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Michigan coach Brady Hoke compliments Christian Hackenberg

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11:05 AM ET 10.08 | Saturday afternoon, we'll be treated to an old-school Big Ten showdown between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines in Happy Valley. Penn State comes into the game at 3-2 overall, while the Wolverines are unbeaten at 5-0 and are ranked no. 18 in the nation. Although unbeaten, Michigan has had some close calls this season so far, including two down-to-the-wire matchups against Akron from the MAC and UConn, who ended up firing head coach Paul Pasqualoni not long after the near-upset. This Saturday, Michigan may be in some trouble again as they have to deal with Penn State's dynamic true freshman QB Christian Hackenberg. Since being named the starter right before Week 1, Hackenberg has been about as great as Penn State could have asked for. The Virginia native has already tossed for 1,367 yards and eight touchdowns. But, play on the field aside, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke pointed out how much of a leader Hackenberg is. But he wasn't so much pointing to how effective of a leader he is at this moment, but rather how great he was at stepping up and keeping the PSU recruiting class together after the crippling sanctions were handed down.

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October 8, 2013  07:19 PM ET

The B1G is otherwise known as Ohio State and a bunch of others.

Not to disparage Mich, Wisc, or even Northwestern, but there's not a BCS-worthy team other than Ohio State in the conference.

October 8, 2013  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The B1G is otherwise known as Ohio State and a bunch of others.Not to disparage Mich, Wisc, or even Northwestern, but there's not a BCS-worthy team other than Ohio State in the conference.

Good point and there is not "a BCS-worthy team" in the SEC other than Bama. Same can be same about the 12 PAC, except for Oregon and Stanford, "at this time"!!!

October 9, 2013  07:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The B1G is otherwise known as Ohio State and a bunch of others.Not to disparage Mich, Wisc, or even Northwestern, but there's not a BCS-worthy team other than Ohio State in the conference.

B1G deal, Eat Me. There's a considerable audience out there in CFB land who don't think anybody in the conference- including tOSU- is BCS worthy.

October 9, 2013  07:34 AM ET
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Good point and there is not "a BCS-worthy team" in the SEC other than Bama. Same can be same about the 12 PAC, except for Oregon and Stanford, "at this time"!!!

Looks like our range of favorites are going to be awful narrow when the BCS converts to a 4-team playoff next year, OT. I'm still lobbying for an 8-team playoff; it'd be more inclusive and exciting, IMO.

October 9, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Michigan. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA

October 9, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Reading between the lines...I tried to sabotage PSU recruiting, but the young QB could see thru my BS and made an intelligent decision!

October 9, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Looks like our range of favorites are going to be awful narrow when the BCS converts to a 4-team playoff next year, OT. I'm still lobbying for an 8-team playoff; it'd be more inclusive and exciting, IMO.

I still think we should let the networks just pick the winner! If I were Mark Emmert, I would be lobbying for at least 8 team playoff!

October 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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I still think we should let the networks just pick the winner!

Isn't that the way they do it at the present time??

October 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Looks like our range of favorites are going to be awful narrow when the BCS converts to a 4-team playoff next year, OT. I'm still lobbying for an 8-team playoff; it'd be more inclusive and exciting, IMO.

Oh yeah, I totally agree with you!!

October 9, 2013  12:16 PM ET

Hey Brady . . . have another donut.

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October 11, 2013  12:32 PM ET

I wouldn't be surprised to see Penn State win this game.

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