2017 BIG Ten Football Week 1 Recap

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BIG Ten Week 1 Recap…

September 2, 2017

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It’s that time… BIG TEN Football time!!!!  Who snagged an opening day victory?

For the most part, the Big Ten took care of business in the opening weekend. The season kicked off Thursday night will league victories by Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin (Friday), while Rutgers came up short.

Then came Saturday…. teams like Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State all took care of business against lesser so-called opponents—which, I suppose, is expected in the first game of the season.

But what about Maryland? The Terrapins went into Austin and stuck it to the Texas Longhorns, 51-41. More on this below, so let’s go around the league….

 

7  17

49  21

In front of a jammed packed crowd (Attendance: 52,929) at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, the Hoosier put up a good, solid fight against the nations number 2 team, Buckeyes, but came up short, 49-21.

The hometeam jumped out on top and held the lead until the second half and freshmen, J.K. Dobbins, stepped up on his debut, finishing the contest breaking a 15-year-old school rushing record with 181 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback, J.T. Barrett tossed three touchdown passes in the victory.

”I’m probably the only good thing going on in my town right now, so I just thought of it as bringing my city up,” Dobbins said after spending the past week watching the flooding in the Houston area. ”That’s why I came out and played hard like that.”

The Hoosiers were led by R. Lagow, who finished the game with 40 of 65 with 410 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Really nothing to hold his head down about. The biggest problem was rushing, where the Hoosiers had 27 carries for 17 yards. Receiver Simmi Cobbs Jr. had a career-high 11 catches for 149 yards and one TD. Luke Timian had 10 receptions for 72 yards.

Coach Meyer is 16-0 all-time in season openers. The Buckeyes finished with 596 total yards, 292 on the ground, and forced three turnovers. Campbell had six catches for 136 yards.

OTHER GAME HIGHLIGHTS – CORSO HOISTED

ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso got a lift, literally, from his former players after receiving Indiana’s Bill Orwig Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the university by a non-alum.

After a video played and he was presented with a plaque, the players gathered round and hoisted him on their shoulders. Corso coached the Hoosiers from 1973-82 and led the Hoosiers to their first bowl win – 38-37 over No. 9 Brigham Young in the 1979 Holiday Bowl. He was inducted into school’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Heads home Sept. 9 for an even tougher match-up against No. 7 Oklahoma.

Indiana: Travels to Virginia on Sept. 9.

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10  59 (final)

 

21 24 (FINAL)

This game was a lot closer than it should have been but was pure, old school grunt football as hometeam, Illini, held off Ball State with a 24-21 win. Illini were up at halftime and blew a nine-point halftime lead and wasted several scoring opportunities down the stretch and the visitors capitalized on it with a pair of strong showing third-quarter touchdowns to take the lead. True freshman tailback Mike Epstein found the end zone with just over two minutes left in the game and that was enough to give Illinois the win.

Illini quarterback Chayce Crouch threw for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“We got a lot of young guys out on the field today,” Crouch said. “I think some of our inexperience showed at times. But they’ll learn from it.”

Wide receiver Mikey Dudek was one of the country’s top freshman wideouts in 2014 and made his much-anticipated Illini return on Saturday and hauled in two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

In the end as time was expiring, the Cardinals were attempting a 54-yard field goal by Morgan Hagee to send the game in the overtime, but Jamal Milan was able to get up blocked the kick with his right arm.

“I actually saw it and I heard it,” Milan said. “It was pretty low. At first I couldn’t believe that I hit it. But at the same time, I could feel it. It was as loud as it can be.”

The Illini offense could only manage 216 yards on the day. They know they have to do a lot better than that in order to be competitive in the league.

Up next for Illini, they will host Western Kentucky; Ball State will play UAB.

3  24 (FINAL)

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0  52 (final)

51 41 (FINAL)

This game was straight out of arcade game… like vintage techmo bowl stuff!

Tom Herman’s debut did not go as planned for the Longhorn faithful as D.J. Durkin’s Terrapins put up half a hundred on a hapless Texas defense. Terps’ quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome ran and threw all over the Horns and Maryland was able to hold onto the lead despite losing the sophomore in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

It’s difficult to describe exactly how bad the Longhorn defense looked after it took an interception to the house on the third play of the game. The Maryland offense pretty much did whatever it wanted in Austin.

The rushing attack averaged over six yards per carry and scored four times. Tailback Ty Johnson recorded 132 yards and a score on just 12 carries while Pigrome added 64 yards and a score of his own. After the Pigrome injury, true freshman quarterback Kasim Hill completed all three of his passes for 44 yards while adding 14 yards and a score on the ground.

