|16 weeks 1 day ago||Good point, Brady Hoke is a||
Good point, Brady Hoke is a great example. Instead, player development defines a coach, Harbaugh's track record speaks for itself (think OL at Stanford). His guys have been on the depth chart developing. Year 3 should give a better idea.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||or Ole Miss||
or Ole Miss
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Judging based on the||
Judging based on the allegations and the Tunsil situation, I'd argue that Ole Miss doesn't have compliance staff.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||The joke's on you - no one||
The joke's on you - no one looks at that email address.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'm also a bears fan - great||
I'm also a bears fan - great hire by Illinois provided he has a strong OC
|1 year 7 weeks ago||The same statement could have||
The same statement could have applied to Jim Mora Jr. before coming to UCLA.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Sounds like he is aware but||
Sounds like he is aware but not fully aware
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Who? I haven't heard the||
Who? I haven't heard the news.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Hey guys, I heard Spanellis||
Hey guys, I heard Spanellis committed.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Browns plan on drafting him||
Browns plan on drafting him to play QB.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Jed York thinks this is a bad||
Jed York thinks this is a bad idea.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I'm confused, you say||
I'm confused, you say Maryland, but you just described Rutgers in that last sentence.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Didn't know Craig James was||
Didn't know Craig James was officiating these days.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Cap space already cleared||
Cap space already cleared with Robert Nkemdiche being a lock to declare.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Well he doesn't appear to be||
Well he doesn't appear to be considering Louisville anymore, so you may have a point.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||FWIW he thought he was||
FWIW he thought he was qualified to run up charges on a roommate's credit card . . .
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Like getting back to hiring||
Like getting back to hiring guys with mustaches?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Thanks for putting this||
Thanks for putting this together, nice read. I'll add to the list of likely open jobs:
Syracuse - 3-3 now but few winnable games left. 3rd season for Shafer but injuries likely do him in.
Virginia Tech - I think Beamer calls it quits. Pressure is mounting in Blacksburg and its getting tough to see anything better than 7-5.
Nebraska - Yes, Riley's first season, but there has been a HUGE drop off from Pelini. A losing record puts him on the hot seat, best case scenario.
Florida International - Bowl or bust for Ron Turner. FIU made a huge mistake axing Cristobal, but Turner has yet to bring the Golden Panthers a bowl appearance. Going to likely need a road win to push .500.
Colorado - Program simply hasn't progressed under MacIntyre; tough to make progress in a loaded PAC-12 South. There's a good chance this team goes winless in the PAC-12 again (last conference win against California, November 16, 2013) - if so, MacIntyre is likely gone.
Vanderbilt - I think the SEC is going to be the toughest to figure out. I could see as many as 5 changes (Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas, in addition to South Carolina,and Vanderbilt) - this one is the most likely. Mason simply stepped into a bad situation - Franklin set records with the 'Dores leaving the expectations extremely high. Not only has Mason not lived up to those expectations, but also the team has fallen flat in winnable games (Temple and Kentucky in 2014; Western Kentucky in 2015).
New Mexico State - Aggies aren't exactly traditional football powers, but there's something to be said when the record of the current coach has Mike Locksley-type futility (Locksley was 2-26 at New Mexico, fired 1/4 into his third season. Doug Martin is 4-26 having beaten ONE FBS program (Georgia State, last year as their second eason as a FBS school).
Louisiana-Monroe - Berry's 2012 season has really helped, but since then the Warhawks are 11-19, including 1-5 this season. While winnable games are still remaining, most are on the road.
Idaho - I'm not sure which of the three is the most likely: (1) Paul Petrino fired, (2) Idaho dropping back to the Big Sky, or (3) Dropping football in general. Petrino has equaled his total from the past two seasons combined. Last time Idaho won more than 2 games in one season? 2010. Maybe Petrino is safe?
I actually think Chow gets another year at Hawaii - IIRC his contract is pretty cheap and despite the shutouts (Ohio State, Wisconsin and Boise State), the team has actually been competitive. Downside is Wittek graduates.
I keep going back and forth on Purdue. How they finish will depend if Hazell is safe. Four of the last five are winnable (heck, even Iowa is in most years). I think the magic number is 4 - if he wins 3 more, he's safe. Going to be an uphill climb for a guy who is 1-18 to date in the Big Ten. Regardless, the lesson here is timing - as a coach of a mid-major you have to know when to leave and where to leave for. When Beckman left for Illinois, he didn't know when to leave. When Hazell left Kent State, he didn't know where to leave.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Well they do have time, I||
Well they do have time, I heard classes were cancelled because its Thursday again.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Even if they give you the||
Even if they give you the choice to watch tv they may not carry the game - flew back from Orlando the day of the Michigan/Maryland game and couldn't get it, but I could get the Alabama/Georgia game. Granted BTN as opposed to CBS, but I couldn't get ESPN games either.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Dude.||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||CJK5H||
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Depends on those throat||
Depends on those throat punches, they get you everytime in East Lansing.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Mack Brown has provided some||
Mack Brown has provided some decent commentary, nonetheless, saying Gary Andersen has made a previous trip to the Big House - with Wisconsin - was not one of his finer moments.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Sophomore year of high||
Sophomore year of high school, chemistry class.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||31-14 Michigan||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||'Last year' as the operative||
'Last year' as the operative phrase - Oregon State is going through an offensive change; on top of that Riley left the cupboard pretty bare.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||When comparing past events,||
When comparing past events, Sparty considers this amateur hour.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Chaos involving Rutgers? Now||
Chaos involving Rutgers? Now that's not bizarre.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||You might want to read page||
You might want to read page 19 of the opinion, which provides that the arbitration must occur within the confines of the CBA, a law of the shop, and actually cites to at least a few cases involving the NFL.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I grabbed Jimmy Garoppolo in||
I grabbed Jimmy Garoppolo in the last round, thinking he would be good for at least one game - my best hope now is trading him for a bag of donuts and/or Tim Tebow.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Michigan 24-20||
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Most contracts, especially||
Most contracts, especially ones like this, will severely water down, if not outright eliminate, a buy-out when firing for cause. This smells like a firing for cause = no money
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I was wondering the same with||
I was wondering the same with the goalpost juke.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Says the person with an||
Says the person with an account about 1 day old . . .
