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Purdue (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten) vs. 4 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten)
Score: Ohio State won 56-0
Ohio State’s defense was on fire from the beginning of the game with a 33-yard touchdown interception from Doran Grant to put the first points on the scoreboard. As the game continued, the Buckeyes defense forced a fumble and added six more sacks to their Big Ten-leading number. Ohio State only allowed 116 yards, with only 27 of those being on the ground. Purdue’s offense was only two for 12 on third down conversions while only getting 10 first downs. This kind of performance by the defense, not even mentioning the team’s dominating offense, is a huge factor for Ohio State in keeping the team on track for a perfect season.
9 Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) vs. Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC)
Score: Missouri won 31-3
Although this matchup was more competitive than the Ohio State game, Missouri’s defense was still extremely solid, forcing three turnovers. E.J. Gaines took one interception for 15 extra yards the other way and Braylon Webb caught the other intercepted pass for no extra yards. This was the first career start for freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs in place of injured Justin Worley. Missouri has force a turnover in 39 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
22 Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) vs. 21 Michigan (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten)
Score: Michigan State won 29-6
How many times do you see a defense force negative rushing yards? Michigan was sacked seven times and finished with minus-48 rushing yards. Shilique Calhoun and Ed Davis had 2 ½ sacks each, and Denicos Allen added two more. The last team to be held to minus-48 rushing yards was actually Michigan State, which had exactly that total against Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
12 Texas A&M (7-2, 3-2 SEC) vs. UTEP (1-7, 0-4 C-USA)
Score: Texas A&M won 57-7
Blaire Sullivan was making his first start for UTEP since Jameill Showers, a transfer from A&M was out with a shoulder injury. This backup quarterback allowed Texas A&M to have an excellent day, despite Johnny Manziel’s six touchdowns. Sullivan threw for only 71 yards with three interceptions. UTEP’s Leslie Jordan caused the fourth turnover with a fumble that Darian Clairborne recovered for the Aggies. Manziel then found the end zone after a 10-yard run to give the Aggies a 29-7 lead. One of the interceptions came on the very next drive. Another touchdown resulted from the turnover as Manziel found Travis Labhart open in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown reception to lead to a 29 point lead at halftime.
24 Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)
Score: Wisconsin won 28-9
Wisconsin’s defense was a major factor as the Badgers did not allow three touchdowns from the red zone. Iowa got inside the Badgers 12-yard line three times, but had to settle for field goals all three times from Mike Meyer. The Hawkeyes were held to just three points in the second half. While backup quarterbacks have been a cause of turnovers in many of these games, it was in this game again as Iowa’s backup quarterback C.J. Beathard’s pass was intercepted by Pat Muldoon at the Hawkeyes 25-yard line. This allowed for an 11-yard touchdown run by James White. Joe Stave also found Jared Abbrederis for a 20-yard touchdown after Jake Rudock was intercepted in the third quarter by Darius Hillary.
-Jordan Jacobson (On Twitter @jordanjacob91)
Wide World of Sports
After many exciting college football matchups on Saturday, there will not be nearly as many good games in the NFL today. However, there are still some key matchups that need to be covered. First, the Kansas City Chiefs battle the Buffalo Bills at noon. The Bills will look to end the Chief’s winning streak on their home field as the team looks to bounce back in their division. Being midseason, I believe that New York Jets are facing a must win game against the New Orleans Saints in order to stay alive against the New England Patriots. The Saints are used to playing in the dome so with this game being in New York, the Saints are going to be challenged to face the colder weather and keep their offense rolling. Who would have guessed that the Carolina Panthers would be above .500 right now. The Panthers have what should be an easier matchup against the Atlanta Falcons at home. This is a key division game for the Panthers to win as the team looks to stay close to the Saints. While these matchups are pretty important, the most important game is the rival matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears on Monday night in Green Bay. The Packers are barely leading the NFC North division and this game gives them the opportunity to extend that lead. With Jay Cutler out, and members of the defense, the Bears have a huge disadvantage. If James Jones returns, the Packers will be in even better shape to win the game. With the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions in control of the two wildcard spots, this will be an important game for the Bears to keep them alive when Cutler returns.