College Football Live Blog, Afternoon and Night Games

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Welcome to the afternoon game edition…Since I know HJB is here live blogging and getting ready for the big UM-ND big I figure I’d lead with this picture, which I’m sure he’ll love. –PMB

24-10 Northwestern, 12:20 left in game by the way

DIRECTIONAL MICHIGAN is giving the big ten problems, central michigan, eastern michigan, and western michigan are all giving NU, MSU, and Indiana all they can handle. one posession games in the final minutes all around. good thing. there’s no northern michigan and southern michigan to ad to the stress and strife.

–PMB

NU wins on last final seconds 49 yard field goal

WOOO!!! WHO IS READY FOR SOME MICHIGAN FOOTBALL???

So, um, anyone catch the score of the Central Michigan-Michigan State game?
-HJB-

By the way, why on earth is Matt Millen on this game? Or on any game for that matter? Can I just mute him?
-HJB-

Me on Charlie Weis: “He looks like he just ate a baby.”
My dad’s friend: “He looks like he’s having a baby.”

And that tackling is giving me bad flashbacks of last season.
-HJB-

Michigan 0, Notre Dame 0 (9:16 left in first quarter)
Two drives and Notre Dame moved the ball much better than Michigan. That missed field goal looked like my tee shot (yeah, I borrowed that line from the play by play guy) but I’ll take it.
-HJB-

Michigan 7, Notre Dame 0 (4:12 left in the 1st quarter)
It’s always a great feeling to strike first. Especially when Notre Dame missed out on its one chance in the red zone thus far.
-HJB-

Michigan 14, Notre Dame 3 (46 seconds left in 1st quarter)
Special teams! Special teams! Special teams!
-HJB-

Michigan 14, Notre Dame 3 (End of 1st quarter)
There is still plenty of game left but man this feels good. That’s what happens when you come off a 3-9 season. Just a good quarter makes you giddy.

-HJB-

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Notre Dame 17, Michigan 14 (6:50 left in the half)
Urgh. I had every right to be giddy with Michigan in the lead. Now I have every right to be mopey. I wish I had a sad Badger face to cheer me up.

In seriousness though, if the Fighting Irish play their A-game, Michigan doesn’t have a chance. I’m willing to admit it. Sigh. This might be a long afternoon.
-HJB-

Notre Dame 20 , Michigan 14 (2:41 left in the half)
What frustrates me about this game:

1. Clausen has enough time to cook a damn roast behind the line of scrimmage. I could find open receivers with that much time.

2. I could drive a GM truck through some of the holes the ND line is opening up. UJnfortunately the truck would probably break down before I got to the line of scrimmage.

3. Matt Millen is being paid to offer his football advice.
-HJB-

Notre Dame 20, Michigan 17 (halftime)

The field goal leaves a good taste in my mouth going into the half.

When Holly Rowe interviewed Rich Rodriguez at the half, part of me wanted him to say “We need to practice more. We clearly haven’t practiced enough. If these guys lose today, no way they go home tonight. We’ll stay at Schembechler all night if we have to.”

Alas I’ll settle for crappy commercials and UCLA-Tennessee until the second half. I’m not sure which one is worse.
-HJB-
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Gratuitous? Yes. Necessary after the first half? Absolutely.

Notre Dame 20, Michigan 17 (11:28 left in 3rd quarter)
Michigan just missed a field goal after fumbling a snap two plays earlier and committing a holding penalty. Those kinds of mistakes will drive me to drink.

But I’m more upset about the idiocy of Matt Millen. The Wolverines, wisely, took a delay of game penalty to get a better angle on the field goal. Then Millen offers his bright advice: “They should decline it.”

Um, what? Since when can a defense decline a delay of game penalty Mr. Millen?

