2017 BIG Ten Football Week 3

Posted on September 16, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten Week 3…

September 15, 2017

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Week 3 could dictate a lot in the BIG Ten…  Big Ten went 9-4 record during Week 2 so, again, who will remain undefeated? Teams can not let opportunities slip away. Let’s recap Week 3….

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As we board the plane to head back to Illinois, the thing we remember the most from this game is PENALTIES! Whew…. Ok. USF and Illinois racked up penalties at almost an all-time record where 26 combined flags accepted. They would finish with 31 combined. USF won the game, 47-23, but that’s beside the point. If all you can remember is yellow flags in a game, there’s a problem.

The NCAA record is 42 penalties, from a 1986 game between North Carolina Central and St. Paul’s. The Division I record is 39, which has happened in four games. The FBS record is 36, from a 1986 game between San Jose State and Fresno State. The Spartans had 24 flags in that game.

For posterity, we recorded every penalty for future generations.

USF: Illegal shift.
Illinois: Substitution infraction.
USF: False start.
Illinois: Offside.
USF: Personal foul (this was the first PAT attempt).
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Unsportsmanlike conduct (Nos. 5 and 6 offset).
Illinois: Holding.
USF: Roughing the passer (targeting to boot).
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: False start (those last four were on consecutive plays).
Illinois: Offside.
USF: False start.
USF: Holding.
Illinois: False start.
USF: False start (end of first quarter).
Illinois: Clipping.
USF: Unsportsmanlike conduct.
Illinois: Pass interference.
Illinois: 12 men on the field.
USF: Face mask.
Illinois: Holding.
USF: False start.
USF: False start.
USF: Delay of game (that was actually intentional to give some more breathing room for a pooch punt).
Illinois: Pass interference (end of first half).
Illinois: False start.
Illinois: Targeting (that’s two ejections now).
USF: Holding.
Illinois: Facemask.
USF: Facemask.

Now back to the game, Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 15 of 25 attempts. USF topped 100 yards rushing, with USF amassing 680 yards total offense to Illinois’ 354

The Bulls (3-0) beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time on a night the university honored first responders who worked the last week to help victims of the massive storm that impacted the entire state of Florida.

Illinois (2-1) stumbled in what also was a homecoming of sorts for coach Lovie Smith, who returned to the stadium where he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before being fired and accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Illini.

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The visiting Huskies got on the board quick with NOT one, but two pick sixes. From this and as expected, Nebraska surged back in the second half and briefly took the lead early on in the fourth quarter but NIU answered and recaptured the lead with about nine minutes left. The Husks had no answer for NIU tailback Jordan Huff. The senior entered the game with 97 yards on the season. Against Nebraska he compiled 145 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries.

Bright spot, Tanner Lee threw for just shy of 300 yards but also tossed three crucial interceptions. Mikale Wilson led the way on the ground with 90 yards. BIG win for the MAC as NIU got P-A-I-D! $820k victory…..

 

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Michigan’s offense has to do better as they only put up 200 yards in the first half,then went on struggle to find the end zone. Quinn Nordin was the offense with three FGs. Wolverines offense did score once thanks to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon. It was another lackluster performance by Wilton Speight as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards and no scores. Next week, PURDUE….

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In a word, THOROUGH!!! But at least they got a check right? Rutgers paid them $350,000. One must ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

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The 2017 Boilermakers are a TOTALLY different team from a season ago. Yes, they lost a close one against Louisville to start the season, but Jeff Brohm actually has Purdue looking like a competent Big Ten team. That continued on Saturday when they went on the road and crushed an SEC opponent.

The Boilers continue to use a two-quarterback system and both David Blough and Elijah Sindelar made an impact this weekend. Blough led the way completing 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and a score. He also added a rushing touchdown. Sindelar threw for 85 yards and a touchdown of his own. Sophomore Tario Fuller led all ball-carries with 90 yards and a touchdown.

Mizzou running back Demarea Crockett entered the game with close to 300 yards through just two games, but the Boilermaker defense made him a non-factor. Crockett rushed for just 19 yards on 10 carries. WOW!!! Guess who’s up next for the Boilermakers? Harbough and Michigan Wolverines…. We will be there LIVE!!!

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Not bad for $1.2 million payday Georgia State… Whew!

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Jeff Brohm continues to do big things for Purdue and the team believing… Penn State looks like a well-oiled machine, Wisconsin’s offense is rolling, and Iowa needs to step it up with conference play kicking off.

Next week’s schedule features Penn State traveling to Iowa, Michigan State taking on the Fighting Irish, Ohio State will take on UNLV, and Purdue hosting the Wolverines. We will be LIVE in West Lafayette for the 2pm CDT kickoff.

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FCS – how it works

Posted on December 12, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FCS Playoffs – ever wonder how they do it?

Well, we did too….

December 10, 2016

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With all of the conversation about the “so-called” money bowls and how they can’t afford nor have time to expand to a full-fledged playoff… Well, there is a Division I football division that does just that….

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FCS — or Division I-AA, which is what us older people like me will call it until the day we die — has been running a championship tournament for its football teams for years. This year, in fact, is the 35th anniversary of the tournament, which is now called the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

The single-elimination FCS playoff includes 24 teams. Ten of them are auto-bids as winners of 10 of the FCS’ 13 conferences.

NOTE: The Ivy League, SWAC, and MEAC don’t take playoff auto-bids.

