OK both of your posts make me feel a little better.
I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
OK both of your posts make me feel a little better.
I'll have the opposite problem if it's going to be an 8 PM ET start. I live on the West Coast and I don't get home from work until 7:30 or 8, so I'll have to watch most of the game DVRed. Not a huge deal, but I don't like watching DVRed games, even if I don't know the outcome. Just the knowledge that the game is not live and has already concluded puts a damper on the experience for me.
As an aside, I think it's hilarious that we're complaining about the start time of a game that will take place over three years from now. Only on MGoBlog.
I'm excited for Oregon State. Mike Riley is a great coach, just had a rough year last year. With the impending sanctions to Oregon, the Beavers' recruiting will improve. It should be good game.
Didn't know there were any? And sanctions really hurt USC and Ohio for that matter
The sanctions haven't really hit USC yet, and it's too early to say for Ohio State.
But when they are pulling in half the class of 15 with 5-star talent or close to it, and the rest will likely be consensus 4-stars, they should be able to field a very competitive team.
With no depth, they are one injury at a key position from being screwed.
Also, Utah is semi-trash talking by showing the scoreboard on their athletics website from the 08 game and all I have to say is wow was that a game of rushing ineptitude
It shows that we each only had 36 yards rushing at the end of the game. I didn't remember it being so ugly
It's not really trash talking if they're posting the score of our previous matchup, just like it's not trash talking Virginia Tech to post a picture of the Sugar Bowl trophy on MGoBlue.com or something. Sometimes things just are.
Your examples aren't the same. If we scheduled VT and put up a Sugar Bowl graphic with the match up, that would be the same. Saying we won the Sugar Bowl just in general isn't related. I mean, we didn't post a graphic of the last time we beat Utah with our announcement.
Nothing I'm going to lose an ounce of sleep over, but it is what it is.
You're right that we didn't put up a graphic of our last win against Utah...because it happened 10 years ago and they beat us last time.
There's no need to be wimps about it. They beat us in the last matchup. It's relevant, and they're stirring up happy memories for their own fan base. Who cares?
And if it has to do with who won last, we didn't put up a pic of Colorado, or Oregon State...both who we beat the last time we played.
It's not a matter caring. It just a matter of not denying what they're doing. There's a difference between saying "It's silly to object to what they're doing" and "they're not doing that because they're really doing this".
That's probably at least partially because we don't care about beating Colorado and Oregon State. That's not an accomplishment at Michigan. However, it is a significant accomplishment for a team like Utah to come into the Big House and win against Michigan, regardless of whether Michigan had a crappy team that year or not.
But I do think we care about winning the Sugar Bowl, and I don't think we'd put up the score of the game if we scheduled VT for a home and home in place of ND. I get it's a big deal to Utah; it's act like we've been there before for us. I don't mind them doing it. I'm just calling it as it is.
But I mainly continued just to say I'll always care about beating Colorado. we can get it to 100-1 all time and it won't be enough to punish them for the Hail Mary. (I know, your point still stands. Just have to say while getting "revenge" against Utah won't mean that much to me....I'm always glad to beat the Buffs).
I don't recall that we fielded a team in 2008. So I have no recollection of this alleged 2008 Utah game you speak of. The pic must be photoshopped.
*sticks fingers in ears*
La la la la la la la la la.....
2015 appears to be one of our tougher non conference schedules from top-bottom
All I ask is that we score 100+ points.
by the biggest margin in history with Brady Hoke's young niece taking the carries in the second half and I still wouldn't be happy with, or ever brag about, this game. Brandon made a big mistake scheduling this game, and nobody will convince me otherwise.
And just think. In August when everyone is breaking down every singe matchup over and over again because we're junkies....The Horror will be replayed over and over and over and over and over again. "And who could forget that fateful day in 2007 when Appalachian State entered the Big House as the largest of underdogs, and left victorious"
2015 schedule excites me! We are playing 2 BCS teams, and a UNLV who has been improving as of late. It should be an exciting year.
but UNLV is nothing but a delicious cupcake. It appears they finished 155th in the 2011 Sagarin ratings which would not even put them in the top 25 of FCS
You're absolutely right bluetell. UNLV is an awful, awful football team. I live in Vegas, no one even cares about them. UNLV is all about basketball, always have been, always will be. UNLV football can't even get enough support to build an on campus stadium, which would likely bring the PAC 12 Championship Game here.
