Best Win of the Week: Your Saturday
Maybe you spent Saturday afternoon scouting Penn State’s upcoming opponents. Maybe you kicked back on Saturday night and enjoyed some good ol’ fashioned chaos. Maybe you spent your own day away from college football doing all kinds of “fall things”. Whatever you chose, you were the real winner. But let’s not do it again, right?
Saturday with no Penn State football: pic.twitter.com/YxwD6FpXrf— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) October 7, 2023
Worst Loss of the Week: Illinois
A second consecutive week here for the Illini. But, things have gone from bad to worse in BERT-Bana. Illinois is now 2-4 and winless in the Big Ten following a dispirited 20-7 loss to Nebraska at home. Bielema himself said it was the most frustrated he’d been in his 15 years as a head coach.
Offensive Player of the Week: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
Ohio State’s offense has real issues, which you know will be closely examined over the course of the next couple weeks here at BSD. But, you know what they also have? They have one of the best college wide receivers I’ve ever seen. Harrison had eight catches for 163 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes pulled away late against Maryland. He also drew a pass interference penalty. Please, Manny. Make someone else try to beat us.
Textbook from Marvin Harrison Jr. on how to attack a Cov. 3 corner on a post route. Better throw and this is a 90-yd. TD. pic.twitter.com/uYV8I5ERkv— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) October 9, 2023
Defensive Player of the Week: Logan Lee, Iowa
We can all make fun of Iowa. We do it nearly every week. But those gosh darn Hawkeyes are now somehow 5-1 (more on that later) and it’s because of defensive performances like those of Lee. On Saturday against Purdue, he came away with 12 tackles, a pair of sacks, and totaled 2.5 tackles for loss.
Just a HUGE play by Logan Lee pic.twitter.com/Mkkn8VBgsl— On3 Hawkeye Images (@webcentrick) October 7, 2023
Offensive Play of the Week: Daniel Jackson, Minnesota
Michigan thrashed Minnesota on Saturday night, scoring a defensive touchdown just moments into the game. But, we’ll look to the Gophers for one highlight - this sweet touchdown catch that kept the game respectable at halftime.
Minnesota’s Daniel Jackson runs a great route to freeze the DB with his stutter before using excellent ball tracking skills to bring this in for six.— Seven Rounds in Heaven (@7RoundsInHeaven) October 8, 2023
Jackson is one of the more underrated SR WR prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/vHXiipFJP9
Defensive Play of the Week: Josh Proctor, Ohio State
Down 10-0 at home, the Buckeyes needed a spark. Proctor gave it to them.
JOSH PROCTOR PICK SIX‼️‼️‼️— Barstool Ohio State (@BarstoolOSU) October 7, 2023
Big Ten Moment of the Week: Michigan pick 6
Here’s that aforementioned Michigan defensive touchdown. We’ll get to the chasm between the Big Ten East’s top tier and everyone else in a moment. But if this doesn’t just show the difference...
Grosse Pointe South grad Will Johnson (Michigan CB) with the pick-six tonight. pic.twitter.com/PQMDwbT4at— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) October 7, 2023
Most Big Ten West Moment of the Week: The Stage is Set
Five of the seven teams in the West have at least two conference losses heading into this weekend’s games. The only two that don’t, Wisconsin (2-0) and Iowa (2-1) are set to play the weekend’s most consequential game. The winner of Saturday’s battle in Madison is the clear front runner to lose in Indianpolis on the first weekend of December.
Most Iowa Moment of the Week: Passing Attack Gets Going
The Hawkeyes won behind backup quarterback Deacon Hill, who completed six passes on the day. That’s right, six. More amazingly, five of those went to tight end Erick All. Zero went to wide receivers.
What We Are Looking Forward to the Most: Happy Homecoming
While the longterm forecast doesn’t look delightful, seeing Penn State in the basic blues for the first time in a few weeks will be welcome.