This is Iowa Week, a time when we briefly cast aside our friendships with our corny mates from the Hawkeye State in preparation for a brutish slugfest in the rain.
Expect few points.
Or don’t. Who really knows with this dyslexic 2018 version of Penn State football? The only thing we know for sure is that it’s super fun to beat Iowa and super sucky to lose to them.
But before we focus full-time on the Hawks, let’s add Indiana to our Former Foes list.
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Last Seen: Last Saturday, beating the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns, at home, 27-17.
App State replaced Cinci & JoeMo in the AP Top-25 after this victory.
Next Up: Traveling to Statesboro, GA to fight the Georgia Southern Eagles, 7:30p TONIGHT!!! on ESPNU.
2018 Record: 5-1.
Last Seen: October 13, almost beating Notre Dame, but not beating Notre Dame and losing 19-14.
The Panthers had a bye week last Saturday.
Next Up: This Saturday, hosting Duke at 3:30p on RSN/ESPN3
2018 Record: 3-4.
Kent State Golden Flashes
Last Seen: Saturday, losing to Akron in a nailbiter, 24-23.
Next Up: Tuesday, October 30, at Bowling Green, 8p, on ESPNU.
2018 Record: 1-7.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Last Seen: Saturday, taking the brunt of Wiscy’s post-Michigan frustrations, 49-20.
Next Up: Saturday, traveling to College Park, to take on Maryand, 3:30p, on BTN.
2018 Record: 3-4.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Last Seen: Saturday, losing all their teeth in West Lafayette to the fists of Purdue, 49-20.
I told you Purdue was a bully! Wait, I just re-read last week’s post and see now that I took that part out and all I seem to have included from those thoughts was: “could be worth checking this one?”
Purdue’s a dang bully!
Coach Jeff Brohm’s a freakshow and he was more than happy (we all were) to take Urban Meyer behind the shed to make him forget a few more things. Here’s the clip of Brohm from his playing days in the XFL:
Purdue’s 4-3 and 3-1 in the B1G, and they’ve been ahead of Penn State in BSD’s own Power Rankings for two weeks now.
With remaining games against Sparty, Iowa, Minny, Wiscy & Indy, can Purdue keep up the beat downs and (gasp!) represent the West in the Big Ten Championship Game?
Next Up: Saturday, hosting no-longer-winless Nebraska, 12p on FOX.
2018 Record: 7-1.
Michigan State Spartans
Last Seen: Saturday, showcasing nearly the same pathetic offense and quarterbacking that managed to beat Penn State, but losing to Michigan at home 21-7.
Lawdy this whole enterprise was U.G.L.Y.
But entertaining! D’Antonio vs Harbaugh in a spit fight?
We all win.
Next Up: Saturday, traveling to East Lansing to take on anemic Sparty, 12p, on ESPN.
2018 Record: 4-3.
Last Seen: Saturday, barely losing to our beloved Nittany Lions, 33-28.
[commentary goes here]
(but I’ll just refer you to my fellow BSD authors instead).
Next Up: Saturday, at Minnesota, 8p, on FS1.
2018 Record: 4-4.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Former Penn State Assistant and all-around likeable bro, Joe Moorhead, is now the Head Coach at MSU. We’ll follow his progress here this season too.
Last Seen: Saturday, getting squashed in Baton Rouge by LSU, 19-3.
Let’s just go to our bro Joe for commentary on that sh*tshow:
Moorhead: “Obviously we were disappointed coming into the week with a tough loss to LSU on the road in a very difficult environment. We bounced back strong on Sunday and had a great practice. We’ve put a good game plan in place and now we’re excited about the opportunity to face 16th-ranked Texas A&M.”
What were your takeaways from watching the LSU film?
Moorhead: “I think defensively we continue to play at a very high level. Coach (Bob) Shoop and his staff are doing a very, very good job of getting a game plan together and the kids are executing it during the game.
“Obviously offensively, three points isn’t going to cut it. We continue to run the ball very well and lead the SEC in rushing yards a game. But we’ve got to find a way to compliment that with an efficient and explosive passing game. It’s difficult to drive the length of the field, particularly with the drive starts that we’ve had being backed up.
Next Up: Saturday, hosting #16 Texas A&M in Starkville, 7p, on SECN.
2018 Record: 4-3.
Akron or Pitt? You decide!
Last Seen: Saturday, squeaking out a win over Kent State, 24-23.
Next Up: Saturday, hosting Central Michigan, 12p, on ESPN3.
2018 Record: 3-3.