Bowl Schedule for Google/iCal

Bowl Schedule for Google/iCal

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on December 7th, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Continuing the tradition started last year, a little holiday gift for those who use calendars on Outlook or Google rather than opening ESPN several times per day.

iCal link (.ics file)

For those of you who don't use google calendar, this is what it would look like. It's nice if you're into that sort of thing.

For those of you needing a refresher on how to add maps to google:

To add this to Google Calendar, under Other Calendars, choose Add > By URL. Not sure how to do this in iCal so if someone could help out that would be appreciated.


Sagarin Ratings Rigged?

Sagarin Ratings Rigged?

Submitted by NOLA Blue on December 7th, 2010 at 7:42 PM


No, I don't believe Sagarin rigged his schedule ratings to help Oregon and prevent TCU from miraculously slipping by Oregon.  But it is interesting to note that while I have heard plenty of talk about TCU and Boise St. lacking schedule strength, I hadn't really heard much regarding Oregon's.

Step in unnamed MGoBlogger* (**edit** named Drakeep) who pointed out that the Big Ten teams' schedules included an average of 7 winning opponents (while each SEC team faced an average of 5.8, and the PAC-10 something like 4...)  This savvy blogger also pointed out that Oregon had only faced 3 teams with a winning record.  I could barely believe it, and checked the stats myself.  Such is true.

So I head over to Sagarin to see where exactly a schedule against 3 winning teams and a very much non-winning FCS school would rank.  20th.  What was U of M's against 7 winning teams and a winning FCS school? 40th.  Hmmm....

Next, I give Sagarin the benefit of the doubt and assume that although Oregon's opponents didn't all win a lot of games, the games they did win must have been meaningful.  (In other words, Oregon's opponents must have combined to beat a lot of winning teams... as beating crappy teams and losing to good ones should not build a team's own strength.)

Oregon - Played 3 teams with winning records (out of 11, plus one losing FCS team.)  The 12 teams Oreg played, combined to achieve 12 victories over "winning FBS opponents" and 7 victories over "winning FCS opponents."  That equates to Oregon's opponents each beating ONE winning team.

Mich - Played 7 teams with winning records (out of 11, plus one winning FCS team.)  The 12 teams Mich played, combined to achieve 32 victories over "winning FBS opponents" and 7 victories over "winning FCS opponents."  That equates to Michigan's opponents each beating 2.67 winning teams.

These statistics are not even close, on either the primary or secondary level.  Yet, there it is:  Oregon's SOS at 20 and Michigan's SOS at 40.

For another reference point:  Mich St. played 5 teams with a winning record, and MSU's opponents combined to haul in 19 wins against "winning FBS opponents."  They lie between Michigan and Oregon on both the primary and secondary levels, and have a SOS rated 65th.

In conclusion, based on the ranking of Michigan and MSU schedules, Oregon's schedule should probably rate somewhere between 70 and 80.  This has placed me in the odd position of questioning the legitimacy of Sagarin's rankings... if any mathematician out there can point out how strength of schedule might use something more meaningful and direct than opponent's wins and opponents' wins against winning teams to rank schedules, let me know.  Until then, I'm going to have to believe that Sagarin is off his rocker.

*Unnamed MGoBlogger - my apologies, but I went in search of your forum and could no longer find it.  If you (or anyone else) would care to link to your post, I will gladly edit the above content to include your name and a link.  

Reminder: Desmond Howard to College Football HoF

Reminder: Desmond Howard to College Football HoF

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on December 7th, 2010 at 6:45 PM

The Twitters are blowing up over this but just a nice reminder that Desmond is being honored with a reception tonight in NYC and the dinner fully complimenting his accomplishments tomorrow:



"It's a tremendous honor to be in this class," Howard said. "You think about the guys who helped you get here, this is a team sport, and I had some tremendous coaches. My favorite coach at any level was Bo Schembechler. I always strived to make a guy like that proud. I don't know if you come across a person like that, who is outside of your biological family, often. But many of us, as players, once in awhile, we come across a special coach or a special person like that, and for me, it was Bo Schembechler.


"To go into the Hall of Fame, to represent the University of Michigan and not only coach Schembechler but coach Gary Moeller, who had the nerve, on fourth-and-2, to go for a pass play against Notre Dame and have that type of faith in our offense, that propelled me to have the season that I had, was tremendous. I had some great coaches, some great teammates and some great people around me at the University of Michigan, so it's definitely a great honor to go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the University of Michigan football family."


Remember to live your life like he suggested in The Rivalry DVD: When someone tells you that you suck, it's possibly just a flattering jealousy prevailing. Or, in tl; dr format: Haters Gonna Hate.

Congrats again to Desmond.

