My 2017 College Football Experience

My 2017 College Football Experience

Submitted by UNCWolverine on December 12th, 2017 at 12:09 PM

As we find ourselves in a bit of a lull between the regular season and bowl games I thought I’d take the time to post about my 2017 college football experience. I am single with no kids, and being in sales my manager allows me a fairly flexible work schedule so long as I hit my numbers.

So I have decided to take advantage of this time in my life and opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite things, college football. I absolutely love Michigan football, but I also really enjoy experiencing new stadiums, campuses, fanbases, etc. So this fall I set out to check off a few more boxes. Here goes….

September 9 – Stanford (24) @ USC (42)

I really thought Stanford was going to take it to the Trojans. My Stanford buddy and I took Stanford +6 and we never had a chance. I recall after seeing this USC offense that they might go undefeated this season and wished Michigan could have one of their two superb backs who combined for 235 on 34 carries.

I did not take a wide shot picture from my seat probably because I’ve been to several games at the Coliseum. But I did think it was interesting that you could definitely tell where the student section started and stopped based on brand new shirts compared to those that have been washed and faded over the years.

September 16 – LSU (7) @ Mississippi State (37)

This was my second LSU away game (last year’s loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau). The Tigers were 2-0 going into this game and there was no reason to expect this result. This team looked confused and undisciplined all over the field. In fact I believe two LSU DLinemen were ejected for dangerous and absurdly stupid hits to the Bulldogs QB within minutes in the3rd quarter.

This was first time to Starkville and hopefully my last. The cowbells were just awful (akin to vuvuzelas) and it just boggles my mind that they are allowed to bring them into the stadium. They do mostly stop ringing them when the opposing team comes to the line of scrimmage, but they begin ringing them right after the ball is snapped. I also can’t believe they are allowed to ring them when the opposing team is huddling up, there is just not a chance at any verbal communication outside of shouting in the huddle. It made for a brutal neutral/opposing fan experience and I never plan to subject myself to that shit again.

Here you can see that they’ve set the stadium up so you can actually sit outside near the south endzone and watch the game on the big screen above the north endzone. That seemed unique in all my travels. This was after the game was no longer in doubt, so I’m sure it was packed at the beginning of the game.

September 17 – Pats (won) @ Saints (lost)

October 14 – Auburn (23) @ LSU (27)

After that loss to Mississippi State and then the embarrassment by Troy I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. And by halftime it looked like Auburn would walk away with a fairly easy victory. But LSU scored the only points in the 2nd half, 13 all in the 4th quarter to pretty much save their season and probably Coach O’s job.

This was something I don’t really think I’d seen before. Players were holding up these banners/flags to, I can only assume, hide the coach’s whiteboard from lookie loos in the Auburn press box. Seemed overly paranoid to me, but maybe it’s been a thing in the past.

October 15 – Lions (lost) @ Saints (won)

November 4 – Oklahoma (62) @ Oklahoma State (52)

This was an area of the country I haven’t spent much time. This was my 2017 grad school buddy trip. Last year we did Florida @ Tennessee and this year we decided on the Bedlam Game for their hall pass weekend. We experienced a lot of great BBQ and the open carry law. We really wanted to place a wager on the game to make it more interesting. Last year we took the over and it helped pay for our dinner after the game. The over/under in this game was 76.5 which seemed pretty high. But this was a Big12 game and not Michigan State v. Iowa so we decided to take our chances. It was 38-38 AT HALFTIME. This made the game very enjoyable from that standpoint.

And I didn’t have to look far for the obligatory….

And as Game Day was in town that weekend we got to meet Lee Corso very early Sunday morning at the airport. I’ve been in the “he really should just retire” camp the past few years. But man after meeting him he’s such a nice and charming guy I have backed off that stance. I hope he can continue for years to come.

November 18 – Cal (14) @ Stanford (17)

A few of us went to the Stanford @ Cal game in the pouring rain last year. I had never been to a game on the farm so decided sort of last minute (night before) to fly up Saturday morning to catch this game. I actually did something that I don’t usually do when I go to games, I took the time to walk the (athletic) campus a bit. Not surprisingly it is all very impressive. I have to say it would be tough to turn down Stanford if you’re an athlete in just about any sport, and they have the Director’s Cup results to back that up.

