Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 9

Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 9

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Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 9

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Indiana 38, Nebraska 31

Bowl eligibility. Indiana has been knocking on that door for the last few years, only to have it slammed shut time and again. Now, with a terrific 251-yard passing day from Peyton Ramsey, and 14 catches for 178 yards from Whop Phlyor, it’s swag bag time. Everything else from here on is just gravy, but with Northwestern up next, there’s a chance to bad the resumé a bit before getting to try playing giant killer against Penn State and Michigan.

The offense was just fine, even without Adrian Martinez. Nebraska put up over 500 yards of total offense, Noah Vedral and Luke McCaffrey combined to hit 19-of-22 passes, the O only lost the turnover margin by one, and it ran wild for 220 yards. None of it seemed to matter because the secondary couldn’t do enough to generate a big stop to take control of the game. The O had a few late chances, but stalled.

Forget making a big move in Year Two under Scott Frost, will the Huskers even go bowling? They should beat Purdue, but that’s not a given on the road. Wisconsin? Uh oh. At Maryland, yeah, but that’s not a sure thing, either. Iowa? They have to win two of their last four, and they’re not playing well enough to do it.

Michigan 45, Notre Dame 14

Well there goes that “can’t win a big game” thing, at least for the moment.  In the driving rain, this was a game for the ground attack, and Notre Dame’s was stuffed and Michigan’s wasn’t. Zach Charbonnet ran for 74 yards and two scores, and Hassan Haskins ran 20 times for 149 yards averaging close to eight yards per pass. The Michigan offensive front beat up the Irish for 303 rushing yards, and the D allowed just 47 yards.

The secondary didn’t allow Ian Book to do a thing. The Irish QB completed just 8-of-25 passes with a score, with almost nothing happening down the field. There are three good deep plays, but that was it. There was no keeping up once the Wolverines got up early.

Considering the miserable conditions, there were no turnovers, four penalties, and outside of a few questionable plays by QB Shea Patterson, it was a nearly-perfect overall performance. This was the Michigan we were all waiting for.

With Maryland up next, the showdown against Michigan State to follow, and at Indiana and Ohio State to close, there’s still a whole lot of work to do, and there’s still a whole lot that has to happen to think about winning the East, but for now, if you’re Michigan, you just got a big win in cathartic, blowout fashion. Just enjoy.

Illinois 24, Purdue 6
Iowa 20, Northwestern 0
Rutgers 44, Liberty 34
Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 7
Penn State 28, Michigan State 7
Minnesota 52, Maryland 10

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