Michigan State 31 - Indiana 27
My Prediction: Michigan State 31 Indiana 14
Most Shocking Statistic: Michigan State: 0 turnovers, 410 total yards, 3/3 4th downs
My Michigan State MVP: WR Aaron Burbridge (8 catches-134 yards)
Either the B1G is that bad where Michigan State can play a pretty clean game and nearly lose to Indiana, or Indiana is a much, much better team than I thought. Either way, the Hoosiers blew this game, as they were up by 10 points with 8 minutes to play. True freshman wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, in his best game of his young career, had 8 catches for 134 yards and marked the first true freshman to ever go over 100 yards receiving for Michigan State. I have been very disappointed in Coach Mark Dantonio’s inability to prepare this talented Spartan team for an easy B1G schedule, and Indiana will look to build on its fairly impressive play as the season progresses.
#24 Northwestern 28 - Penn State 39
My Prediction: Northwestern 21 Penn State 17
Most Shocking Statistic: 4th Quarter Points Scored: Northwestern 0 Penn State 22
My Penn State MVP: QB Matt McGloin (35/51-282 yards-2 touchdowns)
With the Nittany Lions taking down the Wildcats, the Buckeyes are the only remaining undefeated B1G team in 2012. Coming back from a 17-28 deficit with 10 minutes left in the game, Penn State soared back with 2 touchdown passes from McGloin and a touchdown run from RB Michael Zordich. As a result of this impeccably strong 4th quarter play, Penn State ended up dominating the time-of-possession battle, 39:17 to 20:43. It seems as if this heavily sanctioned Nittany Lion team has taken on the demeanor of their coach and haven’t yet given up on the season. Anytime a team is playing like they have nothing to lose, they are very dangerous. Penn State will be looking to ruin opposing teams’ seasons in their remaining 2012 schedule.
My Prediction: Illinois 10 Wisconsin 31
Most Shocking Statistic: Wisconsin 3rd Down Efficiency: 2-10
My Wisconsin MVP: RB Montee Ball (19 rushes-116 yards-2 touchdowns)
This Illinois - Wisconsin debacle, went as expected, and marks my closest prediction from my B1G previews! After striking first taking a 7-0 lead, the Illini did not reach the end zone again until 6 minutes left in the game. Wisconsin’s running backs were simply too much for Illinois, as James White took a dump pass 62 yards to the house in the 1st quarter, and Montee Ball added a pair of scores in the 4th. Adding injury to insult, Illini head coach Tim Beckman was caught on camera using chewing tobacco on the sidelines. Tobacco products are banned by the NCAA, but Beckman’s punishment (if any) is uncertain. It has been a rough season for the folks in Champaign, and I’m not sure if there’s enough time left in the season for any sort of turnaround.
Michigan 44 - Purdue 13
My Prediction: Michigan 35 Purdue 31
Most Shocking Statistic: Purdue: 1/11 on 3rd Down and 213 Total Yards
My Michigan MVP: QB Denard Robinson (8/16-105 yards-1 touchdown, 24 rushes-235 yards)
Well, I was right in projecting TSUN to come out victorious, but no way did I expect this margin of victory. Purdue’s offense was plagued by turnovers (4) and was unable to get in a groove all day. Denard simply went off, passing for over 100 yards, rushing for over 200, and accomplishing a 9.8 yards/carry rate. Needless to say, the Wolverines covered the 3-point spread with ease and established themselves as the superior team while on the road in West Lafayette.
#21 Nebraska 38 - #12 Ohio State 63
My Prediction: Nebraska 27 Ohio State 31
Most Shocking Statistic: Ohio State: 7.7 Yards/Carry Team Average
My Ohio State MVP: RB Carlos Hyde (28 rushes-140 yards-4 touchdowns)
In one of my favorite games of my young Buckeye fanhood, the Buckeyes destroyed the Huskers in a huge recruiting night game in the ‘Shoe 63-38. Carlos Hyde had the absolute best game of his career, rushing for 4 touchdowns and 140 yards. As a good coach should always do, Coach Meyer is keeping in mind the big plays given up on defense. After all, the Bucks gave up 437 total yards to Nebraska. Fortunately, they won the turnover battle 4-1. In this explosive offensive performance, Ohio State has established itself as “the” team in the B1G and having the ability to score at will.