Rossow's Big Ten report: On Wisconsin

Rossow's Big Ten report: On Wisconsin

Jim Rossow’s Big Ten Insider


TEAM                LEAGUE  OVERALL
Ohio State    6    0    10    0
Wisconsin    4    2    7    3
Penn State    4    2    6    4
Indiana    2    4    4    6
Purdue    1    5    4    6
Illinois    0    6    2    8

Nebraska    5    1    8    2
Michigan    5    1    7    3
Northwestern    3    3    7    3
Minnesota    2    4    6    4
Michigan State    2    4    5    5
Iowa    2    4    4    6
Michigan 38    Northwestern 31 (OT)
Wisconsin 62    Indiana 14
Purdue 27    Iowa 24
Nebraska 32    Penn State 23
Minnesota 17    Illinois 3
Bye: Ohio State, Michigan State
Iowa at Michigan    11 a.m.
Northwestern at Michigan St.    11 a.m.
Indiana at Penn State    11 a.m.
Minnesota at Nebraska    2:30 p.m.
Purdue at Illinois    2:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Wisconsin    2:30 p.m.

saturday’s stars

— NERVES, Michigan. Wolverines improved to 4-0 in overtime games at home (8-1 overall), handing the Wildcats their first OT loss in eight tries.
— 100-YARD RUSHERS, Nebraska. Ameer Abdullah (116 yards) and Taylor Martinez (104) upped Herbie’s streak of at least one 100-yard rusher to nine games, the longest run since doing it 20 games in a row in 1999 and 2000. In the process, Abdullah became the 60th Cornhusker to reach 1,000 yards (by comparison, Illinois has 38).
— UNFAMILIAR QBS, Wisconsin. Badgers improved to 5-0 with a first-time starter at quarterback, Curt Phillips joining a list that includes Joel Stave (2012), Danny O’Brien (2012), Russell Wilson (2011) and Scott Tolzien (2009).
— MONTEE BALL, vs. Indiana. Badgers bulldozer became the third Big Ten player since 1996 to run for at least 100 yards against the same team four times in a career, joining Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (vs. Purdue) and Michigan’s Mike Hart (vs. Michigan State). In four games against the Hoosiers, Ball rushed 90 times for 622 yards and scored 11 TDs.
— ADAM REPLOGLE, Indiana. Not as impressive as Yogi Ferrell’s basketball debut, but the senior defensive tackle tied a school record — shared by Tim Radtke and Enoch DeMar — with his 45th career start.
— PAUL GRIGGS, Purdue. True freshman came in batting .500 (3 for 6) — not a good percentage for kickers — but delivered a career-long 46 yarder at the buzzer to beat Iowa. His kick was as surprising as Purdue’s Big Ten-worst rush defense, which held Iowa to 74 yards.

saturday’s quote

— ”This is Denard’s team, and it’s always going to be Denard’s team. He’s done too much to change that.” — Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who won his second straight start in place of the injured Denard Robinson.

bowl forecast

— LOOKING GOOD: Michigan. With the league getting one BCS bid this season (second time in three years), only three teams are going to make January games. Wisconsin and Nebraska, likely opponents in Indy, get two. The third goes to the Wolverines if they do no worse than split their last two games (vs. Iowa, at Ohio State). And for the second straight year, Michigan could benefit from sitting out the Big Ten title game. If the Badgers lose — and they will — Wolverines will be a more attractive option for the Capital One Bowl.  
— LOOKING BAD: Northwestern. We’ll say it again: Pat Fitzgerald is too good a coach for the coffee klatch. But he refuses to budge, assuring himself a career of TicketCity Bowl appearances at a school that treasures lacrosse but will always be running uphill in football. Of course, the coach has to take some of the blame this fall, his team blowing a fourth-quarter lead for the third time. Oh well, at least the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is on TV (ESPN, Dec. 29).  

illini list

Justin DuVernois has a chance to crack the school’s single-season Top 10 for punting average (hey, we’re struggling to find something positive to write about):
Punter    Year    AVG.
Steve Weatherford    2004    45.4
Anthony Santella    2010    44.8
Steve Weatherford    2003    44.5
Dike Eddleman    1948    43.0
Steve Weatherford    2005    42.6
Steve Fitts    1999    42.3
Steve Fitts    2001    42.1
Justin DuVernois    2012    41.9
Chris Sigourney    1981    41.5
Anthony Santella    2009    41.3
Steve Fitts    1998    41.3
Brian Menkhausen    1989    41.3

Illini results (2-8)

Sept. 1    W. Michigan    W, 24-7
Sept. 8    at Arizona State    L, 45-14
Sept. 15    Charleston So.    W, 44-0
Sept. 22    Louisiana Tech    L, 52-24
Sept. 29    Penn State    L, 35-7
Oct. 6    at Wisconsin    L, 31-14
Oct. 13    at Michigan    L, 45-0
Oct. 27    Indiana    L, 31-17
Nov. 3    at Ohio State    L, 52-22
Saturday    Minnesota    L, 17-3
Nov. 17    Purdue    2:30 p.m.
Nov. 24    at Northwestern    TBA

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