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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Games to Watch This Weekend 14.3

College football is finally starting to get into the meat of the season and this weekend we'll get the opportunity to see a few games where teams will face their first legitimate opponents.  Here is a chronological look at where to point your eyeballs over the weekend.

Thursday
7:30pm
  • #5Auburn at #20 Kansas State (ESPN) - Watch for Auburn to assert it's powerful offense and run up the score against K-State's usually solid defense.  
8:25pm
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (CBS) - The Bucs are looking for their first win of the season in a place that has been very difficult for visiting teams to find victories in.  If WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones are healthy, QB Matt Ryan could have a big day provided the Falcons can find someone able to run the ball.
Saturday - Looks like a fun one this week!
3:30pm
  • Rutgers at Navy (CBS Sports Network) - Look for Rutgers and QB Gary Nova to come back strong after a terribly disappointing game last week.  They'll have a tough time with Navy's triple option rushing attack but RU's defense is typically very stout against the run.
  • Florida at #3 Alabama (CBS) - Florida survived in a triple overtime against Kentucky last week but will face a much stiffer challenge against the Crimson Tide this week.  Could be the most exciting 20-3 game you've seen in a while.
  • Virginia at #21 BYU - What's up with Virginia?  They barely lose to highly ranked UCLA and then they beat a pretty decent L'Ville team.   This could be their toughest game so far as BYU has looked really pretty good this season.  Cougars QB Taysom Hill isn't a dark-horse Heisman candidate any longer, he has looked great this year and will put a lot of pressure on UVA's defensive secondary.
  • North Carolina at East Carolina - UNC was a popular sleeper pick before the season and while national sentiment has cooled on them somewhat they are still a talented team with potential.  Meanwhile nobody is hotter than East Carolina right now as they went into Blacksburg and took it to then #17 Virginia Tech Hokies last weekend (who themselves took it to Ohio State the week before).
7pm
  • Mississippi State at #8 LSU - Lots of people are high on Dan Mullen's MSU Bulldogs and their QB Dak Prescott this year but playing the Tigers at night in Death Valley which is not a favorable matchup but would pay huge dividends if they are even able to keep it close.  Could be a very fun game to watch.
7:30pm
  • #4 Oklahoma at West Virginia - Oklahoma is the favorite to come out of the Big 12 this year but West Virginia led by QB Clint Trickett (a transfer from FSU where his father is the Assistant Head Coach) has looked like a team eager to play the roll of dream crusher this season after a very close game against Alabama and two other solid performances.
8pm
  • #22 Clemson at #1 Florida State - FSU's QB and defending Heisman Trophy winner Jamies Winston does not make smart decisions off the football field.  He is currently under investigation for a sexual assault and this past week just happened to stand on a table on campus and yell some overtly aggressive sexual chants.  This most recent incident has found him suspended for the first half of Saturday night's game against Clemson.  Please see my previous article on Football needing to clean up its' act for my feelings about what should be done with Jamies here.  However, for the game at hand, keep an eye out for Clemson's traditionally high octane offense to try to sneak out to a lead as FSU is working with it's 2nd string QB during the first half resulting in their defense spending more time on the field than they are used to.  There will be a lot of fanfare around this one too as Clemson tries to regain some luster after a humiliating defeat to Georgia in their opener.
Sunday
1pm
  • San Diego at Buffalo - Could this be a preliminary AFC playoff matchup?  The Chargers just beat the defending Super Bowl champ Seahawks and Buffalo is alone at the top of the AFC East.
  • Washington at Philadelphia - In typical Desean Jackson style, he injured himself and is questionable for this week's game.  A game that is notable as it will be his return to Philly after he was surprisingly cut by the Eagles "for football reasons" and definitely not for hanging around with a highly suspect crowd and potentially flashing gang signs during games.  Oh also Washington's QB RGIII is injured and his replacement is better than him so it might be a good thing for them.  The Eagles are also coming off of two straight wins in which they were trailing by at least 14 points at some time during the 2nd half.
  • Green Bay at Detroit - An NFC North matchup with two 1-1 teams who have headlining Quarterbacks in Aaron Rogers and Matt Stafford looking to have banner years for their teams.  Can either establish a running game or defend the pass?
4pm
  • Denver at Seattle - Game of the Week! - It's a Super Bowl rematch.  I have to imagine that P.E.Y. has had this one circled on his calendar since he first got a chance to look at a calendar after the game ended in a crushing defeat for the Broncos.  Denver has theoretically improved their D by leaps and bounds and Seattle looked great in Week 1 but turned in a loss to San Diego last weekend.  Should be a fun game to watch!
That'll do it for this weekend folks.  Enjoy the games!



