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Big Ten Roundtable Stumbles Out Of The Gate

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Roundtable Wednesday continues. Back in July a group of us Big Ten bloggers got together and pooled our resources to come up with some ideas for promoting our blogs. The best thing we could come up with was a weekly roundtable to be rotated among the different blogs. Not very original, but we shook on it and made it so. Then we forgot about it. The season snuck up on us and now it's game week and we're scrambling wondering how this damn thing didn't just organize itself. But no matter. Around The Oval stepped up with some questions this week. Tune back in on Friday to read his recap. We promise to be more organized going forward. Let's move on to the questions.

Which player from your own team are you most looking forward to watching?

For my money I am really looking forward to seeing A.J. Wallace. Last year he was explosive on kick returns and the few select offensive plays he participated in. With the new kickoff rules he's going to get a lot more returns which should make him a great weapon. On defense he is lining up opposite Justin King at cornerback. With a potential All-American on the other side he's going to see a lot of balls thrown his way, and if he lives up the Justin King 2.0 billing it should be fun to watch.

Which player from another Big Ten team are you most looking forward to watching?

You know, I hadn't thought about it until this question, but there aren't many electrifying players out there this year. There is no Troy Smith or Ted Ginn. Who is the best offensive player out there this year? Jake Long? I guess Chad Henne is getting all the preseason hype as the best conference QB, but watching him is like watching paint dry in my opinion. He's like a machine. He's boring. Mike Hart doesn't excite me much either. There really isn't anyone out there with superstar potential, and I include Penn State in that statement as well. There is a lot more defensive talent, but nobody has that Charles Woodson type swagger.

I guess I'll go with Juice Williams from Illinois. I'm interested to see if he's learned how to throw the ball. If he has the Illini offense will go to a whole 'nother level. But truthfully there isn't any player that makes me want to turn on their game against East Hickoryville State just to watch them.

If your team was an action movie star, who would it be?

John Wayne. We come in two colors: Black Blue and White. We're stubborn and refuse to change our ways. We're rough and tough and we don't take crap off of no Illini Indians. We're old school. There is nothing flashy about us. We'll just walk into your saloon and kick your teeth in you sonofabitch. We prefer to come at you with brute force, but we've been known to use the shotgun here and there. We're an American college football icon. And when our legendary coach rides off into the sunset for good his image and legacy will live on for decades to come.


Passing is for pansies you sonsabitches