NCAA Football Week 7 Recap
Michigan Wolverines (17) @ Indiana Hoosiers
Final Score - Michigan 27, Indiana 20
My Prediction Last week - Michigan (17) 16, Indiana 14
Passing - John O’Korn; 10/20 c/att, 58 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing - Karan Higdon; 25 rushes, 200 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving - Donovan Peoples-Jones; 4 rec, 34 yards
Passing - Peyton Ramsey; 20/41 c/att, 178 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing - Morgan Ellison; 14 rushes, 68 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - Luke Timian; 7 rec, 95 yards
In a game they were supposed to win, the wolverines rode Karan Higdon to overtime, and his touchdown in overtime went on to seal the game. He was able to rack up 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. The wolverines were once again incapable of moving the ball in the air, ending the game with only 58 yards passing opposed to Indiana’s 198. Keeping the ball on the ground allowed the wolverines to manage the clock well, but still wound up in overtime. The Wolverines were able to sneak away with an OT win after ending the game with an INT in overtime. Once again michigans defense was able to contain the opponent giving the offense ample opportunity to win the game, this time Karan Higdon heard the call.
Week 8 Outlook (UofM):
Michigan (19) @ Penn State (2) -9.5
Penn State goes into this game as the clear favorite. Saquon Barkley is unstoppable the guy does what he wants, and imposes his will on the opposing defenses. Michigan’s Big Ten leading defense shouldn't be much different. Penn States passing offense is no slouch either. Trace McSorley is averaging 266.2 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns per game. Needless to say John O’ Korn is not doing the same. The struggles passing the ball will seriously handicap Michigans ability to win this game. I do believe that Penn State will walk out with the win, but if John O’Korn can get it going, this could become a game.
My Prediction - Penn State (2) 29, Michigan (19) 17
Michigan State Spartans (21) @ Minnesota Golden Gophers
Final Score - Michigan State (21) 30, Minnesota 27
My Prediction Last Week - Michigan State (21) 24, Minnesota 17
Passing - Brian Lewerke; 9/18 c/att, 120 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing - LJ Scott; 25 rushes, 194 yards, 2 TDs, 0 FUM
Receiving - Felton Davis III; 2 rec, 35 yards
Passing - Demry Croft; 11/20 c/att, 163 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing - Rodney Smith; 11 rushes, 44 yards
Receiving - Tyler Johnson; 8 rec, 106 yards, 3 TDs
A delayed kickoff couldn't rattle the Spartans as they go into Minnesota and come out with a three point victory behind LJ Scott who had a career high 194 yards on 25 rushes as well as adding in 2 more touchdowns. Madre London was also a key player adding a touchdown and 74 yards. Keeping the ball on the ground was big for the Spartans as they tried to use as much time as possible after getting off to a 23-6 lead going in to the 4th quarter. 3’Tyler Johnson touchdowns in the 4th quarter made the game look close, but throughout there was a sense that it was already over.
Week 8 Outlook (MSU):
Indiana @ Michigan State (18) -6.5
Michigan State beat Michigan. Michigan beat Indiana. Therefore Michigan State will beat Indiana. Is it that simple? No. But in this case I think Michigan State will make quick work of Indiana. I think they will run the ball down their throats, and play smart football. Indiana was just ran all over by Michigan, and LJ Scott showed some stuff in the game against Minnesota. Look for Michigan State to win convincingly, and play their style of football keeping the tempo they want throughout the game. Indiana will take advantage of their opportunities, but it won't be enough.
My Prediction - Michigan State (18) 25, Indiana 17
NFL Football Week 6 Recap
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Final Score - Saints 52, Lions 38
My Prediction Last Week - Lions 29, Saints 24
Passing - Matt Stafford; 25/52 c/att, 312 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
Rushing - Ameer Abdullah; 14 rushes 54 yards
Receiving - Marvin Jones Jr; 6 rec, 96 yards, 1 TD
Golden Tate; 7 rec, 96 yards, 1 TD
Passing - Drew Brees; 21/31 c/att, 186 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing - Mark Ingram; 25 rushes, 114 yards, 2 TDs, 1 FUM
Receiving - Ted Ginn Jr; 4 rec, 66 yards, 1 TD
What a weird game. 3 defensive touchdowns from the saints. One pick six, and one punt return touchdown for the Lions. The Saints led steadily throughout the game until towards the end when the lions turned it into a game. Those hopes were then crushed when Cameron Jordan intercepted Matt Stafford at the line of scrimmage and returned it for a touch down. Mark Ingram was the X-factor for the Saints as he went off for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Drew Brees surprisingly did little to contribute to the Saints’ 52 points. The real reason the Lions lost this game is because of the turnovers, and their failure to fix the mistakes they made. The Lions are a better team than this, and Matt Stafford is better than his 21.8 QBR suggests.
