Michigan named Big Ten football favorite

Discussion in 'Football' started by RobHowe, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Annual media poll from Cleveland.com:

  2. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    Illinois unanimous last place in the West. Bye-bye Lovie
  3. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    I've always liked Lovie. He was wrong place/wrong time and to be honest has been in an impossible situation.

    I'd take that guy as an Iowa assistant in a heart beat. He made a pretty spectacular turnaround with the Rams defense as coordinator while he was there.
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  4. AreWeThereYet

    AreWeThereYet Well-Known Member

    I think Lovie just assumed if he could run a professional team, a college team wouldn't be all that different.
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  5. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    He was good, but not great. Won the NFC north 3 times in 9 years and made it to a Super Bowl. Peaked early. Stunk at Tampa Bay. Unfortunately Illinois athletics are pretty flat line...its gonna take somebody pretty dynamic (and some funny money) to revive them.
  6. okeefe4prez

    okeefe4prez Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't take him as an assistant. I think he is a good x and o defensive guy, but I don't think he has a clue about teaching fundamentals. Programs like Northwestern and Iowa absolutely embarrass Illinois in terms of fundamentals.
  7. SpiderRico

    SpiderRico Well-Known Member

    This whole infatuation with Nebraska by the media is just plain stupid. Until they can field a defense, they won't be winning any division titles anytime soon.
  8. homes

    homes Well-Known Member

    I wonder what the actual time spent was thinking about this by any writer before casting a vote.
  9. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member

    They have been accurate two out of the last eight. If it comes down to Iowa and Nebby in the West, my money is on Iowa. That is especially true if it comes down to head to head competition.

    I haven’t seen the schedule to see if we play them or not but I’m picking Iowa is we do. I also have to say given the last ten years results, that Nebby isn’t my concern. It’s Wisconsin I am concerned about.
  10. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    Are you asking above if we play Nebby this year? That is what your post reads like. Yes we play them in our division.
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  11. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    Where is the Mich OSU game played? That could determine it.
  12. Xerxes

    Xerxes Well-Known Member

    The game is at Michigan this year.
  13. BigD

    BigD Well-Known Member

    Yes, that was my question. I glimpsed at the predictions and I didn’t see them showing a prediction of Nebraska against Iowa which seemed strange so I thought is it possible we aren’t playing them for some reason.
  14. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    No we play them the last game of the year when the hawks will kick their ass. I think starting in 2020 the Wisconsin game is the last game of the year for about 4 years.
  15. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    Well that gives Harbaugh a better chance but his Wolves have been less than stellar in the big rivalry games. They were better last year so maybe they are trending toward an East Division title.
  16. thetrza

    thetrza Well-Known Member

    I thought the commentary at the end of the game against Illinois last year from J Leman was interesting. Just listening to the guy go through the roster and be able to name the high school each kid went to and knowing their biographies like it was no big deal, like a super passionate fan would know this kind of stuff. He seemed to indicate that the school just wants a coach that will stay out of trouble. I get the idea he (J Leman) may want to work for Illinois someday and couldn't really let out his real opinion of the job Lovie is doing.

    Anyway, I don't think anyone believes Lovie is getting it turned around but the school wants a guy who stays out of trouble.
  17. MoseSchrute

    MoseSchrute Well-Known Member

    I think it's only two.
  18. HawkGold

    HawkGold Well-Known Member

    J wants to be an infomercial star actually.

    He is doing nothing to support that he wants to be a coach.

    They also have an AD in over his head with repeated bad hires.

    Nathan ScheeIlhouse is a possibility down the road being vonnected to the rise of ISU ....maybe.
  19. Jonrn

    Jonrn Well-Known Member

    Michigan and Nebraska win so many off season division titles. Just because urban left, doesn’t mean Ohio state left the east. Urban didn’t take all the players, the playbook and all the assistants with him. Schiano is gone too, and that always helps.
  20. peerok

    peerok Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Ohio St still has the most talented team in the Big Ten, and its really not even that close.
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