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Football Needs to Get Serious


The NFL's past three Walter Payton "Man of the Year" recipients Charles Tillman, Jason Witten, and Matt Birk.  These are good guys who positively impact their community at large and they are the guys who deserve our attention.

The NFL has been under tremendous scrutiny for how it's handled a few issues with players and an owner recently.  My point here is not to get into specifics about any of those incidents and subsequent punishments but rather look at what the NFL should be doing to elevate the conversation currently taking place about the league and the sport above what it's being reduced to by a handful of individuals.  We can all agree that domestic violence, child abuse, illegal drug use, and driving while impaired are despicable acts that should in no way be condoned, trivialized, or dismissed by any person or company.

At the heart of the matter, the NFL is a for profit entertainment conglomerate.  There are 32 privately owned (well Green Bay is public but that doesn't matter here) companies that operate as the NFL.  Their product is entertainment.  They put on a show, sell licensed paraphernalia, and generate media which is extremely popular.  The popularity is what enables the NFL to be a $10b business this year.  

The NFL is as popular as it is because it is an extremely selective employer, has an incredible talent pool, and it is structured to create a very level playing field for teams which begets exciting close games on a weekly basis that spectators cannot get enough of.  This is what drives the NFL.  

In order to preserve the main drivers of popularity and therefor revenue, the NFL needs to concern itself with how the very people clamoring for their product perceive it as a whole and this is where they are currently missing the boat.  In terms of public perception, what casual sports fan is excited to say that they are an unabashed fan of the league right now?  Whether trying to or not, the league is affiliated with abuse, cover-ups, and greed at the moment.  It doesn't have to be that way though.
Players from the St. Louis Rams who are deserving of our attention seen here helping to rebuild Joplin Missouri after a devastating tornado.  
Marketers tend to throw heaps of money at the leagues biggest "stars" on an annual basis and align their products with those stars often heroic, quirky, and ultimately fan-friendly images.  There have been seven big issues with NFL representatives running afoul of the law in the recent past thereby flying in the face of that fan-friendly imagery.  The most notable incidents also happen to be have come from biggest stars along with one owner and I'd argue that most of the reason there is a public outcry right now is because it seems that the league is trying to go light on it's star players in order to keep them on the field regardless of what they've done off it. In my opinion they are doing this under the incorrect assumption that fans watch the games only to see the biggest stars and because their biggest sponsors have said heaps of money tied to those stars.

We mentioned previously that the NFL is popular in part due to the caliber of player that makes it through the selection process to even make it into the lineup.  My point is that if even the star players (let alone role players) who run afoul of the law or public perception are removed entirely, the NFL and the public will find new stars.  How long did it take Eagles fans to move from Brian Westbrook, one of the greatest Running Backs to ever wear an Eagles jersey to LeSean McCoy?  Not long at all.  That's kind of sad for Brian Westbrook but it's great news for the Eagles and the NFL.  The fans can move on.  Being aggressive with the discipline might cause a ripple and some anger from the biggest fans initially but as evidenced in plenty of previous examples, the fans will move on and in the long run the league and the sponsors will be even more popular for it.

The league should come down hard on all egregious acts by players and owners.  It needs to stamp out the kind of despicable acts that are currently playing on repeat on every TV screen as well as anything that can negatively impact the league.  Why should it allow players or owners (who are all essentially brand ambassadors as much as they are players/owners/competitors) to continue to represent their teams and the league when they are an embarrassment and run counter to their most basic mission?  There are no corporations that would continue to pay it's brand ambassadors very healthy salaries if they were all of a sudden a pariah and therefor a detriment to the very brand they are supposed to bring value to simply through association.

