"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
Ovviously not as great a slate as the Noon games, but what are you gonna do?
Last 3 quarters of ND-Tulsa
MSU-Iowa (Rucker officially made the trip to Kinnick)
Ed-M: Bumped due to info/graphic awesome.
Diarist Note: The Pick-4 contest is up and running at the JCB. We have an assortment of good football and soccer coverage over there to set you up for the weekend. I’ll have weekend picks up later, so you’ll know exactly which teams to fade while I try to gamble my way out last week’s slump.
In a season of transition for both programs, Penn State and Michigan meet in Happy Valley tomorrow night in what could prove to be a signature game for the winner. Neither club has any Big 10 Title aspirations, but critical bowl positioning and perhaps even the inside track to the Gator Bowl, will be on the line when the ball finally kicks off in anger in primetime.
This week’s Big 10 slate is highlighted by the showdown in Iowa City between the Hawkeyes and Spartans, but this contest has implications that loom as large, just in a different venue. What happens to the loser of this game? For Penn State, it means they probably will do no better than a 6-6 record. Or worse. Will the cries for Joe Pa’s head reach the levels of 2003 and 2004 if the Nits revert to their losing ways from the early portion of that decade?
And speaking of cries for heads, how about Rich Rodriguez. There isn't a coach in the country taking more heat for a 5-2 record than Rodriguez, the remaining residue from his 8-16 mark during his first two seasons. A third loss in a row and November might end up being more kind to turkeys than the Wolverines current head coach.
5-2 by year three is just unacceptable, dear.
Everyone here knows all those storylines, so I wont bloviate on and on there. Tomorrow night’s game should be a blast and it will help define what sort of final month either club will have. Here are some of the keys to the game, as I see it through the MGo Over/Under Board. Place your bets accordingly.
First, however, it should be noted that with the conference breaking into two divisions and Michigan and Penn State being seated on different sides, this will be the last PSU/UM in at least a couple of years. Who knows when the Maize and Blue will be back in Happy Valley, so to honor the moment let’s go back in the Way Back Machine, courtesy of Wolverine Historian, and remember the Wolverines' first-ever visit to Beaver Stadium:
Ah, memories. You shall be missed, oh second-largest.
(The picks, after the jump.)
Not many interesting games on at noon. What's everyone watching?
Said in an interview on College Gameday.
Still won't start, but seems like he's cleared to play. Kind of a weird situation.
To the surprise of absolutely no one outside of Morgantown it's looking more and more like the Uncle Opie experiment is failing badly which could lead to Casteel becoming available at the end of the season. Does RichRod go get him? He allegedly turned it down the DC initially because he didn't want to uproot his family plus he had a job but if Stewart gets smoked as expected that will probably not be the case anymore. And it would surprise me at least to see West Virginia stay inside the Rodriguez family tree and promote Casteel despite their defense being ranked 7th in the nation going into last night's game. I'm not a Gerg hater by any means (the man doesn't exactly have the 86 Bears personnel to work with) but if Casteel became available at the end of the season I think Rich would try and get him.
What do you guys think?