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Awesome. Love home and home scheduling. Wish that would have happened with Bama...
But I hope we schedule Georgia. That would be a fun series.
Maybe they'll just stay as bad as they are now, forever! That would be keen.
Time to keep on adding to our record against the SEC.
I sat with Georgia fans at the ASU Georgia game three years ago. They are a great group of fans; I would love to see Michigan play betwixt the hedges.
Disagree, kind of. I date a girl who went to GaTech... and well... let's just say UGA fans bark at you... it's really awkward. That said, it's probably their "Walmart" fans who do that.. i hope.
I'll admit though that Athens is a cool place to watch a game, although Sanford stadium (to me) was a little underwhelming. The field is alright, but the facilities kind of seem like they need to be renovated. It's not designed well at all. (e.g. Concession stand lines block you from navigating to another section.)
Some of my friends are season-ticket holders at UGa. I always have a good time when I go to Athens for a game.
Uga I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, or VIII?
says it's not IX, but she's not sure if it's X or something in the I-VIII range.
It's UGA v.8.0
back out later when it is time for them to actually travel?
Get OSU to pay for airfare
Seems the last ten years or so Michigan AD has been hesitant to schedule non-conference games way far in advance, which led to debacles like The Horror, Delaware State, and UMass.
It is good to see Michigan getting on board with some solid scheduling discussions for the future. Seems that it would be good for recruiting and continued long-term prestige of the program.
as I am currently only 2 hours from their stadium and one of my buddies down here is a Dawg fan.
Georgia fans seem pretty decent, and they have a really cool stadium. I love Uga. Always wanted a Bulldog, but they have a lot of health problems.
Could be worse. French Bulldogs have been bred to emphasize genetic attributes that have since rendered them virtually unable to reproduce without artificial insemination and c-section delivery.
By comparison, English Bulldogs are doing just fine.
I just had a flashback to the dog crap/grooming thread from last year...Yikes!
News like this is why we need to make the Notre Dame series happen every other year. I'd love to schedule new teams, but I don't know if its realistic for major programs to only schedule seven home games a year.
With the Big Ten schedule the way it now is, scheduling more than one major out of conference game on a home and home basis is increasingly unlikely. I would gladly swap out ND regularly for a great out of region match-up like Georgia.
Good point. I agree we should go to an every other year. Heck, we could even go to every two years and play a Home and Home with another conference. I would like to get a couple ACC teams in. Like a NC State or Clemson. That would help out our recruiting in some power states.
They could schedule it such that we played @ND vs. UGA one year, then vs. ND & @UGA. Beat the best (and ND) to be the best.
Michigan already loses a home game every other year due to the ND series, which equates to several million dollars in revenue. Big time programs typically need eight home games to fully fund their athletic departments, but a school like Michigan can get away with seven some years because of the Big 10's great TV deal and it's huge stadium.
Better scheduling would rock, but economic realities--and fans demanding lots of wins, make home and homes difficult with a fixed non-conference game each year against ND. What happens when we Lose to ND and Georgia and then lose three games in conference? 7-5 isn't going to cut it at Michigan forever.
You have been on a roll lately with excellent, content-full, news-breaking, non-CC-making, jabroni-beating, threads lately. If you smell what I'm cooking, keep up the good work.
Also, I concur. Keep up the good work, DG. It is appreciated.
Even if you can't smell it, feel free to continue the good work.
It's been a good week
Can we please play some real football teams before the Big Ten schedule hits? I mean lighting up Bowling Green was fun and all, but I'd like to start preparing to win some Big Ten titles, and being in a fight early in the year would only aid that cause. UGA wouldn't be bad, and doing a home and home with someone from the Pac 10 would be pretty cool.
but it just seems we schedule so far out and it is difficult to predict who will be competitive in the 3-5 year future. Teams in the SEC may have 3 year swings, but the middle tear teams have a difficult time rising to the top and staying there for a long time.
That said, I do really like the Alabama game on the horizon. If our team (coach too) stays intact, that game will be highlight city and will do wonders for recruiting.
I'd be all in favor of cutting back ND to once every three or four years. I love good intersectional matchups, and it'd be fantastic to play between the hedges.
Are we forming our own double secret super conference without formally announcing it? My goodness our schedule in the future is going to something to behold.
Maybe DB knows a playoff is coming in football and wants us to have the #1 slot in strength of schedule.
Proud were NOT using the WISKY template. I hate it that Wisconsin plays weak teams prior to the Big Ten goes undefeated and unnoticed. Though they played ASU this year, that seems to be the exception. On the other hand, if ND gets good again..adding teams like Georgia, 'Bama, along with NEB (in the big ten) to MSU,OSU,IOWA, occasionally PSU and Wisc could make for a brutal schedule. Could be tough, but I'd rather win a title the way we did in 97, then to win it on a soft schedule.
