1. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg recently ranked the top 5 rivalries in the Big Ten and there were some controversial results (Illinois v Ohio State as #3?). Clearly Ohio State vs. Michigan is the #1 rivalry in the Big Ten, but give me your next three. Your school does not have to be included in this list, but regardless of whom you choose defend your picks.
Clearly Ohio State-Michigan is not the best rivalry, it would have to be the “We thought of it so you don’t have to” rivalry of Penn State-Michigan State. Like most decisions made by the Big Ten, it was absolutely brilliant. Look at the trophy, crafted by the finest artisans commissioned from around the world and based on an original sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Look at it! It’s a goddamn masterpiece, who wouldn’t want to take this home? I mean, it’s not like you would intentionally blow a lead so you get rid of this turd. Right?
Minnesota-Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan’s Axe) – because the winner gets an axe, ‘nuff said.
Iowa-Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale) – not for any football-relevant reason, but Animals is an underrated album.
2. Obviously winning every game is important and beating really good teams sends a stronger message than beating Minnesota. Assume every team is .500 this year and the outcome of your next two games mean nothing outside of pride and a year's worth of bragging rights. Give me the two schools you would want to beat (in order) and why. What makes beating School's A and B significant?
The first priority goes without saying: beat Michigan. Can we finally put this streak to bed now that Lloyd Carr’s hypnotic charisma is no longer on the sideline?
The second is tough, beating Ohio State would make a year great, because it would be a huge upset win on the road. A more realistic goal, however, is beating Illinois. Penn State gave that game away last year in Champaign with turnovers and dropped balls,
3. Take the two teams from above that you claim are your biggest rivals and give me a new mascot for them.
Michigan – Cobra Kai
Ohio State – The Laurinaitis (The media tells me he is the greatest linebacker to have ever walked the Earth, why not name the team after him?)
4. There are some new rules in college football this year. My favorite is the Big Ten experimental rule, which states that after every win this year you get to pluck one player off their roster and bring them back to your campus. Looking at your schedule give me two players you would pluck (assuming a win), why you would take them and what would you do with them?
Both guys I would take come from Illinois:
Arrelious Benn, WR, 6-2, 214 – a proven big target, big play receiver, the kind that we were supposed to have in Chris Bell (and could potentially have in Derek Moye).
Vontae Davis, DB, 6-0, 204 – heavy hitter, adds depth to a thin secondary.
5. Brian at MGO was kind enough to post a diary entry, which gives us and new coach Rich Rodriguez a list of Michigan traditions that maybe we were not all aware of. This has inspired two final questions...
5A - are there any Michigan traditions that he missed? (here is your chance for some Michigan cheap shots)
Inexplicably losing at least one game each year to an opponent they have no business losing to and owning Penn State, although to be honest, that’s a Lloyd Carr tradition.
5B - Are there any traditions of your school's rival that we should all be aware of?
What does Mikey V. think? This golden nugget, just awesome.