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Countdown to Kickoff: "The One Game That Matters Most" Begins at 1:07 p.m.

November 10, 2012

Game Day Info; Monon Bell Page; Pre-Order DVD Online; View 'Monon Memories'

097 MononBell09rf"It’s the one game that matters most to the football programs at Wabash and DePauw, and it can be described with two words: Monon Bell," begins an article in this morning's Indianapolis Star. "DePauw (2-7) travels to Wabash (7-2) for a 1:07 p.m. kickoff in the 119th meeting between teams, and the 81st since the Monon Bell was added to the rivalry in 1932."

The piece by Brian Peloza offers some "storylines for this year’s meeting" and a quote from DePauw interim head coach Scott Srnka.

LGL 0018b"There are a lot of people that believe if you can go 1-9, and as long as that win is the Bell game, it’s a successful season," Srnka tells the newspaper, "Also, there are people that believe you can go 9-1 and make the playoffs, but if that loss is in the Bell game then the season is not successful."

Read more at IndyStar.com.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier's Ken Thompson reports, "For much of the 119-year history of this rivalry (the schools have played for the Monon Bell since 1932), the old locomotive bell was all that mattered. During the last decade, however, either Wabash (7-2) or DePauw have had playoff berths at stake in this season finale. The Little Giants have won the last three games in the series and own a 56-53-9 edge. The victor gains the upper hand in the Monon Bell competition, which is tied 36-36-9."

Access that story at the newspaper's website.

A report by WXIN-TV's Larry Hawley, which aired last night on the Indianapolis Fox affiliate, included interviews from both DePauw and Wabash players.  It is embedded below:

Another summary yesterday includes a Thursday TV preview of the battle for the Bell.

Kickoff for today's game is at 1:07 p.m. at Hollett Little Giant Stadium.  Gates open at 11 a.m. and all spectators will need to have a ticket to enter. Tickets for both the DePauw and Wabash sides are available Saturday at the stadium beginning at 11 a.m. for $15.  Tickets will be sold until the opening kickoff or supplies are exhausted.

AXS TV is televising the contest to a nationwide audience, with Kenny Rice and Paul Maguire calling the action and Brad Wochomurka '04 providing reports from the sidelines. WGRE (91.5 FM) will carry the game live to West Central Indiana and online at wgre.org.

Fans can order a commemorative DVD of the 119th Monon Bell Classic. An online order form can be found here.  Today's game will become the fifteenth contest in the historic series to be captured on DVD. Also available are the discs of the 1977, 1994 and 2000-11 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date). 

Access DePauw's Monon Bell Web page here.

A complete roster of "Monon Memories" -- video highlights of past classics -- can be found here.

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