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What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:48 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 9:19 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

1. It's anybody's conference. With Wisconsin putting the finishing touches on a stunning 31-18 upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes, here are the teams that are at least tied with OSU in the Big Ten standings: Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Purdue is probably not going to contend for the Big Ten title, but the other three teams mentioned certainly will. Michigan State, of all the teams, must be the most ecstatic about the result in Madison; the Spartans are undefeated, the only Big Ten team who's 3-0 in the conference, and they miss Ohio State this year. But Iowa's at 2-0 in conference play, and the Spartans have to visit Iowa City in two weeks. Who would have thought back in August that MSU at Iowa could be the most pivotal contest of the Big Ten season?

2. Denard Robinson is most certainly mortal. It's not as Denard Robinson was a non-factor against the Iowa Hawkeyes today: Robinson racked up 204 yards of total offense in about 35 minutes of work. But for the third time this season, Shoelace left a game with an injury, and for the second time, that injury shelved him for the rest of the game. One of the most remarkable things about Robinson's production thus far is the sheer heft of Robinson's workload. Yes, he can't lead the nation in rushing and throw for over 200 yards without either throwing or rushing on the vast majority of Michigan's snaps. But that's an incredibly difficult thing to do, and now we're seeing some evidence that it's just not sustainable -- especially now that Robinson's not facing cupcake defenses like Massachusetts or Notre Dame (I kid, ND, I kid). Thanks to a bye week, Robinson has two weeks to recover before his next start, at Penn State. Does Tate Forcier still gets some snaps in relief at Beaver Stadium? Should he?

3. Wisconsin's rushing game is alive and well. Coming into today, John Clay was having a pretty good season, but considering Wisconsin's opposition, Clay wasn't looking dominant. That changed this week, when the big junior running back was running untouched through giant rushing lanes against Ohio State. That's not entirely surprising, but if Iowa doesn't have the best defensive line in the conference, then Ohio State surely must, and that Buckeye front four was absolutely gouged today. So if the Badgers can run all over Ohio State, they can probably run all over everybody left on their schedule. Again, the only remaining great defensive line on Wisconsin's schedule is Iowa, and that game's coming up this week. That should be just a little fun to watch. 

4. Congratulations to Penn State, who did not lose this week. Technically, it didn't play, but any iota of good news is welcome in Happy Valley these days.

5. Don't be that surprised if Illinois runs the table from here on out. It would be foolish to look at Illinois and see just another .500 team. Illinois' three losses are to still-undefeated Missouri, still-undefeated Michigan State, and only-recently-defeated Ohio State. In every one of those games, Illinois was competitive into the fourth quarter. And guess what: Illinois doesn't have any games against ranked competition left. Nathan Scheelhaase and Mikel LeShoure are growing as a QB-RB tandem week to week, and the toughest opponent left on the Illini schedule is, oh, let's say Northwestern. Illinois may be 3-3 today, but it may be 8-4 (or even better) before you know it.

6. The Tim Brewster farewell tour's going to be hard to watch. Fans of comedy in college football are going to lose an important ally this season, as Minnesota informed the world that Tim Brewster's not coming back next season. It's a shame, really, but it's only surprising insofar as Brewster hasn't been asked to clean out his office right now instead. Minnesota's got some decent athleticism, especially on the edges, so if that talent gets in the hands of a decent coach (MIKE LEACH MIKE LEACH MIKE LEACH DO ITTTTTTT), that program up north might wake up and make some noise next season. But only if Minnesota hires Leach.

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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:04 pm
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Schemers don't do well in the B10?

That's what they said about Hayden Frye when he took over Iowa during the 3 yards and a cloud of dust era.

I think Joe Tiller did pretty well too for a schemer.

The problem is Minnesota, not the coaching style. You gotta be able to do more with less until blue chippers raised in Minnesota want to stay in state. Making football a priority over hockey in Minny has to be hard too.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:13 pm
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Mike Leach?  Schemers don't do well in the big ten, look at RichRod.  Like RichRod, hes a jerk and doesn't deserve to coach a big ten team.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:10 pm
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

here are the teams that are at least tied with OSU in the Big Ten standings

As you say, reading is fundamental



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:35 am
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

The article doesn't say this. The article mentions who is TIED with OSU. Then explains that MSU is sitting on top undefeated. Reading is fundamental. 



Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:34 am
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Read closer. He says "are AT LEAST tied", which is correct. Several of them are tied with tOSU, and another is better. That means they are all AT LEAST tied with the Buckeyes.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:50 am
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Explain to me how a 1 loss team in Wisconsin and OSU are tied with MSU? Interesting. MSU beat Wusconsin and sits at 7-0. The Badgers and Bucks each have a loss yet are considered tied? Me guess that someone drank a little too much last night....


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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:38 am
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Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2010 3:12 am
 

What I learned from the Big Ten (Oct. 16)

Wow... just... wow....

I cant believe that I got onto CBS sports and read an article about college football and actually enjoyed it...

so if that talent gets in the hands of a decent coach (MIKE LEACH MIKE LEACH MIKE LEACH DO ITTTTTTT), that program up north might wake up and make some noise next season. But only if they hire Leach.
I actually laughed when I read that bit. This was such a refreshing change of pace from reading articles by he who must not be named errr ackowledged. Ill give you a hint though, his initials are DD. Doyel has some decent stuff and has written some things that I liked but this article was actually enjoyable.

So with all of that said I would just like to thank you Adam Jacobi.

Again I just want to clarify that I am speaking strictly about the CFB section of this webstie.


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