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The Week Eight Opponent Recap

When will it finally be our year?

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To get your minds off of how our season has been going, let's go to the non-con.

Indiana State pretty much got rolled by undefeated North Dakota State 34-17. The Bison are now riding a 31 game winning streak, dating back to the last time Indiana State beat them in 2012. The Sycamores gave up the first 20 points of the game, and trailed 34-3 before making their comeback. North Dakota State held the ball for more than 40 minutes, and outgained Indiana State by more than 200 yards. The 4-3 Sycamores travel to Southern Illinois this Saturday night.

Bowling Green turned the ball over twice in a 26-14 loss to Western Michigan. The Falcons had a solid first half, but just couldn't put anything together in the second half. Also, this was a play that happened in this game, and no description I can give does it justice without watching it. Bowling Green falls to 5-3 on the year, and has this week off.

Missouri absolutely crushed Florida 42-13. They scored on a punt return, a kickoff return, a fumble return, an interception return, a rushing play, and added a pair of field goals as well. This allowed them to overwhelm the Gators, despite only having 119 yards of offense. Amazingly, Florida's 6 turnovers did not get their coach fired yet this week, though by the time you read this that may have changed. Mizzou improves to 5-2, and plays host to Vanderbilt this Saturday afternoon.

North Texas let Southern Miss slip away from them 30-20. The Mean Green put up almost 400 yards of offense, but gave up over 500 yards. Two Southern Miss interceptions only amounted to 3 Mean Green points, which wasn't nearly enough for this game. 2-5 North Texas travels to Rice this Saturday.

And in the B1G:

Maryland held off Iowa to win 38-31. The Hawkeyes attempted to continue their streak of knocking starting quarterbacks out of games, but C.J. Brown returned after an injury to lead the Terps to victory. A William Likely interception return gave Maryland a 10 point lead, and a Wes Brown touchdown run sealed the game, but Iowa did rally to make it close in the end. Both teams are now 5-2, with Maryland traveling to Wisconsin this week, and Iowa having a bye.

Michigan was on a bye. They travel to East Lansing for an in-state showdown with Michigan State.

Penn State was also on a bye. They host Ohio State this Saturday night.

#13 Ohio State hosted Rutgers, and showed them a good old fashioned beatdown, winning 56-17, a score that in no way sounds familiar. J.T. Barrett accounted for 5 Buckeye touchdowns on his own (3 passing, 2 rushing), while Desmon Peoples ran for both Rutgers touchdowns. The Buckeyes dropped 585 yards of offense on the Scarlet Knight defense, and held Rutgers to 3-13 on third down. The 5-1 Buckeyes travel to Penn State, while the 5-2 Scarlet Knights travel to Nebraska.

Purdue dropped a close game to Minnesota 39-38. The Boilers did outgain Minnesota by a yard, but two Austin Appleby interceptions proved to be their undoing. The game had a lot of action back and forth, and included a missed extra point, a fake field goal where the kicker got stuffed at the goal line, a pick six called back by an offsides penalty followed up by a bubble screen for a touchdown, and a 52 yard field goal for the win. 3-5 Purdue has a bye this week.