Sigh
-HJB-

Michigan 24, Notre Dame 20 (7:55 left in the 3rd quarter)
Just when I lose hope, those sons of guns drag me right back to the cusp of joy. A forced fumble and recovery followed by a march down a short field for the lead? Thaaaaaaaaaaaank you very much.
-HJB-

Oh, nice job on that return boys.

I need a cheerleader photo.
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Michigan 24, Notre Dame 20 (end of 3rd quarter)
I’m still alive but barely breathing. This will be a difficult 4th quarter.
-HJB-

Michigan 31, Notre Dame 20 (14:16 left in the game)
I just might lose my voice and I’m just sitting in my living room. Tate Forcier has pretty much locked up the top spot on the quarterback depth chart. That’s not a stretch to make, but we’ll see less and less of Denard Robinson behind center. If I’m Rodriguez, I think of ways to get the ball in Robinson’s hands without putting him behind center the rest of the year.
-HJB-

Michigan 31, Notre Dame 20 (12:14 left)
Cissoko is going to need a hug after this game. He might actually want to spend the night and all of Sunday inside Schembechler Hall.
-HJB-

Michigan 31, Notre Dame 26 (9:46 left)
Again, Cissoko is going to need a big hug after this game. He won’t get it from me, but he’ll need one.

At least they stopped the 2-point conversion try. Now, let’s not go three and out her, OK?

By the way, I can’t get enough of the Playboy Guitar Hero commercial. The folks at Guitar Hero know how to appeal to its demographic: lonely, lonely, lonely men.
-HJB-
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Illinois, Illinois St, 20 minutes til game time.
The Illinois State band kind of sucks, but that’s not the biggest travesty of the day so far…it’s that you have to pay for the food in the press box, drinks included!!  Seriously!  I’m not exactly pleased about this development because A) they didn’t tell ANYONE this was going to be the case, and B) they only take cash.  Which, that’s fine, but because they didn’t tell anyone, I DIDN’T BRING ANY CASH!!!  What a freaking joke.  After last week’s debacle in St. Louis they should be paying us to be here and eat.

Michigan 31, Notre Dame 26 (6:22 left)
That Forcier interception killed me a little bit inside. Not going to lie.
-HJB-

NO FREE FOOD IN THE ILLINI PRESS BOX?? Are you serious? That’s terrible! The spread they had last year was SOOOOOOO Good and better than other teams. Wow! I really became less interested in coming down I-57 this fall. –PBIllinois 7, Illinois St. 0
I was coming in here to post about the fact that not only didn’t Martez Wilson start at middle linebacker, but on the first drive of the game.  The box, however, just announced that Wilson is doubtful for the game because of a sprained neck.  OUCH.

Juice Williams set up that first TD with a long, 49 yard run down the sideline on a fake option pitch, but he stumbled and fell near the goal line.  Unfortunately the reason that he fell was there was a little hitch in his giddyup and he pulled something, either a quad or his groin.  He’s currently being worked on on the table and Eddie McGee is warming up.  Maybe it was just a tweak, hard to say. PS

Illinois 7, Illinois St. 0
Juice Williams didn’t come out for this drive, and Eddie McGee just through and awful interception that was well overthrown and nowhere near intended receiver Chris Duvalt.  So much so that I didn’t know Duvalt was the intended receiver.  Things have taken a bad turn here in Champaign as Illinois State has completed a couple of passes.  If they hang around and gain confidence I may have to pay attention to the whole game.

To make everyone feel better, here’s a great pic of my Twitter buddy, @Red_Grange. redPS

Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34 (game, set, match)
OK, so I got the craziness out of my system in the comment. But that was the greatest/most nerve wracking/worst/scariest/most joyful/craziest game I’ve ever watched from the comfort of my own home.

Michigan is going to be a force this season. No, not a National Championship force but a “we’re-going-to-a-bowl-game” force. Considering the next two games they should win, the Wolverines could probably win at least two more games to get bowl eligible.

That probably means a Big Ten season with more ups and downs than I care to make an analogy for.

