Big 10 Postweek: 2012 - Week 8

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  1. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

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    We've now reached the midpoint of the Big 10 schedule - and things are tightening up further. With the impending possibility of a split title between Ohio State and Wisconsin, each week these teams are taking the best shots from their opponents. But each week, the Buckeyes and Badgers seem to have an answer for their competition.

    Starting with those Buckeyes, they went up to TCF Bank Stadium up in Minneapolis to take on the #14 Golden Gophers in the game of the week. Well, they took on a team, I can't say it was the Gophers because they clearly did not show up. The Buckeyes rushing attack certainly did however - in particular, Chapman. With the score already 7-0 in the first after a Berry 4 yard run, Chapman would double the lead with a 2 yard run of his own. The Bucks took this 14-0 lead into the second where Chapman again scored from 2 yards out. 21-0 now late in the half, and Chapman would punch in his 3rd touchdown of the day for Ohio State, and the Buckeyes took a 28-0 lead into the half. Apparently the Buckeyes saw what happened to the Giants vs. the Eagles, because they came out of the gate in the second half and did not miss a beat. Guiton (15-19, 221, TD) would throw his only TD pass in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes had a 35-0 lead. This was not enough for Ohio State. With the score now 45-0, you guessed it, Chapman (15 carries, 98 yards, 4 TDs) would score his 4th touchdown of the game, and seal the 52-0 blowout.

    As if the description of the game is not enough to illustrate Ohio State's dominance, here are some of the stats. Ohio State outgained Minnesota 441 - 175 in total offense. Minnesota, on 24 carries, was held to only 21 yards. This compared to the 201 that Ohio State put up on 39 carries. Ohio State was 8-9 (88%) on third downs, where as Minnesota was only 5-14 (35%). Lastly, Ohio State's punter never saw the field in this one. Instead, he had a comfortable day on the sideline. Next up for Ohio State, Indiana. And believe you me, I would not want to be the Hoosiers this week. Minnesota will try to correct, um, everything at Michigan State next weekend.

    Before Michigan State gets to face Minnesota, they needed to get through in-state rival Michigan first. With explosive players on both sidelines, it was intriguing to see that the first quarter was dominated by the kickers. Gibbons made two field goals (29, 28) for Michigan, and the Wolverines had a 6-0 lead after one. Conroy would answer with a 35 yard field goal of his own with 14:06 to go in the 2nd, and it was 6-3. With 2:10, Gibbons made his 3rd of the day, this one from 25 yards; making the score 9-3. Here is where all hell broke loose. Michigan was able to get the ball back off of one of two Boisture interceptions, and Denard Robinson was able to run in the first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive with 0:53 remaining. Boisture would throw another pick in the last minute, setting up Gibbons for his fourth field goal of the day (25 yards) and giving the Wolverines a 19-3 lead at half. Michigan would take the opening drive down the field in 2 and a half minutes finishing it off with a 3 yard run by Cox. The score would be 26-6 going into the fourth, until Cox (36 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs) pushed one in from 1 yard out and sealed it for Michigan. The Wolverines take home Paul Bunyan's trophy and the win, 40-13. Next up for Michigan: Iowa comes to the Big House in a battle of top 10 powers.

    Some would call Iowa's game vs. Purdue a trap game. Well, it certainly played like one throughout the first half. Purdue was on the board first after Pugh broke one to the outside for 19 yards and the score. A 40 yard field goal with 1:44 remaining in the second quarter gave them a 10-0 lead and, for the second week in a row, Purdue was in prime position to take down a ranked team. Momentum swung the Hawkeyes way, however, as just over a minute later Vandenberg hit Davis from 27 yards out, and Iowa was back in this one. With 5:02 to go in the third, Vandenberg (13-31, 246 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) would strike again. This time, Derby was on the receiving end of the 7 yard pass, and now Iowa had their first lead of the game. In the fourth, with the score 17-10, iowa would put the icing on this one after a 9 yard run by Hamption gave them a 24-10 lead. That would be your final as well.

    No such troubles for the Nittany Lions at home vs. Northwestern. Kevin Newsome would put Penn State on the board first with a 6 yard run. The score was still only 7-0 heading into the second, but Penn State saw to it that that did not lasst long. With 11:04 to go, Redd found his was into the endzone from 1 yard out, and the score was 13-0 after the missed PAT. Eight minutes later, Newsome (22-36, 250 yards, 19 carries, 95 yards, 2 TDs) would find his second rushing score of the game. This time, it was from two yards out, and the rout was on at 20-0. With 23 seconds left, Larkin would punch in his only score of the game, making the score 27-0 at half en route to a 37-7 Penn State win. Penn State travels to upset-minded Purdue next week, and Northwestern continues their road trip with a drive up to Madison to take on Wisconsin.

