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    Illinois 14, Minnesota 6 Postgame

    We're gonna need a gif of Blake Hayes rowing the boat, then breaking it over his knee. Who is on it? :illinois:
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    Illinois 20, Penn State 18 9OT Postgame

    We just witnessed 10 consecutive mised 2 pt conversions for the first, and maybe only (?), time ever. And I loved every second of it!
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    Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 Alliance

    Quite honestly, you have to be happier as a fan of the Mountain West, MAC or Sun Belt. Even if the AAC does manage a bigger per school TV contract or more years as the sacrificial lamb of a BCS game, who cares at this point. At least those other conferences will care one iota about the match ups...
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    Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 Alliance

    Air Force and Colorado State Staying In The Mountain West The most delicious part of the article: ""The American Athletic Conference has not offered membership to any institution," Aresco said. "Our process for considering potential members remains deliberate, strategic and focused on the...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    You are correct. It is probably beating a dead horse a bit, but when we all just witnessed the most mind-numbing decision in a recent history filled with mind-numbing decisions, it can be hard to get over. That it happened two weeks in a row makes it much more relevant to the conversation around...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    Okay. Blame the losses on whoever it makes you feel better to blame the losses on. But what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? I certainly am not evaluating the future of the program under his watch based on wins and losses in year 1. But in-game decision making is absolutely...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    This is it. I don't mind that we lost in year 1 of Bielema. I mind that the ways we lost are very concerning related to our coach's decision making. Go for a first or go for a field goal could be debated in that scenario. It isn't an opinion that punting is the wrong decision. Punting WAS the...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    The purpose of the chart isn't to argue semantics on the fringe decisions. It's to spotlight the glaring wrongness behind the decisions that were made each of the last 2 weeks.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    On 4th and 1-3 between the opponents 30 and 50 yard line? No. I can't think of a scenario where punt the ball away is the obvious choice. It might make the decision more nerve-wracking, but that isn't a reason not to do it. The chart isn't an end all, be all. I would look sideways at a coach...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Charlotte, Saturday, October 2nd, 11:00am CT, BTN

    I just really really hope that BB is adaptable and learns from the last two weeks. The scared decision making can't happen anymore. Someone on the sidelines needs this chart, or something similar, and follow the instructions. It isn't a hard decision. The last two weeks have presented the most...
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    Maryland 20, Illinois 17 Postgame

    I am struggling to conceive how this loss could be on anyone other than Bielema. Our players are who they are at this point. Yet STILL, we had them right where we wanted them. -We didn't go for it on 4th and 1 in Maryland territory with an eternity left on the clock. -We ran a prevent defense...
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    Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 Alliance

    AAC Targeting Mountain West I find myself loathing AAC commissioner Mike Aresco more than anyone in all this. His attitude toward re-alignment has been gross. As a UNM grad, really hoping this doesn't come to fruition.
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    Conference Realignment

    So I read through all this and remain just as confused by how an alliance does anything but provide the opportunity to improve these various areas. Like, at every step of this, you primarily just spotlight how it could ultimately not turn into a positive (they won't consider the broader...
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    Conference Realignment

    Ultimately, I agree with most of what @ChiefGritty aspires college athletics to be. As a grad of New Mexico (in addition to Illinois), I hate what happened to the Mountain West in the last round of re-alignment. What a cool conference it was! UNM to Wyoming, TCU to Utah. Really interesting...