Sunday, October 4, 2015

big ten, pac-12 football

Big Ten

Would you drop Ohio State from #1 and/or Michigan State from #2 after those close calls? I'd keep OSU at #1; whatever, they keep winning. Spartans, I don't know, maybe TCU or Baylor should get the #2 spot.

UofM QB Jake Rudock could face his former team if and only if Iowa (5-0, 1-0) and Michigan (4-1, 1-0) meet in the Big Ten Championship game. And, how cool would that be? Well, it's mathematically possible!

Who's got the best defense in the Big Ten? Maybe Michigan? In the four games after losing 24-17 at Utah, the Wolverines have given up 7, 7, 0, and 0 points. But Northwestern has also posted two shutouts (against Eastern Illinois and Minnesota), and held Stanford to 6 points.

Next three games for Michigan:
- Next Saturday, Northwestern (currently 5-0), at The Big House.
- Oct 17, MSU at The Big House.
- Oct 31, at Minnesota



Arizona: Are the Wildcats really this bad? Last two games, UofA gave up 56 to UCLA, then gave up 55 at Stanford.

Arizona State: Are the Sun Devils really this bad good? ASU lost at Texas A&M 38-17, lost to USC 42-14, then won at UCLA 38-23.

Already, only 3 teams remain undefeated in Pac-12 play: Stanford (3-0), Cal (2-0), and Utah (1-0).

Pac-12 teams play nine conference games; some teams (UCLA, for example) have to play 5 Pac-12 games on the road; others (USC and ASU, for example) get 5 at home.

Cal's remaining games look particularly rough: Road games at Utah, UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford, and home games against USC, Oregon State, and Arizona State. Yikes! On paper, that looks like a 1-6 finish!

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