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Take it for what it's worth-- which is absolutely nothing-- but today's Harrisburg Patriot-News Football Preview featured this prediction:
Michigan (9-4) defeats Illinois in the first Big Ten Conference Championship.
Also had the Wolverines listed as #17 in their poll. Somebody likes what they see, obviously, but the Illinois pick only makes the whole thing more suspect, in my opinion. No link, sorry.
Here's my hype video for this year. This is my 3rd year in a row of making one for the upcoming season. Let me know what you guys think. Hope you enjoy it.
I was at the big St.Ed's - Glenville game at Cleveland Browns Stadium today to chack out Kyle Kalis and others. Unfortunately, Kalis did not play and I spotted him wearing street clothes on the sideline.I don't know why he wasn't playing (the knee injury he had in a preseason scrimmage maybe?), but it didn't look serious as he was bouncing around during halftime warmups.
The game ended in overtime with St. Ed's winning 17-14 after recovering a fumble. It was a sloppy game with numerous delay of game and substitution type penalties. The defenses had the day and both offenses struggled through long stretches. Both teams are coming off great seasons and both lost a ton of players. I believe Glenville lost 40 seniors.
- St. Ed's tackle Tyler Orlosky (4* WVU) is a huge kid and had a pretty good game.
- St. Ed's TE Sam Grant (BC) is one tall dude at 6'7 and pretty lean. He reminded me of Kyle Rudolph, at least physically. He almost made a great catch early on, but it was a little out of reach. He displayed pretty solid body control though.
- Glenville's S/WR Devon Bogard (OSU) had a pretty good game as well and played both ways.
- Jim Tressel was lurking around the sidelines and seemed happy enough.
- Tedd Ginn Sr. was wearing a white sweater vest tonight.
Article is behind the ESPN Insider paywall. Link here.
This is the first column from anonymous Coach X, who "helms a top NCAA football program". The column discusses the recent college footbal scandals and the pressure on college coaches to win.
Relevant Tressel bit:
From the average college fan's perspective, Tressel was about as clean as it gets. But for coaches who are actually in the business, well, we knew he did have some issues at Youngstown State, and there was a lot that went on with Maurice Clarett's situation after he got to Ohio State. To a lot of college coaches, seeing Tressel getting into this kind of trouble with the rules wasn't shocking.
I recommend the article for those with ESPN Insider. Pretty interesting stuff.