Originally Posted by Cedric
You are sorely mistaken if you think a Michigan vs Ohio State game would work in September or early October. People would go nuts if it was the first Big Ten game.
Assuming the Big10+2 will have them play each year. That means either player early, mid, or late.
You don't like early. That leaves mid or late.
Frankly, I just can't get behind a middle of the season tOSU/Mich game. A loss by either team before the game and the shine that an earlier game would have had is lost. A mid-season loss to one of your powers drops them in the rankings moreso than an early season loss, affecting the whole league. Can't think of a single benefit to a mid-season game.
Late is troublesome as the game will be devalued if they rematch a week or two later. It could also make a mockery of the game if either team can lose and then still rematch in the Big10 championship game. Who is going to show their hand in the first game if a rematch is likely?
Early has a lot going for it. The bonus is the possibility of the two teams meeting again later in the season. Two meaningful tOSU/Mich games in a season would be fantastic. That 2nd game will be as big (or bigger) than it is now, and would happen a decent number of years. Obviously in a goodly number of years, they won't rematch.
You say it's not going to work.
How is it not going to work? Are tOSU fans suddenly not going to the Shoe? Are Mich fans suddenly not going to the Big House? Is ESPN not pulling GameDay at tOSU/Mich? Is the nation not watching a tOSU/Mich game at 8:00 PM on Saturday in Sept or Oct?
Mich plays ND right before the Big10 schedule and that game is not exactly ignored. Whenever two powerhouses meet early, the game is hyped beyond belief. tOSU/Mich early will work just like tOSU/USC early worked. (obvious non-conf/conf difference)