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  1. How are DDOS attacks done? With botnets? I imagine it would take a pretty big operation to take down a service the size of twitter.
  2. Trump Inauguration

    Politics aside I really enjoyed the parade. I don't remember the last ones, maybe I didn't watch them, but I'll be watching them from now on. My favorite feature:
  3. Astrology

    I'm a Sagittarius so naturally I don't believe in Astrology.
  4. Coaches, Revenues Pushing B1G Toward Top

    So what's everyone doing with their newfound treasures? I know Purdue is investing heavily in their Football program.
  5. Thought you guys might like this video of Nebraska NG Soldiers working with 1ID as part of CJTF-OIR: "Great video showcasing the amazing #Soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard who are assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's headquarters as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب. These professionals represent the best of the National Guard, and we're very fortunate to have them as members of the #OneTeam #Coalition in #Kuwait and #Iraq. Duty First!" - MG Joseph Martin, Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division https://www.facebook.com/1IDdanger6/videos/1795248697391950/ Not sure how to imbed but if someone does: <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F1IDdanger6%2Fvideos%2F1795248697391950%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe>
  6. Bowl Games

    It's the same old draw...games against better teams in their own backyards, then we take crap for struggling.
  7. Bowl Games

    Yea, agreed. None of these games are easy to pick. As a conference we could go 8-2 or just as easily go 2-8. These are close.
  8. Bowl Games

    My Picks: Maryland vs. Boston College (toss up) Minnesota vs. Washington State Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh Indiana vs. Utah - won't be close Nebraska vs. Tennessee (toss up) Michigan vs. Florida State - won't be close Ohio State vs. Clemson - close, turnovers will be key Iowa vs. Florida - toss up but Iowa is trending up and UF is trending down Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan Penn State vs. USC 5-5
  9. Bowl Games

