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Jonathan Franz

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Right There With 'Em

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Nothing about a 2-2 split on college football's greatest day screams coup, unless you consider that the B1G -- our beleaguered freckled red-headed stepchild of a conference -- wasn't supposed to...

Enjoy It While It Lasts

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Don't confuse the shortcomings of the system with the ceiling of the contestants.

B1G 2013 // Ohio State Cocktail Party Preview

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Amidst the embers of effusive hype lie a few warning signs.

Everyone needs a good vice

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In my early days of blogging, I penned a feature titled "Coach, But No Cigar," that began with the following preamble: "Everyone needs a good vice. For my part, there are few things in life more...

InSECtuous

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SEC teams are enjoying the fruits of an incestuous cycle in the rankings that sees them benefit more from conference wins and suffer less from conference losses than programs in comparable...

The Pride Comes...

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Unfortunately, for the "sell out" crowd that packed Beaver Stadium tonight, talk is incredibly cheap.

For The Love Of A Slugfest

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Big Ten football still does one thing as well as anyone. It captivates hearts, stirs emotions, and leaves a large and loyal following on the edge of its seat.

Week 1 of the Obligatory Predictions Competition is in the books, and it was an unremarkable one...

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Week 1 of the Obligatory Predictions Competition is in the books, and it was an unremarkable one for yours truly. The good: Picking Alabama to throttle Michigan for 7 confidence points. The bad: Picking Colorado over Colorado State with a confidence value of 9. What the hell was I thinking, seriously? Here's your Week 1 Top 10: 1. msulaxer27 (52) 2. BadMuthaFugga (49) 3. Buckyor (48) T-4. SoftAndChewyCookies (47) T-4. SM_Jenkins (47) T-4. Ski U Mah Gopher (47) T-4. ThisIsSomeGoodAssCheese! (47) T-9. OmegaCaesar (46) T-9. Mattoon Green Wave (46) T-9. Pariahwulfen (46) To see the full standings, click here. As a reminder, make sure to log on and make your Week 2 picks. Otherwise, MSULaxer27 actually might redeem himself for picking Purdue to go 1-11 last year.

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 1

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With less than twenty four hours until the sweet sound of popping pads fills our eardrums, it's time to kickoff the fifth-annual installment of The Obligatory Predictions Competition. In case...

Somebody better send Ted a telegram...

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I know Michigan week is officially over, but there's a lot more Wolverine commentary to come, now that Brian Gillis (not that Brian) has agreed to join our small but mighty editorial team. Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan, who like yours truly, lives in Los Angeles. Despite getting his graduate degree from USC and living in Pac-12 country for the better part of two decades, Brian is still, for better or worse, hopelessly devoted to the Sun, ahem, Maize and Blue. Brian has written articles for the Detroit Free Press, and is a seasoned Wolverine partisan. Please give him a warm OTE welcome.

B1G 2012 // Penn State Cocktail Party Preview

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Welcome to Penn State week on Off Tackle Empire.

B1G 2012 // Iowa Cocktail Party Preview

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With the exception of a 41-31 win over Northwestern and a 24-16 upset of No. 13 Michigan, Iowa lost basically every game that mattered in 2011.

B1G 2012 // Ohio State Cocktail Party Preview

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This year's introduction to the OSU Cocktail Party Preview has been replaced with a brief synopsis of Articles 1 & 2 of the 2012 Edition of the Uniform Rules for Writing About Ohio State Football,...

B1G 2012 // Indiana Cocktail Party Preview

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Just like most things in life, there's good news and bad news for the Hoosiers heading into 2012. What do you want to hear first?

It's coming... We know you're starved for football content, and we're pleased to announce that Off...

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It's coming... We know you're starved for football content, and we're pleased to announce that Off Tackle Empire will soon return from its editorial hibernation with the debut of B1G // 2012, our conference preview extravaganza. Prepare yourself for 13 spectacular weeks of previews, potlucks, and good old-fashioned hate, starting this Monday, April 2nd.

I suppose there's no point to studying business at Michigan since all of the companies in the state...

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I suppose there's no point to studying business at Michigan since all of the companies in the state went bankrupt in 2008...

2011 Memorable Milestones - September

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The biggest games, best wins, worse losses and biggest moments of the Big Ten season

And the winner of the 2011 Obligatory Predictions Competition is... Downfall He picked an...

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And the winner of the 2011 Obligatory Predictions Competition is... Downfall He picked an impressive 244 games right out of a possible 296, or 82.4%, and takes home a $50.00 gift certificate courtesy of Gameday Depot. Please take a second to congratulate our winner, and thanks to everyone for playing.

