Can we just cut to the chase and tie them directly to MSU, Rutgers, and Purdue?
B1G to add Holiday, Pinstripe & Music City Bowls to tie-ins
Nice! I hope every year we don't make the Rose Bowl we make the Holiday Bowl. Who doesn't love San Diego?
Forget the Holiday bowl, its all about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Ugh, I'm so sick of Big Poinsettia stamping their name on everything.
Well personally, I'd rather see us make the Orange, Sugar or Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl if we don't make the Rose Bowl, but yeah San Diego ain't too shabby.
I also like the matchup against a Pac-12 team. I always feel like the Big Ten and Pac-12 have some shared history, due to the Rose Bowl, and I get excited when we play Pac-12 teams. Plus, it's boring when every non-BCS Big Ten bowl slot is against a SEC team.
more teams = more bowls I can see the pinstripe bowl becoming the Rutgers/Maryland bowl
Good to see we're getting rid of the Texas bowls and not having every other game essentially be road contests against the SEC. Cali is great, New York is essentially a de-facto home game for any Big Ten team, and I don't know much about Nashville, but hey, it's something different.
The only way that would be a "fun" game to be in is if the Vols were in it. They packed LP Field to the brim in Orange a few years ago... and then lost as usual.
But at least the sorority girls were out - and I was 19 at the time.
Pics or it was a sausage fest.
Nashville's ok, but only if you like great live music, good night life and attractive women.
Looks like I have unexpected business in Nashville now.
Yay for the Holiday Bowl - excellent bowl site.
...Michigan v Colorado State in Holiday Bowl. Wasn't much of a game but I have fond memories of trip...and great pics with some of the players after that game. Great addition to BIG line-up.
I don't wanna make a thread because it is mostly speculation, but Drake Harris tweeted that UM will be back with Nike in 2 years. I have no other information, I just saw this on his twitter.
It's amazing that Adidas has managed to make Nike and all its dumbass uniforms look good.
Not if Adidas offers another huge contract.
As a premier school, Michigan is going to make a lot of money from whoever their supplier is. However, there have to be minimum quality standards. Is it worth getting an extra 5-10% if the products we're given are absolute garbage and look like clown uniforms?
DB could have said no. The fact they are allowing adidas to provide them, what, 5 alternate Jerseys in two years? That shows the relationship between the two.
And have you not seen what Nike has done? They are just as bad as adidas.
Nike didnt bring back Zubaz pants though....so like +infinity.
I just wish Michigan would go the Alabama route and say "Yes, if you must you can give us a little extra "flair" (houndstooth background on their numbers) but GTFO if you want to touch anything else".
Is something to be cast off. I mean, if you were offered a 10% raise to leave someplace you really liked, you'd have to think about it.
And everyone makes clown uniforms. Who does it doesn't matter. It's whether they do it or not. And it looks like we'll be doing it, but not as much, at least this year.
Nike has its own issues, but at least they produce quality products. I've never seen a Nike basketball team have 5 jerseys rip in the same game (Minnesota, 2013), or a Nike football team have to change jerseys at halftime because the jerseys they were given were so awful (Northwestern, 2011).
Plus, Nike can come up with some crazy alternate uniforms, but at least they seem to be thought out reasonably well. It's not crap like just changing the color of the numbers, or adding stripes or a yoke. The UTL uniforms were great, but the Virginia Tech, Alabama, and South Carolina uniforms were orders of magnitude stupider than anything Nike has done.
Actually liked them better than UTLs.
But really, Nike hasn't done anything wacky?
I never said Nike has never done anything wacky. My main argument is that, looks aside, Nike produces a higher quality product than Adidas - their jerseys don't rip or stretch or fall apart.
But even as far as alternate looks, almost all of those Nike examples at least present a coherent package that has something to do with the school's history/tradition/mascot, or at least is an interesting design. It's not just "hey, let's add a shoulder yoke and change the color of the numbers!" With the exception of the UTL uniform, all of Adidas' alternates could have been designed by a 10-year-old, whereas Nike's (love them or hate them) at least look like they were professionally designed.
Rutgers in Yankee Stadium and N'Western in Wrigley...just because.
ny for college football in the cold is a non-starter
nashviiie cool town- not great for bowl game
florida is best for second rate bowl games- warm, lots to do, good golfing weather in dec/jan
I know that millions and millions of tourists disagree, but Florida is one of the last places in the country I would want to go for anything. The scenery is swamps and there's absolutely no history to any of the large cities in that state. Blech.
To each their own
- Travel to Florida is much cheaper and closer for most Americans . . . you can make it in 18 hours if you really drive through. Pasadena is at least twice that, plus the possibility of blizzards, so driving is no longer even an option.
- St. Augustine, IIRC, does have some significant history.
- So does Key West.
