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College Football News Whiparound (3/26/2013)
Greetings and Salutations, College Football Fans! It’s time once again for a look at the latest happenings in the world of the college gridiron. Here are some recent headlines that caught my eye during the off season.
My initial reaction was: “Well, the Tide will win that one by 30”. While I still think that’s true, looking at the bigger picture, I think this is a good move for Bucky. As UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez says in the linked article, “We understand that strength of schedule will be a factor in determining which teams earn the right to participate in the new four-team playoff system and we want to be in that mix. There’s no better way to do that than by playing the defending national champions”. Playing Alabama is definitely a major test for the Badgers. I’m assuming the Tide will still be at or near the top of the CFB landscape in two years, but you never know, there could be a power shift in that span of time. As we’ve discussed before, the Big Ten has apparently agreed to stop scheduling lower-level teams in the near future. This is a big step towards that.
Oh, and these teams have met once already: The Badgers won 15-0 in Madison….in 1928.
Here’s an interesting article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about pay for UW Assistant Coaches. What caught my eye was that new Head Coach Gary Anderson is getting paid significantly less than former coach Bret Bielema was. Anderson will be receiving $1.8 million, while Bielema got $2.6 million in his last year in Mad-town. As you can see, a number of assistants under Anderson have earned raises and almost all will be paid above $200,000 this year.
If you remember in last week’s post, we broke down all the changes for conference realignment that will happen in the 2013 season. Yesterday, we found out that the Sun Belt Conference, who is losing FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee & North Texas to Conference USA while adding Georgia State, Texas State and UT-Arlington, will add current FCS (1-AA) teams Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in 2015. Also rumored to be joining the Sun Belt are the last two remnants of the WAC, Idaho and New Mexico State who would join for football only membership. No timeline for adding Idaho & NM State has been announced.
Finally, a bit of trivia for your Tuesday. Can you name the oldest College Football Rivalry Game? (Keep reading the blog for the answer)
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While my bracket certainly isn’t as bad as it was last year, it’s still in less-than-stellar shape. I always want to pick the upsets, but when the time comes to fill out a bracket, I purely go with “chalk”. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20. My sweet 16 predictions are:
(#1) Louisville over (#12) Oregon
(#3) Michigan State over (#2) Duke
(#9) Wichita State over (#13) La Salle
(#2) Ohio State over (#6) Arizona
(#1) Kansas over (#4) Michigan
(#3) Florida over (#15) FGCU (Sorry, Dunk City)
(#1) Indiana over (#4) Syracuse
(#2) Miami over (#3) Marquette
Yep…More “chalk” here. Although I think Michigan could give Kansas a scare, same with Syracuse/Indiana and Marquette/Miami. I should mention, my flip-a-coin bracket spectacular is as sunk as the Titanic with my national champion St. Louis getting blasted by Oregon last weekend.
If you answered “Notre Dame vs. Michigan”, YOU ARE CORRECT! The first meeting between these two schools was an 8-0 win for the Wolverines in 1887. This is a non-continuous stat, though. The longest continuous rivalry matchup is Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, which began play in 1890.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Spencer Wagen, WRST-FM Station Manager and Sports Broadcaster