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Stuff You Must Read Right Now
Mark Dantonio Suffers Heart Attack - For as much as many of us M fans dislike the Prophet of the Red Cedar, the health of a family man is more important than any football rivalry will ever be. We wish Coach Dantonio the absolute best and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, big fella. We've got a bout scheduled for October 9th, and we want you at full strength.
When Bobcats ATTACK! - In an act that will result in free distilled liquids anywhere in Big Ten country, the Ohio University mascot does his best Ray Lewis impression on Brutus.
The best thing about this? It was planned! Planned from day one, according to ESPN. Quothe Brandon Hanning, former Ohio University mascot:
"It was actually my whole plan to tackle Brutus when I tried out to be mascot," said Brandon Hanning, formerly known as Ohio University's Rufus Bobcat. "I tried out about a year ago, and the whole reason I tried out was s I could come up here to Ohio State and tackle Brutus."
Sideline Stories from Saturday - Mgoblue.com continues its renaissance with a surprisingly hip, yet refined take on Saturday with a few anecdotal tales from the sidelines.
Keep Calm, Carry On - Ace at TheWolverineBlog on why UMass isn't as bad as we think, they would be a middle class D-1 team, we're going to go undefeated etc etc etc.
Walk-On Kickers Needed, Apply Inside - Rodriguez begins his glass slipper search in a parking lot, where he solicits the help of this week's kicking Cinderella.
Ex-Wolverine Anthony Lalota to Rutgers - The former consensus 4-star DE will be transferring to Rutgers, where good talent goes to wither.
WLA's take on UMass - "No Saturday, at least for us, is that bad when that one simple fact is true." I wish we could've been saying this after a certain fall day in 2007.
Michigan's Defense: Regressing Game by Game - Ugh. This is a nasty parrallel to Rodriguez' first two years in Ann Arbor. In the season opener the D looked fairly solid. Against Notre Dame it was generally solid but made some big play mistakes. Against UMass Michigan didn't give up the Big Play, but it gave up everything else. Frankly, I'm shocked they're not pregant after giving it up so easily on Saturday.
Big Ten Football
Robert Marve had a BAD DAY - Puking, errant passes, an interception, and a wrapped knee. The Purdue-Meechigan matchup keeps looking better and better.
Big East Officiating on MSU-ND - Explanation for why the no-call was the correct one; this sort of release detailing why calls were made should be done more often in college and professional football.
DailyGopher's recap on USC-MINN - This game is really making wonder if USC isn't way overrated as a Top 20 team this year. I don't think it's a stretch to say that Minnesota is worse than many I-AA teams (I'm looking at you, UMass), and the fact that USC didn't dominate that game with the difference in talent between those two teams makes me wonder if they're going to be one of the great underachievers this fall.
Tom Lemming's Early Thoughts - A conglomeration of player-centric reporting by the once-alpha-dog-turned-number-4ish recruiting guru. Thoughts on Shoelace:
I saw him in high school. I thought he would be more of a spread quarterback. He wasn't a great passer in high school. I rated him as a three-star player and bumped him to four stars when I saw him perform well in a loss to national power St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale. I thought he might be a running back in college because he had 10.6 speed for 100 meters. But his passing skills always were questioned. It only shows that guys who end up making it big have speed. Robinson is better than all of us thought he would be.
Fulmer Hates Kiffin - Kiffin leaves Tennessee in ruins, creates multiple NCAA infractions and general dislike for the University. What's not to love?
Si.com's Heisman Frontrunners - The scary thing is, Denard Robinson has as many rushing yards as some of these dedicated running backs. Plus, like 73 thousand passing yards. All in all, a fairly strong showing considering the level of competition.