Big Ten Football Bowl Week Review
Bowl Week Record: 6-1….Final Record….73-31 70.1%
On my way into work this morning, I heard a radio commercial for a car donation company…you know..one of those places that you can donate your car to if you want/need to…maybe because it was so early or I just happen to be in a funny mood or snarky mood but for whatever reason, I found it rather humorous…the company was Heritage for the Blind (I am sure they do a great job they claim to “help enable the blind and visually impaired to become independent and to participate fully in society”….by giving, or even worse selling people automobiles?…or boats?)…call me a cynic, call me rude….I just thought it was funny….
…on with the final results-based review of the Big Ten football season…as sad as it is..
Texas Tech-34 Minnesota-31…..CORRECT…..This game had a lot of spark to it….was I the only one watching this one?….I know there were 10’s of fans there…but late in the second half, the Gophers were driving…at or around the Red Raider 30 or so when Minnesota exploded for two or three personal foul penalties (that was part of a very chippy second quarter) and their QB was sacked…but as a result I saw a down and distance that I am not sure if I had before….I believe it was 2nd and 49 for the Gophers from their own 21 or something….not many plays in the playbook for that one coach.
Michigan State-17 TCU-16….MISS….so many things to say about this one…so try to stay with me…typical Dantonio win..labor through an uglier than thou 1st half, run the blazes out of LeVeon Bell in the 2nd half, get in position to give yourself a shot in the 4th…get lucky with a muffed punt halfway through the final quarter where you get great field position and score a TD two plays later…then I heard a Dantonio sound bite after the game on how MSU had back-to-back 11 wins seasons (one and two years ago respectively)..lost the bowl game after the first one..sat on it for the entire offseason, then had a 11 win year and won the bowl game and used it in the offseason to propel his team to the 7-6 record it finished with this season…I wasn’t sure where he was going with the statement, but it sure did seem like big deal to him after his victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl….it just seemed strange to me that after the W, he brings up his back-to-back 11 win seasons two years ago.
Northwestern-34 Mississippi State-20….CORRECT….Hey how about the Wildcats winning a bowl game?….now we can all move on with our lives…I have been watching so much football I forgot who was doing the broadcast for ESPN, but the analyst kept saying that Northwestern needs to tone down the emotion…”They’re too hyped up for this one…they need to settle down a little.”…..I’m sure that was the message that NW head coach Pat Fitzgerald kept telling his team during the 1st quarter…..”OK guys..I know we are really taking it to this team right now up 10 to nothing…but please…settle down a little…PLEASE?!?!?”…yeah right…nice win for the Big Ten.
Oklahoma State-58 Purdue-14….CORRECT….you gotta love bowl games…especially ones in which you have coaches that are just there to coach that game and that game only..well such was the case in this one…Super interim Purdue head coach Patrick Higgins was the unfortunate recipient of the Big Ten’s biggest bowl season beat-down this year. The Boilermakers turned the ball over five times and tenured Boiler QB Robert Marve didn’t hit 100 yards passing until late in the 3rd quarter…think about that one…your team is down by 42 points and you haven’t hit 100 yards passing yet?…that is a tough stat to swallow…poor Purdue.
South Carolina-33 Michigan-28….CORRECT….can’t remember the last time I saw a Greg Mattison-led defense give up so many big plays…pretty disappointing….I also can’t remember a time in which I saw a referee blow a more obvious call than the 1st down call for Michigan…he made the bad call, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier was right there to show him it was a bad call, the official bent down, looked at the measurement again….and confirmed the bad call with yet another ‘first down’ signal call…..the very next play after that call…South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney took matters into his own hands and had the biggest and hardest hit of the bowl season on UM HB Vincent Smith….as tough as he is, he has never been hit like that before….wow..
Georgia-45 Nebraska-31….CORRECT….did I tell you that Georgia would be sleepwalking through the first half?…Did I?…give me a minute….yes I did…I also said that Taylor Martinez would be responsible for three turnovers….didn’t quite get that one as he only threw two INT’s….but how about Georgia QB Aaron Murray throwing five TD passes and 427 yards…nice game though for Corn HB Rex Burkhead…his final game as a Husker..he goes 24 carries for 140 and a TD…seems like the last of the tough-as-nails HB from Nebraska for a while…
Stanford-20 Wisconsin-14….CORRECT….Is there a team that plays an uglier type of game than the Badgers?…outside of East Lansing I mean…it seemed to me that the Badger defense was thriving in an old school run first type of game vs Stanford…I have to give former UM Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard a hard time…I was watching the WAY over-hyped GameDay show before the Outback Bowl and the crew was giving their predictions for the days upcoming bowls and Howard said he thought the Cardinals were going to beat the Badgers….c’mon Desmond…they aren’t the Cardinals…they are the Cardinal…I can’t believe Herbstreit didn’t get on him for that…I mean I am all over him…and Herbstreit is a Buckeye.
I hope everyone enjoyed my coverage this season…I know some of you didn’t (Darrell…typical Buckeye…just kidding) some of you did (Jessica, my cousin whom doesn’t even like football) but please keep reading my stuff and keep checking out the site…there are some really talented writers here. Thanks and stay tuned…
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