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Across The Empire: Your Early Games Open Thread

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We're over halfway home for the 2013 college football season, and if there's a theme this week, I guess it would be 'Survival Saturday'.

First, our game grid (times in CST, the official time of Off Tackle Empire):

Time Visitor Home TV Network
11:00 Northwestern Iowa
11:00 Nebraska Minnesota ESPN
2:30 Michigan State Illinois ABC
7:00 Penn State Ohio State ABC

So why is today survival Saturday? Well, I think the loser of the Iowa and Northwestern game will be sitting home for bowl season. If Minnesota is going to survive to bowl season, they'll need to steal a win from a team they're not supposed to beat. MSU shouldn't have any issues surviving Illinois, but OSU needs to survive and beat Penn State to keep from being eliminated in their quest for a spot in the BCS National Championship.

The rules of the open thread remain the same--no linking or mentioning of illegal streams for games, no links to porn or NSFW pics, and play nice.