I’m emotionally exhausted from this game. That doesn’t mean i can’t be snarky for the Ohio State game though.

Bwhahahahahaha.
-HJB-Illinois 21, Illinois St. 0 (12:01 left 2Q)
Bosch ate my last post, which is more than I’ve had for dinner…and yes, PB, no drinks either.  No fireworks either, so apparently the economy IS that bad….

There are a ton of seats that look empty around the stadium for the game, but they actually aren’t.  It’s people in uniform, I can’t tell if it’s Army men or Boy Scouts….and yes I’m being serious.  Roughly 3 or 400 of them in the upper deck.

Nice pass from McGee to a wide-open Chris Duvalt, though McGee nearly overthrew him again. Illinois is, to some extent, having its way with the Redbirds on offense, but the defense is still having some troubles. The drive stayed alive on a roughing the kicker penalty as the Redbird punt team absolutely creamed Anthony Santella, and HE got up limping afterwards…no word on if he was actually hurt or just not used to getting hit. –PS

Illinois 21, Illinois St 0 (8:51 remaining 2Q)
Nice tip from Corey Liguet to Doug Pilcher, and he rumbled and stumbled 43 yards on the interception return.

HUUUGE hit on Eddie McGee on the front-side rush…something he needed to see coming.  He didn’t fumble surprisingly enough, because it was a huge hit.

Nice  FG by Matt Eller, my favorite Illini, to make it Illinois 24, Illinois St. 0 — 7:44 remaining. -PS


Ohio State   USC

Lou Holtz just said this is the most important game for OSU since 1951. Surprised he can still talk after ND’s national title hopes were dashed this afternoon. I just saw the buckeye band dot the eye for the first time. Pretty impressive, whoever choreographed that should draw up plays for the offense. OSU has lost its last five games against top five opponents. The start is key, if they can stay within striking distance in the first half, they’ve got a chance. I wish i could hear Tressel’s pre-game speech. Thank God i missed Lou’s pep talk. Anyway, here we go. Time to get some respect boys!

-Jake Fowler

USC  7  OSU  0

USC tried to take it easy on OSU giving them the ball first. T. Pryor said no thanks i want you guys to have it and threw a wounded duck interception that was returned to the five yard line.  Huuuuuge early moment that could have saved the game, fourth and goal from the one…..touchdown USC. I can’t believe they handed it off on fourth down. Probably the worst start the buckeyes could have hoped for. If they come back from a start like this it’s going to say a lot about the young team. -JF



Illinois 24, Illinois St. 0 (halftime)
I’m somewhat unimpressed by the Illini thusfar…I just feel like they should be killing this team, one that is predicted to finish eighth in the nine-team Missouri Valley Conference ahead of only Indiana State, a school that has the longest losing streak in all of Division I football….

Juice Williams officially has a quad injury and is questionable to return, but speculation from the S.I.D.’s was that Juice could see some second half action to get some reps. –PS

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Illinois 31, Illinois St. 0
Great drive to start the second half and the Illini picked apart the Redbird defense.  They look lamer than Fredbird, I tell ya!

I wouldn’t have bothered to update the score, because this is pretty much over, but Daniel Dufrene just burst through a small hole for a 24-yard touchdown scamper. Showed some great breakaway speed.  He NEEDS to be the starting Illini tailback. –PS

Illinois 31, Illinois St. 7 (8:42 3Q)
Here come the Redbirds!!  Terrible D all around from the Illini, from Ian Thomas missing a coverage assignment, Donsay Hardeman again showing his complete inability to make an open field tackle, and Tavon Wilson getting absolutely schooled in the corner of the endzone by a D-1AA wide receiver.