The field shrinks from 24 to 16 after the first round, and then it’s pretty simple: whoever wins four games in a row wins the national championship. The tournament field is selected by a NCAA appointed committee made up of athletic directors from select FCS schools that represent each region of the country.

The rest of the 12 teams in the field are unseeded, and teams are usually matched up based on regional proximity, with hosting rights granted based on bidding and projected gate receipts, as well as record, conference affiliation and strength of schedule. If two unseeded teams meet in subsequent rounds of the playoff tournament, the team that presents the highest monetary bid to the NCAA is awarded hosting rights.

One interesting scenario is the higher-ranked teams host a home-field game until the finals. WHAT??? And the playoff runs through Jan. 7, when it ends at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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The eight FCS automatic playoff bids are awarded to the conference champion of the following conferences:

-Big Sky Conference
-Colonial Conference
-Mid East Athletic Conference
-Missouri Valley Conference (formerly the Gateway Conference)
-Ohio Valley Conference
-Patriot League
-Southern Conference
-Southland Conference

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BIG Ten Week 13 Recap

Posted on November 19, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Time to clinch or is it?

November 19, 2016

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What a week of football last week as Iowa upset Michigan and Ohio State had their ‘i’ dotted by Michigan State, what could happen this weekend?

As a conference, the Big Ten faces more questions than perhaps any other in the country.

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The Badgers were clicking on ALL cylinders this afternoon in West Lafayette as they cruised to a 49-20 victory over Purdue. Wisconsin scored 35 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the first half to the Boilermakers 10.

In front of a slim, home crowd which was there to celebrate senior day, the home team got on the board with the only score in th first quarter on a 28 yard field goal by J.D. Dellinger. After that, the Badgers scored on their next five possessions.

Sophomore Alec Ingold got in the end zone on a 1-yard run taking the lead at 7-3 and from that, they never looked back. Ingold would score again later in the quarter, this time on a 19 yard pass from Bart Huston. Huston finished the shared duties as quarterback 5-6 102. One special highlight came on when junior T.J. Watt, younger brother of J.J., had a pick 6 on a batted interception by David Blough.

“What a play by T.J.,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. “To knock it down is a really good play. To get a pick is a really good play. To do both that changed (the game).”

Bradrick Shaw scored twice himself… both on the ground. One from 7 yards out, the other from 33. Now remember all of this is in the first half.

“We knew we had to win the turnover battle,” Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker said. “Early on, our defense bottled up the football. We lost some things in that turnover stretch in the second quarter.”

Second half, the Badgers (9-2, 6-2) eased off the gas and score two more times on a 25-yard pass from Alex Hornibrook to Jazz Peavy in the third and their final score came from Corey Clement (27 carries, 112 yards) who scored on a 6-yard run. Hornibrook went 7-9 for 89 yards.

The Boilermakers (3-8, 1-7) did get in the end zone twice in the second half as DeAngelo Yancey caught a 75-yard pass and a 10-yarder from David Blough. Blough finished the game 14-30 for 206 yard with those two touchdowns and three interceptions. Yancey finished with 155 yards on 6 receptions.

The Badgers didn’t get the help they needed to wrap up the West, but the win certainly keeps their playoff hopes alive. But with this victory, Wisconsin can clinch the West Division title and earn a spot in the Dec. 3 conference championship game with a victory next weekend against Minnesota as they try to retain the Paul Bunyan Axe for the 13th consecutive year.

And for Purdue, they hope to snap a three-game losing streak against rival Indiana. The Boilermakers haven’t lost the Old Oaken Bucket in four straight years since the 1940s.

 

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What a game……

The Buckeyes survived a scare as the Spartans had a chance to win, but came up 1-point short, 17-16 at home. Michigan State running back L.J. Scott scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to bring the Spartans within 17-16 with just 4:53 to play. Mark Dantonio elected to go for the two-point conversion, but Tyler O’Connor’s pass was intercepted by Malik Hooker.

Michigan State got the ball on its own 20-yard line with just over 2 minutes to play needing just a field goal to win, but O’Connor’s pass was intercepted a-g-a-i-n by Gareon Conley on the second play.

The Spartans came out fired up and took a 7-0 lead on Ohio State after just two offensive plays. Tyler O’Connor hit running back L.J. Scott on a 64-yard screen pass that found pay dirt just 46 seconds into the game. The Buckeyes responded, however, shortly thereafter with a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive. Quarterback J.T. Barrett hooked up with Curtis Samuel for a 24-yard touchdown strike with 7:56 to play in the first quarter to tie things at 7-all.

The teams traded field goals to enter halftime at 10-10, and only to score as described above to conclude this tough contest.

Michigan State out-gained Ohio State 334 to 310, but the Buckeyes narrowly control possession 30:53 to 29:07 and rushing, 224 – 207.

Now Ohio State can officially focus on The Game as they host ‘The” Ohio State next weekend at HIGH NOON. This is biggest Ohio State–Michigan game since 2006. The Wolverines traveled to Columbus that year and fell 42-39. Michigan, like Ohio State, is now 10-1. This will be “the” de facto playoff quarterfinal and technical the BIG TEN championship wink wink.

Maryland 7, Nebraska 28

Iowa 28, Illinois 0

Indiana 10, Michigan 20

Northwestern 12, Minnesota 29

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Who will come out on top when Michigan and Ohio State square off at the end of the season? Can the Buckeyes make it into the College Football Playoff without a conference championship? Can the Big Ten qualify two teams in the CFP?

