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Spanning The Empire: Your Week 11 Conference Open Thread

I am a runner. I'm not fast. I don't win anything, but it keeps me going. It clears my head. It's when I get a chance to do my thinking. There are times, when life is at its worst, that all I want is to lace up my shoes and get out to run. 

While I'm not a college football player, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a lot of players are feeling that way right now. It was seven days ago that I first saw Penn State referred to on Twitter as the "Nambla Lions" (and a tip of the hat to our readers - you have handled this disgusting episode with more class and understanding than many of the people who were paid to cover it). How horrible this whole week has been. How good is it going to feel for the players to lace up their shoes and step across the blue line? The people who are saying that the game shouldn't be played don't get it. That's the one place where those 18-22 year-olds won't be bombarded with this story. It's their one chance to get away. Don't take that away from them. 

No, it's time for football now. We can rage at the tragedy and the conditions that caused it. But, we have to catch our breath. Playing these games does not show that we're moving on. It shows that we're human, and we need to clear our heads.

Time (CST) Visitor Home Television Note
11 AM Ohio State Purdue BTN Buckeyes lost at Purdue last visit
11 AM Michigan State Iowa ESPN2 Sparty hasn't won at Kinnick since 1989.
11 AM Nebraska Penn State ESPN There's nothing to say. Just play.
11 AM Rice Northwestern BTN Can Northwestern avenge Purdue's loss?
2:30 Wisconsin Minnesota BTN I do love trophy games.
2:30 Michigan Illinois ABC/ESPN (reverse mirror) One of these team's season becomes a disaster.

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Let's lace up our shoes and get out there.