    Data dump of a preview: Strength of Schedule rankings are from here: http://sagarin.com/sports/cfsend.htm Stats from ESPN Not sure if either are updated since yesterday's games. Average Sagarin rank margin: +6, on average, Big Ten Teams are facing a team that is ranked six places above them Average SoS rank margin: -1.7, Big Ten teams had an average SoS that was 1.7 ranks tougher than their opponent Average travel distance of Big Ten Teams: 1454.87 miles Average travel distance of Opponents: 693.26 miles Average travel margin: 761.61, on average, Big Ten teams will have to travel 761.61 miles farther than their opponents Maryland (6-6) vs Boston College (6-6) Quick Lane Bowl - 1:30 PM CST, Monday, December 26th Ford Field, Detroit, MI Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 2-0 Maryland's bowl record: 11-13-2 Head Coach in bowls: 1-0 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. ACC: 249-239 Distance to bowl: 522.4 mi Boston College's bowl record: 13-11 Head Coach in bowls: 1-2 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. Big Ten: 6-13 Distance to bowl: 707.1 mi Head-to-head history: BC leads 8-3, last met 2013 TEAMS THIS YEAR Maryland Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 54 Sagarin Ranking: 76 Last 5 games: 1-4 Defense YPG: 434 (81) Defense PPG: 29 (71) Offense YPG: 532 (37) Offense PPG 25.4 (92) Turnover Margin: -5 (99) BC Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 63 Sagarin Ranking: 78 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 311 (8) Defense PPG: 24.6 (44) Offense YPG: 288 (127) Offense PPG: 19.1 (123) Turnover Margin: +5 (31) Common Opponents: None Minnesota (8-4) vs Washington State (8-4) National Funding Holiday Bowl - 6.00 PM CST, Tuesday, December 27th Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 9-5-1 Minnesota's bowl record: 6-12 Head Coach in bowls: 1-0 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. PAC 12: 23-24 Distance to bowl: 1987.4 mi Washington State's bowl record: 7-5 Head Coach in bowls: 6-5 In this bowl: 1-1 Record vs. Big Ten: 14-26 Distance to bowl: 1201.3 mi Head-to-head history: Minnesota leads 3-2, last met 1988 TEAMS THIS YEAR Minnesota Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 43 Sagarin Ranking: 62 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 353 (23) Defense PPG: 22.9 (32) Offense YPG: 364 (106) Offense PPG: 30.3 (59) Turnover Margin: +8 (14) Washington State Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 15 Sagarin Ranking: 34 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 417 (69) Defense PPG: 27.2 (56) Offense YPG: 497 (15) Offense PPG: 40.3 (14) Turnover Margin: +6 (26) Common Opponents: Oregon State, Minnesota beat OSU by 7 at Minnesota, Washington State beat OSU by 4 at OSU Northwestern (6-6) vs #23 Pittsburgh (8-4) New Era Pinstripe Bowl - 1:00 PM CST Wednesday, December 28th Yankee Stadium, New York, NY Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 1-2 Northwestern's bowl record: 2-10 Head Coach in bowls: 1-5 In this bowl:0-0 Record vs. ACC: 15-12 Distance to bowl: 807.7 mi Pittsburgh's bowl record: 13-19 Head Coach in bowls: 0-1 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. Big Ten: 25-60 Distance to bowl: 371.3 mi Head-to-head history: Tied 3-3, last met 1973 TEAMS THIS YEAR Northwestern Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 29 Sagarin Ranking: 41 Last 5 games: 2-3 Defense YPG: 402 (59) Defense PPG: 22.1 (23) Offense YPG: 393 (77) Offense PPG: 25.6 (91) Turnover Margin: +7 (20) Pittsburgh Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 28 Sagarin Ranking: 28 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 452 (98) Defense PPG: 35.6 (109) Offense YPG: 448 (43) Offense PPG: 42.3 (10) Turnover Margin: 3 (43) Common Opponents: Duke, Northwestern beat Duke by 11 at Northwestern, Pitt beat Duke by 42 at Pitt Indiana (6-6) vs #19 Utah (8-4) Foster Farms Bowl - 7:30 PM CST - Wednesday, December 28th Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 2-1 Indiana's bowl record: 3-7 Head Coach in bowls: 0-0 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. PAC 12: 5-13 Distance to bowl: 2303.3 mi Utah's bowl record: 15-4 Head Coach in bowls: 9-1 In this bowl: 1-0 Record vs. Big Ten: 9-8 Distance to bowl: 766.8 mi Head-to-head history: Utah leads 2-1, last met 2002 TEAMS THIS YEAR Indiana Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 61 Sagarin Ranking: 64 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 373 (41) Defense PPG: 27.3 (57) Offense YPG: 433 (53) Offense PPG: 25.9 (87) Turnover Margin: -7 (108) Utah Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 35 Sagarin Ranking: 30 Last 5 games: 2-3 Defense YPG: 387 (53) Defense PPG: 23.9 (38) Offense YPG: 427 (58) Offense PPG: 30.2 (60) Turnover Margin: +7 (20) Common Opponents: None Nebraska (9-3) vs Tennessee (8-4) Music City Bowl - 2:30 CST, Friday, December 30th Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 2-2 Nebraska's bowl record: 26-26 Head Coach in bowls: 7-2 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. SEC: 17-7 Distance to bowl: 794.1 mi Tennessee's bowl record: 27-24 Head Coach in bowls: 3-2 In this bowl: 0-1 Record vs. Big Ten: 10-4 Distance to bowl: 180.1mi Head-to-head history: Nebraska leads 2-0, last met 1999 TEAMS THIS YEAR Nebraska Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 55 Sagarin Ranking: 34 Last 5 games: 2-3 Defense YPG: 351 (21) Defense PPG: 22.8 (31) Offense YPG: 386 (85) Offense PPG: 26.8 (77) Turnover Margin: +5 (31) Tennessee Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 