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Debating The Big Ten Title: Ohio State and Iowa Collide... Blogger Style

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Kristofer Green

With the Big Ten game of the year right around the corner, two die hard fans got together to debate the merits of their two teams.

Bret Feddern, a self-admitted Hawkeye Nerd on IowaHawkeyes.net and Bleacher Report Iowa Featured Columnist, will argue for the Hawkeyes. Following Bret's tweets during an Iowa game is fun... give it a shot.

I will be arguing for the Buckeyes (as if they need the help.)

The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes take the field on Saturday and the winner will be off to the Rose Bowl.

We can't match that drama here, but we'll give it a shot.

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Handing Out Hardware at College Football's Halfway Point

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Kevin Paul

Prepare those speeches and clear some space on the mantle, because it's time to hand out some midseason hardware for the 2009 college football season:
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Ten by Ten: Can You Top Our Trio? How About Week 1's Winners?

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Kevin Paul

Week 1 of Ten by Ten could've gone better for the FBT trio - much better.  

But that's OK - we feel confident that we'll turn it around this weekend.

Think you can take us?  

Let's see what you got - and oh yeah, by the way, go ahead and compare your picks to a couple of our winners from Week 1, too.

Here's a recap of the 10 questions for Week 2, plus our predictions (with guest picks included):
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Look Out, Sparty: Dan LeFevour Can Play

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Tim Cary

If Michigan State were playing Tim Tebow on Saturday afternoon, it would be a big deal.

Okay, maybe not quite OSU/USC big--face it, some presidential elections have had less hype than the Buckeyes-Trojans showdown--but still a big deal.

After all, Tebow's a legend.  Some are referring to him as the best college football player...ever.  Let that sink in for a minute. 

Florida's star quarterback has two national championships, one Heisman trophy, and approximately 87,432 ESPN features.  So if somebody with those gaudy numbers was coming to town, East Lansing would be juiced.

And make no mistake, Tebow does have impressive numbers.  He's rushed for over 2,000 yards in his career.  That would be a nice stat for any running back.  Coming into this season, Tebow had thrown for almost 6,400 yards.  That's over three and a half miles of aerial attack.

Here's the kicker, though.
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Ten by Ten: Can You Top Our Trio?

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Kevin Paul

College football is here and if you haven't heard already, the boys at First and Big Ten are celebrating by having a little contest on Big Ten football.

It's not too late to play - deadline for the first week is Saturday at 7am.  But since the season starts tonight with Indiana taking the field against Eastern Kentucky, we are going to post our picks now.

Here's a recap of the 10 questions for Week 1, plus our predictions:

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Big Ten Football Preview: Team Themes That Are Music to My Ears

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Kevin Paul

Each season, a team earns a clean slate, and 2009 will be no different.  Whether a program likes it or not, everyone earns a reputation and a theme even before the season begins.

Call it a Big Ten preview set to music - featuring all eleven schools - and the theme song each should have blasting over the loudspeakers in the locker room this week...
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Predicting Every Single 2009 Game: Yes, We're That Crazy

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Tim Cary

Wondering how your favorite team will fare in 2009?  Trying to figure out which bowl game to buy tickets for?  Curious if your school will be an upset victim?  Have no fear, FBT is ready to provide the answers you seek with a one-sentence prediction of every single regular-season game.

Let the controversy begin...let the chaos ensue..start rehearsing your arguments for why I'm shortchanging your beloved team.  Just let me get a couple disclaimers out of the way first.

1.  I didn't "try" to give a team a certain good or bad record.  I just read down the schedule, looked into the cloudy crystal ball, and imagined the outcome game-by-game.  It was actually enlightening for me when I finished my predictions to go back through and see how each team fared record-wise, (so please don't confuse this too closely with our collective power rankings posted yesterday).

2.  We strongly, strongly recommend you don't waste a single cent assuming these predictions will actually come true.  While I did my best to forecast what would happen every single game, I also have a tradition of re-reading my favorite preseason college football magazine in December and laughing at how shortsighted and clueless the predictions were.  Just consider this to be one more clueless prediction, FBT style (well, make that TC style.  I came up with this on my own, so that way you can't blame Kristofer and Kevin for my "fuzzy math" and crazy ideas!)
Penn State Nittany Lions v Ohio State Buckeyes

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