*not actually entirely official
*not actually entirely official
bama's bad kicking will actually cost them games
Pfluger haunt Alabama at the Cowboys Stadium!!!!
when that happened. That's the only thing I actually remember without watching video. Ahh, the memories. As much as I love Mgo...I do miss the simple times of childhood where Michigan could do no wrong in my 12 year old eyes.
Was awesome in that game. Possibly his best as a Wolverine. David Terrell also.
defending national champion!!
You need to update your sig again - we're up to 880 wins.
Wow I like it, but is there only going to be 5 home games that year?
Good point, but four Big Ten home games and two non-conf home games would be six. I wonder if they'll take a hiatus from Notre Dame. That move would be fine by me.
Well if we don't skip Notre Dame in 2012, then we could only have 6 home games. Plus we already have Nebraska and Ohio State on the road. Seems like it would be beneficial to drop Notre Dame in South Bend for 2012.
Two tasty OOC cupcakes and four Big Ten games (with OSU and Nebraska on the road). That is looking like a crappy home slate.
plus Alabama obviously would be neutral. I'd assume 2 non-conference home games, plus 4 in-conference home games. I'm going with 6.
No, we're taking a hiatus from ND for 2012-2013, so we will have 7 home games.
Who cares? Michigan will have the toughest schedule ever in 2012 adding Alabama. If Iowa, MSU, Nebraska KEEP getting better every year, and tUOS is still a top dog.. If we still got ND on the schedule and THEY improve... thats 6 BIGGG games in one season. If we come out alive... i dono what kind of things ill do.
No, I don't disagree with that, but we will have 7.5 home games in terms of revenue.
I didn't even read the article - I didn't even let the text on the page load. But I saw Atlanta in 2013-2014 in the page title. Woooooooo!!! If that is factually accurate. So awesome. Party at my place!
Edit. Aaaand...that is why you let the text load. Fail. You are still welcome to come party though.
You got punk'd. Sorry bud. Maybe we'll schedule a non-conference with GT in the future?
This would be awesome. Georgia or Georgia Tech will do. Athens is a fun town, and Atlanta obviously is a fun city.
you missed out on the juiciest tidbit outside of the 2012 game- Alabama is scheduled to visit Michigan State in 2017, the last year of Saban's contract. How awesome would that be?! Of course, he'll be coaching somebody else by then, but one can dream.
Nice work by Brian, here, too. This is a pretty big win for him. Congrats.
6 home games? We must really be getting paid to play in this.
2012 OOC looks to be brutal if Kelly turns ND into a good/great team. Bring it on!
Hopefully we have our defense figured out by then.
We'll have a lot of seniors and juniors not freshman and sophomores by then. Plus on the other side of the ball we will have a senior Denard.
While I was mostly being facetious, we have to assume that our defensive attrition slows from a hemmorage to a slow trickle for our defense to be lead by upperclassmen by then.
I like this...what a schedule in 2012...Nebraska on the road, Ohio State on the road, Notre Dame on the road (not official), and now Alabama in Dallas...
I'd like it more if we were playing Bama in Ann Arbor or Tuscaloosa. I don't like the idea of us playing our biggest OOC game in an off-campus stadium. This better not be the start of a trend.
Its about the only way now to get top programs to play each other....
Really it's better than nothing...I'd rather play Bama anywhere instead of scheduling William and Mary for a home game.
If USC will go to Minnesota, we can get a good opponent to come to Ann Arbor. Hell, Sparty is doing a home-and-home with Bama later this decade.
Not to mention the OSU v USC home and home, and the OSU v Miami (YTM) home and home.
Yeah but USC probably saw that game as a win, and Alabama probably sees MSU as a win as well, it is not quite the same as scheduling a game against an "equal" opponent. And, yes USC did schedule OSU, I just think that argument is a little bit apples to oranges.
2012 is turning into a huge year in regards to the national perception of this team and the conference. It will be a great time down in Texas at Jerry World if 2011 is awesome and 2010 shapes up to high marks
2010 - 10-3 with bowl win 2011 - National Championship contention 2012 - Look out!!!
We can be optimistic right?
the defense of our National Championship.
Hey, I think you forgot the words "two time" between our and National.
We have had success historically against the SEC so this is a very winnable game.
...just to hit that video board during punts.
Halftime show at all??
