I couldn't agree more, or say it any better.
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I couldn't agree more, or say it any better.
to be an awesome game. It will be a different matchup and I don't get to see Boise State play often so it will be interesting. I think we could get a better matchup with a bigger conference opponent, but this has to be an option for the season opener.
Works for me.
This game should definitely help with our national perception (so long as we win, or don't get blown out), without creating the stressful atmosphere of an early season visit from LSU or USC or what have you.
I think it would be great.
In the last 7 seasons they have a record of 80-11 (88%! Taking out last season we are 74% over the previous 6 seasons).
They have beat such teams as Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Oklahoma(!), and lost close games to teams such as (highly ranked) TCU(17-16) and Louisville(44-40) who was 11-1.
They have finished in the top 15 5 of the last 7 years with a top 5 appearance after beating Oklahoma.
Yes, they play in a non-BCS, but they are no scrub. This type of mentality is why we lost to ASU. The BCS schools are overrated. Can you honestly say that you think that BSU wouldn't be able to easily beat at least half of the BCS schools?
We should be able to pull out a win with the right state of mind, which is the biggest thing for the home opener and "opening" of the "new" stadium. And it would give credit to the schedule when they end up in the top 15 again that year, whether we win or lose.
I want to see a team who has more traditional name appeal help us reopen the Big House. It would be a great chance to play a team like Georgia, Oklahoma, Miami or LSU, who are teams we always seem to miss out on playing. Bill Martin ought to be willing to make something like this happen given the budget surplus, even if he has to do a home and two away games. This is a special game, and we should be willing to pay the price to make it special. If we are not going to schedule a powerhouse, then they ought play a directional school from MI.
Boise St., this is what they do, take on the big boys. If we win, we're supposed to win, if we lose, more 'Michigan upset in home opener' talk.
I'd like a bigger name that we have a decent chance to beat but nobody would ,like, know...how about Auburn! They sorta,uh, suck right now! Pick 'em while they're down! Also, they are SEC, hey, hey...
Do they have a spot for us?
you all realize that USC/Texas/Georgia/LSU/other elite school has to AGREE to play Michigan, right? We don't just highlight them in the schedule window and press triangle.
Boise State is really a great game for teams with NC aspirations. They are a great win because they raise your computer and poll rankings, but really shouldn't be a threat beat a truly elite team more than about one time out of ten. Notre Dame has inflated their rankings for years by scheduling teams from lesser conferences with winning records.
It looks like everybody would win here. Boise State would get a fat paycheck and a chance to "put up or shut up," while UM would get a game that should be competitive for a half or so and a victory over a team that should be ranked coming in.
Even the BCS would win here, because a loss to UM would keep Boise State from whining about their bowl slot if they went on to run the table against mostly inferior competition.
For some reason, though, when something looks like a win-win situation in college football, it usually doesn't happen.
DO IT. and make it a night game...
Boise State would be a great match-up, though at this point I think they would be the favorite unless this team shows drastic improvement next year. I know that Boise St. will not be as good as a few years ago when they beat Oklahoma, but they would be a bowl team in any BCS conference, and would be a great test. If UM lost, I do not think people would call it some massive upset, especially if UM keeps it close.
But if UM does play Boise in 2010, is there a chance they would go out to the Blue Tundra and play Boise on their home turf? I would actually like to see that - UM almost never plays an OOC game on the road except against ND and the random Pac-10 team, and I think it would help the program to be seen as one willing to battle a good team on the road (especially considering that other big name teams not in the SEC - USC, OSU, PSU, Texas) have shown a similar willingness.
Many of the above posters see this as all risk and no reward. If Boise State is such a bullshit team, where's the risk? This is all about not being embarrassed (anymore!) by non-BCS schools, especially for such a big occasion. Pity that many posters' BCS-bias prevents them from being able to see reward in beating a quality football team, especially a team has the potential to be the favorite if the game was played at a neutral site or on the smurf turf.
I'm especially surprised by all the negativity because Boise State has been by far the most successful non-BCS team over the last ten years. They have the highest winning percentage of any team (BCS or non), they won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion, and they have a fantastic coach in Chris Petersen.
If you doubt that Boise State is a great program, read this:
Good discussion folks, even who I disagreed with.
I want to point out a game worth watching on opening weekend this season.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 10om, ESPN
Oregon at Boise.
We'll see what happens.
But, to folks who dont buy Boise, or who would equate them as not a high profile or worthy opponent, I offer the following bet:
I get Boise, you take Oregon. $1 for each taker.
We will settle up the morning of 9/5 at my WMU tailgate.
You know, other than WMU-UM, that is the game I want to see most on openening weekend (or uh Thursday if you're picky.)
How bout Slippery Rock they always draw well at the Big House.
I agree our OOC schedule isn't the worst but check out Georgia Tech's in the future:
2010 Kansas/Georgia (away)
2011 Kansas/Georgia (home)
2013 - Georgia, Vanderbilt, Alabama
2014 - Tulane, Alabama Georgia
Ohio State has done a 1 and 1 with USC and Texas. I understand our ND Rivalry kind of hurts that, but I really enjoy when we play teams like Oregon. We definitely owe them an ass whooping.
Don't like it.
Huge upside for them, very little for us.