The Fonzi of punters
Happy 22nd birthday to Aaron Bates, who is, in the words of roommate Kirk Cousins, "raising punter awareness" as a senior captain/trick play specialist for MSU.
"Everybody teases me and says I'm his favorite," Bates said. "But in being his favorite, it's a little bit more responsibility. He likes to yell at me a little more than everybody else. We do get along pretty well and I think our personalities are pretty similar."
If MSU comes out with focus today and beats Northern Colorado soundly, more credit for the punter. This team's focus is part of his job as captain, after all.
That's about it on the worst day of Big Ten football I can recall. Here's the rest of the lineup.
Central Michigan at Northwestern (Big Ten Network)
Bowling Green at Michigan (ESPN2)
Austin Peay at Wisconsin (BTN)
Ball State at Iowa (BTN)
Toledo at Purdue (BTN)
Eastern Michigan at Ohio State (ABC -- and what a treat for viewers it will be)
Temple at Penn State (BTN)
7 -- Akron at Indiana (BTN)
8:30 -- Northern Illinois at Minnesota (BTN)