Big Ten Postweek: 2012 - Week 5

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  1. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Conference play has officially begun in the Big 10, and there were certainly some bangs to start off the season.

    One of those bangs was in Iowa City, where the #4 Iowa Hawkeyes looked to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the country against the #7 Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers came out and certainly played like they had something to prove after their loss last week to Texas. On the very first play from scrimmage, Borland would intercept the pass from Vandenberg and set the Badgers up with great field position. The drive was capped by an 8 yard pass from Phillips (2-3, 15 yards, 2 TDs) to Robinson for the early 7-0 lead. This would be made 14-0 after a long carry by White set Williams up for a punch in from 1 yard out. On the ensuing Hawkeyes possession, Vandenberg (8-22, 170 yards, TD, 3 INT) was once again intercepted by Borland. Again with short field, the Badgers had no problem taking this one as White (16 carries, 163 yards, TD) scampered into the endzone from 10 yards out. The score was 21-0 at the end of one, and Kinnick Stadium was in a state of shock. Midway through the second quarter Phillips hit Rodgers for his second touchdown of the game making it 28-0 Badgers, and eventually 31-0 at half. The Badgers were able to coast to a 41-7 victory from here. Next up for Wisconsin - a Michigan squad that has beaten them each of the last two years. As for Iowa, they will face an upstart Illini team looking to make an impact.

    That upstart Illini team had a chance to make an impact in Happy Valley as they took on the #13 Penn State Nittany Lions. This game had its ups and downs for both teams as well. For Penn State, the game started on a high note as they were able to control the football and keep Justin Green in check. On their second possesion of the game, they were able to march their way down the field where Redd was able to punch it in from five yards out. Illinois would not go away easily, though. Justin Green (24 carries, 80 yards) was able to get a little something going, and midway through the second quarter was able to tie the game up at 7 on a two yard run. Then, just before half, Tate Forcier was able to sprint 13 yards up the middle to give the Illini a 14-7 lead at the break. The Illini would open the second half with the ball, but with Justin Green sidelined with a broken toe and backup Mclaughlin fatigued, in came Whitmer to play running back, Whitmer - the back up quarterback. Apparently, Coach Cheez knew what he ws doing, because on an option pitch to Whitmer he was able to take it 19 yards and in for a score making it 21-7 Illini. It was here that Redd put the Nittany Lions on his back and intended to carry them to the finish line. Nearing the end of the third quarter, Redd would score his second touchdown of the game, this one a reception from one yard out. On the next Penn State possession, Redd would find a seam and sprint 28 yards to the endzone, knotting the game at 21. On the ensuing Illini possession, McGee (6 Tackles, 8 Assisted Tackles, TFL, FF, FR) would strip Green and recover the fumble for Penn State. With short field, Penn State would again turn to Redd (24 carries, 144 yards, 4 receptions, 20 yards 5 TD). Wit 3:18 to go, Redd would give the Nittany Lions the lead with a 6 yard carry. With the score 28-21, Illinois out of time outs, and under a minute to go, Penn State would attempt a 40 yard field goal to seal the win. However, the kick was wide right, and that gave Illinois the glimmer of hope they needed. It took Forcier (17-29 225 yards, 2 Total TDs) 2 plays to get the Illini into scoring position as he hit Whitehead and then Lankford for big plays. Then, with only 5 seconds remaining he would hit Whitehead over the middle and knot the game at 28. This game would be headed to overtime. The Illini started the overtime possession with the ball, but were not able to do much and kicked the field goal making it 31-28. On the first play of overtime for the Nittany Lions, Newsome (15-26, 228, 2 TD) hit, who else, Redd, on a swing pass. Redd broke two tackles, and there was only green in front of him after that. 34-31 Penn State takes this one in OT. For their performances, Redd and McGee would take Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors (respectively). Penn State can't let this game wear them down, as they have two big road tests coming up - starting with Ohio State next week.

