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  1. updated http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=2020_Illinois_Fighting_Illini_football_season
  2. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK WR Joseph Thurston, Michigan State (11 catches for 129 yards, 2 TD vs Rutgers) Honorable mentions: QB Tanner Bowman, Penn State (25 of 38 for 310 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs Indiana); RB Gabriel Shields, Michigan State (20 carries for 130 yards, 2 TD vs Rutgers) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Oghale Adelangwe, Penn State (1.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 6 Tackles vs Indiana) Honorable mentions: DT Keith Small, Maryland (1.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Northwestern); OLB Shane Easley, Penn State (1.5 Sacks, 6 Tackles vs Indiana) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Logan Callaway, Maryland (3/3 FG made from 23, 40, 26 yards vs Northwestern) Honorable mentions: P Zev Bauman, Rutgers (45.3 punting average vs #16 Michigan State); P Marc Hirsch, Penn State (44.6 punting average vs Indiana)
  3. Sorry everyone, but this week's edition will only consist of stats and pictures. I hope you will enjoy it nevertheless; here are the top performances of Week 6. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Kyle Davidson, Michigan State (24 of 35 for 380 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs #15 Minnesota) Honorable mentions: RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (25 carries for 123 yards, 2 TD vs #1 Purdue); WR Gabe Barrientos, Michigan (8 catches for 119 yards, 1 TD vs Rutgers) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ILB Max O'Connell, Purdue (1 INT, 9 Tackles vs #17 Wisconsin) Honorable mentions: DE Marcus Terrell, Illinois (2 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Iowa); DE Carlos Washington, Michigan (1.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Rutgers) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Michael Ewing, Michigan State (4/4 FG made from 37, 46, 29, 43 yards vs #15 Minnesota) Honorable mentions: K Jonathan Nash, Rutgers (3/4 FG made from 27, 23, 34 yards vs #12 Michigan); P Jesse Dowdy, Ohio State (46.3 punting average vs Maryland)
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    Damn, Jieret is a prediction god
  5. Welcome to the latest edition of B1G Players of the Week. Many Big Ten teams were in action last week, and due to the new 9-game conference schedule fans were already able to see some exciting conference matchups. We also witnessed several great individual performances, especially on the offense (not so much on special teams though). This resulted in some otherwise good performances getting snubbed in this article (which surely will be mentioned in the comments/shoutbox), but such is life in the Big Ten. Let's see this week's top players. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Tanner Bowman, Penn State (28 of 40 for 336 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT vs Northwestern) After last week's loss to Pittsburgh the Nittany Lions were hoping to bounce back with a win over the Northwestern Wildcats. They executed that plan perfectly, as they left Evanston with a crushing 48-3 victory. Senior QB Tanner Bowman passed for five touchdowns and left no doubt that last week's slip against the Panthers is not the direction Penn State's season is going towards. The Nittany Lions remain the favorite to win the East Division, especially now that Michigan lost to Purdue. They are playing a strong enough schedule to finish the season as one of the top teams in the polls if they win out, but one more misstep can easily jeopardize a return to the playoffs for the defending champions. Honorable mentions: RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (23 carries for 131 yards, 4 TD vs Central Michigan); TE Miguel Elias, Indiana (7 catches for 150 yards, 2 TD vs Tulsa) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DT Keith Small, Maryland (2 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Temple) Maryland -last year's surprise team- faced a tough OOC matchup last week when they headed to Philadelphia to play Temple. The Terps won 28-20, as their defense did a solid effort to slow down Jordan North and the Temple offense. In addition to forcing QB North to throw 2 interceptions they also sacked him twice. Keith Small was responsible for both of those sacks and was a nightmare matchup for the Owls O-line all night long. This game was a good sign for Maryland HC TheSam because a strong defensive effort will be required in every conference game if the Terps want to make some waves in the B1G East this season. Honorable mentions: SS Bryce Moore, Nebraska (1 INT, 8 Tackles vs #4 Illinois); OLB Elliot Underwood, Wisconsin (1 Sack, 7 Tackles vs Central Michigan) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Logan