Purdue 22 – #7 Ohio State 29
My Prediction: Purdue 17 - Ohio State 38
Most Shocking Statistic: Ohio State: 4 Turnovers
My Ohio State MVP: QB Kenny Guiton (6/11-77 yards-1 touchdown-1 interception)
As we all observed, it took a miracle for the Buckeyes to defeat the Boilermakers in week eight. See TSB’s take on the instant classic for extensive review, but backup quarterback Kenny Guiton was the star of the game, leading the Buckeyes on an improbable 7-play, 61-yard drive to bring the Buckeyes within 2 points. After a miraculous touchdown completion to WR Chris Fields, Guiton again went to the air for a successful 2-point conversion completion to TE Jeff Heuerman. Even more shocking, Fields’s 3 receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown mark his first catches of the 2012 season. I can’t say I was overjoyed with the win, but it does feel great to have an undefeated record and a "healthy" Braxton Miller heading into week nine’s showdown at Penn State.
Minnesota 13 – Wisconsin 38
My Prediction: Minnesota 14 - Wisconsin 28
Most Shocking Statistic: Rushing Yards: Minnesota 96 – Wisconsin 337
My Wisconsin MVP: RB James White (15 rushes-175 yards-3 touchdowns)
Not surprisingly, the Wisconsin Badgers easily took the 2012 Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The dominating running back tandem of James White and Montee Ball was simply too much for Minnesota to handle, as each rushed for over 150 yards and at least 2 touchdowns. Offensively for the Gophers, freshman 3-star recruit Philip Nelson got the start, passing for 149 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. If injuries to quarterback's MarQueis Gray and Max Shortell persist, expect Nelson to be thrust into the fire once again. Nelson’s unexpected 2012 playing time may serve useful later in his career if and when he earns the Gophers’ starting role.
My Prediction: Nebraska 38 - Northwestern 17
Most Shocking Statistic: Turnovers: Nebraska 3 – Northwestern 0
My Nebraska MVP: QB Taylor Martinez (27/39-342 yards-3 touchdowns, 18 rushes-65 yards-1 touchdown)
In incredible comeback fashion (second only to the Buckeyes, of course), the Nebraska Cornhuskers battled back from a 12-point deficit with 6 minutes remaining in regulation. Taylor Martinez took over, leading the Huskers on two 75+ yard touchdown drives. The Wildcats, despite not turning the ball over, put up a respectable mark of 301 yards but completed only 44% of their passes. Although I did predict the Huskers to be victorious, they did not cover the 7-point spread as I anticipated they would.
Michigan State 10 – #23 Michigan 12
My Prediction: Michigan State 13 - Michigan 24
Most Shocking Statistic: 1 Total Touchdown
My Michigan MVP: K Brendan Gibbons (3/3 FG, long of 38 yards)
Any time the most valuable player of the winning team is the kicker, you know that the game seriously lacked offensive production. After failing to reach the endzone all day, the Wolverines’ Brendan Gibbons kicked a game-winning 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation to win the game. The Spartans looked to have had the game sealed, but Michigan’s 2-minute drive, fueled by a huge 20-yard pass to junior WR Drew Dileo, set up the game-winning field goal. This game truly exemplified a hard-fought rivalry game, and hopefully doesn’t indicate how our rivalry game with TSUN will go come November 24th…
Indiana 30 – Navy 31
My Prediction: Indiana 45 - Navy 17
Most Shocking Statistic: Total Yards: Indiana 417 – Navy 353
My Navy MVP: QB Keenan Reynolds (8/13-96 yards-1 touchdown, 17 rushes-66 yards-1 touchdown)
If only Indiana could have pulled off the victory against Navy, it would have been the first time in my history of B1G Slate Previews where I successfully predicted the winner of every B1G game. They nearly had it, but Navy QB Keenan Reynolds and RB Gee Gee Greene (15 rushes-88 yards, 2 catches-35 yards) worked together to orchestrate a 9-play, 72-yard drive to take the lead with under 2 minutes remaining. Despite outgaining Navy by 64 yards, the Hoosiers turned the ball over twice and hit 3 field goals, all 30 yards or less. After a monumental week where Kevin Wilson hung 49 points on the Buckeyes, he suffered a severely disappointing loss to the Midshipmen, especially considering Indiana led the majority of the game.
Penn State 38 – Iowa 14
My Prediction: Penn State 24 - Iowa 13
Most Shocking Statistic: Penalties: Penn State 7-72 yards – Iowa 3-30 yards
My Penn State MVP: QB Matt McGloin (26/38-289 yards-2 touchdowns, 5 rushes-26 yards)
More severely than I predicted, Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions laid down the hammer in Iowa City, defeating the Hawkeyes 38-14. Quarterback Matt McGloin tossed 2 touchdowns in the first quarter, and gave Penn State a commanding 14-0 lead heading into the 2nd quarter. The Lions continued their success, as RB Bill Belton added scores in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters, and went for over 100 yards for the first time this year. Despite forcing 2 Penn State turnovers, the Hawkeyes turned it over 3 times themselves and failed to get things going offensively. They achieved a measly 209 total yards and were only 2-12 on 3rd down conversions. Bill O’Brien has his team rolling, and the Buckeyes’ matchup this week in Happy Valley certainly scares me…