College Football Wrap (Week 9 Edition)

This week is busy with a basketball game thrown into the mix so this wrap will be short. I will just talk a little about my picks from last week, and then move on to other things. I have already covered the Purdue game enough. No more really needs to be said about that. The first game that shocked me was the Michigan State game at Iowa. Continue reading

Game Notes: Purdue @ Illinois

Chief Illiniwek during his last football performance in 2006

This will be the second time that I have traveled to Champaign to see the Boilers play the Illini. The first was in 2006 when Joe Tiller’s group took advantage of turnovers to become bowl eligible. While reading the Illinois preview on Hammer and Rails I saw that Boiler T-Mill who does most of the writing had a 7-11 record following Purdue on the road. That got me thinking about my record following Purdue. I have seen Purdue on the road fifteen times so far. Of those fifteen times the Boilers have dropped ten of them. The worst loss by far had to be last season at Wisconsin when they went down 37-0. I am really glad that I sold my Ohio State tickets for last weekend because that would have been horrible to have seen in person. Here is a quick breakdown of my Purdue road trips by team: Continue reading

College Football Weekly Wrap (Week 8 Edition)

Once again I am back to offer up some thoughts on the games that I did not see in person last week. Through the magic of DVR I was able to watch a few games from around the country. As usual here are my thoughts on the week that was:

Game Notes: #1 Grand Valley State @ Ferris State

McMahon to Shuford

Have you ever noticed that their are a lot of schools in Michigan that end in State? Grand Valley State takes on another state from their own state this weekend when they travel to Big Rapids to play the Ferris State Bulldogs. Before last weekend this was shaping up to be a huge game. Both teams were undefeated in the GLIAC North. The Bulldogs lost to Northern Michigan in the dome 22-20 though to take some of the luster off of the game. With about four minutes left in the game Northern Michigan kicked a field goal that gave Ferris their first loss in the GLIAC this season. As it is though if Ferris State wins they can still pull back even in the standings. This game is the season right now for Ferris State. This will be my first trip to Top Taggert Field. At one point in my life I almost attended Ferris State for all the wrong reasons, so this will be a cool trip to see the campus a little. In conjunction with the football game Saturday I will also be at the Ferris State hockey game that night against Ohio State (Another State team). I figured that I sold my Ohio State football tickets for Saturday against Purdue so I should at least see part of the Ohio State game and boo the hockey team. I will be against the Bulldogs in the afternoon, but I hope they can pull off the win at night.  Continue reading

College Football Weekly Wrap Up (Week 7 Edition)

John Clay on the move

I decided to put a picture of John Clay at the head of the post because for me as a Big Ten fan that was arguably the game of the week, and he was the player of that game. Continue reading

Game Notes: Purdue vs. Minnesota

 

Minnesota at Purdue in 2000

 

I have changed the name from the game preview to game notes. I realized that I rarely preview anything, but instead ramble on about noteworthy aspects of the game. This is a special week because it is homecoming at Purdue. Even Minnesota has a stake in homecoming this week. Tim Brewster was a graduate assistant at Purdue as well as coaching Lafayette Central Catholic. This may be his last trip to Purdue as the Minnesota head coach so it is probably bittersweet. Jim (Chris) Everett will be in town as well as part of the 25th anniversary of his 1985 Boiler team. Bob Griese and his son Brian will be in the booth to call the game for ESPN as well. There have already been Joe Tiller sightings in Lafayette. He will be in attendance along with other members of the 2000 team that went to the Rose Bowl. At halftime they are going to recognize the 2000 Rose Bowl team down on the field. In honor of that team the Boilers will be wearing throwback uniforms that resemble the ones the Boilers had on in Pasadena. The helmets will have the rose through the P just like on New Years day in 2001. I was not able to attend that game so this will be a cool experience for me. I am sure that during the week this site will be flooded with pictures from the day. Continue reading

College Football Week 5 Wrap Up

This week I attended two games in person. The recaps and pictures from both of those games have already been posted. This is meant as a way for me to talk about some other things that I was able to watch through the modern marvel of the DVR. It is also a way for me to go over my picks from last week without clogging up the game preview thread. The best way to start this off is to go over the great game which was Purdue’s upset win over #25 Northwestern. Here are a few thoughts that went through my head as I watched the replay: Continue reading

Game Preview: #1 Grand Valley State vs. Northern Michigan

Tomorrow I am going to two games. I will be at the first half of the Valpo game against Marist. Then it is up to Michigan to see a battle between two Michigan schools. No it is not the game that most of the country will have their eyes on. #17 Michigan State travels to #18 Michigan for a huge matchup. I will be at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Michigan to see the #1 ranked school in Division 2 take the field. This is my first game this season seeing Grand Valley play in person. I have seen a little of them on TV, but the majority of my knowledge comes from GVFootball.com. Grand Valley is coming off a huge win last week at Tiffin. They scored 71 points, and moved the ball at will. I will not get into the stats too much, but the Lakers had multiple guys that had career days. That usually means good things for your program. Continue reading

Game Preview: Toledo at Purdue

Saturday the Toledo Rockets come to Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. This is the second straight week that the Boilers will face an opponent from the MAC. After Saturday they get a week off so I have to find somewhere else to watch a game to start October. It is the first time in years that the Boilers have had a bye week during the season. It would be great to enter that bye week 3-1 before the start of Big Ten play. That would leave them just three wins shy of a bowl berth. I love going to warm places in the winter so hopefully the Boilers can get somewhere warm around the holidays. They fell one game short last season of a bowl, and two non-conference losses would have helped out big time. The Boilers must take care of business Saturday to keep their vacation plans on track. Continue reading