Huskers among six Big Ten squads rising in FPI

The playing field in the Big Ten west begins to level out, which benefits the Huskers.

After Nebraska’s 35-21 win over Indiana in Week 5, the Huskers moved to 2-3 overall on the year and picked up their first FBS win of the 2022 season. As such, they saw their ranking in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) rise a few spots.

Although the FPI model still has a bleak outlook for Nebraska’s chance at a bowl bid, the Big Ten West has not shown that they have a true powerhouse and there are a wide range of possibilities of how the rest of the Huskers’ season can go.

Illinois destroyed Wisconsin and head coach Paul Chryst’s job there, Purdue took down Minnesota, Northwestern kept it close in a 17-7 loss to No. 11 Penn State and Iowa is still 3-2, despite having one of the least effective offenses in the country. Nebraska has certainly thrown themselves into the mix, at least for the moment.

Overall, the Big Ten had six teams rise in the rankings, five teams drop, and three teams holding steady compared to last week’s ranking. Find out where they all stack up in the big picture of college football below:

Michigan football vs. Penn State game time revealed

Should be fun!

The details for a potential top-10 showdown against Penn State in two weeks have been revealed.

Michigan hosts the Nittany Lions on Oct. 15 for a Week 7 showdown between teams that are unbeaten so far. The Michigan football Twitter account tweeted on Monday that the Wolverines will host Penn State at noon EDT.

The other detail is the game will be a ‘Maize Out.’ Michigan had a maize out last year against Washington, but that was under the lights.

Both teams are 5-0, and Michigan is coming off a big win against Iowa, while Penn State beat Northwestern.

This week, Michigan will be in Bloomington to face Indiana, while Penn State will be on a bye week.

The TV channel has not been determined, but we would imagine it will be on Fox once again. There is a really good chance “College GameDay” and “Big Noon Kickoff” will be in Ann Arbor as well.

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Penn State vs Northwestern Prediction, Game Preview

Penn State vs Northwestern game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

Penn State vs Northwestern prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Saturday, October 1

Penn State vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Penn State (4-0), Northwestern (1-3)
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Penn State vs Northwestern Game Preview

Why Northwestern Will Win

So what’s going well in this disaster of a run?

If you’re losing to Duke, Southern Illinois, and Miami University at home, things aren’t going well. However, the passing game has been clicking. Ryan Hilinski and the Cats are good for over 200 yards, and they’re going to keep winging it around.

What’s working? The defense was great against the Miami University passing game, the offensive line hasn’t been bad in pass protection, and the main problem is fixable.

Northwestern has to be Northwestern. It has to control the clock, win the mistake battle, and it has to get physical on the offensive front. It can do all of that, but …

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Why Penn State Will Win

The Wildcats can’t stop screwing up.

Northwestern can’t afford to make mistake – EVER. If it halts the giveaways, it has the makeup and style to hang with just about anyone. If it loses the turnover battle, it can lose to Southern Illinois and Miami University.

The team is -5 in turnover margin this year with nine giveaways over the last three weeks.

Penn State? It took the ball away four times in the blowout over Auburn, and then it took the ball away four times against Central Michigan.

It’s going to take the ball away from Northwestern.

The secondary will give up yards – it has hardly been a rock – but it makes plays, the run defense won’t allow a thing, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Penn State keep doing what it’s doing?

One turnover. That’s all it has given up so far with a lonely interception in the opener against Purdue. The penalties haven’t been a problem, the team isn’t making big mistakes, and as long as that holds form, all will be fine.

Northwestern will keep pressing, but it’s at its best when it can control the game with a lead. The team is way overdue for a great performance, but that’s not happening here.

It won’t be a total wipeout – Northwestern will keep throwing – but there won’t be a ton of drama.

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Penn State vs Northwestern Prediction, Line

Penn State 40, Northwestern 16
Line: Penn State -26.5, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Penn State vs Northwestern Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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Joel Klatt releases new college football top 10 following Week 4

Which do you agree and disagree with?

