1-2 on the week but only 2 seconds away from Michigan State pulling an amazing upset.
# 13 Penn State def Michigan
Michigan looked to continue its dominance at home against Penn State on Saturday, as PSU hadn’t won in Ann Arbor since 1996, but on Saturday Michigan was the one that ended up getting dominated. Penn State came into this game on a tear, as the offense had been in beast mode recently, averaging 510 yards of offense over the last three games coming into this one. On Saturday the impressive play continued, as Penn State Qb Darryl Clark went (16/27 with 230 yards and 4 td’s), and just might have played himself back into Heisman consideration. As I said coming into this game, the real bright spot for PSU had been their stellar and consistent defensive play all season, and on Saturday the Wolverine offense and defense was downright atrocious. The Wolverines coughed up 4 turnovers and lost the overall turnover battle 4-0. I don’t know what I was thinking when I took Michigan to pull the upset, and have officially jumped off the bandwagon for the rest of the year. Go ahead and put a nail in that coffin.
#6 Iowa def Michigan State
I came into this one expecting a low scoring, defensive grudge match that would come down to costly turnovers, ball possession, and special teams, and that is exactly what transpired on Saturday. I went out on a limb, calling the Spartan upset and I was literally 2 seconds away from that reality. Iowa Qb Rick Stanzi connected with Marvin McNutt for a 7 yard TD pass as time expired and Iowa escaped with the victory. Iowa came into the game having never started a season with 8 consecutive wins in their 120 years of existence, but the Hawkeyes changed all that with a win at Michigan State on Saturday. The Hawkeyes control their destiny and with this huge win, they became one step closer to wrapping up the conference title and assuring themselves a BCS bowl berth. With 12 consecutive victories dating back to last year, the Hawkeyes have the second longest winning streak in the nation, right behind Florida’s 17 in a row. It was a hell of a game, and you have got to feel for the Spartans, whose four losses this year are by a combined 15 points.
#8 TCU def # 16 BYU
As I said on Thursday, this was not exactly a marquee match up, but definitely a showcase game for two teams that were looking to make a statement why they deserve a BCS bowl berth. Last season TCU dealt BYU its first loss, essentially knocking BYU out as a potential BCS buster, and once again TCU came out as the victors, ruining BYU’s season once more. On Thursday I mentioned that it was going to be a battle of strengths, as TCU’s defense came into the game ranked 4th and BYU’s offense ranked sixth in the nation. TCU has stuffed the run game this year allowing just three rushing Td’s all season, and on Saturday they asserted their dominance with 5 sacks. The Horned Frogs captured their ninth straight victory, and also snapped the Cougars conference record 13 game home winning streak. As I stated, a good defense usually finds a way to beat a good offense, and this was certainly the case in this one.
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By: Morgan Spokny
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