I have always considered Cal to be Michigan’s sister school from school colors to the education to the campus politics. Crazy Cal kids…

This picture was taken inside the gates after they scan your ticket. They have beautiful landscaping all around the outside of their stadium. They haven’t touched the bathrooms/concession stands since they built the stadium, but it really is a great environment, highly recommend it.

November 25 – Michigan/OSU

I’ve only missed a handful of OSU home games since the early 90s even though I’ve really not lived in Michigan since about 2000. I did not want this year to be one of those years even though I knew it would be JOK getting the starting nod. I’ve got nothing groundbreaking to say about the game.

But I will say for those that live in/near Michigan and are able to attend a lot of games, coming back for a game or two each year truly is for me a highlight of every year. I’ve brought numerous friends back for games and to see our campus over the years. I am proud of our university regardless of our wins and losses. As this post signifies I’ve been to dozens of campuses and it really doesn’t get much better than what we’ve got at Michigan, go blue.

I checked off 3 new P5 stadium boxes this fall which now puts me at 22 total. Here is my list in no particular order:

North Carolina

Oklahoma State




Michigan State











Florida/Georgia Cocktail Party - Jacksonville



Mississippi State


Texas A&M

One last thing, In my previous company I used to work with a real ass hat that was a big Louisville fan/alum/arrogant loudmouth. After the championship game against them I mentioned that it was a shame that the refs ruined the end of our game with that terrible foul call on Trey Burke. He commented that it was indeed the right call because Burke impeded his way to the basket. Then he threw in this diddy, “you should stick to things you know about in Michigan, like asparagus”. So I did what any Michigan asparagus-loving fan would do, I anonymously sent him this:

Brian Cole to redshirt at Mississippi State for academic reasons

Brian Cole to redshirt at Mississippi State for academic reasons

Submitted by CalifExile on August 21st, 2017 at 3:06 AM

"Former Saginaw Heritage standout and University of Michigan recruit Brian Cole will sit out the 2017 Mississippi State season, the Clarion-Ledger reported Friday.

"Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen confirmed that Cole will receive a redshirt season for academic reasons after transferring from East Mississippi Community College."…


Good luck.

Promised 7 Year-Old with a Cannon Video

Promised 7 Year-Old with a Cannon Video

Submitted by sammylittle on November 15th, 2015 at 5:11 PM

Gabe was able to fire the cannon 3 times (once to bring the team out and once after each made field goal). CBS reporter Allie LaForge did a piece on him with about 6 minutes left in the first half.

If you did not see the CBS coverage, here is the video I shot from about 12 feet away:…

You can follow Gabe on his Facebook page: Super Gabe Valentine


Did You Know...

Did You Know...

Submitted by Glen Masons Hot Wife on January 1st, 2011 at 4:58 PM

That Dan Mullen got a $10 million dollar contract extension?

That Chris Relf is wearing #36 in honor of his fallen teammate? His number is not actually 36.

Also, that if Craig James put on his "Athletic Director Hat" he might go for Brady Hoke.

Maybe we should listen, look what he did for Texas Tech!!!

For those of you that want to complain about my topic not being specific, F*** YOU!!!

OT: Absolutely Anything...except CC

OT: Absolutely Anything...except CC

Submitted by jhackney on December 31st, 2010 at 2:27 AM

After a day of neverending CC threads and mind numbing threads, I think it is time to unload on Mississippi St. While we were concerned about Jim Harbaugh's bowel movements, Mississippi's student body was having a early 1990's rave with glow sticks. I want to start this thread to pump up our fan base regardless of what coach you want to see. We can all agree on we want to see Michigan win tomorrow. It is time to send some humorous/pump up posts the way of the boys who represent us. What do ya got?

Here is a starter:

Miss St. Waste Management:


Probably will be deleted, so get them in. Time to channel your fustrations of CC and the season...against Miss St

Miss State QB to honor fallen teammate in Gator Bowl

Miss State QB to honor fallen teammate in Gator Bowl

Submitted by InRodWeTrust333 on December 29th, 2010 at 7:20 PM

As much as we all dislike MSU this week, this is a nice story. As most of you know, the team lost their defensive end Nick Bell to cancer earlier this year. To honor his teammate, Chris Relf will being wearing his #36 jersey during their game against Michigan.