College football is the greatest game on earth (fact not opinion) but it’s biggest issue is that by the time you blink you’re seemingly a third of the way through it.  That’s at least how it feels after the first four weeks of the season have already come and gone and most teams are already 1/3 of the way done with their schedules.

So what have we learned at this point?  And how much figuring out do we still have left?

As conference seasons heat up we look at who Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt rated in his top 10 this week as he actually gave a few extra teams as an added bonus.

Updated USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll sees shake-up after week 4 upsets

More than a few new teams makes the Coaches Poll

The Irish got a solid road win over North Carolina and that hopefully reflected in them getting more votes this week than last in the latest USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll. With just two votes in others last week, this week saw the coaches give Notre Dame not much more respect as they grabbed just one extra vote this week.

Multiple upsets once again happened this weekend which included No. 6 Oklahoma falling on the road to Kansas State, No. 20 Texas A&M beating No. 10 Arkansas, unranked Texas Tech besting No. 19 Texas and Middle Tennessee State shocking No. 25 Miami, FL.

Here is the updated coaches poll with last weeks ranking in parenthesis.

Penn State vs Central Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Penn State vs Central Michigan game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

Penn State vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24

Penn State vs Central Michigan How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Penn State (3-0), Central Michigan (1-2)
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Penn State vs Central Michigan Game Preview

Why Central Michigan Will Win

Will Penn State be able to keep its full focus after the blowout win over Auburn?

It’s not like there’s anything big ahead – Northwestern is up next – but it’s been an interesting first three weeks with a gut-check rally to beat Purdue and the high-profile win on the road against the SEC. As we’ve seen with Central Michigan, it can take advantage of any opportunity.

It rallied back to make it interesting late against Oklahoma State, and last week it finally got the ground game working in a blowout over Bucknell.

The Chippewas are fantastic at getting into the backfield, the run defense has been strong, and …

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Why Penn State Will Win

Central Michigan doesn’t have the passing game bother the Penn State secondary.

The Nittany Lions have allowed yards, but they’ve given up fewer than a 50% completion rate overall so far. Auburn almost hit 300 yards but couldn’t get anything going, and the pass rush is there to bother CMU QB Daniel Richardson enough to keep the attack from going off.

The Chippewas offensive line hasn’t been great so far, the defense isn’t forcing enough mistakes, and the secondary was lit up before the Bucknell game, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Sean Clifford has been better than you think.

Penn State fans might be liking the great young prospects waiting in the wings, but Clifford is playing like a good veteran who’s able to handle the moment and steadily keep everything moving.

The team made a statement against Auburn. Instead of packing it in and getting through this before the Big Ten season kicks in full force, expect a good, balanced performance and a nice day from the defense.

Central Michigan will score points in the second half, but Penn State will have this in hand.

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Penn State vs Central Michigan Prediction, Line

Penn State 45, Central Michigan 17
Line: Penn State -27.5, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Penn State vs Central Michigan Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

College coaches all over America this week are raising awareness and research dollars for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive genetic disorder that takes the lives of young men. Fans can donate to Coach To Cure MD online or by texting the word CURE to 501501 to give $25. 

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Alabama OC, Bill O’Brien, a top candidate for Nebraska HC

Alabama may be set to lose yet another coordinator

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, has been listed as one of the top three candidates for the Nebraska head coaching job. O’Brien has previously served as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Houston Texans, with neither stint being overly successful. During his time at State College, he was 15-9, while going 54-52 in the NFL.

Coach Saban hired O’Brien after he was fired by the Texans in 2021 to be the Alabama quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. During Alabama’s 2021 campaign O’Brien lead an offense that competed for a national title, as well as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

As for Nebraska, they have been in a constant search to find their guy since they fired Bo Pelini in 2014. The Cornhuskers fired former head coach Scott Frost after a 1-2 start that included a brutal home loss to Georgia Southern.

