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That Just Happened – 2013 Week 2 Big 10 Recap

A different feature this season, I’m going to try & recap the games if time will allow. First up is the Big 10 and how the teams did in the first week of the 2013 season. Overall the Big 10 went 10-2 in the first week of the season. Nothing really surprising. If I had to have picked two teams to lose in the opening week it would have been Purdue & Iowa, which happened. Potentially the biggest surprise of the week was how poorly most of the Big 10 played. The only truly dominant performance was Wisconsin’s beating of UMass. Indiana did score 73, but they gave up 35 to FCS Indiana State which means the Hoosiers might give up 50-60 against Michigan or Ohio State! It’ll be interesting to see how well the Big 10 plays in Week 2 and what sort of adjustments the teams make going forward.

6 South Florida isn’t a horrible team I suppose but Michigan St. for the second straight week looked horrible offensively. At this point you have to think Michigan St. is well behind Michigan, Nebraska & even Northwestern. Not exactly what Mark Dantonio had in mind when Sparty returned 15 starters from 2012! Something to think about here. Michigan St. returned their starting QB in Andrew Maxwell & 4 of their top 5 receivers from 2012. In the first 2 games of 2012, Spartan QBs were 47 of 75 (62.7%) for 570yds, 2TD & 4INT. This season through their first 2 games, Spartan QBs are 29 of 61 (47.5%) for 210yds, 0TD & 0INT. It could be a bit different in Le’Veon Bell were still carrying the football but he’s gone. Michigan St. gets Youngstown St. next week but after that it’s a trip to South Bend. Oooops. 21
7 Another solid game for freshman QB Christian Hackenberg who threw for 311yds on 23 of 33 (69.7%) including a TD but did throw an interception. Penn St. had a tough time last week rushing the football but no such problems this week! Akeel Lynch & Bill Belton each rushed for 108yds & 3TD combined. Zach Zwinak chipped in 43yds & 2TD! The Nittany Lions rushed for 251yds on the day! Despite the dominating effort, PSU still has somethings to work on. They were -2 in TO margin. They committed a few too many penalties and were just 1 for 10 on 3rd downs against a very weak EMU squad. Penn St. gets a visit from Central Florida next week which should be an interesting test as they’ll be the best team PSU has faced thus far. 45
0 Another tremendous win for the Badgers albeit against competition that belongs more on the high school level than on par with one of the elite teams of the Big 10. Wisconsin has now beaten Massachusetts & Tennessee Tech by the combined score of 93-0! New HC Gary Andersen has yet to allow a point on defense! The Badgers once again had 3 runners with 100yds rushing. Corey Clement led the way this week with 149yds followed by Melvin Gordon with 140 & James White with 109. As a team the Badgers rushed for 387yds! A good sign is the game QB Joel Stave had. Stave was 24 of 29 (82.8%) for 219yds, 3TD & 1INT. It wasn’t against a solid secondary but that time is coming. In their next 3 games, Wisconsin has 2 road dates against Arizona St. & Ohio State. They’ll give up some points soon enough. 48
17 A really weird type of game. I thought the two worst teams in the Big 10 Legends division were going to be Illinois & Purdue. I even picked Illinois to finish worse than Purdue b/c the Illini were traveling to West Lafayette on November 23rd. Last week Cincinnati hammered Purdue 42-7. This week Illinois hammers Cincinnati 45-17! Games like this from QB Nathan Scheelhaase are always interesting. Scheelhaase was on today going 26 of 37 (70.3%) for 312yds & 4TD! Illinois did a solid job running the ball too, rushing for 210yds (5.6ypc)! I think Illinois fans thought they would get more games like this over the last 2 seasons but that didn’t really work for whatever reason. Call it inconsistency or whatever, but you just get the feeling Illinois should be better. Scheelhaase has thrown for 728yds & 6TD in his 1st 2 games! He’s on pace to throw for 4,368yds & 36TD! Not a bad way to go out. 45
14 Iowa is showing they can play defense. Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch is a rare offensive talent that was basically held in check although Iowa did lose to the Huskies last week 30-27. This week Iowa played good defense again holding Missouri St. to less than 200 total yards & 1 for 10 on 3rd downs. The problem is that QB Jake Rudock is simply on a learning curve. The sophomore is a starter for the first time in his career & it’s showing a bit. Against Missouri St. he was 19 of 28 (67.9%) for 198yds & 1INT. He wasn’t good against NIU last week. Iowa is leaning heavy on their run game & it’s helping. Mark Weisman went over 100yds for the 2nd straight game & the Hawkeyes are grinding out yards. They need to get more balanced thought to be a serious threat. Next week they are in Ames. 28
14 Indiana St. isn’t as good as Cincinnati, but the Boilermakers did do a much better job against the rush this week, holding the Sycamores to 39 rushing yards on 22 carries for a 1.8ypc average! Last week they gave up 221 yards rushing on 47 carries for a 4.7ypc average! Unfortunately Purdue sputtered on offense once again. Indiana St. actually had more total yards & equaled Purdue on 1st downs. Early in the 4th quarter Indiana St. got a TD to close to within 6 so they had a chance to win. Purdue scored a TD on special team which without it would have made them 14-13 losers! QB Rob Henry wasn’t good & Purdue has serious issues at QB they have to solve. At this point Illinois looks MUCH better meaning Purdue is in the basement. They get Notre Dame next week. OUCH! 20
