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Week Nine Open Thread

Football for breakfast this morning provides us our daily porridge and little else. Next weekend will bring us the two SEC teams that matter; this week brings us the ten that don't. Arkansas kicks off the action this morning with a road trip to Nashville, where the Hogs look to avoid a repeat of their disappointing performance last weekend in Oxford. Vanderbilt is fresh off a bye week and an upset here would do wonders for James Franklin's upstart program. Catch this one on your regional SEC network provider at 11:21 central.

In other soon-to-be conference action, Missouri travels south to College Station to take on Texas A&M. Mizzou has had a better year off the field than on it, currently sitting at 3-4 and on the verge of not making a bowl game while looking to join the undisputed powerhouse conference, but the Aggies still remain firmly in contention to give the Big X the finger on the way out the door by taking the conference crown. If you want to see what SEC West football is going to look like next season, put it on FX at 11:00 central.

The marquee match-up of the morning may very well be Nebraska v. Michigan State, which is on ESPN at 11:00 central. Sparty now controls its own destiny in whatever their goofy division is called (Has-Beens or Wannabes? I can never remember) thanks to Wisconsin's mass pre-game Ex-Lax binge prior to taking the field last weekend in East Lansing. Nebraska still needs some help in the form of another Wisconsin loss, but there is no path to Indianapolis for the Cornhuskers that does not involve a win today.

In other action around the country, Michigan takes on Purdue on ESPN2, and over on ESPNU you can find NC State traveling to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Northwestern plays Indiana on the Big Ten Network if you're into that whole sadomasochism thing. Virginia Tech v. Duke also take the field this morning, which could be recommended viewing because if you don't watch it no one else will.

We'll have the afternoon and evening threads posted later, but in the meantime chime in here with your thoughts and comments on the early action.