I had thought this was going to be loss #2 before the season started, and after the season got going I was positive. I was blown away by our team today! The Blackshirts we know and love finally showed up, and man did they make a statement. This would have been a shutout if not for the interception, and even then they almost picked off the ball to avoid the field goal.
The o-line continues to look better and better, and Taylor Martinez did a good job. Rex is still a beast, and Bell is amazing. Quality win. If our D continues to play like this I really want another crack at Wisky.
Pelini defenses always seem to peak in mid-season, usually after a blowout loss (i.e. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, etc), and they continue at that level for the remainder of the season. I think you need a few games to separate the players that look good on paper and practice from those who are actual gamers (Eric Martin). Speaking of which, Martin needs to be on the field more often than just special teams. He is a gamer. Great news is the secondary seems to be getting better and better, and Chase Rome seems to be filling in for Crick pretty well. Not bad for a RS freshman trying to fill the cleats of a future first round draft pick. I predict he will be our next great interior DL.
With Wisconsin losing 2 in a row, were back in this thing. Too bad the Big Ten has been reduced to a national laughing stock of a conference. I was listening to the radio on the way to a Halloween party and one host asked the other “who’s gonna be in the Big Ten
title game now?” and the response from the other host was, “who cares?” OUCH!