This past week I slapped my way to a 4-1 record. That brings my season total to 59-10 which is good for a little over 85%…..I can take that, but I know have left three or four games on the field which I can’t stop thinking about. My best pick last week was Ohio State having problems with Iowa but beating them 31-21. The Buckeyes won 34-24. My worst pick was Northwestern beating Minnesota when the Gophers actually beat the Cats 20-17.
Minnesota-20 Northwestern-17….MISS….My how the Wildcat star has fallen. Granted the injuries to QB Kain Colter and HB Venric Mark were big gaps in the Wildcat offense, but it shows to me that part of the reason Northwestern has been so successful was the rotation that they could throw at you in various points throughout a game. Quickly changing from a passing team to a fast-attacking running attack that explodes to the perimeter. When you can make a team one dimensional, you can beat them. That is what has happened to Northwestern with the injuries….well, that plus horribly timed turnovers.
Michigan State-14 Purdue-0….CORRECT….What does a game like this do to the psyche of a QB like Connor Cook?…I have always been fascinated by that kind of question…I am sure we will learn in the weeks to come what it does, but it sure seemed like he was improving by leaps and bounds until the Boilers came to town. There was a point in Saturday’s ‘game’ in which he had only 17 yards on eight completions….but just as good teams do, the Spartans found a way to win yet another ugly, ugly football game. As I stated a couple of weeks ago, the Legends Divisions title runs through East Lansing. Read the full game recap here: Michigan State wins a real humdinger over Boilers
Ohio State-34 Iowa-24….CORRECT….This is one of the very few times that I can actually do the following…Didn’t I say this would happen in this game? Iowa would give OSU all kinds of problems but the Buckeyes would take charge and eventually win by ten…..and what happened? So which of these teams are more difficult to figure out?..is the Hawkeyes who came into hostile Columbus and took it to Ohio State for the first 30 minutes and looked like a threat (keep an eye on Iowa QB Jake Rudock)…or is it the Buckeyes who have won 19 straight games but looked susceptible to a slightly-above-average passer?…both teams looked beatable…and I gather from some sources that OSU is in a state of concern for their defense.
Michigan-63 Indiana-47….CORRECT….what a deplorable effort by the Michigan defense…giving up nearly 600 yards on defense and 47 points. The defense said they had to make a big play and get a stop to earn the W…and they did..they got two big stops actually.I wasn’t impressed with IU QB Nate Sudfeld. He looked like a different guy vs Michigan. He was only 8 of 19 with a TD and a INT, but he just didn’t look sharp to me…I guess that is why Tre Roberson played so much.Both IU and Michigan get to sit this week and heal and prep for their next opponents. Michigan established new records for total yards in a game, most combined yards in school history by a player in Devin Gardner (584 yards) and Jeremy Gallon established a new Big Ten record for most receiving yards in a game with 369. Read the full game recap here: Michigan’s offense erupts in victory over Hoosiers
Wisconsin-56 Illinois-32….CORRECT….the Badgers are a force…and by that I mean a running force…a throwback team that plays tough defense and runs the ball…If I was forced to make a comparison to any of the teams I have seen play over my 35+ years of watching Big Ten football…I would say they best resemble the……Hmmm…I will go with the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers…When Melvin Gordon essentially took the reins of the offense and said I will handle this game it harkened back to the days of Montee Ball. Illinois has to be given some credit though…they will beat someone they shouldn’t this year. They were down 21-0 and made it somewhat respectable in the second half.
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