By doing what it ultimately in it's own best interest the NFL would also help eliminate this awful behavior.  If this aggressive stance on negative and heinous acts leads to the league's players and owners being better people as a whole, I think it would be a net gain for society.  The desire to be a player in the NFL is tremendous and probably sits in somewhere in the back of the mind of 50% of high school football players.  If all of those players knew that to ultimately achieve their dreams, they had to be upstanding citizens of the highest order and poses the mental and physical abilities that let them compete on the field, this movement could have very very broad implications as it ripples through society.  Whether or not they want to be considered role models there are a lot of people who look up to and aspire to be those guys on the field and in the luxury boxes on Sundays and the NFL can take a few very easy and very savvy steps to drastically change the conversation.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.3


The Oregon Ducks keep the top spot locked up but the Alabama Crimson Tide have made a move all the way up to #2 in the highly dynamic SKOHRboard weekly poll.  Both teams played relative lightweights and cruised to easy victories.  The major upset here is when the #2 team in our poll last week Georgia lost a close one to South Carolina.  Now both teams have loses in the conference and despite lots of talent seem to be on the outside looking in.

It remains to be seen if Oklahoma is a good as people think they are but they keep winning solidly.  Previously ranked in the Top Ten, USC quickly dispelled any notion that the Pac12 is College Football's pre-eminent conference when they lost to the ACC's middleweight champ Boston College after giving up about 450 yards rushing to their own 20!  UCLA is also not very good.  BYU absolutely smoked Texas and UCLA just barely hung around long enough to win this week all while getting their no longer a Top Heisman pick QB Brett Hundley hurt.

The most upsetting news of the weekend was Rutgers 5 interceptions in a rough loss to Penn State.  By all accounts a game that the Scarlet Knights soundly outplayed the Nittany Lions save for those crushing interceptions.  

Week 14.3
  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Florida State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Baylor
  8. Auburn
  9. Ole Miss
  10. BYU
  11. Notre Dame
  12. West Virginia
  13. Arizona State
  14. South Carolina
  15. USC
  16. Georgia
  17. Stanford
  18. Michigan State
  19. Mississippi State
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Missouri
  22. East Carolina
  23. Kansas State
  24. Ohio State
  25. Oklahoma State




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

SKOHRboard's Weekly Football Digest 14.2

FOOTBALL DIGEST LIVES!!
Welcome to week 2 of the inaugural SKOHRboard Weekly Football Digest.

General Football Notes:
  • Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and "indefinitely suspended" by the league after the full video surfaced.  NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell is under heavy scrutiny over whether he saw the full video back in April and still only suspended Rice for 2 games at that point but then when the full video became public changed his mind and indefinitely suspended him.  The question is why the public outrage and increased suspension all of a sudden?  What did people think happened in that elevator if not exactly what they saw on the video?  This should have happened in April.
  • The other perhaps even worse yet under reported issue here is that Rice isn't the only NFL player guilty of domestic violence recently.  A player on the Carolina Panthers, Greg Hardy, was actually found guilty of domestic violence by a judge in court last week before playing in the game!  There might not be any video here but I can't understand what the difference is aside from the presence of video.  Domestic violence is what is reprehensible in both of these cases, not being caught on video committing domestic violence.  By the way, Greg Hardy is still on track to play in this weekend's game somehow.  If the NFL is going to get serious about this maybe they should suspend guys who have been found guilty in court and not just on TMZ for it?
  • Bad weekend for the Big Ten college football conference - Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech, Michigan got blown out by Notre Dame, Michigan State lost to Oregon, and Nebraska barely squeaked out a last second win on a fairly lucky/remarkable play against Division 2 school McNeese State.  This could have ramifications when it comes to the College Football Playoff selecting the Top 4 teams in the country and there is a real chance that the Big Ten doesn't get a single team in the playoff unless someone really separates themselves with improved play over the next 10 or so games