Callaway, Maryland (2/2 FG made from 34,33 yards vs Temple) As I said earlier there were no real standout performances on special teams this week. However, Maryland's Logan Callaway is not undeserving for this award, as he remained perfect on FG and XP attempts against Temple and the Terps really needed the 9 points he put on the scoreboard. Special teams player are usually underappreciated and they only get recognized when they fail to do their responsibility. I know this segment of B1GPOTW doesn't exactly put them in the spotlight, but it still feels good to give these players some recognition. They are part of the team, they are "people too". Honorable mentions: Giovanni Curtis, Michigan (2/3 FG made from 40, 45 yards vs #3 Purdue); P Marc Hirsch, Penn State (42.3 punting avg vs Northwestern)
  6. Welcome to this week's edition of B1G Player of the Week. Week 4 has brought a wide range of games: fans were able to witness everything from one-sided blowouts to double overtime thrillers. Let's take a look at this week's best performers in the Big Ten. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Matt Jones, Purdue (25 of 33 for 350 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs Nebraska) Matt Jones becomes the first "repeat offender" of B1GPOTW this season, as he earns a spot as the best offensive player for the second time in 2020. Purdue's CHOO CHOO offense has been on an absolute roll so far; their latest victim was Nebraska, as they scored 44 against the Huskers on Saturday. In addition to avoiding turnovers Jones also spreads out the ball really well; multiple receivers have recorded TD catches in every game Purdue played this season. The junior quarterback has led the Boilermakers to a top 5 ranking in the polls, and I have no doubt this team sees itself as the favorite to win the Big Ten this year. Their biggest test so far will come this weekend: Purdue hosts the Michigan Wolverines which has the potential to be one of the best conference games of the season. Honorable mentions: RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (26 carries for 150 yards, 2 TD vs Florida Atlantic); WR Tyler White, Penn State (6 catches for 114 yards, 1 TD vs #21 Pittsburgh) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CB Benjamin McGee and CB Cayden Hairston, Wisconsin (1 INT, 3 Tackles, 1 TD and 1 INT, 2 Tackles, 1 TD vs Florida Atlantic) Wisconsin continued their 2020 campaign against Florida Atlantic last weekend, and they beat the Owls without much difficulty (45-13). The Badgers defense allowed only 1 touchdown, and scored two as cornerbacks McGee and Hairston both recorded a pick-six on Saturday. It seems that even though Wisconsin lost their starting pair of safeties to the NFL after last season the secondary is still doing well and continues to give a headache for opposing offenses. The Badgers will need that defensive strength if they want to succeed in the B1G West where they will have to play 3 currently ranked teams. Head Coach taffyowner has proven many times that well-coached teams can beat more talented teams, so I expect Wisconsin to stay in the B1G West race until the end of the regular season. Honorable mentions: ILB Bradley Rainey, Penn State (1 Sack, 5 Tackles vs #21 Pittsburgh); DE Derrick Dawkins, Purdue (1.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Nebraska) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Giovanni Curtis, Michigan (5/5 FG made from 39, 32, 41, 43, 26 yards) After a dominating performance against Fresno State the Michigan Wolverines visited BYU to finish their OOC schedule of the 2020 season. This time they didn't blow the opposition out, but still went home with a nice and comfortable 29-20 victory. More than half of Michigan's points were scored by K Curtis who remained perfect (5/5) on FG attempts on Saturday Afternoon. Curtis' efficiency is a good sign before the Wolverines' upcoming matchup against Purdue, but it is also a bit of a concern: the offense will have to convert some of those field goals to touchdowns if they want to keep up with Matt Jones&Co. next week. Michigan-Purdue will surely be a game with a large impact on the division races in the B1G, so I recommend everyone not to make plans for Saturday Evening. It's going to be a good one. Honorable mentions: P Marc Hirsch, Penn State (44.1 punting avg vs #21 Pittsburgh); P Kenneth Brandt, Wisconsin (42.3 punting avg vs Florida Atlantic)
