Good news, Divas; this time next year I’ll be referring to the B1G divisions by more respectable names. The bad news? Some epic rivalries will be casualties of the ever-shifting lineup in the B1G. Obviously the yearly grudge match between Ohio State and Michigan will suffer, but so will others. And that brings us to the top 20 matchup happening at the Big House Saturday afternoon.
*all times Central, all games Saturday
No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan, 7:00pm on ESPN
The good news: both of these teams are actually good. So good that College Gameday is showing up to Ann Arbor Saturday morning. At 17th and 14th respectively, both Michigan and Notre Dame are deserving of some national media love. The bad news: this is the last year of this historic rivalry until, well, whenever they get that paper straight. Y’all know how that goes.
I don’t believe any D1 athlete should be lauded for their performance over a team that
ranked 86 (out of 125) in scoring. With that said, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees deserves to be viewed as more than a just game manager. “Turnover Tommy” threw exactly zero interceptions last week against Temple, and I think he’ll prove to be a competent starting quarterback against a very legitimate Wolverine defense. For further proof, there’s a reason why Brian Kelly’s recruiting class is ranked No. 3 in 2013; Rees will prove to be an asset to the 2013 Irish, not a liability.
As for the Wolverines, quarterback Devin Gardner is quickly becoming one of my favorite Twitter follows. In addition to being a media favorite (LOVE HIM) (AND HER), don’t rule out Gardner as an NFL prospect. His arm is massive, completing nine passes of at least 35 yards. In 174 passing attempts, he’s only been picked off eight times; and those don’t even take into account his accuracy in throwing on the run.
I know it’s cliche for women to only know the quarterbacks, but this time is different. These two guys don’t get nearly as much respect as the AJ McCarren’s and Johnny Manziel’s of the world. They’re definitely names you should know.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you:
I find it fishy that Brian Kelly takes a jab at one of his employers most storied rivalries when his team got dropped by ‘Bama all of five minutes ago. Look, I get that the B1G gets no national media love. The Irish aren’t even the best team north of the Mason-Dixon (Ohio State, anyone?). So for now, Kelly should shut his trap and treat Michigan with the respect they deserve. And that’s coming from a non-Wolverine Big Ten alum.
Around the division:
Non conference. Boring. Blah. So let me take this opportunity to say that I’m excited for what the Bears are doing. Sure Marc Trestman’s most impressive professional experience is from another country, but I’m not giving up hope. Jay Cutler married my favorite person from Orange County; Devin Hester isn’t going to be treated like wide receiver anymore
THANK GOD; and I’ve planned for my Sunday afternoon drinking by clearing my Monday morning schedule until November. BEAR DOWN.
Missouri State at Iowa, 11:00am
I’m pretty sure I called Iowa losing to Northern Illinois. Well, kinda…in a round-about way…-ish. Luckily they’ll rebound this weekend with a visit from Missouri State. If they lose this one, I promise I won’t mention them again…unless I absolutely have to.
Syracuse at Northwestern, 5:00pm
I know two things about Syracuse football. The first is that Donovan McNabb played there. And the second is that they’re in a conference that is known within the college football circles as the “Big Easy.” Clearly, I’m picking the Wildcats to take this one pretty easily.
See what I did just there?
Minnesota at New Mexico State, 7:00pm
Minnesota wins big here, but I have a more important question: are there black people in New Mexico?
South Florida at Michigan State, 11:00am
I honestly had no idea South Florida had a football team. But I did know that they offered maid service in their dorms. High school seniors, take note.
Southern Miss at Nebraska, 5:00pm
This is an obvious win for the Cornhuskers, so I’m just going to mention that I had a really great customer service experience with our girls over at Sporty Threads. You see I wanted to buy this awesome Bears sweatshirt in time for week one, but unfortunately they sold out.
So Kristine (the lovely owner) emailed me to let me know the deal, gave me a full refund and issued a discount code just for me! Long story short: buy her stuff. She’s awesome, and so is her merchandise. Go Bears!!