The college football season kicks off one week from today. Woo! It's been a long winter, spring & summer and I'm ready to hit the Big Ten Pub's beer garden and sing Swingtown. Oh, and watch some football. Lots of football.
My Badgers are ranked 7th in the polls. I think it's a fair ranking. We bring back most of our starters, although we do have some significant losses in Joe Thomas, QB John Stocco and both of last year's starting safeties. Key returners are a slimmed down running back P.J. Hill, receivers Luke Swan & Paul Hubbard, one of the best tight ends in the nation, Travis Beckum, and top defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu.
Our new QB will be (for now) Tyler Donovan, who won two games last year while Stocco was out injured. If Donovan fails, we have Allan Evridge waiting in the wings. Evridge started as a freshman at Kansas State and is probably the long term option under center.
The coaching staff is top notch, with Bret Bielema having a year under his belt and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is a creative genius who will get the most out of his squad.
The Badgers have a challenging conference schedule. They play road games at Penn State (tough) and Ohio State, where they've played very well in the last few years. The biggest game of the season is at home against Michigan on Nov. 10th. The most fun game of the season will be the night game against Iowa on Sept. 22nd.
My prediction is that the Badgers finish 10-2 and play in the Capital One Bowl (again).
So dear readers from around the country, how are your teams going to fare this year?
Posted by at August 25, 2007 10:58 AM
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|# August 25th, 2007 8:02 PM themandownthehall|
|Hot Dog it's time!!! I was going to email you and ask for an entry like this Kris. Great minds think alike. Thank you.
Michigan is loaded, but what else is new? We're almost always loaded with talent, we just rarely put it all together.
Offense returns Hart, Henne and Manningham, plus a handful of major 3/4/5 star freshman players. Defense is strong, but a bit suspect. Lost a bunch of starters.
The schedule is not as kind to us this year. As usual, UM has the irish early this year. Remember last year when we got them when they were overranked real bad and pasted them? That made us look better than we were. This year, they are not ranked, so when we paste them again it will be meaningless.
We have Oregon too, and they are no slackers. Oregon is unranked but will be ranked by seasons end even with a loss to us so that will help. Of course, if they beat us they will be immediately ranked, but that does us no good.
We also have our annual MAC team. This year we have Eisenhower High School, I mean Eastern Michigan. Not much help there.
I can not tell you how absolutely mortified and embarrassed I am that we signed App State. Are you freaking kidding me? Thanks. Like our BCS schedule factor needed that. No, I wasn't thinking Florida or Oklahoma or So Cal or Texas, but come on, make it a division 1 team at least.
Michigan should be undefeated when the big ten is decided in Wisconsin. Wisconsin will be too. I think UM wins that game, but I have been wrong many times (Last year I said Ohio State would kill Florida). So take that with a grain of salt. If UM wins all their games (not bloody likely), they will get their shot in the championship.
If they lose one I think it will be to Ohio State (again). OSU is loaded with young talent, but by the end of a season that talent will come together. Add that "the game" factor and they will be ready.
On the high end, UM will wind up 13-1. They run their table, but, that table is a corner booth at Denny's and not much to brag about. Unlike this years national champs and the team that will beat UM like a piniata: Southern Cal. Good Grief, have you seen their schedule? At Nebraska, at Washington, at Notre Dame, at Oregon and at Cal. That's tougher than any Gitmo interrogation, that's for sure. They go undefeated and they should be able to skip the championship game.
On the down side, they lose to Wisconsin and Ohio State. They wind up 12-2. We won't be in a BCS bowl but will win what we get.
After the season, Lloyd Carr retires. He has been rumored to be leaving for a couple years and has said that he's not staying much longer.