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C.E. Bell

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Sunday Morning Coming Down: Sparty. No.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down: A look back at Week 3 for the B1G, and a little analysis of the Curse of Carly Rae Jepsen/Call Me Maybe Curse.

Post Week-2 Potluck: A Bitter Feast of Tears

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Apparently, guys are going to be mugging/jumping/beating up on Montee Ball all season long.... For 5 B1G teams so far this season, college football has tasted very delicious indeed (although...

Sunday Evening, Coming Down

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Sunday Afternoon Coming Down: Some thoughts on Saturday's 6-6 day for the B1G.....including a discussion of Northwestern being 2-0 vs BCS conference foes while the rest of the conference is 0-7 vs BCS opponents.

Early Game 2nd Half Open Thread

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We were getting a little full in the open thread, so let's open a 2nd half open thread for the early games. Some advice from the first half of games: 1. Don't kick to Venric Mark. 2. Devin Smith...

A Final Preseason Potluck, for 5/6ths of the B1G

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"Good morning, my loyal B1G subjects. This Saturday, we reclaim college football dominance from those mouth-breathing heathens in the South. Show no mercy. Burn your non-conference opponents to...

Off-Tackle Empire Closing Argument: Northwestern

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Off-Tackle Empire (and yours truly) look at Northwestern. Come for the football analysis, stay for the references to Ender's Game, Us3's "Cantaloop," and Tyrion slapping Joffrey over and over again.....

Closing Arguments: Northwestern

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"Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they'd leave me alone."- Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game, Ch. 3 "With Ender, we have to strike a delicate...

The Journalistic Integrity of CBS Sports Rests on Whether Dennis Dodd Is Not a Meth Dealer

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Given the "mass transfers" kerfuffle, I figured everyone over here would enjoy the attached article I wrote over at Off-Tackle Empire.....enjoy!

The Journalistic Integrity of CBS Sports Rests On Whether Dennis Dodd Is Not A Meth Dealer

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The Journalistic Integrity of CBS Sports Rests On Whether Dennis Dodd Is Not A Meth Dealer (A parody in response to Dodd's hatchet job on Montee Ball)

Not B1G 2012 // OTE's That School In South Bend Potluck: Prison Food for Rudy

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Not B1G 2012 // OTE's That School In South Bend Potluck: Prison Food for Rudy #goirish

B1G 2012 // OTE's Wisconsin Potluck: Holy S%*&, We Finally Figured It Out: Bret Bielema is the B1G's Steve Spurrier

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Wisconsin Potluck: Holy S%*&, We Figured It Out: Bret Bielema is the B1G's Steve Spurrier

Bret Bielema's Card Says "Delay the Potluck When College Football Announces a Playoff"

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Wisconsin Potluck will be late.....much like Wisconsin students are to games at Camp Randall. (Oooooh, burn!) But this just gives us more of a chance to discuss the recently announced playoffs in college football. Read the excellent Bill Connelly article linked in the title to this post, and then answer the following question: Has a 4-team playoff solved anything? My answer: It has, to the extent that a playoff was intended to eliminate the possibility going forward that an undefeated team might miss out on a chance at a title shot (see: TCU in 2010, Boise State in 2006, Auburn in 2004), while preserving the best regular season in all of sports. And that's a very noble, proud accomplishment. It's always been stupid that a team could go undefeated and miss a chance at a title. But make no mistake, as the Connelly article shows, this 4 team playoff may create MORE controversy for college football, as more teams will have legitimate gripes that they "deserved" to be team #4 in a playoff. Again, not a bad thing -- I happen to think what makes college football special is the debates over which team/conference is best. But controversy will continue to rule....and that will lead to the false premise that increasing the playoff field to 8 or 16 teams will fix things....which will lead to more controversy....and will destroy the importance of the regular season (because, hey -- in a 16 team playoff field, 3-loss teams will make the playoffs!) Those crowing about this "fixing" college football (at least in terms of determining a champion) may want to look more carefully at the evidence.

B1G 2012 // OTE's Michigan State Potluck: Delayed Like a Sparty Rose Bowl Appearance (But At Least It's Here)

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Michigan State Potluck: Delayed Like a Sparty Rose Bowl Appearance (But At Least It's Here)

B1G 2012 // OTE's Michigan Potluck: Fat Coaches That Go to BCS Bowls and Other Freaks

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Michigan Potluck: Fat Coaches That Go to BCS Bowls and Other Freaks

B1G 2012 // OTE's Nebraska Potluck: Featuring Braised Lil' Red

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Nebraska Potluck: Featuring Braised Lil' Red

B1G 2012 // OTE's Iowa Potluck: Seeking Answers from The Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God

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B1G 2012 OTE Iowa Potluck: Where We Seek Answers from The Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God...and the OTE writers...

