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Continued: College football insider: Enjoy Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry while you can

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 5, 2013 - 10:38 PM

• Nebraska was the pick here to win the Legends Division, but not anymore after watching what Wyoming did Saturday — with nine rushes of more than 10 yards and eight passes of more than 15 yards.

After countless missed tackles, Coach Bo Pelini said, “I equate it to a basketball game where you miss a lot of layups. We’ll be better because of the experience.”

• As Michigan State’s quarterback carousel continues turning, the Spartans need better wide receiver play, too. The quarterbacks combined to go 17-for-37 for 116 yards in last week’s 26-13 victory over Western Michigan, but those totals included six dropped passes. Spartans receivers also dropped nine of 54 passes in the spring game.

• Gophers coach Jerry Kill had this to say about his former team, Northern Illinois, knocking off Iowa 30-27: “I’ll be honest; I think Iowa’s a better football team than they were a year ago. I think Northern’s got a good football team. They’ve got good players who can make some plays.”

BIG TEN POWER POLL

1. Michigan (1-0): The Wolverines looked the best of any Big Ten team in Week 1. Bring on the Irish.

2. Ohio State (1-0): Braxton Miller’s Heisman campaign started with leg cramps and a pick six against Buffalo.

3. Wisconsin (1-0): Another gimme this week (Tennessee Tech) before a Week 3 test at Arizona State.

4. Northwestern (1-0): Took care of business at Cal; Cain Colter expected back from his concussion this week.

5. Nebraska (1-0): New year, new defensive issues. If Wyoming can do that, what about UCLA in Week 3?

6. Michigan State (1-0): Two older quarterbacks have struggled; maybe it’s redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor’s turn.

7. Penn State (1-0): Christian Hackenberg thrived in his debut, but the running game sputtered against Syracuse.

8. Gophers (1-0): They did what they had to do against UNLV and must do the same at New Mexico State.

9. Indiana (1-0): Scored 72 points against Indiana State after scoring 24 vs. the Sycamores last year.

10. Iowa (0-1): After tough loss to Northern Illinois, Iowa should end seven-game skid against Missouri State.

11. Illinois (1-0): Nathan Scheelhaase had a great game, but the defense had trouble against Southern Illinois.

12. Purdue (0-1): Rough debut for new coach Darrell Hazell against Cincinnati, which faces Illinois next.

 

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Cincinnati - WP: M. Lorenzen 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 1
Miami - WP: M. Latos 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 1
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Estrada 3
Philadelphia - LP: C. Billingsley 0 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: S. Miller 9
Baltimore - LP: B. Norris 2 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3
Tampa Bay - LP: D. Smyly 0 FINAL
Boston - WP: R. Porcello 2
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 8 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 2
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas 5
Detroit - LP: S. Greene 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Samardzija 5
Oakland - WP: J. Chavez 2 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1
Texas - WP: W. Rodriguez 7 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Harris 7
Arizona 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Seattle - LP: D. Leone 4 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: H. Street 5
San Diego - LP: A. Cashner 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 6
Washington 90 FINAL
Atlanta 106
Memphis 97 FINAL
Golden State 90
Chicago 1 FINAL
Minnesota 0
Anaheim 3 FINAL(OT)
Calgary 4
San Jose 1 FINAL
Houston 0
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