Overall Big Ten Playoff Points
Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings
Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings
Overall Big Ten Playoff Points
By: Greg Nicholson (umich1 in the forum)
Three years ago, a part of me would die with every loss. "Who are they to think they could beat a Michigan team," Fielding Yost once quipped, and that was the way I approached it. Every game Michigan played, I expected victory. Every game. There was one exception, the Rose Bowl vs. Vince Young. Michigan exceeded my expectations that day.
Other than that, when Michigan took the field, I expected the scoreboard to proudly display a Michigan lead. When Michigan lost to Appalachian State, I didn’t leave my bed in my dorm room the next day. It was miserable. When they lost to Oregon in horrific fashion a week later, I sat in that stadium, after almost all had left, confused and wondering if it was time to leave my seat. Losses stung. You didn’t get cuddly sympathy from Buckeyes, you got raw hate. I miss the day when people feared the M.
Fast forward to today, I am numb, and I hate it. Losing like we did yesterday, if that had happened three years ago, how would you have reacted? 10 minutes after the game was over, I was like "well, lets see how the Rose Bowl game is going to shake out, that should be a good one." Absolutely numb. A loss is no longer what it used to be.
When I was younger, I got 4 teeth pulled, and the dentist gassed me and shot countless doses of Novocain into my gums. I literally couldn’t feel my face. It was such an entertaining sensation, I proceeded to slap myself across the face a couple times in amusement of how something that normally hurts didn’t even sting.
It’s like a Michigan loss no longer stings. My body has formed this psychological defense where it can no longer invest energy into the football team. Wins are good…for about 5 minutes. Losses suck…for about 60 seconds. Absolutely numb.
The scariest part is, I don’t think it will ever come back. Never again will Michigan winning on Saturday launch me into continuous joy the following week. I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad, but I’ll miss it.
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):
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.
Game Preview for Michigan vs. Wisconsin (2010)
After coming out with an ugly win against the Purdue Boilermakers, this week the Michigan Wolverines take on the #7 Wisconsin Badgers, who are fighting for a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Last week, the Wolverines were the complete opposite of what they had been all year. The offense couldn’t fin a spark all game and produce its second fewest amount of total yards this season. Denard Robinson threw two interceptions and also fumbled the ball twice. However, the Wolverines defense played arguably its best defensive game of the year. They only allowed Purdue to score nine points and gain 256 yards offense, while the Wolverines defense also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Unfortunately, this week the Wolverines face a Wisconsin team that has a much better offense than Purdue does. The Badgers are coming off of a dominant 83-20 victory over Indiana. Their offense was able to put up 83 points and their star running back John Clay didn’t even play. Clay is questionable for this week, but Wisconsin has proven that they have a ton of depth at the running back position. Besides Clay, the Badgers have running back James White, who has ran for 714 yards and 11 touchdowns, and freshman running back Montee Ball, who has ran for 528 yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Ball ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while White ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers heavily rely on this three-headed monster backfield, averaging 228.2 rushing yards per game (12th in the nation). That is not good news for Michigan’s defense, as they are allowing 182.7 rushing yards per game to conference opponents. Regardless of whether John Clay plays or not, the Wolverines defense is not going to be able to stop the Badgers offense that is averaging 40.2 points per game (8th in the nation).
If the Wolverines are going to put up a fight this game, they are going to need Denard Robinson to break loose and start running all over teams again. The last two games, Robinson has failed to run for more than 70 yards. The Badgers defense isn’t flashy or boasts any big name players besides defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who has six sacks on the season, but this unit gets the job done. They only allow 19.5 points per a game (23rd in the nation) and 315.6 yards of total offense per game. Robinson is going to have to come up big in this game and get out of his funk. He needs to be able to run and throw the ball efficiently like he was earlier in the season, or else Rich Rodriguez may be forced to rotate between him and Tate Forcier to find an offensive spark.