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2011 Preseason Big 10 Football Rankings

The 2011 Big 10 Football season promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.  The biggest reason for anticipation revolves around the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the conference.  The former Big 12 football powerhouse should fit in nicely and will form some nice natural rivalries with Wisconsin, Penn State, and The Ohio State University.  This season the Big Ten will bump up to 12 teams.  The 12 teams will be broken into two divisions: The Legends & The Leaders.  The Legends Division will be comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwesterm.  The Leaders Division will feature Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

If that wasn’t enough of a change to build up excitement for the upcoming season, the fact that the race for the Big 10 Championship is probably more wide open that ever certainly will.  Perennial favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes will likely fall back to the pack this year as they lost head coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrelel Pryor to the “TattooGate” scandal.  The likely fall of the OSU program will open the door for several other strong teams such as the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Northwestern Wildcats, and of course, the new addition Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Although there are a lot of question marks and unknowns at this point in the season, below we rank the top Big 10 College Football Programs.

1.  Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers have been one of the strongest programs in the nation but the perennial BCS title contender Ohio State Buckeyes have always been in the way.  Despite the fact that the Badgers lost quite a bit of top talent, they have plenty of depth, especially on offense,that should be able to step right in. This season should be an opportunity for the Badgers to take control of the control of an unusually weak conference with their strong running game and tough defence.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Although there will likely be some bumps along the way for NU as they adjust to the Big 10, the Huskers defensive prowess should keep them in the mix for the Big 10 title.  If coach Pelini can make some defensive adjustments and Quarterback Taylor Martinez builds upon his success in 2010, the Huskers have a shot at the Big 10 title in their first year and a BCS Bowl game.  The only thing holding them back is a brutal schedule that includes a non-conference game against the Washington Huskies and Wyoming Cowboys, as well as tough road games against Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

3. The Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes are still extremely deep and talented but its hard to imagine the pressure and scrutiny not getting to them.  New head coach Luke Fickell will have his hands full finding a replacement for Terrelle Pryor and continuing to deal with distracting allegations following TattooGate.    If coach Fickell can take what he learned from Jim Tressell he might be able to minimize the damage and have OSU ready to compete for a title- they certainly have the talent!

4.  Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans are the Wildcards of the Big 10.  They have the talent and ability to be title contenders but they have plenty of question marks.  Namely, they need continued development and improvement out of Kirk Cousins.  They also need to address who will Eric Gordon and Greg Jones at Linebacker.

5.  Penn State

After a down 2010, the PSU Nittany Lions could take a big step forward.  The question is how big of a step are they able to take.  A lot will be riding on who wins the quarterback competition.

6.  Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats always seem to be the underdog in the Big 10.  If Dan Persa continues to build upon his impressive 2010 campaign and the defense improves, NU could shock the Big 10 world.

7. Iowa

After an impressive Insight Bowl win, the Hawkeyes look like they are on the up and up.  However, this isn’t the year for Kirk Ferentz’s squad to put it all together.

8.  Illinois

The Illini will have a lot of rebuilding to do on defense but they look to have found a quarterback in Nathan Scheelhaase.

9. Michigan

New head coach Brady Hoke will have his work cut out for him but if Denard Robinson and spread offense can put it all together the Wolverines could be a dangerous team.

10. Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers are a sexy pick as a sleeper team in the Big 10 but they still have lots of question marks on defense.

11.  Minnesota

Another new head coach, Jerry Kill will have his work cut out for him.  He does have some talent to work with but it will likely be a few years before this program starts making some noise.

12.  Indiana

Kevin Wilson does have a plan but it will likely be a few years before the Hoosiers are anything but Big 10 bottom feeders.

No matter how these teams end up finishing out the season, there is not doubt 2011 will be an exciting year for Big Ten Football.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out our wide selection of College Football Tickets!

Comic Spotlight: Jim “Hot Pockets” Gaffigan

As a big fan of standup comedy, comedian Jim Gaffigan holds a bacon grease laden place in my cholesterol clogged heart.  I may be a bit biased as Mr. Gaffigan was born in raised in Chesterton, Indiana (a place where I lived for a few years post college) but he is one of the funniest and unique comedians around today.   While the name Jim Gaffigan might not sound all that familiar I am sure you have seen some of his work.

Jim Gaffigan is probably most famous for his bit poking fun of the microwave delicacy known as “Hot Pockets” – see video clip above.  Jim has also appeared several times on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dr. Katz, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, That ’70s Show, Flight of the Conchords, Law and Order, and the TBS series My BoysMy Boys in my opinion is one of the most underrated sitcoms out there.  What makes it especially enjoyable is the fact that the comedy takes place in Chicago and is centered on a beat reporter for the Chicago Cubs.  Jim Gaffigan’s character Andy resides in Hoffman Estates and they constantly poke fun at the Chicagoland suburbs.  It’s too bad Jim Gaffigan is no longer a part of the show.  Jim has also appeared in several commercials for Sierra Mist with Micahel Ian Black- my favorite being the infamous “Holiday Hawk” (see below video).

Aside from Jim TV and movie career, he has released 7 standup comedy albums including:  Luigi’s Doghouse (2001), Economics II (2001), More Moo Moos (2003), The Last Supper (2004), Doing My Time (2004), Beyond the Pale (2006), and King Baby (2009).  Jim is currently on tour promoting his latest release King Baby.  Remain tour dates are listed below.

2010 Jim Gaffigan Tour Schedule

Jul 30, 2010 Borgata Casino Atlantic City
Jul 31, 2010 Alabama Theatre Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug 20, 2010 Meadowbrook Music Festival Rochester Hills, MI
Aug 26, 2010 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, MA
Aug 27, 2010

Melody Tent

Hyannis, MA
Aug 28, 2010 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
Sep 16, 2010 Corporate Event Milwaukee, WI
Sep 24, 2010 Mirage Hotel Las Vegas, NV
Sep 25, 2010 Mirage Hotel Las Vegas, NV
Oct 08, 2010 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 09, 2010 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 09, 2010 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 23, 2010 Eisenhower Hall Theatre West Point, NY
Nov 13, 2010 Wang Theatre Boston, MA
Nov 27, 2010 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Dec 03, 2010 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
Dec 03, 2010 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
Dec 04, 2010 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
Dec 04, 2010 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
Dec 30, 2010 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Dec 31, 2010 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI

Tickets to many of these shows are sold out but you can find many of these tickets listed for sale in our Concert and Event Ticket Classifieds section.  If you still can’t find the tickets you are looking for check out TicketLodge.com’s selection of affordable Jim Gaffigan tickets.