It'd be awesome if we pull this off.
UGA would be a great addition to the Michigan schedule.
They've had some rough seasons, but they have a great fan-base and a prestigious tradition.
Plus, it'd be great to make an SEC team come up north. Too bad it couldn't be a late-season game.
would be in the Big House if UGA comes over to play Michigan.
because he would have that sunday off due to some type of injury
I already know the way to Athens!
This would be an amazing series...but anyone have a clue when they are thinking?
The article says their existing series with Clemson ends in 2014. They had a series with Oregon for 2015-2016 cancelled so maybe then?
This is the UGA that ate the other UGAs
would help cement our pipeline in the south. And it would be awesome to see a new rivalry start up, too.
with Georgia would be great for Michigan. That should be a great series if it happens
(I would travel to this game - already have a home and away worked out with a Nebraska fan)
Sounds like a plan! DId my graduate work at Florida, ah yes! I remember those "World's largest outdoor cocktail party" battles...you know, before they got all PC and changed the name to something MUCH more forgettable. Honestly, I don't know what they call it now. Anyway, the fans made for a great rivalry and were only obnoxious when they lost, happened a lot, or when they won after they hadn't won in a while. Hmm, well, maybe they were just obnoxious!! LOL! Well, we are Michigan, not FL, so I'm sure it will be fine!! Let's do it!
First of all, all this UGA instead of ND talk seems to be premised on the idea that we can't or shouldn't be playing more than one solid non-conference game a year. We've done it before and we'll do it again and I have no reason to see why this shouldn't be one of those times. The only important factor is that we schedule UGA at home a year when ND is away, so we have a stable number of home games.
Second, I think some of the fans have been far too quick to knock the ND game. In my opinion, it is a wonderful tradition that grabs national attention (even in years such as the Toilet Bowl, ND-UM is a big deal). The history behind the rivalry means a lot to many fans and is even well-known to casual observers. I think we should do our best to keep ND on the schedule.
is a great one. However, we, and all big 10 teams are slowly scheduling other teams with the idea of removing ND from their schedules until they commit to joining the big 10. It's that simple.
With the BCS in place, the vast majority of teams that have played in the national championship game had either zero or one loss. By playing two major non-conference opponents in any one season, you greatly reduce the likelihood of that happening. Any college football fan with just a cursory look at Michigan's 2012 schedule opening with Alabama and with road games against Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State would think the same thing.
This all may be a moot point in five years anyway. If the Big Ten does go to a nine-game conference schedule by 2015 and the BCS is still in place, then playing two major non-conference opponents makes even less sense. With Ohio State being a protected opponent from the Leaders Division, that means three other teams from that division (Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois) will be playing Michigan--and one of them is likely to be PSU or UW. Making two of the three non-conference opponent major programs in that instance isn't strategically smart scheduling.
If Georgia does appear on Michigan's schedule, it will be in the years when the Michigan-Notre Dame game is on hiatus. David Brandon has hinted this will happen in due course like it's happened in the past (most recently in the 2000 and 2001 seasons). My own opinion is that Michigan should play its annual home-and-home non-conference series with a variety of opponents from the SEC, ACC, and Big XII. There are nearly a dozen teams that I can think of, including Miami-FL, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Texas and Oklahoma. I'd add Notre Dame in the mix, but no more than two years out of every six or eight.
One more thing about the nine-game conference schedule is that with the different number of home/away conference games, Michigan will have to have two and three non-conference home games in alternating years in order to assure that UM has at least seven home games per year. If the Wolverines were to play two major non-conference opponents, that would not happen--there'd be alternating years of six and seven home games. Simply put, there's no way that's going to happen with the recent renovations to the stadium in place. There'll have to be seven home games miniimum each year to justify the costs for the suites, PSLs, etc.
The history of the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry also indicates that each program can thrive quite well without the other in terms of active scheduling (I think we all know the two schools only played one another twice between 1910 and 1978). I'm sure the same would happen going forward as well.
Even if the Big Ten were to maintain its eight game conference schedule, it still doesn't change the basic fact that schedules need to be strategically "smart". There's no real payoff to Michigan to play Notre Dame and another major non-conference program in that scenario either. And don't forget that if Michigan were to win the Legends Division, the Wolverines would have to play the Leader Division winner for the conference title. That would be a 13th game on the schedule that you have to account for going forward.
like one team out of the deep south since the last time they came to Ann Arbor in they 60's and that was Arizona State.
Michigan is having a few "down" years, and suddenly a lot of major programs want to schedule them. What an amazing coincidence.
Any Big Ten vs. SEC matchup I'm game for.
Except perhaps Vandy. Mehh.
That matchup sounds nice but it's hard to imagine. SEC schools rarely leave the south for regular season non-conference games. I think it's only happened 7 or 8 times in the last 40 years.