- There are plenty of places, if you know where to look, where you can enjoy shrimp and beer at a non-plastic place on the beach or the water.
- Speaking of the beach, there's nothing like enjoying a nice walk on the ocean or gulf when the temps are around 70.
- I personally am not a big Disney Fan, although some people love Orlando. However, for those who drink beer, Busch Gardens in Tampa isn't bad. Also, everyone should go to the NASA Kennedy Space Center at least once. There are plenty of Michigan alums who were astronauts, after all.
I've lived 15 minutes from the Rose Bowl, and also lived in Florida. I would choose California in a heart beat. But short of the Rose Bowl, for all the reasons above, I'd rather be in Florida, rather than, say, the Cotton Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Pinstripe, Music City, Motor City, etc., etc. Obviously, the Sugar and Fiesta Bowls are in decent venues, but other than the game itself, I think I'd personally rather be in Florida than New Orleans. Arizona isn't bad, but I'd still take California or Florida.
Until you said you'd rather be in Florida than New Orleans.
I welcome San Diego, and am glad we're only losing Orlando/Cap 1 when the team is in the more prestigious Orange, but am saddened that we set up appearances in the Orange rather than the Sugar. Getting into the Sugar once every 30 years isn't enough.
What the hell are you taking about? Weather is nice and every tourist attraction is open that time of year. Plus, America's best beer city and plenty of bad choices south of the border.
America's best beer city is in Michigan.
I'd accept Boulder, Colorado as a substitute in a pinch. I don't even know what you're talking about with Florida.
Yeah there was actually an article in a beer publication recently about best beer cities & neither Florida nor Nashville is anywhere on the list. Portland,Boston, Boulder, Philly...those are beer towns (& Michigan has 2 fantastic breweries)
I think he's talking about San Diego as America's best beer city (given his comment about "bad choices south of the border"), which has to be on the short list. Lots of good breweries out there.
Why is "Nashville not great for a bowl game"? What are the requirements for a city to be great for a bowl game? A great night life, a walkable downtown/ stadium, museums, history, plenty of outdoor activities and mild weather sounds pretty great for just about everyone.
Independence Bowl is in shreveport, LA. I've been there driving to TX and the only thing shreveport has is ugly biker chicks and a super walmart.
Two problems with Nashville as a December destination: no beaches and not particularly warm weather. If I'm going somewhere that time of year, I want those two.
"The New York-based Pinstripe Bowl also appears certain to join the Big Ten’s lineup.The bowl’s current agreement matches the Big East (renamed American) with the Big 12. That bowl likely will pit the Big Ten against the ACC at Yankee Stadium."
When the Pinstripe Bowl was conceived, as I recall, the Yankees' management envisioned a bowl for at least one team within a few hours drive of NYC. When it was started, that was easy enough in the old configuration of the Big East. It's interesting that conference realignment may have first put this bowl potentially in jeopardy when it came to feasability and fan accessibility, but then realignment has also come along and helped to save it really, if the Big Ten and ACC in their soon-to-be configuration will face off in this bowl.
For fans of team other than UM and OSU.
only when Mich has a subpar season and goes 9-3 or 10-2 or something like that and we miss a BCS Game and end up in the Holiday Bowl, my screen name approves.
So, why does the Big Ten #3 have to face the Pac 12 #2? Why can't they just have equitable matchups? Better yet, why can't the Big Ten get a favorable matchup for a change?
Yeah, that's lame, especially since the Pac 12 gets the location advantage. We will only have a shot during years when a non-UM/OSU team is really good.
but the big ten is going to let the Citrus continue to have first pick of Big Ten teams that don't qualify for the playoff or other big bowls???
NY weather can vary that time of year. Would be interesting to see some of the more southern teams (geographicly) from the ACC play in some nice cold weather.
Overall I'm glad there is some location diversity. Hopefully the time slots are varied enough that all 3 aren't happening between noon and 4 PM on January 1st...
the B1G up to look bad. Gee, a home field advantage for a one level up Pac team - lets take it!
I'm interested in seeing the order these bowls will lay out.
The Holiday Bowl is one of the few bowls I would take time out to watch. The game is known for lots of offense and upsets galore. Plus, doesn't M have a sizable alumni base in So Cal?
Sizable is an understatement. Tons in NorCal too who would likely come down.
Rose #2 if not involved in playoff and loses #1
Orange Bowl/Cap 1 #2
Holiday or Outback #3?
But if that moves Gator/Music City to *5, that's actually probably where the Gator should be, and not a bad bowl trip for that placed team. As #4 it was a kinda sucky trip.
The the rest I really hope to never be in. And expect not to.
Though it might not matter with one of the things the Big Ten is pushing for is less strict order by conference ranking so they can make sure teams don't play in the same place 3 years in a row. (Which doesn't really make sense anyway when you have two divisions and are trying to figure out where the teams rank).