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Big Ten Postweek: 2012 - Week 4

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  1. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010
    With conference play beginning next week, Week 4 provided six teams with one more opportunity to prepare for the grueling Big Ten schedule.

    The first of those games was this weeks game of the week up in Camp Randall. #1 The Badgers and the #4 Longhorns may have played one of the finest games of the season - if you like offense. Wisconsin would jump out to and early 7-0 lead after a 6 yard run by White (9 carries, 42 yards, TD). Texas would strike back with a 6 yard of their own from Goodwin, and then keep the momentum rolling into the second when Gilbert would connect with Davis, making the score 14-7 Horns. Following a Texas field goal, the Badgers would respond on an 80 yard run by Williams for the first of his two scores in the game. But two Texas scores within the last 30 seconds of play would have the Badgers in a deep hole: 31-17. Coach Mexi's Badgers proved resiliant, having a 21 point 3rd quarter highlighted by 2 touchdown passes from Phillips (12-19, 263 yards, 3 TD) and another long run by Williams (5 carries, 163 yards, 2 TD). The score was 38-35 going into the fourth quarter, and following the House of Pain Camp Randall was electric. The Horns were able to suck the life out of the stadium, however, when Whaley would punch in the dagger from 1 yard out, sealing the 45-42 win.

    The defining stat from my eyes is the Time of Possession. Now, a lot can be said abotu the relevance of the stat, but the Longhorns dominated 23:14 - 8:46. If I were playing the Badgers next week, i would be terrified that in just over one quarter of play the Badgers put up 42 points. That team next week - the #4 Iowa Hawkeyes.

    We saw #1 go down, so how would #2 do? The Buckeyes travelled to Lincoln to take on the Huskers, who at this point may as well join the Big Ten seeing as this is their third game within the conference. Like Wisconsin and Iowa, however, Ohio State would be no easy task. Things would start off well for Ohio State, as two minutes in Berry (13 carries, 115 yards, 2 TD) would break one, going 42 yards and giving OSU a 7-0 lead. That lead would go up to 14 after a two yard punch in with 3:20 to go in the first. Nebraska would answer early in the second after a Martinez pass is caught by Reed (8 catches, 217 yards, 2 TD) who dashes for the endzone. But the second quarter would belong to the Buckeyes as well who put up 21 straight includign a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Smiley and a pick 6 by Johnson to close out the half 35-7. Give credit to the Huskers, though, who despite being down by 28 did not give up. A couple of short touchdowns in the third would make it 35-21. Chapman (15 carries, 73 yards, TD) would cap the win for Ohio State with a ten yard run to the endzone. Bucks win 42-31. Next up for Ohio State, a trip up to East Lansing to take on a tough Michigan State squad.

    Moving right along to the other ranked Big Ten team in action today, the #24 Minnesota Golden Gophers looked to keep their good fortunes rolliing against a second consecutive FCS school. A little bit of a scary start for Goldy as they would end the first quarter trailing 3-0. But the second quarter was all Minnesota. First, a 33 yard pass from Gray to Grimes with 8:48 to go. Then, a second TD pass for Gray (18-32, 191 yards, 3 TD), this time connecting with Brandon making it 14-3. Following an FCS fumble, Edwards (28 carries, 140 yards, 2 TD) would push in the first of his two scores making it 21-3 at the break, and leading the Gophers to a 35-6 win. The 4-0 Gophers will get a week off before starting off conference play against Indiana.

    Falling out of the rankings with their second consecutive loss, Michigan State looked to right the ship against Central Michigan. This game played very similar to the Minnesota game, as the Chips would score first and hold on to a 3-0 lead after one. However, Michigan State would dominate the second quarter. Just 1 minute in, Boisture would connect with Bolden from 19 yards out making it 7-3 Spartans. On the ensuing Chippewas drive, Jude would recover a fumble at the 22 yard line and take it to the house. When Michigan's offense would finally take the field again, Boisture (16-31, 170 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) would hit Baker from 5 yards out making the score 21-3, en route to a 28-12 win for Sparty.

    The fumble recovery and TD for Jude was only the highlight of what was a spectacular game for him. He would finish the game with 4 tackles (all TFL), another assisted tackle, 2 sacks and that fumble recovery with the score attached. This is why he was voted Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

    While not ranked themselves, Illinois would take on some ranked competition as #23 Cincinnati came to Memorial Stadium. Let me tell you, Cincinnati's no huddle really seemed to give Illinois fits in the early stages. The Illini, who normally have a really solid flow on offense couldn't seem to find until the second quarter when a long drive led by Green (29 carries, 117 yards) would result in a 30 yard Weddle field goal. At the half, the score was only 3-0. At the end of the third - the score was still 3-0. In the fourth quarter, though, Tate Forcier came alive for the Illini hitting two big throws. The first, a 49 yard bomb to Davidson on the first play of the quarter. Then after a Cincinnati field goal made it 10-3, Forcier would hit Langford (3 rec, 116 yards, TD) over the middle and he would go 81 yards, giving the Illini a 17-3 lead and their 3rd win of the year. Forcier finished the game 10-14 for 209 yards and those 2 touchdowns. However, he did have another redzone fumble in the second quarter; something that has been a concern for Illinois. Another big test lies in wait for the Illini, as they travel to Penn State to take on Joe Pa's Nittany Lions.

    In the last game of the week, Northwestern would take on FCS West. This one was all Northwestern, and it was a coming out party for Watkins. Watkins would through 4 touchdown passes, 3 of them in the first half of the 35-14 win. Starting out only 2 minutes in, Watkins would hit Fields from 39 yards out. Then late in the first quarter, Nagel would catch a 29 yard strike giving Watkins his second. Jones would make it three when he was the recipient of a 30 yard strike, and then #4 belonged to Nagel as well following an 18 yard toss. This performance garnered Watkins Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Next up for the Wildcats - a trip to Bloomington to take on the well rested Hoosiers.

    With #1 falling, the Buckeyes seemed to be ripe to take back the top slot. However, Texas would leapfrog the Bucks to take it over, but by a very slim margin. Texas, who received 40 first place votes, is only 2 points ahead of the Buckeyes who received the other 21. Iowa was able to move up to #4, because #3 Alabama fell along with the Badgers. Speaking of Wisconsin, they find themselves at #7 in the new coaches poll. Michigan moved up one spot from #13 to #12, and Penn State is right behind them at #13 after moving up 3 spots. For the second week in a row, Minnesota has moved up 1 spot up to #23, and rounding out the poll is Sparty, back in at #25 after their win against Central Michigan.

    Like last week, there should be no doubt as the game of the week this week Wisconsin, fresh off their home loss to #1 Texas will head out to Iowa City to sit in the pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes have been very impressive this year, so it should be interesting to see whether they will keep the train moving or whether the Badgers can put a halt to their winning ways.

    Week 5: September 22nd

    Game of the Week:
    #7 Wisconsin at #4 Iowa (ESPN / ABC - 6:00)

    Illinois at #13 Penn State (ESPN / ABC - 6:00)
    Northwestern at Indiana (Big Ten Network - 11:00)
    #2 Ohio State at #25 Michigan State (Big Ten Network - 11:00)
    Purdue at Toledo (Big Ten Network - 12:00)

    Predictions (Record to Date: 27-6)
    Penn State
    Ohio State

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