Thursday, December 08, 2005

remember the alamo

and never go back. ever.

so espn has their alamo bowl page up with a nice little poll. here are the current results with my biased acrid nebraska-hating comments alongside in blue, of course.

1) Which team will win the MasterCard Alamo Bowl?
Michigan - 50.4%
Nebraska - 49.6%

Is this a freaking joke? All the nebraska spankers must be voting like mad because the fact of the matter is that they are not that good, have not played good competition, and are outclassed on paper in most every meaningful statistical category by Michigan. and no, do your own research.

2) What was the most impressive showing by either team this season?
51.0%
Michigan vs. Penn State, W 27-25
42.8%
Nebraska at Colorado, W 30-3
2.5%
Nebraska vs. Texas Tech, L 34-31
2.0%
Michigan at Iowa, W 23-20
1.1%
Michigan vs. Ohio St., L 25-21
0.7%
Nebraska vs. Iowa St., W 27-20

Sure, the N win over a terribly over-rated colorado team that was outscored 130-22 over its last 3 games is as impressive as Michigan beating #3 and one-loss PSU. I buy that. Really. Honestly, I do. For realz, y0.

Yeah, ok, I can't convince myself that it is remotely as impressive. nice score over a crap team. whoopee.

3) What do you think Michigan's record would be in the Big 12?
30.3%
7-1
27.4%
5-3
20.4%
6-2
10.7%
8-0
7.3%
4-4
3.9%
3-5 or worse

The spankers who voted 5-3 are clearly nebraska losers that realize Michigan is too good to suck in the uber-sucky big 12, but don't want to face the realization that they would perform far better in conference than their beloved 4-4 huskers. by god, the toughest teams they faced are iowa state, texas tech, and oklahoma. Michigan would have been, at worst, 6-2 and possibly 8-0. 7-1 seems like good middle ground. let's go team-by-team on nebraska's schedule.

Iowa State - eh, proved to be pretty bad. call it an early season loss, given the way Michigan was playing. 0-1
Texas Tech - the Northwestern of the big 12 with less defense. we all saw what happened to NU. 1-1.
@Baylor - the Indiana of the big 12. 2-1.
@Missouri - the Purdue of the big 12. 3-1.
Oklahoma - If UM can beat Iowa and PSU, they can beat a struggling-at-the-time oklahoma. 4-1.
@Kansas - the other Purdue of the big 12. 5-1.
Kansas State - the other Indiana of the big 12. 6-1.
Colorado - the Michigan State of the big 12 (ie, by this time, they suck). 7-1.

believe it!

4) What do you think Nebraska's record would be in the Big Ten?
28.8%
5-3
23.3%
4-4
19.7%
3-5 or worse
14.4%
6-2
9.9%
7-1
4.1%
8-0

Umm, let's see. Nebraska went 4-4 playing a mediocre at best big 12 schedule, yet there are actually people that think they would do the same or BETTER playing Michigan's schedule? seriously? Let's go team by team:

@Wisconsin - better than any team nebraska played in the big 12. call it a loss in camp randall. 0-1.
@MSU - they were hot early and better than any team N played. 0-2.
Minnesota - better than any team, except maybe oklahoma, they played. call it a close loss. 0-3.
PSU - umm, yeah, nebraska loses BIG. 0-4.
@Iowa - again, better than any team they played. they lost at MISSOURI and KANSAS. they should lose this game. 0-5.
@Northwestern - big ten equivalent of TT, to whom they lost at home. i'd call it a loss, but give nebraska the upset win. 1-5.
Indiana - ok, even nebraska can beat indiana. 2-5.
Ohio State - stop dreaming. 2-6.

There you have it. scientific proof that nebraska would get atomic wedgied and then pantsed in the big ten. ouch.

5) Who is most likely to take over the game on offense?
26.2%
Zac Taylor, QB, Nebraska
23.8%
Mike Hart, RB, Michigan
14.0%
Nate Swift, WR, Nebraska
10.9%
Steve Breaston, WR, Michigan
9.8%
Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
7.2%
Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska
6.5%
Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
1.5%
Kevin Grady, RB, Michigan

Congratulations, Zac, you can play against utterly hapless defenses. Michigan's D is not. uh oh. Breaston, Avant, Henne, and Hart have all, on the other hand, taken over games against decent defenses. The pick has to be any one of the Michigan players over any of the nebraska "players".

6) Which team has the edge on offense?
64.9%
Michigan
35.1%
Nebraska

Clearly.

7) Which team has the edge on defense?
55.7%
Nebraska
44.3%
Michigan

Clea.... What? i don't know anything about their defenses except for their blitz happy sack numbers. I don't expect as much success against a full-strength Michigan OL, even one that is below average for us.

8) Which school has a better football tradition?
53.5%
Nebraska
46.5%
Michigan

Nebraska had a better 90's, i'll admit, but overall tradition? Michigan has more national championships, conference championships, wins, better winning %, more players in the NFL, more heisman trophy winners, etc etc etc.

9) Is this game worth watching?
95.4%
Yes
4.6%
No

Nebraska doesn't suck, but they're not that great. maybe they met or exceeded expectations by going 7-4. Michigan is more talented and are disappointed at 7-4. They will be out to prove that they are better than the record indicates. Michigan will win, and win big.

Total Votes: 16,641

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