That is fair. I am a huge football fan, more so than basketball and I can't watch a hockey game to save my life. I wrote it from that perspective, rather than from a multi-sport perspective. I still don't consider MSU a major rival when compared to ND and Ohio but I am obviously in the minority. Hell, I hate Duke more than MSU... I guess I just don't feel that they deserve any of my time...
OSU and Minnesota both lose by 20+ on the road today
Nate, you're insane.
MSU is firmly a #2 if not a #1b rival. We have incredible history with Ohio State and simply put that entire thing speaks for itself. I don't know if anyone else in sports comes close to the intensity and hatred of our matchups with OSU. But after that you have to look instate, and we have another instate Big Ten school. We have history and bad blood with them as well. It just is what it is. Saying that Notre Dame or anyone else jumps them is silly. They are a big program, a staple in basketball and a real thorn in the side (lately) in football. They have clawed their way into deserving the secondmost level of hate from us IMO.
We're Michigan fergodsakes!
This Is Michigan.
Just looking at effective FG% in these two games, the differences are remarkable in a conference rated #1 on the TeamRankings "Home Power" metric. Ohio State mustered an effective FG% of 40.1%, about 19% less than what the Badgers produced. The Gophers did slightly worse at 39.4%, compared to Iowa's comparatively inspired 54.7%. The numbers bear out how tough and therefore precious a Big Ten road win can be.
You know what's funny?
Even though I'm happy Ohio State got jailsexed by 20, I would not have been overly sad to see them destroy Wisconsin because I'm *still* bitter about last Saturday. Anyone else feel the same?
"You know what's funny"
The term jailsexed is funny. That made me laugh - thanks.
I freaking despise Wisconsin right now
Fell down 21-5 to start the game and finished on a 67-30 run. Incredible.
Iowa is 17-9, and have two key wins at the moment: Wisconsin and Minnesota. Their remaining schedule consists of:
@ Nebraska (W)
Iowa is going to finish 21-10, or 20-11. Didn't Michigan get an 8 seed when they went 21-10?
They play @Michigan, MSU, @OSU, and Illinois each only once.
I think next best draws were:
Northwestern with Indiana, Wisconsin, @MSU, @Nebraska each only once
Wisconsin with @Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, and @NW each only once
Not sure about Iowa. RealtimeRPI had them at #90 going into today's game. They've actually played five (!) teams with an RPI of 299 or worse, so their win total doesn't look that impressive. As of today I think they're an NIT team. To make the tournament I think they need to go 4-1 and have some of teams they've beaten or will have beaten (Wisconsin/Minnesota) get hot as well to make their schedule look better.
Everyone is worn down and vulnerable right now. Besides Indiana and state. Hopefully the wear catches them this week. One will fall Tuesday. Hopefully it's the home team.
Don't we want State to beat IU? Looking at both of their remaining games, it seems to me that MSU has a tougher remaining schedule than IU.
Everyone losses sometimes. I think it should just remind people that even good teams have a bad game. That MSU only meant that UM's bad game can get ugly.
2012-13 Big Ten STANDINGS
FYI: KenPom ratings of remaining B1G teams: