Week 13 Games

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The Galloping Ghost

Washington, DC
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#31      
Pisses me off how objectively cool the Michigan/OSU rivalry is. We’ll never have a game on that level, but I’m honestly desperate for the day Illini football has been competitive enough for long enough that Illini fans build “Illini Football” into their family traditions again and we fill the stadium no matter the weather! It CAN happen.
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#33      
For sure. But for example, all of my Iowa friends make their entire holiday weekend plans around that Friday game with Nebraska now, and it’s a blast. Ohio State/Michigan fans would not NOT sell out their stadiums no matter the weather. I want so badly for Illini football to have that passion behind it, which I get they must earn.

This will be unpopular here, but if we ever got to the point where we were consistently a bowl team and winning 7-8 games and we still had fewer than 45k showing up for the NU game, I’d support trying to turn it into an annual Chicago tradition. Soldier Field is obviously the better football venue, but Wrigley might carry more nostalgic/gimmicky value to drive up attendance. We seem kind of unique to have like 65% of our student population perform a mass exodus to one metro area that weekend, and it’s an area where we have hundreds of thousands (millions?) of our fans. Wouldn’t work while we are bad (as we saw), but it can be a fun annual event in the spirit of Florida/Georgia in Jacksonville with time and success.
 
#42      
OK State, with a win over Baylor, will probably have a stronger case for the playoffs than Notre Dame.
Georgia, Cincy, Michigan and Oklahoma State would be quite the godsend for the committee, providing both a couple of traditional megabrands that will drive viewership, but also venting off the Group of Five frustration and putting in four teams with a grand total of one prior appearance.

But this is college football. Place your bets on somebody screwing it up next Saturday.
 
#43      
Georgia, Cincy, Michigan and Oklahoma State would be quite the godsend for the committee, providing both a couple of traditional megabrands that will drive viewership, but also venting off the Group of Five frustration and putting in four teams with a grand total of one prior appearance.

But this is college football. Place your bets on somebody screwing it up next Saturday.
Georgia loses and both they and Alabama make it in…and Michigan loses somehow getting tOSU back in?

With our luck it’ll happen.
 
#44      
Georgia, Cincy, Michigan and Oklahoma State would be quite the godsend for the committee, providing both a couple of traditional megabrands that will drive viewership, but also venting off the Group of Five frustration and putting in four teams with a grand total of one prior appearance.

But this is college football. Place your bets on somebody screwing it up next Saturday.
That’s the group I told my brother in law I’d expect. Mostly just did it to piss him off as a notre dame fan but I think it would be some interesting football, even if only because it’s different.