As far as the national media is concerned, the Michigan State-Ohio State rematch is, at least on paper, the biggest game of the 2014 Big Ten slate.
Appropriately enough, said rematch will, as expected, have a national stage and a prime-time audience to match the preseason hype.
The Big Ten announced Thursday that the Nov. 8 game pitting Ohio State against Michigan State will kick off at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played in Spartan Stadium, with the school noting that it will be the first-ever November night game in Spartan Stadium history.
Back in early December of last year, the Spartans handed the Buckeyes a 34-24 loss in the Big Ten championship game and, in the process, halted OSU’s nation’s best 24-game winning streak while simultaneously spoiling any shot it had at Florida State in the BCS title game. The upset tossed both football programs off in vastly different postseason directions as well.
On New Year’s Day, MSU held off Stanford for a four-point win in the Rose Bowl. Three days later, OSU watched as Sammy Watkins ran over, through and around its overmatched secondary for 224 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns in Clemson’s five-point Orange Bowl win.
Both teams, however, are expected to be inside the Top 10 in the preseason rankings when they’re released next month.
Colorado had already lost one starting inside linebacker to injury. Now, the Buffs have lost another.
Kenneth Olugbode sustained an unspecified leg injury in the Week 5 loss to Oregon. As a result, Olugbode will miss 4-6 weeks.
At minimum, Olugbode will miss games against Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA, possibly returning for the Nov. 7 game against Stanford. Missing six weeks would see him miss the Stanford and USC games, returning, Nov. 21 vs. Washington State.
“It’s going to be a big loss,” defensive tackle Justin Solis said according to the Denver Post. “It starts up front with us, the D-line. Not having K.O. out there is a huge loss, but it’s definitely something we accept as a challenge as a D-line. We’re going to step it up while he’s out.”
Olugbode had started all five games this season after starting all 12 games as a sophomore last season. Ryan Severson is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.
Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was. Allegedly.
Wednesday morning, mlive.com is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
From the report:
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.
This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.