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I'll take your word for it,||
I'll take your word for it, your honor.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Weis Fumbled Doritos Bag||
Weis Fumbled Doritos Bag
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Somewhere Terrell Owens is||
Somewhere Terrell Owens is crying
|1 year 37 weeks ago||No.||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Probably?||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Depends, would Roger Goodell||
Depends, would Roger Goodell be administering the punishment?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||He's just attacking the day||
He's just attacking the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Actually, this is more of a||
Actually, this is more of a mixed bag. Harbaugh was the home run hire (upgrade), Chryst was the understandable hire (willing to concede), and Riley was the WTF hire (no).
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Spartan reaction||
"Why was he suspended?"
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Ah, so this is the Michigan||
Ah, so this is the Michigan student's response to the Ohio State student's "Those pizzas won't deliver themselves."
|1 year 40 weeks ago||This wouldn't happen on my||
This wouldn't happen on my watch.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The fact they are coming in||
The fact they are coming in to get their teeth cleaned is most surprising to me.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Who is Paul Finebaum?||
Who is Paul Finebaum?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Awaiting snarky comment from||
Awaiting snarky comment from Dantonio
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The croc or Charlie?||
The croc or Charlie?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I'm confused. Was he traded||
I'm confused. Was he traded to the Knicks?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||If it were Meyer, he'd use||
If it were Meyer, he'd use intervention a la Tebow and all would be forgiven.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Who is Cowherd?||
Who is Cowherd?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Try the Venetian (Cantor||
Try the Venetian (Cantor Gaming)
|1 year 43 weeks ago||"Yes" Signed, Indiana and||
Signed, Indiana and Northwestern football
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Unless I'm missing something,||
Unless I'm missing something, I don't even see the tweet on his timeline anymore
|2 years 15 weeks ago||History is a guide too - the||
History is a guide too - the last Michigan coach to win his debut against Michigan State was Oosterbaan (I believe). Here's to JH reversing that trend.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Was this supposed to be||
Was this supposed to be posted as a response to the Halle Berry picture?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Sorry, but Utah is not a good||
Sorry, but Utah is not a good team. Look at their schedule seriously - they are a fringe bowl team.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Went to sleep early last||
Went to sleep early last night and my Saturday morning alarm clock (aka my 2 year old son) failed to get me up timely. Being rushed, only picks today:
Georgia Southern @ South Alabama +3
New Mexico -3 @ New Mexico State
Maryland @ Syracuse -1
California @ Arizona -9
Southern Illinois +2 @ Purdue
Utah @ Michigan -3
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Good job on the post - I'll||
Good job on the post - I'll be looking forward to it every week.
I'm staying away from the Michigan line - if anything I'd take under 53. I don't see the Redhawks scoring much, if at all, and Michigan is in a down spot giving last week's game.
I'll take Army +28.0. Stanford is coming off a tough loss to USC. Teams that have a week to prepare for the triple option tend to do the best - I like Army to keep this right around 3 TDs.
I happen to think Penn State-Rutgers is an absolute mismatch, Penn State -3. Rutgers was impressive in Seattle but Washington State was clearly overmatched (see the Nevada game). Penn State was one of 2 (Minnesota being the other) to not make the Big Ten look awful last week. Penn State is 4th in the nation in rush defense - Rutgers is 119th in pass defense.
I have Wake Forest under 3.5 wins in Vegas - looking good especially after a loss to ULM. But I'll take Wake Forest +14.5. The Demon Deacons are in the midst of an offensive transition so expect a struggle to score. But Wake isn't bad defensively.
Jerry Kill has done an amazing job with Minnesota, but the team has rarely been challenged in the non-conference. TCU - 14.0. The Gophers defense gave up over 250 yards through the air to MTSU(!?!?) last week. Minnesota's pass defense ranks 99th in the nation in pass yards allowed. Yes TCU has only played one game, but 13 players caught at least one pass (3 with 50+ yards). TCU covers.
Week 1 I had Virginia getting 21.5 against UCLA - not because I think the Cavs are good (I have them under 3.5 wins), but because their defense will keep them in games, even when the offense sputters (which will be often). I don't think Vegas is giving Louisville -6.5 enough respect though. While the Cards haven't played a road game yet, do you really think Virginia's rushing attack is better than the Canes Duke Johnson? Cards by double digits.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||I'd definitely be willing to||
I'd definitely be willing to contribute in some form or another.
Definitely don't have the time I used to - everything changes when you have a child (especially when a second one is on the way - wife is due in December).
I'm still following the lines a lot - went to Vegas and placed some bets on the first week lines but had more action on the win totals (Michigan was off at the time?).
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Believe it or not, this has||
Believe it or not, this has already undergone extensive testing at Purdue. Just ask the search committee who introduced Danny Hope.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||The NCAA is more concerned||
The NCAA is more concerned about maximum number of games. I think there's an argument to add one game, on the basis that every Big Ten team will play at least one conference tournament game each year.
The Big Ten, and Big Ten Network, would object to elimination of the tournament based on television. My guess is Chicago/Indianapolis might have an issue, too.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||How about just stop||
How about just "stop recruiting"? With this year's team it appears I have done just that.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||"They don't graduate their||
"They don't graduate their players."
Actually, with regards to South Carolina that portion is true.
South Carolina had a graduation rate of 55 and an APR of 912, among the worst in FBS.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Even if he is 18, that's||
Even if he is 18, that's irrelevant if he wants to play scholarship football. An LOI must be signed by the student athlete and a parent, if the student athlete is under 21.
So unless Malik is Brandon Weeden, this is an issue.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||This could be laying the||
This could be laying the ground work for a multi-division format that has been predicted for awhile. If the ACC is granted autonomy in choosing its participants in the ACC title game, they could split into four divisions (even with 14 members, uneven divisions), pick the top two for the title game.
They could then make the argument that the other division champs are just as deserving - there you go, there is your play-in to the playoff.
Obviously this situation would require adding another game to the schedule, but it would at least lay the framework.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Funny you say that about Bo||
Funny you say that about Bo Ryan, I was wondering the same about Thad Matta.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||We've gone from Gorgeous||
We've gone from Gorgeous Borges to Dougie Fresh.