Week 7 Outlook:
NCAA Football Week 6 Recap
Michigan State Spartans @ Michigan Wolverines (7)
Spartans 14, Wolverines 10
Passing - John O’Korn; 16/35 c/att, 198 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Rushing - Karan Higdon; 12 att, 65 yards
Receiving - Grant Perry; 5 receptions, 61 yards
Passing - Brian Lewerke; 11/22 c/att, 94 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing - Brian Lewerke; 15 att, 61 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - Darrell Stewart Jr; 3 rec, 42 yards
Going into the matchup, many people thought it wouldn’t be hard. The wolverines had their eyes set on a national title, and were ranked as a top 10 team playing at home against an unranked squad. Right out of the gate the wolverines moved the ball at will, marching down the field to a field goal. The wolverines were able who force a 3 and out on the following possession, and things were looking just like everyone expected. Then everything went bad. Ty Isaac fumbled giving the ball up, and all the momentum started to swing towards the Spartans. They were able to convert a touchdown off a 14 yard Brian Lewerke Rush and knocked in the extra point. The Spartans owned the game until halftime. The wolverines were struggling to move the ball, and the defense wasn’t playing up to the expectations everyone had hoped. Michigan State was playing like the 7 ranked team, and Michigan was playing like a nobody. Towards the end of the 3rd quarter the rain started to come down. It came down hard. Both teams struggled to pass the ball, but while playing from behind the wolverines kept attempting passes but were hardly able to convert. The Spartans played from ahead and kept the ball on the ground. Chewing as much clock as possible. Several interceptions, and a whole lot of punts later the wolverines found themselves attempting a last minute drive to win the game. They made it down the field but being behind 4 points meant they needed a touchdown and couldn’t settle for a field goal. John O’Korn threw up a Hail Mary at the last second hoping for someone to come down with it, but nobody could. The Spartan Offense and defense made some big plays throughout the game, ultimately leading to them boosting the Paul Bunyan Trophy. After this game the Wolverines would move down to the 17th ranked team, and the Spartans would jump in to the top 25 for the first time this season at 21.
Week 7 Outlook:
Michigan (17) -7.0 @ Indiana
Michigan goes into this game favored by 7 points but I don’t see it being that simple. Michigan showed some weak spots in the loss last weak to Michigan state. The wolverines haven’t lost to the Hoosiers in 21 consecutive games, and with the #1 ranked total defense in the nation, it’s hard to believe they will lose. But nothing is guaranteed. The Hoosiers are ranked second in 3 and outs, and the Michigan offense has barely been able to put any points on the board. This is a new Michigan team, that needs to figure out who they are. Look for Michigan to squeak by in another low scoring nail biter. But hey, what do I know.
My Prediction - Michigan (17) 16, Indiana 14
Michigan State (21) -4.0 @ Minnesota
Michigan State is coming off a big win on the road in the big house. Something that hurts me to say, but it was big. They have already surpassed their total wins from last year (3-9) and are now (4-1). With the defense that they have been able to put together through those games, and now getting Junior RB LJ Scott back from injury, I believe Michigan State will exceed expectations. They will be looking to prove their place in the Top 25. Minnesota isn’t exactly a great team, but they have been averaging 28 points per game. Look for Michigan State to do more than just cover.
My Prediction - Michigan State (21) 24, Minnesota 17
NFL Week 5 Recap
Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions
Final Score: Panthers 27, Lions 24
Passing - Matt Stafford; 23/35 c/att, 229 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Rushing - Ameer Abdullah; 10 att, 31 yards
Receiving - Marvin Jones Jr; 6 rec 54 yards
Darren Fells; 2 rec, 24 yards, 2 TDs
Passing - Cam Newton; 26/33 c/att, 335 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing - Jonathan Stewart; 18 att, 21 yards
Receiving - Ed Dickson 5 rec, 175 yards
Throughout the game the Lions maintained a stout rushing defense holding the Panthers to 28 total rushing yards. But they didn’t account for a vengeful Cam Newton looking to get back at the world for taking issue with some comments he made earlier that weak. He came out swinging setting a season high in passing yards, and shredding the Detroit secondary. Ed Dickson was able to put together a great game averaging 35 yards per catch on the game. Matt Stafford did his best to keep the game alive, connecting for 2 TDs with back up TE Darren Fells. However he was not able to connect with Eric Ebron who dropped a couple of passes, one being in the end zone, a score that might have been the difference in securing a win for the now 3-2 Lions. The Panthers went in to Detroit and came out showing the world that they were for real, and MVP Cam might be back. The Lions can take some solace in knowing they lost to what seems to be a serious contender however, the Lions aren’t looking for a consolation prize. They want to contend for a Super Bowl, but they can’t do that giving up 175 yards to the opposing teams back up TE.
Week 6 Outlook
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints -4.5
The Saints come into this game off of a bye. Before the bye however, their defense was performing at a level that no one expected. Shutting out the Miami Dolphins, and holding the Panthers to only 13 points the week before that. The offense anchored by Drew Brees is a threat to put up 35 points on any given night. Darius Slay will look to contain emerging star at WR, Michael Thomas. Detroit will also have to be careful of receiving out of the backfield. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are both very talented receivers and should be treated as such. I think the Lions offense will be able to overcome a Saints defense that has over performed. Stafford needs to spread the ball around and exploit the lack of CB talent from the Saints. Eric Ebron needs to solve his drop problem, or at least keep it at bay if they want to be able to score more points than this Saints team. The Lions front seven has been performing well against the run all season and should be able to do the same. I think that if Stafford is able to play the way he has been, and Ameer Abdullah can make some plays, the Lions have a good chance to come out of this game with a win.
My Prediction - Detroit Lions 29, New Orleans Saints 24
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