Apparently there is a movie coming out, called 2012, which talks about the end of the world as the Mayan calendar predicted. Or something. Either way, the trailer I saw yesterday looked a lot like what happens when Michael Bay's fantasies mate with Independence Day. At the bottom of the "rating" bar for the movie, these three warning words are shown:
INTENSE DISASTER SEQUENCES
That's a lot less interesting than a good old "nudity" warning, but it does a damn good job of describing Saturday's action in the Big Ten. Four teams were "upset," undone by their Achillies Heel. Consider:
-Penn State was sunk by the offensive line's ineptitude and Daryl Clark's big game struggles, exactly the same issues that hampered the Nittany Lions against Iowa this year.
-Michigan's famously poor pass defense was shredded AGAIN, this time by Joey Elliot. Total yards given up by a motley collection of walk ons, underperformers, and player's playing out of position: 494
-Turnovers and bad offensive line play (7 sacks) helped sales of Molson go through the roof in Minneapolis as the Gophers lost a bad one to Illinois.
-2009 will be known in Iowa City as "that year when God smote everyone who wanted to play a skill position for the Iowa Hawkeyes." Stanzi went down in the 2nd quarter and I finally get to use this graphic:
There is a throne, and Kings of Leon is sitting on it...Sorry Hawkeye State
Because the Big Ten Conference believes that curbing fans' ability to watch Big Ten games is good business policy, I've only actually seen the Michigan game, Ohio State/PSU, and the Iowa upset, which Hilary covered here. This was the best week for Big Ten football so far in 2009, so my DVR will catch me up.
Oh and we'll see if Law Buck can make a gravestone for Iowa's MNC hopes, which is sad because it would have been great publicity for a Big Ten team to even enter that discussion undefeated.