And I'm more than okay with that.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||When you don't shave it for a||
When you don't shave it for a REALLY long time.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Quite simply, to maintain||
Quite simply, to maintain this sort of action, you'd have to argue a damage to one's reputation.
Does calling Notre Dame chicken even harm their reputation, in all honesty?
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Someone told me that Craig||
Someone told me that Craig James killed five hookers while at SMU. Can anyone deny that statement? Anyone?
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I was 9 and sat through the||
I was 9 and sat through the entire game. To this day I know I can get through any bad weather game, based on that one.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Its legal. Your concern, my||
Its legal. Your concern, my guess is, is the federal law prohibiting online gambling. The law differentiates between luck and skill. If the game is one of skill, its legal. Also, if the game is specifically exempted, its legal. Fantasy sports are exempted (and arguably a game of skill), so its legal.
I wrote on the UIGEA back in law school, so I'm pretty familiar with it, FWIW.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Interesting move. There was||
Interesting move. There was much speculation that Johns Hopkins wouldn't join. How does this impact Virginia and Duke? I know the Grant of Rights is in place, but litigation could POTENTIALLY change that (as an attorney, potential is always a keyword, I know), but doesn't this make the Big Ten more attractive for those schools now?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||For all the complaints about||
For all the complaints about the 2014 schedule, the 2015 one will be awesome. I don't mind seeing body bag schools, as long as they aren't the same ones. Ditching Directional Michigan for UNLV is great (I wouldn't mind it if there was a return trip, either - maybe I could talk my wife into a Las Vegas trip).
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Sullivan was previously at UM||
Sullivan was previously at UM in a fairly high administrative role. I want to say she was provost of some sort (off the top of my head). She's got experience working from the academic side.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Touche, but isn't||
Touche, but isn't Northwestern a bit outside the Ivy League's footprint?
|3 years 51 weeks ago||It makes it more likely the||
It makes it more likely the Big Ten sends extra teams to bowl games, meaning more money. If the argument is that money is the driving force behind realignment, the best way to attract new members (should there be an expansion to 16), would be to increase the pot of money.
The top tier teams, even with "parity-based" scheduling, would still make bowl games - most would consider Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in this group (setting aside Penn State due to the bowl ban).
The "best of the worst" teams would have an increased shot at making a bowl game - probably Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers in this group.
Really the teams who are hurt the most are the programs considered to be good enough that they draw top teams, but bad enough that they can't win - Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue.
If you can figure out where to put Maryland and Northwestern, hats off to you.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||A terrible team? No. By||
A terrible team? No. By that logic, Maryland would have a significantly better shot at making the Title game.
A decent team who isn't great? Maybe, but keep in mind that a loss to a divisional opponent is effectively worth two.
Example: Michigan plays Nebraska and Wisconsin in crossovers; Ohio plays Iowa and Wisconsin; and Rutgers plays Northwestern and Illinois. Assume Michigan and Ohio lose BOTH crossovers, but both beat Rutgers.
Even if Rutgers wins out, they would need BOTH Michigan and Ohio to lose at least once more.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Wait, Rick Pitino resigned||
Wait, Rick Pitino resigned from Minnesota midway through the year so his son could take over as head coach?
The two situations couldn't be anymore different, actually. Richard's dad probably had some influence, but he wasn't the most recent coach at Minnesota.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||While Minnesota has the money||
While Minnesota has the money to pay for a big time coach, there is little reason to take this job if you are established. Having to compete with Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, MSU, and Wisconsin on a yearly basis (not to mention Iowa, Purdue) is not exactly easy.
I tend to agree its a very good hire. Somewhat risky given Richard's lack of head coaching experience, but he's a great recruiter, when given the resources. The Gophers are going to have to upgrade facilities if they expect to keep him, and if they want him to do well.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I've actually heard the||
I've actually heard the samething. I don't remember where I heard it from, and while it would be a different style than Beilein, it should would help bring recruits in. Not to mention the resources are greater at Michigan than VCU.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Its also a coincidence that||
Its also a coincidence that Florida got one of the easiest draws for their Sweet 16. Let's connect the dots . . .
Florida plays FGCU. Who at Ohio used to be at Florida? Urban Meyer. This was clearly Gene Smith's way of appeasing Florida fans after stealing their coach.
I might have upvoted your post if you would have added that tidbit, but alas, you did not.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||On a serious note, don't||
On a serious note, don't waste your time with Caesars Windsor sportsbook, unless you are cashing the winning bet in person. I wagered on a parlay, won, mailed in the ticket and was told that I did win, but they couldn't mail the winnings. They offered to hold the money at the casino or I could pick it up on Toronto.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||The argument has been used in||
The argument has been used in the past by various committee chairs when stating why a Big Ten team was not seeded on the 1 line. It's been a few years but the statement has been made before.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||One thing the committee has||
One thing the committee has been consistent on from year to year is that the Big Ten Championship is played too late. Unless the game paired a team, or teams, that wouldn't make it in without an autobid, the game is meaningless for the committee.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I think Wisconsin is probably||
I think Wisconsin is probably too low right now to worry about them taking Michigan's spot in Auburn Hills. There are two potential spots in Auburn Hills - MSU likely gets one. Worry about Marquette - as they could stake a claim.
As for Lexington and Dayton - those places are likely going to be hosting the winners of the play-in sites. I've seen Lunardi project other places as hosting the winners of the play-in games but the distance simply doesn't make it likely.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Given the latest rumors about||
Given the latest rumors about membership offers on the table to North Carolina and possibly Virginia/Georgia Tech, this is extremely timely.
Which leads me to one of two conclusions, either (1) you shared this with Jim Delany a short time ago or (2) you are Delany himself?!?!?
|4 years 9 weeks ago||All your conferences are||
All your conferences are belong to us.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Sandwich game for Michigan -||
Sandwich game for Michigan - coming off big win against Illinois and a huge game against Indiana coming up. I'd take the 'Cats with the 19 (eventhough Michigan is 13-6 ATS), but Michigan still gets the win.
