As I sit down to write this, SVP has BOB on the radio talking about Saturday's win. Of course. I'm going to give BOB some credit; when asked about Michigan's coaching mess at the end, BOB said that he wouldn't dream of criticizing Michigan's coaching decisions and that he has a great deal of respect for Brady Hoke. I know he isn't going to say anything else to turn the knife in our collective sides, but I also read between the lines when he said that not every coaching decision works out. What he really said was, "Michigan's coaches really screwed that up at the end." On with what the blogs are saying, and let's start with our game just to get it over with...
Penn State 43, Michigan 40 4OT:
The high -- BSD's Devon Edwards wrote this piece as Gibbons was missing a field goal, and Edwards feels that this was the most fun they've had all year. Of course it was the most fun...they won. Christian Hackenberg looked like something other than a freshman: 23/44, 305, 3 TDs, 2 INT. Not too shabby. Devin Gardner completed eight fewer passes for 65 fewer yards, but had the same TD/INT ratio. But Gardner had 121 rushing yards to Hack's -16, so there! BSD also names C.J. Olaniyan their week seven MVP. Al Borges was a candidate for that honor...and I can't argue with that. Next for Penn State: at Ohio State (10/26).
The low -- stick around and read everything we've written, or just watch this...
Except that it didn't feel even that good. Next for Michigan: Indiana
Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
I watched some of this game, and I have to admit that State looked pretty good. Connor Cook was pretty good, completing 71% of his passes for 235 yards. The Only Colors mines the box score a little more and finds more positive numbers. Chris Vannini does a recap of Saturday's game and is proud of MSU's 78.8 penalty yards per game (10 for 100 against Indiana), because "...they'll usually make up for it." How State is that to be proud of personal fouls? The Spartans have a very legitimate shot at being 7-1 heading into the game in E.L. against Michigan on November 2nd. Next up for Sparty: Purdue.
For Indiana, Tre Roberson looked pretty good in relief of Nate Sudfeld, going 11/17 for 122 yards and two TDs, while Sudfeld completed 14 passes for 137 yards and no TDs. Crimson Quarry's JustAJ examines whether Indiana's loss can be attributed to scheme or talent. Prior to the game, Hoosier fans were treated to this ballad for one of the weirdest trophies out there. Other than that, not much can be said about this game. Indiana was looking to continue on a high after beating Penn State (my god, even Indiana beat Penn State! Now I'm really depressed), but the Michigan State defense was just too much to handle.
Nebraska 44, Purdue Something Much Less
Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste was ejected after a questionable targeting call, but it didn't seem to have an impact on the game. And, seriously, what's up with these targeting calls? Ejections can be reviewed, but if the player is found to NOT be targeting, the penalty yards still stand? I just don't get it. Corn Nation is happy with Saturday's result, but they realize that this was Purdue and November is when they'll really find out about the Huskers in 2013. Nebraska had 435 yards of total offense, but Tommy Armstrong, Jr. threw three interceptions, so that yardage number could have been much higher. Ron Kellogg III came in and went 10/13 for 141 yards, but the day was literally carried by Ameer Abdullah's 126 rushing yards. Next up for the Huskers: at Minnesota (10/26).
Oh, Purdue, just forfeit the rest of the season. Travis Miller is very disappointed in his Boilermakers (and what fan isn't?); the man deserves a hug, so please give him one if you meet him; at least he had Twitter to help him get through the pain. On the bright side for Purdue, they had the same amount of passing yards as Nebraska (184), but only 32 rushing yards to the Huskers' 251, and DeAngelo Yancey seems to have emerged as somewhat of a threat at wide receiver.
Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6
Bucky's 5th Quarter predicted a shootout between the Badgers and Wildcats, but that didn't quite happen. The Wisconsin ground game was able to get it going again, with Gordon and White each going over 100 yards on the day. Joel Stave threw for 241 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs...and that while losing his best receiver, Jared Abbrederis. It's hard to tell if Wisconsin's victory was a product of the bye week, or if it was a product of Northwestern being just plain tired after what they went through with Ohio State. Next up for the Badgers: at Illinois.
The Wildcats are now 0-2 in the B1G, but that wasn't necessarily unforeseen. Rodger Sherman takes a look at just what these losses mean for Northwestern, and what the rest of the season may hold. Things that didn't help Northwestern's efforts: losing Venric Mark and Kain Colter; Trevor Siemian going 13 of 34 for only 163 yards passing. Thing that helped Northwestern: the game was only 60 minutes long. Next up for Northwestern: Minnesota.