SKOHRboard's Heisman candidates after Week 2
  1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
  2. Jamies Winston, QB, Florida State
  3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
  4. Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame
  5. Taysom Hill, QB, BYU
  6. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (see above gif)
SKOHRboard's Week 2 College Football Playoff Teams
  1. Oregon
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Alabama
Notable College Football Week 2 Happenings:
  • Rutgers beat up on D2 Howard in the first half but took it easy and let up a few scores in the 2nd although the game was well out of reach by then.
  • The Big Ten's bad weekend...
  • Penn State's bowl ban for the lack of institutional control with regard to the prolonged child abuse happening on campus and in team facilities was lifted
  • Stanford lost a battle to USC 10-13.  This game was extremely close and would be a toss up if played again this weekend.
  • BYU absolutely dominated Texas... again.  In 2013 it was shocking when BYU beat then #15 Texas 40-21.  It was supposed to be different this year but for Texas, it was much worse.  They lost 41-7.
College Games to Watch this Weekend
-12pm
  • West Virginia plays at Maryland. Both teams show promise but this game should help them prove if either is for real.
-3:30pm
  • #6 Georgia plays at #24 South Carolina both teams are coming from the opposite end of big time Week 1 matchups.  If Georgia wins with ease it really puts South Carolina's ability in question.  If South Carolina wins, the SEC goes back to it's usual mess of pretty good teams that could all beat one another on any given Saturday
-4pm
  • Minnesota at TCU. Similar to the WVU and Maryland game both teams have promise and winning this crossover game could help them stand out
-7:30pm
  • Kentucky at Florida.  If Kentucky somehow wins this game, Florida's head coach Will Muschamp might not have that title for very long.
-8pm - THE GAME OF THE WEEK
  • Penn State plays at Rutgers!  Both teams are burning to make a name for themselves, Penn State to show that the sanctions are over and Franklin has this team headed to the top and Rutgers wants to show that they have arrived and are a national program to be reckoned with.  Not to mention the enormous recruiting battle being waged annually for New Jersey's elite crop of football players, this is a huge game for both programs no matter what Penn State's aloof attitude would lead you to believe.  Rivalry game name brainstorm (The Delaware Crossing, War for the Shore, 

Notable NFL Week 1 Happenings:
  • Seahawks left no doubt that there will be no drop-off from their Championship season last year as they soundly beat the Packers
  • The Bills beat the Bears!
  • The Dolphins beat the Patriots!
  • Matt Stafford and the Lions soundly outplayed Eli Manning and the Giants
  • Peyton has still got it, they jumped out to a huge lead over the Colts who lead a brave but fruitless comeback.
  • The Falcons beat the Saints in overtime.  Is this the year Atlanta QB Matt Ryan realizes all the promise of two years ago?
  • The Rams looked horrendous and have now lost their leaders on both sides of the ball to injury QB Sam Bradford for the season and DE Chris Long for at least the first half of the season.  Could they have another top pick in the draft this season?
NFL Games to Watch this Weekend:
-Thursday Night
  • Baltimore at Pittsburgh - AFC North battle between two teams looking to show they are still/once again contenders
-1pm
  • Miami at Buffalo - AFC East Matchup, both teams with surprising Week 1 wins
  • New England at Minnesota - Could the Patriots really start the season with two losses?  The Vikings had the biggest margin of victory of any team in Week 1
-8:30pm
  • Chicago at San Francisco - Chicago lost to Buffalo in week 1 and looks to rebound against one of the NFC's top teams from last year.
-Monday Night
  • Philadelphia at Indianapolis - Both teams had tremendous 2nd halves after forgettable season opening halves but the Eagles managed to pull it out at the end while the the Colts came up short and are still looking for their first win.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.2

It's not the shoes.  Oregon wears the latest and greatest from Nike, but it's not the shoes or the metal looking duck wings on their shoulder pads.  They have just recruited much faster players than other teams and put them in positions to use that speed for ill gains as evidenced during the 2nd half of the Michigan State game this past weekend.  Yowza.  Michigan State looked pretty solid and there was a point that I really thought they had Oregon figured out.  But there is just no figuring for speed in space.  Any single crack was exploited.  That's why Oregon plays so fast between snaps, they try to minimize down time which will inevitably increase the total number of snaps in a given game thus giving them more opportunities to find and exploit those cracks.  

Other than that game and USC narrowly edging Stanford though there were a lot of cupcakes this weekend.  But that's fairly typical for Weeks 1 and 2.  We start to get into the meat of the season next week with Rutgers kicking off their B1G Ten schedule hosting Penn State at 8pm.  Be there.

Week 14.2
  1. Oregon
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Alabama
  5. Florida State
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. USC
  9. Baylor
  10. LSU
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Stanford
  14. West Virginia
  15. Arizona State
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Clemson
  18. Michigan State
  19. Louisville
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Kansas State
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. BYU
  24. Florida
  25. Pittsburgh



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Friday, September 5, 2014

College Football Playoff Teams 14.1


We here at SKOHRboard HQ believe strongly in the old adage "a rigorous schedule is next to godliness."  This is also a major variable in the formula that we'll use to determine our weekly "Top 4 and 5-25."  Yes, you read that right, we'll be doing a weekly Top 4 and 5-25 ranking which I've heard that if any members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee are found reading, they'll automatically have to recuse themselves for voting for the entirety of that calendar year.  So yeah it's serious.

