Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 13. Ohio State Wins Big Ten East

Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 13. Ohio State Wins Big Ten East

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Big Ten Quick Thoughts, Takes On Every Game: Week 13. Ohio State Wins Big Ten East

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Michigan 39, Indiana 14

It took a little while. Michigan was in for a fight throughout the first half, and then the defense took over, the Indiana offense stalled, and Shea Patterson went off. The Wolverines went off, with Patterson throwing for 366 yards and five scores, Nico Collins caught six passes for 165 yards and three scores, and the offense is cranking.

The running game … ? The Wolverines only averaged three yards per pop and never got anything going consistently well – but it didn’t matter with the way Patterson and the passing attack rolled. The defense took care of the rest, especially after halftime.

Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey got banged up with a big shot. Jack Tuttle stepped in and completed a pass, but Stevie Scott and the ground game couldn’t get going – he ran for 54 yards and a score on 13 carries – and the drives didn’t lead to points late.

The Wolverines got the game over with. It’s all Ohio State now with full focus. All the pressure is off – of course the Buckeyes are supposed to win – the game doesn’t mean a thing in the standings, and the team can play fast, loose, and with an attitude. It’s rolling right along over the second half of the season, and if it can somehow pull off the stunner, it might actually be in the hunt for the Rose Bowl.

Indiana is already set to go bowling, Purdue is already ensured of a losing season, but the rivalry game next week will still be a blast. Both teams should fire it up in a shootout with a shot at an eight-win campaign for IU.

Wisconsin 45, Purdue 24

Wisconsin has to tighten up the secondary in a BIG hurry. Third-string Purdue QB Aidan O’Connell threw for 289 yards and two scores, and he barley missed a few potential big plays that could’ve changed things up in the second half. The ultra-efficient Minnesota passing game will be a problem, and if the Badgers get out of Minneapolis with a win, Ohio State’s receiving corps will be a HUGE issue.

Jonathan Taylor continues to be magnificent. He owns Purdue – rushing for 321 yards and three scores last year, and 219 yards and a touchdown as a freshman – running for 222 yards and a touchdown. However …

Taylor fumbled twice, there were a few other near misses, Jack Coan threw a bad pick, and in all, the Badgers turned it over four times. It was just enough to keep Purdue in the game.

David Bell caught 12 passes for 108 yards and a score, and TE Brycen Hopkins was terrific with eight catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The Boilermakers didn’t even think about running it and only had one good run.

The Badgers got what they needed. Another trip to the Big Ten Championship is there for the taking with a win against Minnesota next week. Purdue’s bowl will be next week’s rivalry game against Indiana.

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