College Football Week 2 Rap

Here is my rap for the second week of the college football season. It was a bad week for the Big Ten in general and Michigan in particular, and the lyrics reflect that:

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Why Michigan Needs Notre Dame on the Schedule

Saturday marks the last time for the foreseeable future that Michigan will play Notre Dame. Over the next two seasons, Michigan plays Utah, Oregon State, UNLV, BYU, Hawaii, Central Florida, and Colorado out of conference. As Jay-Z said, “When you’re used to filet mignon, it’s kind of hard to go back to Hamburger Helper.”

The cancellation of a series between the two most successful programs in college football history is good for nobody. But it’s particularly bad for Michigan. The aforementioned nonconference opponents don’t inspire excitement like Notre Dame. Later years look more promising: Florida shows up on Michigan’s schedule in 2017, followed by Arkansas the two years after that, and UCLA. Oklahoma appears eventually, though many of the players in that game are currently in second grade.

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Week 2 Recap: Michigan Beats ND

Many said the Michigan-ND game would be decided by quarterback play (not exactly a bold prediction), and it did. Michigan has a quarterback who is a running threat; Notre Dame does not. This made a big difference in the red zone on Saturday night, where Michigan went 4/4 with four touchdowns while ND was 3/5 with two touchdowns. I wrote about other aspects of the game, including a breakdown of Eminem’s bizarre halftime interview, and the rest of Saturday’s action, here: http://saturdayblitz.com/2013/09/09/week-2-recap-nd-michigan-eminem-espn-booth-miami-florida/

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