Maize n Brew is linked in the MGoElsewhere section of mgoblog, but for anyone interested they have an ongoing B1G preview which began a few weeks ago. It's a good blog, and the previews are informed and entertaining (I was stunned at the reminder of just how tire-fire-y Beckman's first year was at Illinois). It's a good series on its own, and a primer for the CFB preview magazine season which will begin in earnest in just a few weeks.
Their opening paragraphs are something to agree with, as you, much as I have this Sunday morning, ponder the choice between anything related to college football and that copy of Voltaire's Candide you've been meaning to re-read. Il faut cultiver, notre jardin...
Summer is a wonderful time of year. We'll spend it basking in the sun on long weekends, going on vacations and attending weddings, and almost habitually looking for some body of water in which we can cool off -- while maybe still drinking out alcoholic beverage of choice. Summer's main downfall, you know, other than: sunburn, what A/C does to your electric bill, and your plummeting productivity at work, is that there is no football until the very tail end of the season. It is simultaenously a nice little cherry on top of the sundae that is summer and also the thing that makes you groan at least a dozen times, "god, I wish summer would just END so football could start."
Well, bloggers get bored too. With Fort Schembechler in full effect there isn't a whole lot of news to run with, and one can only focus on the college decison of a bunch of 17- and 18-year olds for so long before going stir crazy. So, for the second year in a row, we here at Maize n Brew have decided to take a look at the rest of the Big Ten to try and entertain ourselves, while learning a little bit more about those teams we should be most familiar with. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, as they say.