Submitted by JayMo4 on August 31st, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Penn State just held off Syracuse 23-17.  Iowa doing their best to give away the Northern Illinois game right now.



August 31st, 2013 at 11:30 PM ^

You'd think maybe there must have been some lucky bounces but none of it's been against the run of play at all.

Northern had a back run for 199,outgained State by 50 yards, had five sacks to State's zero and won the game despite losing the TO battle 2-0.

Eastern Washington outgained OSU by 100 yards, Towson did the same to UConn. NDSU's QB didn't throw an incompletion in the second half. McNeese got some turnovers but they also outgained their FBS opponent by 60.

I don't have stats on the Eastern Illinois game but they're now up by three scores so we'll assume that's not a fluke either.


August 31st, 2013 at 11:36 PM ^

Michigan and NW for the divison. Nebraska's defense looks awful, not suprising considering it wasn't a good defense last year, and lost several key players.

Like Michigan's chances even more after seeing the rest of the conference.

Wolverine Devotee

August 31st, 2013 at 11:44 PM ^

nebraska is going to need a hell of a lot more than refs to help them at The Big House in November. I think Michigan is going to beat them like they did in 2011- but even worse. 

nebraska had somewhat of a defense in 2011. They just gave up 34 points to wyoming. 


September 1st, 2013 at 12:03 AM ^

In all fairness (and this doesn't mean much), Dave Christensen was the offensive coordinator for Gary Pinkel at Mizzou for a long time. He knows how to move the ball, and I knew that Wyoming was going to easily beat the spread tonight. I never expected a 3 point game, but Wyoming isn't an absolute nothing, and you mix that with a bit of hate (Wyoming folk do not like the state of Nebraska), and you have a 14 point decifit at best. The rest is on Nebraska. Clearly, things look about as good as they can after one week for Michigan in the matchup against Nebraska. 


September 1st, 2013 at 12:19 AM ^

Well it is safe to say the era of parity is here in CFB.  While I hate to mention the game that shall not be mentioned here, in a way that event sort of kicked it off.  Now FCS teams are pulling off upsets in many places.  McNeese State smashed Sparty's next opponent by the largest margin (they believe) every by a FCS team over a non FCS.  And at least 4 (5?) other such upsets this weekend.  Hell, Youngstown State might beat MSU in 2 weeks to add to it :P. 

Unrelated re: Nebraska - the defense lost 7 starters over a fraud defense last year, I dont know if they play Indiana but that game would be 65-60 ...without OTs.   UM and OSU are clearly the only 2 balanced teams in the conf - some of these teams have a lot of offense and some the defense but almost no one has any sort of balance.  And yes the Big 10 really sucks...again.


September 1st, 2013 at 12:54 AM ^

defense is still mediocre at best. NW 's run defense is ok, but their pass defense was awful last year, and doesn't look any better tonight. Though, I guess OSU's defense wasn't impressive either, giving up 20 in their game. Still the favorites in the Big Ten at this point would clearly be Michigan and OSU. Every other team has weak link on one side of the ball.


September 1st, 2013 at 1:03 AM ^

as Michigan wins theirs, and it happens to take place in California. Think it is pretty inevitable that Michigan and OSU will most likely be the only great teams in the Big Ten moving forward, while the rest of the conference is stuck in mediocrity or worse. Hurts strength of schedule, but that seems to be the reality.

One Inch Woody…

September 1st, 2013 at 1:37 AM ^

No, one of our craptastic teams lost to NIU who went 11-2 last year and has an improved Jordan Lynch who was one of the better quarterbacks in the nation. The other craptastic team in the league lost to a former Big East team. Meanwhile the SEC is over there losing to Western Kentucky and getting severely tested by Rice. What's your point?