  7. Welcome to the latest edition of B1G Players of the Week. Week 3 is already in the books; it was a great weekend for college football fans across the country, as many ranked matchups and other exciting games took place. We also saw a lot of great individual performances from B1G players, let's see how they did exactly. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK WR Joseph Thurston, Michigan State (9 for 120 yards, 2 TD vs Missouri) On Saturday Evening we witnessed a very exciting game between two undefeated teams in East Lansing where the Michigan State Spartans hosted the Missouri Tigers. Both offenses were playing an efficient game, but eventually it was Michigan State who came out on top with a 34-31 victory. WR Joseph Thurston was the star of the offense, as he gained more than 100 receiving yards and caught two touchdowns. With this victory SlinkyJr's Spartans advanced to a 3-0 record and they begin conference play after their bye week where the stars on their offense will have to step up if they want to continue this season's success. Honorable mentions: QB Matt Jones, Purdue (24 of 32 for 308 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs Syracuse); WR Tyler White, Penn State (6 for 127 yards, 1 TD vs West Virginia) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Carlos Washington, Michigan (2 Sacks, 1 Safety, 5 Tackles vs Fresno State) After escaping with a win against NC State the Wolverines were aiming for a more convincing performance against Fresno State last week. They delivered exactly that performance, as Michigan stomped the Bulldogs 51-14. The offense scored touchdown after touchdown while the defense managed to contain Ryan Harris&Co. fairly well. DE Carlos Washington was an absolute nightmare for the Bulldog offense, as he sacked Harris twice; one of them occurred in the end zone, so Washington was also responsible for a safety. This victory should silence those who questioned Michigan's rightful place as a top 10 team in the polls (for now at least). The Wolverines continue their campaign against BYU this weekend. Which Michigan team will we see: the one that struggled against NC State, or the one that played great football against Fresno? Honorable mentions: DE Khairi Bryant, Ohio State (1.5 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Indiana); CB Devin Little, Michigan (INT, 4 Tackles, TD vs Fresno State) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Garrett Strange, Northwestern (3/3 FG made from 43,38,46 yards vs #20 Wisconsin) One of the conference games played in the B1G on Week 3 was Northwestern-Wisconsin where the Wildcats were considered a massive underdog by experts. It is true that that the Badgers won without any difficulty (24-9), but the Wildcats were not looking bad at all. Quarterback E.J. McGuire passed accurately and kept the ball safe, and the defense made an alright effort to limit Wisconsin's offense. However, so far the brightest spot on this Wildcat team has been true freshman kicker Garrett Strange. He already converted several 40+ yard field goal attempts this season, and he stayed on that course against Wisconsin with a perfect 3/3 record. New Head Coach robcarlson77 is not in an easy spot with this young Northwestern team in the tough B1G West, but if some other underclassmen can get on Strange's level then maybe the Wildcats can find some success in 2020. Honorable mentions: K Ben Hall, Ohio State (4/4 FG made from 20,34,28,40 yards vs Indiana); K Logan Callaway, Maryland (3/4 FG made from 41,23,34 yards vs #18 Minnesota)
  8. 2020 Illinois schedule: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=2020_Illinois_Fighting_Illini_football_season#Regular_Season Previous seasons also have the same formatting.
  9. Welcome to the second installment of 2020's B1G Players of the Week series. The season has just started, so most teams in the country are still playing OOC games. Let's see who were the best performers in the conference this week. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Matt Jones, Purdue (29 of 34 for 402 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT vs Kent State) Purdue started their 2020 campaign on Saturday; the first opponent they took on was Kent State at home. On paper it looked like an easy win for the Boilermakers, so it was surprising to see the Golden Flashes head to the locker room with a 20-14 halftime lead. However, the Purdue offense lead by junior quarterback Matt Jones came out swinging in the second half and quickly decided the outcome of the game, as Purdue won 49-20. Another key member of the Boilermaker offense also debuted really well, as JuCo transfer RB Brendan Milton ran for three touchdowns on Saturday. If the offense can keep up the same rate of production we saw from them against Kent State then they can definitely go a long way in 2020. Honorable mentions: QB Mikeal Black, Iowa (21 of 29 for 245 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT 6 carries for 45 yards, 1 TD vs Boston College); RB Brendan Milton, Purdue (20 carries for 119 yards, 3 TD vs Kent State) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CB Kordell McKinnon, Michigan State (2 INT, 4 Tackles vs Navy) With the return of Head Coach SlinkyJr to East Lansing the Spartans are looking to reclaim their former glory after a couple of underwhelming seasons. Fortunately for Michigan State the defense already looks good; they definitely made a statement