After another one-loss week my record stands at 66-13 hovering right around the 83% mark. Since a rough 7-6 three week stretch in late September and early October, I have gone 16-4 the last month to get things back on the right track. All of that being written, it’s put up or shut up time. I have a feeling some teams are due for a W…AHEMMM, Illinois and Purdue and some teams will probably get tripped up…Heads up Spartans and Buckeyes…but we will get to that in the preview in the next day or so….But let’s review what happened this past Saturday..
Minnesota-24 Penn State-10….CORRECT….Fans who went to the beautiful TCF Bank Field to watch this one could’ve left at halftime…all the scoring was done in the first 30 minutes. Did I tell you that the Gopher D was good enough to stop PSU freshman QB Christian Hackenberg?…I did..that was me right? Regardless, the Minnesota secondary was all over the PSU receivers and that made it tough for Hackenberg to get any consistency established. Despite the Nittany Lions troubles in the passing game, HB Zach Zwinak had a great game. He carried the ball 26 times for 150 yards and a TD. It just wasn’t enough…I am guessing Hackenberg has trouble bouncing back from this one.
Iowa-38 Purdue-14….CORRECT….Just as I stated in the preview, the Purdue Boilermakers made this game interesting in the first half. It was 14-7 Hawkeyes at the break, but Purdue was winning the field position battle. Iowa had several long drives, but just couldn’t finish them off with points. Purdue hung around a bit, but then the Hawkeye running game took control. HB Jordan Canzeri led them all with 165 yards on 20 carries and a TD. Iowa finished with over 500 yards of total offense and nearly 320 on the ground. The Boilermakers tallied 266 yards of total offense and mustered up a measly 53 yards rushing. It’s time for Boiler coach Darrell Hazell to see what he has on his bench for the next couple of weeks. He needs to beat Indiana, so let’s see if he has any ball players on this team.
Indiana-52 Illinois-35….CORRECT….Well, it’s another Indiana recap, so you know I am going to throw numbers at you….here they come…Indiana WR Cody Latimer hauled in 11 catches for 189 yards and three TD’s…HB Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for 215 yards and Stephen Houston added another 150 yards and two more TD’s to the rushing total…IU QB Nate Sudfeld was very efficient. He was 20-27 for 267 and those three TD passes. Maybe the most impressive numbers on the day though were Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase’s….He finished the game 38-57 for 450 yards passing and two TD passes…plus he added another 45 yards rushing and a score…495 yards…not bad..It really was quite the back-and-forth affair as Indiana forged ahead with about eleven minutes left in the game.
Nebraska-17 Michigan-13….MISS….West Corn State had 15 TFL’s in this game against Michigan..almost half were sacks. It was the second straight week that the Wolverines have given up seven sacks. Nebraska was not overpowering. They did not come into Ann Arbor with a brilliant gameplan. They came in as one of many mediocre Big Ten teams and beat another mediocre Big Ten team. In fact, the Maize and Blue may be descending into sub-mediocrity. They have gone 2-4 in their last six conference games…that includes three straight road losses and they have gone 2-4 in their last six road Big Ten games with the W’s coming against Minnesota and Purdue and both were last year.
Wisconsin-27 BYU-17….CORRECT….A few times this year, I have forgotten about Wisconsin HB James White. He is just an under-the-radar kind of guy. Until, that is, he plays a game like he did against the Cougars. He finished with 23 carries and 147 yards and two rushing TD’s…he also caught six passes for another 47 yards and the third Badgers TD. As well as White played, the Badger defense was just as good..BYU was a team that was scoring about 32 points a game and totaling over 510 yards. Wisconsin held them to 370 and 17. That is what getting LB Chris Borland back to your lineup can do for you.
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