Someone added the Game of Thrones theme to a Big Ten commercial. The result is outstanding

The Big Ten has a new commercial out, and if you live in the Midwest, you're likely going to be seeing this more times than you can count over the next few months as football season stretches into basketball season. However, once you see it get mashed up with the Game of Thrones theme, you'll never see the commercial in the same way.

After seeing this, it's hard to think that this isn't what the folks over at the Big Ten offices had in mind in the first place...it just fits so well together.

For those that aren't familiar with the HBO hit Game of Thrones, here's the intro scene.

College football has its first hashtag on a helmet, courtesy of a D-III program

Before the NCAA came in and ruined the fun, Twitter hashtags were popping up on football fields; starting with Mississippi State's #HailState in the end zones back in 2011, followed by Michigan's #GoBlue during their Spring game a few years ago. However, helmets have remain untouched by the trend. 

Leave it up to a Division III program to change that.

St. Scholastica, a D-III school in Minnesota, has become the first college football program in the country (at least that I'm aware of) to put hashtags on their helmets, placing a small #sucCeSS sticker on the back of their lids. The capitalized CSS stands for College of St. Scholastica.

I hate to say it, but it's only a matter of time before the NCAA intervenes on this as well.

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College football's Week 2 schedule is downright terrible

There are some great games on tap for Week 2 of the 2014 college football season. A fascinating Michigan State at Oregon game. Michigan at Notre Dame for the final time until God knows when. A spirited USC at Stanford game. A fun Virginia Tech at Ohio State matchup. A suddenly intriguing BYU at Texas game. The key word here, unfortunately, is "some". 

 As pointed out by our friend Bryan Fischer, here is a sad, sad listing of non-conference opponents for this week's slate of games for each Power Five league.

ACC: South Carolina State (at Clemson), Richmond (at Virginia), Tulane (vs. Georgia Tech), Old Dominion (at N.C. State), Gardner-Webb (at Wake Forest), Florida A&M (at Miami), Murray State (at Louisville), Troy (vs. Duke), The Citadel (at Florida State), San Diego State (at North Carolina), and Ohio State (vs. Virginia Tech). Pittsburgh visits Boston College in a conference game on Friday night. 

Big Ten: Howard (at Rutgers), Central Michigan (at Purdue), Akron (at Penn State), Western Kentucky (at Illinois), McNeese State (at Nebraska), Western Illinois (at Wisconsin), South Florida (vs. Maryland), Ball State (at Iowa), Middle Tennessee (at Minnesota), Oregon (vs. Michigan State), Notre Dame (vs. Michigan), and Virginia Tech (at Ohio State). 

Big 12: Tulsa (vs. Oklahoma), Missouri State (at Oklahoma State), Southeast Missouri State (at Kansas), Towson (at West Virginia), Northwestern State (at Baylor), UTEP (vs. Texas Tech), and BYU (at Texas). Kansas State and Iowa State meet in a conference game - Farmaggedon!

Pac-12: UTSA (vs. Arizona), Nevada (vs. Washington State), Fresno State (at Utah), Massachusetts (vs. Colorado), Sacramento State (at California), Eastern Washington (at Washington), New Mexico (vs. Arizona State), Memphis (vs. UCLA), Hawaii (vs. Oregon State), and Michigan State (vs. Oregon). USC visits Stanford in a conference game.

SEC: Arkansas State (at Tennessee), Toledo (vs. Missouri), Florida Atlantic (at Alabama), UAB (at Mississippi State), Ohio (at Kentucky), Eastern Michigan (at Florida), Nicholls State (at Arkansas), East Carolina (at South Carolina), San Jose State (at Auburn), Lamar (at Texas A&M), and Sam Houston State (at LSU). Ole Miss and Vanderbilt play at Nashville's LP Field in a conference game.

The SEC is a clear loser here - East Carolina the best opponent, by ten miles - but there are no winners here. Eighteen of 51 total games are against the FCS, more than 35 percent. But, then again, maybe the number is so high because the MAC, Sun Belt and Conference USA were all booked up.  

If you're looking for one single factor to blame here, it's demand. Top end teams demand a few working bye weeks in their attempt to go undefeated or as close to it as possible. The middle and lower tiers demand as many easy wins as they can grab in the race to six, seven or eight wins. Athletics directors demand as many home games as they can get to balance the budget. 

And when athletics departments go looking for what their own ticket demand is dropped, hopefully this time they'll remember this week instead of blaming poor WiFi 

Charlie Strong: "Adversity is going to hit. The challenge is to bounce back."

 The media gathered Monday morning in Austin awaiting word on the status of injured center Dominic Espinosa. Head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Espinosa, a fifth-year senior with 40 starts to his credit, indeed fractured his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Then he said that quarterback David Ash suffered concussion-like symptoms hours after the Longhorns' 38-7 defeat of North Texas on Saturday night, and would miss the upcoming BYU game.

And with that, the tenor for Strong's debut season in Austin has completely changed.

Ash missed most of the 2013 season after suffering from prolonged concussion symptoms. He was removed from Texas' loss to BYU on Sept. 7, returned a week later for the Longhorns' win over Kansas State, again suffering a blow to the head, and missed the rest of the season. And on the very first hit of his first game back, Ash was injured yet again. Considering that history, one has to wonder if Ash's absence will extend beyond Saturday's BYU rematch, but to the rest of the season and perhaps the rest of his career.

Strong did not come out and say that Monday, but he did not shy away from the severity of Ash's injury history, either. 

Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start against BYU, and true freshman Jerrod Heard will serve as the back-up. As a true freshman a year ago, Swoopes appeared in six games, completing 5-of-13 passes for 26 yards and rushed 20 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Heard was headed toward a redshirt season until this weekend, and did not play against North Texas.

That is the extent of Texas' quarterback experience, playing behind an offensive line without its veteran anchor in the middle, as the Longhorns prepare to face a schedule that includes BYU, No. 7 UCLA, No. 10 Baylor and No. 4 Oklahoma for four of its next five games. Three top 10 opponents five weeks, with two of those games away from Austin.

A defense that was flat out dominant against North Texas remains intact, and Shawn Watson has two decades of experience in molding quarterbacks. But there's no denying that an already challenging schedule for Texas even with perfect health just got that its degree of difficulty ramped up tremendously. 

In the face of that, Strong did not flinch. "Adversity is going to hit," he said. "Now the challenge is just how well we can bounce back." 

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