I would love to see USC at the Big House!
Upcoming Pac-12 Home and Home
It would be great, but I don't see any way SC comes to Ann Arbor for a one-time road game. The kind of team that would agree to this without a return date is going to be someone like Wazzu or maybe Utah again.
Home and home = return date
Pretty sure if Brandon meant home and home he would have said that. Unless you have information beyond the article he didn't say that.
Implies return trip IMO. Not gonna get a Pac 12 team, even a lower level Pac 12team, to come to AA without a return trip. This isn't the MAC we're talking about.
does it. (e.g. trips to PSU and Wisc)
The teams with smaller stadiums and/or willingness to gain in profile will do it.
I agree with Purple Stuff - we can't rule out a single game visit. Until you know that information, it could be anyone from the 'haves' like USC, UCLA, ASU to the 'have nots' like WSU and OSU.
Don't know about Penn St., but Wisconsin visits Oregon St. this year, i.e. return trip that's part of home and home. Future schedule also shows Wisconsin returning trip to Arizona St. and home and homes with Washington and Washington St.
So I'll stick with my prediction that we are playing a home and home with a Pac 12 team.
So that's how we coazed Uconn onto the schedule then? Go there in hopes they come here? I seriously doubt a few of the lower end pac 12 teams would have any issue the the exposure that comes from playing at the big house and Michigan not returning the favor
Havng a return trip is in the contract between the conferences...it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to announce a single game against a Pac-12 school only to schedule another Pac-12 school for a home-and-home again in the near future.
If there is a Pac12 school willing to do a one-off road game, it wouldn't preclude another Pac12 school from scheduling a future home-and-home...or vice versa.
Here if more information from an article that was written just after the collaboration.
Starting in 2017, there will be a full slate of home-and-home series between the conferences. Yes, that means Ohio State will play in Pullman and Michigan will go to Corvallis. And vice versa. This isn't just about matching the big stadium teams and the smaller stadium teams.
Count on there also being plenty of special event matchups at marquee neutral sites -- such as NFL stadiums. There is plenty of room for creativity in order to generate more revenue.
Here is the link to the article. http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/32292/notes-on-pac-12-big-ten-collaboration
Thanks for the info!
I would like to see one of two things:
1- A full rotation- where there is a cycle each school goes through so every Big 10 plays every PAC 12 over 12 years in a repeatable format.
2- Paired in threes. Each conference splits into 4 groups of three and each group is matched with one of those pairs indefinitely- or for an extended period of time (could also be three groups of 4 if that works better with pairs etc.). This way rivalries could form and top Big 10 could play top PAC 12 (and weak plays weak etc.). Also think this may play better for national audiences.
Otherwise I agree with many in that USC would be a great get!
If split into groups of three:
UM, Ohio, PSU- USC, STAN, OREG
Neb, MSU, WISC- CAL, UCLA, ARIZ
Ind, Ill, Iowa- OR ST, AZ ST, WASH
Minn, NW, PUR- UT, CO, WASH ST
Or do it Geographically in groups of 4 (PAC 12 is already split into pods for travelling I believe):
Group 1, Western Big Ten vs. WA/OR
WISC, IOWA, MINN, NEB vs. OREG, OREG ST, WASH, WASH ST
Gropup 2, Michigan, Ohio, Penn vs. CA
UM, MSU, OSU, PSU vs. USC, STAN, CAL, UCLA
Group 3, Illinois and Indiana vs. AZ and new
NW, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue vs. ARIZ, ARIZ ST, Utah, Colorado
When we beat them and then beat ND, we can make fun of ND because we not only beat them, but beat another team that beat them too.
Or possibly Stanford. Would love to see them go at it with us given their similarities on the field or in the classroom. (A little revenge for stealing Garnett would be fun too).
I think Michigan is more simmilar to USC or UCLA, Stanford is a bit of a stretch.
As a fellow Californian, the concept of that just made me wet myself. It'll never happen, but if it did, I'd be first in line.
Do a home and home with Arizona. Just joking about that. I would like to see USC or maybe Oregon State.
Would think this would have been the year to do it when they are in the awkward Steven Threet transitional phase. Either way we'd take it to them.
Beat me to the punch on the Arizona joke. Gee dangit.
This is the scenario that I keep thinking about. I bet RichRod would jump at the chance and Brandon may just be crazy enough to do it. Let us hope for the Cardinal or Men of Troy...or, hell, Cal.
