After a gopher fan responded on LVS's post ranking likelihood of wins over this years schedule that a Minnesota win over MSU would not be an upset I got to thinking. What do you expect when you see the teams listed on a given year's schedule? I understand of course that times change (for example Wisconsin in 1985 is a lot different than UW in 1998).
My personal expectations follow the jump. Please respond with yours.
I list them in the order of "difficulty". Out of conference and then conference.
I-AA: WIN. It makes me sad that I can no longer say that MSU "doesn't play I-AA schools".
Any MAC team (CMU's luck notwithstanding): WIN.
Non BCS team: WIN.
BCS team: Further analysis needed. This event happens very rarely now a days. Pitt, Cal, Rutgers and Mizzou in the last 10 years. With the exception of Cal in 2008, I expected a win in all the other games.
ND: WIN. I have not been impressed by any ND team of the past 15 years. I expect a win in this game always.
Indiana: WIN. Always. I know it happens, but quite frankly I expect to beat IU every time we play.
Minnesota: WIN. They and IU haven't won the Big Ten since 1967. (We're next at 1990). Always disappointed if we lose to the gophers.
Illinois: WIN. Some success over the years, but generally a bad team.
Northwestern: WIN. NU has had success against us and in the B10. Still this is a game that I "expect" us to win.
Purdue: Home: WIN. Road: LOSS. Much like NU these games generally have been tight, entertaining games.
Iowa: Every 2 of 5 meetings: WIN otherwise LOSS.
Wisconsin: Every 2 of 5 meetings: WIN otherwise LOSS. This and the Iowa matchup really depend on how highly they are ranked coming into the season. This year I "expect" us to take one or the other but not both.
PSU: Home: WIN. Road: LOSS.
When I say I expect to win, I realize of course that we will not win every game that I expect to. Some years I might say,"well yeah NU will probably beat us this year." but generally I expect with our facilities and recruits that we get on a yearly basis that IU, Minn, UI and NU should never be favored in a game against us.
UM has been down the past two years. As things "normally" stand I usually don't expect a victory in that game.
Maybe I'm delusional, but what do you think? About expectations on the schedule, not whether or not I am delusional.