B1G thoughts: Don’t run zero coverage late in games and more insights from Week 3 in the Big Ten

Every Monday after the Big Ten game list I’ll bring you some thoughts from B1G on everything that happened! This will include analysis, stats, key players, moments, and maybe a joke or two. Be sure to check out the I-70 Football Show on the Land-Grant Holy Land podcast for deeper analysis and a preview of the upcoming week of B1G games.

Purdue can’t get over bad training and bad discipline.

Purdon’t, the team formerly known as Purdue, lost a game against Syracuse in the stupidest way possible. The Big Ten West is full of coaches who just don’t want to win and it’s getting ridiculous. Purdue fell 25-15 after quarterback Aidan O’Connell tried to give the game away by handing the ball to Syracuse and going with them for a pick-six. Many of us thought the game was over at this point, but O’Connell led the Boilermakers in back-to-back touchdown drives that ultimately led Syracuse 29-25 with just 51 seconds remaining.

Then all hell broke loose; Immediately after the touchdown, Purdue received two personal fouls, one on a coach, who forced the ensuing kickoff from the Purdue 10-yard line. After giving the ball to the oranges in midfield, five more penalties were sanctioned, four of which were accepted.

To make matters worse, Purdue decided to call Cover Zero, man-to-man coverage with discovered players bombing with 12 seconds remaining and Syracuse punished them with a game-winning touchdown.

Honestly, this was just an embarrassing performance by the coaches and players in a game that they absolutely should have won.


Charlie Jones had a great day

Boilermaker wide receiver Charlie Jones has been exorcised from the evil spirit that is Iowa’s offense, and the world is better off because of it. The single-handed transfer WR did enough for Purdue to win this game, including catching a 55-yard touchdown to mount Purdue’s comeback. He finished the game with 11 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown.

After losing David Bell, Jones has been a revelation for Purdue, showing a connection to O’Connell that goes back to minor league baseball. Three games into the season and Jones has 32 receptions for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns. It’s safe to say he’s already having a breakout season, too bad Purdue keeps finding ways to lose games.


blake x five

Michigan eliminated Uconn on Saturday 59-0, ending one of the weakest non-conference slates of all time. Much of that can be attributed to Blake Corum, who finished the game with five rushing touchdowns. Three of the five touchdowns came from the 1-yard line, which is worth discussing as Michigan is trying to replace its star running back Hasan Haskins, who handled all the short-yard duties last year for the Big Ten Champions.


Pat Fitzgerald Referendum

Northwest, it’s time to leave Pat Fitzgerald behind. You don’t even need to fire him, let him retire, give him a job in administration, and put him in the school’s Hall of Fame. Do what you think is necessary, but his tenure as head coach must end.

Northwestern is 1-2 on the season with losses to Duke and Southern Illinois, its only win coming against a Nebraska team led by a guy who was in line for an extra $7.5 million if he was fired before Oct. 1. This is In more than one surprise, Fitzgerald was outscheme, coach and his players were outclassed in every facet of the game.

His staff refuses to recruit, usually placing in a class of the bottom three in the Big Ten. The culture also seems to be eroding with the transfer of star players like Brandon Joseph; Fitzgerald has clearly missed the fastball on him. This team is loaded with juniors and seniors, which is typically when Northwestern is at its best; instead, his program has failed to develop players, and many of them appear worse off than they were when they were freshmen during Northwestern’s Big Ten Championship last season.

There’s nothing left to save here other than Fitzgerald’s pride and relationship with the university. That shouldn’t be enough to stop them from moving on.


No one is SAFE (pun intended)

Maryland tamed the SMU Mustangs on Saturday with a 34-27 victory in an exciting game largely thanks to junior safety Beau Brade. Brad finished the game with 15 tackles, 2 interrupted passes and an interception. He was all over the field making play after play as Maryland’s defense shone late, allowing the offense to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Maryland isn’t known for its defense, and they still gave up 27 points, but Brade emerging as a force in the secondary bodes well for the Terrapins moving forward as they hope to get to back-to-back bowl games and make some noise. in the Big Ten East stacked.


Penn State intimidates Auburn

Did everyone know that the SEC is the best conference in all of college football, maybe the NFL too? It’s also the deepest and its minor teams would beat even the best teams in other conferences because it means more in the Southeastern Conference.

Well, that belief was shaken this weekend when Penn State entered Jordan-Hare Stadium and defeated the Tigers 41-12. Last year, Penn State also beat Auburn, but that was a lucky game and they had home-court advantage. According to SEC insiders, there is no way Penn State can come south and beat an SEC team.

I wonder what they will say now after the Nittany Lions dominated Auburn in every facet of the game en route to a commanding win. Penn State has found a ground game with five-star freshman Nick Singleton and they enter the Big Ten game with momentum as they hope to regain their footing among the conference elite.


Why do college kickers exist?

What are college kickers and why do they exist? I’m beginning to believe that college kickers don’t practice, they just show up at games, specifically at big times for the sole purpose of breaking the hearts of their respective fan bases.

Three weeks into the season, it feels like the kickers have missed every meaningful try this season, leading to multiple failed surprise deals. The bug has also entered the Big Ten; Before I stopped keeping track, he counted three missed kicks in big moments.

The Purdue kicker missed a 41-yard kick in a game they lost by three points. Western Kentucky lost a surprise bid against Indiana after its kicker missed a game-winning 44-yarder and blocked a 39-yard kick in overtime.

It is clear that kickers are not doing their homework, it is time to ask if coaches should stop kicking and play only for touchdowns.


Offensive Masterclass

The offensive behemoth that is the Ohio State Buckeyes woke up from hibernation on Saturday, much to the dismay of the Toledo Rockets. After a shaky performance against Notre Dame and picking off some rust against Arkansas State, the Buckeyes went supernova against UT.

CJ Stroud led Ohio State in seven straight touchdown drives, and the success didn’t stop as the subs scored when they were also in the game. Late in the game, OSU put up 77 points and scored a touchdown on 11 of 13 possessions as they all ate against the outmatched Rockets. Those 77 points were a sign of mercy because the offense could have scored a few more times if it wanted to.

Sure, it was Toledo, but Ohio State has notified the rest of the country that Buckeye’s offense is back in god mode.


Landing without an appointment

College football is full of stories of unknown players creatively earning a scholarship while the whole team celebrates. We’ve gotten used to that and personally look forward to those videos every year.

What we don’t normally see is a walk-on getting into a game and scoring in one of the best runs we’ve seen since Marshawn Lynch’s beast mode run. After scoring at will against Toledo, Ohio State walked TC Caffery and decided to make a name for himself by refusing to go down despite multiple attempts.

This may be the only action he sees all season, but he’s already a legend in the eyes of Buckeye fans.

TC Lynch, Marshawn Caffrey, ditto:


Fullbacks are people too

Today’s college game is almost exclusively run from shotgun, frustratingly in my opinion. Teams rarely take plays under center, even when short-yardage situations dictate that they should. Most teams don’t even have a fullback on the roster.

So when a team lines up under center in the I formation, that’s worth talking about. After getting inside the five-yard line, Ohio State lined up in an I formation and ran the ball two plays in a row, but couldn’t get to the end zone. Third, they did the one thing worth considering that 90% of programs would refuse to do; they ran a fullback dive to Mitch Rossi for a touchdown.

It was reminiscent of an older style of football, appropriate for Ohio Stadium’s season-long celebration of its 100th anniversary. Here’s hoping the Buckeyes continue to use I-Formation and find ways to engage the full back.

Watch Mitch Rossi’s touchdown:

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