The Greatest Michigan/SEC Games – ‘08 vs. Florida

Lloyd’s last game. The 2008 Capital One Bowl. Chad Henne passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Tim Tebow threw three and rushed one in. Henne hit Adrian Arrington (153 yards receiving) for the winning score with 4:12 left to go up 38-35. A K.C. Lopata FG with 2:21 left closed out the scoring. Michigan turned the ball over four times, and still won, while Florida didn’t turn it over once.

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My Favorite Michigan Memories

Technically I have been a Michigan fan my entire life. Even before I was aware of what football was I was donned in Maize and Blue, much to the dismay of the Spartan side of my family (who make up a higher percentage than I like to admit). While I technically was a Michigan fan from birth, wore Michigan apparel, and rooted for Michigan when they were on TV, I did not become a true fanatic until 1997. 1997 was the first year I followed every game intensely and could actually rattle off the names of a majority of the team. My fanaticism only intensified in 2001 after my family moved from Michigan to Tennessee. My arrival happened to coincide with the year Michigan played Tennessee in the Capital One Bowl, which Michigan promptly lost 45-17. Suffice it to say the week after that bowl game was not a pleasurable experience. Nothing tests your fan hood like being banished to a state far away from your home team. No one I knew talked Michigan sports, there was no mention of Michigan on the radio or in the newspaper, Michigan was too far away to attend any spring games or games in the fall. If I wanted to read or hear anything about Michigan I was forced to go online which is what first brought me into contact with Michigan recruiting coverage and UMGOBLUE.com. This site along with streaming WDFN online were my lifeline to all things Michigan related.

Top 3 Michigan Memories

#1 Michigan vs Penn State 1997 (W 34-8) – The game itself was memorable enough, from Glen Steele’s sack to start the game to Chris Howard running over the Penn State defense. What I remember most is running around the house the next day after seeing Michigan ranked #1 in the country.

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Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Our Season Long Contest is now complete. Congrats to ZoltanMeskoFanClub on winning the first place prize of a new slim PS3 or XBox 360. UM Football21 for winning a FatHead of Desmond Howard and to alans26 for winning the autographed book.
Final Standings

Leaders

Overall Big Ten Playoff Points

ZoltanMeskoFanClub

86.5

UM Football21

80.5

alans26

74.0

rockediny

65.0

crony3289

64.0

TheWhat1124

63.5

jbr12

61.5

umgoblue14

51.5

CWoodson4Life

44.0

WolvyMike

41.0

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The Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff

2010 Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff

The following ten UMGoBlue.com forum members are in the Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff for the Prizes (PS3/360, Desmond Fathead, Autographed Book):

alans26WolvyMike
crony3289jbr12
ZoltanMeskoFanClubrockediny
CWoodson4LifeUM Football21
TheWhat1124umgoblue14

The Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff asks for everyone to predict the scores of the bowl games that involve Big Ten Teams. (I decided to also include Nebraska) Points will be awarded to entries for each game based on 1) whether or not they chose the winner 2) then on the corresponding margin of victory or defeat. For the first 6 games on this list, points will be awarded 10-9-8-7..1. For the Gator Bowl (since it does involve Michigan) points will be awarded 15-13.5-12-10.5-9-7.5….1.5 scale – For the BCS Games, points will be awarded 20-18-16-14-12-10….2.

Insight Bowl – Iowa vs. Missouri – December 28

Texas Bowl – Illinois vs. Baylor – December 29

Holiday Bowl – Nebraska vs. Washington – December 30

TicketCity Bowl – Northwestern vs. Texas Tech – January 1

Outback Bowl – Penn State vs. Florida – January 1

Capital One Bowl – Michigan State vs. Alabama – January 1

Gator Bowl – Michigan vs. Mississippi State – January 1

BCS Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. TCU – January 1

BCS Sugar Bowl – Ohio State vs. Arkansas – January 4

Scenarios to explain the point system. Entry A predicts Michigan by 8. Entry B predicts Michigan by 14. Entry C predicts Mississippi State by 1. Michigan actually wins the game by 1. Entry A would get the most points followed by Entry B and finally Entry C. Since the first two entries first predicted Michigan to win they get credence over Entry C. Now if two entries both predict the same margin of victory, then the tiebreaker would be who actually predicted a score closest to the actual outcome. If two entries predict the same score, they will split the points equally.

This thread will be locked on December 28, 2010. Up until that time you may change your picks as much as you like. There is definitely a sense of strategy. Being the only one to predict a certain team to win is a major risk, get it right and you get first place and the most points for that game, get it wrong and you get the least points and are behind the 8 ball in this competition.

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