Gator Bowl Key Match ups:Dilithium vs. KJ Wright

Gator Bowl Key Match ups:Dilithium vs. KJ Wright

Submitted by swamyblue on December 28th, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Hola and Happy Holidays to all the MgoBloggers out there!

I'm looking to stir the pot a bit…just kidding.  There's enough of that right!

Surely  Shirley ( Lesley Nelson R.I.P. 2010) Brian and the crew will have a thorough break down of the X's & O's with all the stats, trimmings, and fixings included but I thought we could use a light discussion on the key match ups and/or things to watch for during the Gator Bowl.

Coming into this season's opener we prepped ourselves against UConn's experienced defense and their stud linebacker - Greg Lloyd. We've run across a few more of these situations notably when Sparty (w/Greg Jones) came to town.  The Bulldogs possess a stud of their own in K.J Wright.  He's currently projected in the 3rd to 5th round of the draft (slightly ahead of Lloyd).

MSU has had plenty of time to comb through tapes on our offense so I suspect their coaches will have a well thoughtout scheme to stop Dilithium & Co.  I'm presuming this entails KJ spying on Denard throughout the game.  As noted in an earlier diary the Bulldogs displayed one of their best defensive efforts against Cam "I am the Rule" Newton.  So they have some experience shutting down an active run-type QB.
During the game I'll keep a watchful eye for Dilithium's read on Mr. Wright.  If we break his containment a few times early we could be in for a delightful afternoon.  Watching a bit of film on the Bulldogs the strategy of a few teams was to avoid or run away from his side (KJ is usually the strong side backer). All things considered I don't see how that type of strategy figures into our game plan and as such the collisions early should be entertaining. "Who wants it baby, who wants it!"…"Get some…"

The Bulldogs have another stud on the D-line in DE Pernell McPhee.  I guess I could have shown a bit of interest there but we've handled the line of scrimmage fairly well this season.  No disrespect to McPhee (listed as a 2nd/3rd round draft pick) but I think we're in good shape handling the line of scrimmage.  Besides, this McPhee was more interesting on the inter-webs!  =]

So what say ya MgoBlog Community?  What are your thoughts on the key match ups and personnel to winning this thing? It should be quite the "Dog fight".

Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Submitted by monuMental on December 27th, 2010 at 9:57 AM

It's hard to believe that the 2010 season is almost over. It feels like yesterday that I was designing the season's first wallpaper to share with my wife and one other friend. That first wallpaper, entitled "Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear," was a simple image of a dog that required very little Photoshop work; I added some snow and some yellow spots and got an excellent response from my kids. I like the symmetry in ending the season with another simple image of a dog.

The Mississippi State University official athletic web site provides some background on the bulldog mascot: "The official school mascot is an American Kennel Club registered English Bulldog, given the inherited title of 'Bully'...references to school teams and athletes as Bulldogs actually go back to early in the century, and this nickname was used almost interchangeably with both Aggies and Maroons, since at least 1905."

I like that you can read expectation, submission and awe in the dog's posture; he's looking up at the Block M with what my oldest child referred to as "crying eyes." All that was missing from the original image was an owner's tag so I added one in Photoshop. I wanted the tag to indicate that this dog was owned by Michigan football and (by extension of the metaphor) that Michigan is going to own Mississippi State on January 1; the simplest way to convey that was to etch the Block M on the tag.

Thanks for taking an interest in my art; your feedback and encouragement have helped me through quite a few long nights and creative blocks. I'm hoping to find time to produce a few more wallpapers this off-season, and then use the summer to get a head start on next year's opponent wallpapers.

The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper Preview

Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper Preview

All of the 2010 Wallpapers

Season Wallpaper - Denard Robinson Action Figure

Game 1 Connecticut Wallpaper - Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear

Game 2 Notre Dame Wallpaper - Touchdown Jesus Says "No Good"

Game 3 Massachusetts Wallpaper - The $550,000 Cupcake

Game 4 Bowling Green Wallpaper - Wolverine vs. Falcon

Game 5 Indiana Wallpaper - Good at Basketball

Game 6 Michigan State Wallpaper - Sibling Rivalry

Game 7 Iowa Wallpaper - Maize is Blue

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - JoePa Halloween Costume

Game 9 Illinois Wallpaper - We Be Illin'

Game 10 Purdue Wallpaper - I Think We Can! I Think We Can!