The line is down to 16 now, after opening at 19.5 FWIW.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Agree with The FannMan, but a||
Agree with The FannMan, but a couple other thoughts . . .
Procedural and substantive are different - Procedural is sort of like getting off based on technicality; substantive is getting to the meat of the issue, if you will. Most, if not all, attorneys will seek to bounce a case procedurally - you avoid having to litigate the case, etc.
Doesn't mean the NCAA can't win, but former players have at least a somewhat viable suit, giving them some leverage to negotiate.
The key issue here is class certification. In many cases, if a judge certifies a class for a class action, more likely than not, the defendants end up settling with the class. That may not be the case here, since there is likely billions on the table. A number of factors go into class certification, one of which includes how the members of the class are or are not similarly situated to one another. For example, how similar (or different) are Ed O'Bannon and Kris Johnson (little used frosh on the 1995 team)? The more the defendants (NCAA) can show that the members do not have common claims that predominate, the less likely the judge would certify the class. Keep in mind, this could (eventually) apply to multiple sports, possibly even sports that do not have video games (or other external revenue streams).
|4 years 19 weeks ago||On another note, Goodell has||
On another note, Goodell has discussed eliminating the NFL entirely.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I am denying rumors that I||
I am denying rumors that I have accepted the Tennessee head coaching job.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||They need help too, though. A||
They need help too, though. A win and a UCLA loss might not be enough - there is a pretty large point differential.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||If ECU is only joining for||
If ECU is only joining for football, where do the rest of their sports go? I assume C-USA won't keep them for the rest . . .
|4 years 24 weeks ago||So-so week for me last week.||
So-so week for me last week. 2-4 ATS, 4-2 O/U = 6-6 overall.
1. Illinois @ Ohio (-27.5, +/- 51.5)
Illinois is 2-6 ATS, including 0-3 on the road. The Illini have looked to pack it in for the year. I'll take Ohio to cover and the over.
2. Michigan @ Minnesota (+12.5, +/- 46.5)
Looking at the numbers makes this pick against conventional wisdom (Minnesota 4-1 ATS at home, Michigan 1-3 ATS road). With that said, give me Michigan to cover and the under.
3. Penn State @ Purdue (+3.5, +/- 51.5)
Nittany Lions are 3-0 ATS in road games. Must win game for Purdue, as they very well could be short the minimum six wins for bowl eligibility. Penn State to cover and the under.
4. Nebraska @ Michigan State (+2, +/- 44)
I've gone back and forth on this one. I think Nebraska is the more balanced team, but Sparty has the better defense. The situational numbers for both teams are dreadful - Nebraska 0-3 ATS road, Michigan State 0-5 ATS home. Spartans haven't hit the over at home this season, either. Give me Michigan State with the points and the under.
5. Iowa @ Indiana (-1.5, +/- 55.5)
When I see a line that is completely unexpected, I usually stay away from it. I tend to think Iowa is the better team, but the Hoosiers are coming off a big road win (hey, when you are IU any road win is big, right?) and must beat Iowa in order to have a shot at being bowl eligible. Oh and Indiana controls their own destiny for the Leaders Division. I'll take the over and reluctantly take Iowa with the points.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin||
1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin (-6.5, +/- 41.5)
Since 1999, home team is 8-3 SU, but 6-5 ATS. Including the Big Ten Championship, four of the last six games have been decided by less than seven points. With that said, I'll take Wisconsin, who seems to have hit their stride, but I'll take the under.
2. Iowa @ Northwestern (-6, +/- 49.5)
Crucial game for the Hawkeyes, as a loss likely eliminates them from the division race. Iowa has been tough to figure out this year. I'm inclined to take the under with a weaker play on Iowa with the points.
3. Purdue @ Minnesota (+3.5, +/- 51)
I'm still of the belief that the Gophers will be bowl eligible, but that makes the game against Purdue a must win. I'll take Minnesota with the points and the over.
4. Michigan @ Nebraska (-2.5, +/- 57.5)
At the beginning of the year I took Nebraska, here. I'm really unimpressed with Nebraska, and seeing how the 'Huskers defended Ohio State's offense, I'm less concerned about Michigan's chances here. Still, its very much a tossup. I'll take Michigan ATS and the under.
5. Indiana @ Illinois (-1, +/- 58.5)
Illinois has become a complete tirefire. It wouldn't surprise me to see them lose out. When was the last time Indiana won a road conference game though? November 27, 2010, against Purdue. Still, I'll take the Hoosiers and the over.
6. Ohio @ Penn State (PK, +/- 50)
I'll admit, I was wrong on Penn State. They have proved to be much better than I thought and have shown the ability to bounce back after an 0-2 start. The Nittany Lions defense has been pretty good - that could very well be the difference. If the Buckeyes win, I expect the over to pay. But I'll go with Penn State, and the under, in a rare 5:30 PM start.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Given that my wife and I are||
Given that my wife and I are expecting our first on October 14th, but her doctor says the baby could come any day now, mine could very well be spent in the hospital.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Point taken. Still, the Irish||
Point taken. Still, the Irish have won 4 of the last 5, with 3 of those wins coming by double digits.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I'll take (all with the points)||
New Hampshire (Regardless of the line, but I do like Minny to win)
Penn State (I think the loss to OU has created a massive overreaction, PSU could very well win this one)
Ohio (UCF is actually playing a team that has a defense this week, UCF is much better offensively than Miami though - should be close for the first half)
Massachusetts (Depth is a concern for Indiana, but the entire team is a concern for UMass - until I see the Hoosiers blow out a weak non-conference opponent, I'll pick against them)
Iowa (although 5 might be a bit high - the home team has dominated this series)
Notre Dame (I can't remember the last time Purdue beat ND offhand, let alone kept it close)
Michigan (I'm wary of this one, too, but depth should show through in the second half)
Michigan State (CMU simply isn't good, with that said, MSU was less than impressive offensively against Boise - assuming Maxwell doesn't throw three picks, Sparty should roll)
Wisconsin (Line originally opened at 11 and has dropped. I'm thinking this is a massive overreaction to Wisconsin getting by Northern Iowa - a decent FCS program)
Nebraska (If Burkhead doesn't play, all bets are off. Nebraska's defense is the difference in this one, if Burkhead plays)
Northwestern (A true toss up game here. I tend to think Vanderbilt is a better team, but something tells me the Cardiac Cats get the job done)
Arizona State (I was surprised by how dominant Illinois was last week - they contained Carder and forced key INTs - the Illini face the "High Octane Offense" this week, and on the road)
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I wonder how much of his||
I wonder how much of his comments have to do with the UM-MSU rivalry. In recent years, MSU has had the upper hand and, arguably, more talent. With graduation, maybe he realizes this year's game is a toss up, if not leaning towards Michigan.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Texas coaching staff is||
Texas coaching staff is overrated, especially in light of recent years. I'll take issue with the Ohio staff being on there as well - the crew hasn't spent a season together in their current roles, let alone one game. I'd argue USC should be somewhere on the current list, how they were left off is beyond me.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Whose secondary will be||
Whose secondary will be worse, 2011 Minnesota or 2012 Notre Dame?