Most of those questions won’t be answered this week, yet Week 12 is filled with potential trap games for all the contenders at the center of those questions. Before Ohio State and Michigan can look forward to their match-up in Week 13, the Buckeyes and Wolverines must navigate games against Michigan State and Indiana, respectively.

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2016 Big Ten Week 5 Recap

Posted on October 3, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten from Week 5 Recap…

October 1, 2016

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This was a big week in college football and the Big Ten had one marquee matchup that turned into a bit of a dud. Here ya go!

Michigan 14, Wisconsin 7

I was really looking forward to watching this game, and then it started, and well, I started doing laundry… The most exciting moment for me was one of the better interceptions you’ll see all year and the goofy centipede formation by coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Wolverines went into halftime with a 7-0 lead thanks to a touchdown from fullback Khalid Hill. Wisconsin answered in the third when freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook connected with Dare Ogunbowale for a 17-yard touchdown strike. Michigan would recapture the lead midway through the fourth when Wilton Speight hit Amara Darboh for what would turn out to be the game-winning 46-yard score.

That’s it….

 

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Indiana 24, Michigan State 21 (OT)

I thought it was pretty silly earlier in the week when I saw that Michigan State was only favored by six points over the Hoosiers. Late last night I felt pretty silly myself for thinking that I knew more than the sharks in Vegas.

The Hoosiers’ victory allowed them to reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time in a decade. What exactly is an old brass spittoon? I have no idea, but it sounds pretty mysterious and I would love to have one of my own someday.

Richard Lagow led the Hoosiers as he completed 16 of 26 passes for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Lagow was also on the receiving end of a five-yard score in the third quarter. Devine Redding led all rushers with 100 yards on 19 carries. Senior wideout Ricky Jones added 124 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The Spartans’ three-headed backfield of Gerald Holmes, Madre London, and L.J. Scott combined for 128 yards rushing while Tyler O’Connor added 36 of his own. O’Connor connected on 21 of 35 passes for 263 yards and three scores. R.J. Shelton had himself a day as the senior hauled in seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger missed a 49-yard field goal attempt in overtime. The Hoosiers returned the favor with a miss of their own, but the Spartans were flagged for leaping which gave Indiana new life. Griffin Oakes would then knock in the chip-shot 20-yarder to bring the Hoosiers to 3-1.

Nebraska 31, Illinois 16

Illini jumped out early and controlled the game until the fourth quarter when tailback Terrell Newby led the way in a fourth quarter that saw Nebraska score three touchdowns. The senior ran for 113 of his 140 yards in the game’s final quarter and scored twice on his own.

Tommy Armstrong completed 16 of 23 passes for 220 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also found the endzone once with his legs. Jordan Westerkamp led all receivers with four receptions for 65 yards.

The Illinois offense had a pretty lackluster day, totaling just 270 yards. Wes Lunt was 13 of 22 for 133 yards. Reggie Corbin led the Illini ground game with nine carries for 72 yards. Lovie Smith’s squad struggled to convert in enemy territory and had to settle for three Chase McLaughlin field goals.

 

Ohio State 58, Rutgers 0

Speechless even for me when talking about Ohio State…

With the win, Ohio State moved to 4-0 (1-0 B1G) on the season. The loss dropped Rutgers to 2-3 (0-2).

The Buckeyes will next be in action Saturday when they host Indiana at 3:30 p.m.

 

Penn State 29, Minnesota 26

Penn State steals a victory over Minnesota behind the play of the entire team.

Northwestern 38, Iowa 31

The Hawkeye fanbase has to be elated that the administration and athletic supporters elected to keep Kirk Ferentz around for another decade or so. Since the extension was announced less than a month ago, Iowa has fallen at home twice. Two weeks ago it was to North Dakota State of the FCS and yesterday’s loss came at the hands of a Northwestern squad that was 1-3 heading into the matchup.

Quarterback Clayton Thorson and tailback Justin Jackson accounted for all five of the Wildcats’ touchdowns. Thorson threw for 164 yards and a trio of scores while adding another with his legs. Jackson rushed for 171 yards and, with the game tied at 24, scored on a 58-yard scamper late in the third quarter. Senior wideout Austin Carr hauled in all three of Thorson’s touchdown passes.

The Hawkeye offense could only manage 283 yards on the day. C.J. Beathard threw for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for 72 yards and a score. Akrum Wadley struggled to get anything going as the junior rushed for just 35 yards on 14 carries, though he did find the endzone twice.

Looking at the bright side for Iowa, they may be able to avoid about $2 million that Ferentz is set to bring home (over the length of his contract) if the Hawkeyes reach seven wins on the season. That could help to make a ridiculous buyout a little bit less absurd.

Note: Internet searches for “Kirk Ferentz buyout” peaked around 2:30PM yesterday.

Maryland 50, Purdue 7

The Terrapins are not as bad as many thought they’d be. In his first year at the helm, D.J. Durkin actually has Maryland looking like a solid football team, and his Big Ten debut was a memorable one. Yes, Purdue is awful, but the Terps were damn impressive on Saturday as they moved to 4-0 on the season.

 

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Not a bad little weekend in the conference. The Hoosiers handing Dantonio his second conference loss was a bit unexpected. The Buckeyes obviously rolled over Rutgers and neither Michigan nor Wisconsin did anything that should invoke fear across the state of Ohio.

