SjT: View From the Stands

NU-NIU from Stephen Truog viewpoint. Plus his recap of the Big 10 Action.

Ugh - thought it was gonna be BGSU 2001 all over
again.

But the Cats came through for a 2-0 start ...

HUGE to do that with this schedule. Yes, there are holes and problems, but with the way the rest of the league is looking all of a sudden and with our 2-0 start, there's some reason for cautious optimism.

I will say that I was impressed - very impressed - with Mr. Sutton today. Looks like we have our back and he's working well with the scheme. The receivers and Baz were a bit off today, but came through when needed. And the D was up and down -- but loved seeing the special teams come through with a score!

As for the two big calls - I agree with both. A 6-point lead did little for RW when he called the fake and we SHOULD have been able to get it in with four tries inside the 5. As for Novak, his team was moving the ball well and had momentum -- NU has confidence to win in OT games, so why not strike for the win now.

Looks like after a 1-week break, Dyche Stadium is back to the cardiac finishes to which fans are accustomed. 2-0 and a trip to the desert for what could very well be a "doughnut" game for ASU between two top-5 teams in LSU and USC who visit Tempe. Let's pull the upset!
Around the league ...
Down day for the league - not just in the losses on the scoreboard, but on teams as well with Tate and Hart. Certainly could re-shape the race. Ohio Stadium
looks electric right now. I'm not a big OSU fan, but I'm even less of a fan of all things Texas so Go Bucks and save some Big Ten pride.[Unfortunately, Texas pulled off a last minute win over the Buckeyes].

* Not that Michigan deserved to win after choking so badly, but the officiating crew in Ann Arbor on Saturday had better hope they have jobs come Monday. Those final minutes were embarassing -- half of Henne's body, plus the ball, were in the first dive (and was there a penalty or not?) ... the delay for replay on the second ... another replay later. Plus a lot of time that ticked away. Just a sloppy end to a sloppy game. I'd be surprised to see either team in the B(C)S though the Irish fans are already talking Pasadena (puke).

* Iowa falls into the September trap again (is Ferentz the new Lloyd Carr?) -- they'll still be in the hunt, but this loss is a big blow to morale.

* Lots of big numbers on the scoreboard from Big Ten teams today ... and from Big Ten opponents. The Paul Bunyan Axe game alone could be 77-70. Purdue, PSU, MSU
and the Illini also top 40. Not seeing much in the way of defense though, which hopefully will be good news for our offense.

2-0 feels nice and the win was a thrilling shootout as expected (though I didn't expect our ground game to come up as big) ... ASU will be a huge step up, but the Big Ten picture is clouding up a bit so who knows where we can go if the young ground game matures and Baz steps up?
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-SjT

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