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Big 10 Postweek: 2012 - Week 7

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  1. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010
    We're now three weeks into the Big 10 schedule, and it appears as though the cream is rising to the top. It hasn't been an easy road by any means for Ohio State or Wisconsin, and the other 9 teams in the Big Ten certainly will not let them coast to the finish line over the last half of the season.

    Minnesota is one of those teams who won't roll over. They came into the Big Ten Game of the Week at Wisconsin undefeated and ranked #13 in the country. A win in Camp Randall would have been a huge feather in the Gophers cap, but it wouldn't come easy. Minnesota would get the early lead on a 21 yard field goal, but with 4:31 remaining Phillips fire up the Grateful Red and their offense. Phillips connected with Duckworth for a 59 yard score, giving the Badgers a 7-3 lead to end the first. The lead was short-lived. Edwards was on the receiving end of a 9 yard strike giving the Gophers the lead back 10-7. 41 seconds later, Phillips caught Williams for 82 yards. The Badgers were back in front 14-10. With 1:53 remaining in the half, White would pound home his first touchdown of the game, making the score 21-10. That's where it would remain at half. With the score now 24-10 and 3:34 left in the third, Edwards (26 carries, 157 yards, 2 total TD) would rush for his second score of the game for the Gophers. All of a sudden the House of Pain was a little worried that they might be seeing their Badgers fall on their home field for the second time this season. Those fears were intensified early in the fourth when Gray would punch in a score from 9 yards out, tying the game at 24. Coach Mexi's answer - a 53 yard field goal with 6:21 remaining giving the Badgers a 3 point edge. Minnesota would drive however. They would even make it inside the Badgers' 10 yard line. Unfortunately for them, the drive would stal and with 1:23 remaining Burch would tie the game back up with a 25 yard field goal. 1:23 was more than Wisconsin would need, as they briskly drove down the field and capped off the drive with a game winning 3 yard run from White (18 carries, 124 yards, 2 TDs). Wisconsin hangs on to win this one 34-27, and would remain unbeaten in Big Ten play. The Badgers will get a little break next week before inviting in Northwestern. As for Minnesota, things will not get any easier. They will attempt to establish themselves at home next week against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Speaking of Ohio State, they had a rare chance to host a game from a Pac 10 school in the middle of the season. The Bruins of UCLA came to town, looking to play the role of spoiler and shock the world with a win in The Shoe against the #1 team in the country. In order to do that, though, they would need to stop Chapman. With 4:11 remaining in the first, Chapman pushed one across the goal-line giving the Buckeyes an early 7-0 lead. UCLA was able to hang with Ohio State for the remainder of the first half however, only exchanging field goals with Ohio State and clinging to a 7 point deficit. However, with 4:34 in the third quarter, Chapman again would find his way into the endzone from 1 yard out. With the score now 17-7, Berry (14 carries, 137 yards, TD) would break a big one, taking a carry 64 yards and giving the Buckeyes a 24-7 lead heading into the fourth. Then, with 2:57 remaining, Chapman (12 carries, 83 yards, 3 TDs) would seal it for Ohio State with a 38 yard scamper and his 3rd score of the day. Ohio State takes this one against a tough Bruins squad 31-3.

    Iowa, coming off of their monster win against the Illini would have a much bigger challenge this week when Penn State came to Kinnick Stadium to battle the Hawkeyes. Penn State would strike first on a pass from inside the one from Newsome to Smith, giving the Nittany Lions a 7-0 lead. Just 58 seconds later, Vandenberg would fire his response, a 21 yard laser to Fiedorowicz that tied the game at 7. In the second quarter with the same score, Burley would re-take the lead for Penn State on a four yard carry. However, with only 35 seconds remaining in the half, Wegher would get the 1 yard carry necessary to tie the game up at 14 going in to halftime. Shortly out of the break, Vandenberg would connect on his second touchdown of the day, hitting Shumpert from 8 yards out. This would give the Hawkeyes their first lead of the game at 21-14. A 45 yard field goal extended the lead to 24-14 heading into the fourth where, with 6:25 remaining, Vandenberg (19-35, 365, 3 TDs) would seal the deal with a 23 yard pass to Derby. Iowa takes this one 31-21. Both Iowa and Penn State will be back at home next weekend, with the Hawkeyes getting the Wildcats of Northwestern and the Nittany Lions taking on Purdue.

    Wisconsin and Minnesota was not the only big rivalry taking place this weekend. Northwestern welcomed in in-state rival Illinois for a showdown that did not disappoint. The Fighting Illini struck first with 4:26 remaining on a 3 yard Justin Green run. If you haven't gotten familiar with that name, today will be your chance. Northwestern would strike back late in the first quarter on a 10 yard pass from Watkins to Moulton, knotting the score at 7 with 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter. On the first play after the kickoff, Green would take a pitch to the left 76 yards and in for his second score of the game. The score would be 14-7 entering the second, and 17-7 midway through after a 25 yard field goal by Weddle. With 3:32 to go in the 2nd, Northwestern would claw their way back in, and finish off a drive with a 5 yard run by Hines. Illinois was determined to go into halftime with a 2 score lead, and they would succeed in their goal. Forcier hit Davidson over the middle from two yards out, and the Illini had a 24-14 lead at the break. Illinois would be shut down opening the second half, but they were able to pin Northwestern at the 1 yard line. On the ensuing Northwestern play, Watkins would be tackled in the endzone for 2 points for the Illini. With the score now 26-14 and looking to slam the door, Forcier would cap off a drive with a 3 yard run. Illinois would take the 19 point lead into the fourth quarter thinking that they had the game in hand. But on this blustery day in Evanston, a surge was awaiting on the home sideline. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Hines would rack up his second score of the game. It wasn't long after that where Justin Green made another appearance in the Northwestern endzone. The fifteen yard carry would give the Illini a 40-21 lead. Northwestern still wasn't finished. With 4:41 remaining, Watkins (26-38, 379 yards, 2 TDs) threw his second touchdown pass of the game; this one to Hall. After a defensive stand, Hines (10 carries, 38 yards, 3 TDs) would make his way into the endzone for the third time today. This time, it was from two yards out. Now, with the score 40-35, it all came down to the onside kick. Unfortunately for the men in purple, it came up short. Their comeback would meet the same fate, as the Illini would win 43-35 and gain their first conference win of the season. This win could not have been possible without Green, who rushed for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns on 37 carries for the Illini. His performance was enough to win him both Big Ten and NCAA Offensive Player of the Week. He'll try to duplicate these efforts next week back in Champaign when Illinois takes on Indiana.