Look for Today's Iowa Potluck Around Lunch....and Other Sad News

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Due to unforeseen circumstances on my end, today's Iowa Potluck probably won't appear until around lunch time (noon CT)....work projects, wedding stuff (I'm ending my bachelorhood in 10 days), and a variety of other issues delayed me getting the questions out to the OTE writers, and thus delayed their responses. So head back around noon or so... And no, there is no truth to the rumor that this Potluck is being delayed to mourn the ending of Dan Persa's football career (linked story above) due to re-aggravation of his Achilles' injury suffered after throwing the winning TD against Iowa in 2010......but damn, that is a complete bummer for a player that was really special. Godspeed on the next chapter in your life, PersaStrong.

B1G 2012 // OTE's Purdue Potluck: Three-Headed Monsters And An Extension of Hope

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Purdue Potluck: Three-Headed Monsters And An Extension of Hope

B1G 2012 // Your Record Isn't Everything -- Unconventional Wisdom on Why Northwestern is Getting Better

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B1G 2012 // Your Record Isn't Everything -- Unconventional Wisdom on Why Northwestern is Getting Better

B1G 2012 // College Campuses Can't Host College Football Games?

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B1G 2012 // College Campuses Can't Host College Football Games?

B1G 2012 // OTE's Playoff Potluck: A Fully Catered Wake for the BCS, With Four Themed Dishes

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The OTE Playoff Potluck -- bringing dishes and answers to the BCS's wake.

B1G 2012 // OTE's Ohio State Potluck: The Ro*Tel Queso Bowl Is All Sewn Up....

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B1G 2012 // OTE's Ohio State Potluck: The Ro*Tel Queso Bowl Is All Sewn Up....

This is Why the Illini Can't Have Nice Things

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I'm not sure if all of you visit the SB Nation Big Ten football blog Off Tackle Empire, but I posted this piece today and I'm kinda proud of it. Basically a treatise on why you should hate Illinois, complete with references to French Missionaries, Ghostbusters, bad 1980s sitcoms, haunted construction equipment burial grounds, E! Reality show stars, and jumping on couches. Enjoy....and Go Cats.

B1G 2012 // Keeping the Enemy Close: This Is Why The Illini Can't Have Nice Things

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Off-Tackle Empire B1G 2012 // Know Your Enemies: This Is Why the Illini Can't Have Nice Things

B1G 2012 // OTE's Illinois Potluck: Steak or Beans 'n Weenies?

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B1G 2012 - OTE's Illinois Potluck: Steak or Beans 'n Weenies in Champaign-Urbana?

Big Ten Network's "The Journey" will be covering football this fall. In other words, you will be...

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Big Ten Network's "The Journey" will be covering football this fall. In other words, you will be watching this/DVRing this every week.... The Journey is arguably one of the best programs BTN does, and seeing it with football will be truly eye-opening. Like "Hard Knocks" for the Big Ten, only covering all 12 teams instead of just one. Another thing to look forward to during this long offseason....

B1G 2012 // OTE's Minnesota Potluck: Where the Gophers Win A Green Jacket . . . . in 2013

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OTE Minnesota Potluck: Where We Fit Jerry Kill for a Green Jacket....in 2013

B1G 2012 // OTE's Indiana Potluck: Where a Mega Millions Jackpot Gets the Hoosiers to Detroit

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OTE's Indiana Potluck: Why Indiana Composted 2011, and is hoping to hit Mega Millions....

Consider Them Rolled? Delany's National College Football Playoff Proposal?

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As Teddy Greenstein reports, Commissioner Jim (Mr. Big Testicles) Delany is once again leading college football, proposing a 4-team limited playoff to replace the BCS, with the first round games played on-campus of the higher-seeded teams (1 hosting 4, 2 hosting 3), and then the winners facing off (and the losers facing off) in normal BCS bowls.... Personally? I LOVE this idea, because: (a) I hate anything more than a 4 team playoff because it waters down the regular season, (b) I love the idea of the top seeds playing at home on campus rather than in sterile bowl environments, cutting down on fans having to travel, and (c) the bonus of a B1G 1 or 2 seed hosting an SEC 3 or 4 seed in the cold up north sometime (which frankly would be epic). Way to roll them, Commissioner Delany....way to roll them.

Pitbull is Bowl Watching: Let's Have a Real Good Time at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

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Why the Northwestern-Texas A&M Meineke Car Care Bowl Might be the Most Entertaining Bowl Game This Year....

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