Also, Bowling Green is beating Missouri 13-6 IN Columbia.  This has not been an entertaining evening of football. –PS

OSU  10   USC  7

Beautiful response by Pryor and co. A 56-yard pass and run to the USC 5 followed by a nice blast off tackle by Boom Herron got the crowd back in the game. After a defensive stand, Pryor lofts a gorgeous touch pass down the middle to Posey. Fourth and goal for OSU… and Tressel decides to kick the field goal. Bold strategy cotton, we’llsee if it pays off for them. Earlier in the drive,  USC safety Taylor Mays seems to have hurt his knee, obviously a terrible sign for the Trojans. Pryor’s inconsistency is going to drive OSU fans crazy but the flashes of brilliance seems to outweigh the ducks .  -JF

James Madison 35, Maryland 35 (going into OT)
Yeah, I’m going Div. I-AA (FCS) on you guys. I’m currently living in Harrisonburg, Va., home of James Madison University. Should the Dukes pull off this upset, the ACC is officially the worst conference in the nation. A win would make the Colonial Athletic Conference (an FCS conference) 3-1 against the ACC. As a Big Ten fan, you should be rooting for this win.
-HJB-

Maryland 38, James Madison 35
Congrats on barely saving your crappy conference Maryland. Anyone who says the Big Ten sucks should look at the ACC. Seriously, weak.
-HJB-

Georgia 31, South Carolina 23 (second half begins)
Oh yeah, this game is going on right now. I didn’t see any of the first half, but I assume it’s been exciting. And Mike Patrick is calling the game, which means we’ll probably hear a Britney Spears reference at some point.

Oh yeah, Georgia cheerleaders.
-HJB-
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Georgia 31, South Carolina 26 (5:30 left in the 3rd)
Jake McCormick via twitter:the other usc makes be wonder whether steve spurrier is really all that and a bag of Wavy Lays with French onion dip.

I think he’s more like pork grinds at this point in his career.
-HJB-

Ohio State 10, Southern Cal 10 (start of the second half)
Here’s another tweet from Mr. McCormick: kind of surprised ohio state is playing better than usc at this point. hopefully barkley is learning a thing or two about cfb.

Yeah, like how to run for your life effectively. That and that he’s making way more money at USC over OSU.
-HJB-

Illinois 45, Illinois State 17 (final)
Well, the Illini regained some of their manhood but I don’t think they’ll fully redeem themselves until they win some Big Ten games.
-HJB-

Georgia 38, South Carolina 28 (end of the third)
The game no one is talking about should have a thrilling end. Fortunately for me I have picture in picture.
-HJB-

Ohio State 12, Southern Cal 10
This might be the first time I’ve ever seen the Trojans look rattled. That safety was killer.
-HJB-

More Jake McCormick gold via twitter: good thing kirk herbsrteit is doing the osu/usc game. he has to choose btwn his current stroking of matt barkley and lifetime humping of osu.

I think I saw something like that in a movie before.

Georgia 38, South Carolina 37 (4th quarter)

I Don’t know the time and I’m not even sure how it happened, but this game is officially worth watching of OSU/USC right now.
-HJB-

If Georgia’s starting quarterback can just remember his name, that’s a victory. Man that was a vicious hit.
-HJB-

I know William & Mary won at Virginia, but what was the other Colonial Athletic victory over the ACC? Oh yeah Richmond over Duke. But Maryland held on to win…bummer I guess it’s 2-2 in the CAA-ACC Challenge. and yes as a Big Ten fan I’m all for that. Too bad UNC came alive late and rallied against UConn

Just saw this on Yahoo!

Cowboys crash

Case Keenum and Houston torched No. 5 Oklahoma State’s defense for the 45-35 upset

Case Keenum?? who, I would love to hear Gundy at that presser. THAT’S GARBAGE!!!! AND WHOEVER DEFENDED TODAY IS GARBAGE..I’M A MAN

–PBIllinois 45, Illinois St. 17 (Final)
Well, it wasn’t the most inspiring effort, though Ron Zook and the rest of the coaches and players seem to disagree.  I personally think any time a team passes for 354 yards against you, that’s a bad sign.  Add in the fact that this was a 1-AA team that did it this week, starting their backup QB, and…well, again, let’s just leave it at it wasn’t an inspiring effort for the Illinois secondary.