Next week’s conference slate can best be described as “meh.” Michigan is traveling to Rutgers where they will surely trounce the Scarlet Knights. The Spartans host BYU as they will look to avoid a third straight loss. The Hoosiers – who have been a tad bit pesky lately – will make their way to Columbus.

Are the Durkin-led Terps going to screw around and end up in the Top 25? A win at Happy Valley next week could certainly help their case.

 

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2016 BIG Ten Week 4

Posted on September 26, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten from Week 4 Recap…

September 24, 2016

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Week 4…. Conference play kicked off this weekend…. Here ya go!

Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 6

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook’s first start was a memorable one for the Badgers as they knocked off the Spartans. The Badgers – led by a defense that forced four turnovers – would go on to hold the Spartans without a touchdown.

Hornibrook tossed a touchdown pass and Corey Clement found the endzone in the second quarter to give Wisconsin the edge and they never looked back. The freshman ended the day 16 of 26 for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Corey Clement found the endzone twice but could only manage 54 yards on 23 carries. Jazz Peavy led all pass-catchers with four receptions for 96 yards.

Word has it that the Spartans may be on the verge of a bit of a quarterback controversy, though their head coach is saying otherwise. Lima, Ohio native Tyler O’Connor was atrocious on the day. The senior was 18 of 38 for 224 yards and three interceptions and his performance has some fans clamoring for redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke. Lewerke came in on the Spartans’ final drive and was 2 of 4 for 26 yards.

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Michigan 49, Penn State 10

In a yawner at home, the Wolverines dominated from the kickoff. Let me put it this way, it was pointed out to me that Michigan had more points (28) than Penn State had total yards (24). WOW! Nothing else to report. LINK TO BOXSCORE

Nebraska 24, Northwestern 13

Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. put on a show Saturday afternoon which led to the victory against the ‘Cats. He threw for 246 yards and a score while adding a new career high of 132 yards rushing. Terrell Newby ran for 69 yards and scored a touchdown of his own.

Clayton Thorson led the Northwestern attack with 292 yards of total offense to go along with a pair of touchdowns. The sophomore was also picked off twice. Justin Jackson led the ground game with 79 yards while Austin Carr was the game’s leading receiver with 109 yards and a score.

With three losses already on the young season, the Wildcats have matched their total from last year’s 10-3 campaign.

Iowa 14, Rutgers 7

Minnesota 31, Colorado State 24

Wake Forest 33, Indiana 28

Purdue 24, Nevada 14

 

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2016 BIG Ten Week 3

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BIG Ten from Week 3 Recap…

September 18, 2016

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Week 3…. Big Ten stood strong when it needed to when they were in the national spotlight but for the others… it was ugly.

Here we go….

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Michigan State 36, Notre Dame 28

The Michigan State offense proved too much for the Irish as they had more than 500 yards led by quarterback Tyler O’Connor and the backfield duo of Gerald Holmes and L.J. Scott. Holmes rushed for 100 yards and two scores while Scott added 98 and another touchdown. O’Connor threw for 241 yards and a pair of scores with another 43 yards coming on the ground.

Even true freshman Donnie Corley got him some in the contest as he hauled in four passes for 88 yards including a second-quarter touchdown that got the Spartans on the board.

The Irish did fight back after the Spartans were up by 29 points in the third quarter. DeShone Kizer led the way for Notre Dame as the junior threw for 344 yards and four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 passing). Torii Hunter Jr. caught five passes for 95 yards.

Nebraska 35, Oregon 32

This game was an offensive juggernaut in which both teams combined for over 900 yards of total offense. But in the end, it was Tommy Armstrong’s 34-yard touchdown scamper late in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal for the Huskers.

Armstrong finished with 200 yards and two touchdowns on the day plus 95 on the ground.

Before the game, the Ducks paid tribute to Sam Foltz, the Cornhuskers’ fallen punter. Classy move by Mark Helfrich and Co.

Michigan 45, Colorado 28

The Buffalos flew out of the pasture on the Wolverines jumping out to a quick 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but things would happen, Harbough & Co. rallied back to go up by a field goal by halftime. Then in the second half, they scored three touchdowns to seal the game.

North Dakota State 23, Iowa 21

NDS proved why they are championship caliber team knocking off Big Ten’s Iowa squad 23-21.

In the end, it was Bison kicker, Cam Pedersen, who nailed a 37-yard field goal to give the Bison the win as time expired.

The Hawkeye offense struggled all afternoon as they only obtain less than 250 yards of offense. Quarterback C.J. Beathard connected on 50% of his passes while throwing for 152 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The usually potent ground game that put up 212 yards against Miami (OH) and just shy of 200 against Iowa State was stymied on Saturday. LeShun Daniels Jr. – Iowa’s leading rusher on the day – could only manage 29 yards on 14 carries. As a whole, the team gained 34 yards on the ground.

Wisconsin 23, Georgia State 17

With under 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Badgers found themselves trailing the 0-2 Panthers. Paul Chryst elected to shake things up at quarterback when senior Bart Houston was benched in favor of Alex Hornibrook. The redshirt freshman took over in the third quarter after a number of errant passes from Houston. The Badgers found the endzone on Hornibrook’s opening drive under center, their first of the game.

Hornibrook finished the day 8 of 12 for 122 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Houston was 10 of 18 for 91 yards. Dare Ogunbowale led the Badger ground game as the senior rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Northwestern 24, Duke 13

Finally…. The Northwestern Wilcats got a vicotry for the season as they defeated visiting Duke, 24-13.  Clayton Thorson threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns while Justin Jackson added 94 on the ground. Senior wideout Austin Carr hauled in six passed for 135 yards and a score.

