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Don’t Watch This; Watch That, Week 11: Your Guide to the College Football Schedule is Erasing Our History

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A historian guides you through the weekend’s college football action...and prepares you (and himself) for THAT Thanksgiving conversation with your family.

Kevin Ehrman and the Mapping Prejudice team

At my last visit with certain family members, I was shown an article headline that claimed the Minnesota Historical Society is “Weaponizing History” and told they looked forward to a discussion of its contents at Thanksgiving.

If anyone would like to expose me to COVID around 5pm on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, please do. I mean, I’m happy to head down to the yearly informal class reunion at Jersey’s, but it’d be better for my blood pressure if I could just be exposed in the comfort of my own home.

More on that in a Very Special Thanksgiving DWT;WT.


It has been an exhausting couple weeks of work and travel—last weekend alone I went HOU-DEN-MSP-MKE-MSP-HOU in the span of 5 days—and I don’t have a ton for you here in the way of groundbreaking insight.

What I would like you to do, in the vein of people fearing “revisionist history” being taught by Socialist Marxist Leftist Antifa BLM Communists like me—a generic straight white Catholic dude from the Twin Cities suburbs—is continue to educate yourself. Layer knowledge on top of knowledge. That, after all, is what leads to fears that we’re “erasing” or “revising” our history: “erasing” history is no more than the fear that people will discover some history that was actually erased, rather intentionally, tens or hundreds of years ago.

They’ll discover that Native children’s histories and languages were literally beaten out of them at boarding schools like the Carlisle Indian School—and really not want you to talk about how similar schools existed across the Midwest and the West:

  • 1: Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, PA)
  • 5: Genoa Indian Industrial School (Genoa, NE)
  • 8: Wittenberg Indian School (Wittenburg, WI)
  • 9: Morris Indian Boarding School (Morris, MN—today U. of Minnesota-Morris, where Native students attend tuition-free, a policy to be extended throughout the U of M system)
  • 14: Pierre Indian School (Pierre, SD)
  • 16: Flandreau School (Flandreau, SD)
  • 20: Pipestone Indian School (Pipestone, MN)
  • 21: Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School (Mt. Pleasant, MI)
  • 22: Tomah Indian School (Tomah, WI)
  • 24: Rapid City Indian School (Rapid City, SD)
  • 25: St. Joseph’s Indian School (Chamberlain, SD)
Samantha M. Williams

They’ll discover that, in addition to the de facto segregationist housing practices of redlining that we’ve looked at before on Mapping Inequality, people of color, Jews, and other marginalized communities were explicitly, intentionally, consciously excluded from the comfortable suburban and urban homes of their communities.

Below I’ve included the Mapping Prejudice map, created by Kevin Ehrman of the Mapping Prejudice Project using resources from the University of Minnesota. These maps visualize data called racial housing covenants, language written into the deeds of properties that restricted to whom those properties might be sold. While ruled unconstitutional in 1948’s Shelley v. Kramer and unenforceable today, the language remains in some deeds in cities like Houston, as the Houston Chronicle recently profiled, and the pernicious effects of segregating and excluding people on account of their race contributed to racial housing trends and practices that persisted through the 1960s in places like Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and into the modern day.

Here’s where they were in Minneapolis (to read the text itself, you’ll have to click the Mapping Prejudice link and learn something—the horror):

Only a couple maps that I’m aware of have really begun to map and track those racial housing covenants, but they’re worth your time:

Feel free to share others that you’ve looked at or used in the comments. (They’ll likely find their way into my Spring Semester syllabus, though I’m not crediting StinkMaster69 of Off Tackle Empire dot com in any written University document.)

More broadly, though, you’ll likely see me working through some of this stuff in the coming weeks. The concept of “erasing history” or “revising history” is one I’m particularly tired of. I can’t begin to imagine the feelings of those communities who have actually been historically, actively, intentionally erased.

