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Big Ten at Ten 8.20.12: Something Something Injured Iowa RB

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Ex-Spartan Kirk Cousins went 18/23 for 264 yards and 3 TDs in the Redskins 33-31 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Ex-Spartan Kirk Cousins went 18/23 for 264 yards and 3 TDs in the Redskins 33-31 loss to the Chicago Bears.

As I decided to be an Iowan and skimp out on my linkdump responsibilities for the Iowa State Fair last Friday (MMMMMM DOUBLE BACON WRAPPED CORN DOGS DIABEEEETUS), this will be a lengthy Big Ten at Ten. Over the weekend the Big Ten Network Tour made their way from Illinois to Ohio State and will be in State College to watch the Nittany Lions today, Minnesota added a national title in football and Iowa quite possibly lost another running back to a knee injury. Yes, you read that correctly. Iowa quite possibly lost another running back to a knee injury.

Because this is one of the youngest teams Kirk Ferentz has fielded in years and several players were sidelined the first time around, he decided to hold another scrimmage/open practice. Things were relatively uneventful until this happened:

True freshman Barkley Hill was jogging into the endzone when fullback Jacob Reisen and cornerback Torrey Campbell appeared out of nowhere and crashed into his leg. His knee buckled, he fell to the ground and was carted off a few minutes later. There's no official word at this time but if you watch the video it looks like an ACL/MCL sprain at the very least. At the very worst...well....ya know.

As Jesse previously posted, the AP Preseason Poll was released over the weekend. USC checked in at #1 and is followed by Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon. The highest ranked Big Ten team is Michigan, who also received a #1 vote from Bob Asmussen. Asmussen, a beat writer for the Champaign News-Gazette, believes the Wolverines are the best team in the nation and stands by his vote. He also has the Wolverines beating Alabama:

I just have a gut feeling, for no reason, that Michigan wins that game. Then all bets are off at that point. Now, they may lose 38-10 and I'll get ridiculed and that's OK, but I just have a feeling, for whatever reason, they'll be OK in that game

That's right kids. Preseason ballots and week 1 predictions based on "gut feelings" are published and we're actually supposed to take them seriously. Links after the jump.

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Things I need: a non-Gannett newspaper for Purdue and Minnesota. Other things I need: running backs.