That's September 21, 2013.
believe thats to be in 2013 unless michigan wiggles out of it
Thursday Night Utah Game. Why I don't like:
Utah may not be fertile recruiting grounds overall, but we have been recruiting Utah the past couple years (Sione Houma, Bryan Mone, Troy Hinds, Moana Ofahengaue). It could pay off for us...
Good point, but I still think we would be better served playing teams from Cali.
San Jose State and Fresno State don't really wet my whistle, and games against Cal, UCLA, and USC are dangerous (well, maybe not UCLA so much right now, but they might improve in the next few years).
It's a balancing act.
I completely agree about the danger and balancing act. If we lose to Cal, UCLA or USC we still have a chance at a great season. If you lose to Utah it's pretty much a destroyed season. Don't you think we could have scheduled a better home and home than with Utah?
11-1 with a loss to Utah isn't much different than 11-1 with a loss to Cal/UCLA/USC. I'd still call that a great season.
Why I do like:
1. It is the first game of the college football season
2. A lot of people will be watching due to having college football withdrawals.
3. It's a very winnable game and helps the S.O.S factor
4. We promised Sione Houma a game in his home state
Do we know if there are any other games that Thursday night?
Yes, judging by recent history, there will be 10-20 other FBS teams playing that day. Some of them might even be playing each other, but most will be playing FCS teams.
If i'm not mistaken, I believe there is generally just the one game on the first Thursday.
No, that's not true. On the first Thursday of 2011, we had 14 games involving FBS teams. A total of 20 FBS teams played that day.
Games between 2 FBS teams--Bowling Green at Idaho, North Texas at Florida International, Kentucky vs Western Kentucky, Mississippi State at Memphis, Wake Forest at Syracuse, UNLV at Wisconsin.
Games involving an FBS team against an FCS team--UC Davis at Arizona State, South Carolina State at Central Michigan, Western Carolina at Georgia Tech, Murray State at Louisville, North Carolina Central at Rutgers, Villanova at Temple, New Hampshire at Toledo, Montana State at Utah.
Is that different from any other CFB player or HS recruit?
Teams have been scheduling 5+ years in advance for years now, especially the big schools.
We all know what we'll be doing at that date and time too.
In 2015, we get three BCS nonconference opponents, one top non-BCS nonconference opponent, no MAC opponents, and Wisconsin as a cross-divisional opponent. Tough draw. On the positive side, the biggest games are at home (ND, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio). That year will be a treat for season ticket holders (horray for market pressures?).
Well its certainly a nice change to not have to play a directional michigan and another MAC oppenent every year.
Trolling my Domer friend with a fake quote from Jack Swarbrick:
These may not be the most thrilling matchups in the world, but like others, I feel that it is a nice change to see less MAC and some Mountain West and Pac-12 on the schedule, although I wouldn't mind seeing UCLA or USC on the schedule either at some point down the road .
As for these game in particular, they seem like winnable games, but certainly not boring ones necessarily - Utah in particular would not be a pushover game, and Oregon State, though down recently (to the tune of 3-9 last year, I think), has not exactly been a DOA opponent over the past decade or so either.
Isn't one of the minor benefits that we get two extra days of practice?
Needs @ Washington in 2015!!!!!!!
I really like this. Sure we're not playing USC/Oregon, but Utah, OSU and Colorado are still BCS conference schools. It'll be a decent barometer to gauge how we'd match up against the upper echelon pac12 schools since we'll have common opponents on the schedule regularly.
A 2 year hiatus from the Notre Dame game has happened 3 times before since the series renewed in '78. But we've never gone this long (18 straight games) without taking one. It's been overdue.
Seeing us play a Thursday night game will be weird. Very weird. And yes, we had those two Friday night games against Minnesota but that was to accommodate the Twins using the Metrodome in the playoffs. There was no other choice there. Those would have been regular Saturday games. With Utah, it's actually being scheduled years in advance. It's just...weird. When I think of Thursday night football, I think of the ACC or the Big East. Mostly South Carolina, Maryland, Louisville and Virginia Tech. The Hokies used to make half their schedule on Thursday nights to get the national exposure.
I can't think of many other major programs that have played on Thursday night before. Maybe this is just the way college football is going?
Seems like D Brandon is all about making Michigan stick out.
USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, and Texas (if you want to count the Thanksgiving night game) have all played on Thursday. USC usually plays a Thursday night game every year!
I think it's the norm now to have those games. It's the spotlight all to yourself. Sure, it will be weird, but I think it will be pretty cool.