Found October 14, 2012 on
College Football Zealots:
Home Sweet Home
It's amazing how teams can look completely different on the road than they do at home but that's the case with LSU the last two weeks. On the road against Florida they managed just six points and 200 total yards. At home in their friendly confines they put up over 400 yards and 23 points against a South Carolina team that looked like world beaters last week at home against Georgia. LSU's victory puts Florida in the driver's seat in the SEC East and Florida will be at home next week against the Gamecocks.
Luck of the Irish
The fact that Notre Dame put themselves in position to win their game against Stanford wasn't lucky. The lucky part was the referee calling Stefpan Taylor down before he reached the end zone on a fourth down run where he appeared to stay off the ground and keep his legs moving as he broke the plane of the goal line with the football. It was one of those plays that was tough to reverse based on the call that was made on the field and that's lucky for Notre Dame because they had players celebrating the stop as Taylor was still in motion towards the goal line.
The Biggest Losers
Two teams just got trounced on Saturday and they were West Virginia and Texas. We all knew West Virginia's defense wasn't any good and the Red Raiders exposed them for 49 points on 676 yards. What changed in this game was that the Texas Tech defense didn't give up the backbreaking huge plays that the Moutaineers have become known for this season.
Just when you think Texas is back, it's proved that they aren't even in the ballpark. Not only did Texas lose but they got embarrassed by rival Oklahoma. OU went up 35-2 at half-time and finished Texas off 63-21.
Despite getting a bit "lucky", I think it's fair to say that none of us thought the Irish would be undefeated at this point in the season. Half-way through their season, that's where Notre Dame is and they've done so against a decent schedule. Sure the schedule isn't as tough as originally thought (Michigan and Michigan State are down versus expectations) but they've won every game in front of them. Circle October 27th on your calendar as that's when the Irish travel to play Oklahoma.
I've said since the pre-season that the Big 12 was going to beat each other up this year and that's exactly what has happened so far as only Kansas State remains unbeaten. OU bounced back from their loss to K-State earlier this year when they trounced the Longhorns this weekend. OU is back and if they can run the table....who knows.
Best Individual Performance
There were a lot of great performances this weekend and not to overlook Seth Doege but I'm going with Wisconsin's Montee Ball. Ball went from Heisman candidate to also ran this year as he's struggled in the biggest games. At Purdue on Saturday, Ball broke out with 247 yards on 29 carries and 3 TDs.
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MADISON, Wis. By all accounts, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon possesses the physical attributes necessary to make him the next star in the Badgers loaded backfield. Of course, theres more to football than speed, power and being chiseled like Spartacus.
Gordon, a third-stringer behind Montee Ball and James White, is finding out excelling at the highest level of college football...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. It was only one of the 78 offensive plays Wisconsin ran during its 38-14 victory at Purdue on Saturday, but the message Montee Ball sent on that play stood out. The run accounted for just 16 of Ball's career-high 247 yards, but the fact the senior picked up the yards while lowering his shoulder and flattening Boilermakers safety Landon Feichter was one of...
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball may have found his groove again.
Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns in Wisconsin's 38-14 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The team said he gained 194 of those yards after initial contact.
Ball already has set the record for career touchdowns in the Big Ten with 72, surpassing the 71-touchdown mark held...
Going into this game week, nearly every college football pundit predicted a Purdue victory. Despite getting shellacked by Michigan last weekend, 44-13, critics claimed that Purdue would show up, ready to defeat a deflated Wisconsin team. With a potential Leaders Division tie-break on the line, the winner of the game is likely to go on to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain. Ball moved past Texas Tech's Taurean Henderson and now...
Wisconsin continues to show improvement offensively, and the Badgers are slowly beginning to look like the dominant team of old. Wisconsin manhandled Purdue for a 38-14 victory on Saturday to take control of the Leaders Division.The Badgers (5-2, 2-1 in Big Ten play) now hold the head-to-head advantage against Purdue and Illinois in the Leaders, and a trip to Indianapolis for the...
Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon.
James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain.
Ball moved past Texas Tech's Taurean Henderson and now is alone in third place...
In front of another sell out crowd, the No. 3 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers at the Coliseum in Lincoln, 3-0.