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Old 07-30-2011, 05:21 PM   #601
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/sigh, I suppose I can just continue to dream of that conference for the rest of my days .
Ha! I don't feel at all bad for TCU. You are joining a conference with an automatic BCS bowl bid, and arguably THE BEST basketball conference in the nation. (although TCU's basketball program will have to step it up to compete ) BYU had to dump their basketball in the WCC.

Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida and UConn all have solid football programs. I am sure some nice football rivalries will develop between TCU and these schools in the future
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Old 07-30-2011, 05:22 PM   #602
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Haha, I do feel bad for TCU, we're going to be the embarrassment of the Big East in basketball, you are far too kind to our team.
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:47 PM   #603
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I think being an independent program is going to be a bad place to be in about 5-7 years. Any conference with 12 or more teams is most likely going to expand the conference schedule and the non conference games are going to be cream puff type games only, almost like a pre season. The Big 10(12) is most likely going to this model in about 5 years. Which means ND is going to have to schedule non Big 10(12) games as the conference teams will want a cream puff home game vs a home and away series with a potential decent team. Financially it makes no sense to do the away game under that scenario. The scuttlebutt I have heard is that Michigan is going to opt out on the ND contract (which apparantly was never officially signed) when this happens.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:33 AM   #604
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I had heard Michigan recently said they wouldn't play any more non-conference road games. (Some BYU fans had hoped to schedule a home-home or 2 for 1 with Michigan). I guess with a tough Big 10 schedule, you can't really blame them. Load up with 3 MAC/FCS home games to warm up for conference play.

This all seems to be leading to the BCS conferences completely breaking away from the non-BCS to form a separate division, which sucks if you are on the outside looking in...and yes, Independence is on the outside, for BYU anyway.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:49 AM   #605
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I had heard Michigan recently said they wouldn't play any more non-conference road games. (Some BYU fans had hoped to schedule a home-home or 2 for 1 with Michigan). I guess with a tough Big 10 schedule, you can't really blame them. Load up with 3 MAC/FCS home games to warm up for conference play.

This all seems to be leading to the BCS conferences completely breaking away from the non-BCS to form a separate division, which sucks if you are on the outside looking in...and yes, Independence is on the outside, for BYU anyway.
Mainly it is about money. Lets face it, College Football is just a huge business. Michigan's athletic director has basically said scheduling a non conference road game makes no financial sense. Why do that when I can sell 113000 tickets at home and give our fans another chance to see us play at home? Financially, unfortunately, he is correct. Quite honestly I thought Michigan should have dropped Notre Dame when they would not join the Big 10 (12). Michigan does not need to play them. We already have two other rivals, Ohio State and Michigan State that we will play every single year regardless. My favorite quote by Michigan's late coach Bo Schembechler who though the same thing. "To hell with Notre Dame!" RIP Bo

Basically at the Big 10(12) meeting this week schools were told to clear their schedules by 2017. They are moving to a 9 game conference schedule then. I think it should be 10 conference games. But I think moving to at least 9 is a good move and I think Michigan should drop ND at that point, for good. As well as all other Big 10(12) teams which would be Purdue and Michigan State that also play them regularly.
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Very much looking forward to this season. I think the schedule sits in our favor, and we could make a pretty damn solid run. Knock on wood.

Scheelhaase is a baller. Need to see who steps up as a consistent replacement for Leshoure, though. Some strong candidates.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:08 PM   #607
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Just over a month till USC's first game. Should be an interesting year to say the least. Our issue, which is huge, is lack of depth on the O-Line. I hope Barkley survives.

Pac-12 should be interesting. North I would imagine will come down to Oregon and Stanford. Though we shall see how The Farm fares with their new coach.
The South is Utah, Arizona and you can't really count out USC.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:36 PM   #608
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I have no idea what to expect from Michigan this year. New coach, new offense, new defense. My guess is somewhere between 7-5, 8-4 or if they are better than expected and get some breaks 9-3 at best. Probably 7-5, but win the bowl game so 8-5 to finish.
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I have no idea what to expect of TCU, but I'm not optimistic.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #610
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I must say, having lowered expectations is certainly less stressful than expecting to compete for the BCS every season.

Although, I will be happy to be stressed the hell out in a few years again.
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Since we're going to an AQ next season next year anyways, I feel like I don't need to stress so much about it regardless. This season doesn't feel as make or break as it did before. The ONLY positive to the move in my opinion. That being said, it still would've been great to see another year like the last two, but I feel like we lost too many key players this time around, but who knows what Patterson has up his sleeve.
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Understandable. I'm anticipating improvement in our defense, but our issue will be depth. We are thin. Stupid NCAA.
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Hey, we get to be ranked for one week!
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Ugh, here we go. I get to start receiving bitchy phone calls from my dad any time now.
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Better than only getting 5 votes.
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