40 Sagarin Ranking: 25 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 460 (109) Defense PPG: 29.3 (77) Offense YPG: 437 (51) Offense PPG: 36.3 (26) Turnover Margin: -2 (77) Common Opponents: None #6 Michigan (10-2) vs #11 Florida State (9-3) Capital One Orange Bowl - 7:00 PM CST, Friday, December 30th Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL Vegas line: Michigan -7 BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 4-3 Michigan's bowl record: 21-23 Head Coach in bowls: 2-1 In this bowl: 1-1 Record vs. ACC: 16-2 Distance to bowl: 1371.1 mi Florida State's bowl record: 26-16-2 Head Coach in bowls: 4-2 In this bowl: 4-5 Record vs. Big Ten: 8-2 Distance to bowl: 483.1 mi Head-to-head history: Tied 1-1, last met 1991 TEAMS THIS YEAR Michigan Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 33 Sagarin Ranking: 3 Last 5 games: 2-3 Defense YPG: 253 (2) Defense PPG: 12.5 (2) Offense YPG: 439 (47) Offense PPG: 41 (12) Turnover Margin: +6 (26) Florida State Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 13 Sagarin Ranking: 12 Last 5 games: 4-1 Defense YPG: 357 (29) Defense PPG: 24.4 (43) Offense YPG: 474 (24) Offense PPG: 35.3 (32) Turnover Margin: +4 (37) Common Opponents: None #3 Ohio State (11-1) vs #2 Clemson (12-1) PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - 6:00 PM CST, Saturday, December 31st University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale Arizona Vegas line: Ohio State -3 BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 7-2 Ohio State's bowl record: 22-24 Head Coach in bowls: 10-2 In this bowl: 5-2 Record vs. ACC: 11-7 Distance to bowl: 1918.3 mi Clemson's bowl record: 20-19 Head Coach in bowls: 5-4 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. Big Ten: 3-1 Distance to bowl: 1979.3 mi Head-to-head history: Clemson leads 2-0, last met 2014 TEAMS THIS YEAR Ohio State Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 15 Sagarin Ranking: 2 Last 5 games: 5-0 Defense YPG: 282 (4) Defense PPG: 14.2 (3) Offense YPG: 480 (21) Offense PPG: 42.7 (9) Turnover Margin: +16 (3) Clemson Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 47 Sagarin Ranking:4 Last 5 games: 4-1 Defense YPG: 314 (9) Defense PPG: 18.4 (12) Offense YPG: 506 (13) Offense PPG: 4032 (15) Turnover Margin: 0 (67) Common Opponents: None Iowa (8-4) vs #17 Florida (8-4) Outback Bowl - 12:00 PM CST, Monday, January 2nd Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Vegas line: TBD BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 11-16 Iowa's bowl record: 14-14-1 Head Coach in bowls: 6-7 In this bowl: 2-2 Record vs. SEC: 4-5 Distance to bowl: 1267.9 mi Florida's bowl record: 21-21 Head Coach in bowls: 1-1 In this bowl: 2-2 Record vs. Big Ten: 11-6 Distance to bowl: 129.6 mi Head-to-head history: Florida leads 2-1, last met 2006 TEAMS THIS YEAR Iowa Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 48 Sagarin Ranking:23 Last 5 games: 3-2 Defense YPG: 353 (24) Defense PPG: 17.9 (10) Offense YPG: 333 (120) Offense PPG: 26.8 (77) Turnover Margin: 7 (20) Florida Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 50 Sagarin Ranking: 24 Last 5 games: 2-3 Defense YPG: 299 (6) Defense PPG: 17.9 (10 Offense YPG: 345 (115) Offense PPG: 23.4 (110) Turnover Margin: 1 (56) Common Opponents: None #15 Western Michigan (13-0) vs. #8 Wisconsin (10-3) Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - 12:00 PM CST, Monday, January 2nd AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX Vegas line: Wisconsin -6.5 BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 2-1 Wisconsin's bowl record: 13-14 Head Coach in bowls: 2-1 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. MAC: 31-1 Distance to bowl: 1006.4 mi Western Michigan's bowl record: 1-6 Head Coach in bowls: 1-1 In this bowl: 0-0 Record vs. Big Ten: 4-35 Distance to bowl: 1099.7 mi Head-to-head history: Wisconsin leads 3-1, last met 2000 TEAMS THIS YEAR Wisconsin Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 20 Sagarin Ranking:7 Last 5 games: 4-1 Defense YPG: 303 (7) Defense PPG: 15.5 (4) Offense YPG: 384 (87) Offense PPG: 28.7 (66) Turnover Margin: 11 (8) Western Michigan Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 118 Sagarin Ranking: 22 Last 5 games: 5-0 Defense YPG: 353 (25) Defense PPG: 195 (16) Offense YPG: 496 (16) Offense PPG: 43.5 (8) Turnover Margin: 19 (2) Common Opponents: Northwestern: Wisconsin beat by 14 @ Northwestern, WMU beat by 1 @ Northwestern Illinois: Wisconsin beat by 45 @ Illinois, WMU beat by 24 @ Illinois Akron: Wisconsin beat by 44 @ Wisconsin, WMU beat by 41 @ Akron #5 Penn State (12-1) vs #9 USC (9-3) Rose Bowl - 4:00 PM CST, Monday, January 2nd Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Vegas line: USC -7.5 BOWL/TEAM HISTORY Big Ten all time in this bowl: 31-37 Penn State's bowl record: 28-16-2 Head Coach in bowls: 3-2 In this bowl: 1-2 Record vs. PAC 12: 22-12 Distance to bowl: 2570.1 mi USC's bowl record: 33-17 Head Coach in bowls: 1-1 In this bowl: 24-9 Record vs. Big Ten: 68-27 Distance to bowl: 14.3 mi Head-to-head history: USC leads 5-4, last met 2009 TEAMS THIS YEAR Penn State Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 39 Sagarin Ranking: 14 Last 5 games: 5-0 Defense YPG: 352 (22) Defense PPG: 23.4 (35) Offense YPG: 430 (56) Offense PPG: 36.7 (25) Turnover Margin: +3 (50) USC Sagarin Strength of Schedule: 5 Sagarin Ranking: 9 Last 5 games: 5-0 Defense YPG: 359 (30) Defense PPG: 22.2 (24) Offense YPG: 32.9 (28) Offense PPG: 32.9 (42) Turnover Margin: -2 (77) Common Opponents: None
  10. Penn State v Wisconsin

