The Big Ten wrapped up it’s last week of non-conference play. Next week, the in-conference rivals will start facing off, but before we get to that, let’s take a look at last week’s results.

Saturday, September 21th, 2013

Minnesota (home) vs. San Jose State (away): I’m excited about the Gophers entering this year’s Big Ten season. They are playing with confidence and a chip on their shoulder. Minnesota defeated San Jose State 43-24 behind a great performance by RB Mitch Leidner who rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns. Gophers second RB David Cobb rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota smothering defense has been amazing during the non conference. Against San Jose State the Gophers made plays and got key turnovers when they needed stops. Coach Jerry Kill is doing fine after suffering a seizure in last weeks game. Impressive 4-0 start to the season for Minnesota. #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota

Indiana (home) vs. Missouri (away): Indiana’s defense actually played pretty well. However, Missouri’s defense played a lot better and that was the difference in this game. Nate Sudfeld, who has been playing good football in the non-conference schedule, passed for 229 yards, one touchdown, and threw three interceptions. Hoosier QB Tre Roberson came into the game in the second half and threw for 149 yards and a touchdown; also rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers QB James Franklin passed for 349 yards and two touchdowns leading Mizzu to a 45-28 win. #JYPREDICTION: Missouri 

Michigan St (away) vs. #22 NotreDame (home): If Michigan State had some offense they would be contenders for the Big Ten Championship this season. The Spartans defense is one of the elite units in the country all over the field but offensively they struggle big time. Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell lost his starting job and was put in the game late to win it for the Spartans and made some of the worst decisions I have ever seen from a Big Ten QB. Notre Dame won this game 17-13. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State

#4 Ohio St (home) vs. Florida A&M(away): This game was total dominance from Ohio State with QB Kenny Guiton passing for a school record six touchdowns. The Buckeyes won this game 76-0. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St

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#24 Wisconsin (home) vs. Purdue (away): You know what Wisconsin is going to do every game but you still cant stop them. Wisconsin plays tough, physical, disciplined defense and they run the football. This again is what happened in the Badger Big Ten opener against Purdue. Melvin Gordon III rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns. James White rushed for 145 yards and one touchdown for Wisconsin. Purdue all purpose RB Akeem Hunt was kept in check with 31 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving. Hunt did capture 148 yards on kick returns during this contest. Wisconsin in the end starts Big Ten season off with a win, final score 41-10. #JYPREDICTION: Wisconsin

#11 Michigan (away) vs. UCONN (home): Michigan went on the road to face UCONN and escaped 24-21. The Wolverines have to realize that every game teams are going to give them their best shot. Last week versus Akron should’ve been an easy victory and it came down to one stop at the end of the game. Saturday it was the same song for Michigan who got a defensive stop to seal the victory over the Huskies. Devin Gardner who played okay, not great is not staying in the pocket and completing passes as he should. Watching this game Gardner is trying to do more than he should and force a lot of runs and plays instead of allowing the game to come to him. Gardner passed for 111 yards throwing two interceptions no touchdowns. Wolverines RB Fitzgerald Toussaint stepped up big time and rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. UCONN got a great game out of QB Chandler Whitmer who passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Wolverines are 4-0 but Devin Gardner needs to remember that he has his on style of play and Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars) isn’t the player Gardner needs to be for this team. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan

Penn State (home) vs. Kent State (away): Penn State bounced back impressively with a 34-0 win over Kent State. The Nittany Lions defense must have been motivated tremendously throughout the week by Head Coach Bill O’Brien because they fought and wouldn’t give up an inch. The intensity Penn State played with was enjoyable to watch on television, and the physical play rubbed off on the running game. Penn State was led by RB Akeel Lynch who rushed for 123 yards. Zach Zwinak rushed for three touchdown leading the Nittany Lions in scoring on the day. Freshman sensation QB Christian Hackenberg passed for 176 yards and a touchdown. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State

Iowa (home) vs. Western Michigan (away): Iowa is one of the teams in the Big Ten who has improved every game since the beginning of the season at all positions on the football field. Defensively these young men have worked hard and they understand assignments so much better than when I saw them game one versus Northern Illinois. Iowa won this game 59-3 with a stellar performance from QB Jake Rudock who passed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, along with 30 yards rushing on the ground. #JYPREDICTION: IOWA


#23 Nebraska(home) vs. SDSU (away): Nebraska wins this game 59-20 and as I said in my preview of this game Ameer Abdullah would come up big and he delivered. The Corn Huskers RB got 139 yards and a touchdown. On the day Nebraska running game combined for five total touchdowns which set the tone for their passing game. Tommy Armstrong Jr. (169 yards) and Ron Kellogg III(136 yards) combined for 305 passing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively Nebraska was improved but didn’t stop South Dakota State University RB Zach Zenner who rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska got the job done without leader Taylor Martinez and move ahead to 3-1 on the season. #JYPREDICTION: Nebraska

#18 Northwestern (home) vs Maine (away): Northwestern defeated Maine 35-21 remaining undefeated on the season thus far at 4-0. The defense of the Wildcats are similar to the Chicago Bears because they score points and get stops. Wildcat DL Dean Lowry and LB Damian Proby both got interceptions returned back for touchdowns. Kain Colter passed for 85 yards and a touchdown also rushing for one touchdown. Mike Trumpy led Northwestern rushing the football with 94 yards and a touchdown. Northwestern played with a message of you can’t beat Ohio State until you have been finished Maine. #JYPREDICTION: Northwestern