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Football Outsiders: Seventh Day Adventure

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Seventh Day Adventure: Stanford Succumbs to Standard-Issue Chaos. The weekly picks are live, including Texas/Oklahoma State, Ohio State/Michigan State and Tennessee/Georgia, among others. You won't need a World War I textbook, but it may help.

By halftime of last week's game against Alabama-Birmingham, Urban Meyer's first month as Ohio State's head coach had begun to seem less like the grand procession of resurgent Buckeye army than a slow, roiling battle of attrition. OSU marches into the Big Ten opener in East Lansing with its perfect record intact – one of only three unbeaten teams in the conference, along with Minnesota and Northwestern – but not without enduring too-close-for-comfort calls against Cal and UAB and bearing the scars of the worst total defense in the conference.

If there is any opponent in college football content to reenact the Battle of Passchandaele on its own field, it's Michigan State, which reaffirmed its commitment to sending 245-pound tailback Le'Veon Bell hurtling into the breach as often as possible last week by feeding him 37 carries against overmatched Eastern Michigan. For the season, Bell is second nationally with just shy of 30 carries per game through the first four.

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