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Big 10 Postweek: 2012 - Week 2

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  1. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Week two of the college football season has now come and gone, but it did not do so without much excitement. From a game that will be forever remembered for "The Drive", and a last second field goal, the teams in the Big Ten had more thrills than Cedar Point.

    Starting with the consensus #1 team in the country, the Wisconsin Badgers went to Autzen to face the #20 Oregon Ducks. The Zoo was rocking for this one at the start, but the Badgers did their best to take the m out of the game early by taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. After a 21 yard scamper by Thomas made it 10-7 in the second, the Badger offense would again take the field and squeeze the vice further. A 37 yard field goal and 21 yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Williams later and it was 20-7 Badgers with 1:21 to go before half. These Ducks have a lot of resolve, and would put it on display rushing together a great drive which culminated with a 1 yard punch in by Pope. With the score 20-14 and the momentum coming out of the locker room over on the home sideline, the Badgers needed to make a play to steal it back. With 6:14 left in the third quarter, Phillips threw a bomb and connected with Houston for 63 yards and his second touchdown of the game. Oregon still would not quit, and connected on a big play of their own - a 42 yard run by Thomas for his second rushing touchdown of the day making the score 27-21. After a pair of Oregon field goals in the fourth quarter tied the score at 27 a piece, Newly #1 Wisconsin had their backs against the wall - Tied up in one of the most raucous stadiums in the country with a #20 Ducks squad. It took the senior leadership of Phillips to drive the Badgers all the way down the field, including a big completion on 3rd and forever, to set up Roberts for the game winning 31 yard field goal.

    After the game, Coach Mexi had this to say:
    They may have survived their first test 30-27, but as he referenced in 2010 a lot of top-ranked teams fell. The next team to put a target on Bucky's back - the 1-1 Boise State Broncos.

    As for the team that the Badgers dethroned, the Buckeyes wouldn't have nearly as many problems at Arizona. The Wildcats knew coming in that they would need to start this game off with a bang in order to have any shot. It took all of 39 seconds, when a bang happened - a 22 yard pick 6 for Ohio State which made the score 7-0. From here, the Bucks seemed to feed off the momentum, and the game snowballed out of control very quickly. The Buckeyes would roll in this one 41-14 led by quarterback Guiton (11-14, 204 yards 2 TD, INT) and Berry (16 carries, 180 yards, 2 TD). The Buckeyes will take a week off before digging into the grueling part of their schedule which features a trip to Nebraska followed by games with 4 consecutive ranked opponents.

    In a battle of Top 15 teams, Michigan State would travel down to Tuscaloosa to face off with #3 Alabama. Some would make the case that only Sparty made the trip, and the football players stayed home following a 45-7 drubbing. The game did not get out of hand early, as 2 minutes into the second quarter it was still 7-7. Then the wheels came off for the Spartans when Cox would break one for 71 yards and his first of three touchdowns on the day. The spark lit a fire under the Alabama bench and destroyed any confidence that was left of Michigan State who just couldnt get anything right. The Spartans only converted 2-18 third down attempts, and converted only one trip to the redzone out of four into points. Michigan State will try to right the ship next week at Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame fell victim this week to another Big 10 squad - the Michigan Wolverines. However, Michigan can't leave South Bend pleased with their performance in the first half, where they were held scorless. The offense did not pick it up for the Wolverines until the third quarter when Smith was able to punch two scores in from inside the 10 giving Michigan their first lead of the game at 14-10. However, Notre Dame would fire back on Michigan's next offensive possession, recovering a fumble and taking it into the endzone from nine yards out and regaining the lead 17-14. But three field goals by Gibbons of Michigan in the 4th quarter (42,48,35) would be enough to pull out a win for the 16th ranked Wolverines 23-17.

    Weird things can always happen in rivalry games, so coach Dolfan knew not to take the Cyclones of Iowa State very lightly. His preparation seemed to resonate through the entire Hawkeyes squad, as they dominated Iowa State from the word go en route to a 48-0 rout. Iowa's defense was stellar, allowing only 129 yards of offense and forcing 4 turnovers. Taking it a step further, the Hawks' 3rd down defense was stellar, forcing Iowa State off the field on every third down they faced. They were led once again by LE Sam Walker, who for the second week in a row won Big Ten Defensive player of the week. The offense played just as efficiently, putting up scores on each of the seven trips into the redzone including 5 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes offense was once again led by Vandenberg, who played the role of "game manager" very well going 13-23 for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes will try to keep the engines going as they run into a Nebraska team who will be looking to get their first win of the season.

    We may have seen the performance of the year for a receiver in Minneapolis this week, where Allen would catch 16 balls for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns on the way to a to a 42-28 victory over #23 Rutgers. The game couldn't have started more pedestrian, being 7-7 after the first quarter. In the second, Allen would take over catching a 32 and 58 yard pass for his 2nd and 3rd touchdowns of the game. Seemingly, Rutgers made an adjustment at halftime, however, keeping him off the scoreboard in the entire second half and allowing the Scarlet Knights to crawl back from a 28-14 deficit to tie the game at 28 in the fourth. Rutgers would commit a costly fumble with just under 8 minutes remaining which was returned thirty yards for a score by Reeves which would inevitably be the capper to a wild game. 42-28 was the final. Minnesota now has a pair of FCS teams on tap before they make their way into the conference schedule.

