The Big Ten has looked very solid through two weeks, as evidenced by some of their results on Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at what went down on the gridiron!
Minnesota (away) vs. New Mexico St (home): Minnesota went on the road, and that Gopher defense suffocated New Mexico St as they dominated the Aggies 44-21. Philip Nelson passed for 127 yards and rushed for 122 and a touchdown. Rodrick Williams Jr. led the Gophers rushing with 148yards and a touchdown. #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota
Indiana (home) vs. Navy (away): A part of me felt that Navy would win this game even though I did pick the Hoosiers in an upset because I thought Indiana was ready; apparently I was wrong. Indiana can score with any team in the country but they have weaknesses on defense. Navy was very physical defensively against Indiana, and ran the football well, using their powerful offensive line to come away with the 41- 35 victory. Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns. However, Navy rushed for a total of 444 yards with Keenan Reynolds leading the way with 127 yards and three touchdowns. #JYPREDICTION: Indiana
Michigan St (home) vs. South Florida (away): The Spartans may have one of the best defenses in the country which is why this Spartan team is undefeated. Michigan State Basketball Coach Tom Izzo kept the crowd energetic during the rain delay in East Lansing, Michigan. Spartans DE Shilique Calhoun picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown, as well as scoring off an interception. Michigan State offense has been non existent up to this point, but they did receive a touchdown by RB Jeremy Langford. Spartans won 21-6. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
#3Ohio St (home) vs. San Diego St. (away): Much better job defensively by Ohio State as they cruised to a 42-7 victory over San Diego St in Columbus, Ohio. Braxton Miller went down early in the game with a bruised MCL injury and did not return. His back-up QB Kenny Guiton passed for 152 yards and two touchdown, along with 83 yards rushing and a touchdown. Guiton mentioned that playing against the first team defense all week in practice prepared him for this opportunity. San Diego St QB Quinn Kaehler threw for 216 yards and one touchdown, but that Buckeye defense smoothered any play making abilities for the Aztecs. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
#21 Wisconsin (home) vs. Tennessee Tech (away): Two weeks in a row Wisconsin shut out opponents defensively with another amazing performance 48-0. Also for the second week the Badgers produced three 100 yard rushers led by Corey Clement who rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Melvin Gordon rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, and James White added 109 yards with a TD. Badger QB Joel Stave threw for 219yards and three touchdowns. Wisconsin is making it look easy early in the season. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
Illinois (home) vs. Cincinnati (away): Nathan Scheelhaase is my vote for most improved player right now in the Big Ten. He is playing tremendous at QB and led his team to an impressive victory over a solid Cincinnati team. Illinois will surprise a lot of teams this year, and Coach Tim Beckman should be extremely proud with the leadership of his senior QB. Illinois won the game 45-17. Scheelhaase threw for 312yards and four touchdowns. Bearcats star QB Munchie Legaux went down in the second half with a bad leg injury and had to be carted off the field. Legaux threw for 237yards with one touchdown and he rushed for 52yards. I’m praying Munchie Legaux has a speedy recovery. #JYPREDICTION: Cincinnati
Purdue (home) vs. Indiana St (away): Purdue got a huge game from RB Akeem Hunt who had 123 yards returning the football, with one leading to a touchdown in which he returned 99 yards off a kick return. Hunt also rushed for 82 yards and 38 yards receiving. Purdue beat the Sycamores 20-16 in their home opener. Big test next week for the Boilermakers against Notre Dame. #JYPREDICTION: Purdue
#17 Michigan (home) vs. #14 Notre Dame (away): Michigan is the real deal after defeating Notre Dame 41-30. Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke got his defense prepared and fired up all week to show what they were made of against an offense who played in the national championship game last season. Michigan frustrated Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees, who threw for 314 yards with two touchdown but committed two interceptions. Rees had a few more balls that were tipped and dropped by Wolverine defenders. Devin Gardner who controlled the tempo and dominated this game offensively threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown. Gardner is playing his way to New York for the Heisman. Michigan was in control the entire game and dominated on both sides of the football. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Penn State (home) vs. Eastern Michigan (away): Penn State defended Happy Valley with another impressive showing defeating Eastern Michigan 45-7. Nittany Lions freshman QB Christian Hackenberg threw for 311yards and a touchdown. Penn State also had two 100yard rushers. Akeel Lynch with 108 yards and one touchdown, as well as Bill Belton, who finished the game with 108 yards and two touchdowns. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Iowa (home) vs. Missouri St (away): Iowa goes to 1-1 on the season beating Missouri St at home after a tough loss a week ago. Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock threw for 193 yards and rushed for 33 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa was too big and physical up front offensively for Missouri St and wore them down running the football. Mark Weisman lead the Hawkeyes with 180 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Iowa wins this one 28-14. #JYPREDICTION: IOWA
#22Nebraska(home) vs. Southern Mississippi(away): For Nebraska, everyone must have went to bed early and ate their Wheaties because I saw a focused team who came ready to win and dominated the football game all four quarters. The Corn Huskers defense were making interceptions and scoring off turnovers. Special teams played well, the offensiveline protected QB Taylor Martinez, who threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns. “Mr. Consistent” Ameer Abdullah rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska played like a team who is looking to contend for a Big Ten Championship but they cant turn the switch on and off and think they’ll get the job done. #JYPREDICTION: Nebraska
#19 Northwestern (home) vs Syracuse (away): Kain Colter did play against the Syracuse Orangemen and looked good in Northwestern’s home opener. People discuss how a team has to use only one QB to lead, but I guess Northwestern is really a smart academic institution, because they find a way to make it work. Colter finished the game with 116 yards passing and one touchdown along with 87 yards rushing and a touchdown. Wildcats second QB Trevor Siemian is a big time performer, and led Northwestern with 259 yards passing and three touchdowns. Defensively Northwestern is active and consistently got three and outs keeping Syracuse offense on the sideline. The Orangemen QB Drew Allen threw for 279 yards and one touchdown, but the Wildcats intercepted him four times. Northwestern WR Tony Jones led the Wildcats with 185yards receiving. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern
#JYPREDICTION WEEK TWO 10-2, Overall, 22-2. Can’t wait until my picks this week!
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