It’s tough to find an individual more emblematic of Wisconsin hockey than Mike Eaves. The Badgers’ head coach, all-time leading scorer, 1977 national champion and head coach of the 2006 title team has been around for it all. From the earliest days of Big Ten hockey, where informal standings were kept between schools and a trophy given out for the best record (there weren’t enough teams for a Big Ten conference) to the emergence of the new Big Ten, as a player and coach, Eaves’ knowledge bridges that gap.
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There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part.
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Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6.
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Game day is drawing near. Thank goodness, as the Big Ten needs to get back onto the field after last Saturday’s disappointing 7-5 mark. Michigan State has the headliner game, as it travels to Notre Dame with the nation’s No. 1 defense that coordinator Pat Narduzzi calls “average.” If the Spartans defense is average, I’d like to see good. But, Narduzzi may have a point. After all, the combined record of Michigan State’s first three opponents against FBS competition is 0-7.
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Eat, sleep, breathe, fantasy football. That seems to be the order of life necessities for the average football fan at this time of the year. I admittingly fall into that category at times throughout the NFL season.
There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.
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