The game literally ended with Texas fans taking out their frustrations by throwing debris onto the field. Not good, Tom.

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33 17

Florida basically suspended half of its team leading up to the opener against Michigan, and it was pretty obvious the Gators were missing something on Saturday. Truth be told, the offense has been missing something for years now, but the defense didn’t look like its usual self.

The Wolverines new uniforms were something to behold right? MAybe the uni’s gave them needed motivation especailly on D. The Gator offense put up just 192 yards, turned the ball over three times, and failed to find the end zone. Both of Florida’s touchdowns came on interception returns.

Wilton Speight finished the game completing 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards with one score and the two interceptions. The ground game got it done, though, tallying 215 yards and a touchdown. Surprisingly it was Ty Isaac – not Chris Evans – who led the way in the backfield. Isaac averaged over 10 yards per carry and totaled 114 yards on the day. Evans managed just 78 yards on 22 carries.

 

35 28

The Boilermakers nearly pulled off a major upset in Jeff Brohm’s debut as new head coach. Reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson put up some big-time numbers, but the Purdue defense prevented Louisville from firing on all cylinders.

Jackson totaled 485 yards of total offense and threw for a pair of touchdowns, but the Boilermakers forced three turnovers and limited the Louisville running game outside of its quarterback. Junior wideout Jaylen Smith had a big night with eight receptions for 117 yards.

Purdue split its snaps between two quarterbacks. Last season’s starter – junior David Blough – threw for 175 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore Elijah Sindelar added 118 yards, two scores, and an interception of his own. The running game never really got going as they rushed for just 51 yards on 21 carries. Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Good showing Boilermakers!

36  43

Not a bad start for the Big Ten as the Maryland and Michigan victories were both big in terms of national perception (if you’re into that sort of thing), but the former was certainly the most surprising outcome of the weekend. Purdue looks like it may be on the right track under Jeff Brohm, and Rutgers wasn’t nearly as putrid as the world was expecting.

All in all, the Big Ten East continues to look like one of the best divisions in the country. From top to bottom—Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State (oh, and Rutgers)—each team is capable of making games extremely competitive.

This will be a fun season to follow.

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2016 MAC Preview

Posted on August 31, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2016 MAC Preview

August 31, 2016

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You want diversity? You want a contrast in styles? You want a fascinating mix of superstar offensive talents mixed in with just enough solid defensive teams to keep things interesting? Well the MAC is all about that this year!

The conference always boasts the haves and have-nots, with a gaping disparity between the elite and not-so-elite, yet this time around, the conference should be a bit more even. The coaching is strong, there’s plenty of star power at quarterback, and the division races are as unpredictable as they’ve been in several years.

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Last year Bowling Green didn’t field a defense and still won a MAC championship by outbombing everyone. Head coach Dino Babers is now in Syracuse and quarterback Matt Johnson is gone, but the offense should still be dangerous enough to contend.

Contrast the Falcons with Akron, the breakthrough team of last year that dominated on defense. Kent State had absolutely no offense whatsoever, ruining a fantastic campaign for a phenomenal defense. Now the Zips have to rebuild and the Golden Flashes have to hope they have some way to move the ball to keep up with the other high-powered stars in the division.

The other day I heard the ‘MAC East is the kids’ table.’

They may have taken the championship last season, but the league’s four best teams are in the West – PERIOD. So I agree.

Western Michigan is about to be devastating. Quarterback Zach Terrell leads a potentially unstoppable offense that should be an automatic 30-point-per-game machine, while the defense gets seven starters back and should be good enough to get by.

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Northern Illinois will have a healthy quarterback this season – something it didn’t field late last year when the team was ravaged by key injuries – and now the offense is back to its normal high level. It’ll have to be considering Toledo isn’t going anywhere despite the loss of head coach Matt Campbell to Iowa State. The rushing tandem of Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson should be as productive as any in America.

Central Michigan has the high-rising quarterback in the NFL Draft world in Cooper Rush, and the defense that finished 16th in the nation welcomes back eight starters – this might be the most complete team in the MAC.

Ball State should be among the league’s most improved teams with Mike Neu taking over a veteran squad, while Eastern Michigan will try to keep the program afloat as the sixth-best team – by far – in a six-team division.

