One person on ESPN that I always get a kick out of watching and listening to is Lee Corso. Corso is hilarious and makes the ESPN Game Day worth viewing.
Corso’s best saying is ‘not so fast’.
Well, to borrow a phrase from Lee Corso regarding the demise of the Big 10 conference, ‘not so fast’, folks.
Just when we are all ready to have a funeral service for the Big 10, little harmless Indiana rises up and takes it to 18th ranked Missouri winning 31-27.
Both teams had right at 500 yards of offense and Indiana was led by Running Back Tevin Coleman who had 132 yards on 19 carries and a Touchdown.
This was a shocking win for the Hoosiers and especially since they were beaten last week by Bowling Green.
Lee Corso, incidentally, used to coach the Indiana Hoosiers.
Mostly all good news today for the Big 10.
Wisconsin got revenge for Indiana on Bowling Green and did so very convincingly. The Badger broke their all time rushing record by putting up 644 yards and totaling 756 yards.
Melvin Gordon made a move in the Heisman race by running for an eye popping 253 yards on 13 carries for an even bigger eye popping 19.5 yards per carry and an amazing 5 Touchdowns. Gordon went a long way towards establishing himself as the most explosive Running Back in the country.
Badger Quarterback Tanner McEvoy only threw for 112 yards, but he showed why the coaches wanted him out there at that position by showing his outstanding running ability. McEvoy ran for 158 yards on 11 carries.
Back up Running Back Corey Clement also ran for over the century mark with 111 yards.
Outstanding day for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Another impressive win for the Big 10 was Rutgers 31-24 victory over Navy. Laugh if you like, but Navy is a tough team to prepare for with their unusual option attack and Rutgers coming away with a win is big.
Rutgers coming up with 284 yards on the ground with Justin Goodwin leading the way with 104 yards was even bigger. Rutgers moved to 3-1 on the year.
Penn State improved to 4-0 on the year with their biggest offensive performance of the year beating 0-4 Massachusetts 48-7. Mass is not good, but a win is a win and Penn State is still short on scholarships and needed a big victory today. Christian Hackenbery only threw for 179 yards, a season low, but his passing wasn’t needed much today.
The Nittany Lions ground out an impressive 228 yards rushing today which seems minor compared to Wisconsin, but Penn State has not been running the ball well all year. Nice win for James Franklin. Franklin is going to have this team competing nationally before you know it.
The Iowa Hawkeyes came from behind and beat a pretty good Pitt Panthers team in Pittsburgh, 24-20. Pitt’s James Conner still had 155 yards on the ground but most of that was in the first half. Iowa moved to 3-1 on the year behind the Quarterback play in the second half of CJ Beathard after he replaced the ineffective Jake Rudock. Beathard didn’t put up huge numbers either but he was
steady. Steady Running Back Mark Weisman ran for 88 yards and 2 Touchdowns and scored the winning points.
Michigan State beat up on patsy Eastern Michigan, 73-14, but they ran for a very nice 336 yards and 7 Touchdowns. The defense held Eastern Michigan to 20 yards rushing and 115 through the air, but they are hardly another Oregon.
Connor Cook only threw 6 passes and Jeremy Langford only touched the ball 9 times. I am not sure how much good a game like this does for a team other than giving your back ups some playing time and experience.
The Northwestern Wildcats picked up their first win of the year with a 24-7 win over Western Illinois. The Wildcats were needing a win pretty badly. But, it’s still going to be a long year for the Wildcats.
Illinois survived a surprising challenge from Texas State University with a 42-35 win. Josh Ferguson ran for 190 yards and 2 Touchdowns while Quarterback Wes Lunt had 266 yards passing.
Illinois defense was still pretty bad giving up 475 yards and 26 first downs. They did move to 3-1 on the year.
Purdue managed to beat Southern Illinois 35-13. Purdue has the fastest player in the Big 10 in
Raheem Mostert, but they still can’t get any room for him to run and he finished with 47 yards on 12 carries. But, this is still a big win for the program that went 1-11 last season as they move to 2-2.
The Maryland Terrapins improved to 3-1 on the year with a 34-20 victory over Syracuse. Quarterback CJ Brown led the Terrapins with 280 yards passing but the Maryland run game was anemic.
Minnesota had no problems with the running game as David Cobb ran for 207 yards on 34 carries. Gopher Quarterback Chris Streveler ran for 161 yards but only passed for 7 yards on the day on 1 out of 7 passing. The Gophers won 24-7 over San Jose State. Of course, it’s great to win but the Gophers had better worry about their passing game when the Big 10 gets going.
Nebraska, after struggling so badly against McNeese State arose to the occasion and beat visiting Miami making the Huskers 4-0. The Hurricanes could not contain Ameer Abdullah who established himself as more of a Heisman candidate. Abdullah ran for 229 yards on 35 carries. The Huskers could be a force to be dealt with in the Big 10.
On the negative side, Michigan, an all time football power and one of the leagues stronger teams normally lost to Utah of the Pac 12, 26-10. The Wolverines dropped to 2-2 on the year. Devin Gardner and his replacement Shane Morris both struggle.
Utah has a good team, but they are getting restless in Ann Arbor.
Other than Michigan, it was an outstanding week for the Big 10. Wins over Missouri and Miami were huge for the conference.
I feel that the only shot the Big 10 has at a playoff spot is if Michigan State, Ohio State, or Wisconsin win out and win out impressively.