There are other college games happening this week and they don’t involve Alabama or Texas A&M. There is, view however, sovaldi no better commercial for college football than the one College GameDay is running in honor of Bama-A&M matchup. You’re welcome. Now, onto the B1G Legends.
No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska, 11:00am on ABC (local)
The Bruins will be playing with heavy hearts; wide receiver Nick Pasquale died Sunday after being hit by a car. Both teams will wear patches and decals with his number, 36. Class move by Nebraska.
Who to watch: UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is the team’s clear leader and a threat both on the ground and in the air. Against Nevada two weeks ago, he went 22 for 23 with two touchdowns while also running seven times and racking up 63 yards. For Nebraska, look out for running back Ameer Abdullah; last year against the Bruins, he ran for 119 yards. Since UCLA will be focusing the majority of their defensive efforts on stopping the very versatile QB Taylor Martinez, look for Abdullah to have a big game.
Defensive disappointments: Hundley’s going up against a defense that, well, kinda sucks. The Huskers gave up 35 first downs against Wyoming in week one and they’re
ranked 91st overall. Speaking of bad defense (yes, Husker fans, I’m about to go there), during last year’s matchup UCLA put up 653 total yards during their 36-30 week two win at the Rose Bowl. Luckily for the Huskers, UCLA’s secondary has completely turned over; Martinez could potentially have a field day on the young and inexperienced backfield.
My take: This is a tough week for the Bruins; they lost a teammate and they have to travel two time zones and 4000 miles to a hostile environment. My gut says Nebraska, but a win for UCLA after a truly tragic week would be awesome to watch.
Akron at No. 11 Michigan, 11:00 am on Big Ten Network
Michigan’s win last week against No. 21 Notre Dame under the lights showed us three things. 1) QB Devin Gardner is for real. 2) RB Jeremy Gallon is a baller; he racked up 184 yards and three touchdowns against the Irish. 3) Eminem, Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger should do halftime interviews from now until the end of time. The eleventh ranked Wolverines offense is high octane with multiple threats. Gallon impressed pretty
much everyone and ended up being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
Why you should care: This is the first meeting between the Zips (I can’t….) and the Wolverines. The Zips play a spread offense with four active receivers each snap; their best bet at making anything happen offensively will be their passing attack. Luckily for them, the Wolverines gave up 314 passing yards last week against Notre Dame. Their defense will also have to find a way to shut down both Gardner and Gallon in addition to running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.
My take: This is a moral victory for Akron if Michigan only put up 40 on them. Save your energy for Bama-A&M.
Around the division
Iowa at Iowa State, 5:00 pm on Fox Sports 1
The CyHawk game is a game that no one outside of Iowa cares about. They play for a trophy called the – wait for it – Cy-Hawk Trophy. And this year, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is more than likely playing for his job. Fun! I would say this is one of those “throw the rankings out the window” type of games, but neither one of these teams are ranked so…
Western Michigan at No. 17 Northwestern, 8:00 pm on Big Ten Network
If Northwestern gets off the bus, they win.
Youngstown State at Michigan State, 1:00 pm on Big Ten Network
This game is over by the third series.
Western Illinois at Minnesota, 11:00am on Big Ten Network
I have never gone to Macomb. Luckily, neither have the Gophers.