Besides the championship game, of course, we believe the MAC Football Game Of The Year will be Toledo at Northern Illinois (in Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field aka U.S. Cellular Field) Nov. 9. As good as Toledo has been over the last several years, why hasn’t it been able to break through and become the star of the MAC? NIU has won six straight in the series.

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Here is our overall MAC Predictions….

EAST

WEST

1. Ohio

2. Bowling Green

3. Buffalo

4. Akron

5. Kent State

6. Miami University

1. Western Michigan

2. Northern Illinois

3. Toledo

4. Central Michigan

5. Ball State

6. Eastern Michigan

Western Michigan should be the star of the West, and it gets both Toledo and Northern Illinois at home making the showdown between the Rockets and Huskies in Chicago all but an elimination game.

As we have stated, the MAC West is the toughest to predict as the battle should come down to Western Michigan against Northern Illinois, and the battle will be decided October 8… winner of this contest should win the West. And since the Broncos nor the Huskies play Ohio, who should win the East… whew – should be an exciting game in Detroit December 2.

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2014 BIG Ten – Week 2

Posted on September 8, 2014. Filed under: NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Week 2…

September 6, 2014

BIG games this week across the board…

The Big Ten went 8-5 in Week 2, and we learned some things in the process. Brace yourself; this won’t be pretty.

Aside from Wisconsin-LSU, the rest of the Big Ten games were blowouts, narrow escapes against inferior teams, or upset losses. Week 2, I argued, would show what the Big Ten was capable of. Oh, did it ever.

Western KentuckyWKentucky 34, Illinoisillinois2014 42

For the second straight week, the Fightin’ Illini came back to snag a victory. This week, it was against stingy Western Kentucky.

WKU led 17-14 at the half, but then Wes Lunt carried the load, or should we say passed the load, by going for 456. Illinois scored three times to take a 42-27 lead in the fourth quarter and survive a last-minute score by the Hilltoppers. It’s not pretty, but Tim Beckman’s team is 2-0.

Central MichiganCMichigan  38, Purduepurdue2014 17

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN. – a sloppy loss for the Boilermakers at home against the MAC.

It was the (Cooper) Rush / (Thomas) Rawls show for the Chippewas (2-0). Rush tossed 2 TD passes, while Rawls ran for two. He finished the game with 31 carries for 155 yards, while Rush finished 11 of 16 for 172 yards with one interception.

It wasn’t even close. Another spark for the visitors came from former Mount Carmel player, Brandon Greer, who returned a 57-yard interception back for the for the first score of the game. Then in about 2-mintues later, Anthony Rice broke a tackle and scored on a 65-yard catch-and-run (14-0).

The Boilermakers got on the board when Danny Etling took the ball in from 4 yards out making the score 14-7. A few series later Rawls scored from two-yards out before halftime making it 21-7. Home team couldn’t get any closer than that.

The Chippewas beat a Big Ten foe for the second time in three seasons and improved to 6-23 against teams currently in the conference.

Purdue (1-1) failed to get its first 2-0 start since 2007 and still hasn’t opened a season with back-to-back wins over Football Bowl Subdivision opponents since 2005.

HowardHoward 25, Rutgersrutgers2014 38

The Scarlet Knights led 31-7 at the half. Despite the late scores and routinely porous defense, Rutgers was the most impressive of the noon teams.

 

Akron 3, Penn State 21

You can say Penn State played down to visiting Akron, as they only had a 7-0 lead at halftime, but the Nitanny Lions got their roar in the second half to get the W.

McNeese State 24, Nebraska 31

Ameer Abdullah came to the rescue for Nebraska in an incredible last-minute touchdown reception saving the Cornhuskers from total embarrassment against McNeese State.

The Cornhuskers let McNeese State hang around far longer than they should have. Leading 14-7 in the second quarter, Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a lazy out route that McNeese returned 98 yards for a tying score. Nebraska’s offensive line couldn’t give Abdullah holes, and McNeese tied it at 24 with four minutes remaining. With only 20 seconds remaining, Abdullah had a sensational tackle-breaking run after catch to spare Nebraska from ignominy.

NOTE: In the absence of Braxton Miller, the “Abdullah for Big Ten MVP” bandwagon is looking pretty good.

Western Illinois 37, Wisconsin 3

The game began in a weird fashion with a safety on Western Illinois’ opening kickoff return. The Badgers led 2-0 for most of the half, as neither Melvin Gordon (17 carries for 38 yards) nor Tanner McEvoy could produce. At least McEvoy recovered after halftime, completing 17 passes in a row and finishing with three touchdowns, but it was a shaky performance for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin seemed a little out of sorts through the entire first half, but recovered in the second half to produce a deceptively perilous final score.

