Michigan in the bowl projections: Yikes

Submitted by DISCUSS Man on November 10th, 2013 at 1:49 PM

ESPN has Michigan as the consensus B1G representative in the Texas Bowl facing Texas Tech.

Meanwhile, Jerry Palm has Michigan in the Gator Bowl......against Auburn. 

The thing that scares me is that the Gator Bowl took 6-6 teams in 2011. Whatever happens the rest of the season, they probably would still take Michigan.

Little Caesars Pizza never looked so good compared to a game against Auburn....

ESPN- http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls/projections

CBS- http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/bowls/predictions




November 10th, 2013 at 1:56 PM ^

Said it last night, I'd rather to Tempe and the BWW Bowl. Repeat bowls suck, so I don't want to go to the Outback Bowl, and Jacksonville is a shitty city, so I don't want to go to the Gator Bowl

And then I can watch the Wings on New Years without having to worry about UM


November 10th, 2013 at 5:29 PM ^

Houston is alright, I definitely prefer Ft. Worth / Dallas or Austin. Houston is very spread out and the downtown area isn't as neat as other large cities. The area around Rice University is superb and some of the suburbs like The Woodlands are really nice. If you fly in, don't stay anywhere near Bush Intercontinental Airport, you will be far from all the fun areas.

Edit: I don't actually live in Houston but go there occasionally for work purposes.


November 10th, 2013 at 5:54 PM ^

You can have a good time down here - stay downtown or thereabouts as you can take the Metro rail to Reliant and don't have to worry about driving or parking. 

Best areas for nightlife are Midtown/Montrose, Rice Village, and the Heights. The best thing to come out of this season would be a bowl game in Houston.


November 10th, 2013 at 6:02 PM ^

Assuming the bowl game is at Reliant Stadium, the best place to stay will be either Downtown, Midtown/Montrose, or Rice Village area. Midtown has some great restaurants, bars, and daytime activities - museums, parks, etc. Midtown and Rice Village are both south/southwest of downtown, and the stadium is just a little further SW than Rice Village. 

I also recommend checking out some of the local breweries - St. Arnold's or Karbach are both pretty good. 

Unfortunately, if Michigan goes to the Texas Bowl, I won't be in-state anymore. Would love to go though, I think Houston is a fun place - a whole lot better than I had heard before living there. 


November 10th, 2013 at 8:12 PM ^

I lived in Austin for a couple years and I'm the only person in the world I think that actually thinks Austin sucks.

Dallas is ok, was there a few times and for the Bama game but I'd rather be in Houston than anywhere else in Texas.

I'd love to start going to bowl games, 98 Rose Bowl was my only one. Won't be going this year, I can't even make it to the LEAFS Wings game which is killing me this time around.

Maybe next year.


November 10th, 2013 at 9:56 PM ^

There's a reason Houston in featured in just about every property law textbook in the US: it's the only city with a population > 500,000 in the US with essentially no zoning laws.  

So if you really, really enjoy visiting strip malls, strip clubs, and have always wanted to experience the ultimate in zero walkability, you're going to love it.

I do recommend trying Goode Co. for excellent mesquite-grilled meaty fare.  


November 10th, 2013 at 2:34 PM ^

I'm apathetic towards everything Michigan Football related. I am just here to give no insight like most posters these days, but the good thing is that nobody can downvote me so YAY FREE MGOPOINTS


November 10th, 2013 at 2:49 PM ^


Brady Hoke takes over in 2003 after Bill Lynch goes 0-11, 5-6, 5-6, and 6-6 in his final four seasons at BS. It takes Hoke five seasons to achieve a season winning record, going 7-6 in 2007. He leaves BS for SDSU after his 12-2 season in 2008.

Stan Parrish, Hoke's OC in 2006-2008, takes over BS in 2009 and goes 2-10 and 4-8 in his two seasons. He's fired after the 2010 season, and current BS coach Pete Lembo goes 6-6, 9-4, and is now 8-1 in 2013.

Brady Hoke wants a matchup with Ball State like he wants a hole in the head.



November 10th, 2013 at 2:57 PM ^

At this point, I think it'd be beneficial to not accept any bowl game invite. This team, from the coaches to the players, don't deserve a bowl game. And this is Michigan; we shouldn't want to play in a crappy bowl game. 


November 10th, 2013 at 8:19 PM ^

I don't know if you are kidding but yes, the team get's around 10 to 14 practices for the bowl game which you don't get if you don't make a bowl game or decline an invitation.

Those practices get the kids who didn't play much or redshirted or hell ALL of the youngsters a jump moving into the Spring.

Also can be used as a recruiting tool since visitors can see how practice is run and how the coaches interact with the players. Some prospects can't make it to Ann Arbor during their own season and this is a way a prospect can see how the program works.


November 10th, 2013 at 3:01 PM ^

Using Massy's matchup simulator, Michigan would get a 38% win probability head-tohead against Texas Tech and a 12% predicted win probability playing Auburn. Between the two, I would probably go with Texas Tech myself. Actually, that's the highest predicted win probability we've had against a projected opponent in a couple weeks, I think. 


November 10th, 2013 at 3:44 PM ^

Technically speaking, there is a real possibility Michigan could qualify for the Little Caesars Bowl if you look at the matchup

Mac (1) v. B1G (8)

For me, that would be as bad as not qualifying for a bowl at all. However, Northern Illinois will most likely win the MAC, and at this juncture, it would be an intriguing matchup. Is Michigan's 'rock bottom' so to speak, better or worse than MAC's #1 team?



November 10th, 2013 at 4:32 PM ^

Northern Illinois would obliterate Michigan. They would be fired up to play such a big-name opponent and likely feeling jilted at being left out of a BCS bowl and trying to make a statement. Once again, Michigan would have to re-define "rock bottom."


November 10th, 2013 at 4:35 PM ^

I assume all this "rock bottom" talk is referring to Michigan under Hoke, right, or have we in our selective and very short-term memory already forgotten Rich Rod?

On the positive, I live downtown Detroit so I could see a 6-6 Michigan take on a MAC team quite easily.