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Nebraska, Michigan State, and Ohio State were the most impressive in the first week of play for B1G teams.
However, each showed some weaknesses in their wins. Either way, I'm not going to read too much into the first game of the year for any school other than maybe Michigan's complete domination at the hands of Alabama.
Maxwell showed sharpness early and when he had time in the pocket, but under pressure, he certainly has to scare MSU fans. While 2 of his 3 INT's were tipped passes, his decision-making and throwing of balls into double coverage, and blanketed coverage, has to be unnerving. I was also thoroughly unimpressed by Adams and Dennard in coverage against the rather average WR's from Boise State. If the Broncos had solid QB play like in years past, that game could well have gone differently.
Hard to gauge much from Ohio State's win other than the fact that Braxton Miller looked great, and the offense put the hammer down on a completely overmatched opponent. We'll certainly learn more about them in a game this week against a pretty good UCF team.
For Nebraska, it was a spectacular performance by Taylor Martinez and a deep WR/TE unit. The Huskers certainly put on display an array of offensive talent. On the bad end, the DL still struggled with quick and elusive QB's. A number of times contain was lost, and a true freshman QB really gouged our defense a number of times on scrambles and designed QB runs. If Southern Miss had some better WR's and weren't running a 3 man rotation at QB to try and find their true starter, we may have been able to gauge a bit more from the defense as a whole.
We saw how much Penn State will struggle this year.
Iowa had a nice 4th quarter comeback against a decent UNI squad, but they still needed to overcome a 4th quarter 8 point deficit.
Northwestern blew a 22 point lead and needed a backup QB to come off the bench when Colter went down to pull out a near miracle against Syracuse.
Wisconsin was on the fringe of blowing a 19-0 2nd half lead over an FCS opponent. Northern Iowa is a good FCS team, but they aren't THAT good. Danny O'Brien certainly isn't Russell Wilson, and the defense still has holes.
Purdue had a nice win over a bad FCS team. We certainly need to see more from them. A trip to Notre Dame this weekend will tell us a bunch about that team.
Illinois ground out a solid win over Western Michigan, but that was a team with a 1st year coach. We may not get all their questions answered when they travel to Arizona State, but anything short of a win in the desert certainly shouldn't scare anybody.
All in all, it was a fairly poor combined effort from the B1G this weekend. If Michigan ends up seriously contending in the Legends division, it would certainly give the conference a black eye after their effort against Alabama.
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If we can beat down UCLA then I think people will start talking about us again. UCLA has a few players that are going to really test us though.
I don't think it's any mystery why it was his best game since Mizzou.
TM picked up a lot of bad habits due to both the ankle injury and the turf toes. When you have trouble stepping into the throw because of the toe, and you're still favoring your back foot because of the ankle, it's no wonder that your mechanics get screwed.
Now that he's injury free, the choice to consult a guru was the best thing he could have done. And it's going to be to his advantage to have Joe Ganz on staff this year to actually do some qb coaching.
The future looks very bright for Taylor.
A few, but overall I think they are going to struggle a bit on defense. Just too hard to make huge strides under a new coaching staff. UCLA will definitely be better, and a tougher opponent in the Rose Bowl venue.
If the Husker D can improve from week one, we should be able to outscore them.
Joe Ganz being able to coach now, is a great thing for Joe, Beck and Taylor. Joe won't allow Taylor to lapse into bad "anything." Great combo for Taylor--Beck & Ganz...a bright future is ahead, indeed.
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Unfortunately, we will probably lose Joe after his two year GA gig. Someone else will realize his coaching abilities.
I think its pretty obvious that Ganz is Taylors guy. Taylor gave him huge compliments after the game saturday. Hopefully we have room for him to stay. You always like to keep your own guys. If this is not the case look for him to follow someone like Carl Pelini or Shawn Watson.
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Because I'm such a blind homer, I've got Nebraska #1 and MSU #2.
Agree with your assessment of that game. As I saw it, MSU won two games, Saturday. They beat Boise and they beat themselves. They were easily the better team but their true victory was winning the game in spite of themselves. This will pay dividends for them as the year go on.
It looks to me like MSU will be playing a lethal 'ball control' game this year. They will rely on their defense (no doubt with success) and, offensively, on LeVeon Bell. They're going to have a minute-chewing offense that will severely limit their opponents time of possession. They will win a lot of games.
We'll have to beat them with speed, a hurry-up offense and our 'new' Martinez. I think we can.
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Is it too late to edit my completely erroneous post? Is two months later too late?
Salt to the wound?
One thing's for sure, going back to your original post, the Huskers are the best team in the Legends Division. wouldn't you say so?
At this point in time, I'd have to say Michigan to be honest. Then Nebraska, then MSU.
Michigan's D is solid and their O was at least decent once Gardner got his shot. I think they would have played a close game with Wisconsin.
Best team in the Legends shouldn't give up 70 to a 7-5 team. Period. (Not that MSU would have won either).
I don't know if you're aware of this, but Nebraska beat Michigan. K9 wasn't offering an opinion, he was stating a fact. Nebraska won the Legends Division. Ahead of Michigan. Really not an opinion-based subject.
I'm an MSU fan and I'm going to defend Michigan here. They played their backup QB and the two games against MSU and PSU were pretty questionable outcomes. Especially PSU.
Add in the BTCG performance and I think michigan should have won the division and is a better team at this point in time, with Nebraska a close second.
Better record vs tougher conference schedule: Nebraska
Head to head meeting: Nebraska
Do the math
Their back up Qb that started the rest of the season? Yea we are still the best team in the legends.
Devin Gardner started the rest, not Bellomy.
And yes, obviously better conference record. Again, PSU win was questionable and MSU a little less so.
We won. There was plenty of time on both games for us to still win regardless of those calls
Well, if we are playing that game, then Northwestern was probably the best team in the Legends division.
They had Nebraska and Michigan both dead to rights only to collapse late in the game. They also had an 11 point lead at Penn State with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
Take away those 4th quarter collapses and Northwestern is undefeated playing Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game last Saturday.
Nebraska 23 - Michigan 9.
This is what is called prima facie evidence. You are entitled to your opinion but good luck with trying to sell it. Especially on a Husker board.
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