Poll

Do you even read the intro, or am I wasting my time?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    No and yes.
    (30 votes)
  • 59%
    Yes and no.
    (122 votes)
  • 18%
    Yes and yes.
    (38 votes)
  • 6%
    No and no, somehow.
    (14 votes)
204 votes total Vote Now

Thursday Evening

Don’t Watch This

{NFL} Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins [7:20pm, FOX/NFL]

{CONMEBOL} Paraguay vs. Chile [5pm, FuboSports]
{CONMEBOL} Brazil vs. Colombia [6:30pm, Fox Soccer Plus]
{CONMEBOL} Peru vs. Bolivia [8pm, FuboSports]

Watch That

North Carolina Tar Heels at #21 Pittsburgh Panthers

6:30pm | ESPN | Pitt -6.5 | O/U 73

{MHKY} Michigan at Penn State

7:30pm | BTN, Fox Sports App

Men’s Basketball of Interest

George Washington at #21 Maryland

5:30pm | BTN | MD -17.5 | O/U 142

CSU Fullerton at San Jose State

9pm | Mountain West Network | CSUF -6 | O/U 144.5

Northern Colorado Bears at Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

10:59pm | ESPN+ | UNC -2.5 | O/U 137.5 | Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic

{FFA Cup} South Melbourne vs. Melbourne City [2:30am, ESPN+]

Kind of rough that the Tim Miles Era in San Jose begins with him a 6-point home dog to a team projected to finish around sixth in the Big West.

Want a full basketball schedule and Big Ten takes? Check out our weekly Big Ten basketball open thread:

I have to say, for how wonderful it is that we’re getting MACtion on Tuesday and Wednesday night, it’s complete shit that we don’t have adequate levels of FUNBELTing on Thursdays.

This week, thankfully, we get a small reprieve, since Pitt is—well, Pitt, and North Carolina showed in its upset of Wake Forest last weekend that defense is, indeed, optional in Chapel Hill.

Poll

Thursday night! Hello! I’ll be watching from Groveland Tap, but what should I turn on?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    UNC-Pitt
    (36 votes)
  • 11%
    Baltimore-Miami
    (12 votes)
  • 12%
    College Basketball
    (13 votes)
  • 13%
    College Hockey
    (14 votes)
  • 2%
    Some soccer, you freak
    (3 votes)
  • 25%
    I dunno, maybe just enjoy your cheese curds and have a good time and stop sinking so much of your passion into a website that I really just read for the polls and shit-posting
    (27 votes)
105 votes total Vote Now

Friday Evening

Don’t Watch This

#5 Cincinnati Bearcats (-23.5, O/U 57) at South Florida Brahman Bulls [5pm, ESPN2]

{MHKY} Wisconsin at Notre Dame [6:30pm, NBCSN]
{MHKY} Ohio State at Minnesota [6:30pm, BTN+]
{CONMEBOL} Uruguay vs. Argentina [5pm, FuboSports]
{CONCACAF} Honduras vs. Panama [7:05pm, Paramount+]
{CONCACAF} Canada vs. Costa Rica [8:05pm, Paramount+]
{CONCACAF} El Salvador vs. Jamaica [9pm, Paramount+]

Watch That

Wyoming Cowboys at Boise State Broncos

8pm | FS1 | Boise -13.5 | O/U 48.5

{MBB} Western Kentucky vs. Minnesota

5:30pm | ESPNU | Asheville Championship

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers!

USMNT vs. Mexico

8:10pm | ESPN

B1G Volleyball

#9 Purdue at #4 Wisconsin

7pm | BTN+

#15 Penn State at Michigan

6pm | BTN+

{FFA Cup} Blacktown City Demons vs. Central Coast Mariners [12am, ESPN+]

Dumb that all the volleyball is hidden behind BTN+.

In the football arena, I have two takes to offer you:

  • For all the College Football Playoff outrage over Cincinnati, I have cooled on the Bearcats. I just don’t find them particularly interesting. Note to G5 teams wanting to be considered in MY Top 5—play fast, stupid, enjoyable football! (Go Coogs.) You’re still not making the CFP, unfortunately, but at least you’ll be entertaining!
  • Wyoming is a fun, dumb throwback and I wish Craig Bohl would’ve gotten a shot in the Big Ten. Take last week against Colorado State in BORDER WAR: the ‘Pokes ran the ball 56 times for 385 yards, and latest Big Brute QB Levi Williams (6’5”, 225) threw it only 16 times for 92 yards on 9 completions...but 2 TDs and 0 scores while running 12 times for 116 and a TD. That’s beautiful! Wonder if Nebraska would ever give him a call...

