“Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland does!” – super-amped bro from Wedding Crashers. Maryland will continue to do these things, except now they will do so in B1G country. So, welcome to the B1G Maryland, welcome. This is my favorite week of the year, you guys. It’s an entire week dedicated to beating TTUN and that I can get behind. Not only does that make this week special, but the fact that I will be doing nothing other than stuffing my face Thursday and Friday and watching football those days, makes this easily the greatest year of all. I love America.
As most of you are aware ¬– after days of speculation and it becoming official yesterday – the University of Maryland has left the ACC for the Big Ten. Maryland becomes the 13th member of the Big “Ten”. As strange as that sounds for a conference that as 13 teams to still have the name of the Big Ten, I read an interesting stat on Twitter yesterday. With the addition of Maryland, the B1G conference now has teams in 10 different states. Not that it matters – because the Big Ten has had more than 10 teams since 1990 when Penn State joined the conference – but I just thought that was an interesting note. This statistic will probably only hold true for a couple of days as there is much speculation that Rutgers will follow Maryland and join the B1G.
Rutgers would then become the league’s 14th member and make it 11 different states in the Big Ten. I think we are all missing the point here, though. With Maryland and Rutgers, the B1G will be forced to reevaluate the league’s divisions and maybe even their horrible names! Yay! From what I’ve heard, early indications are that Illinois would move to the Legends division to join TTUN, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern and Maryland and Rutgers would be added to the Leaders division to join Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Purdue. Granted, nothing is official yet, but this seems to be the B1G’s plan.
If that does indeed happen, Ohio State will probably only have Wisconsin to worry about as Penn State is likely only going to get worse due to sanctions and the rest of the Leaders division is more interested in doing other things than being competitive on the football field. I’m not a huge fan of the addition of Maryland and probably Rutgers as I would have much rather seen the B1G go after 2 teams that would strengthen the conference from a football standpoint, but I hope things work out. Rutgers has been a decent football program over the past 5-6 years, but I worry about them being able to sustain that against tougher competition than they faced in the Big East.
For more on Maryland to the Big Ten, my man Vico has you covered here.
Welp, time for the Hive, eh?
Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Miller joins Kansas State’s Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M as finalists for the award. The Davey O’Brien trophy is awarded each year to the nation’s top quarterback. Previous winners include: RGIII, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Troy Smith, Vince Young, along with many other college football greats. If Braxton were to have a good game this weekend against TTUN, he would have a great end to what has been a terrific season for the sophomore signal-caller.
Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference happened yesterday. Video and full-transcript can be seen here.
Like the 2009 and 2010 TTUN games and last season’s Wisconsin game, Ohio State will wear a special uniform for this Saturday’s showdown against scUM. Pictures can be seen here.
It’s been real, y’all. Enjoy your week, have a happy Thanksgiving, and on Friday, avoid all the buffets in Columbus as Brady Hoke will be here by then and they will more than likely be cleared out.
Go Bucks! Beat TTUN!