Game 11 Wisconsin Wallpaper - Cheesehead Cross Stitch

Game 12 Ohio State Wallpaper - The Game

Thanksgiving Wallpaper - Turpigskin

BigTen Offensive Player of the Year

Bowl Bid - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

More Cow Belle - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Naughty or Nice - Christmas 2010 Wallpaper

D·Rob Legacy - Wallpaper

Sit,Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper

Miss St. vs Ole Miss

Miss St. vs Ole Miss

Submitted by SFBayAreaBlue on December 25th, 2010 at 8:52 AM


Game 11

Game 10

Game 9 (no torrent, but Brian looked at their offense)

Game 8

Game 7

Game 6 (couldn't find a torrent)

Game 5

Game 4

Game 3

Game 2

Game 1


Other than this being a Rivalry game, there's not much new to learn from it.  Although Ole Miss does have a run first QB in Oregon transfer Masoli. Ole Miss was 1-7 in the SEC, only beating Kentucky and also lost to I-AA Jacksonville St..  They gave up nearly as many points as we did this year. 

  • #34 was being used to spy on Masoli.  We can expect either #34 or #50 to be keying on Denard on just about every play.
  • #8 was stripped of the ball for a turnover. Might be reproducible.
  • Ole Miss gets the first TD immediate after with an inside counter
  • #19 is getting more passes thrown his way this week.
  • Every week, MSU's OC introduces a new series or a new wrinkle that they use 3 or 4 times that game that they hadn't used before. This week's addition is the screen to the RB which worked for big yardage.
  • Relf gets a 70 yarder on that inverted option up the middle. Same play that I dissected from last week, except they ran it to the right. Didn't have the speed to take it to the endzone.
  • #8 gets the TD against pretty soft man coverage.  It's imperative our DB's shade inside the wide man, make relf throw the outside routes.
  • Masoli has the Tebow wind-up on deep balls, I doubt he's a QB at the next level, not that anyone was thinking that.
  • Aha, that's where Bumphis broke his collarbone.  Relf threw a nice deep ball down the middle for about 40 yards and he came down on it wrong.
  • Perkins scores on the "wheel of doom" play.  Somehow I imagine this play spread across the college football world after everyone watched the highlights from our game against Illinois.
  • #15 is playing some at CB.  Haven't seen him on defense in a while. #42 is another new face as MSU is playing a lot of bodies on D.
  • Relf threw up a duck when the RG got pushed back into him and he couldn't step up into the throw.  Bad read too, throwing into double coverage
  • Perkins gets a TD on the screen from about 35 yards out, just before halftime.
  • 21-9 at the half.
  • RT # 62 gives up yet another bad sack when he just let the DE go by untouched as he's focused on the delayed blitz from the LB. He's the weakest link on that line on pass plays.
  • Perkins takes over punt return duty for bumphis (heh, "doody")
  • #3 getting more PT with bumphis injured
  • Perkins takes the sweep for about 30
  • A bad mesh between perkins and relf results in a lost fumble
  • Perkins takes another screen for about 70. Relf's passing yards from this game are going to be inflated since Perkins has nearly 140 yards receiving.
  • Ballard has a slightly higher tendency to bounce outside when near the goaline. Like 10% instead of 1%
  • 31-9 at the start of the 4th
  • MSU's FG kicker missed from about 45, but he's been pretty consistent all year.
  • Ole Miss gets a TD on the fake bubble slant.  This bodes well for us.
  • Ballard has been bottled up this week.  Ole miss was cheating towards him.  I agree with that philosophy.  But they let perkins do too much damage
  • #3 took the sweep that bumphis would normally do, but he doesn't have nearly the same speed. Couldn't get to the corner and had to cut up too early.
  • Ole Miss got the ball with a chance to drive for a TD and tying 2pt conversion, but a chop block penalty snuffed that.