Its time for a Playoff

Hey, Northwestern [and Big 10] Football fans. Were you paying attention Monday night? Did you see how Florida's swarming defense shut down the Big 10's best team? And did you see why our Wildcats want to run a 3-4? Coach Roy did, and he thinks it is time for a Big 10 Playoff Game....

It was obvious from the first play last night
The Buckeyes were in a dog fight and they were the slower dog.

The Heisman winner, Troy Smith was looking at 2 maybe 3 Gators coming on a blitz almost every play. When he looked down field, the Gator zone had all his receivers covered, or at least it looked that way from his spot on the field, besides he also knew that if he threw the ball, one of those defenders would also be there when it came down.

Two years ago I was talking with NU's defensive coordinator Greg Colby about the incoming class, we both said "speed kills" at the same time during the discussion, which is the point of the Florida defense, and why almost all of our defensive prospects this year have 40 times in the 4-6 range.

Last night, Florida validated Colby's style of defense. Swarm the QB, cover the receivers - all we need is more speed and that is on the way to Evanston next year.

The other thing that stands out is that the Big 10 needs to split east-west and hold a title game, maybe in Soldier Field, or Indianapolis.

Lets face it; The Buckeyes looked rusty, nothing like the smash mouth scoring machine that rolled up NU mid-season, but then they hadn't played a game in almost 2 months.

Right now, the Big 10 is more balanced than before, with Iowa and Wisconsin being two teams that could stand up to Penn State, and Ohio State. Michigan could go West to give a little more balance.

Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern would complete the western group, the rest would play with the east with maybe Purdue or Indiana flipping back and forth every few years.

So here's one way to split it:
Eastern - Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State.
Western - Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
The ugly truth is that the Big 10 in 2006, was in a rebuilding year. Given the quality of the coaches right now, and the even better recruiting classes at several lower ranked schools, I expect the Big 10 to be back on track to be the home of big time football very quickly, maybe even 2007.

But the time is right for the Big 10 to add that championship game to the schedule.

Florida and the SEC proved that Monday night.
-- da Coach

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