Juice could have played in the second half, said the team doctor, but Zook asked him for his professional opinion whether or not he could make the injury worse, and the doc said, ‘Well, yeah, he could,’ and that was that.  Eddie McGee was…above average, and played more in this game than he ever had in a college game, so given that, he was to be commended.  I felt as though he could have made some better reads on the field than he did, but then again it isn’t like he even knew he was going to be playing today.

This was the first time in 26 straight games that Arrelious Benn was held without a catch.  I believe that that is every game of his college career, which is impressibe.  It also goes to show that he really still wasn’t quite right today.  Jarred Fayson picked up the slack today (and might be the best route runner on the team), but Benn needs to be healthy, along with Juice and Martez Wilson, for the Illini to hvae a chance in the Horsehoe in two weeks.

And so starts the odd third week bye for the Illini, prior to starting the early Big Ten season.  My guess is they will be worked VERY hard this week to try and get some kind of emotional uplift heading into Columbus in two weeks. –PS

Ohio State 15, USC 10 (4:10 left 4Q)
Well, it took literally the entire game here in Champaign, and then another hour on top of it, but we finally have on USC/tOSU in the press box.

USC is currently driving, and attempting to drive a stake through the heart of the Big Ten, but it would appear that, even if the score, the Buckeyes will get another shot. –PS

USC 18, Ohio State 15 (1:05 left in the 4Q)
Just an incredibly methodical drive by the Trojans to get downfield and score there.  And how the Bucks didn’t key on Joe McKnight on the 2-point conversion I’ll never know, but they didn’t.

McKnight has absolutely been a MAN on this drive, and has completely carried the Trojans late in this game, completely taking any pressure off of Matt Barkley to do anything of consequence.  He deserves all the credit in the world if they win this game, and is finally the beast that the Trojans recruited.

My earlier assessment that the Bucks would have time may have been premature, as they have a scant 65 seconds to win this.  Can they? -PS

Here’s a drinking game for watching any sport Herbstreit announces. take a drink every times he says “____ must step up”

you’ll be wasted in no time

–PB

USC DBs breaks up final 4th down pass OSU…it’s over now

–PB

USC 18, OSU 15 FINAL

It’s a shame the Buckeyes blew their lead..but at least they didn’t get owned like last season. maybe the b10 isn’t so bad after all.

I’m signing off for the day

–PB

Oh yeah one last thing..as we now must endure ESPN’s non-stop whoring of USC…the Ohio State Cheerleaders

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Comments

  1. Paul Schmidt says

    Yeah, Northern Michigan is a DII school in the GLIAC conference. And I did know that without looking it up. They are in the same conference as Mercyhurst, Catawba and….a couple other schools.

  2. Paul Schmidt says

    Chippewas with a chance to win outright.

  3. Paul Schmidt says

    YES!!!!!

  4. Paul Schmidt says

    And what a kickoff to end the game!!! INGENIOUS call….line drive right at one of the upbacks who turned around….bounced straight back and CMU recovered.

  5. Paul Schmidt says

    Badgers win in 2OTs…a muted celebration by the team and the fans, as was warranted. Looked like more relief than anything. Fresno State appears to be VERY real.

  6. Wow NU is in trouble now….

  7. I am bit alarmed about the Fresno St. meeting with Illinois in Decembr. I think the best ILL can hope for is a split between cincy and fresno

  8. HJB, the Matt Millen reality is the thing scaring me the most..haven’t we already learned that that man is special needs when it comes to football knowledge

  9. I’m not touching that comment with a ten-foot pole.

  10. Paul Schmidt says

    I’d like to touch her with my ten foot pole, HEY-O!!!!

