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Around the Empire: October 18, 2023

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NCAA Football: Illinois at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend, I traveled the length and breadth of the Capital Beltway to College Park, MD to watch what was likely going to be another brutal Illinois loss, in October rain, no less. But hey, the rain stayed away, October Maryland showed up, and the Illini won on a walkoff field goal. Dreams really do come true!

If you also spent your weekend avoiding inclement weather or inclement football (looking at you, Iowa-Wisconsin), here’s what you might have missed from around the Big Ten and beyond.


Michigan Wolverines 52, Indiana Hoosiers 7

Ohio State Buckeyes 41, Purdue Boilermakers 7

Penn State Nittany Lions 63, Massachusetts Minutemen 0

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 27, Michigan State Spartans 24

Iowa Hawkeyes 15, Wisconsin Badgers 6

Illinois Fighting Illini 27, Maryland Terrapins 24

Football coverage from Off Tackle Empire:

  • Don’t forget to get your choices in for Survivor and for the ATS picks games. Green 96 and Ziowa09, thank you for continuing to organize those!

Off Tackle Empire previews the upcoming basketball season:

Two Truths and a Lie: Harbaugh Edition

Hey, a new segment! Stealing a bit from a blogger from long ago (shoutout to @clubtrillion), I’m going to present two real Harbaugh quotes from this week’s press conference, along with one made-up quote. See if you can spot the lie!


Can you find the fake Harbaugh quote?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    "You just have to look at him from behind. The legs, the posterior chain, the quads, the calves."
    (82 votes)
  • 24%
    "If we go undefeated, I’m going to get a 15-0 tattoo, probably on the shoulder. Haven’t configured the artwork yet but if that happens, I will do it."
    (38 votes)
  • 20%
    "A team is not finished when they are defeated. They are finished when they quit."
    (32 votes)
  • 1%
    "We’ve got a little saying around here that what you do speaks so loudly they can’t even hear what you’re saying."
    (2 votes)
154 votes total Vote Now

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Have a good week, all. It’s almost Saturday.