    Ohio State traveled up to East Lansing this week, where the Spartans were looking to avenge their two early season losses to ranked teams against a very stout Buckeyes squad. No such upset would take place. This game was all Ohio State from the opening gun. Ohio State would start the scoring off with a 6 yard pass from Guiton to Smith, giving them a 7-0 lead after one. Sparty couldnt have been too upset - they withstood the first punch from the Buckeyes and were still in the game. However, the second quarter is where the floodgates opened. The Bucks would start the quarter off with an 11 yard carry by Barry for a score. Then, two minutes later, Guiton would throw his second TD pass, making the score 21-0 Buckeyes. With under a minute left, Buchanan would knock a 53 yard field goal through the uprights, making it 24-0 Ohio State. The ensuing kickoff would be fumbled by Michigan State, and recovered by the Buckeyes. Not settling for a 24 point lead, Guiton would hit smith for the second time in the game, this one from thirteen yards out and giving Ohio State a 31-0 at the break, en route to a 48-0 romp of Michigan State. Guiton finished the game 12-20 for 96 yards and 3 touchdowns for Ohio State. The Spartans will now get a week off to lick their wounds and hopefully right the ship before taking on the Boilermakers in West Lafayette in 2 weeks.

    Purdue was in action this week, taking on Toledo in an out of conference matchup. The Boilers would see their first quarter woes continue, as on the first possession of the game Dantin would take on in from 2 yards out, giving Toledo an early 7-0 lead. This is something we've seen from Purdue in each of their last two matchups as well: giving up an early lead and fighting from behind. Well, such would be the case here. With 6:15 to go in the first, Edison would return a short punt 33 yards and tie the game at 7. Then, just 45 seconds into the second quarter, McGloin (19-32, 209 yards, 3 total TDs, INT) would pound one in on a qb sneak making it 14-7 Boilers. With 9:42 left in the half, McGloin would connect with Edison (12 rec, 165 yards, TD), giving each their second TD of the game and Purdue a 21-7 lead. Just 5 minutes later, McGloin would put the capper on this one by hitting Ross from two yards out. Purdue would then have a 28-7 lead and go on to win 35-14. Next up, the short trip from West Lafayette to Evanston to take on Northwestern

    Northwestern would face Indiana in Bloomington in the last game of our recap today. Both teams would struggle to move the ball on offense, but Northwestern would find a bright spot in the second quarter when Watkins (12-27, 130 yards, 2 TDs, INT) would connect with Fields from 12 yards out giving the 'Cats a 7-3 lead. Fields would find the endzone again 2 and a half minutes later, as he would return an Indiana punt 60 yards and increase the Northwestern lead to 11. A 32 yard field goal by Little gave the Wildcats a 17-3 lead heading into halftime. Indiana would struggle to move the ball again in the third, but Freeland knocked home a 32 yard field goal making it 17-6 going into the fourth quarter. With 10:54 left Watkins would hit Moulton deep - 40 yards and a touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 24-6 lead. They would hold on to it, winning this one 21-9.

    Now that the first week of conference play is in the books, lets look at the conference stadings:

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

    Ohio State would gain a couple of first place votes from Texas this week, but still they are unable to take over the #1 spot. Wisconsin moved back up to #4 after their win vs. Iowa, who fell from #4 to #8. Not far behind, Michigan breaks into the top ten at #10, up two spots from last week. Penn State moved up to #12 after their win vs. Illinois. Once again, Minnesota is able to move up a solitary spot - up to #22 this week, and once again Michigan State is out of the rankings after their loss to Ohio State. They are still receiving votes, however.

    Turning to next weeks slate of games, the game of the week I'm chooising is #12 Penn State at the shoe to take on the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes. Will the Nittany Lions be emotionally fatigued from their battle with Illinois, or will that just make them stronger as they take on one of the top teams in the country. This will definitely be the biggest test of the season to date for Joe Pa's crew.

    Week 6: September 29th

    Game of the Week
    #12 Penn State at #2 Ohio State

    #4 Wisconsin at #10 Michigan
    Purdue at Northwestern
    Indiana at #22 Minnesota
    #8 Iowa at Illinois

    Predictions: (31-7 to date)
    Ohio State
  2. recchem2000

    recchem2000 UCLA > WSU

    Feb 24, 2009
    If only Wisconsin and Ohio State played...stupid big 10/11/12 or whatever they are now.

    As always, good stuff here Cheez!
  3. MexiRican35

    MexiRican35 ┬┐Te quieres naranjas?

    Aug 14, 2010
    I know. We always battle it out for the conference champ, but we havnt played each other last 2 seasons. Cmon cpu scheduling committee
  4. mboda

    mboda Walk On

    Jul 26, 2010
    yea thats pretty dumb.

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