 Ball State 13,  Iowa 17

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Maryland 24, USF 17

Maryland was supposed to beat South Florida easily. Instead, the Terrapins had six giveaways and had to rely on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to put away the Bulls.

Middle Tennessee 24, Minnesota 35

Once again Minnesota was out-gained by an opponent, and once again it won by double digits. Minnesota built a 28-0 lead and rode out a rough second half to beat Middle Tennessee.

Unlike Iowa, Minnesota coaches know their strengths (David Cobb, their star running back, is a powerful workhorse) and weaknesses (Mitch Leidner can’t pass) and craft an optimal offense around those limitations. It’s going to get tiring calling the Golden Gophers opportunistic every week.

Northern IllinoisNIU  23, Northwesternnorthwestern2014 15

In spite of Northwestern’s collapse against Cal in the season opener, the Wildcats were a 5 point favorite coming into this game. Go figure!

Like last week, the Wildcats were down early to a 23-7 lead and just couldn’t come back. In short, Northwestern was trounced on the line of scrimmage by a MAC team, an awful sign for Big Ten play.

Michigan Statemichiganstate2014 27, OregonOregon 46

The Ducks were trailing in the third quarter, 27-18, against Michigan State until Marcus Mariota flipped the ball to Royce Freeman (89 yards, 2 scores) and the flood gates opened up. From here, they went on to score the first of four unanswered touchdowns to knock out the Big Ten from a west coast victory.

Mariota went 17/28 for 318 and three touchdowns.

Michigan State was lead by 29/47 for 343 and 2 TDs / 2 INTs.

Michiganmichigan2014 O, Notre DameNotreDame 31

The Irish are for real. After seeing them week one against Rice, there game play was lowered saying who they played, but tonight, whew…. the Irish jumped out early and often knocking off what many thought was the hottest team in the Big Ten in a complete shutout.

Everything went Notre Dame’s way.

Wolverine’s Devin Gardner had four giveaways, including a pick six at the final whistle that didn’t count in the final score and resulted in him getting dinged up. Michigan running backs averaged 2.9 yards per carry.

This game also marks the last game in the Michigan-Notre Dame series, and possibly the rivalry.

NOTE: the Wolverines scoreless for the first time in 30 years.

Virginia TechVaTech 35,  Ohio Stateohiostate2014 21

Michael Brewer passed for two touchdowns on Saturday night and Virginia Tech’s defense stood tough at the end as the Hokies stunned the eighth-ranked Buckeyes 35-21.

”I still have confidence that we have enough skill on this football team to get by people,” Meyer said.

Indiana Bye Week

Stay tuned for next week when the Big Ten’s Week 2 winners try to restore a shred of the conference’s credibility. Iowa-Iowa State, Maryland-West Virginia, Minnesota-TCU, Illinois-Washington and the very first Big Ten game in Rutgers history ought to be worth watching.

 

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BIG TEN Week 3 recap

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Stunning weekend in the Big Ten…

September 15, 2013

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The Boilermakers came to play taking an early lead of 10-3 at the half against the Irish but couldn’t stop the visitors from scoring in the fourth quarter. The Irish scored 21 points in the fourth quarter which proved to be enough to steal a victory 31-24 on Saturday night.

Notre Dame receiver DaVaris Daniels staggered Purdue with two late touchdowns. Three plays after his second score, teammate Bennett Jackson delivered the final blow — a 34-yard interception return for a score.

“I was never worried in the sense there was a panic,” Kelly said. “I felt really confident that we were going to win the football game. We just needed to settle down a little bit.”

michigan-helmet28, Akron 24

One the winningest program in college football might have just had its worst win.

Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory over Akron on Saturday.

It’s something about Michigan (3-0) and the Mid-American Conference, where they seem to have a few problems as they did with Appalachian State and Toledo.

nebraska121, UCLA 41

The Bruins came back from 18 points down behind the fine play of QB Brett Hundley, who threw three touchdown passes and stunned Nebraska 41-21 in front of a record crowd of 91,471 on Saturday.

The win for UCLA came six days after receiver Nick Pasquale was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking in his hometown and a day before coaches and teammates travel to San Clemente, Calif., for his memorial service.

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Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12

Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10

Michigan State 55, Youngstown 17

Iowa 27, Iowa St 21

Ohio State 52, Cal 34

Western Michigan 17, Northwestern 38

Wisconsin 30, Arizona State 32

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