Why pick a state where there is relatively little interest in either program? Why not a place with local fan bases, like the Orange Bowl (rematch!), Solider Field, the Rose Bowl, or somewhere else historic for the programs?
That being said, this is the biggest non-conference game Michigan has scheduled since, well, maybe ever. I suppose if this is the only compromise under which the teams would agree, we have to do it, but still.
Best OOC game ever? Not even biggest of the last 25 years...try Mich vs ND, #1 vs #2, 1989 I believe (the Rocket Ismail game)...
They're playing in Texas because Jerry Jones is going to "make it rain" on Michigan and Alabama for coming and playing in Jerryworld.
Arlington is smack down in the middle of Dallas. We have a sizeable following in Texas, much like anywhere. But I think it helps in recruiting Texas players more than anything. A "bowl game" outside of bowl season.
A little background: I've been traveling with same group every year to a different Michigan road game. A couple of years ago, we finished the entire B10 road circuit after visiting all of the other ten campuses. So in 2009 we went back to A2 and luckily picked the Indiana game, our only conference victory. This year we struck gold in South Bend. Next year is pretty grim for road games, so the heavy lean at this point is to go back to A2 to see our first night game vs. ND.
For 2012, we are pretty much set on seeing the first ever game in Lincoln against the B10's newest conference member.
But now comes this and I have to confess I'm a little torn. The chance to play a recent national champion, the chance to test our mettle against an SEC team, the chance to beat Saban, and the chance to see a game in Cowboys Stadium.
I think @Nebraska is the right call here but would be interested to hear others opinions either way. Which game would you go to?
There can only be one *official* road trip with my crew each year and while my wife would have no problem with me going to two games--she totally gets this Michigan affliction--there's no way we'd get the whole group out to two games.
To your point, however, I would strongly consider going to both games even if it's not the whole group for one or an officially sanctioned road trip.
And let's be honest, this is a very, very good "problem" to have.
That is a tough call, but I would pick an on-campus game in Lincoln over tailgating in a parking lot in Texas. In September.
I would pick the Alabama game in Dallas. You'll have plenty of chances to see Michigan in Lincoln in the coming years, but how many chances to see Alabama v. Michigan on a neutral field in Dallas?
with the group of guys I tailgate with. We also try to hit a road game every year. For 2012, we agreed that we'll be going to Arlington.
Seeing Michigan play in Lincoln would be historic, no doubt. However, it is going to be damn near impossible to get tickets. That will not be the case for the Bama game. In fact, I will not be surprised if the option to buy a ticket is offered to season ticket holders. Also, the Lincoln road trip will be an option every other year. Bama in Arlington is a one time thing.
we're rolling out the "blue" carpet for you! C'mon up!
UM vs Bama in Arlington would be great. I guess they'll have to figure out how to split concessions. I just thought of something, you might be able to buy a beer at the game, for $12.00, of course.
That was going to be my comment - definitely pick the game in Texas Stadium. It'll be like watching the CCHA playoffs last year at the Joe and being able to pound beers, only not in Detroit (although I hear Dallas isn't much to speak of, either). That is the real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I do the same thing with my buddies. One roadie per season. I'd vote for Lincoln, by a mile. That's a real football/B10 atmosphere. Historic. Dallas is just a big, generic city in sweltering Texas. No atmosphere whatsoever. And, if you're talking budget, Dallas is a much more expensive location to visit.
Dallas is a pretty crappy city, albeit in a football-mad state. That stadium is a monstrosity.
Obv. UM makes more on a home date. The question is, how much more? With an OOC home & home on ABC, is it home takes all, w/ 50/50 split of TV rev.? How does the conference impact things?
ND is unique, because of their geographic proximity, and their TV contract with NBC.
What would be the take in a home & home with USC, UCLA, TX, TN, or West Virginia?
Are there any decent teams out there wanting exposure who would entertain a 2 for 1 (one game their place, two at ours?) That would seem to be the best scenario for us . . . a good team, but still decent finances.
What about tiered pricing? How much could the market bear for USC, vs., say, BG or EMU? Could face value be double?
It's only a 7-8 hour drive for me! I'll be there dressed up in my UM gear. I have a friend who lives in Fort Worth, I'm sure I can party hardy after the win and crash at his place!!!!
Finally MIchigan will have a tough team from the SEC on its schedule to give it a measuring stick between conferences.
under a new, 37-year, $4.8 billion contract, with Alabama under investigation for gray shirting?