Think that it will happen. RR would love to come to Michigan and win and Brandon would wanna show that the coach he brought in was the right fit. It seems like destiny in the making.
They'll play the game the week after the App State home and home that DB schedules.
the week after App State? Don't ever remember that happening.
I understand they are both generic pics of the team and the block M, but every time I see your avi as I scroll through a thread I think it's Brian commenting on a board thread and I pause to read it. So if you are aiming to fool me into reading your posts, well done sir.
Oregon State? Interesting choice.....
Washington State! See what Mike Leach is up to.
I live in Seatle, I would love to see that
Wouldn't the thrill of seeing them come to Washington be tempered by the fact that someone is making them play a team from Washington?
roadtrip to me. I'd probably spend two weeks driving around the Pacific Northwest for this game.
I'd like Cal, a somewhat reputable football team who we should beat almost every year, combined with the "top academic institution" storyline.
basically the same reasons, UCLA and Washington
1 of 3 possibilities, in my mind:
3. Arizona (Rich Rod himself said he would welcome the idea of playing us)
If its against USC, ticket prices will likely be at the level of a BCS title game.
UClA We would crush them but not look like were scheduling nobodies or macrifice teams
I would love to get another shot at utah and beat them to a pulp. Even in 2002, Michigan didn't play well against them winning 10-7.
Would LOVE to get a shot at USC or oregon soon. Maybe even arizona state.
Having grown up in Palo Alto, I would love to see Michigan-Stanford. I think Michigan-USC should be a Rose Bowl thing, but it would be nice to get them in Ann Arbor for once and kick the living crap outta them.
The only ones I really want to play are USC, Oregon, or possibly Stanford. The Pac 12 is a pretty weak conference.
It will not be outside of those four schools. Which is awesome for me, since two of them are very close, and a third is a good road-trip excuse.
USC would be cool, but since we'll be playing them in every Rose Bowl for the foreseeable future, I'd kinda like one of the other teams.
No better way to start off the Pac12-B1G series than a night game against Washington State in 2017 marking the 20 year anniversary of Michigan beating Wazzou in the Rose Bowl for the '97 National Championship. Bring back Woodson and Griese to honor them pre-game, maybe do the whole legends thing like they did wtih Desmond for the #2 and Woodson.
When I saw your title, I thought you were a moron. After reading your description, I think you are a genius. GREAT IDEA!
This would be awesome. I'd love to play usc or stanford. I would highly consider the travel out there.
Seems most likely. Top 3 in conference, academic powerhouse, and some recent bad blood. That'd be an absolute slugfest, they signed the nation's best O line class + Barry Sanders Jr. to keep that run game alive.
Not to take anything away from this matchup but getting USC in 2014/2015 would be r best choice since they would still be fresh off the probation and would b most vulnerable but would still b a big time game. Personally I want Zona!!!! Would love to see RR back @ da big house!!! Wonder how the fans would react??
Washington and Colorado, both schools that UM has an interesting history with. The only schools out there I don't remember UM playing are cal and Arizona.
The Buffs came to mind. We have to live through Hail Mary replays, but I always love beating them afterwards for it.
UM has returned the favor on two separate beatdowns, particularly '97, but neither of them have erased that hail mary memory.
we may buy out of the game @ UCONN ?
That depends, will it cost us $400,000 +? Because from what I hear, we simply don't have the funds these days
In that article.
Washington State. I'll never get tired of beating them.
or USC,BOOK IT!!! Dave Brandon plays the best because this is MICHIGAN!GO BLUE!!!
Any chance we play them?
I liked the series back in the day...
2 of the 3 games. ;)
Football aside (as if that could ever be the case), I want Berkeley. Closest thing to a sister school we have IMO, even with all the CA budget cuts ...
Dave Brandon also said that he would be announcing a home game against a Pac-12 opponent soon, as part of the Big 10/Pac-12 partnership.
The partnership doesn't start till 2017.
I bet Stanford
Please be Oregon State. I'll be living in Corvallis for the next couple years, so this would be amazing.
USC, in Michigan territory for a change!!!
Is it too soon to see our old pal Rich Rod??? see for yourself? http://eye-on-collegefootball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/33628028
First of all, that's old news. More importantly, just because RR says he thinks it'd be neat to play Michigan doesn't mean there's any chance of it happening. First of all, the game wouldn't be close. And second of all, what would be in it for us? Arizona sucks, and we'd have little to gain and a lot to lose. It makes no sense at all.