Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Big Ten Media Days

Probably in what will be the last of the media days I report on (unless the Big East or the ACC prove to be extremely interesting for some reason), the Big Ten set off in their media ventures yesterday morning.
Wisconsin: Head coach Bret Bielema says they are looking forward to starting a season where every senior on the team has started a game for the Badgers. Being ranked in the Big Ten top 3, they definitely have a shot at being AP top 10 or top 15 this season. Being one of the Big Ten teams I can tolerate (and with half of my family being Wisconsin graduates), I'm okay with this.

Michigan: Heeeeere we go. Among other things, Rich Rod claims that the quarterback race is wide open and that he's going to start both Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier. In my opinion, Denard is the better choice because he is fast as hell, and quite frankly, my roommate last year did a really good impression of Tate Forcier running around on the field like a chicken with his head cut off. As far as the NCAA sanctions go, they seemed to keep getting brushed under the rug for some reason. I really hope there isn't a huge blow up when the coaching staff goes to Seattle next week. When asked about the conference division, Rich Rod doesn't care when a Michigan / Ohio State game is played, just as long as it's played. I respectfully (or not) disagree as both a Michigan alum and die-hard fan. Michigan vs. Ohio State is the last game of the season played (barring a Big Ten Championship game being put into play). There is no other time that game can be played. End of story. I think it goes without saying that this is legitimately a do-or-die season for head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Michigan State: I'm sick of losing to them and hearing it from my friends at State. If nothing else, we better beat MSU this year. If we're going to suck, I'd rather ruin some seasons along the way.

Penn State: Other than Michigan, Penn State is my favorite Big Ten team and I absolutely adore Joe Paterno, who thinks the Nebraska addition is great and didn't have a whole lot of opinions. But he does think the Big Ten can expand more to the East (which I'm not so sure I agree with but I like him too much to really argue his point).

Iowa: Remember when there was the "scare" that Michigan's new head coach was going to be Iowa's Kirk Ferentz? Yeah, I bet that wouldn't be such a scare now ranked at No. 2 in the Big Ten. Sweet, Rich Rod. 

Ohio State: In no particular order, my top-five most hated people in sports right now are Jim Tressel and his sweater vest, Terrelle Pryor, LeBron James, Brett Favre and Urban Meyer (who replaced Tim Tebow when he no longer affected my college football-watching). I take that back; Jim and his argyle top the list.

Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana, Purude, Minnesota: I'm sure my path will cross with yours when some of you beat UofM this season, as sad as that may be...

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany: As the commissioner of a newly-aligned conference, Jim Delany had a lot of facts to deliver. First off, the Big Ten is staying the Big Ten, even though there will be at least 12 teams (if not more in the future). Second, there will be a Big Ten championship game that will probably start being played at the end of the 2011 season. The Big Ten will be split into two six-team divisions and each team will most likely have a nine-conference game schedule. If they do decide on expanding the conference at some point though, he doesn't think Notre Dame will be included in that process. So far, I like everything this man has said, especially about ND. People need to stop chasing them and giving them so much attention just because they're Notre Dame.

Rankings: Unlike most of the other conferences, the Big Ten only releases the top three teams in preseason voting. To no one's surprise, Ohio State was given the number one seed, but people seemed to be pretty split on who deserved number two. In the end, Iowa got the spot and Wisconsin rounded out the top three. I agree with these choices and am actually grateful they didn't release all eleven teams because it would have been really embarrassing to see where Michigan fell.

Top Players: For the second year in a row, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and MSU's Greg Jones were named the number one offensive and defensive players in the preseason. I am so incredibly over Terrelle Pryor, I don't even know what to say about him and his attendance at "The University of Ohio State".

If any of the other media days prove to be interesting, you'll hear about them. If not, football season is around the corner!

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