Around the Big 10 Conference for 9/19/08

Around the Big 10 Conference for 9/19/08
Terrelle Pryor

Around the Big 10 Conference for 9/19/08

Coach Tressel giving Pryor more practice for the game against Troy, no Beanie against Troy, Michigan State v. Notre Dame and more.

By Bill Smith

Ohio State

Coach Tressel giving Pryor more practice for the game against Troy.

            This is an excellent decision.  Letting Terrelle Pryor get experience in a non-Big 10 game against a credible defense makes a lot of sense.  If he does well, he earns more playing time.  If not, then Todd Boeckman gets the vast majority of practice reps and playing time in the Big 10 season while Pryor continues to get some reps in the game to prepare him for next year.

No Beanie against Troy.

            This is probably a good decision.  Let's focus on winning the league.

Kreskin predicts OSU 31 Troy 7

Michigan State

            With Notre Dame coming to town this week, expect to see star RB Javon Ringer will see the ball a lot.  ND has struggled to contain rushers this year and Ringer is one of the best unknown RB's in the country.  QB Brian Hoyer is having a great season to this point.  He has a passer rating of 105.5 since the disappointing loss to California, the Spartans have won 2 straight. 

Kreskin predicts MS 31 ND 14


            The Badgers take the week off preparing for the Sept. 27th game against Michigan and the OSU game the next week.  The win over Fresno State was a big one.  FS was nationally ranked and playing at home.  Wisconsin should have no problem with Michigan who is struggling to put their own offense together.

            Senior LB Jonathan Casillas was charged with DUI last month.  He has a court appearance scheduled today. 

            There is nothing wrong with the Badgers' running game.  PJ Hill has run for 379 yards and 4 TDs.  All three top rushers are averaging over 5 yards per attempt.

Penn State

            The “Nibbly” Lions as Sen. Obama called them had a nice win against Oregon State.  Although OS had some significant losses from last year's team, it was still fairly well regarded.  Now at 3-0 PS prepares for Temple as a warm up for their big game next week hosting Illinois.  That game will be a key one for both teams seeking to be the biggest threat to OSU and Wisconsin.

            Evan Royster has emerged as the big running threat.  He is averaging 8 yards per carry and has scored 6 TDs.  Daryll Clark, the 231 pound junior QB is a pocket passer that has thrown for over 500 yards and 5 TDs.  He has a passer rating of 165.

            The good preseason has not overshadowed the suspensions.  One big question is how the team will fair without suspended linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma and the other players that are not active.  Temple will not be a problem but next Saturday's game against Illinois will be the first true test.


            After jumping out to a big lead against 16th ranked Oregon last week, Purdue ended up losing in overtime 32-26.  Senior QB Curtis Painter had 0 TDs and threw 2 interceptions against the Ducks in that game.  He has not enjoyed the success he was expected to have so far.   His QB rating is 109.  That is not bad but not what was expected.

            Returning starting Senior RB Kory Sheets is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt.


            The Juice is definitely loose.  Juice Williams has a passer rating of 140, and has thrown for over 700 yards and 7 TDs in the first 3 games.  He has also has run for 200 yards and 2 TDs. 

            The loss at #6 Missouri was not his fault.  He did throw 2 interceptions but also threw 5 TD's.  The D just couldn't stop the Missouri offense.  Now the Illini have an off week to prepare for their game against Penn State on the 27th

            The offense taketh but the D giveth back.  Not only did the D yield 52 points to Missouri, it gave up 21 to Eastern Illinois and 17 to Louisiana-Lafayette.  If the Illini is going to compete for a Big 10 championship it will have to tighten up the D.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for  He has also published several novels on and edits
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