First Things First: Preseason poll was unveiled on Thursday.
Michigan State moves up five spots from last year's coaches poll No. 18 ranking, despite losing both Travis Trice and Branden Dawson. The Spartans are the second highest ranked Big Ten team behind Maryland, who sits at No. 3 behind North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively.
Duke, the reigning national champions, comes in at No. 4, following by Kansas, Virginia and Iowa State.
Other Big Ten notables include Wisconsin (No. 17) and Purdue (No. 24).
Second Thing: Preseason All-Big Ten team was also unveiled.
Representing Michigan State was Denzel Valentine, the only player from head coach Tom Izzo's roster. Maryland's Melo Trimble was voted the Big Ten conference player of the year. Entire 10-player list:
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa; Jake Layman, Maryland; Melo Trimble, Maryland; Caris LeVert, Michigan; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State; A.J. Hammons, Purdue; Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin
Third Thing: It's going to be cold.
Football weather I should say, but be sure to bring that jacket you've been hiding in your closet to Ann Arbor this Saturday, as the expected high is likely to reach 47 degrees at the Big House, with a low of 35.
There's also a five percent chance of rain, so no worries about that.
Fourth Thing: The Earvin "Magic" Johnson statue was vandalized.
These type of reports are starting to get old, the reason being that it's done before.
The Michigan State Spartan statue that stands near the stadium has been graffitied twice this year, once in April and again in September before the Oregon game. It has yet to have Maize and Blue coloring this week as students have reportedly been guarding the statue from possible vandals.
I have several friends attending MSU who have used social media to express their frustration over the latest vandalizing. Quotes like "keep it classy Michigan fans," or "how dare they do this to Magic Johnson," have floated my timeline.
At this point, like always, it only matters what happens within the white lines on Saturday. Anything else done in order to gain an edge is simply mundane.
Fifth Thing: Who will be the guest picker for this week's College GameDay?
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press compiled a list of the possible celebrity guest pickers for this weekend's college football pregame show on ESPN, which will be held in Ann Arbor.
I love the idea of bringing in former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, but not Madonna, anyone but Madonna. Judge Judy also sounds intriguing, considering that Jim Harbaugh is a devoted fan.
Jim Harbaugh and his dad once sat in the audience of a Judge Judy taping. He's just too much. pic.twitter.com/kSLWOW1m6o— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) March 3, 2015
Final Thing: Blame the idiots.
That's coming from Izzo, who spoke about the Johnson statue controversy at the Big Ten basketball media day in Chicago.