Poll

Don’t even know what I’m asking in this poll:

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Cincy-USF AND Wyoming-Boise
    (18 votes)
  • 15%
    Just Cincy-USF
    (17 votes)
  • 13%
    Just Boise-Wyoming
    (15 votes)
  • 30%
    USMNT-Mexico for me!
    (33 votes)
  • 21%
    Big Ten Volleyball
    (24 votes)
  • 2%
    Blacktown City Demons say mooooooore
    (3 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now

Saturday Morning

Don’t Watch This

Northwestern Wildcats at #18 wisconsin badgers (-24.5, O/U 41) [11am, ESPN2]
New Mexico State Aggies at #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (-51.5, O/U 67) [11am, SECN]
#8 Oklahoma Sooners (-5.5, O/U 62.5) at #13 Baylor Bears [11am, FOX]
Mississippi State Bulldogs at #17 Auburn Tigers (-5.5, O/U 50) [11am, ESPN]
Samford Bulldogs at Florida Gators [11am, ESPN+]
UConn Huskies at Clemson Tigers (-41, O/U 51) [11am, ACCN]
Syracuse Orange at Louisville Cardinals (-3, O/U 55.5) [11am, ESPN3]
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Indiana Hoosiers (-7, O/U 42) [11am, BTN]
Maine Black Bears at UMass Minutemen [11am, FloSports]
West Virginia Mountaineers at Kansas State Wildcats (-6.5, O/U 47) [11am, FS1]
East Carolina Pirates at Memphis Tigers (-5.5, O/U 59) [11am, ESPN+]
Houston Cougars (-24.5, O/U 54) at Temple Owls [11am, ESPN+]
Bucknell Bison at Army Black Knights [11am, CBSSN]

{CAF} Liberia vs. Nigeria [10am, ESPN+]
{CAF} Equatorial Guinea vs. Tunisia [10am, ESPN+]
{CAF} Cape Verde Islands vs. Central African Republic [10am, ESPN+]
{UEFA} Norway vs. Latvia [11am, ESPN+]
{UEFA} Turkey vs. Gibraltar [11am, ESPN3]

Watch That

#6 Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions

11am | ABC | Mich -1.5 | O/U 48.5

UCF Citronauts at SMU Mustangs

11am | ESPNU | SMU -7 | O/U 60.5

Sometimes during the week I’ll gather together tweets to throw into this article. This week, no context, all I had compiled was this:

So there’s that.

Poll

Good morning.

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Michigan-Penn State
    (57 votes)
  • 2%
    UCF-SMU, gimme some points to wake up to
    (3 votes)
  • 20%
    My Big Ten team is playing at this time
    (26 votes)
  • 32%
    Call me a pig and gimme some pancakes, baby
    (42 votes)
128 votes total Vote Now