7 The big news here is the injury status of Ohio St. QB Braxton Miller. Miller went down after throwing just 2 passes with a sprained knee not to return with this status for next week up in the air. Backup QB Kenny Guiton came in and didn’t miss a beat throwing for 152yds & 2TD while also rushing for 83yds & a TD! I didn’t think Ohio St. played very well defensively last week allowing 20 points to a weak Buffalo squad, but the Buckeyes D turned it up this week, allowing 280 yards to the Aztecs and holding SDSU to a single score. The final score could have actually been much worse. Ohio St. was up 35-0 at halftime before putting the game on cruise control in the second half & running out the clock. The Buckeyes face their first road test next week at Cal. 42
27 Northwestern is having some injury issues to start the season. Last week against Cal in the opener, the Wildcats lost QB Kain Colter to concussion issues. This week RB Venric Mark didn’t play. Luckily they aren’t having problems. Last week RB Treyvon Green rushed for 129yds & 2TD. This week he ran for 66yds & 1TD. Last week Trevor Siemian guided NW to a road win, this week he split time with Colter & both combined to throw for 375yds & 4TD! Currently the Wildcats are scoring with ease but it’s never easy with 2 QBs. They made it work last year though. The more troubling issue is the defense. NW gave up 30 last week to Cal. This week it’s 27 to Syracuse. Last year NW allowed 22.5PPG. So far this year it’s 28.5PPG. They get a couple of cupcakes before back-to-back games against Wisconsin & Ohio State. Those offenses will explode & their defenses are much less forgiving. 48
41 The game wasn’t as close as you would think. Navy got out to a 17-0 lead & had a 31-14 lead early in the 3rd quarter. The Hoosiers simply had no answer for Navy’s triple option running attack. The Middies put up 444 rushing yards on 70 carries (6.3ypc) & 5TD! Navy had the ball for almost 11 more minutes than Indiana. It’s a process for Indiana & programs trying to make themselves out of something from nothing typically have the most difficult time securing the best players for their defense. Offensively the Hoosiers are fine, but defensively it hurts. Remember that this Indiana team is supposed to be going bowling, but they lost to Navy on the road 31-30 last year. This year they get blown out at home? That’s better? A 3-9, 4-8 or 5-7 season is looking awfully likely at this point. 35
13 Nebraska gets back on the right track after a 37-34 victory over Wyoming last week that was a lot more scary than the Huskers had hoped. This week the offense dominates once against. Taylor Martinez was flawless passing for 170yds & 3TD while he, Ameer Abdullah & true frosh Terrell Newby combined to rush for 208yds & 2TD! Nebraska as a team would rush for 285yds! The Cornhuskers got out to a 35-6 halftime lead & the secondary was excellent. The Black Shirts intercepted 4 balls, 2 from Cianate Eavns. Evans & Stanley Jean-Baptiste actually had return TDs from interceptions! Nebraska needed a good game defensively but it’s also worth keeping in mind that Southern Miss was 0-12 a year ago. This wasn’t he most stiffest of competitions. 56
30 Notre Dame is thought to have one of the best defenses in the nation and arguably the best defensive line in all of college football. All Michigan did was run over the Irish D en route to 41 points & a victory that definitely puts Michigan on the national map where it belongs, but in the big picture, the Wolverines have to be potential national championship! QB Devin Gardner was amazing. The Irish had no answer for the Michigan signal caller who passed for 294yds & 4TD! Gardner also ran for 82yds & a TD! WR Jeremy Gallon caught 8 balls for 184yds & 3TD! Michigan gets Nebraska at home while Michigan St. has been awful. Michigan can easily go 11-0 before hosting Ohio State. Interesting that HC Brady Hoke hasn’t gotten beat in Michigan Stadium! If that holds true, Michigan could finish the season 12-0! 41
44 Last week against UNLV, the Gophers won handily 51-23, but 3 of their TDs came from special teams/defense while QB Philip Nelson played poorly. This week against New Mexico St., the Gophers did get a couple of special teams/defense TDs, but they also were able to run wild on the Aggies porous defense. The Gophers on the day averaged 8.0ypc en route to 342 rushing yards & 3TD! Rodrick Williams & Nelson each went over the century mark. Nelson has to start playing better because teams are going to shut down the Minnesota rushing attack at some point & make Nelson beat them. Teams like New Mexico St. aren’t good enough, but Minny’s first 4 conference games come against Iowa, Michigan, Michigan St., and Nebraska. If Minnesota can’t pass the ball then those games could get ugly in a hurry. 21

September 8, 2013 - Posted by | Big 10, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan St., Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio St, Penn St., Purdue, Week 1, Wisconsin

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