Tuesday, September 25, 2012
3-point stance: Undefeated in the Big Ten
By Ivan Maisel
1. Yes, the Big Ten is taking a beating. But let’s point out that Minnesota and Northwestern are both 4-0 and could be undefeated for their Oct. 13 game in Minneapolis. The last time they both started? All the way back in … 2008. More to the spirit of the point, you have to go back to 1940, when both teams came into their game 4-0, to find a year when both started undefeated and played each other. The No. 4 Gophers edged the No. 8 Wildcats, 13-12, and went on to win the national championship.
2. As LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger discovered at Auburn, conference road games can test the inexperienced player. Texas Tech, trounced the last two years by Iowa State (52-38 and 41-7), takes a 3-0 record to Ames this week. The scores have been posted in the Red Raider locker room since the beginning of the season. “We mentioned to the young guys,” senior quarterback Seth Doege said, “that it’s going to be different … . It's going to be a four quarter game and they are a very physical team. It's going to be loud.”
3. Blackout I: Oregon fans wore black to Autzen Stadium Saturday night. Blackout II: given the 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff the Ducks probably played unseen by many fans east of the Mississippi. No one in Eugene, including Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and head coach Chip Kelly, is happy with a 7:30 p.m. local kickoff. Mullens said at least 40 percent of Duck ticket buyers drive two hours or more to Autzen. By the way, Oregon’s next home game, against rival Washington on Oct. 6, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. local.