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All the updates you need to catch up on the B1G weekend

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It’s been a hell of a week in the Big Ten and in college sports more broadly! Between the West Division’s Puntoberfest this weekend, the Michigan sign stealing story, and the massive #1 v #2 matchup in volleyball on Saturday, we have a lot to catch up on. To steal a bit from MNWildcat, think of this as Don’t Read This; Read That. There’s only so much time in a week and too many bad sports articles to dig through. We at the AtE desk trawl through all of the junk out there so that we can point you in the right direction.

Here’s what you might have missed from around the Big Ten and beyond.


Michigan Wolverines 49, Michigan State Spartans 0

Ohio State Buckeyes 20, Penn State Nittany Lions 12

Minnesota Golden Gophers 12, Iowa Hawkeyes 10

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 31, Indiana Hoosiers 14

Wisconsin Badgers 25, Illinois Fighting Illini 21

Nebraska Cornhuskers 17, Northwestern Wildcats 9

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! And thank God I didn’t take Iowa this week like I had originally planned.

Off Tackle Empire previews the upcoming basketball season:

Two Truths and a Lie: Harbaugh Edition

Still stealing a bit from a blogger from damn near a decade ago (shoutout to @clubtrillion), but it’s back after popular demand! I’m going to present three real Harbaugh quotes from this past week, along with one made-up quote. See if you can spot the lie!


Can you find the fake Harbaugh quote?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    "You just have to look at him from behind. The legs, the posterior chain, the quads, the calves."
    (12 votes)
  • 34%
    "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."
    (42 votes)
  • 32%
    "A team is not finished when they are defeated. They are finished when they quit."
    (40 votes)
  • 22%
    "We’ve got a little saying around here that what you do speaks so loudly they can’t even hear what you’re saying."
    (28 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now

Big Ten Football:

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