And then there’s what happened in Knoxville, which was not called an upheaval but absolutely qualifies as its own special form of chaos.
We’re picking up on things with Tennessee trailing No.13 Ole Miss, 31-26, in Lane Kiffin’s first return to Neyland Stadium since ghosting the Flights in 2010. Facing a 4th and 24th with a bit over a minute into play, Tennessee picked up 23 and returned the ball on the downs when the point and subsequent measure did not go their way.
And that’s when all hell broke loose.
Fifteen minutes later, order was somewhat restored, but not before a bottle of mustard found its way onto the lawn.
– college football without context (@nocontextcfb) October 17, 2021
Ole Miss held on for the win, but the fool was still going deep into the night as we saw things like a member of the Tennessee Rhythm utter threats to national journalists.
Just a normal night in Knoxville, really.
Closer to home, Purdue humiliated the Iowa No.2, Michigan State dropped to 7-0, and Northwestern might actually have a pulse.
Purdue 24, #2 Iowa 7
Life comes to you quickly.
Last weekend, Iowa City was celebrating as the Iowa No.3 beat No.4 Penn State, 23-20. In the days following the win, Iowa coaches and fans added salt to the issue by accusing the Nittany Lions of false injuries (it got so hot that Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi, even weighed in on things).
With the win, Iowa moved up to second in the AP poll, their best performance since 1985, and Kirk Ferentz’s side seemingly had a chance of winning a very poor Big Ten West.
Then David Bell came to town.
The Purdue junior wide receiver escaped, amassing 11 receptions for 240 yards – a Kinnick Stadium record – and one touchdown. Thanks to Bell’s 105 years in the first half, the Boilermakers took a 14-7 halftime lead before shutting out Iowa in the second half for a 24-7 upset.
Bell got into the habit of destroying the Hawkeyes.
And it could have been worse. Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards, while the Purdue defense intercepted Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras four times and kept the Hawkeyes 76 yards rushing. Oh, and Purdue widens TJ Sheffield lost a breakaway on the way to the pylon at the end of the third, leading to a touchback.
What kind of day was it for Purdue? This kind of day:
In the toughest moment of the game, Purdue offensive lineman Greg Long pours a can of @budlight on his face after a fan threw the beer on the field in @BoilerFootball24-7 win over Iowa No. 2 today in Iowa City. pic.twitter.com/ymZUxWhP2V
– Bryon Houlgrave (@bryonhoulgrave) October 16, 2021
It was Purdue’s first win against a Big Ten top-five team on the road since 1964. 1964! Take it away, Purdue Twitter …
We just beat the No. 2 in Iowa.
– Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) October 16, 2021
At least Iowa kept its 80s vibe.
FOLLOWING: PURDUE (4–2) v WISCONSIN (3–3); IOWA DISABLED
# 10 Michigan State 20, Indiana 15
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Six games in 2021 and Indiana faced four teams currently ranked in the top ten AP. Sure, all four of them lost, but they almost got over Saturday’s home bump to No.10 Michigan State.
The Hoosiers maintained the nation’s top rusher Kenneth Walker III at 3.7 yards per carry, kept Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne at 126 yards in the air while forcing two interceptions, and had forced the Spartans to kick their first six offensive possessions of the game. .
They even led this one at halftime! And were less than two halfway through the fourth! And the Hoosiers even had the ball with the chance to take the lead with a little more than two to play …
But you know how this one happened. The Spartans knocked out quarterback Jack Tuttle, playing for an injured Michael Penix Jr., to a meager 188 passing yards on 52 attempts while taking him out twice, including one on a 4th and 21 at the end to hold. kicked off for a 20-15 victory.
Michigan State wins the Old Brass Spittoon, which could honestly be the Big Ten’s most functional rivalry trophy. They will be undefeated at 7-0, before a week’s rest when they host the Michigan Wolverines at East Lansing on the 30th.
– Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) October 16, 2021
FOLLOWING: INDIANA (2–4) vs. OHIO STATE (5–1); MICHIGAN STATE DISABLED
Minnesota 30, Nebraska 23
“Small details beat us up. “
It was Nebraska coach Scott Frost after his team’s 30-23 road loss to Minnesota on Saturday, but that could really be his team’s mantra this year as the Huskers lost their fifth game of the season by a point.
Behind the burning arm of quarterback Tanner Morgan, who made 16 straight passes at one point, Minnesota took a 21-9 lead at halftime, but the Cornhuskers made it a game in the second period, eliminating Morgan twice and rallying to cut their deficit to a double figure.
But these little details. Nebraska knocked him down twice in the second half (including once at the goal line), missed an extra point, was hit by a safety when Adrian Martinez attempted to throw the ball into the end zone and was also a victim of Dramatic. Gopher will miss a 27-yard chip shot early in the fourth quarter.
Don’t look now, but Minnesota is one odd, upset loss of being 5-1, but still very much at the heart of the matter in the Big Ten West.
PJ Fleck, however: still super weird.
– college football without context (@nocontextcfb) October 16, 2021
FOLLOWING: MINNESOTA (4-2) vs. MARYLAND (4-2); NEBRASKA DISABLED
Northwest 21, Rutgers 7
Discover the power of the week off.
Northwestern, who had been the worst Big Ten team not named “Illinois” in the first six weeks of the season, took full advantage of their week off last week to regroup and come out with a 21- home victory. 7 against Rutgers.
South Carolina transfer Ryan Hilinksi threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to their first Big Ten win since December.
Meanwhile, the Northwest defense, which had surrendered 500 yards or more of offense to every Power 5 opponent it has faced this season, forced Rutgers to hit five of its first six possessions and limited the Scarlets. Knights just 222 yards that day.
After starting the season 3-0 and leading at least one observer to claim they were now Rutgers Good ™, if not really good, the Scarlet Knights have now lost four in a row and sit at the bottom of the Big Ten East to 0 –4 in conference.
FOLLOWING: NORTHWEST (3–3) at MICHIGAN (6–0); RUTGERS OFF
Wisconsin 20, Army 14
It was a spiderman-pointing-at-spiderman.png game in Madison as Army and Wisconsin, two offenses that love to run the ball more than anything else, clashed.
How much do these teams love to run the ball? Well the two quarters in this one combined for 13 completions. Yes, that’s a real statistic.
The Badgers took a 13-0 halftime lead thanks to a 33-yard run from Braelon Allen and a 5-yard goalie from quarterback Graham Mertz, but the military fought back to reduce the lead. at six and recover the ball with less than four to play.
That’s when linebacker Leo Chenal got to work, sacking Army quarterback Jabari Laws to force a fumble the Badgers could recover. Mertz scored it in the next game to give Wisconsin a 20-7 lead. The Black Knights added a touchdown in the last minute, but it wasn’t enough as the Badgers held on at home, 20-14.
The game is going on the books as the last non-conference game for the Big Ten this season. The conference finished slate 33-9.
FOLLOWING: WISCONSIN (3–3) to PURDUE (4–2)
The state of Ohio remains at No.1 in this week’s B1G Power rankings. I might be a homer, but I also think the Buckeyes would be at least two favorites against anyone else in the Big Ten right now.
Michigan slips into both places thanks to Iowa’s loss to Purdue, and Michigan State looks at me like hell against Indiana. Penn State moves up one spot to No.4, and Purdue is the biggest player of the week, dropping six spots to No.5 in the standings.
Iowa drops to sixth place in the standings as the rest of the Big Ten West teams smell blood in the water with the Hawkeyes. In the span of seven days, Iowa went from a Western lockdown to a virtual three-way tie for the head of the division.
Northwestern climbs a few spots out of the cellar next door, but has a tough game in Michigan this weekend.
Speaking of that Week 8 roster, it’s not a great one in the Big Ten with just five line-ups and one game – Wisconsin to Purdue – of real division racing interest.
However, things get fun in Week 9 with Penn State in Ohio State, Michigan in Michigan State and Iowa in Wisconsin. Buckle up. The next six weeks should be a lot of fun in the Big Ten.