against Navy last week, as they shut the Midshipmen out in the first three quarters and intercepted Navy QB Isaiah Best three times. CB Kordell McKinnon lead the Spartans defense with two picks and a confident performance overall. If QB Kyle Davidson and the Michigan State offense plays consistently well and SlinkyJr keeps the defense sharp then the Spartans have a potential to cause some surprises in the B1G East this season. Honorable mentions: DE Khairi Bryant, Ohio State (2 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs #21 Arizona); CB Jordan Westbrook, Purdue (2 INT, 4 Tackles vs Kent State) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Ben Hall, Ohio State (3/3 FG, made from 48, 42, 45 yards vs #21 Arizona) The Buckeyes opened their 2020 season at home versus a very talented Arizona team, and they eventually had to walk off the field with a 26-16 loss. The defense and special team units kept Ohio State in the game as long as they could; placekicker Ben Hall played exceptionally well, as he converted three 40+ yard FG attempts to 9 points in the second half. Despite the loss I don't think Buckeye fans should be too disappointed. The team held their own against a strong Arizona team, and Coach fever_ful learned that he can rely on the defense and the special teams throughout the season. Honorable mentions: K Garrett Strange, Northwestern (2/3 FG, made from 44, 41 yards vs Temple); P Jesse Dowdy, Ohio State (46.2 punting average vs #21 Arizona)
  10. "Sit Down With Georgia Tech Recruits" Part 2 here we go
  11. I feel bad for Tyler Oliva. It seems like he's the only Kentucky player who decides to show up on gameday, even though they have several 4/4s on that team. He probably won't get a shot in the NFL either
  12. The 2020 college football season is finally underway, and with that we return with a fresh edition of B1G Players of the Week. Let's see which players get the nod after the opening set of games. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Robbie Koehler, Minnesota (24 of 35 for 299 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT vs Miami(FL)) After a solid performance in the 2019 season Gophers QB Robbie Koehler is off to a blazing start this year. On Saturday Minnesota hosted the Miami Hurricanes, and much like in 2019 they put a ton of points on the scoreboard. This time they scored 49; Koehler was responsible for 4 of their touchdowns. It seems that new head coach lucas95 has already found a way to run the offense successfully which is a good sign for the Gophers, as they are looking for another appearance in the B1G Championship Game this season. Honorable mentions: QB Adrian Rupp, Indiana (20 of 29 for 240 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries for 48 yards, 2 TD vs Florida Atlantic); RB Ricky Vega, Penn State (23 carries for 128 yards, 3 TD vs Middle Tennessee State) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK OLB Damien Norman, Illinois (1 Sack, 1 INT, 6 Tackles, 1 TD vs Arkansas) The Fighting Illini had one of the best defenses last season which carried them to an unexpected 11-2 record. They started their 2020 campaign the same way they ended it in 2019: with a victory over Arkansas. The Illini defense still seems strong, as they gave up only six points to Tyron Chambers&Co. in Fayetteville. Senior OLB Damien Norman proved to be particularly useful: in the second half he intercepted Razorback QB Connor Dawson, and took the ball into the house to put the game way. Illinois has a shot at another 11-win season in 2020, but Norman and the other impact players on the defense have to show up in every game if they want to achieve that. Honorable mentions: SS Jaheim Myrick, Wisconsin (1 INT, 7 Tackles vs Nebraska); DE Paul Cherry, Minnesota (2 Sacks, 5 Tackles vs Miami(FL)) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Connor Dykes, Nebraska (4/5 FG, made from 47, 42, 42, 26 yards vs #19 Wisconsin) Week 1 has already brought us the first conference game in the B1G this season, and it was everything we could hope for. The game between Wisconsin and Nebraska has turned out to be a 2OT nailbiter; in the end it was the Badgers who came away with the win, as they scored a touchdown in the second overtime to get a 29-26 lead. There was a long period in the game when the Huskers offense could not find the endzone, but Dykes kept them in the game with multiple successful field goals from 40+ yards. The effort did not result in a win, but new head coach Dean_Craig_Pelton will be happy to know that he has a reliable kicker on the roster. Honorable mentions: K Mason Williams, Illinois (4/4 FG, made from 25, 29, 45, 38 yards vs Arkansas); K Michael Ewing, Michigan State (3/4 FG, made from 37, 37, 48 yards vs Toledo)
  13. So how many points did my team actually score in this game? Scoreboard says 36, final score says 43, but if I add up the points in the stats it's 3TDs+4FGs which is 33. I'm confused.