  11. Paul Schmidt says

    PB, the worst part is no food OR drink. I can’t get a damn bottle of water either. I think they deserve a punch in the throat for this one….

  12. Paul Schmidt says

    I’ll kick her in the crotch. I’ll kick her in the crotch and run! Scrubs reference, sorry.

  13. Paul Schmidt says

    From a housekeeping standpoint, in their effort to make this as unenjoyable of an experience as possible for this football game, the Illinois BTN feed is showing on EVERY TV UP HERE, so I don’t know if I will get much on the other games other than score updates…..

  14. Paul Schmidt says

    I forgot about that PB…inadvertant true story….yipes.

  15. If you haven’t heard the Central Michigan radio call of the GW field goal… find it. now. it’s bonkers…

  16. Paul Schmidt says

    Also, and this is fun for PB from basketball, I’m sitting right next to Smile Politely.

  17. by the way, the Wendy Nix glasses look on set is working for me… working real good… she’s totally underrated in the hot female sportscaster conversations…

  18. Agreed..Wendy Nix is soooooooooooooounderrated. She’s a hottie, better looking in person too. She came to Northwestern for the 1st game after Kelvin Sampson got the boot.

  19. And I don’t see what was offensive about my comment about that Michigan cheerleader with the elongated lip. In certain parts of certain nations that’s considered normal and beautiful. It even has spiritual meaning to elongate one’s lip. I didn’t make a judgment about it, I just pointed it out. and ditto on the 10 foot pole comment. HEY HEY

  20. And in keeping with the telecasts using country music to promote college football, I just saw the Big Ten Network’s intro promo with Rascall Flatts.

    Jose I’m sure you’ll loathe it…but on the other hand it does have big ten cheerleaders dancing around on stage, and given the pic selected in this blog, I think that will score points with you!

  21. I have to admit I do like this new policy HJB came up with. “If your team starts to suck, post a picture of a cheerleader to make you feel better”

    ha ha. Get ready to see a ton of Illinettes on this site this year

  22. JUICCEEEEE JUUUUICE. Who tripped him up at the 3? the gopher from caddyshack?

  23. Paul Schmidt says

    Song Birds!!!! Or Song Girls!! Or whatever they are called….I’m mad at not being able to see them!

  24. really happy Notre Dame is gonna lose… and I might actually watch the OSU/USC game tonight…

  25. Paul Schmidt says

    Mmm….the popcorn is free still though…Free popcorn….

  26. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M SO FREAKING DELIRIOUS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  27. btw, is now the time to tell you guys, that the most famous of all ex-TSB contributors is the sideline reporter for the BTN tonight in this game. She already did 2 spots, one saying Juice has a thigh injury and another about Martez being held out of this game.

    Paul S. have fun when you see her in the media room tonight

  28. Wait, who is she?

  29. HJB, Google Sarah Spain. her name used as a search term still directs people to our site..so that’s good thing for us

  30. Paul S. thats not just a scrubs reference remember that horrible video she did where she kicked a Sox fan in nuts in exchange for giving him playoff tickets. That was wrong on so many levels.

  31. no bottled water or pop in the press box either, OMG thats’s AWFUL!!!! Is the economy that tough? really?

  32. The guys in the booth for the BTN SUCKKKKK!!! There’s been numerous mispronucinciations, and down and distance calls already, and we’re barely into the second qtr

  33. Paul Schmidt says

    62347 on the attendance tonight.

  34. OK, the sousaphone player drilling the camera man while dotting the I was pretty awesome. I give the kid credit for not letting a lame ass cameraman ruin his big moment.

  35. Paul Schmidt says

    And now an Illinois turnover on the first play from scrimmage…luckily the ISU offense is pretty inept, because Illinois is attempting to keep them somewhere in the vicinity of the game.

  36. In apologize for eating your post. Paul M. Banks was doing the same to me earlier in the day and I promised myself I’d never do it.

