THE HYBRID: YOU CAN'T TRUST JAMES FRANKLIN

By Bobby Loesch on October 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm
"Franklin!"

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The Hybrid is a weekly Big Ten football preview, plus relevant or whimsy games from the national slate

We have a charity.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). Thank you all for the submissions via Twitter and the comments last week. I picked this one because of its local focus:

The Mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program is to provide comprehensive support and advocacy services to victim/survivors, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope. In collaboration with the community, we strive to end domestic abuse through education, accountability, and social justice.

DVIP provides services to victim/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. In today’s society, intimate partner violence is widely known to be one of the greatest physical dangers to women. Women, men and children are murdered each year and the risk of child abuse is much greater in households where domestic violence occurs. Responding to intimate partner violence is critical and requires a community-wide effort. Support for victims of intimate partner violence and their loved ones is available in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Washington Counties through the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

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Special thanks again to Nerdhawk for the entire idea.

The Hybrid

"'Nice' is basically one step above saying 'I hate you'."

Thursday

N/A

Friday Night Lights

Utah State at BYU: There will be no chocolate milk case.

Saturday

Alabama (1) at Arkansas: Ain't no trap game, Sabes. Also, is he making a good point here?

Thought yes originally, but the answer is probably no. I'm assuming he's complaining because of Clemson/Kelly Bryant (his No. 1 competition at this point) or dudes getting fed up with a glaring lack of playing time in the Tide's rampant 5-star system. Sure, it doesn't sit great with me, but if the older players want to take advantage of a rule the NCAA created -- while they continue to not be compensated -- I don't see the problem at all.

Your latest reminder that Alabama just isn't fair. 

Texas (19) at Oklahoma (7): /already scared this is our Game of the Week

That said, Kyler Murray threw a screen pass where the guy YAC'd for, like, a 60-yard TD, and my first thought was "Kyler Murray HELL YEAH" (as if he did anything). This is why we can't have nice things.

He rules.

Kansas at West Virginia (9): Nahhh.

Maryland at Michigan (15): Ohhhh, the banana boys.

Love my team.

THE BANANA BOYS MICHIGAN

In all seriousness, this might be the first proud moment in, like, five years:

Penn State: If you thought for even a second you'd be getting off the hook due to your bye week, you were as wrong as this play call.

Why the hell did you take the ball out of McSorley's hands?! Just when you think you can trust weirdo James Franklin.

A draw out of shotgun on 4th and 5. FRANKLIN WHY.

Even this Franklin handled it better.

So yeah, trade us this guy.

Northwestern at Michigan State (20): In my head, Brian Lewerke is running for 11 yards on third down speed options perpetually.

Illinois at Rutgers: Was Illinois off last week?

/checks

Yes.

Rutgers was off, too.

Northern Illinois at Ball State: Wait, is this field real?

Clemson (4) at Wake Forest: 

Did you witness that garbage team from up North trying to take out my quarterback? I officially am going on the record saying I hate Syracuse. 

Anyways, let's move onto this week. Trevor Lawrence will be starting in the game against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. I can't really hate against Wake Forest because they tried to recruit me to join their track team. Could you honestly imagine “Demon Deacon Tom“ -- hell naw, man. Wake Forest is a nerd school, and your boy CT ain’t no nerd. Clemson's second highest win streak comes against the Demon Deacons; the highest is against the Gamecocks with 69 total wins :-).

If you want to win some easy money, go ahead and put it on my Tigers beating Wake Forest.

I've been on fire so far with my football picks, only losing two all season. Follow me on Twitter @ClemsonTom.

LSU (5) at Florida (22): What are... /perks up... those?

Florida State at Miami (FL) (17): Instead of asking "Was Jimbo wrong?" let me posit a different question. Would you rather play for this team?

Or this team?

Haha, the maniacal laughter is so good.

The U.

San Diego State at Boise State: We've all seen cool one handed catches, but this one had an unmatched casual fluidity.

Iowa at Minnesota: and we back and we back and we back

Iowa better be favored.

/checks

By a touchdown! Are we a real team again?

/thinks hard on it

Maybe!

Indiana at Ohio State (3): Dwayne Haskins had one of his worst games of the year against Penn State (a season low 56.4 completion percentage)... and still threw for 3 TDs in an epic road comeback.

Arizona State at Colorado (21): I can definitely fuck around with undefeated Colorado.

SMU at UCF (12): Do we want UCF playing Clemson or Alabama in round one of the Playoff?

Kentucky (13) at Texas A&M: Or Kentucky.

UConn at Memphis: 

In maybe better (definitely worse) news...

Seriously, that's pretty messed up.

Vanderbilt at Georgia (2): A lot of good responses to my cake eater inquiry last week. Not a lot of love for Edina, though. I am from Naperville and've always considered that the Edina of Illinois. Overland Park, Kansas, has also been on that same plane. What's the Iowa equivalent? West Des Moines? Yay? Nay? Anything closer to Iowa City? 

Auburn (8) at Mississippi State: Just... no.

Washington (10) at UCLA: Blehhhhh.

Nebraska at Wisconsin (16): 

Notre Dame (6) at Virginia Tech (24): Can't let myself get excited. ND is probably favored by a touchdown.

/looks up

Exactly 7 points, ugh.

Washington State at Oregon State: Wazzu won a tight one against Utah last week, and you're right, it doesn't matter, but the game winning TD was so sick, I'm telling you (2:40 mark).

Utah at Stanford (14): Maaaan, Bryce Love hurt his ankle again. Get 100% soon (and play bad when you do).

Wrapping It Up...

tfw Iowa football is back

Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.

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