Saturday Afternoon

Don’t Watch This

#24 Utah Utes (-24, O/U 54) at Arizona Wildcats [1pm, Pac-12]
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (-18, O/U 62.5) at Rice Owls [1pm, ESPN+]
Georgia State Panthers at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (-10.5, O/U 52) [1pm, ESPN+]
South Alabama Jaguars at Appalachian State Mountaineers (-23.5, O/U 53) [1:30pm, ESPN+]
#20 Northern Iowa Panthers at #16 Missouri State Bears [2pm, ESPN+]
Georgia Southern Eagles at Texas State Bobcats (-2, O/U 53.5) [2pm, ESPN+]
#1 Georgia Bulldogs (-20, O/U 56) at Tennessee Volunteers [2:30pm, CBS]
#19 Purdue Boilermakers at #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (-20, O/U 62) [2:30pm, ABC]
Southern Miss Golden Eagles at #23 UTSA Roadrunners (-33, O/U 54.5) [2:30pm, ESPN+]
Charlotte 49ers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (-6.5, O/U 57) [2:30pm, Stadium]
FIU Sunblazers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (-10, O/U 56) [2:30pm, ESPN3]
Florida Atlantic Owls (-6.5, O/U 48) at Old Dominion Monarchs [2:30pm, ESPN+]
UAB Blazers at Marshall Thundering Herd (-4.5, O/U 55) [2:30pm, CBSSN]
Miami Fluoride Hurricanes (-2.5, O/U 61) at Florida State Seminoles [2:30pm, ESPN]
Boston College Eagles at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-2, O/U 54) [2:30pm, ESPN3]
Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies (-11.5, O/U 50) [2:30pm, ACCN]
Iowa State Cyclones (-10.5, O/U 58.5) at Texas Tech Red Raiders [2:30pm, ESPN2]
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (-6.5, O/U 49) at Troy Trojans [2:30pm, ESPN+]
#2 James Madison Dukes at #25 Bill & Mary Tribe [2:30pm, FloSports]
Maryland Terrapins at #7 Michigan State Spartans (-13, O/U 61) [3pm, FOX]
South Carolina Gamecocks at Missouri Tigers (EVEN, O/U 55) [3pm, SECN]
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (-3.5, O/U 56.5) at UNLV Rebels [3pm, Stadium]
Stanford Cardinal at Oregon State Beavers (-12.5, O/U 55.5) [4:30pm, Pac-12]

{CPL} Edmonton vs. Forge [1pm, Fox Soccer Plus]
{UEFA} Wales vs. Belarus [1:45pm, ESPN3]
{UEFA} Belgium vs. Estonia [1:45pm, ESPN+]
{UEFA} France vs. Kazakhstan [1:45pm, ESPN+]
{UEFA} Montenegro vs. Netherlands [1:45pm, ESPN+]

Watch That

#4 South Dakota State Jackrabbits at #19 South Dakota Coyotes

1pm | ESPN+ | DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES

Three Vomiting Emojis Game of the Week

Minnesota Gophers at #20 Iowa Hawkeyes

2:30pm | BTN | Iowa -5.5 | O/U 37

UTEP Miners at North Texas Mean Green

3pm | ESPN+ | UTEP -1 | O/U 55

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Tulane Green Wave

3pm | ESPNU | Tulsa -3 | O/U 55.5

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at UNLV Rebels

3pm | Stadium | Hawaii -3.5 | O/U 56.5

It always feels weird when you see Hawaii playing a game before the evening. Transgressive, even, though they’re in the Mountain West and if Colorado State wanted they could play Hawaii in Fort Collins at 11am their time, which would put the ‘Bows on TV here at noon.

I think that’s how time zones work, anyway.

There is a smattering of games at 3pm and later that all have the potential to be very dumb—Arkansas State-ULM feels like it should be exceptionally stupid, and yet I’ve not watched enough of either team yet this year to tell you either way.

Two teams I have watched enough of are the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and this game better be every bit as assy as it’s supposed to be.

Poll

Saturday afternoon! I’m probably taking pictures at a winery or something, you’re watching...

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    THE DAKOTA SHOWDOWN
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    UTEP-UNT, which I’ve just realized spells UTE PUNT and does the pac-12 know about this
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Tulsa-Tulane, the colorful disaster bowl
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Bows-Rebs
    (2 votes)
  • 48%
    Gophers-Hawkeyes, the under, and a whooooooole lotta booze
    (62 votes)
  • 36%
    M Big Ten team is playing at this time
    (47 votes)
  • 7%
    smdh you didn’t list the field hockey championships or glee club regionals or quiz bowl sectionals
    (9 votes)
128 votes total Vote Now

