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Big Ten HubBub Week 6: Northwestern Almost Wins

Matt Parker Profile PicWe are now six weeks in to the 2013 season and there are a few teams that are separating themselves from the pack.

This week the Big Ten offered us a few big match-ups. We also witnessed another thrilling night game that unfortunately for us Wolverine fans saw Ohio State escape again. Let’s take a look at some of the games from Saturday and talk about what’s ahead for a few of the teams for the B1G.

Penn State vs. Indiana
I said a few weeks back that Indiana could beats some folks they normally wouldn’t and that’s exactly what they did on Saturday.

Indiana defeated Penn State for the first time EVER 44-24. Quarterback Nate Sudfield threw for two touchdown passes and running back Tre Roberson ran for two more scores. Indiana totaled 486 yards of total offense against Penn State’s 410. The game was tight most of the ways until the Hosiers scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to earn the lopsided victory.

Penn State next takes on MICHIGAN at home with their 0-1 Big Ten record. Indiana also goes on the road to face Michigan State.

Michigan State @ Iowa
Michigan State took their show on the road up to Iowa City and earned a 26-14 victory. The game was a back-and-forth affair in the 2nd quarter with both teams combining for 24 points. . After halftime though, it was all Michigan State as they scored 16 points to Iowa’s zero.  Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook had a career day for Mark Dantonio’s club tossing two touchdown passes for 277 yards.

Iowa will now have a bye before they take on Ohio State. Michigan State takes on Indiana at home in East Lansing this weekend.

Ohio State @ Northwestern.
One of the marquee games in college football last weekend was an exciting game that pretty much ended when Northwestern failed to convert on 4th-and-1 with about three minutes left in the game. Northwestern gave Ohio State their best shot but in the end OSU won 40-30.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was off his game a bit completing 15 of 26 passes for 203 yards with an interception and no touchdowns, but the Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde proved to be the difference on the night. Hyde carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards and three scores. Unfortunately, Northwestern allowed OSU 20 points in the forth quarter and the Wildcats inability to stop the OSU running game led to their demise. Once again, the Buckeyes roll on and Urban Meyer keeps his undefeated streak alive in Columbus.

Ohio state has a bye week before facing Iowa. Northwestern plays Wisconsin in what should be another great match-up.

MICHIGAN vs. Minnesota: Battle of the Little Brown Jug
MICHIGAN started off strong taking a quick 7-0. Lead. Minnesota responded with a 16 play drive that got the crowd in The Big House a little worried. MICHIGAN though then responded with a late touchdown in the first half from quarterback Devin Gardner to tight end/wide receiver Devon Funchess. Funchess had a break-out game catching 7 passes for 151 yards and one score.

The Wolverine defense struggled at time to stop Minnesota and as a result, the Gophers owned the time of possession battle.

Prior to the game, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered an unfortunate seizure again and was not able to coach his team on Saturday. He did though spend the day recovering at home. This was the firth time Kill has been impacted by seizures and the Golden Gophers had to play a football game while their thoughts were obviously elsewhere. The Gophers played an inspired game. But in the end, the Wolverines prevailed.

Michigan didn’t turn the ball over in this game which is hopefully something that will continue the rest of the year. The Wolverines won 42-13. During the game, Michigan suffered a loss as sophomore defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins who tore an ACL and will now be lost for the year.

Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan was cleared by the Wolverine medical staff to return to practice and it would be great to see him on the field at State College.
I am looking forward to another exciting week of BIG Ten action next week. GO BLUE!

Matt Parker

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