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I did not notice the MGoPatio||
I did not notice the MGoPatio ad, but I did notice the A-1 Bail Bonds ad at the top. I take it bail bond agencies in Columbus couldn't pony up the cash for ad placement?
|4 years 38 weeks ago||#RememberTheFive||
|4 years 39 weeks ago||33% can mathmatically not||
33% can mathmatically not make it, but realistically, how many can?
When looking at Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Wisconsin, the Badgers can still lose three in conference and make it. Its not along the lines of the PAC-12 South fiasco last year, but basically sets up Wisconsin for a repeat appearance.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||What may seem as a tough||
What may seem as a tough schedule now, may in reality be easier years down the road.
Looking at the Big 12, for the longest time the better division was in the North, especially with Colorado and Nebraska. Missouri was so-so, same with Iowa State. The South was Texas or Oklahoma. Only recently did the power switch to the South with the rise of Oklahoma State and the decline of Colorado in the North.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Its strictly a one year||
Its strictly a one year waiver, though. The one year waiver does make sense - most 2012 recruiting classes are full. To not have the waiver would mean a team bringing on a PSU player would have to pull a scholarship.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Chicken broccoli bake was||
Chicken broccoli bake was good, but the chicken patty sandwiches were definitely underrated.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Finally a legitimate||
Finally a legitimate question. SVP talked yesterday about the "unretiring" of numbers in the context of other Michigan sports teams greats (Kaline, Bubba Smith [MSU], Barry Sanders, and Isiah Thomas), which is completely the wrong way to approach it. It should be on a number by number basis. For example, evaluating whether someone is worth to wear Ford's number, Howard's number, etc.
I'm not sure how you would tally my vote. I'm open to the idea, but would prefer a case by case basis. Simply giving someone a retired number for the sake of reusing it - I would be against.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||A case can be made in almost||
A case can be made in almost any sport for the regular season being meaningless then, if you just look at a low seeded team winning a championship. Prime examples are the New York Giants (2011), St. Louis Cardinals (2011), and Green Bay Packers (2010), just to name a few.
Any sport where there is a playoff, you run the risk of a lower seeded team winning thereby "devaluing the regular season".
In the NHL playoffs, you need to be the best team for at least a month, if not more. Take the Kings, for example. LA won an extraordinary amount of road games and beat the top three teams, by seed, in the West. Its not like they had the benefit of playing weak teams, as the NHL reseeds after each round.
I guess if you want to argue the regular season being meaningless, we could go to only the best team in the West and the best team in the East, recordwise, facing off for the Stanley Cup. But Vancouver was eliminated on April 22nd and the Rangers on May 25th.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||John L. Smith impressed in||
John L. Smith impressed in his first year in East Lansing, so they kept him for a second year. Sparty was so impressed with the second season, they kept him for an additional two. In fact, it took self-abuse for MSU to fire John L.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I've never had a problem with||
I've never had a problem with Michigan scheduling tomato cans, just don't make them the same tomato cans. I get we want to benefit the Michigan MAC schools, but there is no reason we have to schedule two in a season.
Obviously I'm not thrilled with seeing Akron in 2013, but it beats seeing the same directional Michigan schools over and over.
There is no reason DB can't bring in some of the lower level CUSA schools (Memphis, UAB, Tulane).
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Brandon picked an interesting||
Brandon picked an interesting time to talk about price increases, especially with a pretty weak home schedule. Keep in mind he indicated future schedules will have dates filled shortly - maybe a way to sooth the masses?
Keep in mind if FBS schools go the route of compensating players, especially with Spurrier-like numbers, the money is going to need to come from somewhere. Licensing fees and ticket increases may be met with some resistence, but likely will still bring the money in.
You can only charge so much for a hot dog and coke.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Where will Carroll go when||
Where will Carroll go when Goodell drops the hammer on him - Arena Football?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Holland was a great guy.||
Holland was a great guy. Fortunate to have met him in classes at Michigan.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||When I read the title I||
When I read the title I figured it was Will Smith, former Ohio DE. Needless to say, even if it was him, I wouldn't have been surprised.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Maybe ESPN will change their||
Maybe ESPN will change their mind and take him back.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Well it was the next logical||
Well it was the next logical step after tattoos.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Exactly what part of Sharp's||
Exactly what part of Sharp's response is "constructive"?
|4 years 49 weeks ago||With an athletic department||
With an athletic department budget as large as Texas' is, I understand the frustration of Longhorn fans with weak teams Mack Brown and Rick Barnes have fielded.
Looking at the surpluses, assuming they are accurate, many of these schools are going to struggle to provide stipends for their student-athletes, if they are required to pay all of them, regardless of sport.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I was actually thinking Iowa||
I was actually thinking Iowa v. Virginia Tech is weak. VT is a program in disarray while Iowa could be a NCAA Tournament team this year. McCaffrey has put together a solid class.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Unless Paterno was that||
Unless Paterno was that designated person, McQueary failed to report up.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Too bad we can't include||
Too bad we can't include former college football coaches. If we did, we could add gems like Dean Pees (Kent State) and Jim Wacker (Minnesota).
