Beez Update Note: I blew it with the poll. No, not the including Illinois part. Somehow I had it set up so it ended a week ago...I guess copying+pasting is not always the best idea. I fixed it now!
Here’s what I wrote as the intro to last week’s piece:
If people outside of the B1G really want to understand what this conference and OTE are about, they need look no further than this weekend’s games and gamethreads. We lol’d at our conference mates for losing, we lol’d at each other for playing really close games that we nearly all hoped would be losses, and then, after celebrating the losses and the misery and the near-embarrassing performances, we got mad at each other for making “the conference” look bad. As if we would ever want the other 13 B1G members to win a game just for dumb conference pride.
This week was chock FULL of lol’ing at each other’s teams, and in a major improvement over a comparably tame Week 2, all of those “playing really close games that we nearly all hoped would be losses” actually turned into losses! I personally survived the weekend on the large supply of lol I saved up from the MSU-ASU game last week. I expect fans of every West team, along with all the fans of the hangers-on teams in the East who get their sense of self-worth from how well the top of the division performs, have enough Wisclolsin to last them through the end of the season, regardless of how it plays out.
The point is, I hate all of you and want all of your teams to lose every game until the end of time. But also, we should spend time thinking about some really good Week 3 performances from some B1G players.
If your team’s favorite player isn’t chosen as a Player of the Week, one of three things happened: (1) It involved a player not involved in Wisconsin’s most recent game; (2) your favorite team’s writer didn’t submit the player for POTW honors; or (3) you favorite team’s player really wasn’t as awesome as you thought.
Sometimes a player will get picked because of the awesome raw stats; sometimes he’ll get picked because of good stats plus situational significance; sometimes he’ll get picked because he did pretty well and plays for Wisconsin; and most of the time he just won’t get picked. Leave your complaints in the comments.
Defensive Player of the Week
Dre’Mont Jones - DE - Ohio State - Big Ten DPOTW
6 tackles (career high), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 TOUCHDOWN SCORED
It’s basically OTE law that a lineman on either side of the ball who scores a touchdown is a lock for at least honorable mention in the OTE POTW awards. Dre’Mont Jones, being a large Ohio State athlete who plays defensive lineman, turned his interception into a Fat (lol right) Guy TD, but he solidified his place as the DPOTW by adding a game-sealing fourteen-yard sack. In a game where the linebackers and secondary maybe weren’t that great, and on a team with percolating concerns about the linebackers secondary, Jones carried his weight (plus whatever a football weighs, maybe two pounds?) and helped his team notch the best non-con win in the B1G.
For his quick hands, 28-yard stamina, and ability to shed more tackles than Jonathan Taylor against teams that aren’t named OSU or BYU, Jones gets the 2018 OTE B1G DPOTW.
Other great, but not Great-Great, Defensive Players of Week 3
Josh Metellus - DB - Michigan - 6 tacks, 5 TFL, 1 Int with 73-yard TD return
Carter Coughlin - LB - Minnesota - 3 tackles, 2 sacks
Shareef Miller - DE - Penn State - 3 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks
Special Teams Player of the Week
Chase McLaughlin - K - Illinois
4/4 FGs, 3 FGs of 40+ yards, 53-yard long, 1/1 XP
McLaughlin had close to as big a day you can have as a kicker in a game your team lost. Illinois hung around a LONG time in a game we were all assured would be a boatracing by USF, and Chase was largely responsible, accounting for 68.4% of Illinois’s points on the day (which naturally rounds up to 69%). Although his team didn’t win, although he didn’t get selected as Big Ten STPOTW, and although he likely got called “Jason” a lot as a kid, he had a great game and the voters around here appreciate a top-notch placekicking performance.
I’m also told he kicked kickoffs really far and neutralized USF’s “dangerous” return game.