The Obligatory Predictions Competiton - Week 14

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Hard to believe, but it's Championship Week. Whoever is at the top of the integrated standings when the final whistle sounds will be the proud recipient of a $50.00 gift certificate, courtesy of...

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Thanksgiving Edition

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My apologies to Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin fans, but we're only picking one game on this site this week.

Urban and OSU, Sitting in a Tree...

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Make no mistake, football is Urban's life. And Ohio State is Urban's dream job.

In light of this week's difficult events, and the amount of time I've spent watching coverage...

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In light of this week's difficult events, and the amount of time I've spent watching coverage instead of tending to site responsibilities, there will be no on-site picks for Week 11 of the Obligatory Predictions Competition. You can still go onto Yahoo! to enter the competition. It's going to be one strange Saturday.

An Open Letter From a Buckeye to a Nittany Lion

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I'm writing because I know how you feel right now. The actions of your beloved president, coach, and athletic director have shaken your program to the core and have threatened your own faith in...

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 10

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So what if the national picture still feels a bit static. The B1G race is shaping up to be one for the ages.

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 9 Leaderboard

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FTC disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Gameday Depot and SB Nation. Congratulations to RedPoo for winning Week 9 of The Obligatory Predictions Competition and taking home the $10...

Welcome to the extra value edition of the Obligatory Predictions Competition. Yours truly is...

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Welcome to the extra value edition of the Obligatory Predictions Competition. Yours truly is getting his ass handed to him at work compliments of one colossal document review. That means we're packing a bit lite this week. Before we get to the predictions, let's recognize our Week 8 winner, dandarc who takes the $10.00 gift certificate from Gameday Depot. Be on the lookout for an e-mail with details on how to claim your prize. Okay, onto the picks... 1. No. 11 MICHIGAN STATE @ No. 14 NEBRASKA Graham predicts NEBRASKA I pick MSU to lose weekly…and naturally they win. I felt like I had reasons to pick against the Spartans each week (OSU-great defense, ND beat MSU…Michigan-Wolverines have a great offense…Wisk-#4 team in the nation)…so I’m guessing the Spartan faithful don’t want me to change my pattern. Nebraska wins at home, throwing the B1G back into a mess of 1 conference loss teams. Jon predicts MICHIGAN STATE No, no, no Graham. The Spartan defense is the real deal. I just don't see how an one-dimensional Nebraska offense scores enough points to win. 2. PURDUE @ No. 18 MICHIGAN Graham predicts MICHIGAN Michigan can get beat by good defensive squads and Purdue can beat above .500 teams. Would I really take the steps to pick Purdue though? At the Big House? Nah. Michigan wins. Jon predicts MICHIGAN The late-loss to Michigan State looks a lot better after last week. The Wolverines are well rested from the bye and are ready to make a run at a BCS at large bid. 3. NORTHWESTERN @ INDIANA Graham predicts INDIANA You want to pick NW because preseason cognitive dissonance still tells you that NW is a 7-8 win team. I want to pick Indiana because I feel like NW is a) no good and b) it’s an away game. Who would have ever thought this game would be a toss-up? Shut up. This game is always a nailbiter. Indiana at home. Jon predicts NORTHWESTERN You're picking Indiana? Really? I'm going with the Wildcats on principle. 4. ILLINOIS @ No. 19 PENN STATE Graham predicts PENN STATE Easy pick with the PSU defense and with the Illini flailing. PSU at home, is nasty too. Remember how this game last year signified a ton for both schools (PSU wouldn’t be exceptional, Illinois was on the up and up?). Things done changed. PSU wins. Jon predicts PENN STATE Ron Zook can't coach. Tom Bradley can. Lions at home. 5. No. 15 WISCONSIN @ OHIO STATE Graham predicts WISCONSIN So much rides on this game and it would be so easy, so easy to pick OSU at home. I mean can’t you just FEEL a 20-17 OSU win, with a defensive touchdown and genuine smashmouth gameplan? ME too. But I’m an idiot, so I try not to listen to myself. Wisky on the road. Jon predicts WISCONSIN Had Wisconsin not lost a heartbreaker last week I'd be tempted to take the home favorites. I just don't think there's any chance the Badgers aren't locked and loaded and Ohio State is too run-oriented to go tit for tat. Get your picks in 5 minutes before the start of each game.

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 8

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Will this be another straight laced week in college football?

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 7 Leaderboard

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FTC disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Gameday Depot and SB Nation. Congratulations to cjkanski for winning Week 7 of The Obligatory Predictions Competition and the $10 gift...

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 7

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Something tells me this is one of those deceptively tricky weeks.

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 6 Leaderboard

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FTC disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Gameday Depot and SB Nation. Congratulations to Spartan D for winning Week 6 of the The Obligatory Predictions Competition and the $10 gift...

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