Per the Gator Bowl's official website.
Gator Bowl confirms Michigan-Mississippi State matchup
We know per the 5 other threads
I thought a new thread was warranted now that it has been officially confirmed
Eh, you are fine I am just being a dick. Great news though. Pretty pumped to be back playing on New Year's day again.
Now we just have to pick up where we left off in our last New Year's Day game
Death to the Bulldogs. That is all.
They had a player die of cancer this season.....
Don't think any ill intent was there. I'd forgotten about that until you mentioned that. Sure most people have as well.
I don't think he meant it maliciously either, but I just wanted to remind the board about it as we all put together our piss and vinegar posts for the game.
I don't think so, I mean, yes, it's a tragedy that he died. But I don't think that instantly means his was in bad taste, especially considering it was "death to the Bulldogs" without anything in reference to an individual player or making light of cancer.
If you still disagree, I think you may be a little too sensitive and should beware of most blog websites. Just MHO.
and blogs- you can have your opinion and I can have mine. I just wanted to make people aware if they didn't already know or were unaware of it.
Go Blue and beat MSU-any and ALL forms!
does not approve this message... he swears
Haha Just kidding.
I'm just grumpy the chegelis thread got deleted.
other sites, it was potentially possible, so thanks UM09. Some of these posters think they are 'all that'.
I just got served.
I honestly have no idea what to expect of this match-up. I was happy to see Miss State doing well this season, but I never watched em play. I saw some stats on here earlier that suggested they were pretty solid against the run, but with 5 weeks to heal up here's hoping that Denard and co. can blow right past them.
The only time I saw them on TV was when they played Florida in Gainseville. I watched the second half of the game and both teams were really having trouble moving the ball. Florida missed a couple field goals, one of them on the final play of the game and MSU won 10-7.
Miss State is a very good team. Yes, they have four losses, but look who they are to: Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama. All of those are teams currently in the Top 15 in the AP Poll (Top 18 in Coaches). They lost by a TD to Arkansas and only a FG to Auburn. This will be a true test to see just how well the coaches can prepare the team with a month to do it. We saw Michigan play great against UConn, I hope they can do the same come New Year.
I think Miss State is a lot like UConn. They aren't a flashy team they don't get a lot of national recognition, not a good offense, defense gets the job done. Now that we can get some guys healthy, hopefully we can handle them like we did to the Huskies earlier in the season. Go Blue!!!
Dang it!!!! I wanted them to come out here to AZ so I could watch them.
I don't recall any bowl games against them. Any regular season games?
Michigan has never played Mississippi State before in football. Here's a link to the football team's record by opponent.
Mississippi State has very little history with our conference. In the last 60 years, they have played a Big Ten team just once: They beat Illinois 28-21 in 1980. Before that, they had a few matches with Indiana and Michigan State in the 1930's and 40's.
They have never played Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State and Wisconsin.
They stole our "M" logo, thus causing a lot of frustration for every Michigan fan in the south when people ask if they went to "MSU" (NNTMSU) and they have to explain that it's the Michigan Block M! It's the Battle of the "M" Logos!
we are right back exactly where Lloyd Carr left things. 7-5, in the Gator Bowl. Except that in 2007, Lloyd Carr's powerful senior class was departing, leaving much doubt about where things might be going.
Now we're 7-5, back in the Gator Bowl, with huge promise, especially on offense, for much more improvement in the years to come. Next year's team will be older, stronger, more experienced, and in all likelihood much more settled. We're losing very few players to graduation. We might be bringing in a 2011 freshman class that is better than the 2007 or 2008 freshman classes.
This is improvement; this is progress. This is movement in a positive direction.
While I agree with most of what you have to say, Lloyd Carr left us at 8-4 in the Capital One Bowl.
One of my best-intended, and dumbest-ever posts. Posting while working on something else on deadline at the same time. Bad. Just, guh.
friends don't let friends mgopost at work. Tend to get amazing ideas in your head that you just can't articulate into a pos-bang filled post because you are preoccupied with less exciting things.
We'll be right here waiting for you!
Carr finished off in the Capital One Bowl, though.
Edit: Dang got beaten to it. But still, a New Year's bowl is still good. A lot better than doing nothing on New Year's.
Plus, Carr left us with three offensive cornerstones (Mallett, Boren, Arrington) who bolted because they didn't want to play in RR's offense. These three, like them or not, were all-league talents. The baby went out with the bathwater.
