SjT:the Big 10 Week 5

Another week of Big 10 Play and while NU didn't fare well Saturday, some other teams are setting up for a major showdown in November...

Well, the evening games didn't quite live up to the hype,
though I have to say that OSU is a clear #1 right now and Michigan is mighty close ...

That game in November could be a colossal #1 vs. #2 showdown if the games break right. It's tough to see anyone beating the Buckeyes until Nov. 18 and Michigan looks like they're going to come focused every week this year, which is a good thing for them considering they have Iowa, rival MSU and a night game in Happy Valley remaining.

For all the credit Kirk Ferentz deservedly gets, I think he really made a big mistake by taking the ball first tonight in the game. He had a frenzied crowd as fired up as I've seen Iowa City, foaming at the mouth to scream their heads off.

So why not kick off, pin the Bucks deep and keep the roar going? Instead, he takes the ball, quiets the crowd amd goes 3-and-out, giving OSU a midfield starting point. Just seemed like a bad call that started off a bad evening for Iowa. At least make OSU drive a full 80 yards against the noise to start.

As for NU, anyone want to fill those of us who didn't see the game in on what we looked like? At halftime, it seemed like we were in it, and my brother -- the PSU alum -- said Nick Roach and the D was killing PSU, holding them inside the 20 three times for early FGs and intercepting a pass deep to set up our score.

He said the one TD PSU did get in the first half came only after a bunch of tries at the 2 and 1 yard line. So it sounds like the D was strong for a half at least and the O just couldn't get it going. I'm sure the pressure and mistakes avalanched in the second half and I expect we will face even more difficulties in the hostile environment of Madison next weekend.

However, while I admit bowl chances are slim and none, I don't think we'll go 0-8 either. Purdue and MSU both look beatable if we can get our confidence back as we return home, and the Illini may be improving, but we still know we can run on them.

But we knew it could be a rough three-game swing before the season and Fitz needs to keep the team focused on the next game and not let things snowball into doubt and disarray before our return home.

GO CATS!!!
-SjT

GO CATS!!!
-SjT

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