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Handpicked Highlights: Sometimes There IS Cheering In The Press Box

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Tim Cary

There's an exception to every rule.  A blog on NYTimes.com describes the press box reaction in Ann Arbor to news of Michigan State's upset loss.


We just want to watch the game!  LakethePosts.com wonders out loud why it's so hard to get the Northwestern/Syracuse game on television.  I talked to one of the Big Ten Network staff members about a similar situation this summer (buying rights to show a conference team's road game); unfortunately, it sounds like in most cases, the payout involved isn't worth it ratings-wise.  Too bad- with all the matchups against FCS teams we get to see, it's sad when a Big Ten school plays a team from a BCS conference and it's not on television anywhere.

Begging the question, if Greg Paulus were to knock off Northwestern this weekend and nobody saw it...did it still happen?  But I digress...


Is there such a thing as too much preparation?  According to the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, Northwestern may have over-prepared for Eastern Michigan this weekend, leading to what coach Pat Fitzgerald called "paralysis by analysis".  Interesting stuff from Greenstein.
CFB: Ohio State vs Northwestern Nov 8


Turns out fullbacks do still exist.
  Penn State secured a verbal commitment from Zach Zwinak, the No. 1-rated fullback in the country, proving that rumors of the position going extinct have been somewhat exaggerated.  (I saw a fullback talking to a Tyrannosaurus Rex the other day...)


Denard Robinson is still a quarterback.  I've made my opinion on this known already, but obviously RichRod doesn't care what I think. Details in the Detroit Free Press.


Hawks hoping for a Bulaga return.  Marc Morehouse writes that Iowa would like to have Bryan Bulaga back for this weekend's game against Arizona.  Good news for Hawkeye fans, especially since Bulaga is listed on top of the latest depth chart.


Speaking of injuries...   According to Herald-Review.com, Juice Williams is sore (there's a shock!), but expected to start when the Illini resume play against Ohio State on September 26.
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The loudspeaker works.  During the first game at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday night, the PA announcer could be heard clearly...several miles away.  Talk about bringing Gopher football to your living room.  Speaking of Minnesota's new on-campus digs, Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune says "The Bank" means no more excuses for losing in Minneapolis.


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