Noon Games Open Thread

Submitted by jcgold on September 29th, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Here's what I'm watching:

Penn St. at Illinois - ESPN

Minnesota at Iowa - ESPN2

#25 Baylor at #9 WV - FX

Indiana at Northwestern - BTN

Arkansas at Texas A&M - SEC Network (on Comcast in the D)

You can find a complete set of listings with this handy chart.

Discuss and enjoy.



September 29th, 2012 at 2:57 PM ^

Penn State has had 4 1-yard rushing TDs today, but since Illinois has taken the stance of proactively blowing itself off the ball rather than playing hard at the LOS, it isn't a terribly significant statistic sadly. 


September 29th, 2012 at 3:00 PM ^

It took until the end of the 3rd quarter and 56 points for Baylor to blitz Geno Smith. That is just terrible coaching. I'm sure Baylors coach knows more about footbaww than me but that is just grotesquely stupid.


September 29th, 2012 at 3:01 PM ^

I stopped watching the two nationally televised B1G games awhile ago. However much I want to defend the league against those talking about how weak it is, I can't believe how bad some of the teams are.  It's embarrassing.


September 29th, 2012 at 3:09 PM ^

The current Penn State drive is achieving its intended purpose of showing you how bloody awful  the Illini rush defense is, but in slow motion. It is a class move perhaps to at least run down the clock a bit and try to not get 10 to 15 yards on dive plays though. 


September 29th, 2012 at 3:11 PM ^

Smith is very good.  He doesn't panic; he sees the field and he gets the ball to where it needs to be.  But, Baylor just spectacularly busted on an 85-yard touchdown pass.  63-49 with 14 minutes left in the game


September 29th, 2012 at 3:19 PM ^

Am I missing some concept, but when you're bringing 7 men on a blitz, why don't they tighten up their DBs on the WR?  The only way to beat that blitz is a quick throw, which you just hand the other team when playing 8 yards off the WR.


September 29th, 2012 at 3:22 PM ^

Iowa seemed to play well in the first half, aided by a couple long runs.  But, Vandenberg's stats just seem ok, and the offense as a whole hasn't scored in the second half.  Four turnvovers by the Gophers, meh.


September 29th, 2012 at 3:36 PM ^

Seriously. The walkons on our scout team play better defense than WV and Baylor. "Geno Smith looks great today!" Lol, the other team is "rushing" 3, refuses to blitz, and their DBs are literally jogging after the receivers.

Avant's Hands

September 29th, 2012 at 3:50 PM ^

I have a question for all of you. Baylor just got within 7 with 3 min left and WV lined up for onside kick recovery. I'm not trying to debate whether you should kick it away or not, but given that Baylor (or whoever) is kicking it away I think there is something else they could try. Just pooch it about 30 yards downfield and see how it bounces. The receiving team only has one guy deep and everyone else is going to be back by your cover guys who are sprinting downfield. Even if the deep guy runs up to field it he is most likely going to just fall on it, so it's not like you would give up much over a touchback. Is there a downside to this that I'm not thinking of? A good bounce gives your team a decent chance at a recovery I feel like.