The man is a genius, but Lord I have rarely heard anyone get something so wrong as he does in the latest DetNews article. His reasoning:
"I do believe that one of the things people have lost track of in all of the noise is that if Michigan and Ohio State are in the same division, Michigan and Ohio State will never again play for the Big Ten championship -- we will never again play for the Rose Bowl. I think there's a lot of people that just haven't focused on that, and they need to understand that.
"And I have to tell you as a guy who was part of the program and who understands the magnitude of that game, to know that from this point forward we will never play Ohio State for a trip to the Rose Bowl again, never play them for the Big Ten championship again, that doesn't sound good to me.
It's so badly wrong it's got to be one of those things bureaucrats say when they want to distract people from the fact that the TV people are holding the leash. Assuming it's not, and that he really believes this stuff, which he might, anyone contacting Brandon in any way to plead for leaving the Game in November should keep the following in mind:
- Brandon's reasoning is based on the notion that Michigan and OSU might one day play in the title game. We all know this. Brandon should look at the folly of the ACC for a lesson: expecting that Miami and Florida State would reach the ACCCG, the game was set in Florida for years, and played in front of humiliatingly empty stadiums when Boston College played in the game more often than either Florida school combined. Conferences that make big scheduling decisions like that based on one of the 36 possible combinations for the title game end up with egg on their face.
- Michigan and Ohio State playing for the Rose Bowl was on life support when Penn State came into the conference and died with Nebraska and the advent of divisions. Is there any among us who'd prefer U-M/OSU for the Rose Bowl once every fifteen years over U-M/OSU in its rightful place every year and playing with the division on the line at least two years out of three?
- Lastly, who among us would care less about the BTCG if it were a UM-OSU rematch from a week ago? Anyone? Can anyone envision a scenario where the two schools have already wrapped up their divisions, year after year after year, before playing The Game?