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What’s going on this weekend, and other news!

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There are three games between ranked teams this weekend, two of them between teams all ranked in the Top Ten.

Despite that, Vegas betters don't expect them to be much for games as Alabama is a 12.5 favorite over Tennessee while Ohio State is favored by 10.5 over Wisconsin.

Illinois at Rutgers (11:00 am, ESPNews)

Is this important? Well.... it will determine who is the absolute worst in the Big Ten. Rutgers should lose, but if that doesn't happen, then it's clear both teams have a long, long way back to respectability.

Watch this game if you hate yourself, or you really, really, really want to feel better than another team’s fanbase.

#1 Alabama at #9 Tennessee (2:30 pm, CBS)

Tennessee suffered their first loss of the season last week against Texas A&M, and didn't drop a single spot in the polls. I don't believe I ever remember that happening, and I've been around longer than you. Perhaps that's the biggest proof you need that those polls are rigged.

Would #1 vs #10 have a different ring to it?

Can Tennessee show that spark that provides the big comeback and upset the Crimson Tide, knocking the 'Bama bot machine from their #1 perch and making the world a little more interesting for the next week or so?

It's possible, maybe even more possible because it's at Knoxville, but.. oh, hell, it’s remote. Alabama is going to go undefeated in the regular season, win another SEC championship and be in the playoff.

#12 Ole Miss at #22 Arkansas (6:00 pm, ESPN)

BERT sits at 0-2 in the SEC, at the bottom of the SEC West. A hog loss here and ol' BERT's seat might be heating up a little. That would be bad as I think Arkansas is the perfect place for him. Plus, he's up against Ole Miss, one of the best college teams money can buy.

Rooting for BERT? Yes. I want him to stay at Arkansas, and I want Ole Miss to lose.

#2 Ohio State at #8 Wisconsin (7:00 pm, ABC)

The last time these two teams met the Buckeyes disemboweled the Badgers 59-0 in a game that pushed Ohio State into the College Football Playoff and on to a national championship. I bet that 59-0 loss still stings for some Wisconsin fans... hee hee hee..

Hand it to the Badgers, though. This is their fourth Top-10 opponent in six games. At least this one they get at home, at night, in Camp Randall.

It’d be kind of nice to see the Badgers take down Ohio State and give the Big Ten West a prestige boost, but that’s not what will happen. What will happen is everyone will say the Buckeyes are overrated because that’s the popular narrative.

As Nebraska fans, we want Wisconsin to lose. We want to win the Big Ten West this year, and it will help if Wisconsin loses.

Stanford at Notre Dame (6:30 pm, NBC)

This is a rivalry. Now it's to see who sucks less. Stanford's offense has fallend down badly, but the Domer defense is horrific and hasn’t changed since Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

So, which is going to win - the crappy Cardinal offensive line or the crappy Irish defense? It’s a quandary!

Why did I put this here?

NEWS

Uncommon bond of Tommy Armstrong, Sam Foltz guiding Nebraska's hot start - CBSSports.com

The duo arrived in Lincoln five years ago and even without Foltz with him, Armstrong is having one of his best seasons

Nebraska 2016-17 Preview: the Backcourt - BT Powerhouse

In the weeks leading up to the 2016-’17 college basketball season, BTPowerhouse will be releasing its preview series breaking down each Big Ten team. These will come in a set of series previewing...

Corn, ranked - The Crimson Quarry

Corn-on-the-cob Corn chips Corn salsa Corn fritters Cornbread Corn pancakes Corn, microwavable bags Corn, canned Corn flakes Corn grits "im not owned! im not owned!!", i continue to insist...

There is no corn whiskey on this list, which shows how much those guys know. They did have this in the comments section, however.

Big Ten

What are the takeaways from Illinois Football’s rough 1-4 start to 2016? - The Champaign Room

So far the Illini haven’t had it easy schedule-wise, and that won’t change.

Behind enemy lines: Q&A with The Daily Gopher ahead of Maryland-Minnesota - Testudo Times

Get to know Maryland’s next opponent, and its unheralded new signal caller.

Behind Enemy Lines: Hammer and Rails Discusses Iowa-Purdue Football - Black Heart Gold Pants

We talked to the guys from H&R to see what’s up with Purdue this season. Things might be looking up for OMHR!

Wisconsin will be the toughest defensive test for Ohio State so far - Land-Grant Holy Land

The Buckeyes can't afford to be one-dimensional against Wisconsin.

What Wisconsin’s offensive line needs to do vs. Ohio State - Bucky's 5th Quarter

A look at the Michigan tape reveals some weaknesses Wisconsin will have to shore up.

Tom Izzo previews Michigan State Spartans Basketball - The Only Colors

Tom Izzo talks with the Big Ten Network about the newest edition of Spartans basketball.

Rutgers Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell Is Unplugged With On The Banks - On the Banks

In the afternoon session of Big Ten Media Day, I was able to sit with Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Steve Pikiell and ask him in depth about the challenges ahead in rebuilding the program.

Elsewhere

Bret Bielema, a year in photos - Red Cup Rebellion

Bret Bielema is a sartorial titan.

No, “sartorial” doesn’t mean “sexy man beast”. It aligns more with fashion. I’d go with “sexy man beast”.

Brandon Allen torched Ole Miss last season. His brother could do it again. - Red Cup Rebellion

Brandon torched Ole Miss last season. Little bro has the ability to do the same.

RTT Staff Picks: Alabama - Rocky Top Talk

The Vols are double-digit underdogs for the first time in a year, but the Rocky Top Talk staff is oddly confident. Can the RTT staff average pick the winner correctly for the 14th straight game?

Why the NCAA won't be paying college athletes anytime soon | FOX Sports

The headlines have blared relentlessly over the past several years, declaring the NCAA’s amateurism model “under attack,” being “blown up” and facing its “final stand.” There’s been a book, a documentary and endless panel discussions devoted to the plight of unpaid college athletes. Even “South Park” weighed in.

10 years from now, we’ll still be talking about how the NCAA is going to blow up. They’ll be the topic that never ends, just like self-driving cars.

OSU Now Has a National Championship in Football - Cowboys Ride For Free

We now have as many football titles as Arkansas, Washington, and Stanford!

This is idiotic (unless Nebraska gets one, but we won’t given the time period). I’m guessing a bunch of guys sat around, drank a few barley pops and picked OSU out of a hat.

Fired Baylor coach Art Briles showed up at Browns practice as a guest coach - SBNation.com

Fired at Baylor in May, Briles keeps popping up.

Then There's This

Let’s All Obsess Over This Intricate Map of Alt Music History | WIRED

Designer James Quail based the poster's design on a circuit board from a transistor radio.

The web design makes this damned near impossible to read, but it’s kinda cool. You can argue about the placement of each band on the map all you want.