The Big Ten was matchuped heavily with the Pac-12 this week, and for the most part, the Big Ten ended up on the short end of the stick. Let’s take a closer look.
Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Minnesota (home) vs. Western Illinois (away): Even with Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill suffering another seizure during halftime of Saturday’s game, the Gophers remained focused and got the win over Western Illinois. Coach Kill suffered his fourth seizure during a game which the last one happened 2011 against Northwestern. Minnesota RB David Cobb rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Gopher defense had another solid performance and Minnesota remains undefeated on the season at 3-0 with a 29-12 victory. #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota
Indiana (home) vs. Bowling Green (away): Indiana responded well defensively after missed opportunites a week ago in their game against Navy. When the Hoosiers needed to get stops the defense responded and got Bowling Green off the field. Indiana offense is potent. They can score in bunches and fast. Nate Sudfeld passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Indiana also got two 100yard rushers in RB Stephen Houston (155 yards) and RB Tevin Coleman (128 yards and two touchdowns). Indiana wins this one convincingly 42-10. #JYPREDICTION: Bowling Green
Michigan St (home) vs. Youngstown St (away): Michigan State found their QB in sophomore Connor Cook who threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns in their 55-17 win over Youngstown St. Spartans RB Nick Hill had a busy day with 63 total return yards and Hill rushed for 83 yards with one touchdown. Jeremy Langford rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan State is now 3-0 on the season. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
#4 Ohio St (away) vs. California (home): Braxton Miller did not play again this week and Ohio State did not miss a beat offensively. Buckeye QB Kenny Guiton threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Guiton also rushed for 92 yards against the Bears on the road. Ohio State RB Jordan Hall rushed for 168yards and three touchdowns. California showed fight in this Big Ten vs Pac 12 battle with QB Jared Goff throwing for 371 yards with three touchdowns and he did throw an interception. Ohio State defensive played solid on the road and come away with a 52-34 win. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
#20Wisconsin (away) vs. Arizona State (home): All I could say Saturday night watching this game was WOW! Wisconsin went on the road in a hostile environment, had some questionable calls against them throughout the game, but persevered and put themselves in a situation to defeat the Sun Devils. Instead of celebrating a victory, the Badgers lost the game on a controversial situation by the referees at the end of the game. Joel Stave snapped the ball, and ran towards the middle of the field to give Wisconsin a better angle for a field goal. He quickly put the football down to give himself up so that Wisconsin could down the football and bring on their field goal unit to win the game. Due to the confusion, time ran off the clock and Wisconsin ended up losing the game 30-32. Melvin Gordon III had a monster game with 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns. You can view the controversial player below. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin
Illinois (home) vs. #19 Washington (away): Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illini have had a nice season thus far. Had they played this game in Champaign, I believed they could have pulled this game out. Soldier Field was a neutral sight and I had a feeling it would benefit Washington moreso than Illinois. Huskies QB Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Bishop Sankey of Washington rushed for 208yards and scored a touchdown. Illinois did show a lot of fight and played hard on both sides of the ball. Scheelhaase only passed for 156 throwing for a touchdown and rushed for 21 yards. In the end Washington made more plays and pulled away with the 34-24 win. #JYPREDICTION: Washington
Purdue (home) vs. #21 Notre Dame (away): Purdue University defended their home field well, but it was too much talent on the other side of the field as Notre Dame defeated the Boilermakers 31-24. Purdue QB Rob Henry threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Akeem Hunt rushed for 22 yards also gaining 72 yards receiving for the Boilermakers. After a slow start, Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees picked it up finishing the game passing for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Fighting Irish WR Davaris Daniels caught eight passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. #JYPREDICTION: Notre Dame
#11Michigan (home) vs. Akron (away): During the season, you need a game that humbles you as a team or wake up calls so that it refocuses each player. Michigan got an impressive win last week over a good Notre Dame team and felt on top of the world. Michigan may have overlooked Akron and thought it would be an easy victory in Ann Harbor; however, they ended up escaping the Zips on the final play 28-24. Devin Gardner threw for 248yards and two touchdowns also rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown. Gardner did throw three interceptions and had a fumble. Akron QB Kyle Pohl threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Wolverines RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (71yards and a touchdown) got that game winning score to put Michigan up for good. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Penn State (home) vs. UCF (away): UCF is one of the most underrated teams in the country. The Knights went on the road into Happy Valley and upset the Nittany Lions 34-31. Usually Penn State defense is physical and plays solid getting their offense on the field. On Saturday UCF made play after play and controlled the tempo offensively. Knights QB Blake Bortles threw for 288yards and three touchdowns. UCF RB Storm Johnson rushed for 117yards and a touchdown. Penn State Freshmen sensation Christian Hackenberg threw for 262 and a touchdown but it wasn’t enough as they fall in nonconference play going 2-1 on the season. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Iowa (home) vs. Iowa St (away): This year bragging rights go to the Iowa Hawkeyes who defeated Iowa St 27-21. Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock threw for 160yards and two touchdowns. Matt Weisman Iowa FB had another good day rushing for 145yards. The Cyclones competed led by QB Sam B. Richardson who passed for 260yards and three touchdowns but committed two interceptions. #JYPREDICTION: IOWA
#23Nebraska (home) vs. #16 UCLA(away): Nebraska had an opportunity to make a statement and failed at home in Lincoln Saturday against UCLA. The Corn Huskers were ahead 21-3 in this game and defensively Nebraska gave up 38 points and UCLA fought back to win 41-21. Bruins were led by their QB Brett Hundley who passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns. Hundley also rushed for 61 yards. Jordon James UCLA RB rushed for 105yards and a touchdown. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 98yards to lead the Corn Huskers. #JYPREDICTION: Nebraska
#17 Northwestern (home) vs Western Michigan (away): Northwestern improved to 3-0 on the season after physically beating up on Western Michigan defensive line in Evanston. The Wildcats rushed for a total of 332 yards led by Treyvon Green 158 yards and two touchdowns. Kain Colter also ran for 106yards and rushing a touchdown as well. Colter passed for 40 yards with a touchdown. Trevor Siemian led Northwestern with 99yards passing. Northwestern cruised to a 38-17 win over the Broncos. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern
JYPREDICTION WEEK THREE 8-4, Overall, 30-6. See you all Week 4!!!
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