    In the last of the Big 10 action this week, Illinois took on Indiana. While this is normally a heated rivalry on the basketball court, both teams played intensely on the field in Champaign. Indiana would strike first in an action packed first quarter after Kiel hit Adetona from four yeards out with 5:48 to go. 41 seconds later, the nation's leading rusher, Green broke a 61 yard carry to the right and knotted things up at seven. Kiel (18-36, 219 yards, 2 TDs, INT) would answer with a 15 yard pass to Bolser, putting Indiana back in front 14-7. Green ( 24 carries, 172 yards, 2 TDs) would strike again with an 11 yard carry making the score 14 all still in the first. On the last play of the quarter, following a Kiel interception, Forcier connected with Ramsey from 12 yards out giving the Illini a 21-14 lead heading into the second. With 4:30 to go in the half, Rose would return a Green fumble 48 yards for a score for Indiana, tying things back up at 21. Then, with just over 1 minute to go, Forcier would retake the lead for Illinois on a 7 yard draw up the middle. Illinois might have gone to the locker room a little early, though, because with 49 seconds left Bolser (2 carries, 79 yards, 3 receptions, 48 yards 2 total TDs) would scamper 79 yards and tie it up at 28 going into halftime. In what had "shootout" written all over it, the Hoosiers and Illini would combine for 0 points in the third, and the 28-28 score would carry over into the fourth. Furthermore, Green was injured for the illini, and would not play the rest of the game. However, Illinois had a back-up plan by the name of Tate Forcier. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Forcier hit Davidson deep over the middle for 58 yards, and the Illini once again had the lead 35-28. On their next drive, Forcier hit Ramsey over the middle for 18 and a score. With the score 42-28, and 2:08 remaining, Forcier (12-19, 305 yards, 4 TDs, INT, 6 carries, 48 yards TD) found Millenes for 48 more yards and capped it for Illinois. The Illini move back up to .500 in conference play here with the 56-28 win.

    Forcier's fourth quarter performance won him Big Ten Offensive player of the week in this one, the second time an Illini has won the award this season. However, he was not the only Illini member to win something. Terry Hawthorne took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance that consisted of 5 tackles, 1 INT, 2 Deflections, anda forced fumble. For their performance, they have won their team a week off before heading up to East Lansing in Week 10.

    Four weeks into the conference schedule, and we are starting to see some shake-ups in the standings:

    Big Ten Conference Standings:
    Week 8

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

    Because it is week 8, it is time that we start looking at the new BCS standings. Ohio State has the top spot, followed closely by Texas at #2. Wisconsin finds themselves at #5 in these rankings, and is not very far behind at #6. Michigan has moved its way into the top ten after their win, as they are ranked #8 in the BCS. Penn State finds itself up at #12 too. This implies that of the infamous "top twelve" in the BCS picture, 5 of them are currently Big 10 teams. Minnesota is still hanging around at #21, despite consecutive losses.

    As for the Coaches' Poll, things are pretty similar. Ohio State is #1, gaining 39 first place votes. Wisconsin is still #5 despite a loss by USC, and Iowa did move up to #6 here as well. Michigan, like in the BCS, is ranked #8. However, unlike the BCS, Penn State only moved up 1 spot to #14 and Minnesota finds themselves at #19. Michigan State, now 3-4, has fallen out of the rankings again. This time, however, they are not receiving any votes.

    With so many top tier teams in the Big 10, it's amazing to think how many top ten battles we've had already this season. Week 9's game of the week will feature another one, when #6 Iowa goes up to #8 Michigan. Both of these teams enter the game with only 1 loss, and that being to Wisconsin. The bigger implications of this game is that it sets up the winner to have a shot, with some help, to sneak in and grab a share of the Big 10 crown since both teams still play Ohio State.

    Week 9: October 20th

    Game of the Week:
    #6 Iowa at #8 Michigan

    Indiana at #1 Ohio State
    #21 Minnesota at Michigan State
    Northwestern at #5 Wisconsin
    #12 Penn State at Purdue

    Predictions: (47-7 to date)
    Ohio State
    Minnesota
    Wisconsin
    Penn State
    Iowa
     
  2. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

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    OSU Chapman is an abomination! 6'6" 240 something pounds and runs over LB's like they were twigs! The guy is the definition of BEAST! I learned that first hand!
     
  3. mboda

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    Lol i love chapman. I give him almost every goal line carry and he usually comes thru for me. Hes a damn monster!
     
  4. Cheez

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    note to self: when I play mboda next season, dont let him get in goal line situations
     
  5. whygodwhy1111

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    good luck
     

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