October 8, 2010 Leave a comment
This was a big weekend in the Big 10 as it was good to see some teams take charge of their spot in the pecking order. Michigan State had a very good win against the higher ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan State looks to have a strong team that has hopes to make a run at a Big 10 title or at the very least a Rose Bowl bid if Ohio State makes it to the National Championship Game. Iowa came out and did what they were expected to do against Penn State and you cannot count them out of the Big 10 race. Penn State looked sluggish on offense and that has a lot to do with a inconsistent running game and a true freshman quarterback. Northwestern and Michigan are undefeated but many will argue the neither has played a tough schedule, and that is probably true. Michigan had another shootout win against Indiana giving up over 200 receiving yards to Indiana wideout Tandon Doss. Ohio State had a dog fight of a game against Illinois and they looked terrible when Pryor went out briefly with an injury. This is noteworthy because if he is unable to stay healthy, this Buckeye team could be in serious trouble.
There is no way you mention Big 10’s top players without leading off with Denard Robinson. This kid has himself positioned nicely for a Heisman trophy run and is stuffing the stat sheet every week. He is such an electric player and is one of the most exciting players in College Football. Iowa’s defensive end Adrian Clayborn showed up in a big way against Penn State recording 10 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack; a truly dominate performance. You also have to give a lot of credit to Kirk Cousins because he led his team to a good victory while going for an efficient 8-10 118 yards in the second half.
The top game on the schedule is the match-up between rivals Michigan and Michigan State, this will be an exciting one people. Each team is ranked in the top 20 and are undefeated, this game will go a long way towards the final Big 10 standings. It will be interesting to watch Denard Robinson go against a legitimate defense this week. I like Michigan State in this game because I feel they will control the clock with their running game and slow down Robinson just enough.
Two other intriguing games to keep an eye on are Illinois vs Penn State and Ohio State vs Indiana. The Penn State vs Illinois game pins two teams hoping to keep pace with the top part of the Big 10 and a loss for either team could be the beginning for a disappointing season. The only reason I would give Indiana a chance against Ohio State is because I am a little unsure of the health of Pryor. I feel if he misses any time due to injury the Indiana offense could make this game interesting.
Written by Jon Dove. Check out his work at NFLMocks.com and on Twitter @NFLMocks