B1G Legends Week 2 Preview: Notre Dame-Michigan, Sporty Threads is awesome, and Sunday brunch is about to get BEARED DOWN

Guess what week it is??? Whoop whoop!! (I promise, viagra this was really funny after a couple glasses of wine.)

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

Found this gem on Twitter. Pretty much sums it up for the Michigan fans out there. Photo credit: Michigan Football official twitter page

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.

Big names:

I don’t believe any D1 athlete should be lauded for their performance over a team that

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees holding a baby. Why? Because it’s adorable. Photo credit: Notre Dame Athletic Department

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.

Brian Kelly (right) and QB Tommy Rees. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

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

This is probably the most accurate fan image of Jay Cutler ever. His wife Kristin Cavallari probably disagrees. Photo credit: Instagram.

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!!

About the author: Sharon Steed. Weekly Sports Recap Correspondent. Sharon is a Twitter-obsessed sports junkie covering all of the crazy things that happen sports for SDI. A Chicago-area native, her earliest sports memories are watching Michael Jordan and her beloved Bulls wreak havoc on the NBA in the 90’s. She loves March Madness, hates the Packers, and will absolutely shed real tears if the Bears ever win the Super Bowl. When she’s not hanging out on Twitter, she spends her time working as a freelance web writer and content manager for small businesses.  You can follower her on Twitter @sharonsteed.

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