The Hybrid is a weekly Big Ten football preview, plus relevant or whimsy games from the national slate
With only two football stadiums left on my Big Ten bucket list, it is time.
Going to Rutgers-Michigan, baby!
With a work trip in NJ on Thursday and Friday, it only made sense to hang around for the rest of the weekend to watch the legends*. I look forward to a comfortable nothing and/or the worst Michigan football loss off my life. If things do go according to plan, you've gotta think there's a 60% chance we'll get on TV.
Last on the list, of course: Ohio State.
(* - to clarify, the legends = Rutgers)
“At a certain point midway on the timeline of one’s finite existence, the differences between people that stood out in youth take a backseat to similarities”
Toledo at Northern Illinois:
look who's trying to start shit pic.twitter.com/5rp42Ayrml— nick (@nick_pants) November 8, 2018
Friday Night Lights
Louisville at Syracuse (13): Good on Syracuse for having this type of season.
/ear piece goes off
I'm hearing Alabama and Clemson will also be claiming this ranking and have both added "Hegemony forever".
TCU at West Virginia (9): Forget body control, this is impeccable voice control.
Gus Johnson is a gift to football. pic.twitter.com/0PuYRiXtk6— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 4, 2018
Ohio State (10) at Michigan State (18): This Pat Forde line made me laugh in its objective absurdity but also with how much I know Spartan fans enjoyed it:
The Spartans (6-3) are back to playing hardcore defense, allowing only 13.5 points over the past four games.
Send your kids to bed early, because this defense is TOO HOT FOR TV.
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Navy at UCF (12): How many years in a row could UCF to go undefeated (with the same meh schedule) and still continue to not make the Playoff? Three or four feels on the table. This sport is a dumb bad.
When your punter owns all of the swagger pic.twitter.com/SwhKxjjoVz— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 2, 2018
This sport's OK.
South Carolina at Florida (15): eh
This is the first time that Miami, Florida and Florida State have all lost on two consecutive weekends.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 4, 2018
Ever ever ever.
Wisconsin at Penn State (20): The Never Was bowl.
Hahaha, Franklins expression in the background on the Watson pick-six! pic.twitter.com/bfyZsQeVu6— Bryan Fuller (@FullOfTwitt) November 3, 2018
Illinois at Nebraska: Clown on Nebraska all you want, but Adrian Martinez just finished as a Top 4 scorer in my Big Ten only college fantasy football league. That's above Nate Stanley, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Shea Patterson. Also with some injuries, too. If Frost stays the course -- and gets some luck back -- this could get scary quick. And this (probably) needs to stop happening.
Nebraska football 2018 pic.twitter.com/oprzxTetAy— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 3, 2018
Maryland at Indiana: /shrug
North Carolina at Duke: Duke basketball is so generationally cool that we should probably sacrifice their football team to honor them with what little CFB season remains. Here's Zion.
ICYMI: Zion dropped 28, but the numbers against Kentucky don't do his debut justice pic.twitter.com/kVKD7k7ASK— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 7, 2018
Mississippi State (16) at Alabama (1):
Bama comin https://t.co/nrnFnZdasa— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) November 3, 2018
This sport really only works if you pretend Alabama does not exist. Blanking LSU? Having no weaknesses? What would we be saying about this team if Clemson wasn't cool that one time? The Tide have also hit a point where playing decently ranked teams doesn't even get me excited. I'm going to look up the spread right now, and it's going to be -18.5.
/looks up spread
Holy Saban, it's 24.
Michigan (4) at Rutgers: me on saturday/me right now
Can we talk about the lifeguard at the Rutgers football hot tub pic.twitter.com/UIgq0nEVbk— DieHards (@DieHards) September 2, 2017
Also: Chase Winovich continues to be one of college football's #content leaders.
The look pic.twitter.com/VsM7CcgOvK— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 3, 2018
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (6): This was cool...
...but y'all gave up 46 to Texas Tech?
Washington State (8) at Colorado: Last week's Cal game got dicey because Wazzu had to rely on the defense (this happened)...
yall didnt have to do me like that https://t.co/1JqOedEXT8— Willie Taylor III (@wassupwillie) November 4, 2018
...and the kicker (missed a 30-something yard FG but redeemed himself later on).
Old reliable came through with a sideline catch and spike while not even playing.
Minshews one-handed catch followed by a spikewhat better way to hype up the whole crowd? pic.twitter.com/16WnPmossZ— CFB Gif'er (@CFBgifer) November 4, 2018
And like the Zapruder film, we have this one from another angle, too:
Kentucky (11) at Tennessee: Most of us -- all of us? -- have been there:
Kendrunky. pic.twitter.com/oXsLyJQcWu— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) November 3, 2018
Northwestern at Iowa (21): Shout out to the new AG.
Just kidding, quite embarrassed.
Baylor at Iowa State (22): 'eyyy, ranking buddies
Purdue at Minnesota:
Let's check in on Minnesota... pic.twitter.com/yBAJylZkra— Ross Dead Redemption (@RossWB) November 3, 2018
Auburn (24) at Georgia (5): Auburn ranked again? Also, this was incredible.
Florida State at Notre Dame (3): I was fine with Florida State being bad, but no one asked them to be Not Even A Challenge For Notre Dame bad.
LSU (7) at Arkansas: Sorry, LSU -- had to.
Put this man in the booth pic.twitter.com/AU6QMSYgRF— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) November 5, 2018
Don't look at me like that.
This is just so absolutely perfect pic.twitter.com/96Vh09UDDI— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 4, 2018
And, you know, since we're already piling on.
Raiders coaches didn't think JaMarcus Russell was watching film.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 4, 2018
So they sent him blank tapes to see. pic.twitter.com/PhpvmOrSUN
Clemson (2) at Boston College (17): Game of the Week. And our man is ready and focused.
College GameDay is going to go see Clemson beat the crap out of Boston College. I don’t really know much about Boston College except they have a a lot of seniors on the team. I guess they all wanted to come back to play the greatest team in college football history.
I don’t know what exactly is going to happen, but one thing I do know my Tigers are going to hang somewhere around 50 points on Boston College. Prepare to see our fifth string quarterback (again) put up more points on somebody’s first string defense (again).
We are playing our best football. We can pass it, and we can run it. Honestly, at this point, we could probably score points off a punt.
On a side note, Boston College is full of Yankees in the y’all know I don’t like Yankees.
Go ahead and take the over in this game.
Well, I still like you.
Wrapping It Up...
Ive honestly read this 15 times pic.twitter.com/BlEw56Yibq— Rajiv Karia (@RajivAKaria) November 7, 2018
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