The anticipation of Saturday's matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has not escaped the Eagles' locker room.
Earlier this week, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham, who played his college ball at Michigan, got caught in some trash talk with Browns' wide receiver Terrell Pryor, a former Buckeye. Now, Graham is jawing with teammate Malcolm Jenkins, another Ohio State product. Graham and Jenkins actually played against each other in the rivalry in 2006, the last time Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the Top 5 when they faced each other.
CSN's Derrick Gunn caught up with the teammates ahead of today's huge rivalry game. Not surprisingly, things got a little heated between the two, who have a friendly wager on the line for the game. If Ohio State wins, Graham has to wear Buckeyes gear, but if Michigan wins, Jenkins will have to sport a Wolverines jersey.
Graham and Jenkins won't be the only ones in the Philadelphia area keeping an eye on the the game Saturday. The Penn State faithful will be watching closely and rooting for Jenkins' Buckeyes. If Ohio State wins, Penn State can earn a spot in the Big 10 championship with a win against Michigan State later in the day. The Nittany Lions haven't won a conference title since 2008 and haven't played in the conference title game since it began in 2011.
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On the day he found out his season was over, Carson Wentz has vowed to come back stronger than ever.
Wentz, who tore his ACL in the third quarter on Sunday afternoon, posted a video to his Twitter account on Monday night.
In the video, he admitted he is going through a tough time but is using his Christian faith to get get through it.
"If we got everything we wanted in life," Wentz said, "it would be a disaster."
Then, he had a message for his fans:
"I can promise to everybody, all my fans in the Philly area, in the North Dakota area, all across this country, that this will not stop me going forward. I will come back stronger than ever. I will use this as motivation. And I will be attacking it, this whole process as I recover.
"But at the end of the day, this year we still have something special. We just clinched the NFC East. That was Step 1 of our goals this season and we're just continuing on from there. I will be with the team along the way. I will be supporting them.
"I have the utmost confidence in Nick (Foles) and the coaching staff and everybody else that they'll step up. We've been plagued with injuries all year long and it's just been the next-man-up mentality and that's going to continue. Nick's going to to an amazing job leading this team and I'm going to be there to help."
Watch Wentz's full message here:
Sunday was tough for football fans in the city of Philadelphia. Carson Wentz exited the game, walked off the field and into the locker room, and the mood was somber.
It didn't take long for reports to swirl that the Eagles feared the worst, that their MVP-caliber quarterback could be lost for the season.
The Birds went on to win the game but it was bittersweet without the prospect of Wentz leading them to the Super Bowl.
Star athletes from all of sports shared messages of support. From fellow star quarterbacks lost for the season like DeShaun Watson to brothers in the city who have dealt with injuries of their own like Joel Embiid, everybody hated to see Wentz go down.
You could feel the negativity oozing through the city.
Monday came and Doug Pederson confirmed what we already believed. Wentz was gone for the year and Nick Foles takes the job of leading the Birds to the promise land. Hope was dim but not extinguished.
Then Eagles Nation got the pep talk (tweeted) it needed from the one person who would never lie to them and only inspire them, Brian Dawkins.
Birdgang, Take Heart! Don’t bye into the neg emotions.
@JordanHicks @DarrenSproles @ChrisMaragos Jason Peters & now @cj_wentz r leaders that continue 2 help us win by giving of themselves. WE will rally behind a confident #9 Do me a huge favor.. Rally & BELIEVE!! #FlyEaglesFly
I'm still bummed but Weapon X has me feeling a little better. The Eagles season isn't over just yet. It's time for Nick Foles to write a storybook ending.