On the one hand I love the fact that we're going out of conference to take on one of the nation's very best. However, I think we've stacked the deck against us in the sense that we have to go on the road too many times in 2012 to take on top caliber opposition. Consider we have to travel to Dallas (Alabama), South Bend (ND), Lincoln (Nebraska), and Columbus all in the same season. As far as I'm concerned that has to be the toughest schedule in America for the 2012 football season...
Mixed Feelings About Alabama in 2012
by new sanctions, Saban's firing, and general ennui, going into Dallas and kicking their behinds will be a great pleasure. And look at it this way--this gives us two years to develop on defense.
is that it gives us two years to develop a defense.
Yeah but by that time we will be dominating everyone with our offense and our defense will be pretty good again. The secondary has the potential to be great by then and I'm sure we will find some LBs to be pretty good by then too. I'm not worried about something 2 years from now, just about the rest of this year.
Let me make it clear that I don't think this is more challenging. In my opinion it's comparable, especially considering where the games are played:
ND 2012 Schedule
Michigan at home
Miami (FL) in Chicago
Oklahoma in Norman
USC in LA
Navy in Ireland
As you implied, Ireland and Chicago will be de facto home games for ND.
Playing Michigan and USC home/away is something that ND is definitely used to by now. They play one or the other on the road every season.
Oklahoma in Norman is really the only road/neutral game that is a "worry," from the standpoint of comparison. I think what's far more interesting is that they'll also play Baylor at Jerryworld.
I didn't know that ND was playing at Jerryworld too. Incredible, that place is getting more use than the bunny ranch.
It's definitely fair to assert playing Baylor in Dallas belongs on list of interesting games, but it's still Baylor (very meh).
On the other hand, I don't think it's fair to call the Navy game a de facto home game. It's not as worrisome as playing OU away since both teams will be feeling like road teams, but it can't be easy playing abroad regardless if it's in the motherland (ask the Wings how that went last season.)
MSU and Iowa at home
I mean no offense or disrespect, but I could care less about Notre Dame's schedule. They chose the road they travel by staying independent. If that means traveling more or playing more difficult away games, too bad for them.
Your response would have been better if you meant offense with at least a side of disrepect. What was Bo's statement? Oh yeah, "To hell with Notre Dame."
Miami is essentially a home game and Navy is crummy. Michigan is a home game.
USC will be crippled by then as a result of the sanctions.
So, you're saying a game at Oklahoma is comparable to away games against Alabama, ND, Nebraska and Ohio State. I disagree,
ND and Mich will be taking a hiatus in 2012 and 2013
EDIT: AFTER 2012 per DB, sorry.
This game is great for Alabama because Saban continues to leverage his Michigan ties to his advantage in recruiting. Lets not forget that Ingram is from MI and Alabama is on to a number of top MI recruits (I think Cooper).
Never ceases to amaze me, we DONT schedule any big school for the rededication this year and everyone is upset.
Then thankful this year that its "just UCONN" - And now we do what has been asked for, by the fans and this blog... and everyone has mixed emotions/trepidation?
We can't just be all talk and I agree with posts above, if we WIN it will be muppets.
to find contradictory opinions on a blog that has 1,000's of vistors? I am amazed at your amazement.
I can assure you that the people that are complaining about the schedule being too difficult are not the same people that wanted Michigan to play bigger name opponents.
And FTR, the main complaint about UConn wasn't that it wasn't a big enough opponent for the rededication. The complaint was that they were a dangerous opponent with little national relevence. It turned out alright in the end, but if the goal for the rededication game was to have a BCS level opponent, teams like Virginia, Baylor, or Washington State would have sat better with those who complained. Neither of those programs were expected to be fighting for championships this year, yet they are schools that people recognize, if not respect, as a BCS level program.
Assuming that these guys maintain health, don't leave early or transfer, our 2012 squad looks pretty stacked with juniors and seniors who'll be in their third year of the offense/defense.
Denard (SR), Omameh (SR), Mealer (SR), Roh (SR), Campbell (SR), Kovacs (SR), Cox (SR), Roundtree (SR), JT Floyd (SR), Terrence Robinson, Je'Ron Stokes(SR), Vincent Smith (SR), Lewan (JR), Carvin Johnson (JR), Marvin Robinson (JR), Gardner (JR), Jabreel Black (JR).
I'm sure there are plenty of guys I'm missing but...
As far as Alabama goes, they way they recruit they'll always be stacked but I'm pretty sure they will have lost McElroy by then, will no longer have Ingram, Julio Jones, and I'm just guessing but I think Richardson will jump early after his junior year if he stays in Beast Mode.
Maybe I'm just being optimistic, but the 2012 Michigan Squad could be special.
Alabama's last two recruiting classes are loaded. They will be fine. An interesting angle to me (apart from playing a current and traditional national power) will be two obvious favorites for the 2012 Heisman (senior Denard Robinson and senior Trent Richardson) playing each other in an early season game on a neutral site. And if we get our defense together, probably two Top Five teams playing each other.
I think it's exciting and I love what Dave Brandon has done. Truthfully, I love that a big team is scheduled, I just wish it were a 1 and 1, not a neutral site thing. Seems too gimmicky. That being said, beggars can't be choosers.
One other thought, I would imagine ND would be dropped from 2012 schedule. If they're not, that's fine; however this just goes to show that the Big Ten Schedule should have us traveling to Nebraska during years we have Ohio State at home, and vice versa.