Maryland 30, UCF 24 (2OT)

It took two overtimes, but the Terps were able to move to 3-0 on the season. Quarterback Perry Hills accounted for 156 yards and a touchdown, but it was true freshman Tyrrell Pigrome who scored the game-winner in double overtime. Hill exited the game with a shoulder injury and the true freshman came in for his only play of the day.

Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24

If Ohio State wanted to make a statement, well, mission accomplished as dominated from kickoff to the final whistle. With the win, Ohio State improved to 3-0 on the young season while the loss dropped the Sooners to 1-2. Saturday was the third meeting in the series between Ohio State and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes are now 2–1 vs. Oklahoma and 19–5–1 all-time against current members of the Big 12 conference.

Game Notes
– The win extends Ohio State’s road win streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the nation.

– Ohio State is undefeated, 19–0, in true road games under head coach Urban Meyer.

– Urban Meyer is now 34–13 in his career vs. ranked teams, including 13–3 at Ohio State.

– J.T. Barrett completed 14 of 20 passes for 152 yards and four touchdowns, all to Noah Brown. Barrett now has 55 career TD passes, passing Braxton Miller (52) and Troy Smith (54) for third place on Ohio State’s all-time list. The record is 57 by Bobby Hoying.

– Noah Brown tied the Ohio State record with four TD receptions. Dane Sanzenbacher (2010), Terry Glenn (1995) and Bob Grimes (1952) also had four in a game. Brown finished with five catches for 72 yards.

– Ohio State’s defense surrendered its fist touchdowns of the season Saturday, keeping opposing defenses out of the end zone for the first 9 quarters of the season. Ohio State is yet to allow a rushing TD on the season.

– Chris Worley led Ohio State with a career-high 10 tackles on the night.

 

Rutgers 37, New Mexico 28

Western Michigan 34, Illinois 10

Penn State 34, Temple 27

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So, after a rough afternoon, things got much better for the conference as the day unfolded. Yes, Iowa fell to an FCS championship-style opponent and that’s never a good look, but Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan State all got it done Saturday evening.

The Buckeyes have a bye next week, but there’s two pretty interesting games to watch out for as the Badgers travel to East Lansing and the Wolverines are set to host Penn State.

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2016 BIG Ten Week 2

Posted on September 10, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten showdown schedule for Week 2

September 10, 2016

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Week 2…. Will weather play a role in these contest? Will there be an upset? On paper, these games seem a little boring, if you will, BUT, (channeling my inner Herm Edwards) that’s why you play the games….

Here we go….

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We are live for this contest and the energy was there on the field as well as from the fans, as the Illini faithful, sold-out the stadium for the first time in years…. Illini as tailback Ke’Shawn Vaughn opened things up with a 65-yard touchdown scamper but consistently, that was about it. Vaughn finished the day with 116 yards while quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 127 and a pair of scores. The Illini were hit with 13 penalties for 99 yards as the Lovie Smith Era moved to 1-1.

On the other side of the ball, Mitch Trubisky countered and found the endzone four times for the Tarheels. Elijah Hood led a UNC ground game with 88 yards and two scores.

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UCF 0, Michigan 21

Michigan faced another tune-up school on Saturday which allowed them to fine-tune some things offensively and defensively, but not stron competition. Hech, the Wolverines special teams sparked their opponent in which they blocked/tipped four kicks – two punts and two field goals – and recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Maryland 41, FIU 14 (FINAL)

Perry Hills threw for three touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 41-14 win over Florida International Friday night.

Wyoming 17, Nebraska 52

Tommy Armstrong and the Husker defense led the way as Nebraska dominated the Cowboys of Wyoming. Armstrong totaled four touchdowns and threw for 377 yards as Mike Riley’s squad scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Penn State 39, Pittsburgh 43

The Battle of Pennsylvania??? In the end, the Nittany Lions’ came up short.

 

Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20

Turnovers killed the Boilermakers on Saturday as they simply couldn’t overcome the five interceptions from quarterback David Blough. It was Cincinnati’s first road victory over a Big Ten school since 1957 in Bloomington.

Howard 14, Rutgers 52

No direct comment on this game as the BIG TEN destroyed yet another HBCU…

Indiana State 28, Minnesota 58

Yet another BIG TEN team dominated their opponent – the Golden Gopher offense gained almost 600 total yards. Mitch Leidner completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 295 yards and four scores.

Illinois State 9, Northwestern 7

Now do you call this an upset? But we often fail to recognize I-State as a solid opponent since they are FCS and not part of the BIG boys in the FBS… it wasn’t sexy nor fancy but Redbirds did enough to hold off the home team Saturday afternoon… on the other side of the field, Northwestern is struggling. There’s really not a whole lot to say about this game except that it took the Wildcats two and half quarters to score any points against the mighty Redbirds of Illinois State.

Clayton Thorson threw for 191 yards and the lone Northwestern score. Tailback Justin Jackson was held in check with just 39 yards on 11 carries. The Redbirds were led by wide out Anthony Warrum who hauled in nine passes for 116 yards.

Tulsa 3, Ohio State 48

Speechless game as the Buckeyes did everything they wanted to in this contest.

Akron 10, Wisconsin 54

The Badgers used a balanced attack to dominate their MAC opponent with over 575 yards of offense, and only giving up 224 yards on defense. So, are the Badgers forreal?

