Week 11 saw Ohio State man handle Michigan State to claim the B1G East title and saw Wisconsin get a “playoff caliber” win over Iowa. Here are the 10 things I am absolutely overreacting to after Week 11 in the B1G:
1. Wisconsin is a playoff caliber team
All week long, college football analysts like Joey Galloway and Kirk Herbstreit said that the Wisconsin Badgers have yet to capture a “playoff caliber win”. Well, after Saturday’s 38-14 over the No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes, Wisconsin finally has one.
The Badgers held Hawkeye quarterback Nate Stanley, who threw for five touchdowns last week against the Ohio State Buckeyes, to a mere 41 yards passing and an interception. Plus, Wisconsin scored points than Ohio State did against Iowa.
If the Badgers’ performance was any type of indicator, it indicated that they are a playoff caliber team.
2. The Badgers are better than Alabama
Did you know before Saturday’s game, Wisconsin and Alabama both had just one top-25 win.
Now, after Saturday, both teams captured top-25 wins over Iowa and Mississippi State, which are squads that are on the same playing field. But the Badgers looked why more dominant in their win than the Crimson Tide. As, stated above, Wisconsin won 38-14 over Iowa. For Alabama, they only won 31-24 against Mississippi State. So, I’m going to shoot my shot and say the Badgers are better than the Crimson Tide.
3. B1G will get a team in the playoffs
This past weekend in college football was crazy. Two top-4 teams lost. Georgia suffered defeat to the hands of Auburn, 40-17, and Notre Dame also got steamed roll by Miami, 41-8. Thanks to these losses, that should open the door for Wisconsin or Ohio State to make the playoffs. Depending on who wins the B1G Championship that this.
4. Ohio State’s playoff chances are still alive
After a crushing to defeat to Iowa last weekend, the Buckeyes rebounded and absolutely demolished the Michigan State Spartans, 48-3.
MIKE WEBER AGAIN!! 35-0 Buckeyes! pic.twitter.com/2dK38uMe3a
— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) November 11, 2017
While, even with the win, Ohio State still has a near-impossible road to the playoff. Though with Washington’s loss Friday to Stanford essentially eliminated it—and the Pac-12—from the field. Plus, Notre Dame and Georgia both suffered defeat on Saturday. That means there’s still a chance, and for now the Buckeyes must win out and beat Wisconsin in the conference title game, a 3-0 run that’s well within the realm of possibility.
5. Mike Weber makes the Buckeyes more deadly
Oh how Ohio State fans have missed Mike Weber.
All season long, Weber has been banged up with injuries. But against Michigan State on Saturday, Weber looked like the Weber of old.
Weber tallied 162 yards and two touchdowns, including an 82 yard touchdown. If Weber can build off this performance and continue to stay healthy, the Buckeyes become even more deadly.
6. Saquon Barkley ain’t winning the Heisman
Barkley, you don’t win the Heisman just by your September performances. You need to keep on creating electrifying plays and putting up solid numbers. And for the third straight week, you haven’t done that.
On Saturday, Barkley and the Penn State Nittany Lions took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. One would assume that the back would put up solid statistics. But, he didn’t.
Think it’s officially time to put Saquon Barkley’s Heisman campaign to rest. He’s averaging 2.9 YPC over his past three games. Still doesn’t have 1,000 yards rushing this season, while Bryce Love reached that mark in September.
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) November 11, 2017
Against Rutgers, Barkley was held to a mere 35 yards rushing on 14 attempts. With Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield putting up video game like statistics against the TCU Horned Frogs and continuing his hot play, Barkley’s chances at the Heisman keep vanishing minute after minute.
7. Minnesota may have found its quarterback
The Golden Gophers may have found their quarterback.
On Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Minnesota signal caller Demry Croft was phenomenal. The young quarterback completed 60 percent of his passes for 105 yards in a 54-21 win over Nebraska.
The Golden Gophers only need a game manager for a starting quarterback. So, if Croft can continue this type of play, Minnesota may have found its starting signal caller.
8. Josh Jackson deserves the Jim Thorpe award
Eight quarters, five interceptions. Plus, three pick-sixs. That is Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson’s stat line in the last two games against Ohio State and Wisconsin. Due to that, a lot of former Hawkeyes have tweeted about how Jackson is the best defensive back in the country.
Josh Jackson is the TRUTH! @HawkeyeFootball
— Micah Hyde (@micah_hyde) November 11, 2017
Josh Jackson Best DB in the country!!!!!
— LeShun Daniels Jr. (@LeShunDanielsJr) November 11, 2017
I’m going to have to agree with Hyde and Daniels. In fact, through these last two games, I believe Jackson deserves the Jim Thorpe award given to the best defensive back in the country because he can flip the momentum of any game.
9. Rutgers makes a bowl game
Ye, the Scarlet Knights are now sitting at 4-6 on the season after losing by 29 points to Penn State. Plus, Rutgers’ last two games are against Indiana and Michigan State. However, I’m calling my shot and saying the Scarlet Knights are making a bowl.
This season, Rutgers have surprised people left and right. Plus, they held Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to a mere 35 yards rushing. So, the Scarlet Knights do have a defense. If their offense (aka their run game) get going, they will make a bowl.
10. Don’t watch B1G football next weekend
Next weeks game in the conference is not pretty. Ohio State and Illinois will be the 3:30 p.m. ET game on ABC next Saturday. That’s how bad the match-ups are! So, heed my warning, maybe avoid watching football next week.