FWIW, all my Bama friends are expressing similar comments this morning about the home and home. But they are, as I am, snickering about taking as much of Jerry Jones' money as he wants to give our respective programs.
I'm excited. Love the matchup. Would much rather have a home-and-home but Jerryworld will do. Among other things I'm excited to see all of those Bama fans drive their houses to Arlington.
If we have the best team in the nation, we should be able to prove it against anyone, anywhere, any time.
Let's not forget, this also helps the recruiting pitch as well. Where else in the country do you get the chance to play teams like OSU, ND, Alabama, Nebraska, etc. year in and year out. I understand Alabama won't be on the schedule every year, but I do like the way Brandon is trending on this.
If we have the best team in the nation, we should be able to prove it against anyone, anywhere, any time.
Exactly. If we're going to be a national power in perpetuity, we have to play like one. And with respect to ND fans, because I think Kelly will turn it around, ND ain't cutting it at the moment.
I agree with the idea that Michigan should not fear playing Alabama. However, you also have to remember that many of the national "powers" play cupcake non-conference schedules. To compete with the top teams in the nation you have to have somewhat similar strength of schedules or your starting behind the 8-ball before the season ever starts. That said, I'm sure most fans and the players will be extremely excited to watch and play in this game. No doubt.
I say bring em on!!!!!!
We're only facing three of the top 5 conference powers that year: we don't have to play Penn State or Wisconsin, and we get MSU and Iowa at home. I think Nebraska's trial-by-fire introduction to the Big Ten, where they play all 5 of OSU, PSU, Mich, Iowa, Wisconsin, is just as challenging.
My worry is whether we'll be ready to play at that level by then. Don't get me wrong, I have every confidence RRod has us on the road up, and that we'll be a lot more competetive in 2012 when we have a defense we can rely on. But if we come into that season with high hopes, and lose early to Alabama, that's a tough way to start a comeback tour.
I know, you can't be the best without beating the best. I guess I'd just be a lot more comfortable if the game was at a neutral site up north (never happening) and mid-season, after we've had a chance to warm up and prove ourselves a few times.
is the comeback tour. By 2012 we'll be in flight at altitude
I hope the LB situation has corrected itself by then or is at least on the upswing. If the young secondary players pan out, the secondary should be solid. If RR can keep recruiting decent dlinemen, the dline should be okay too. It's all about cleaning up the mess with the LB's.
We schedule UMass, DSU or some other Baby Seal U, Directional Michigan, Notre Dame - and people complain that our schedule is too easy.
We get a division with Nebraska, Iowa, MSU (which, lol), a cross-divisional game with OSU, Notre Dame (which, what?) then a game against Alabama and people complain our schedule is too hard.
competitive, as in at least fighting for conference championships by 2012, RR has more to worry about than what's on his proverbial plate.
|Sept. 3||WESTERN MICHIGAN|
|Sept. 10||NOTRE DAME|
|Sept. 17||EASTERN MICHIGAN|
|Sept. 24||SAN DIEGO STATE|
|Oct. 8||at Northwestern*|
|Oct. 15||at Michigan State*|
|Oct. 22||Bye Week|
|Oct. 29||PURDUE* (HC)|
|Nov. 5||at Iowa*|
|Nov. 12||at Illinois*|
|Nov. 26||OHIO STATE*|
if we start off ranked this schedule looks really solid for a great year
Should be a fun game, and it is nice to seeUM play a major non-ND, not Pac-10 team outside of a bowl game. Sure, it makes the schedule tougher, but by 2012 the team should be pretty competitive against anybody or will be going through another transition, at which point they might as well play a good Alabama team and maybe pull off the upset.
The schedule is tough enough now with the addition of Nebraska to the conference, not to mention the playoff game. I still think one fairly tough noncon game with three cupcakes is more than enough.
The way it sits now, Michigan could be the best team in the country in 2012 but not make the NC game because of their schedule. The only way it makes sense to schedule tough noncon opponents is if there is a playoff that incorporates conference champions. Until then, bring on the cupcakes. It keeps injuries down and gets depth players playing time.
I like the team's chances with a 2012 Denard Robinson. The improvement from his Freshman to Sophmore year have been night and day. And by than the defense will have the experience and depth that you would expect from a Michigan defense.
First time I saw this I thought "Wow they must have some confidence in the 2012 team." But even if that's not the case, I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully at that time we'll be a great team again and put up a good fight.
The lesson: Michigan fans will never cease to find something to bitch about.
Historically we do very well against the SEC so I do like our chances. As far as the OP is concerned about having a 6 home and 6 road game schedule: Deal with it!!! If we get through the bulk of that schedule with a great record it's only going to help our BCS standing and strength of schedule in case we're knocking on the door for a national championship. Michigan isn't afraid to play anyone, anywhere. GO BLUE.
The only thing that really matters for the BCS is winning, regardless of the opponent. 10 wins, and Michigan is in the BCS. If they win 12, with or without Alabama, they'll be in the title game.
On a selfish note, I'm hoping to be in my second year of grad school in 2012 and would be really sad if I only got six home games.
heading into the 1997 undefeated season, no one gave us a chance because we had one of the toughest schedules, having to play all the big guns in the big ten plus colorado notre dame, and baylor which was at least a step above a mac team.