Ball State 20, Indiana 30

MAC conference Ball State rallied late but came up short against Indy as they move to 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Richard Lagow threw for 266 yards and three scores; the majority of those yards going to wideout Nick Westbrook who finished with three receptions for 133 yards and a pair of scores. Tailback Devine Redding led all rushers with 110 yards on the ground.

The Indiana defense held the Cardinals to just a field goal through the first three quarters before surviving a 17-point barrage in the fourth. Ball State totaled 371 yards to the Hoosiers’ 453.

It was a costly victory for Kevin Wilson as Indiana lost starting wide receiver Simmie Cobbs and All-American guard Dan Feeney to injuries. Feeney left with a concussion while Cobbs suffered an ankle injury. After the game, Wilson indicated that Cobbs’ injury is likely to require surgery and could cost him the season.

Iowa State 3, Iowa 42 

Battle of Iowa? Naw… NOT at all… best thing about this game was the weather and coach Kirk Ferentz received an extension through the 2025 season in which he will be making $4.5 million per year during that time period.

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2016 BIG Ten Preview

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2016 BIG Ten Preview

August 31, 2016

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The Big Ten remains top heavy heading into this season but their best teams all reside in the same division so there will be some major collusions featuring Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. The winner of the East could very well be the champion of the Big Ten but I’m certain Iowa and Wisconsin will have something to say about that.

The Hawkeyes are currently the favorites to repeat as West but Wisconsin has restocked their roster as well as  Nebraska. The Big Ten may not be the deepest conference of the so-called Power 5, but its top teams should play significant roles when it comes to the national title picture that’s for sure.

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The conference had more players drafted in the first three rounds – the ones that matter – than the SEC, and everyone else. B1G joins the ACC as the only league to have two different teams in the first two years of the College Football Playoff, it had some high-profile moments this last bowl season – nothing to see here with the Rose, Sugar and Outback, though – and more than anything else, the conference’s programs are really, really, really rich, and getting richer.

Eight Big Ten schools – with newbies Maryland and Rutgers, along with Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue just on the outside – are in the $100 million athletic department club in annual revenue generated, while the Big Ten Network is definitely printing money for the schools.

In short, all this means it’s easier to keep around the Harbaughs, and the Meyers, and the Franklins, and the Dantonios and it’s easier to attract the Lovies, and have the Schianos as assistants. And soon, it might be easier to attract more programs to expand even further. But that’s for another day.

On the field, the Big Ten is better when Michigan is one of college football’s elite programs. It’s back with Jim Harbaugh the most interesting man in the world, while Ohio State continues to be special, Michigan State not going anywhere, and a resurgent Penn State about to be a whole bunch better over the next few seasons.

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Throw in the improved coaching situations at Maryland and Rutgers, and with Indiana no longer a speedbump, and the East is going to be fascinating.

Can Nebraska start to get the right breaks and be better and stronger under Mike Riley? Probably. Iowa has another great team returning, Wisconsin is going to have a running game again and be dangerous, Northwestern and Minnesota are still solid, Illinois should be far better in a hurry under Lovie Smith, and Purdue has its best team yet under Darrell Hazell.

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Michigan at Ohio State, Nov. 26 – All due respect given to Michigan State, who gets the Wolverines and Buckeyes at home, but the rivalry of all sports rivalries will matter more than ever now. It might be for the Big Ten East – and, effectively, the Big Ten title – after the game not making a difference in the race last year, and while Jim Harbaugh can’t do any wrong, it’s not going to sit well if he’s 0-2 against Urban.

Here is our overall Big Ten Predictions….

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“IF” all things go according to our prediction, Ohio State and Wisconsin will face off December 3 in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship with the Buckeyes winning it all going into the BCS Playoffs.

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BIG Ten Week 12

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Week 12… in a word W-O-W!

November 22, 2015

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Michigan State 17, Ohio State 14

THIS IS SPARTA!!!!

Going into this game, it wasn’t a secret: Ohio State had this one circled on its calendars as the one that truly mattered.

But so did Michigan State, as they knocked off top ranked conference foe, 17-14, Saturday afternoon.

As expected, things came down to one play a the end of the game… kicker Michael Geiger with 3 seconds remaining, the score tied and the early winter wind whipping and from 41-yards out… it’s G-O-O-D!!!

This win was even more unlikely than the stirring finish at Michigan last month, considering the Spartans survived without their best player — quarterback Connor Cook, who sat out the game with a shoulder injury.

Dantonio rotated backups Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry with an offensive play-calling strategy borrowed from 1973. No mystery. No deception. Just simple, physical football with the tougher team at the point of attack persevering.

Ohio State’s offense only managed a meager 132 yards and five first downs Saturday. A refusal to open the playbook and take some shots down the field prevented Ezekiel Elliott, a Heisman contender, and quarterback J.T. Barrett much room to run all afternoon.

A driving rainstorm coupled with dropping temperatures didn’t help either, but once the heavens closed and the precipitation halted, nothing changed.

“I think people are still unsure of what we got and this is a statement game,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said Wednesday after practice. “It’s a game we’ve been waiting for all season and it’s a game against what other people will recognize as good competition.”

Michigan State is now one victory next Saturday against Penn State away from winning its third Big Ten divisional title in the last five seasons.

