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Week 1: Friday Night Gamethread

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And we're back again! We're on our second day of five straight days of Big Ten Football to start the season, tonight with Michigan State taking on WMU and Illinois taking on Kent State.

Last night the Fighting Harbaugh's of the University of Michigan lost to Utah after their offensive line came off a summer of participating in the 2014 Penn State football offensive line camp.  Jake Rudock looked like he always did at Iowa: awful on throws down the field.  Two plays in the first half could have turned the tide of the game when Rudock had Jehu Chesson as wide open as he could be, with OL protection to boot, and failed to connect with the track star.  Yep, that happened twice and Rudock whiffed both opportunities to connect for a long TD.  Michigan's defense kept them in the game and the rush defense in particular looked very strong, holding Devontae Booker in check the entire game.  The...opposite could be said about containing him on passing plays from the backfield.  Michigan's secondary wasn't bad but Utah was able to do enough through the air to outscore the anemic Michigan offense and win the game 24-17.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers also dropped their game last night, 23-17 to #2 TCU Horned Frogs.  Man...if Minnesota could muster any sort of resemblance of a passing game, last night may have turned out a bit different.  Minnesota's defense held TCU in check to a tune of 23 points, which should have put them in a solid place to defeat the #2 team in the nation.  Alas, Mitch Leidner going 19/35 didn't exactly do much for the offense.  Minnesota seems to have found a replacement for their departed running back in Rodney Smith, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry last night so at least this is a positive sign for them.

Tonight's games!

Michigan State at Western Michigan University (+17) || 7:00pm ET || ESPNU

I think the only question here is whether Michigan State is going to break 40 or 50 while the defense gives up a field goal.

Kent State at Illinois (-14.5) || 9:00pm ET || BTN

Well Illinois, time to see what you have with your interim coach. Do the players come out and play harder now that Beckman and his apparent lack of concern for injuries is gone? Is Cubit just flat out a bad fit? We get to see tonight.

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