    I have failed.

    :-(

  37. Paul Schmidt says

    Jesus Mary and Joseph…they’re doing the wave. Repeatedly.

  38. just showed the usc cheerleaders, wow. Does being the trojan mascot guy with the sword help or hurt with the ladies?

  39. Jake, HJB..please add a gratuitous USC Song Girls pic for Paul..that is a bit annoying how they only put the telecast of the game you’re watcing in person on in the press box, yes a bit irritating.

  40. USC-OSU has begun now the game of the day is at hand. ILL doesnt look horribly awful today, so kudos to them

  41. We need to figure out how not to eat each other’s posts…we’re getting better at it, but we need to figure out out perfectly.

    maybe there’s a thread on it at wordpress.org. There are help forums there, so I maybe I’ll start one and get some tips, if there’s none around

  42. Is anyone doing the minn game? its tied 3-3 at half. exciting.

  43. USC Song Girls pic..DAMN SHORTY!!! HOLLA

  44. The Ohio State helmets seem extra glittery tonight

  45. Boys I hate to be the buzzkill, but if last year’s Illinettes are any indication, pictures of them won’t do much to lift your spirits.

  46. Also, PS, my guess is that the mass of uniforms you are seeing is Boy Scouts. I vaguely recall there always being scouts at the first home game of the season. Although military would make a bit of sense considering that yesterday was 9/11…

  47. Yay – thanks for the pic of the Loyalty drill! You can tell it’s the first home game – the block I isn’t quite straight. :)

  48. Buckeye pick! Barkley throws off balance back across the middle. Great play by Homan. Taylor Mays is back on the field. Diagnosis is right knee sprain

  49. H. Jose Bosch says

    The Song Girls are overrated.

    There I said it.

  50. Minnesota might have the ugliest jerseys in all of D1. What a nice way to open the new stadium, a loss to Air Force, they better pick it up

  51. yeah you’re right the Packer cheerleaders are way hotter

  52. Paul Schmidt says

    From what I can gleen, tOSU looks very game! Even keeping it close reflects well on the Big Ten.

  53. I thought Mcknight was the next reggie bush

  54. USC special teams could be the difference in this one. A snap over the punter’s head gives OSU a 2-point lead. Combined with the missed 44 yard field goal, this could come back to haunt them

  55. Paul Schmidt says

    He’s carrying the defenders with him everywhere…They can’t being him down. This is the guy they recruited!

  56. Paul Schmidt says

    OH….PB, Houston’s offense is REALLY good…that’s not as big of an upset as people think. Mainly because, like I said last week, Oklahoma State is OVER-RATED….

  57. Paul Schmidt says

    Very true Jake. I’m not even a Buckeye fan and I’m in shock about that drive.

  58. Paul Schmidt says

    PB, you got the wrapup? UGH…they are talking to Barkley??? What the hell? He wasn’t good in this…where’s McKnight? Eff you, ESPN….Eff you….

    As an FYI, I’ll get the NFL thread up when I get home….home…I miss home….

  59. Paul Schmidt says

    His UGGA tweet was solid.

  60. I like that OSU is staying aggressive, and taking shots down the field, Pryor running is nasty

  61. Yeah but they have to finish the deal, they have been close before

  62. McKnight is having a studly second half

  63. Incredible drive by USC. OSU needs an Al Pacino-esque speech at this point. The OSU kicker does have a big leg though. The phone’s ringing pryor, please answer!

  64. absolutely heartbreaking loss for OSU. Barkley’s gonna get a lot of love, but as paul said, Mcknight saved USC tonight, OSU probably should have won this one, They’re defense was solid and they’re going to be tough in the big ten

  65. ESPN is whoring Barkley so bad. even though he’s 15-31 for 194 yards and a pick, UGLY numbers..ugly. God I hate the World Wide Leader so bad.

    btw, did I mention how much I loved McCormick’s tweets about this game?

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