What did Carr do against Michigan State and Penn State in 2007?
It is progress mostly if Rich's year 1 is considered year 1 of entire program's history. Otherwise, it isn't really.
He gets plussed for getting everything wrong. Haven't played in the Gator Bowl for 20 years, he has our 2005 record, not our 8-4 to become 9-4 record, but YAY the future is bright. +1.
The '08 class had 17. This class has 3. No way is it going to be better. In fact, it us not even going to come close to equaling it.
Learn grammar to become the troll your mom knows you can be.
Because if there was ever a barometer to judge a player on after their playing days it is his star value at 17, NOT what he did while on campus.
and we did a number on them. Yeah, just go with that and save face. Sorta.
It was at least a team from Mississippi...so, close.
If you would have asked rational UM fans before the season, even before Woolfolk's injury, if a New Years Day bowl would be enough to save RR's job, im guessing 95% would have said yes. And that is without even taking into account the rash of other injuries that occured.
This is a fantastic accomplishment by Rodriguez and the team.
"This is a fantastic accomplishment by Rodriguez and the team."
Just because people were predicting 7-5 doesn't mean it was considered acceptable,
Is it was UNACCEPTABLE(!)?
are automatically irrational?
I think a reasonable argument can be made that this season is a disappointment just as one can be made that it was successful.
I am so tired of fanatics both ways. Both sides have widen the gulf with their extremist rhetoric.
I never said that.
I would love to hear how you think this season was a disappointment considering expectations and everything else that went down...
get to work. I expect an amazing wallpaper by the end of the week.
Lawrence Taylor cheap-shotted Wangler, blowing out his knee, and I've despised Taylor ever since. I've wanted nothing but bad things to happen to that jackass.
LT injuring Wangler; I don't remember it as a cheap shot.
I DO remember the Selmon Brothers, at least one of them, piling on a downed and out of bounds Rick Leach, to knock him out of the 1976 Organge Bowl.
LT wound up so happy and well adjusted.
This was buried in the wikileaks document drop last week. Word is Karzai is taking Michigan and the points. Degenerate gambler he is...
MSU has an excellent defense, but their offense isn't quite there yet.
They still haven't mastered "the forward pass"
Great to see Michigan's first bowl back is a New Years Day game. I will be gladly watching that nursing a hangover.
In 1978, some school went down to play against Clemson in the Gator Bowl, and it turned out to be their coaches last game. It would be ironic if we were to emulate that school with the same result this year.
One dollar says RR does not punch a Mississippi State player during the game.
Too bad. Nice guy.
In my epinion,
beating MSU >>>> Florida >>>>>Tenn.
Although I think a UM vs Fl. would be more appealing to the general public, I am really happy about this matchup.
Objectively, yes. In my heart of hearts, Fla. or Tenn. would have been sexier.
Revenge vs. The Vols, or 3-0 vs. The Gators is fun. Lower risk, higher reward. Miss St...is kinda meh. But an accomplishment to beat. But probably a lot more risk to lose to also.
would think that UM should blow them out of the water. Just going based on name recognition and history. I think it puts in a tough spot from the perception standpoint.
MGoFieldTrip! Who's going from Detroit?
The Fighting Diesel Mechanics.
This is most excellent.
We play Ohio State every year.
They just drive the trucks, they don't service them.
But Mississippi State is a tough matchup. Nothing flashy, but hard nosed. I believe that they are better than Connecticut, as some one above hinted.
Well... we're in - lets see what we can do!!!
Well our offense will have to bring it's A game. That shouldn't be a problem right? Yes? Ok! Looking forward to playing them with a healthy Delithium and the team focused on football.
Note: KJ Wright (#34 Miss State OLB) is a projected high draft pick. He has some skills!
Nice to be in a decent bowl game (even if we got the nod mostly for tv reasons). On the other hand, msu is sort of a dud opponent. If you beat them, nobody gives you much credit.
I really like the Gator Bowl trophy.
We get to play Mullen again after being "screwed" out of playing for a National Title.
More therapy please.
I just read thru ESPN's bowl schedule and it lists "Mississippi State vs. Michigan". Does this mean that we are the home team and will be wearing blue? I'd prefer that by a longshot. Anyone able to confirm one way or the other?