Saturday, August 18, 2012
I'm officially on the move Michigan-OSU bandwagon
State game be moved back to earlier in
the season and be replaced by ? Michigan-Michigan
Pat Caputo wrote about it a few weeks ago and it was the cause of a lot of debate on Friday on 97.1 The Ticket for host Mike Valenti.
At first, I didn’t see the need to change things. I was on the side of “tradition.”
However, the more I think of it, the more it really does make sense to move the game and replace it with
. Michigan State
Now, settle down Wolverine fans. That doesn’t mean that MSU is a bigger rival. My opinion is about the logistics of the new Big Ten Conference setup.
First, the MSU game means more to
Michigan in regards to winning the Big Ten.
To win the conference title, you have to win your division. A win over
only has half of the impact as a win over MSU does. Beating MSU also puts a
loss in the column of a tough divisional opponent and increases Ohio State Michigan’s chances to
win the Legends Division.
Second, what good would it do if
and played two weeks in a row? I know
many Wolverines say beating the Buckeyes is the most important thing each year.
That is fine. But, let’s say in a couple years you beat Ohio State .
Then, the following week, the Buckeyes beat you in the championship game. Did
that first win really mean anything? Ohio State
Third, moving the game to earlier in the season wouldn’t be killing the rivalry. It may adjust tradition, but there are plenty of great rivalry games that take place mid-season. Florida-Georgia and Oklahoma-Texas are just a few that come to mind. Does it really seem that their rivalries are lessened by playing before the final week of the regular season?
Had the Big Ten not changed to a two-division format, or even if
was part of the Legends Division, I would say there is no issue with keeping at the end of the season. But, it
just doesn’t make sense now. Michigan-Ohio State
with MSU is the big
issue, it doesn’t have to be Michigan-MSU to end the season either. Ohio
State Michigan vs. any
division opponent works. But, for interest sake,
seems to be the best option. It could be Michigan-Nebraska if that makes you
feel better. Michigan State
The world won’t end, the rivalry won’t die. Everything would be okay if
is not played at
the end of the season. Michigan-Ohio
So, just think about it