUST SEE...
Get on the waiting list today it is only ten bucks, I waited seven years for season tickets, however with the expansion and the record as of late it should not take that long.
I tried mgoblue.com and it only had 2010.
Go to mgoblue.com then click on tickets, then look for the season ticket waiting list. Don't quote me on the ten bucks that was nine years ago, but I don't think it is that much.
but it says even date 2015? Whats that about?
http://ev8.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3AUM%3AWL04%3AWL%3A&linkID=umichse&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode= Try this it should take you to the option of how many tickets you want to reserve.
Ugh, as a season ticket holder it would have been a lot nicer to have OSU and Nebraska at home in alternating seasons.
I agree with this. Those years having both Nebraska and Ohio State away are going to be tough - I'm glad they're at home right after each other next year rather than away right after each other.
He seems to have the "Midas Touch" and has really built the Big Ten brand into arguably the most valuable and respected in the land. This, of course, ignores the slings and arrows shot our way from our neighbors from the Southeast.
Yeah, but he's basically responsible for the lack of a playoff in college football. To me, that is a prominent black mark on his ninja legacy.
although I'm not sure whether or not I agree with it, that Delany has simply been blocking a playoff until the Big Ten is in a better position to take advantage of it. Expand to hold a championship game, build a strong network to weaken the other conferences ... wait ... and once the Big Ten is rolling in cash, then decide that it's okay to have a 16-team system, figuring that it's much more likely the conference would get two or three teams in than in a weaker situation (no conference title game, fewer teams, less visibility).
I'm not crazy about playing Nebraska the week before playing Ohio State. But otherwise, not too bad of a schedule.
ticket package is worth its price in gold.
right now for 2011. They won't be available until after the 2010 season though I bet.
Worth its price in gold? Haha I know what you mean, it's just funny phrasing. It would also be worth it's price in cash or wompom.
Did they say whether the cross-division games would have an effect on the championship game? Is it just based on your division or all 8 Big-10 games?
They didn't mention it that I saw, but it will be all conference games. That's how every other conference does it, and, if you don't count cross-division games, you don't really have a conference.
I know they were doing that a few years ago, with cross-divisional games only counting as tiebreakers. Do they still?
I tried Googling for the answer but ended up on some thread on Spartan Tailgate blaming Dave Brandon for that idea. Really? Did I miss that?
Generally, I'm pretty happy with this - and really glad that they've kept Michigan-Ohio State as the last game of the year. However, I was a little unnerved by the fact everyone (including Delaney) kept hedging whether it was going to stay that way. It sounds like after the next two years, they're going to reconsider the timing of these games... Sounds like we'll have to visit this ridiculous issue all over again. Ugh.
by dreaming that in 2012 they're be working on addressing the schedule because a few more sweet teams joined the Big Ten...
Schedule does seem to favor Michigan but I'll miss playing Wisconsin and Penn State. I really look forward to those two games every year. I was really excited when Penn State joined the Big Ten and playing the big guys at Wisconsin is fun to watch.
Guess I'll need to look forward to playing one of those two in the Big Ten Championship! :)
We'll still play them 50% of the time. Note that they weren't protected rivalries to begin with.
But then we only own them 50% of the time?
Love it. Divisional Record solution worked. Delaney commit beyond 2012 pls, +1
2011 is going to be crazy. Incredible schedule. This year will be memorable because it's the last, but it's no longer a sad last. Very, very exciting change coming.
Brandon's pimp hand, yo? Be slappin'. He was right and we didn't even know it
Seriously, I can't find one.
Is it me or does the schedule look a lot easier with out psu and wisconsin in it
I can't wait to go to Lincoln in 2 years wearing my 1997 National Championship sweatshirt that's been gathering dust.
But it bears repeating:
DAVID. MOTHER. EFFING. BRANDON.
I go out for a bike ride through Ann Arbor for the first time, hear the marching band practicing in the stadium, think to myself, "Man, it sucks that we're going to lose that one big tradition..." as I'm standing in the shadow of the Big House, and then I come back to this.
Best night I've had in a while.
Seriously. David f'n Brandon.
I haven't read all the comments nor have I looked into the info myself.....does this mean that UM OSU can meet up twice? Sorry if this is ignorant. Just got home from work after a 16 hour day. Brain not functioning..thanks!
The very next week.
That would be crazy. Hopefully it happens sooner than later!
Am I the only one who thinks it's awesome that MSU got bent over on the schedule? They only dodge Penn State. They play @OSU, @IOWA, @NEB, Michigan at home, and Wisconsin at home. Not to mention they get Northwestern, too. Flip it in in 2012 except they still have to go to the Shoe.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ... I loves me some that.
Let's see how good Dantonio really is. MSU's bubble is about to burst like whoa.
Into woe. Either way, I'm good.
Hmmm, while it's not something I'm pre-occupied with, the image here makes me remember fondly the old helmet stickers, and reminds me that I still wish we used them...
Oh fucker. You could have a two win Michigan playing a 10 win ohio state. WTF.
God I hope the shitstorm Brian referenced doesn't come together to push coach out after this year. With all the starters we'll have returning and that schedule 2011 could really be something special.
So I really feel for the Big Ten.
You know it's not going to be fair, and someone's going to end up sitting with all the cool cousins while someone else gets tossed at the kids' table, and there's no way to please everyone.
And all along the way you're thinking "man, we are only going to sit down for 5 minutes total -- why don't we just put the bride and groom at the shitty table and everyone's happy" but then your bride says NO FUCKING WAY AM I SITTING WITH MISOPOANNOYINGSISTER and then all everyone wants to talk about is where the bride and groom are sitting, not how cool it was that you managed to get all of these people who liked each other at the bachelor party reunited and shit.
So you make up priorities:
1. Preservation of couples.
2. Table parity (spread out the dorks -- you don't want people to feel like they're sitting with Flounder and Pinto and Jugdish, et al.)
3. Historic and cultural ties between tablemates.
Then you just fill in and move around for silly reasons like "ooh, these people all speak French -- wouldn't it be awesome to have a French-speaking table?"
Oh yeah, and YOU DON'T SPLIT UP THE BRIDE AND GROOM
oops, Big Ten.
Side note: I'm not so good at math to do this on my own, but I did e-mail Randall Monroe and asked if he could help create an algorythym for mathematically perfect tables based on factors such as age, years knowing each other, and personality points. Haven't heard back.
and of course we don't know yet how long this will last, is that the last week of conference play seems to have shaken out this way:
Ohio State-Michigan, yep, keeping that one.
Indiana-Purdue, yep, keeping that one.
New guys, play your neighbors. Wisconsin, I don't know, um, Penn State, what the hell. The rest of you, whatever. Figure something out.
With five of the six teams in the Not-Michigan Division locked up, Illinois has to play a cross-division rival. If they end with Northwestern (which would make sense, that being their protected rivalry), then that leaves Michigan State and Minnesota as the last ones on the floor. (For some reason, Illinois closes with Northwestern in 2011 but Minnesota in 2012.)
this just in: David Brandon is the Candyman
I be like dang!
The University Of Michigan
We Be Like Daaang