The Big Ten continued it’s roller coaster theme so far this year. Northwestern has fallen off of the map, while Ohio State keeps dominating the Big Ten. Let’s take a closer look.
Saturday, October 26
Illinois (home) vs. Michigan State (away): Michigan State QB Connor Cook played extremely well passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Jeremy Langford again had a good day on the ground rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans dominated this game in every aspect of football defeating the Illini 42-3. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State
Penn State (away) vs. #4 Ohio State (home): If the BCS wanted an impressive performance they got it out of the Buckeyes defeating Penn State 63-14. Braxton Miller was a man amongst boys passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns, then rushing for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde complimented Miller with a huge game of his own rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Penn State came out early moving the football but QB Christian Hackenberg threw an interception in the endzone, and then the next possession Hackenberg got picked off again which gave Ohio State total momentum. Hackenberg finished the game with 112 yards passing and a touchdown with two interceptions. Ohio State did a good job keeping pressure on the freshman. Ohio State remains undefeated on the season at 8-0 (4-0 in Big Ten). #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St.
#24 Nebraska (away) vs. Minnesota (home): Minnesota is playing great football at this point in the season and has been a surprise to many people with the success they are having. Defensively, Minnesota is tough and have one of the best secondaries in the country, and on the offensive side of the football the Gophers have been quite impressive. Minnesota duel threat QB Philip Nelson passed for 152 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Gopher RB David Cobb moved the chains all game rushing for 138 yards averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Nebraska star QB Taylor Martinez played an average game passing for 139 yards with a touchdown and threw one interception. Martinez didn’t look comfortable all game. The Gophers defense was all over the field making tackles, deflecting passes, and pushing Nebraska’s offensive line back. Corn Huskers RB Ameer Abdullah continued his impressive performance with another good game rushing for 165 yards. Minnesota in the end was too much for #24 Nebraska pulling off the upset 34-23. #JYPREDICTION: Nebraska
Northwestern (away) vs. Iowa (home): I’m not really big on moral victories being a former athlete. I competed every game to win no matter who my opponent was. The last couple of games, Northwestern football team came out lethargic and seem to be feeling sorry for themselves after losing a close game to Ohio State weeks back. Against Iowa on the road, that competitive Northwestern Wildcat team showed up to Kinnick Stadium and gave the Hawkeyes a run for their money. Kain Colter returned from injury passing for 104 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for 60 yards. Northwestern started the game off cold, maybe a little nervous but picked it up after Iowa went up 10-0. The defense played well, giving Northwestern the opportunity offensively to gain some momentum. Northwestern rushed for 225 yards led by RB Stephen Buckley who gained 99 yards. Two huge fumbles by Northwestern gave life back to Iowa, and the Hawkeyes won in overtime 17-10. Iowa QB Jake Rudock passed for 169 yards and a touchdown. #JYPREDICTION: Iowa
JYPREDICTION Week 9: 3-1, Overall 53-14. Week 10 in the Big Ten is MUST WIN week for a few teams. Check out my preview to see who are those teams later in the week.