Big 10 Postweek: 2012 - Week 6

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  1. Cheez

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    Week 6 of the college football season has come and gone, but more importantly as has week 2 of the conference schedule. There were a few marquee matchups this week, and they will go a long way in the end to determining who wins the Big 10.

    The first of those big games is the "Big Ten Game of the Week", where Joe Pa led his Nittany Lions into the Shoe for a fight with the Buckeyes. Redd would kick the scoring off just 1:35 into the game with a 43 yard run, giving Penn State the early 7-0 lead and giving Ohio State their first deficit of the season. Ohio State would answer back less than a minute later when Chapman would pound one in from two yards out, knotting the game at 7. After a Buchanan field goal gave the Bucks a 10-7 lead, Guiton would hit Stoneburner from 13 yards out, giving OSU a 17-7 lead to close out the quarter. But Ohio state was not done. With 6:22 to go in the half, Chapman would find his way into the endzone again, this time from less than a yard out - making the score 24-7 Ohio state. Redd was not to be outdone, however, as on the ensuing possession he broke one 88 yards and brought Penn State back within 10. Ohio State had an answer - Chapman. From three yards out he would punch in his third score of the game making it 31-14. Redd (13 carries, 245 yards, 3 TDs) would have one more big carry in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough as the Buckeyes would roll 44-28. The Buckeyes balanced rushing attack between Berry (17 carries, 66 yards), Hall (13 carries, 77 yards), and Chapman (15 carries, 67 yards, 3 TDs) were just too much for Penn State to handle. One bright spot for the Nittany Lions in this game was McGee, who would take home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row following a performance that consisted of 10 tackles (3 TFL), 3 forced fumbles, and a deflected pass. The road doesn't get any easier next week, as they get the Hawkeyes next weekend. Ohio State will head out of conference to take on #18 UCLA in Columbus.

    As I stated in the opening, there was more than one marquee matchup this weekend. #4 Wisconsin went to the Big House to take on a Michigan squad that had beaten them each of the last two seasons. From the onset, it looked as though that would be the case again, as with 2:26 left Smith would take a carry 98 yards for a score, giving Michigan a 10-0 lead. That lead would carry over to the second quarter, where Wisconsin got on the board after a 9 yard pass from Budmayr to Anderson. After a Gibbons 44 yards field goal made it 13-7 Wolverines, Gardner would hit Moses deep for 81 yards and upping the lead to 20-7. Bucky would not end this half with out a fight. With 1:52 left, just 19 seconds after Michigan's touchdown, Phillips would hit Williams on a deep route of their own; 76 yards and the score was 20-14. Michigan was determined to put one more score up before half, and they were able to drive down the field until Gardner hit Moses again, this time from 14 yards out. Michigan now held a 27-14 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the half. Wisconsin would be able to make a 44 yard field goal before halftime to make it 27-17. Coming out of halftime, Michigan regained the momentum after Hawthorne picked up a Wisconsin fumble and carried it 43 yards for a score. With the score now 34-17 Michigan, many thought that it would be 3 in a row for the Wolverines over the Badgers. Coach Mexi had a trick up his sleeve, however. On the ensuing possession, Phillips would hurl a strike to Williams who would proceed to the endzone from 35 yards out. 34-24. Then, with 32 seconds remaining in the third, Phillips would connect with Williams again, this time from 23 yards out and make the score 34-31. The fourth quarter was a battle, with neither team able to gain much ground. Wisconsin was able to put on a late drive, and with 53 seconds remaining Phillips (19-35, 442 yards, 4 TDs) would hit Duckworth from 15 yards out giving the Badgers the lead and the win: 38-34. Next up for Wisconsin, rival Minnesota comes to Camp Randall in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Michigan will also take on a rival: Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy

    The other top ten team from the Big Ten was in action this week as well, as #8 Iowa went to Champaign to take on Illinois. Both of these teams were coming off of tough losses - Iowa got crushed by Wisconsin and Illinois lost a heartbreaker in OT to Penn State. However, early on it was clear that only one of these teams was out to avenge the early loss. Iowa was able to put up the first score of the game in less than 30 seconds on a 19 yards Wegher run. Midway through the second, Wegher would smash the Illini defense, this time on the receiving end of a pass from Vandenburg. Illinois' rushing attack showed life late in the first quarter when Green was able to run in off the right tackle making it 14-7 at the end of 1. The Iowa offense was like a juggernaut in this wone though, and they would score twice in 12 seconds early in the 2nd quarter. The first: a 38 yard pass from Vandenberg to Davis, and then the other a 29 yard pass from Vandenberg to Shumpert. Green (16 carries, 100 yards, 2 TDs) would knock in his second carry of the game before being injured late in the second quarter. However, with 1:31 remaining before half, Vandenberg (14-17, 342 yards, 5 TDs) would hit Shumpert again, this time from 42 yards out and effectively putting this game away. Wegher would have 2 late touchdowns, giving him 4 for the game to go with his 196 yards rushing. This would earn the Hawkeye halfback Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Iowa would win this one 59-29. Illinois will try to right the ship in Evanston next week against Northwestern with the winner taking home the Land of Lincoln trophy.