I'll take not only big game performance but also things like style points, general dominance, and lack of completely blowing it but just barely holding on for a win against middling competition.  To make the Top 4 a team has to assert it's belonging.  There will be no lucking in to this.  I'll prefer teams that challenge themselves throughout the season and come back having learned something or solved a previously non-disclosed vulnerability to teams that win all their games with mediocre performances against cupcakes.  That is not a shot at cupcakes though, they are delicious, I just don't think that teams worthy of the SKOHRboard Top 4 should be scheduling football games against them.

That is a long winded way to say that I'll be putting out a Top 4 and 5-25 ranking during the week each week throughout the College Football season.

Week 14.1
  1. Georgia
  2. Oregon
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Florida State
  5. Alabama
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. USC
  10. Michigan State
  11. Baylor
  12. LSU
  13. Wisconsin
  14. West Virginia
  15. Stanford
  16. Ole Miss
  17. Clemson
  18. Nebraska
  19. Kansas State
  20. Arizona State
  21. Ohio State
  22. Louisville
  23. South Carolina
  24. UCLA
  25. Notre Dame
So whaddya think?  How incorrect were you?



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2014 NFL Season Predictions


SKOHRboard's 2014 NFL Season Predictions

As the 2014 NFL Season kicks off, we here at SKOHRboard would like to let you in on exactly how the upcoming season will unfold.  Our apologies for the decline in TV ratings as watching the games is basically pointless after reading this post and there will be nearly dozens of eyeballs (including page indexing googlebots) on this post.

Division Winners
NFC East - Philadelphia
NFC North - Detroit
NFC South - New Orleans
NFC West - Seattle

AFC East - New England
AFC North - Baltimore
AFC South - Indianapolis
AFC West - Denver

Wildcards
NFC Wildcard - Chicago
NFC Wildcard - Atlanta
AFC Wildcard - Pittsburgh
AFC Wildcard - San Diego

NFC Championship
Philadelphia beats Seattle

AFC Championship
Denver beats Pittsburgh

Super Bowl
Denver beats Philadelphia

Individual Awards:
MVP - Peyton Manning
Offensive Player of the Year - Drew Brees
Rushing Leader - Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year - JJ Watt
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Brandin Cooks
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Ryan Shazier
Comeback Player of the Year - Percy Harvin
Coach of the Year - Chip Kelly




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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SKOHRboard NFL Mock Draft 2014

In keeping with the longstanding SKOHRboard tradition of doing an unbelievable mock draft, I've decided that despite our busiest year on record to forge ahead and kick off yet another MINDBLOWINGLINGY ACCURATE MOCK DRAFT!!


1 TEXANS JADEVEON CLOWNEY
2 RAMS GREG ROBINSON
3 JAGUARS JAKE MATTHEWS
4 BROWNS TEDDY BRIDGEWATER
5 RAIDERS SAMMY WATKINS
6 FALCONS TAYLOR LEWAN
7 BUCS CJ MOSLEY
8 VIKINGS KHALIL MACK
9 BILLS MIKE EVANS
10 LIONS JUSTIN GILBERT
11 TITANS AARON DONALD
12 GIANTS ZACK MARTIN
13 RAMS MARQISE LEE
14 BEARS ANTHONY BARR
15 STEELERS BRADLEY ROBY
16 COWBOYS HA HA CLINTON-DIX
17 RAVENS CARLOS HYDE
18 JETS BRANDIN COOKS
19 DOLPHINS ERIC EBRON
20 CARDINALS RYAN SHAZIER
21 PACKERS CALVIN PRYOR
22 EAGLES RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN
23 CHIEFS STEPHON TUITT
24 BENGALS JOHNNY MANZIEL
25 CHARGERS DARQUEZE DENNARD
26 BROWNS BLAKE BORTLES
27 SAINTS XAVIER SU'A-FILO
28 PANTHERS KYLE FULLER
29 PATRIOTS LOUIS NIX III
30 49ERS TIMMY JERNIGAN
31 BRONCOS JASON VERRETT
32 SEAHAWKS ODELL BECKHAM JR



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

B1G Ultimate Expansion

Thanks to clemsonalum07 for the backbone of this map
Well there you have it.  The Big Ten has expanded into a bicameral twenty two school collegiate powerhouse.  They now own the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, and 12 schools according to revenues generated over the last calendar year.  By building a conference built of only elite Academic and Athletic institutions, the Big Ten has developed an enormously valuable league based on revenue potential.

