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EARLY GAMES OPEN THREAD

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The Battle for the IlliBuck Trophy highlights a lackluster slate of early games.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The big event at this hour is -- duh -- Grapple on the Gridiron, but if you want to watch a little football instead (or maybe on another screen), you have a few options there.  Although I can't promise you that they're good options.  The pick of the Big Ten games is... Ohio State-Illinois? I guess?  It's either that or seeing if the Terps can shock the Spartans and while Maryland has looked a little friskier over the last few weeks, the answer to that question still seems like a big fat "no."  (There's also Purdue-Northwestern on BTN if you're into self-harm.)

Outside the Big Ten, the most intriguing game might be Pittsburgh-Duke.  It's a game that matters to Iowa, since we'd certainly like to see Pitt keep winning to make Iowa's win over them continue to look good.  The loser of that game is probably out of the ACC title race, as well.  And there's Georgia-Auburn, if you feel like watching a game between two overhyped teams (FUN FACT: both teams were ranked in the Top 10 at the start of the year).

Big Ten Games
11 AM

Ohio State at Illinois (ABC)
Maryland at Michigan State (ESPN2)
Purdue at Northwestern (BTN)

Games From Other, Lesser Leagues
11 AM

Georgia at Auburn (CBS)
Florida at South Carolina (ESPN)
Kansas at TCU (FS1)
Texas at West Virginia (ESPNU)
Pittsburgh at Duke (ESPNEWS)
North Texas at Tennessee (SEC Network)
Tulane at Army (CBS Sports)

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