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Gophers invent the Pyrrhic (moral) victory.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Ohio State at Minnesota
Minnesota fans can keep plenty quiet without your help, friend-o.

Good morning! How’s the hangover?

Feels weird to not have some Friday content—here’s a little news and commentary from around the wide world of college football:

A Pyrrhic (Moral) Victory?

Minnesota gave a relatively green Ohio State all they could handle in Minneapolis last night, with Mohamed Ibrahim rolling up 163 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries. Let’s take a second to appreciate what that looked like first...

...because Ibrahim has almost certainly—so say the real doctors on Twitter—torn his Achilles tendon and is done for the year. There’s video out there if you want to watch it. Instead, might I recommend just remembering the good times?

Of course, then we remind ourselves that Ohio State is just bigger and faster than your team and how thin the margins that enabled 55-24 and 49-20 really were:

I had the chance to tailgate in Lot 37 with some family and friends yesterday and this was the exact conversation we had—you will think your team is hanging with Ohio State, the glimmer of an upset appears, and then they basically just run 4 verts and play 500 because they fucking can.

Here’s hoping for a miracle with Mo Ibrahim, though. What a loss for the Gophers and for the conference.

Hard to CHOP all that water

Rutgers’ game with Temple was postponed to Saturday at 11am CT after the remnants of Hurricane Ida beat the living shit out of the Northeast. I mentioned some of the carnage in DWT;WT, but, uh...

Stay safe, all our Jersey friends. Hope power’s back on soon if it’s not already.

FCS UPSETS GALORE!

  • Since you were probably watching Minnesota-Ohio State, you missed FCS #21 UC Davis upsetting a Tulsa Golden Hurricane squad that was ranked a good amount of 2020.
  • Like someone told you, though, when Gophers-Buckeyes was done the fireworks kept up on Stadium—a free app to download for Roku, etc.—as the BLOOD EAGLES of Eastern Washington (FCS #14) took a sizable fanbase from Cheney down to Allegiant Stadium and upset UNLV in 2OT (after blowing a 20-6 lead) with a great stop on UNLV’s 2-point conversion:

Could the South Dakota Coyotes pull off that magic at Kansas tonight, or could the once-favored (now CSU -3) South Dakota State Jackrabbits (FCS #4, defending FCS runners-up) pull off a big win against Steve Addazio’s Rams in Fort Collins?

Give us your Coach Conveyance

Hot off the successes of the Lane Train at Florida Atlantic, the UCF Citronauts—36-31 winners over Boise State behind a 21-point comeback and career rushing night from Northwestern transfer Isaiah Bowser—are riding the Gus Bus:

That’s probably future Nebraska Cornhuskers HC Gus Malzahn, in case you’ve already forgotten.

We had our own ideas for how the rest of Florida can keep up with the Owls’ and Citronauts’ rhyming conveyances.

Give us yours in the comments!

What’s new at OTE today?

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Check out our regular Picks and Predictions thread, let us know Where You’ll Be and What You’ll Be Drinking, and check out your guide to the Week 1 college football schedule.

Here’s a thread to bridge the gap to the afternoon. Feel free to use it for your postgame takes from Minnesota-Ohio State or just to vent, if you’d like.

All our friends on the East Coast, especially—please stay safe.

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Will Gus Malzahn be the next coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers?

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  • 34%
    Yes
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    No
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  • 9%
    No, but he will be a future coach of the Huskers—and I vow to explain this take in the comments
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