    They would be in this game if not for his idiot calls.
  11. Penn State v Wisconsin

    I'm loving every minute of this so far. I have nothing against PSU, I actually kind of like them, but I wanted to pound them given how the media had practically awarded them a win before the game was even played.
  12. CFB Coaching Carousel 2016

    If that happens, Charlie Strong will be headed to tOSU. Why would Fickell take that job? He seems like an Ohio guy through and through and could easily parlay his DC time into a far better job than FAU. Weird
  13. CFB Coaching Carousel 2016

    It'll be interesting to see what happens with Kiffin. Talking heads were mentioning that Orgeron may try to poach him from Saban. Personally I'm interested in seeing what happens with Bielema. Hog fans are already calling for his job but I think he'll get one last year.
  14. Rivalry games and conferences

    You have to look at the move holistically, not just from a football perspective: Pros: - More Money - Better Basketball - Better Football - Better Academics - More egalitarian conference; are you listened to as much as OSU or UM? No...but they don't dominate in the way that UT does in the Big XII - Better Competition (3 other elite programs vs 2 in the Big XII). Cons: - Harder to recruit in Texas - Worse Baseball - No rivalries/Oklahoma (yet) - Longer drive for road games I would think...the only easy-ish one for you guys now must be Iowa...no KSU, ISU, KU anymore I think you guys came out alright all things considered and definitely not the worst deal of all schools that moved; Rutgers sucks. Maryland sucks. Texas A&M gets hype but the wheels fall off every damn year. CU looked like a bust until this year. Football is cyclical. You'll be back again soon enough. I'm curious as to what you mean by this, what do you want the conference to change? You want a better end of the year game? You want the refs to give you calls in big games? You'll have to outbid OSU.
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