WE'RE TALKIN' FOOTBALL: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD GOPHERS

It's our first football Saturday in a post-Tim Brewster Era.  Sigh.  But it's OK, we still have football itself and we still have each other -- we're going to get through this nightmare.  Because Iowa is apparently contractually obligated to play as many games as possible at 2:30pm CST this season -- this week marks Iowa's third appearance at that timeslot and there's at least one more guaranteed (next week versus Michigan State) and at least one more beyond that that's very likely (against Ohio State) -- we have to stumble through the early games to get to the Iowa-Wisconsin goodness at the center of the college football day.  Fortunately, the college football gods have seen fit to smile upon us with ample opportunities for Big Ten opponent-watching and non-conference schadenfreude:

* Michigan State at just Northwestern (11am, ESPN)
* Purdue at Ohio State (11am CST, BTN)
* Indiana at Illinois (11am CST, BTN)
* Penn State at Minnesota (11am CST, ESPNU)
* Notre Dame vs. Navy (11am, CBS)
* Iowa State at Texas (11am, FSN)
* Syracuse at West Virginia (11am, ESPN)
* Ole Miss at Arkansas (11am, random FSNs?)

We're most interested in MSU/jNW, since it tickles our opponent-scouting and possible schadenfreude bones, although we'll take some time to watch Iowa State get bitchslapped by Texas and take in a few plays in the Penn State-Minnesota cripplefight, too.  What games are you most interested in?

The rules of the open thread are pretty simple: no links to pirated illegal streams of games, no porn, no slurs (ethnic, sexual, whatever), nothing that really bogs down the thread (i.e., alphabet games), no posting "first!" or "second!", and be judicious in posting images, particularly animated .gif files.  If you need more detailed descriptions of those rules, click here.  Other than that... game on.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker