What do you think about this fellow MGoBloggers?
According to BCS formula it really is not in a team's best interest to have a nonconference schedule that is too cupcake-laden, because it really hurts one's strength of schedule. I know that it would be great to try to lay out a schedule that could lead us to an undefeated season, but isn't it worse to put ourselves in a no-win position. If we beat Central Michigan who cares, but if we lose then it is a crushing blow to our BCS chances. I would rather play one tuneup, Notre Dame and a couple of teams from the SEC and Big 12, because we should be focused on winning the Big Ten title, and a tough early schedule will help us with that. Besides, winning a national title is special thing, and if we truly have a great team (like 1997), then it will take care of business. Further, I think that this will help us with recruiting in the south and in TX, since kids will be able to watch us play their big teams. Moreover, television ratings will be phonemenal (Wouldn't you love to watch a Michigan-Tennessee, or Michigan-Texas home and home?). Michigan owns the Sec (20-5) all time, and I think that this would help us to demistify the SEC is better than the Big Ten myth (The Big Ten leads the all-time series as well). I know that this will hurt the mid majors, but we should worry about doing what is best for Michigan and the Big Ten.
While it boils my bottom to give any credit to the Buckeyes, I think that their home-and-homes with USC and Texas were bold, and I think that we should follow them in this approach. I would stay away from scheduling the Pac-10 for fear that the BCS committee might look unfavorably upon early season matchups. The matchups that I would love to see would be:
LSU (I hoped that we would meet them in a Rose Bowl a few years back. We have never played each other, and with Les Miles there it would be interesting).
Georgia (I cannot remember playing them anytime in the recent past)
Tennessee (The two biggest stadiums collide)
Florida State (Big Name, and ripe for the picking)
West Virginia (Need I say anything more here)
Texas (Traditional power who deserves a little revenge)
Oklahoma (great name, I cannot remember a matchup)
Miami (The real UofM wins this, and they are down)
What do you think?
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