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. (SI.com)

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.  (mLive.com)

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. 


Media


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

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