Revisiting the Michigan vs Ohio Toledo War of 1835, Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention. This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called.

The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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Ohio State vs Minnesota B1G Championship Would Be CFP Qualification Game

It appears that we could have two College Football Playoff contenders from the Big Ten conference, when all is said and done, with Minnesota now replacing Penn State as “the other team” in the mix with Ohio State.

The Buckeyes, who rolled 73-14 (no, this score is not a typo) against pathetic Maryland on Saturday, are #1 in the current CFP rankings (the first of which came out last week), but #2 in the AP and coaches poll (which were updated yesterday. Meanwhile LSU (#2 in the playoff ranking, but #1 in AP and Coaches) beat Alabama (#3 in the playoff ranking) this past weekend while undefeated Minnesota handed Penn State (#4 in the playoff), their first loss of the season the same day.

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LSU QB Joe Burrow Starts to Pull Away in Heisman Trophy Race

In the new millenium, the Heisman Trophy is pretty much a quarterback only award, as only two non-QBs have won it since 2000. Both of them played running back, meaning you really can’t even contend unless you play one of just two positions.

It’s also interesting how the current Oklahoma signal caller, Jalen Hurts, is considered a leading contender, because if he claims the honor, it would mark three in a row for Sooners QBs. Maybe at that point it’s just the offensive system that’s winning the Heisman then, maybe?

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When Northwestern Football Was Once Cutting Edge on Offense

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As the new millenium began, the Northwestern Wildcats were at the forefront of offensive schematics in national college football. The Cats were the 2000 Big Ten co-champions (with Michigan and Purdue), thanks in large part to the spread-option system that they were running on offense.

Head Coach Randy Walker, and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, installed a system built around spreading defenders out, and then creating individual mismatches to potentially exploit. It was the polar opposite of the cliched “playing in a phone booth,” and it provided a signature win on Nov. 4, 2000 that was a harbinger of the brave new world to come.

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#3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

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As Mark Twain famously said: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

Just ten months ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats met for the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. While the Buckeyes were sizable favorites, with almost all the free college football picks predicting a decisive OSU victory in that game, you still had two teams clashing on relatively equal footing. After all, these two teams, despite the contrast, were both division champions in the same conference.

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2019-20 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings Media Day Edition

Wednesday is Big Ten Media Day, and if that seems extremely early, well that’s because it is really is. It’s 87 degrees in Chicago, host city for this event, as I type. Let’s talk basketball, amirite? I mean the Major League Baseball playoffs haven’t even started yet (the real postseason, not the play-in games) and we’re talking about an event that literally, just five years ago was held on Halloween.

That is the nature of the college basketball beast though. Everything is being moved up; way up in the calendar year. So without further ado, let’s look at the Big Ten basketball pecking order.

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Ty Detmer on His New Football Camp, Heisman Trophy Front Runners (Exclusive)

Former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-America BYU quarterback Ty Detmer has a new gig. He’ll be one of the instructors at the first ever Pacific Pro Scrimmage, an invitation-only camp for free agent players that takes place Sept. 25-27 at Whittier College (where former President Richard Nixon played football by the way).

The camp is a joint venture of Pacific Pro Football and Austin Media Group’s sports division (American National Combines), and it will be led by prominent football men, including former San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 9-18-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our fourth 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order was based on a combination of NFL.com’s power rankings plus how we see the teams finishing the season out. Team needs were sometimes, but not often taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in. Obviously this will be modified many times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain from pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. You have too much to do in your life than to waste it on trivial online conflict like that. Enjoy!

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin Badgers to Make B1G Very Big Tenny this Fall

Don’t laugh- the best college football playoff contender in the Big Ten this year will come out of the West division. It’s the Wisconsin Badgers, led by Jonathan Taylor, their star tailback and strong Heisman Trophy contender.  Taylor could be the best back in the country and he’s the only Big Ten individual player with a realistic shot at the highest individual honor.

He’s coming off back to back top ten finishes in Heisman voting, so the best online casinos usa will have him among the top contenders on their board to claim the award this fall. As they should, because Taylor is poised to become the first Badger to receive a Heisman finalist invitation to New York City since Montee Ball.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-25-19 Final Edition

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update since the NFL Draft night invitees list was announced. It’s all starting to fit into place now with the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days all behind us. We made a few more more changes this week, and the big night in Nashville will soon be upon us.

(Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link) Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

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Steve Alford Seat at UCLA Now Turned Up to Absolutely Scorching

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The desire to see UCLA move on from head coach Steve Alford is growing stronger by the day. As the results keep worsening, the backlash in Bruins nation keeps growing. In Chicago yesterday, UCLA suffered yet another lop-sided defeat, this time at the hands of #15 Ohio State by the score of 80-66. UCLA were slight underdogs coming into this contest, and if you’re going to be doing some sports betting, via online casino canada you will see the Bruins as heavy underdogs in most games going forward.

When the NCAA Tournament, or “March Madness” gets here, it’s a sports gambler’s paradise, and one that UCLA will almost certainly not be a part of. Anybody who watched their game yesterday will tell you that it was much more one-sided than that final score would indicate. The blowout dropped the Bruins to a record of just 7-5 on the season.

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