This past weekend my favorite game to watch was……. Iowa vs. Iowa State.
This OT thriller provided more excitement than all Big Ten games combined. Iowa’s defense had a tough time on Saturday allowing 41 points but their offense looked very efficient and came down with a clutch drive in the final minute to tie the game.
Outside of that game. PSU vs. Pitt was entertaining through about 3 quarters then Penn State just proved they were the far superior team in the 4th quarter. Their defense looked suffocating and Pitt’s offense could never really get going. Michigan struggled for the middle half of their game against the Bearcats.
Speight looked inaccurate for that stretch and seemed rather inconsistent for yet another game. Northwestern disappointed against a mediocre Duke team while Illinois surprising dominated a Western Kentucky team. Nebraska almost came back at Oregon after a tough first half allowing 42 points and Minnesota under Fleck looked great the whole game against Oregon State.
Purdue beat Ohio (Whoopdidoo) and Wisconsin looked good again against a Kiffin led FAU. Maryland and Indiana both took care of business while Michigan State beat Fleck-less WMU. Lastly good ole Rutger’s took an L against a feisty Eastern Michigan team.
3 Things to Look for This Saturday
1. Can JT Barrett bounce back and have a decent game (for once)? I wish the question would be “Is it time to sit J.T. Barrett?” but frankly neither backups for Ohio State are ready to lead the team into the Big Ten season. Both Burrows and Haskins looked good in the spring but neither underclassmen are ready according to Meyer. In 4 games last year, Burrow was able to attempt 28 passes, completing 22 of them for 2 TD’s and 0 INT’s. I think it wouldn’t hurt to see what Burrow has again and give hime some minutes this week against Army. But, this is still J.T’s team and he has chance to improve and get his confidence back against Army. If he struggles this week then it might be time to start signaling the alarms in Columbus.
2. Penn State’s offense might have one of the most underrated weapons in the country and no its not Barkley. Mike Gesicki is one of the most overlooked tight ends and players this year but the 6’6 senior has already accumulated 4 touchdowns this season. This is is coming off a fairly impressive season of over 45 catches, 650 yards and 5 touchdowns. He creates mismatches across the field and has become one of Penn State’s secret weapons. As the season continues, expect him to garner increased NFL interest and a possible early round pick.
3. The O/U on Purdue and Mizzou. It’s at a pretty ridiculous 78.5 points. Mizzou only put 13 last week against South Carolina and their QB Drew Lock had a QBR of less than 20. Purdue has been able to put up a good bit of points this year dropping 28 on Louisville and 44 on Ohio. They also held one of the most dynamic offenses in college football to just 35 points. I don’t expect them to give up more than that to a bad Mizzou team and I don’t think think they score more than 35 against a defense much better than Ohio’s. I will definitely take the under as I think the final score will be 31-24 Purdue. If you are a betting man, bet on this one cause their is no way that they get the over.