RIP Michigan-Minnesota rivalry

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 29th, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Michigan will play Minnesota twice in the next 8 seasons, both in Minneapolis.

The earliest we could possibly play them at home again is 2026. 

Series that has been played 103 times and went uninterrupted from 1919-1998. Two year hiatuses happened in 1999-2000, 2009-2010 and took a year off in 2016. 2 meetings in the next 8 seasons. 

But hey, we get those Rutgers and Maryland games every year! Who needs tradition that goes before this wonderful league was even created when you have cable subscribers, a booming industry that has a bright future.




August 29th, 2018 at 4:40 PM ^

The B1G scheduling should get a bunch of blame, too. 

Playing one crossover a billion times in a row (Wisconsin right now) instead of mixing it up creates these gaps as much as anything. 


August 29th, 2018 at 8:03 PM ^

I don't fear him, but I think Nebraska will likely be formidable under him in a couple of years. When we're playing @MSU, @OSU, and Penn State every year, it's frustrating to have another tough B1G opponent on the schedule when someone like PSU gets to throttle Illinois for 5 years.  


August 29th, 2018 at 6:10 PM ^

Give me a break dude, we didn't even win that much in the 90s. We lost to them in 1990, 1993, 1995, and 1999. And thats when we were good and they were still mostly considered a joke. In the 2000s lost in 2001, 2008, 2009, and 2010. People still think it's the 70s and 80s around here. How about we try winning two in a row for the first time since 2007 or beating them when they have a winning record before making ridiculous predictions. 


August 29th, 2018 at 8:45 PM ^

If you’re going to arbitrarily pick dates, then I will too. From 1996-2007 (the 12 years before the dark times), Michigan went 10-2. If you prefer to keep in to Ten year spans, in Carr’s last 10 years, Michigan went 8-2. Including the Rich Rod years in a post claiming objectivity as being part of the years Michigan was good is disingenuous at best. Also, the 90s Michigan teams weren’t exactly world beaters, except against John Cooper


August 30th, 2018 at 10:58 AM ^

Sorry, UMx, but when Michigan is 69-36-5 against a program and that program's success usually depends on whether Michigan is up or down, it is entirely reasonable to expect regression toward the mean, no matter how many stats are cherry-picked to include Michigan's eight year path of self-destruction.


August 29th, 2018 at 4:42 PM ^

We should make a new big ten. With Michigan, MSU, osu, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, penn state and Nebraska. 

Wolverine 73

August 29th, 2018 at 4:45 PM ^

I don’t understand how we can play them twice in the next eight years, and both games are in Minnesota.  How do you justify not having a home and home series?  


August 29th, 2018 at 4:57 PM ^

They did that with a few other cross-division series too.  IU/Nebraska, IU/Northwestern, OSU/Northwestern, MSU/Iowa.

I have no idea why the B1G did this - these 2022-2025 schedules are weird in a number of respects.  But U-M/Purdue and U-M/Minnesota aren't complete outliers in terms of the "2 consecutive games in the same stadium."


August 29th, 2018 at 5:28 PM ^

Brandon didn't "agree" to that.  He can be criticized for a lot of things, but it's a myth that he could unilaterally decide how the Big Ten did its scheduling just by throwing his weight around. 

Michigan is not Texas in the Big 12.  That's what separates the Big Ten from the Big 12.

You know, this schedule issue happened to MSU too.  They play Ohio State and their in-state rival on the road in the same season too.  If we are being picked on, so are they.



August 29th, 2018 at 9:02 PM ^

Brandon absolutely agreed to it because he didn't stop it. He didn't need to make any threats, all he had to do was ask them to change it and it would have been done. It makes ZERO sense to play those games both at home or away in a season, and I am convinced the league office would've changed it without a problem. But Brandon was a shitty AD, and he probably thought this fit well with his, "if it ain't broke, break it" moronic philosophy. 


August 30th, 2018 at 10:10 AM ^

But you absolutely agreed to it also, so you can't complain.  After all, you didn't stop it so, by your standards, you gave it your absolute agreement.  After all, had you opposed it, I am convinced the league office would've changed it without a problem.

As long as we are basing arguments on shit we just make up as we type...