Thursday, August 21, 2014

Big Tentacles: Devin Gardner, Penn State, Aaron Burbridge, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

A Whole New World.
Pete Thamel looks at how Ohio State is dealing with the loss of starting quarterback Braxton Miller for the season. (

The Constant Gardner.
Zach Travis profiles Michigan starting QB Devin Gardner. (Maize N Brew)

The future is arranged.
Michigan schedules a home-at-home series with Washington for 2020 and 2021. The Wolverines play Washington in Seattle in 2020, then host the Huskies a year later. (Maize N Brew)

I don't know where I'm a-gonna go when the volcano blow.
Penn State's neutral-site game against Central Florida in Ireland on Aug. 30 may be in jeopardy because of a potential volcanic eruption in Iceland. A similar eruption wreaked havoc on air travel in 2010, resulting in the cancellation of 100,000 flights. (AP/ESPN)

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. 
Patrick Vint ponders whether Iowa can avoid a letdown in 2014 following a surprisingly successful 2013 season similar to what happened in 2009 and 2010. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Burbridge Over the River Kwai. 
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge.  (

We're going to party, karamu, Fiesta, forever.
SB*Nation's Jason Kirk projects Michigan State will face UCLA in the Dec. 31 Fiesta Bowl as the Big Ten's highest-ranked bowl appearance for the 2014 season. Translation: Kirk doesn't see the B1G breaking into the first-ever College Football Playoff. 


The man behind the curtain.
ESPN interviews fake Twitter account legend @FauxPelini.

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