You might say the Big Ten had it … ruff on Saturday.
Well, not during the daylight in Ann Arbor, where Jim Harbaugh’s bite was just big as his bark as Michigan football took on the Huskies of Connecticut with a convincing (in case the $1.8 million check U-M cut UConn didn’t tell you enough about the two teams) 59-0 victory.
In Evanston, however, the mid-day outlook was a little darker as the Southern Illinois Salukis — that’s a type of greyhound more common to the Middle East, in case you skipped the past few Westminster Dog Shows — took a bite out of Northwestern, 31-24, in a game controlled by SIU in the second half.
And, of course, Michigan State football had a bone to pick with the Huskies of Washington after the Dawgs’ — not to be confused with the “Spartan Dawgs” of MSU lore — thorough 39-28 chomping in Seattle. (In which we learned the answer to the eternal question, “Who let the dogs out?” to be: Michael Penix Jr. fur-ever.)
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Wolverines running back Tavierre Dunlap (22) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the second half action at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Sept.17, 2022.
And yes, that seems like a lot of dog puns to pack into four paragraphs, but considering there are seven FBS schools (out of 131) and 13* FCS schools (out of 130) with a dog as mascot — ranging from the Great Danes of Albany to the Terriers of Wofford — and three of those 20 landed as nonconference opponents in a single week? Well, the Big Ten football Misery Index would just be, er, paws-itively mutts if we let it go by unnoticed.
(*It goes up to 14 FCS schools if we count the Leathernecks of Western Illinois, who sported a bulldog-looking…
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Author : Detroit Free Press
Publish date : 2022-09-18 18:27:51
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