Michigan offers a kicker!

Michigan offers a kicker!

Submitted by NorthwesternFan on December 7th, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Michigan offered kicker Connor Loftus from California. He is a 3 star on espn and hasn't missed a field goal from within 40 yards this year.  He's also made two from over 50! Other offers include Boise State, NC State, North Carolina and Navy.  If we could get this kid, that sure would end our kicking problems!  

Denard Robinson Finalist for Tribune Silver Football Award

Denard Robinson Finalist for Tribune Silver Football Award

Submitted by True Blue in CO on December 7th, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Denard is one of the 3 finalists for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award.  Other two are Ryan Kerrigan featured below and Terelle Pryor of the hated tOSU *uckeyes.,0,4218496,full.story

Good Luck Denard.  Award to be announced on Friday.

4* Raymon Taylor considering Michigan

4* Raymon Taylor considering Michigan

Submitted by Young Pretty a… on December 7th, 2010 at 5:26 PM

A past Indiana commit, Taylor decomitted from IU after Lynch was let go.  Michigan liked Taylor but never did extend an offer, but that may change very soon.

"I always wanted to be a wolverine since I was little"- Raymon Taylor

No dreads but would be an excellent additon to the class and secondary


Article link - Mississippi State praise for Robinson . . .

Article link - Mississippi State praise for Robinson . . .

Submitted by ImSoBlue on December 7th, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Nice quote from the DC: "They don't have to throw it to a guy that can score or hand it to a guy that can score because they already snap it to a guy that can score on every play,"…


note: Title edited from "MSU" to "Mississippi State" so as not to confuse anyone.

Ugly Game of the Week - Bowl Preview Special

Ugly Game of the Week - Bowl Preview Special

Submitted by stubob on December 7th, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I sadly put the column back on the shelf for another season, but first look forward to the upcoming bowl season with the usual eye towards the lopsided, shorthanded, or just plain visually offensive. But first:

Last Week
Nothing exciting happened in the Big East, which actually shouldn't be that noteworthy given the rest of the season. So instead, we'll review the Arizona/Arizona State debacle. In the first half, nothing happened. Well, lots happened, just very little of it was good. Two field goals, maybe seven first downs, and 14 punts worth of "action." In the second half, Arizona managed a 14-6 lead but gave up two FGs in a long day of FGs and ASU's lone TD to fall behind 14-20. Arizona scored a late TD, but had the extra point blocked to tie at 20-20 and go into overtime. Both teams traded FGs in the first OT, and ASU scored first in the second OT. Arizona scored a TD as well, but had their second extra point blocked, giving the win to Arizona State.

Bowl Preview

The "Racial Integration is a State Right" Bowl, aka the BBVA Compass Bowl, brings us Pitt versus Kentucky. Kentucky has beaten everyone they should have beaten, and lost to everyone they should have lost to. Wins: Louisville, Western Kentucky, Akron, Charleston Southern, and Vandy. Losses: Florida, Mississippi, Auburn, Georgia, MissState, Tennessee to finish 6-6. They do have the win against South Carolina but managed only one more conference win. Pitt, was two Big East-shenanigans games away from a BCS bowl, even though they lost to both of the teams that they would have moved a head of. The best thing I can say about Pitt is that they're not better than UConn or West Virginia.

The New Mexico Bowl is the "Someone gets to be over .500" Bowl for the second year running, pitting BYU against UTEP in the Alphabet Soup game of the week. UTEP limped in with a 3-5 record in Conference USA. They ended their season with a loss to Tulsa and also have a loss to Tulane on their record. BYU has first week win against Washington and a season-ending close loss to Utah to bookend their season.

I propose some sort of playoff between the winners of the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, and the Autozone Liberty Bowl to play for some sort of "Symbol of the American Economy - Rusted-out Car On Blocks" Trophy. Oh right, I forgot, there already is one:

The "Great Game - 20 Years Ago" Bowl is a toss-up between Florida v Penn State and Notre Dame v Miami. Florida and Penn State are both "offensively challenged," Penn State and walk-on QBs moreso. Miami has been bi-polar all season, so it's anybody's guess as to which team will show up: the one that beat Maryland and Pitt, or the one that lost to USF and Virginia.

The "Perseverance in the Face of Insurmountable Odds aka The Bunny in a Chipper-Shredder" award is between Michigan State against Alabama, or UConn against Oklahoma. Both of these games look like the results of picking sides for a game at recess: both teams are left standing in their Horace Grant glasses, knee socks and bony white elbows. "I had UConn last time!" And yeah, I don't care that State is ranked higher. Alabama is the 5th ranked scoring defense. It's going to look like this:

So goodnight until next season, and now maybe I'll get a chance to work on the OSU UFR.