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Spanning the Collegiate World: Interesting updates along with B1G Weekly Honors

Happy Thanksgiving, Rutgers fans. Are you ready to stuff the bird...and yourself? Are you ready for some football? Are you looking for some light reading that will stir your sports juices? Look no farther.

Could scarlet be the new burnt orange?
Could scarlet be the new burnt orange?
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They play college football on Thanksgiving.  Really.

About ten years or so ago (2004 to be exact), Rutgers played Connecticut on Thanksgiving at Rutgers Stadium.  Why, you ask?  I don't know either.  Bad idea.   Around 20,000 people watched an ugly 41-35 RU loss. Tonight there are two games in the college ranks.  Texas hosts Texas Tech and UCF hosts USF.  Regarding the second one....why?  Regarding the first one....it's Texas.  There is no reason not to play football.

Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana, Sr., QB

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Jon Reschke, Michigan State, So., LB

Deonte Gibson, Northwestern, Sr., DE

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Griffin Oakes, Indiana, So., K

Michael Geiger, Michigan State, Jr., K

Freshman of the Week
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota, RB

Big Ten Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Player of the Week

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State, G - Sr. - 6-5

Freshman of the Week

Thomas Bryant, Indiana, C - 6-11

Beat *ichigan

Did you know that Buckeye fans don't use the letter M the week of the *ichigan game?  It is a big rivalry.  And it is hard to get fans in that rivalry to root for the other side, even if it is in their best interest.  Like last week.

And it continues as the week is here.

We really do need a real rival.  This stuff is just so great!

Looking for a coach?  Try the 77004 zip code

Tell me you wouldn't want this problem.

That's a tough problem to have.  I'll take it.

It's Iowa....so we wrestle

The Hawkeyes tried something different on November 14 when they wrestled Oklahoma State.  It was the grapple on the gridiron, wrestling in front of almost 43,000 in Kinnick Stadium.  It was reportedly cool, but a great day.  Fast forward a week and this is whatthat same arena looked like.

Lest we forget the bands

Did you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?  There were four college marching bands in it, including a Big Ten and a D2 school.  Here's their story:

And this one is for Zuzu

ZuzuFire108 is one of our loyal readers/commenters.  She's also a trombone player in the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, the Pri`-i-i-i-i-ide of New Jersey. Saturday will be her, and her fellow seniors', last home football game.  They deserve kudos as do the football players and the cheerleaders.  And we offer this to her and her peers as they don the scarlet for the last time.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and leave you, as we often do, with.....

Schadenfreude

Too good to pass up