    Not nearly as much scoring occured in College Station, but that doesnt mean the game was any less thrilling. Illinois, fresh off their upset of Missouri made their way down south to take on an A&M squad that was trying to get their first win of the year. Things did not start well for Texas A&M, as Illinois was able to march down the field behind Justin Green ( 24 carries, 181 yards, TD). But all was rectified when Tate Forcier fumbled inside the 10 yard line on an option keeper, keeping the game scoreless. Illinois would be the first team on the board in the second quarter when Green was able to dash through the middle and scamper 56 yards. On the next Illinois possession, again the Illini would make their way into the red zone, and again come out empty handed as Forcier would throw an ill-advised pass into double coverage. A&M would take advantage with only 19 seconds remaining in the half making the score 7-7. The teams would trade scores once more in the second half, and the offenses would remain relatively stagnant until Texas A&M faced a 3rd and 25 deep in their own territory with under two minutes to go. With the defense in a very passive coverage, Dorman would wing one over the middle for a gain of 26, and A&M had all the momentum they would need to get down the field and kick a game winning 31 yard field goal. 17-14 Aggies. The Illini will get some home cooking next week with the Beavers of Oregon State coming to town fresh off of their shutout of Arizona State.

    In a battle of academic schools, Vanderbilt was able to prevail in Evanston over Northwestern 30-10. The Wildats simply were not able to mount any momentum offensively against this Vanderbilt defense, completing only 17 of 40 passes for 198 yards, and averaging under 2.5 yards per carry on the ground. Fields did have a good day on the receiving end of passes, catching 8 balls for 135 yards in the loss. Northwestern can turn things around in 2 weeks when they host FCS West before traveling to Indiana to begin Big 10 play.

    The Nittany Lions brought in Temple for their annual cupcake invitational this year. But like last week, Penn State has to be a little worried with the offensive output, only putting up 21 points against a Temple defense that really doesnt have too much to write home about. Penn State did gain over 500 yards of total offense, but just could not convert them into points. However, all concerns should be alleviated when your defense only gives up three first downs and 82 yards for the entire game. Next up for Joe Pa - Louisiana Monroe as the cupcake train rolls on.

    Lastly, the Boilermakers of Purdue looked to rectify an opening week loss to Notre Dame with a win against FCS Midwest. They were not, however, looking to trail 10-0 at half, or 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. After a field goal with 11:09 remaining in regulation tied the game up, Johnson would return an interception 24 yards for a score giving the Boilers their first lead of the game, which they would not relinquish. McBurse led Purdue on offense with 27 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Purdue will try for a more dominating week against another FCS school next week.

    Not much changing in the Rankings this week, although the first place vote is really tightening up in the coaches' poll. The Badgers (#1) received 33 first place votes, where as the Buckeyes received (#2) received 27. Iowa moved up from #10 to #8 with their win against Iowa State, and Michigan moved up 3 spots to #16 with their win over Notre Dame. Michigan State was the big faller in the conference, dropping 5 spots to #17 this week, where as Penn State (#18) was the bip riser gaining 4 spots. Lastly, with consecutive wins, Minnesota has cracked the polls at #25.

    Looking ahead to next week, Iowa at Nebraska will be the game of the week. Can the Hawkeyes continue the roll they are on, or will the Husker faithful be too much for Iowa? Nebraska is bringing in the #13 ranked rush defense and #18 defense overall, but the Hawkeyes are #3 in the country in turnover differential. This should be a wildly entertaining defensive struggle.

    Here's your Week 3 Lineup:

    Week 3: September 8th, 2012

    Game of the Week:
    Iowa at Nebraska

    Oregon State at Illinois (Big Ten Network - 2:30)
    Ball State at Indiana (Big Ten Network - 11:30)
    FCS Southeast at Michigan (Big Ten Network - 2:30)
    Michigan State at Notre Dame (NBC - 2:30)
    FCS Northwest at Minnesota (Big Ten Network - 11:00)
    UL-Monroe at Penn State (Big Ten Network - 2:30)
    FCS Northwest at Purdue (Big Ten Netowrk - 7:00)
    Boise State at Wisconsin (ESPN / ABC - 11:30)

    Predicitions (Record to date: 15-3)
    Oregon State
    Michigan State
    Penn State
  2. omega41

    omega41 Walk On

    Sep 25, 2010
    Great write up as usual. But one correction is a have a game this week against Nebraska
  3. gowazzucougs

    gowazzucougs WSU is better than UCLA

    Jul 18, 2010
    You are picking against your school in a user game? In every other game you pick the Big 10 team, excpet yours? Your team must be really bad or something, and you haven't even seen me play.
  4. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010
    A. Illinois is in rebuild mode. After losing all of their skill players on offense from last year - my goal is simply to keep every game within 30.

    B. Notice who I picked in my games earlier this year (Missouri and A&M). It's a little thing I've got going lol.

    Yeah, and I've got it listed. I think I jumped a week on your schedule when I did the write up of your game. I'll fix it ASAP.

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