Happy New Year, Big 10?

A new year brings with it brand new challenges. Just look at the Big 10 for example, the conference went 0-5 today in its bowl games. Michigan was embarrassed 52-14 by an overpowering Mississippi State team. Now, while Rich Rodriguez WAS successful in taking the Wolverines to a bowl game, this loss won’t sit well with the Michigan fan base. This is the worst bowl game loss in Michigan history. This loss certainly doesn’t help Rich Rod’s case to keep his job up in Ann Arbor.  He might be looking for employment in 2011… 

Northwestern fought hard in the second half of its matchup against Texas Tech, however Taylor Potts would prove to be too much to handle for the Wildcats. The Red Raider QB accounted for 5 total touchdowns in a 45-38 victory. Penn State looked as if it would send Florida ball coach Urban Meyer home to retirement with a loss, however the Lions relinquished the lead in the fourth quarter. Nittany Lions QB Matthew McGloin threw 5 interceptions to the Florida defense. You usually don’t win games too often when throwing to the other team. The ugliest loss of the day was Michigan State’s, against Alabama. I mean 49-7 is pretty pathetic for a team that was one of the conference’s top dogs this season. 

Alabama made Michigan State look like a punk...

 The Crimson Tide outrushed the Spartans 275 to Michigan State’s -48 yards. It’s hard to get any sort of rhythm offensively when you’re unable to run the ball. This was a bad loss not only for Michigan State but also for the conference as a whole. And the Wisconsin loss against TCU might have been the result of some questionable coaching decisions late in the fourth quarter. This too, did not help the Big 10 much in its argument as one of the best football conferences. 


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