Big 10 Postweek: 2012 - Week 1

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  1. Cheez

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    In what could have been labeled "Discovery Weekend", the rest of the country discovered that the Big 10 is a force to be reckoned with.The conference went 7-1 in their games last week which included some very big matchups.

    Starting with the game of the week, #3 Wisconsin traveled to #10 Clemson. This game had the feel of a big bowl game, and Clemson felt the jitters early. Wisconsin would capitalize on a Clemson mistake in the first 10 seconds, take an early 7-0 lead, and never look back. Leading the way for Wisconsin, a dual rushing attack between White and Williams. White would have 19 carries going for 76 yards and 3 TDs, while Williams had 12 carries for 55 yards. Phillips was able to complete half of his 22 passes as well, providing a nice change of pace for this power dominated Badgers squad.

    Moving on to what could have been the upset of the week, Illinois went to Columbia to take on Missouri. This game was a tale of two halves, as the Illini were only able to muster 116 yards of offense in the first half. And most of that was created on a 75 yd screen pass that kept the Illini afloat before this game got out of hand. Falling any more than 14 behind this tough Missouri squad would have been disastrous for Illinois. After that screen pass, though, it all started to fall apart for Missouri. The stadium lost it's energy, the qb lost his touch, and the defense lost their middle linebacker with a torn pectoral. This allowed Illinois to go back to what led them to them to 7 wins last year - a running game that keeps the clock moving and keeps the other offense off the field. Justin Green was the running back who fit the role for the Illini, gaining 164 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

    These two teams weren't the only ones in the Big 10 with big tests on their hands. Iowa had a very game Utah squad come in to Kinnick Stadium and really give them a game for the first quarter and a half. With the score 14-10 late in the second quarter, the Hawkeyes were able to break coverage and allowed Vandenberg to connect with Kirksey for 75 yards and the touchdown. Then, 1 minute into the third quarter, Vandenberg did it again hitting Derby for 60 yards and another score. Vandenberg would finish 13-19 for 352 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a qb rating of 276.1 in the Hawkeyes 31-16 win over the Utes.

    Vandenberg was not the only player to have a big game for the men in black at Kinnick - sophomore left end Sam Walker had himself a ball game as well. With 6 tackles, all of which were behind the line of scrimmage, 4 sacks, and a force fumble, Walker was able to earn both Big 10 and NCAA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

    To find the Big 10 offensive player of the week, you have to look towards East Lansing where Baker had himself a game. 20 carries, 118 yards, and 3 TDs on the ground to go along with 5 receptions for 51 yards and another TD through the air for the Spartan running back, leading to a rout of Eastern Michigan. After trailing at the end of the first quarter 3-0, the Spartans were able to put up 45 unanswered points on the Eagles mostly behind Baker's running and an efficient passing performance by Boisture. Boisture went 20-28 for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

    Another Big 10 rout took place in Las Vegas, where the Gophers wallopped the Runnin' Rebels 38-0. However, based on the score at halftime, you would be hard-pressed to guess that would be the outcome. Coming into the third quarter with only a 10-0 lead, Gray ripped apart the UNLV defense passing for 3 touchdowns and putting the game out of reach. Gray finished going 15-23 with 186 yards and those three touchdowns in the third.

    Another annual rivalry showdown took place this week as well, pitting Purdue and Notre Dame together in South Bend. This game could have been a lot different had Purdue simply converted in the redzone. The Boilers would score only once in their six trips in the redzone, and commit 5 costly turnovers. Crist for Notre Dame did well as a game manager, where as Purdue seemed to force the issue which might have cost them the game.

    Penn State would not have such a fate in Happy Valley as they hosted the Ohio Bobcats. However, they made a lot of mistakes in their 27-3 win, casting a shadow of doubt over how good the newly ranked Nittany Lions are. Penn State committed four turnovers in the otherwise dominating victory, but that's enough to cost you dearly in Big 10 play and is something that needs to be corrected. On the brighter side, the Lions defense played incredibly well, holding the Bobcats to only 156 yards of total offense and forcing 4 turnovers of their own.

    Indiana would have no such troubles against FCS NW, dominating this game from the word go en route to a 31-0 win. The Hoosiers were dominant on every side of the ball, but this should be expected when a team from the Big 10 plays a team in the football championship subdivision. Halfback Willis played incredibly well for the Hoosiers, gaining 209 yards on 35 carries.

    There were some big changes in the coaches poll after the action last week, and we will start at the top where the Badgers took over the #1 spot. Their 38-20 win at Clemson was enough to get them 36 first place votes and leap frog them over idle Ohio State (#2 - 22 first place votes) and Alabama. Iowa moved up from #11 to #10 with their win over Utah coupled with the Clemson loss. Michigan State moved up from #14 to #12 as well. Idle Michigan dropped two spots from #19 to #21, and Penn State dropped to #23 from #22 despite their win.

    Looking ahead to next week, the Badgers again find themselves with the Big 10 Game of the Week, this time travelling to #20 Oregon. You can ensure that the Zoo will be rocking with the #1 team in the country in town, but it will take more than a raucous crowd to derail the powerful attack of the Badgers. Oregon's #4 rush defense might be enough, however. The Ducks only gave up 33 yards on the ground in a loss at #18 Florida.

    Here's your Week 2 Line-up:

    Week 2: September 1st


    Game of the Week
    #1 Wisconsin at #20 Oregon (1:00 - ESPN / ABC)

    Ilinois at Texas A&M (5:00 - Big Ten Network)
    Iowa at Iowa State (5:00 - Big Ten Network)
    #19 Michigan at Notre Dame (2:30 - NBC)
    #12 Michigan State at #3 Alabama (5:00 ESPN / ABC)
    #16 Rutgers at Minnesota (11:30 - Big Ten Network)
    Vanderbilt at Northwestern (11:30 - Big Ten Network)
    #2 Ohio State at Arizona (2:30 - ESPN / ABC)
    Temple at #22 Penn State (2:30 - Big Ten Network)
    FCS Midwest at Purdue (1:00 - No TV)

    Predictions:
    Wisconsin
    Texas A&M
    Iowa
    Michigan
    Alabama
    Rutgers
    Northwestern
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Purdue
     
  2. omega41

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    Great write up. Do you work ESPN or something? :)
     
  3. Cheez

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    No, but if you know a guy..... haha
     
  4. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    How are you able to do this, like know about the fumble I got on the first play of the game? You said something about a stream?
     
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    I looked at the game summary of your game. It said you scored on a fumble in the first ten seconds. No big secret there.
     
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    MexiRican35 ¿Te quieres naranjas?

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    Haha true. Forgot about that :confused:
     
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    Good stuff man
     
  8. Cheez

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    Thanks! It was fun writing it up for you guys.
     

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