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Outback Bowl, Big Ten Basketball Saturday Open Thread

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WIndiana takes the stage against a sub-.500 Ole Miss, and a ranked Iowa-Rutgers basketball matchup—oh god we’ve gotten into the drugs again haven’t we

dreams do come true

The least you could’ve done was thanked us, Ryan Day.

Gator Bowl

#23 N.C. State Wolfpack (8-3) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (4-6)

11am | ESPN | UK -2.5 | O/U 49
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL

This is the Belk Bowl. You can’t lie to me and say this isn’t the Belk Bowl. I’M ONTO YOU, 2020.

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for all the cheaper mortgages

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  • 94%
    pack
    (16 votes)
  • 5%
    cats
    (1 vote)
17 votes total Vote Now

Outback Bowl

#11 Indiana Hoosiers (6-1) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (4-5)

11:30am | ABC | IU -9.5 | O/U 66.5
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

I spent most of this week thinking Northwestern was playing in the Outback Bowl—I really thought losing to Auburn would get me a free Bloomin’ Onion.

Since I’m a fucking moron, go read Candystripes’ excellent preview of this game:

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IT’S THE BEST POLL OF THE YEAR

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  • 38%
    COCONUT SHRIMP
    (10 votes)
  • 61%
    BLOOMIN’ ONION
    (16 votes)
26 votes total Vote Now

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k but seriously also who wins

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  • 80%
    buffaloes
    (16 votes)
  • 20%
    landsharks
    (4 votes)
20 votes total Vote Now

Fiesta Bowl

#25 Oregon Ducks (4-2) vs. #10 Iowa State Cyclones (8-3)

3pm | ESPN | ISU -5 | O/U 59
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Look at the absurdity of this game.

Then remember that #11 Indiana is playing sub-.500 Ole Miss.

Fuck you, Gary Barta.

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pick a bird

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  • 44%
    duck
    (16 votes)
  • 55%
    tornardocardinal
    (20 votes)
36 votes total Vote Now

Orange Bowl

#5 Texas A&M Aggies (8-1) vs. #13 North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3)

7pm | ESPN | TAMU -7.5 | O/U 65.5
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

Suck it, winner of this game:

I’ll have spent my Saturday watching some of Indiana while my wife gets round 1 of the COVID vaccine—God bless her and all you health care workers, because holy shit—and then going for a boozy walk with some friends, maybe finished with a brewery patio visit. If this game’s on when I get home, it is.

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which good ol boy

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  • 48%
    jimbo
    (13 votes)
  • 51%
    mack
    (14 votes)
27 votes total Vote Now

oh god but there’s more on TV today. so here you go:

Big Ten Basketball

#10 Iowa Hawkeyes at #14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights

1pm | ESPN2 | Iowa -3 | O/U 158.5

Purdue Boilermakers at #15 Illinois Fighting Illini

5pm | BTN | Illinois -8.5 | O/U 149

#17 Michigan State Spartans (0-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska Cornhuskers

7pm | BTN | MSU -8.5 | O/U 152


Other Basketball Games

#8 Texas Longhorns at #3 Kansas Jayhawks

11am | ESPN2 | KU -4 | O/U 136.5

#11 Creighton Bluejays at Providence Friars

11am | FOX | Creighton -4 | O/U 146.5

Duquesne Dukes at George Washington Colonials

11:30am | NBCSN | Duq -8.5 | O/U 145

Lafayette Leopards at Lehigh Mountain Hawks

1pm | ESPN+ | Lehigh -1 | O/U 143.5

Apparently the Patriot League skipped their non-con due to COVID, so this should be fun.

LSU Tigers at Florida Gators

1pm | CBS | Florida -1.5 | O/U 152

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Idaho Vandals

1pm | PlutoTV | NAU -2.5 | O/U 136.5

Davidson Wildcats at VCU Rams

1:30pm | NBCSN | VCU -5 | O/U 136.5

Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions

2pm | UAPB | UAPB -10.5 | O/U 146.5

The Golden Lions somehow upset Arkansas State, 75-74, after going 0-fer on a hellish road trip through the Midwest (and also St. Louis).

Ohio Bobcats at Ball State Cardinals

2pm | CBSSN | Balls -1 | O/U 143

Colorado State Rams at San Diego State Aztecs

3pm | CBS | SDSU -8.5 | O/U 136.5

St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Richmond Spiders

4pm | CBSSN | Rich -5.5 | O/U 148

Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Austin Peay Governors

4pm | ESPN+ | APSU -4.5 | O/U 153

Wichita State Shockers at Ole Miss Rebels

5pm | ESPNU | Miss -7.5 | O/U 133.5

Marquette Golden Eagles at Georgetown Hoyas

6:30pm | CBSSN | Marq -4.5 | O/U 149

RING OUT AHOYA

San Francisco Dons at #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs

7pm | ESPN2 | Gonzaga -19.5 | O/U 162.5

Stanford Cardinal at #21 Oregon Ducks

9pm | ESPN2 | Oregon -5.5 | O/U 141

Nevada Wolf Pack at New Mexico Lobos

9pm | CBSSN | Nev -6 | O/U 143

That’s a lot of sports. There’s also soccer on. West Ham won yesterday and I don’t feel like half-assing this any further. Celtic-Rangers on at 6:30am on ESPN+, and you should read this on the Ibrox disaster.

Here’s your open thread for the day’s action. Enjoy and behave.