But the probable elimination of Ohio State from defending its championship might also put the Big Ten at risk of not getting its champion in the playoff — if the choice is between the Spartans or Iowa, and a potential one-loss Notre Dame or one-loss Oklahoma.

“I’ve been down this road before, where you do good,” Urban Meyer said. “I just love the group of guys down there. And we have to do better.”

Big props to Michigan State. The Spartans deserved this win. No flukes. No controversies. Just an old-fashioned physical whipping that went against common sense.
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Iowa 40, Purdue 20

The Hawkeyes topped the Boilermakers on Saturday and, more importantly, locked up the Big Ten West and a spot in the conference title game.

C.J. Beathard had an efficient outing, going 12 of 20 for 213 yards and three scores. Senior tight end Henry Krieger Coble was his favorite target, hauling in four passes for 76 yards and a score. Jordan Canzeri rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown while LeShun Daniels added two scores of his own.

Boilermaker quarterback Austin Appleby threw for 259 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Markell Jones added 87 yards and a score. DeAngelo Yancey led all receivers with nine receptions for 117 yards.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Lincoln and square off against the Huskers on Black Friday. On Saturday they’ll get to see how things transpire in the East as they wait to find out who their opponent will be in Indy.

 

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Michigan 28, Penn State 16

The Wolverines were able to find the endzone in each of the game’s four quarters as Jim Harbaugh handed James Franklin his fourth loss of the season. Penn State’s offense barely surpassed the 200 total-yard mark and they could only manage six second-half points as they fell short in Happy Valley.

Jake Rudock completed 25 of 38 passes and connected with Jake Butt and Amara Darboh for touchdowns through the air. Jehu Chesson led the Wolverines pass-catchers with 69 receiving yards on the day. Tight end Jake Butt added 66 yards and a score. De’Veon Smith led the Michigan ground attack, though he could only manage 39 yards on 13 carries. Smith also added a fourth-quarter touchdown that would end up being the nail in the coffin for the Nits.

Jim Harbaugh wasn’t happy with the officiating; ripping his jacket off as if he were preparing for a Monday Night Raw appearance.

It was another typical performance for Christian Hackenberg. The junior continues to hold onto the football too long and and constantly misses wide open receivers. The Nittany Lion offensive line was awful yet again, so that certainly didn’t help things. Hackenberg ended the day 13 of 31 for 137 yards and a score. Freshman tailback Saquon Barkley got off to a good start with a 56-yard scamper on the second play of the game. Things didn’t go so well from there, as he could only manage 68 yards in the game.

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Northwestern 13, Wisconsin 7

The Badgers thought they had scored the game-winning touchdown with just seconds left on the clock, but the officials reviewed the play and ruled that Wisconsin wideout Jazz Peavy didn’t have possession; a call that many are questioning. The Badgers were then unable to find the endzone thanks in part to a Wildcat sack.

There wasn’t a lot of offense in this one. Wildcat quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for just 60 yards on 9 of 20 passing. Tailback Justin Jackson was the lone bright spot for the Northwestern offense, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown. For the Badgers, Joel Stave threw for 229 yards but also tossed a couple of costly interceptions. Wisconsin turned the ball over five times on the day and the Badgers’ running game had one of their worst outings ever.

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Minnesota 32, Illinois 23

The Minnesota ground game was too much for Illinois on Saturday. Gopher quarterback Mitch Leidner only threw for 88 yards, but the rushing attack accounted for 255 yards and three scores. Freshman Shannon Brooks continued his solid season as he ran for 174 yards and all three of those scores, all the while averaging over 10 yards per carry. Leidner added another 64 on the ground.

Wes Lunt tossed two touchdown passes for the Illini and Josh Ferguson led the way with 105 yards rushing. Malik Turner led all pass-catchers with eleven receptions for 126 yards and a score.

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Indiana 47, Maryland 28

The Hoosiers got off to a sluggish start in College Park as they went down 21-3 in the first quarter. Kevin Wilson’s offense then went on to score three touchdowns in less than five minutes as the Hoosiers went into the half with a 30-21 lead. The IU defense buckled down in the second half, allowing a single touchdown to the Terps’ offense.

Nate Sudfeld and Simmie Cobbs Jr. were electric in the passing game. Sudfeld threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns while Cobbs caught nine passes for 192 yards. Sophomore tailback Devine Redding added 130 yards on the ground.

Maryland running back Brandon Ross entered the game with less than 300 yards rushing on the season, but the senior made the most of his last game in front of the Terps’ crowd. Ross rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries.

Rutgers 31, Army 21

 

And finally…

Welp, there’s certainly a very large elephant in the room as things did not go as planned this weekend. The East will be decided next Saturday as the Buckeyes, Spartans, and Wolverines all remain in the hunt with Michigan State controlling its own destiny. Iowa now sits atop the conference power rankings as they’ve already punched their ticket for the December 5th championship game in Indy.

Next week we will all be watching The Game as it goes down in Ann Arbor, the Spartans host Penn State, and the Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln to face the Huskers.

Let’s dust ourselves off. It’s rivalry week.

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Big Ten Week 11 Recap

Posted on November 13, 2015. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Movers weekend…

November 13, 2015

What a week: Buckeyes and Iowa are still unbeaten… Hoosiers push Wolverines in OT… Sparty’s Cook is hurt

Given what we have to look forward to over the next couple weeks, this week’s lineup felt a bit like the calm before the storm. There weren’t any “huge” surprises… Let’s recap…

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State now may look ahead to the Michigan State game many have had circled all season as they defeat Illinois 28-3.

Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) again started the game sluggish as the Buckeyes led just 14-3 at halftime. After J.T. Barrett was ruled short of the end zone on back-to-back runs and Ohio State missed a field goal on its opening drive, he hooked up with Thomas for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the second drive of the game.

Illinois then added a field goal to trim the deficit to 7-3 before Barrett plunged it in from 6 yards out late in the second quarter to give the Buckeyes their 11-point halftime lead.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott topped the 100-yard mark for the 15th-straight game, the Buckeyes limited Illinois to just 20 yards rushing and Ohio State racked up 440 yards of total offense and scored in each and every quarter – Whew!

Elliott gained 181 yards on the ground on 27 carries with a pair of touchdowns. The junior running back scored from 1 yard out to give the third-ranked Buckeyes a three-score lead midway through the third quarter and then put the game on ice with a 10-yard scoring run early in the fourth.

Barrett went 15-for-23 passing for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception and Michael Thomas led the Ohio State wide receivers with six catches for 76 yards and a score. Barrett also gained 74 yards on the ground on 16 carries.

Ohio State held the Illini to just 101 yards of total offense in the first half while racking up 209 of its own. Barrett was 9-for-13 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown in the first half, while also carrying the ball 11 times for 56 yards and a score. Elliott had 47 of his yards in the first half.

“To come on the road, our defense is playing lights out and that’s obvious. The only issue I have, I think we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides and the negative is we have to be more balanced,” coach Meyer said after Ohio State won it’s 10th game of the year, defeating Illinois 28-3 Saturday. “We know what’s coming down the road next week and we have to be a little bit more balanced than we were and that starts with pass protection. That was the only negative.”

Ohio State hosts 13th-ranked Michigan State next Saturday, and I’m certain ESPN GameDay will be in Columbus for this one!

NOTE: Ohio State has won a Big Ten-record 30 conference games in a row, breaking the current conference landscape mark of 29 consecutive wins in the ACC by Florida State from 1992-95.

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The health of Connor Cook is going to be a pretty big discussion point leading up to next weekend’s showdown in Columbus. The senior went out in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and was clearly in a lot of pain. Though Cook did return for the second quarter, backup Tyler O’Connor was under center for the second half.

It wasn’t the most prolific passing day for the Spartans as Cook completed just 6 of 20 passes for 77 yards and an interception. O’Connor was 6 of 11 for 44 yards with one touchdown and an interception of his own. Gerald Holmes led the rushing attack with 18 of the team’s 41 carries. The sophomore finished the day with 83 yards and a score. After a hot start to the season, true freshman L.J. Scott continues to see limited touches, rushing just two times for 12 yards. Wideout Macgarrett Kings Jr. added 48 receiving yards—including a very nice one-handed grab—and hauled in a touchdown pass.

The Maryland offense was plagued by turnovers and could only manage 289 yards on the day. Quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe combined for 182 yards and three interceptions. Junior tailback Wes Brown rushed for 52 yards while Hills added another 39 on the ground.

Gigantic contest next week… who will seal the victory Sparty or Buckeyes?

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It is being reported that LeShun Daniels had a career day for the Hawkeyes, rushing for 195 yards and a trio of touchdowns. And his QB, C.J. Beathard, connected on 18 of 26 passes for for 213 yards and an additional 50 yards on the ground with a pair of scores.

Mitch Leidner and Shannon Brooks led the way for the Gophs’ offense. Leidner totaled 291 yards of offense and a pair of scores. Brooks added 86 yards and a rushing touchdown. The freshman tailback also connected with Drew Wolitarsky for a touchdown off of a halfback pass.

With a win over Purdue next week, the Hawkeyes will clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game. Any takers that they won’t win next week?

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The Hoosiers had a chance to tie the game—or possibly win it—but they were unable to punch it in as Nate Sudfeld’s pass fell incomplete at the goal line. The Indiana ground attack had been gashing the Michigan defense all game, leaving many to question the decision to throw the football from two yards out.

De’Veon Smith and the Wolverine running game were stymied for the majority of the day, but quarterback Jake Rudock put together the best performance of his career. The senior threw for 440 yards and six touchdowns while adding another 64 yards on the ground. Outside of a bad third-quarter interception, Rudock was nearly perfect. Jehu Chesson hauled in ten passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns, including the five-yarder that tied the game with no time left in regulation. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt each caught touchdown passes as well.

Junior tailback Jordan Howard put on a show for the Hoosiers, rushing for 238 yards and two scores against the nation’s third-ranked rushing defense. Sudfeld threw for 220 yards and a score. Simmie Cobbs Jr. led all IU pass-catchers with four receptions for 86 yards. The Hoosiers have now lost six consecutive games after starting off 4-0.

Believe it or not, the Wolverines kept their Big Ten title hopes alive with a double-overtime win in Bloomington.

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And finally…

With Week 11 in the books, we are down to just two more weekends of regular season Big Ten play. Yes, it’s sad that things are winding down, but the fun is really just beginning. Ohio State fans have watched their Buckeyes (mostly) cruise through the past few weeks, but it’s going to be a different ballgame from here on out.

Next weekend is gonna be a doozy. The Buckeyes will host the Spartans (and a number of the nation’s top high school talent will be on the sidelines – visitors weekend in Columbus), the Wolverines travel to Happy Valley, and the Badgers are home against Northwestern. Should be a good one in the Big Ten!

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