    Minnesota has been lurking in the rankings for the last few weeks - and one would think that they wouldn't have too much of a problem with the Hoosiers at TCF Bank Stadium. That conventional wisdom showed to be true in the first half. Brandone was the recipient of an 18 yard TD pass from Gray with 10:40 to go in the first, and the Gophers were on the board. IU answered with a TD pass of their own: 40 yards from Kiel to Wilson made it 7-7. The second quarter was owned by Minnesota, though. Gray would hit Allen from 4 yards out to make it 14-7 with 9:13 left to go in the half. 8 minutes later, Gray (14-27, 133 yards, 3 TDs) would get his third TD of the game, this one to Hill from 3 yards out. With 14 seconds left, Burch would hit a 39 yard field goal, and the Gophers went into the break with a 24-7 lead. Coming out of the break, another field goal made it 27-7. Somewhere along the line, a spark got lit under Indiana's bench, because they came out scoring afterwards. With 7:46 to go in the third, Kiel would get his second TD pass of the day on a 14 yard strike to Chester. A pair of Hoosier Field Goals would make it 27-20, and all of a sudden we had a ball game with 8 minutes to go. However, with 5:46 to go, Brandon would catch his 2nd TD pass of the game, and put it on ice. Minnesota wins this one 34-27. As I stated earlier, the Gophers will be up in Madison next weekend, and Michigan will be taking on Indiana in Bloomington.

    In the last of the Big Ten action this week, Northwestern would host Purdue. As I discussed last week, Purdue has had a little trouble in the first quarters of games. This trend would continue. Northwestern would strike first at the 6:52 mark on a 1 yard run from Hines. Then, with 5:27 to go, Watkins would connect with Fields for 22 yards and another NU score, making it 14-0 'Cats. Purdue was not to be counted out, however. The Boilers were able to get on the board after a 2 yards run by McBurse found the endzone, making it 14-7. The Wildcats were able to make a 38 yard field goal with 9:04 remaining in the second, giving them the 17-7 lead they would take into the half. With 5:46 in the third, McBurse (21 carries, 101 yards, 2 TD) was able to find his way into the endzone again, this time from three yards out. The score would remain 17-14 until there was 1:54 left in the fourth McGloin would throw his only TD pass of the game for the Boilers; a 7 yard toss to Ross. That TD gave the Boilermakers a 21-17 lead, and a win by the same score.

    Through 2 weeks, we still have a jam in the conference standings. However, with 6/7 games to play, it will likely work itself out. Or maybe not, because Wisconsin and Ohio State do not play each other.

    Big Ten Conference Standings
    Ohio State: 2-0, 4-0
    Wisconsin: 2-0, 5-1
    Minnesota: 1-0, 5-0
    Purdue: 1-0, 4-1
    Iowa: 1-1, 4-1
    Penn State: 1-1, 4-1
    Northwestern: 1-1, 2-2
    Michigan: 0-1, 2-1
    Michigan State: 0-1, 2-3
    Illinois: 0-2, 3-3
    Indiana: 0-2, 2-2

    The win over Penn State was enough to vault Ohio State back into the #1 spot, with 37 first place votes. Wisconsin remained still at #8 with their win over Michigan. Iowa was able to climb one spot, up to number seven with their win over Illinois. Michigan fell 2 spots to #12 with their loss. Penn State did the same after their loss to Ohio State, going to #14. The biggest mover of the week was the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who moved up from #22 to #13 after a win vs. Indiana. Michigan State is still not back in the polls, but they are the 2nd highest vote getter amongst teams not in.

    One of the oldest rivalries in the country is taking the spot in Game of the Week this week. Paul Bunyan's Axe will be up for grabs for the 66th time in this long standing rivalry. Wisconsin needs this win to establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the country. Minnesota has a lot to prove themselves, after jumping up 9 spots in the coaches' poll. A win in Camp Randall would send shockwaves not just throughout the Big Ten, but the country as well.

    Week 7: October 6th

    Game of the Week
    #13 Minnesota at #4 Wisconsin

    Illinois at Northwestern
    #12 Michigan at Indiana
    #14 Penn State at #7 Iowa
    Michigan State at Purdue
    #18 UCLA at Ohio State

    Predictions: (36-7 to date)
    Illinois
    Michigan
    Iowa
    Michigan State
    Ohio state
    Wisconsin
     
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