    Before running into Green from Illinois though, Indiana had a tough task in their sights when they played host to #12 Michigan. The Wolverines were insistent on trying to put this one away early. With the score already 3-0, Smith would take a carry two yards and up the lead to 10-0 with 4:11 left in the first. Later on in the quarter, Gardner would connect with Roundtree, and the score was already 17-0 and in danger of getting out of hand. The second quarter would belong to the Hoosiers, however. A chip shot field goal got them on the board with 9:46 remaining in the half, and then Kiel would hit Phillips from 21 yards out. All of a sudden, the score was 17-10 Michigan as the game went to half. Michigan quickly squashed any momentum Indiana had built after a 3 yard run by Gardner made it 24-10. On the ensuing drive, Phillips and Kiel would connect again, this time from 22 yards out and cutting the deficit to 7. There was just too much Michigan in this one, though, and they would pull away in the fourth quarter. Gardner (23-41, 230 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs) would throw a pair of touchdowns, clinching this one for the Wolverines. Michigan would get their first conference win of the season today with the 41-17 win in Bloomington. Michigan will try to keep the winning ways rolling when they invite Sparty up to the Big House next weekend.

    Michigan State had their hands full and then some with a pesky Purdue squad in the last of the Big Ten action this week. Things would start off on the right foot for Purdue, as they would strike first on a 2 yard pass from McGloin to Edison. This is the first time Purdue has scored first in a game all season! Michigan State would make it 7-3 after a 32 yard field goal, and that score would carry into the second quarter. Then, with 4:08 left, Jackson would return a Boisture interception 48 yards for a score, and the upset alert was on in West Lafayette. The halftime score was 14-3, and Michigan State had shown no signs of life up to this point. With 4:24 left in the third, this would change when Boisture was on the right end of a touchdown pass this time, hitting Dunn from two yards out and making the score 14-10. The score would remain the same heading into the fourth when Boisture (25-43, 317 yards, 2 TDs, INT) would strike again. This time, Sims was on the receiving end of the 3 yard strike, giving the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish. Purdue only has themselves to blame for the 20-14 loss, converting on only one of their 4 opportunities in the red zone.

    Not many changes in the Big Ten Standings this week, but the picture is starting to clear up. Wisconsin and Ohio State are running away with it, and since they do not play each other this season it's up to the other 9 teams in the conference to break the tie.

    Big Ten Conference Standings
    Wisconsin: 3-0, 6-1
    Ohio State: 2-0, 5-0
    Iowa: 2-1, 5-1
    Minnesota: 1-1, 5-1
    Michigan: 1-1, 3-1
    Purdue: 1-1, 4-2
    Michigan State: 1-1, 3-3
    Penn State: 1-2, 4-2
    Illinois: 1-2, 4-3
    Northwestern: 1-2, 2-3
    Indiana: 0-3, 2-3

    Ohio State was able to keep hold of it's top spot in the Coaches' Poll this week, collecting 41 first place votes. Wisconsin, despite the win over Minnesota, would drop a spot to #5. Iowa too would drop 1 spot from #7 to #8 after their win vs. Penn State. Michigan, on the other hand, moved up one from #12 to #11. Minnesota fell back to #14 after losing a tough one in Wisconsin, and Penn State moved back to #15 with their loss at Iowa. Lastly, Michigan State has made their way back into the polls, sneaking in at #25.

    Without a doubt, Week 8's game of the week has got to be taking place at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. After a tough loss to Wisconsin, the #14 Golden Gophers will be looking to extract revenge and prove themselves to be among the Big Ten elite against the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes. However, The Buckeyes are looking to continue their long winning streak, and keep hopes of repeating as national champions alive.

    Week 8: October 13th

    Game of the Week
    #1 Ohio State at #14 Minnesota (ESPN / ABC - 6:00)

    Indiana at Illinois (Big Ten Network - 6:00)
    Purdue at #8 Iowa (Big Ten Network - 2:30)
    #25 Michigan State at #11 Michigan (ESPN / ABC - 2:30)
    Northwestern at #15 Penn State (Big Ten Network - 11:00)

    Predictions: (42-7 to date)
    Penn State
    Ohio State
  2. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

    Aug 14, 2010
    Great job. Took the drop cause wvu is undefeated, even though they play in the big east.
  3. Jayrah

    Jayrah AllCougdUp.com Editor - A.M. avatar Guru

    May 31, 2010
    More good work cheez!

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