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I was actually thinking the||
I was actually thinking the opposite. Mack is a fantastic recruiter. Was great at UNC and certainly has the resources at UT. But look at his teams in recent years. He has numerous off the field problems with his players (lack of control) and his big time assistants have been leaving.
Being a solid head coach is as much being in control of the situation as giving the appearance of control. Mack has neither.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||My immediate thought was Kid||
My immediate thought was Kid Rock.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I'm glad you said "most" and||
I'm glad you said "most" and not "all".
|4 years 49 weeks ago||In fairness, Saban was smart||
In fairness, Saban was smart to get out when he did.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||The SOL is a huge problem for||
The SOL is a huge problem for McQueary. If he's inside that timeframe, he at least has a colorable argument that he was fired for reporting what he knew. Outside that timeframe, it becomes tougher.
With that said, PSU will likely argue that McQueary wasn't fired for reporting, rather, he was fired for a failure to report. It would have been different if McQueary reported out to police when the incident occured, but he sat on it for 9+ years. Acting in that way indicates a failure to report, not an afforded protection of a Whistleblower law.
Wouldn't be surprised to see this one get kicked on Summary Disposition. If what is coming out now is true, McQueary has made more and more bad decisions, beginning with his failure to report.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Seconded. Loved the dude in||
Seconded. Loved the dude in Lubbock. Dude's a boss.
|5 years 4 days ago||What's interesting is the||
What's interesting is the number of people outraged at what Bo Ryan did. Ryan's restrictions of transfers within the Big Ten is warranted, but the out of conference transfers, like the ACC, was likely a bargaining chip. Essentially "tell me where you want to transfer before I authorize a release". Might have been one of those things that an ACC could have been listed and Bo would have still allowed it.
|5 years 4 days ago||The problem is more so in||
The problem is more so in basketball than in football. In football its relatively easy - 12-14 game schedule. In Michigan's case, they know they'll play Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Ohio State every year. The remaining two games rotate every two years - easy enough. The non-conference games are mostly determined for the next few years.
But with basketball the only certainty is the conference games. Non-conference schedules aren't known anything more than the year in advance.
The prohibition on transfers within conference are fair, but the out of conference ones are tougher to calculate.
|5 years 5 days ago||While what you say is true,||
While what you say is true, if you live in Toledo, which I do, you know the Rockets struggle to sell tickets, even when the teams are doing well.
The problem is a number of teams have APR problems - can't just chalk it up to a "its Gene Cross" argument.
And the APR comes more than a year after - if what you said was true, it would be the current coach's problem (this was his second year).
|5 years 6 days ago||RIP Dick Clark - there's an||
RIP Dick Clark - there's an argument he made MTV what it is today.
On a light note, at least with Seacrest there will still be one dick on NYE.
|5 years 6 days ago||Don't tell Dave Brandon||
Don't tell Dave Brandon
|5 years 6 days ago||Part of the problem is with||
Part of the problem is with the way the APR is calculated.
Essentially, a player transferring somewhere else, player quitting school, and a player going pro are all treated the same.
We can debate about whether a coach knows a player is one-and-done when he is recruited, but can a coach really control transfers? Doubtful.
|5 years 6 days ago||Part of it is a proof||
Part of it is a proof problem.
Alcohol disapates at the rate of an ounce per hour. Marijuana can stay in the system up to 30 days after the last usage.
Assume an athlete drinks and smoke marijuana on Friday night. Assume drug testing is done Monday morning. Alcohol would be out of the system on Monday morning, where as the marijuana would not be.
I don't want to read too much into your post, but if you are advocating treating alcohol the same as marijuana, it would require nightly testing.
|5 years 1 week ago||FWIW law schools are not||
FWIW law schools are not undergraduate schools.
|5 years 1 week ago||Written off implies he was||
Written off implies he was legitimate at one point.
When was Bayless actually legitimate?
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Thought he turned his life||
Thought he turned his life around. He was on ESPN Radio (Cowherd, I believe) awhile back promoting his book. Seemed like things were going well.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Glad to see Feldman landed on||
Glad to see Feldman landed on his feet at CBS after being ousted from ESPN by Craig James, the alleged hooker slayer.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Apparently its not just Big||
Apparently its not just Big Ten fans that dislike Ohio. Its West Coast Conference fans (Gonzaga) as well.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Tough non-conference schedule||
Tough non-conference schedule for sure. What are the chances Syracuse is bowl eligible, though?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Thanks for the link and||
Thanks for the link and image, interesting.
Only problem is in determining that the letters correspond to in seating location for other stadiums.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||He will be paying just over||
He will be paying just over half of what the suit was for. Further, he doesn't have to pay a dime for three years.
Now he has to get back to baseball, where he can work on shedding the title "Laughingstock of MLB Owners".
|5 years 5 weeks ago||They got the letters right,||
They got the letters right, just not in the right order.
Still good enough to be admitted to school in Columbus, right?
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Dude, too early. I know its||
Dude, too early. I know its nice weather and all, but most people are too focused on MArch Madness.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Duke relies a lot on three||
Duke relies a lot on three point shots - and they tend to go cold, a lot. The other 2s - Missouri, Ohio, and Kansas - tend to rely more on points in the paint. Points in the paint are a bit easier to count on, that is, unless the opponent clogs the middle.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I had some weird results, as||
I had some weird results, as you can see.
Mine resulted in Kentucky out in the Elite 8. South Dakota State, Colorado State and South Florida were in my Sweet 16.
But it did have three of my four Final Four that I had - Michigan State, Kansas, and Ohio State.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Best news all day. Thank you||
Best news all day. Thank you for this.
On another note, I love how no one negged this post. Usually there is someone who will - good to know we are unanimous.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||The non-conference SOS||
The non-conference SOS argument doesn't hold much weight for teams who are solidly in the bracket.
Where it helps are for the last teams in and in differentiating top seeds (Drexel/Iona and Michigan State/Missouri). Michigan didn't need a strong non-conference slate because of their conference schedule. In most seasons, power six conference teams can get away with two to three tough non-conference games and the rest being easy wins.
