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Week 2 Thoughts/Stream of Conscious Thoughts
My guess is week 2 is not going to be as good for the conference as week 1. Big Ten teams favored by a bit in quite a few. Think they'll come out on top in most, but there will be an upset or two along the way.

Lot will be revealed though, no matter what. Rutgers and Purdue impressed even in losses and I want to see if that was a fluke or the start of a trend. They are both favored by about 4/5 points over MAC teams this week and think how they fare will show us what to expect rest of season.

Penn State and Iowa both have major instate rivalries this week and both have been caused serious problems by those programs in otherwise very good seasons. Penn State probably would have beaten out Ohio State for the Fiesta Bowl playoff spot last year if they had not lost to Pitt (the committee would have excused the blowout loss to Michigan if it was the only one in my opinion). Iowa has the always difficult task of going to their instate rival and trying to come out with a W. Even in years, Iowa has been very good and Iowa State is terrible, that has been tough (in 2002, that was Iowa's only loss of the season).

Michigan State and Western Michigan is interesting for a few reasons. Western Michigan hung with USC most the game last week. In addition to being curious about whether Michigan State is recovering from last year, I wonder if Western Michigan could still be class of the MAC even after loosing so much.

Minnesota is actually an underdog vs. Oregon State and that surprises me a lot. Nebraska is a much bigger one to Oregon and that does not.

Looking forward to watching Buckeyes most of course and think we have to see improvement in the long ball if this is going to be a win.
09-05-2017 10:46 PM
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Penn State -- Pitt is the game to watch, though Nebraska has a tough game in store. Iowa/Iowa State is a rivalry game and anything could happen.

Pitt didn't look good against Youngstown State but hopefully plays up for State Penn.
09-06-2017 08:13 AM
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Pitt needed OT To beat YSU, if PSU has trouble with them it does not speak well for the NIttany Lions.

Nebraska had trouble last week with a SunBelt opponent, they are going to need alot of breaks to stay with Oregon.

Oregon St is one of the worst FBS teams and should be beaten by 14 at least.

NU has the rivalry brainiac game with Duke, the Dukies always play the Cats hard, NU usually pulls away in the 2nd half due to better talent. Cars cannot sleepwalk in the first half like they did with Nevada or they could be down by 14 at half.
09-06-2017 11:30 AM
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MSU might be in trouble if Western plays them like they did USC. I wouldn't be shocked to see an upset.

I'm still not sold on Iowa. They'll be firmly in the pretender camp until they actually beat some one respectable.

Pitt and PSU will be closer than some might think, but in the end PSU will prevail.

Unless Nebraska was playing second stringers on defense last week, they're in trouble this week.

The only thing keeping the Gophers from going down is that Oregon State is BAD.

Illinois gets destroyed this week.

tOSU pulls a double take of last week. Plays rough in the first half but comes out to dominate the second.

Everyone else should win pretty handily.....
09-06-2017 12:34 PM
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Maryland plays Towson. They *should* win without too much of a problem but that's why they play the games. The more interesting thing to watch is how Kasim Hill, true freshman, takes over the offense. With Pigrome done for the year and Aniebonam out for "months", the injuries are stacking up. Richardson is in the concussion protocol so perhaps we'll see him for the UCF game.

From Twitter : "Maryland football OC Walt Bell said Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison sometimes handle quarterbacking duties in practice". Please God, not 2012 again!
09-06-2017 03:01 PM
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(09-05-2017 10:46 PM)ohio1317 Wrote:  My guess is week 2 is not going to be as good for the conference as week 1. Big Ten teams favored by a bit in quite a few. Think they'll come out on top in most, but there will be an upset or two along the way.

Lot will be revealed though, no matter what. Rutgers and Purdue impressed even in losses and I want to see if that was a fluke or the start of a trend. They are both favored by about 4/5 points over MAC teams this week and think how they fare will show us what to expect rest of season.

Penn State and Iowa both have major instate rivalries this week and both have been caused serious problems by those programs in otherwise very good seasons. Penn State probably would have beaten out Ohio State for the Fiesta Bowl playoff spot last year if they had not lost to Pitt (the committee would have excused the blowout loss to Michigan if it was the only one in my opinion). Iowa has the always difficult task of going to their instate rival and trying to come out with a W. Even in years, Iowa has been very good and Iowa State is terrible, that has been tough (in 2002, that was Iowa's only loss of the season).

Michigan State and Western Michigan is interesting for a few reasons. Western Michigan hung with USC most the game last week. In addition to being curious about whether Michigan State is recovering from last year, I wonder if Western Michigan could still be class of the MAC even after loosing so much.

Minnesota is actually an underdog vs. Oregon State and that surprises me a lot. Nebraska is a much bigger one to Oregon and that does not.

Looking forward to watching Buckeyes most of course and think we have to see improvement in the long ball if this is going to be a win.

Nice post. I don't disagree with much. WMU/MSU is going to be informative either way. I think Rutgers and Purdue both improved and it's for real. Whether or not they win will be part of growing pains. Nobody ever gets there overnight. Beavers and Gophers? Their both good for pelts. Anything could happen. I don't buy the upside on either this season. If the same Nebraska that played Arkansas State shows up again then I'll take the Ducks and by double digits. Penn State by double digits over Pitt. Iowa / Iowa State will be decided by turnovers.

But your Buckeyes have something that Oklahoma doesn't, a solid defense. That will be the difference in the game, not the deep ball. The wheel route, the slant, and the sideline 15 yard button hook are all you will need to loosen up the stacking of the line. You'll need the deep threat when you play Penn State.
09-08-2017 01:03 AM
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Wow. After watching the Purdue game all I can say is I'm impressed. Had some good runs. Some good passing. WR's dropped some balls so it could have been even worse. I'm not exactly sure why you bring out the tricky stuff but whatever. Purdue won and it was fun to watch. Brohm looks like he's going to do good things.
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There's a mini ACC/B1G football challenge today:

Quote:The ACC and Big Ten square off in three games this weekend when Pitt plays at Penn State, Indiana visits Virginia and Duke hosts Northwestern.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Big Ten sweeps, but I'm hoping for a win or two for the ACC... Northwestern @ Duke is the intriguing one (even if it is under the radar).
09-09-2017 07:45 AM
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Penn State needs to win today. They owe Pitt a whooping and little brother needs put in his place.
09-09-2017 08:16 AM
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Rutgers offense looks terrible. I can't watch anymore.
09-09-2017 04:14 PM
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