To effectively chart such a thing as a schools revenue potential I thought it would be interesting to see if I could create some way to quantify that.  Below is my first attempt to derive what a universities SKOHR is by evaluating their end of season sports rankings, academic standings, the size of their TV market, and current athletic revenues.  A schools' final SKOHR is reflective of the total revenue potential each school has and at this point can be considered more directional helping us derive some sort of ranking.

School Academic Football Hoops  Avg   TV Homes(m) Revenue(m)  SKOHR
Florida 54 7 7     22.7 3.3 123     0.112
Michigan 29 20 5     18.0 1.8 122     0.164
Texas 46 16 70     44.0 3.2 150     0.183
Rutgers 68 53 94     71.7 10.3 60     0.232
Penn State 46 30 126     67.3 4.1 116     0.283
North Carolina 30 43 17     30.0 2.3 75     0.348
Ohio State 56 13 4     24.3 0.9 131     0.413
Virginia 27 87 44     52.7 2.3 78     0.587
Maryland 58 101 48     69.0 3.4 61     0.665
Minnesota 68 68 29     55.0 1.7 78     0.830
Oklahoma 101 12 47     53.3 1.2 104     0.855
Georgia Tech 36 46 97     59.7 2.3 55     0.943
Kansas 106 98 3     69.0 1.4 74     1.332
Indiana 82 76 2     53.3 1.1 71     1.366
Wisconsin 41 23 12     25.3 0.38 96     1.389
Missouri 97 40 23     53.3 1.1 64     1.515
Purdue 65 71 58     64.7 1.1 66     1.781
Michigan State 72 34 10     38.7 0.5 84     1.841
Iowa 72 70 28     56.7 0.43 93     2.834
Illinois 46 126 37     69.7 0.58 77     3.120
Nebraska 101 22 110     77.7 0.42 83     4.456
Northwestern 12 21 120     51.0 3.5 NA  NA  
This is all very interesting to me but again it's all very very theoretical.  Would I love to see a Rutgers schedule look like the below?  Yes.  It would take some updates to the college football landscape but that's what SKOHRboard is here for, to help Mark Emmert and gang see the future.  You're welcome Mark.

8/31 vs. Maryland
9/7 @ Georgia Tech
9/14 vs. Ohio State
9/21 vs. UVA
9/28 @ Purdue
10/5 @ UNC
10/12 vs. Northwestern
10/19 @ Florida
10/26 vs. Arizona
11/2 Bye
11/9 @ Michigan
11/16 @ Ole Miss
11/23 vs. Michigan State
11/30 vs. Penn State
12/6 B1G Championship

Where do I sign up for that schedule? 

That's 6 away games, 7 home games, 10 B1G Eastern Conference games, 1 crossover game (Northwestern), and two out of conference BCS games (Arizona and Ole Miss).  Thirteen regular season games seems to be the way things are going anyway.  Most schools already have 12 games on the schedule and then room for their conference championship too so I think as we see conferences consolidate we'll see schedules expand to allow schools to play all teams within their division.

Not only is that expansion great for football but look at those basketball schools!  It's now definitely the best basketball conference in the country.  They'd have had 9 schools in the top 25 if it was a conference last year.  Just sayin'.  I'd imagine that the B1G season ending tournament would pit the top 8 schools from each division against one another in an amazing 16 team tourney that can rotate from Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Dallas.  Additionally there would be 15 schools in the top 68 which means that the B1G would account for just under a quarter of all teams in the NCAA tournament!

The reason that I think this can all happen is because of that top tier quality.  That is what makes people want to watch.  It's a must see event every weekend for local fans and a guaranteed national sports matchup as well.  All of that brings advertisers which in turn brings TV Networks bidding on the rights to broadcast those can't miss games.

There you have it.  The future of the Big Ten.  The B1G.  This means I'll probably have to examine what will happen with the fallout in the other conferences as the B1G has ravaged the ACC, the SEC, and the Big 12.  




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