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November 29, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Big Ten-ACC challenge gets under way tonight

TERRE HAUTE — Conference championship football games and challenge action in basketball will make for a busy week for college teams.

Wisconsin and Michigan State will meet in the very first Big Ten football championship Saturday at Indianapolis. Kickoff is 8 p.m. and the action will be carried by Fox.

Michigan State nipped the Badgers in the regular-season contest at East Lansing. We like Wisconsin to win and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Other games and picks:

SEC — LSU over Georgia on Saturday

Mid-American — Northern Illinois over Ohio U. on Friday

Pac-12 — Oregon over UCLA on Friday

ACC — Virginia Tech over Clemson on Saturday

Conference USA — Houston over Southern Mississippi on Saturday

Western Kentucky will not play for a championship but the Hilltoppers won seven of their last eight games to finish with a winning mark. That’s the same team that lost to Indiana State, you will recall.

Meanwhile, the hiring and firing already has begun with Urban Meyer coming out of retirement to accept the job at Ohio State. That was a no-brainer.

Illinois is bowl-eligible but Ron Zook is out. Ditto for Turner Gill at Kansas and apparently Dennis Erickson at Arizona State.

In basketball, the first games in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be played tonight. The biggie tonight is Duke at Ohio State. Miami of Florida is at Purdue and Illinois plays at Maryland.

On Wednesday, Indiana is at North Carolina State, Wisconsin is at North Carolina and Michigan State goes to Florida State.

Indiana State is at Boise State on Saturday for a Missouri Valley-Mountain West Challenge game,

It was fun and gratifying to be able to watch the Sycamores on national television as they took third in the Old Spice Classic. The team got tons of favorable publicity and comments from the three games.

And what a game for Jake Odum and his triple-double. Wow.

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