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"Hollis said he isn’t necessarily in favor of being in the western division in that scenario.“I think there are components that you have to look at in the strength of what the East Coast brings you as an institution,” Hollis said."
"One thing Hollis definitely wants to continue doing is playing rival Michigan every year in football. That’s assured if the Spartans and Wolverines are in the same division, and he said there’s no guarantee they’d play as protected rivals in separate divisions."
Haters gonna hate!
Obviously you weren't around during that year to see how much playing those early games helped that team. Playing 3 of the top 20 teams that year (USC #16, ND and FLA ST #1 and 2) prior to the Big Ten season more certainly helped propel MSU to the Rose Bowl. You're a fool if you think they didn't help.
You have no evidence to suggest it did. You're a fool to act like you do.
Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. What it did do was give us 2 losses and zero chance at an NC.
He's just backtracking, he said for weeks he wanted to be in the west, and only since the rumors of us being set in the east has he started saying anything positive about it. And even with these divisions there will be a protected crossover between IU and PU, so clearly those aren't out, we would have played UM every year if we were in the west.
So you think MSU had even the slightest chance at a National Championship in 1987-88. Continue on with being the fool.
And what kind of evidence are you looking for? Anyone who was around could see how much better and more prepared MSU was going into the Big Ten schedule.
No way. I was a senior that year, and they get pummeled by ND and FSU, it wasn't even close. This isn't basketball here, getting clobbered in football, physically beaten up, doesn't help. The reality is it was a year where things aligned for them in the B10, some teams were admittedly down a bit, and they had a great running back and a tremendous defensive front.
I don't know how they'll sort it out, but if it's by a vote of the majority the teams slotted to the West couldn't sign up fast enough for not having to play OSU and UM every year, plus avoiding travel to Rutgers and Maryland on an annual basis. Throw in the fact that UM and OSU probably want to stay in the same side of the ledger and you lose 8-6, PSU is probably attracted to the possibility of playing MD and Rutgers who are more in their backyard and they're deluded enough to think they're right there to challenge OSU, now you're losing it 9-5. MD and Rutgers are probably thinking their goal is simply to be competitive in football, not sweating going to the Rosebowl, and it eases their travel to be in the East so no you're losing the vote 11-3. Hollis may as well get on board and say oh yeah, sounds great, because he's going to lose the vote anyway, and you don't want to lose all the while kicking and screaming like you don't belong with the heavyweights.
I guess it's a good thing those three games didn't count in the Big Ten standings, eh?
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