You knew it wasn't going to be Southern Cal.  And how many football schools have open dates for next fall as it is?  Michigan got caught short on a 12th game and needed it to be a home date.  That way, with a sellout crowd, at least $5 million in revenue could be earned.  Never mind that it's a lousy match up against small school Delaware State-- it's what was available.  The Hornets were 5-6 last season in the Mid East Athletic Conference.

     Until or unless the Big Ten goes to round robin football scheduling more joke non conference games are possible for every school in the league.  The league will discuss adding a ninth conference game for the future at meetings this spring.  But why not go all the way and make it a full ten-game league schedule so no one gets an advantage and ten league games are on the schedule.  That would provide for five  home, five away and two home non conference games.  In Michigan and Michigan State's case, that's a game with Notre Dame and any one else desired.  It's what the PAC 10 does.  Last year the non conference opponents included Coastal Carolina, Montana State, Troy, Youngstown State and the like.  It's just cheating season ticket holders too afraid to give up their tickets for the few games of value.

     Schools in the middle of the Big Ten pack are desperate to win six games and get a bowl berth.  It's a sign of success I guess even though it's incredibly tainted by week non conference victories.  Until the bowl system changes and until more league games are added, schools like Michigan will find difficulty in filling out schedules.  Now Michigan fans have to pay for eight home games and it would be one thing if they were competitive match ups-- but the reality is they aren't.  The Michigan fans in essence are paying so that Delaware State can field a football team-- and that makes no sense whatsoever.


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  • by mich on Feb 22, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    Ya a joke But michigan has one bad year and msu fans are all over them but you have to when you suck year in and year out or as msu wold say burn the city DOWN
  • by Judy Location: Jackson on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    These comments are quite funny coming from a program who doesn't even play OSU for the next few years. Wow! MSU beat Michigan this year, what a feather in your cap. I would still rather root for a losing Michigan program than ever root for MSU. Oh , and I have a son who goes to MSU, poor kid. I still love him though, we all make mistakes.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    I agree it is a joke! It does give Delaware State chance to be noticed outside the east coast I guess. If they can play with Michigan or do what App State did it will help with recruiting. I also agree the Big Ten does need a round robin schedule. How else can you determine a true champion. Can you imagine the outcry if a team won the Big Ten and that team lets say did not have to play Ohio State or Penn State. This theory can also apply to the basketball season. Why can't every team play each team twice? Once at home and then on the road. This year the MSU basketball team only plays U of M once. At least the basketball teams have a conference tournament that helps determine a true champion.
  • by ummmm... on Feb 8, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    ya.. hopefully the mighty michigan doesn't have to play app state again... another loss to a 1-aa school wouldn't look to good for this craptastic program. joke's on you buddy. the big 1-0 is so overrated, that they have to play outside to get to 6 games.
  • by Contrarian on Feb 7, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Wise move by the the Wolves. They need to prove they can beat the smaller schools before they schedule the larger ones.
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