Want to see why a tough non-conference schedule isn't always the best? Ask Long Beach State. Had they not won the Big West's automatic bid, they likely would not have been in the NCAA Tournament as an at large team.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Even the two seed is likely||
Even the two seed is likely out of reach. Duke and Carolina will be either on the 1 or 2 line. Missouri and Kansas will be on either the 1 or 2 line. Syracuse and Kentucky are 1s. That leaves two spots - even if Michigan State or Ohio drops down, I don't see Michigan replacing them - especially if Baylor wins the Big 12.
FYI - the Big Ten Tournament Title tomorrow will not affect seeding. The committee has said it time and again that the game takes place too late. I don't agree, but they have been consistent in that approach.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Could have had another if||
Could have had another if Western Illinois would have pulled out the win on Tuesday night.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||You're going to need to||
You're going to need to define "good" for me. We had more than 5 verbals in one weekend, fergodsakes.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||The last picture of Weber||
The last picture of Weber looks like he is demonstrating the proper technique for "The Shocker".
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Yeah its pretty sad really.||
Yeah its pretty sad really. What's even worse is I don't doubt that is what you heard. As good as BTN is, there are some people who know nothing over there.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Hope for a speedy recovery.||
Hope for a speedy recovery. Kick cancer's ass.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||They would be wrong, and here||
They would be wrong, and here is why:
MSU, Ohio, and Michigan would all be 1-1 against each other, so move to tiebreaker #2 - common opponent. Assuming Wisconsin finishes fourth, and why not, considering Wisconsin finishes tied with Indiana or Purdue in worst case scenario - Badgers would be fourth, they won the season series over both Indiana schools - that would be the first common opponent.
MSU swept the series against Wisconsin, Michigan won their only game against Wisconsin, and Ohio split. Ohio takes third.
Move to the next common opponent, Indiana or Purdue, depending on finish. Let's assume Indiana. Michigan and MSU split against IU - nothing there, move to Purdue. Michigan split against Purdue, while MSU swept Purdue. Michigan takes second.
MSU, Michigan, and Ohio, in that order. If BTN is saying differently, they don't understand the tiebreaking system.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Consistent being the keyword.||
Consistent being the keyword. I'd take Dayton in the past ten years any day over Saint Louis. Billikens were nothing before Rick Majerus arrived. Dayton coaches have gone on to big time programs (Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory, to name a few).
|5 years 8 weeks ago||In a three way tie, Ohio||
In a three way tie, Ohio would be third, being eliminated based on their record against Wisconsin, who can finish no worse than 4th. Michigan would finish second based on a split with Purdue, while MSU swept them.
This is one time when it pays to lose to the not so good teams (Illinois and Northwestern), rather than the good ones (Purdue and Ohio).
|5 years 8 weeks ago||For the sake of all of us||
For the sake of all of us here at MGoBlog, please keep your pants on.
But in all seriousness, is Coach Hoke planning on having the entire 2013 class in place prior to football season?
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Looking more and more like||
Looking more and more like the late-Coach Paterno was the fall guy.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||This is a legal determination||
This is a legal determination - it was an arbitration case. Rules of law are followed. That one person being "stupid enough" to not follow the rules? That's all you need to find a flaw in the chain of custody.
"Unless of course you're the type of person that thinks that only evidence found the exact correct way is actual evidence." - Yes, I do. And I believe most judges (and arbitrators) would agree with me. Don't like the procedures? CHANGE THEM. You don't manipulate the procedures to get a desired outcome.
"you may get off for going 20 over the speed limit but that doesn't mean you're not guilty." - Not true. You are not guilty. It doesn't necessarily follow that you are innocent, however. HUGE difference between "not guilty" and "innocent".
It doesn't matter if you don't like the result or not, the point is understanding the reasoning for the result. If you can't understand the reasoning, then you will never understand what the outcome really means.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Sorry, but what you just said||
Sorry, but what you just said is completely and utterly false, but I'll attempt to break it down.
(1) "His test was positive and nothing changed by this ruling." - Not true. Braun is not suspended for 50 games now.
(2) "He got off on a technicality." - Partially correct, but is it his fault MLB can't follow THEIR own procedure?
(3) "He challenged based on the fact that it sat for 48 hours prior to being shipped to Montreal for testing." - I lied. Not everything you said is false, you got this one right; my bad.
(4) "This ruling hurts every clean athlete, and now we will see every dirty athlete rush to challenge positive rulings based on this." - NO NO NO and a thousand times NO. If MLB follows the procedure, unlike in this case, the argument simply won't work.
(5) "He's guilty period." - He's not guilty, period. Similar to police failing to give Miranda rights, etc. When the MLB (and the police) fail to follow procedure, the individual is released and determined to be not guilty. The individual isn't necessarily innocent, but is CLEARLY not guilty.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||A person who gets off by a||
A person who gets off by a technicality in a criminal case is "not guilty". Hence, Braun is "not guilty". Its a legal determination that is being dealt with, here.
Its the same result as if he had not tested positive, but many will still consider him an offender/cheater/etc.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Its embarassing for baseball||
Its embarassing for baseball because they didn't follow procedure.
There is no provision in the current testing that allows for a challenge based on substance. The only exception is if MLB approves the substance prior to testing. What happened was, essentially, a broken chain of custody. The test wasn't sent out in the acceptable timeframe.
Why does it matter? (1) Its in the rules (2) it COULD have potentially been tampered with. If you are going to have safeguards in place, they need to be followed.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||They are scheduled to meet in||
They are scheduled to meet in Bloomington in 2017.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I would actually say Penn||
I would actually say Penn State's, to be honest. Navy should be better next year. Temple has been good recently, and Ohio University and Virginia will be no cakewalk.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||The game is at Chicago -||
The game is at Chicago - Soldier Field.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Much appreciated||
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Great addition from a||
Great addition from a basketball standpoint, though.
Word is Louisville may be leaving as soon as 2013 for the Big XII - its the consensus pick for an 11th team. So the Big East would be at 12 then.
You make a good point about Villanova though, two Big Five schools in the Big East, for all sports, would make sense.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Agree on TV and hoops, but||
Agree on TV and hoops, but disagree on cash.
Harvard and Yale have the largest endowments at 31.728 and 19.374 billion, respectively. Princeton is 4th, Columbia is 8th, and Penn is 11th.
