CBSSports.com gives us a fun breakdown of every state’s best college football team. Michigan State is named the best team in the state of Michigan. Some people think this is some sort of revelation. It’s not.
This all has been noted and analyzed and quantified many times already.
However, we’re happy to go through the process again.
CBSSports.com published a fun piece today that showcases every state’s premiere (i.e. “best”) college football team.
For instance, in the CBSSports.com story, the writers (Ben Kercheval and Barrett Sallee) have established Alabama as the best college football team in the state of Alabama.
Are there actual Auburn fans that dispute this?
In the state of California, the CBSSports.com folks have said that USC is the best team.
I know that Chip Kelly is going to win a bunch of national championships for UCLA in the near future – but are there actual people who dispute that USC is the best college football team in the state of California right now and that this has been the case since before anyone knew who Omarosa is?
A quick look at the state of South Carolina shows that the CBSSports.com guys have said that Clemson is the best college football team in the state.
If there is a South Carolina Gamecock that wants to argue this, I’d love to have dinner with that Gamecock in order to conduct my own experimental examination of an insane human being.
And, when one gets to the “Michigan” (the state of, that is) part of this piece, the little write up looks like this in the explanation for why Michigan State is named the “best” college football team in the state –
Michigan State: It’s been clear-cut for several years now. Michigan State has owned its rivalry with Michigan lately, finished with a better record last season and would probably be favored against the Wolverines if the game were played today. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio played a lot of young guys during 2016’s disappointing 3-9 season, but in the long run, it appears to be paying off. Sparty enjoyed a seven-game swing in the win column in 2017 and several of those players are juniors and seniors now. — Ben Kercheval
We could split hairs and really dissect this write up if we wanted.
For instance, the use of the words “several years now” are really cushy, soft words that we could take a big, juicy bite out of since there are all sorts of ways to define “several years.”
Some of us who are engaged with reality and live here on Earth see that Michigan State has been the best team in the state of Michigan for at least a decade.
Do we really need to lay this stuff out again?
Over the last ten years, here are the facts:
UMAA TEN YEAR PERFORMANCE
- UMAA’s overall record is 74-53.
- UMAA’s Big Ten record is 42-40.
- Big Ten East/Legends Championships – 0.
- Big Ten Championships – 0.
- Rose Bowls Won – 0.
- College Football Playoff Appearances – 0.
MICHIGAN STATE TEN YEAR PERFORMANCE
- Michigan State’s overall record is 93-39.
- Michigan State’s Big Ten Record is 57-25.
- Big Ten East/Legends Championships – 3.
- Big Ten Championships – 3
- Rose Bowls Won – 1.
- College Football Playoff Appearances – 1.
Head-to-head record: Michigan State 8, UMAA 2.
Whether someone wants to talk about the last “several years” or the last decade, I’d be very interested in hearing someone try to make the argument that UMAA deserves even the slightest bit of consideration for “best team in the state of Michigan” status for this CBSports.com thing.
If you are one of those UMAAers that is at least slightly engaged with reality, you can chuckle all you want and even fire off an insulting Twitter thing at me and refer to me as a guy who lives in my mother’s basement.
If you’re a UMAAer who lives on Neptune (or 1986), you’ll just chalk this whole thing up to a Sparty being a Sparty.
Whatever that even means.
But guess what, UMAAers – when the final whistle blows on October 20th in East Lansing, all of you are going to be crying in your Domaine Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne as you ponder the reality that is just not going away….
Here’s a link to the entire CBSSports.com piece – it’s a fun one – check it out….