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Weekend review

Andrew Mouranie
November 8, 2009
andrew.mouranie@gmail.com


Hope you all enjoyed another great weekend of college football. I was in beautiful East Lansing on Saturday watching the Spartans whip up on Western Michigan. By the way, the Broncos are horrible. Western’s secondary watched too much game film from MSU vs. Minnesota from a week ago and actually decided to emulate the Spartan secondary against the Gophers.

Kirk Cousins was great, but it helps when his receivers are wide open and he has all day to throw. He was also aided by a very productive running game.

By the way…nice to meet you, Ashton Leggett.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Spartans made life hell for WMU quarterback Tim Hiller. The senior signal caller, who is going to be a future NFL quarterback, had no help from his receivers or offensive line. He was under duress all afternoon.
Needless to say, Bill Cubit has plenty of work to do with his squad.

MSU now travels to Purdue for a very intriguing and pivotal game next Saturday in what could be a bowl play-in game. I will have more on this game later in the week.

But anyway, here are my thoughts on some of the major storylines around the Big Ten that came out of the weekend and a quick look ahead to next week.

· Terrelle Pryor must be the happiest man in America today. He went back to Pennsylvania and showed the Nittany Lion fans what they missed out on. His stats were not eye-popping, but he played under control, did not turn the ball over and made the big plays when he needed to. I was also extremely impressed with the Ohio State running game. For one of the few times this year, the Buckeyes offensive line provided plenty of running room for the running backs.
· Another big game, another disappointing performance from Penn St. QB Darryl Clark. In the two biggest games of the year (against Iowa and OSU both at home), Clark has struggled mightily. Is it a product of two great defenses or is he getting close to the dreadful quarterback label of “can’t win the big one”? Only time will tell.
· Iowa – is anybody truly surprised by this? This team was skating on thin ice for many weeks now and it finally came back to bite them in the butt. Losing QB Ricky Stanzi was definitely a big loss and was the final crack in that ice. Congrats to Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern for winning the game, but without the leadership of Ricky Stanzi, this Iowa team gets very average.
· So all this sets up a Big Ten Championship game next Saturday in Columbus when the Buckeyes host the Hawkeyes. The winner of that game will represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. Reports have said that Stanzi will not be available to play, which clearly gives the big edge to the Buckeyes.
· Hey Rich Rod… life in Morgantown doesn’t sound so bad right about now huh? I don’t even know what to say about Michigan these days but I have no problem laughing at them. Wasn’t it just 6 weeks ago, this team was 4-0 and on its way to a New Year’s Day bowl game? Now to earn bowl eligibility, all they got to do is beat Wisconsin in Madison or beat Ohio State at home. That doesn’t sound too challenging right?
· I would like to petition my current NFL fantasy football league to allow me to use Wisconsin RB John Clay next week. Enough said.
· I would like to pat myself on the back for correctly predicting Illinois to beat Minnesota on Saturday as my upset special (scroll down for proof). Even potentially without Juice Williams (sprained ankle), they are a scary team right now. I wouldn’t want to play them. Beware Wildcats.
· Welcome back to reality Adam Weber.
· Ever watched a baseball game where a speedy runner gets on 1st base and they have a little viewing box on the lower corner of the screen that shows his lead/if he is trying to steal? Well, I think for all Indiana football games, Bill Lynch needs his own viewing corner. The man goes crazy and is highly entertaining.


Post week 10 Big Ten bowl projections

Ohio State (10-2, 7-1) – Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
Iowa (10-2, 6-2) – Capital One Bowl vs. LSU
Penn State (10-2, 6-2) – Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee
Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2) – Champs Sports Bowl vs. Clemson
Michigan State (6-6, 4-4) – Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma
Northwestern (6-6, 3-5) – Insight Bowl vs. Missouri
Minnesota (6-6, 3-5) – Pizza Pizza Bowl vs. Temple

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