Some Of The Highs And Lows Of Week 1 Around The Big Ten

Some Of The Highs And Lows Of Week 1 Around The Big Ten

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 2nd, 2014 at 1:14 PM


As it is difficult to delve into meaningful statistics after one game of play, although some people try all the same, we shall instead embark on looking at some of the highs and lows on various statistics around the conference in the first week of the new season.

Who scored the most points? That honor goes to Nebraska, which put up 55 (7 TDs, 7 PATs and 2 FGs) on a team which footballs while legally blind and with a broken leg, just so there is perspective here. Incidentally, Nebraska also allowed the fewest points for largely the same reason.  Come to think of it, their 784 yards of offense was the most in the conference this past weekend too, and the 498 yards of rushing buried within that number. Who’s up for playing Florida Atlantic?

Who score the fewest points? Northwestern and Wisconsin share the bottom at 24 points each. In the case of Wisconsin, the one thing we know now is that Tanner McEvoy once walked into the path of a bicycle and scrambled but was eventually tackled at the LOS.

Rutgers gave up the most points – 38 of them to Washington State, which managed to move the ball well enough to outgain Rutgers despite losing. The lesson here is that a fade into the end zone might be the most Leach call ever.

Total defense? Here’s something you’ll never see again – Indiana gave up only 170 yards, aided largely by Indiana State’s inability to make intelligible use of the football. It’s actually a wonder that Indiana only scored 28 points, I would think.

Rushing offense? As mentioned, Nebraska was the most prolific, and at the other end of the spectrum, there was Penn State and their 57 yards of rushing.  Indeed, 28 carries for 57 yards is the sort of stat that hits far too close to home around here.

Rushing defense is an easy one to cover here – Rutgers gave up 6 yards of rushing to a team coached by Mike Leach. Fail, right? Or is that “mathematically impossible”? Either way, not shocking. Ohio State gave up 370 yards of rushing to a triple option team in Navy, which again shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Penn State threw for the most yards – 454 of them – mostly because Christian Hackenburg and why not, right? Ohio State gave up on 20 yards of passing to a triple option team which….NAVY THREW A PASS?

The most efficient passing games this past weekend? Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in that order with ratings of 240.1, 237.2 and 218.6 respectively. On the flip side of this state, Nebraska, Maryland and Indiana made the opposing QBs look the worst.

As the games progress and the stats become more meaningful, obviously bona fide analysis and charts will happen, but for now, we are through the first week. Let us make the second a good one as well. 

Week 2 Coaches Poll: Michigan Unranked (59 Votes, 30th overall)

Week 2 Coaches Poll: Michigan Unranked (59 Votes, 30th overall)

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on September 2nd, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Title pretty much says it all for us.

Some other rankings of interest:

  • FSU retains #1 and Bama retains #2 (despite close games for both), the rest of hte top 5 remains unchanged as well.
  • MSU at #6, up 2 from last week (they'll be playing Oregon this week, who is ranked 4th) 
  • Ohio is at #7, down one from last week.
  • ND was ranked 15th, up two.
  • Nebraska went up 4 spots to 18th
  • Wisconsin dropped 5 places to #19 after losing to LSU

Edit: Link (h/t BloomingtonBlue)

Double edit:  Full rankings

  1. Florida State
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Oregon
  5. Auburn
  6. Michigan State
  7. Ohio State
  8. Georgia
  9. Baylor
  10. Stanford
  11. UCLA
  12. LSU
  13. Texas A&M
  14. USC
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Arizona State
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Nebraska
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Kansas State
  21. South Carolina
  22. Missouri
  23. UNC
  24. Clemson
  25. Texas

M Schedule Wallpaper Updated w/ AppSt Result

M Schedule Wallpaper Updated w/ AppSt Result

Submitted by Ghost of BCook… on September 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Posted the blank template for this wallpaper last week, have updated it with the score of the App St. game along with a little memento to make us remember the true significance of the game....

Updated Eastern time:

Updated Arizona time:


Radio announcing evaluation

Radio announcing evaluation

Submitted by 1.21 Jigawatts on September 1st, 2014 at 7:05 PM
This is my first topic post, so please be gentle. What did everyone think of the crew on Saturday? I felt that Dan did a fantastic job and fit right in. Jim reminded me of Blaha a bit, severely delayed on many calls. Being his first play by play game, he gets a pass in my book. Overall I think by the end of the season he will be descent. Thoughts?

The MgoBlog Lemon Challenge

The MgoBlog Lemon Challenge

Submitted by Cope on September 1st, 2014 at 5:11 PM

In advocacy of the current pressing lemon denial trend, and since it's Labor Day (a day on which Brian worked) I present to you, in the spirit of "the team" here on the blog, the MgoBlog Lemon Challenge.

I've manned up and eaten my lemon, which was considerably less painful than the last seven years, book-ended by App State disaster and blow-out, which this lemon represents, and the latter of which Brian's auspicious lemon wager brings to closure.

Perhaps we all need to eat the lemon, as well as the bad memory, served up this weekend -- and the whole era Hoke has hopefully brought us out of -- consume it whole together and move on.

So here's my lemon.

I nominate sinsoftheschafer, Jon06, and Darker Blue -- OPs of three of the lemon threads below -- to take the challenge. You have 24 hours to complete this challenge.

Anyone who chooses not to eat a lemon may opt to donate to Beveled Guilt. Perhaps if we join to rally for awareness of this issue, we can appeal to Brian's good humor and bring in the Notre Dame finale week with a good show of the blog, the blog, the blog together.