Saturday Evening

Don’t Watch This

#11 Texas A&M Aggies (-2.5, O/U 56.5) at #15 Ole Miss Rebels [6pm, ESPN]
Kentucky Wildcats (-12, O/U 52.5) at Vanderbilt Commodores [6pm, ESPN2]
Arizona State Sun Devils (-5.5, O/U 44) at Washington Huskies [6pm, FS1]
New Mexico Lobos at Fresno State Bulldogs (-24.5, O/U 51) [6pm, Stadium]
#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-5.5, O/U 64) at Virginia Cavaliers [6:30pm, ABC]
#25 Arkansas Razorbacks (-2.5, O/U 59) at LSU Tigers [6:30pm, SECN]
Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Longhorns (-30.5, O/U 62) [6:30pm, ESPNU]
TCU Horned Frogs at #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (-13, O/U 54.5) [7pm, FOX]

{USL} Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Birmingham Legion [6pm, ESPN+]
{USL} Louisville City vs. Charlotte Independence [6:30pm, ESPN+]

Watch That

Air Force Falcons at Colorado State Rams

6pm | CBSSN | AFA -2.5 | O/U 45

#16 NC State Wolfpack at #12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

6:30pm | ACCN | Wake -1.5 | O/U 66.5

I’m trying to decide whether it’s my own detachment from college football in a season where Northwestern is bound to finish dead last in the BigTen that’s meant I don’t give a shit about College Gameday, or whether it’s just that the property has become less valuable or watched now that B1G N00D SATURDAY is another outlet for my viewing pleasure.

I say that because I assume Gameday is going to The Grove for A&M-Ole Miss, and I give nary a fig.

With that in mind, we need to talk about the Air Force-Colorado State rivalry, in which these two Colorado institutions play for the RAM-FALCON TROPHY.

Is it a giant ram and giant falcon atop a pedestal?

A sort of ram-falcon hybrid, a la the Platypus Trophy?

Well, it comes close to a bitchin’ wildlife panorama, but then...

Make the ram and falcon both 200% larger, Mountain West Conference, and then we’ll talk.

Poll

Saturday night’s alright for

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Air Force-Colorado State
    (16 votes)
  • 19%
    NC State-Wake Forest
    (18 votes)
  • 44%
    Some other football game
    (42 votes)
  • 19%
    A different sport not listed here
    (18 votes)
94 votes total Vote Now

It’s late and I’m drunk...

Don’t Watch This

Colorado Buffaloes at UCLA Bruins (-17, O/U 57) [8pm, Pac-12]
Washington State Cougars at #3 Oregon Ducks (-14, O/U 57) [9:30pm, ESPN]

{USL} San Antonio vs. Rio Grande Valley [8pm, ESPN+]
{USL} Orange County SC vs. Oakland Roots [9pm, ESPN+]

Watch That

Nevada Wolf Pack at #22 San Diego State Aztecs

9:30pm | CBSSN | SDSU -2.5 | O/U 46

Utah State Aggies at San Jose State Spartans

9:30pm | FS1 | SJSU -4.5 | O/U 57

{NISA} LA Force vs. Detroit City FC

9pm | Eleven Sports

Actually a decent amount of intrigue in one of the Don’t Watch This games, too—the Cougs could throw the whole Pac-12 North (and College Football Playoff) landscape into disarray if they get past Oregon. The Ducks sit just a game above the Cougs at 5-1, and this win would give Wazzu the tiebreak on a run-in (Arizona, @Washington) that would lend itself to Oregon being denied even a sniff at a season-saving Pac-12 Championship Game win.

While San Jose State could still go bowling with a win over Fresno next week, this home date with Utah State is their best chance at getting to 6 wins. Pray for Brent Brennan and the boys.

Nevada-San Diego State is a glorified play-in game to the Mountain West Championship (at 4-1, they’re a half-game ahead of 4-2 Fresno), so that’s an obvious Watch That, too.

Poll

It’s late, I’m drunk, and I’m watching...

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Nevada-San Diego State
    (12 votes)
  • 5%
    Utah State-San Jose State
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Some soccer
    (2 votes)
  • 18%
    Wazzu-Oregon
    (17 votes)
  • 15%
    College basketball, maybe?
    (14 votes)
  • 6%
    whatever the bar has on
    (6 votes)
  • 39%
    lol i passed out hours ago
    (36 votes)
92 votes total Vote Now

Here’s your college football open thread for Thursday and Friday, if you want it. Behave.