A LOT happened over the weekend, and we don’t have much of time with basketball coming up and a special football feature we’re planning to roll out soon. So let’s get right to it.
How Indiana fared
Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17
Our twitter account has seen so many IU football games between all of us, that we were about to basically predict how Saturday would go.
aaaand here’s the dam breaking— lol football (@crimsonquarry) November 4, 2017
next up: the Indiana Dead Cat Bounce!— lol football (@crimsonquarry) November 4, 2017
here comes “17 unanswered Wisconsin points in sequence”— lol football (@crimsonquarry) November 4, 2017
Anyway! Indiana sits at 3-6 with Illinois, Rutger, and Purdue left to go. A bowl isn’t impossible, but at this point, any sort of #breakthrough will have to wait until next season.
Around the B1G
Iowa 55, Ohio State 24
Yeah, you read that right.
I always thought there was a possibility Iowa could win this game, especially since the Hawkeyes are a different team against top-10 opponents in Kinnick Stadium. But I expected a final score closer to the 21-19 game they lost at home to Penn State earlier this year, or the 14-13 win they had over Michigan back around this time last year.
Instead, not only did Iowa put up a double nickel on OSU, they did it through the air, a rarity for a Ferentz team, as Nate Stanley threw for five touchdowns. And on the other side of the coin, I’m sure that longtime IU fans had a lot to say about Kevin WIlson’s playcalling throughout this one.
Iowa set the tone of the first play with a pick-6 of J.T. Barrett. And while this game started as a shootout, with the score tied at 17 midway through the second quarter, soon only the Hawkeyes were the ones scoring points.
But then in the third quarter, Iowa went all backyard on the Buckeyes, as the kicker threw a perfect pass to the longsnapper for the first down. The next play, Stanley threw a touchdown pass to make it 38-17 and essentially put the game out of hand.
Finally, while it didn’t work, I still appreciated Iowa faking a punt up by 31 late in the game.
Can we all spend the next 10 years talking about how Iowa went for a fake punt up by 31 on the DISTINGUISHED Ohio State football program— lol football (@crimsonquarry) November 5, 2017
In short, this was a tour de force victory for the Hawkeyes, and Urban Meyer and Jim Harbuagh both still haven’t won at Kinnick.
Michigan State 27, Penn State 24
This game lasted 7 hours, thanks to a three-hour lightning delay in the middle of the second quarter. One rule of college football though? Bad weather always favors Sparty, and they won on a walk-off, essentially eliminating Penn State from CFP contention. Unless Wisconsin can finish the season undefeated and they get A LOT of help, then it will be September 6th for the B1G this season.
Northwestern 31, Nebraska 24 (OT)
The Wildcats’ third straight overtime win. They’re the anti-IU. Meanwhile, Mike Riley seems to just be playing out the string in Nebraska, and Husker beat writers are upset because Ndamukong Suh won’t say his alma mater’s name on Sunday Night Football (even though saying your high school’s name on SNF intros is a very normal thing to do).
Ndamukong Suh lists Grant High School as his alma mater.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 6, 2017
Bill Moos needs to repair that relationship. (To the extent Suh is willing.)
Michigan 33, Minnesota 10
Rutger 31, Maryland 24
Purdue 29, Illinois 10
Elsewhere in College Football
Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52
Not the best game I’ve seen all year, but definitely my favorite. This one was 38-all AT HALFTIME, took four and a half hours to play, and was a showcase for both quarterbacks - Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph. In the end, the Sooners made just enough plays on defense to hold out, and they get a huge matchup with TCU this coming weekend.
Miami 28, Virginia Tech 10
THE U IS BACK BABY!
Clemson 38, N.C. State 31
N.C. State football, the slightly better version of Indiana football, still always seems to be losing in heartbreak fashion. But the best part of this game was that afterwards, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren got mad about a laptop.
Dave Doeren says there was a laptop on Clemson's sideline, wants an investigation. This isn't a joke. He really said that— David Hood (@MDavidHood) November 4, 2017
USC 49, Arizona 35
This game went so deep in the night that it lasted after the clocks switched back for Daylight Savings Time.
3. Notre Dame
Haha, some idiot had Ohio state on these rankings last week, what a dumb move.
Anyway, the top three all won easily by two scores, and I have OU for the final spot right now, just because of their road warrior status with wins over Ohio State and Oklahoma State away from Norman. Also, it would be pretty fun to see Baker Mayfield face an SEC defense in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Clemson, Miami, TCU, and Washington are all lurking though, so yeah, not looking good for the Big Ten right now!
Baker Mayfield may have clinched it over the weekend with his Bedlam performance. While Lamar Jackson is still putting video game numbers on the ground in Louisville, Mayfield seems almost on a different plane passing the ball right now, and he had almost 600 yards of passing alone against Okie State over the weekend. He’s in his third season playing under offensive coordinator-turned-head coach Lincoln Riley, and the continuity seems to be paying off.
Indiana State at Indiana, Friday, 7pm, BTN Plus
The debut of Indiana head coach Archie Miller, as he takes on an in-state school in a type of game that was sadly neglected under the previous coach.
(Okay fine, IU travels to Illinois to play at 11 a.m. local time Saturday)
- Catholics vs. Convicts! Notre Dame-Miami gets the Gameday treatment and could be a playoff eliminator game.
- Oklahoma-TCU could also determine playoff status as the Big 12’s best offense faces the Big 12’s best defense.
- Georgia plays what might be their toughest SEC regular season game of the year, at Auburn.
- Stanford vs. Washington, or as I like to call it, Google vs. Amazon.