Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/4/13
September, for college football teams, is a time of dreams. It’s a time when the world is just ripening into sweetness. The slate is clean, the demons of last season have been put at bay if not exorcised outright. The schedule for most major conference teams looks like the world’s finest bakery case, loaded to the gunwales with delicious cupcakes. In September, everything is possible. In September, any team can quickly run its record to 4-0 or 3-1. September is over. Now it’s October, when dreams begin to die as the level of competition increases sharply. The phrase “same as it ever was” no longer merely recalls a Talking Heads song. But you may ask yourself, “How did I get here?” when your team’s shattered dream leaves you alone in the middle of a cornfield. That’ll happen to a few Big Ten fanbases this week. Which ones? Read on, pilgrim.   Penn State at Indiana I’ve had this game circled since the preseason as the game Indiana would rise up and get someone. I’m not backing down ev...
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