FWIW, Michigan is 7th.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Statistics back up your||
Statistics back up your point: Minnesota is 6-1 with Mbakwe, 11-9 without.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I don't really care that he||
I don't really care that he hates Michigan - plenty of people don't like Michigan. He's worthless other than his coverage of the NBA, anyways.
What irritates me is when Northwestern is doing well he mentions them non-stop. When they are doing poorly, he acts like he didn't know the school even existed.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||On paper, Michigan should||
On paper, Michigan should beat Northwestern. But for some reason, Northwestern gives Michigan trouble. Since Coach Beilein has been at Michigan, 2007, Michigan is 5-4 against the Wildcats:
2007-2008 - Split (won at Northwestern, lost at home to Northwestern).
2008-2009 - Michigan sweep (won at home and at Northwestern).
2009-2010 - Northwestern sweep (lost at home and at Northwestern).
2010-2011 - Split (won at home, lost at Northwestern).
2011-2012 - Won at home.
Average margin of victory for Michigan against NU is 6.6, average margin of defeat for Michigan against NU is 9.25.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||And 2 seeds have almost equal||
And 2 seeds have almost equal success, having only lost 4 times, with the most recent being Iowa State to Hampton.
There really isn't much difference between a 1 and a 2 seed, to be honest, at least in the early rounds. The biggest difference is with the Final Four, where 1 seeds are twice as likely as 2 seeds to make the final weekend.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||The win looks good, no doubt.||
The win looks good, no doubt. I have MSU as a 1 seed right now as well, but let me emphasize "right now".
Duke or Kansas can easily pass Sparty between now and Selection Sunday though, especially with Duke having beaten MSU earlier in the season. Spartans have a pair of tough road games and play Ohio at home. Duke has a tough one at Florida State (I still think they will get revenge over FSU) and plays UNC at Cameron. Kansas's only legitimate opponent left is Missouri.
We all have heard that the Big Ten Tournament Championship means little because of how late the game is completed. Unless Michigan State makes the title game, I find it hard to believe they will get a 1 seed, especially if they lose between now and the end of the regular season (especially if Duke and Kansas win their remaining regular season games).
|5 years 9 weeks ago||But miracle implies there was||
But miracle implies there was little to no chance it would happen . . .
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I generally don't mind Bilas,||
I generally don't mind Bilas, even when he is doing games. As long as you separate his bias, he's fine.
However, tonight was just flat out bad. I got the feeling he wanted Ohio to win, and I'm not sure why. Without a doubt, he does have respect for Novak, and probably Burke. Beyond that, he has no use for Michigan.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Sorry but Purdue just isn't a||
Sorry but Purdue just isn't a lock yet. They are probably in, but by no means a lock.
RPI 46, SOS 31; RPI is a bit high. They are 6-6 against the top 50 RPI, which is good, but no marquee wins. Had they won at Columbus, I think you would have an argument.
Further, they are just above 500 in conference and can still finish below 500. When teams are below 500 in conference that immediately becomes a red flag for the Selection Committee.
Wins over Nebraska, Penn State and one of the other three (MSU, UM, or IU) will put Purdue in, barring an early round flameout in the Big Ten Tournament.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Michigan is in. RPI of 14,||
Michigan is in. RPI of 14, SOS of 11, and 7-5 against the top 50 RPI.
I don't see them as a three seed though, and I generally don't put much stock in what Lunardi says. He overvalues some teams while not giving others enough credit. Michigan is likely on the 4 line right now, but could move to the 3 line with a win Saturday and/or strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Coach Kampe is a class act,||
Coach Kampe is a class act, used to be an assistant at the University of Toledo, my hometown. When people mention longevity, they mention Coach Boeheim. Coach Boeheim is a great guy, but Coach Kampe is Golden Grizzlies basketball, taking them through the transition to Division I.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Touche my friend.||
Touche my friend.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||But think of the children||
But think of the children that could be reading this!
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Tid bit nipply?||
Tid bit nipply?
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Well, the "insightful" button||
Well, the "insightful" button just came in handy.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Went to this thread thinking||
Went to this thread thinking it was about Mississippi College football (not Ole Miss), boy was I wrong.
Don't ask why I clicked if I was thinking that.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Mountaineer fan's||
Mountaineer fan's response:
3. Morgantown is a big city
4. Morgantown does.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||They still need to schedule 2||
They still need to schedule 2 more non-conference games.
UTEP and Rutgers have been floated out there as a possibility for one game.
OU's open weeks are 1, 2, 3, and 5. Two of those will be filled with OOC games, two will be bye weeks.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||No split, only 10 teams as of||
No split, only 10 teams as of now, with the addition of TCU and WVU.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||There are rumors about BYU||
There are rumors about BYU and Louisville joining the conference in the future. My guess is, if that happens:
BYU, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.
Baylor, Louisville, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia.
Unless they split into East and West
|5 years 10 weeks ago||UConn is not a candidate to||
UConn is not a candidate to join the Big Ten for various reasons - stadium size, football tradition, and media exposure to name a few.
With that said, I had an opportunity to meet Mr. Manuel - genuinely a very nice guy. The one thing I do remember about him was his irritation with Bill Martin for refusing to schedule Buffalo in non-conference for football.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||My thinking is 18 months ago||
My thinking is 18 months ago he floated the idea out there about moving the game. He heard the backlash and realized its not a good idea.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||He's going to Maryland, not||
He's going to Maryland, not Ohio, so it can't be the ugliest.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Not a surprise, I guess. Only||
Not a surprise, I guess. Only marquee game would be Michigan State.
In 2013, there are potentials with Notre Dame and Nebraska. Maybe Minnesota? Doubtful on Ohio, simply because of tradition.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Florida State's AD said they||
Florida State's AD said they might seek liquidated damages.
I'm not sure I understand why, to be honest. That's the purpose of the buyout, its supposed to calculate the loss.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Yeah, I think you are right||
Yeah, I think you are right on this one. Especially if they don't get a replacement for WVU for this season.
Syracuse and Pitt have a legit argument about wanting to leave early - if they knew WVU was going to be let out with a cash settlement, they could have scheduled other OOC opponents ahead of time, rather than having a handful of options.