It’s the end of September and the conference races have officially started now that most schools are playing within their own leagues. There are a couple important games going on at the P5 level, but the bottom end of the top ten is admittedly a little weak this week. There are several important G5 games, mostly in the AAC as those schools begin their conference play in earnest. Finally, the FCS gives us a bunch of ranked on ranked games that will foreshadow the Playoff race at that level. Let’s dive in!
Top Ten Games of the Week
10. Indiana 2-1 (0-1) at #4 Penn State 4-0 (1-0)
Series Ledger: 19-1 Penn State Last Meeting: 45-31 Penn State 11/12/2016
Like I said, the bottom of this list isn’t great football, but there is still some interest. Indiana hung around with Ohio State for one half in Week 1, if they can continue to exploit a few weaknesses they might be able to put a scare in the Nittany Lions, who had plenty of trouble keeping Iowa down last week. PSU has won the last three games in this series.
Monticello Utah Temple: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Driving through Utah, I wanted to learn about some cultural traditions defining Mormon life. We stopped to see the Monticello Utah Temple on our way.
An old man all in white opened the door, looked at us from head to toe, and asked us IF WE WERE RECOMMENDED. Deep inside the room, an old couple looking like humble angels who lost their wings in a severe battle (also in all white) were busy leafing through a huge book on a table generously decorated with white flowers - a gentle reminder of the frailty of our existence here on earth.
We honestly trusted him that no one recommended us because we were just driving through and wanted to see inside the temple, especially because their ”Visitors welcome“ sign sounded so welcoming :) He hesitated for a minute muttering something vague, almost let us in, but blocked the entrance with his body and said flatly: “You are not welcome unless you’re recommended”. It totally felt like Saint Peter rejected us from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Just this picture is left of my failed attempt to learn about Mormon culture.