Wasn’t “November Rain” a Guns N’ Roses’ song? I think it was.
You all think I’m a nerdy cowboy music person. I had a Guns N’ Roses album once. I think it was the ’80s, it might’ve been the one with “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on it.
There once was a point where I would’ve tried new stuff. Like way out there stuff, like metal.
That time has passed. I don’t listen to rap and I won’t call it “hip hop.” I bought the new Neil Young album and eventually will purchase it on vinyl.
What’s the point here? Change isn’t easy. It sometimes isn’t an option when you’ve spent your life believing in a certain way and building the prism through which you see your world. The older you get, the harder it comes. When your beliefs have taken you to the heights and carried you through the lows, you tend to cling to them and fall back on them to guide you.
It’s still rap to me.
Looking For a Share of the Crown: Ohio State can become the first Big Ten team in 2012 to earn a share of a division championship this weekend. A Buckeye victory against Illinois on Saturday, coupled with a Purdue victory against Penn State, would give Ohio State at least a share of the Leaders Division crown. The Buckeyes maintained their unblemished record last weekend after defeating the Nittany Lions, and hold a 1.5 game lead over second-place Penn State. Wisconsin is third in the Leaders Division, two games behind Ohio State, and has a bye this weekend.
Crowded at the Top: Just one game separates first from fourth place in the Legends Division standings as each team has played at least half of its conference games this season. Last Saturday’s matchups saw the division’s top four teams going head-to-head with Michigan facing Nebraska and Iowa taking on Northwestern. A Cornhusker victory brought Nebraska into a first-place tie with the Wolverines, while the Wildcats moved into third place in the division standings after defeating Iowa on Saturday. Nebraska and Michigan each are on the road in divisional contests, Iowa heads to Indiana and Northwestern enjoys its bye week this Saturday.
Bowled Over: With its victory over nationally ranked Michigan on Saturday, Nebraska notched its sixth victory of the season to become bowl eligible . . . Nebraska is the third conference program to earn bowl eligibility this season, along with Northwestern and Wisconsin. In addition, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota need just one more victory to become bowl eligible.
Rushers Pass the Century Mark: Last Saturday’s efforts saw four conference rushers surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season, including one quarterback. The quartet is among a group of just 10 rushers nationally to have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark this year . . .
Going For 10: With a road victory against conference-unbeaten Penn State last Saturday, Ohio State kept its unblemished record intact by improving to 9-0. The Buckeyes are the only team in the country boasting nine victories this season, and one of six teams in the country with an undefeated record this year . . .
More Than a Win at Stake: Among this week’s slate of matchups is a pair of trophy games between annual rivals . . .
Another Four-Million Season: Last weekend, the Big Ten surpassed the four-million mark in total attendance for the 20th straight season . . .
The Epitome of Student-Athlete: The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame named Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead and Northwestern’s Patrick Ward two of 15 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards . . .
The Big Ten teleconference is dominated by Spartan Nation and some radio guy. Digest that how you will.
KF Opening statement — Tough loss on the road. Travel to Indiana. Play a team coming off real good win. They’ve made improvement and have lost four games by 10 points. Confident team.
Defense has at least one takeaway — I think that’s one of the things we’ve done well. We’ve protected it well and have gotten takeaways. That’s a positive.
Indiana defense, numbers not stout, what do you see? — I would reference they have some new players out there. One area stats don’t bear out. Playing better than last year. Two vets inside, playing well. Lots of experience. Improved at LB. Active secondary. Tackles for loss, they are a very disruptive group.
Situation at RB — We don’t expect Mark [Weisman] to play. Not likely this week. Good news is Damon is back after six weeks. Started slow. Played well and competed hard. Maybe get both together one of these days.
Hyde past 200 tackles — Came in with a great attitude. Tweener in recruiting. Lots of attention from MAC. Came in and could’ve played WR as well as DB. He had two stellar plays the other day, killed a punt and they hit a big run with very fast RB and Micah tracked him down and didn’t horsecollar. That to me speaks volumes. Showed a little more speed than I thought he had on that one.
More speed? — That RB is fast. Micah showed a different gear there. Maybe we need to try him at RB.
At WR? — We’ve thought about it. Too valuable.
Iowa D -- Play as well as we possibly can. Third week of fast-paced teams. Challenge, we’ve had practice at it. Still gets down to getting off the field. We have to do a better job of that. Going to be a real challenge. They score points. That’s what shooting for on offense.
Frosh QB — A player playing high school football last year, seemed unfazed. Very impressive.
Personnel IU on O, D — Young on OL, but improved. Guys with experience have improved their play. RB very good. It’s a different style of attack. Outside guys very talented, skilled, productive. Good size and explosive. A lot to defend.
IU’s QB last week was Nate Sudfeld, a true freshman. He threw two TD passes to lift the Hoosiers. He replaced Cameron Coffman, who remains listed No. 1 on the depth chart for this week’s game.
Sudfeld replaced Coffman after the starter threw a first quarter interception. Coffman hasn’t taken care of the football the past two weeks, and it started a quarterback debate last week. If he makes similar mistake or two against Iowa this week, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will likely pull him again.
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