3-Time ACL-Tearing Special Teams Player of the Week
J-Shun Harris - PR - Indiana - 86-yard punt return TD (3rd of his career) - Has torn ACL 3 times prior to this PR TD - Big Ten STPOTW
New Rule: If you get one of these awards and you’ve come back from three torn ACL’s, you get a slightly longer honorable mention entry. Here’s his Saturday glory:
Wade Lees - P - Maryland - 344 yards punting, average of 43.0, long of 63 - winner of weekly Rutgers Sure Punts A Lot And We Should Recognize Workhorse Punters Punter Of The Week
Offensive Player of the Week
David Blough - QB - Purdue - Big Ten OPOTW
39/55, 572 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Int; 6 carries, 18 yards, 1 TD
To put that line in context: David Blough is now the B1G/Big1T1en/Big Ten record holder for total yards in a game! He’s also now Purdue’s single-game passing yards leader, and is somehow second all time in the B1G/Big1T1en/Big Ten passing yards in a single game. I don’t totally understand how that worked, but I assume it’s because the current record holder (Illinois’s Dave Wilson), with 621(!) passing yards in a single game got sacked a TON for at least -50 yards. I thank in advance the intrepid commentor who looks this up and confirms it.
Blough is exactly who this column is for. We can laugh about his team losing, consider his team’s loss as important or more important than our own team’s wins or losses, or be nearly blinded by the flood of tears related to our own favorite team’s embarrassing loss, but we all see and recognize that Blough’s performance was amazing. Also, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard his name pronounced. Blowwwwwww? Bluff? Blohhw? Blohh-guh?
Any Other Week, These Guys Would Have Been OPOTW
Dwayne Haskins - QB - OSU - 24/38, 344 yards, 2 TDs, 0 turnovers, ranked opponent
Tyler Johnson - WR - Minnesota - 9 receptions, 133 yards, 3 TDs
Stevie Scott - RB - Indiana - 18 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs, Big Ten FOTW
Freshman of the Week
Stevie Scott - RB - Indiana - Big Ten FOTW
18 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs
Stevie Scott played well yet again this past Saturday, and it’s clear he’s a big part of the reason why Indiana is 3-0 heading into the conference season. The conference also selected him as Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week. Scott looks like he’s going to be good for a lot of years. Oh yeah, he’s second in the B1G in rushing yards right now.
Do you see what happens, writers? Do you see what happens when you don’t give me any nominations? Honorable Mention FOTW
Sean Clifford - QB - Penn State - 3/3, 117 yards, 1 TD
Honorary Purdue Boner of the Week
Purdue! What the hell? Just LAST WEEK I warned you about this:
Purdue. What the. f are. you doing? As if it wasn’t bad enough you committed a really dumb penalty last week to seal you defeat, this week you committed a really dumb penalty to let your opponent drive for the win.
Are you even listening to me? Apparently not, and as a result I’ve been forced to rename this weekly award after you. This week, late in the fourth quarter, grinding Mizzou to a critical 4th-and-5 punting situation, you let a guy run on the field late, get caught offside, and gift Mizzou a first down. “But that boner didn’t result in a score! In fact, WE scored as a result of that boner!” Nope, can it. You don’t get to escape the crushing weight of a weekly boner just because you got lucky down the road. No, after two and a half weeks, and two and a half boners, your reward is having this award named after you...for now.
Your backup reward? Someone else is the boner of the week:
Northwestern - Gave up 3 TDs to the Akron defense, couldn’t even get it to lightning
Other Dumb Things
Wisconsin TE Kyle Penniston committed a false start on a critical 4th-and-1 as Wisconsin made on of its final drives into BYU territory, making it much harder for Wisconsin to convert (whch they didn’t)
Maryland for losing to a team so bad they needed Penn State’s lineman to block themselves to get any pressure on the QB a few years back.
Actual Great Play of the Week
Purdue with some pinball catch action! pic.twitter.com/uMmXwsbw2j— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 16, 2018
Which team(‘s fans) are least deserving of the joy and happiness of a 3-0 start
This poll is closed
Illinois (shut up I thought they were 3-0)