Alongside O’Brien, Iowa State HC Matt Campbell and Kansas HC Lance Leipold are also being strongly considered for the position. Expect a decision from the Cornhuskers in the near future.

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Where is Clemson in this national analyst’s updated top 8 rankings?

A national college football analyst released his updated top eight rankings following Week 3 of the season. Former Florida State quarterback and current CBS Sports analyst Danny Kanell has Clemson ranked No. 5. As you can see in his tweet below, …

A national college football analyst released his updated top eight rankings following Week 3 of the season.

Former Florida State quarterback and current CBS Sports analyst Danny Kanell has Clemson ranked No. 5.

As you can see in his tweet below, Kanell has two SEC teams in his top three with Georgia being No. 1 and Alabama being No. 3. A pair of Big Ten teams round out the top four in Ohio State at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 4.

Behind Clemson, Kanell has the Big 12’s Oklahoma at No. 6, the Pac-12’s Southern Cal at No. 7 and another Big Ten team, Penn State, at No. 8.

Georgia is coming off a dominant 48-7 win at South Carolina in Week 3, while Alabama trounced UL Monroe in Tuscaloosa, 63-7. Ohio State crushed Toledo in Columbus, 77-21, and Michigan shut out UConn in Ann Arbor, 59-0.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, went on the road and routed Nebraska, 49-14. Southern Cal played host to Fresno State and won convincingly, 45-17. Penn State traveled to Auburn and defeated the SEC’s Tigers, 41-12.

Clemson, of course, beat Louisiana Tech by a score of 48-20 at Death Valley last Saturday. The Tigers, ranked No. 5 in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, are set to face Wake Forest (No. 16 Coaches Poll, No. 21 AP Top 25) in Winston-Salem this Saturday, Sept. 24. The game will kick off at noon ET on ABC.

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Huskers continue to fall in ESPN’s FPI rankings after Week 3

ESPN’s projections for the Huskers are not optimistic

The Nebraska Cornhuskers fell sharply in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) rankings following their 49-14 loss to No. 6-ranked Oklahoma. The Huskers are now 1-3 on the season after wrapping up their non-conference slate against the Sooners. This Saturday is the first of two bye weeks for Nebraska before they begin Big Ten play at home against Indiana on October 1.

The FPI metric, according to ESPN, “measures team’s true strength on a net points scale; expected point margin vs. average opponent on neutral field.” The FPI also projects teams’ record, chances to win out, chances of winning out the rest of the season, including conference championship games, winning their conference, making the College Football Playoff, and winning the National Championship.

The Big Ten had a subpar showing overall, with six teams moving up in the rankings and eight teams taking a tumble.

Read below to see where the Huskers and the rest of the Big Ten stack up:

See it: Giants great Eli Manning becomes Chad Powers for PSU tryout

New York Giants legend Eli Manning went undercover as Chad Powers for a walk-on tryout at Penn State University.

Eli Manning certainly appears to be enjoying life in retirement. He, along with his brother Peyton, have carved out quite a role for themselves in the media industry.

The ManningCast has become a worldwide hit. And “Eli’s Places,” which is produced by Peyton’s Omaha Productions, is also gaining a ton of traction.

On Monday, “Eli’s Places” went viral thanks to Chad Powers, a 26-year-old quarterback who attended a walk-on tryout for Penn State University.

“I wanted to see if the coaches would be interested in me,” Manning told The New York Post. “Head coach James Franklin was in on it, but didn’t really tell any of the other coaches.

“By the end of it, he knew something was going on, just because of the way I looked, and how I was telling receivers what routes to run and how to run them — and I was talking some football lingo that I shouldn’t know, but knew coaches would know. I’m sure they’re not getting what ‘read’ many walk-ons are working on.”

Manning said there was no script and that he simply tried to say something outrageous each time he spoke. And that obviously worked to perfection.

Almost immediately, Chad Power was the No. 1 trend in America.

The full Chad Powers episode of “Eli’s Places” can be viewed on ESPN’s YouTube page. And it’s worth every single second of the investment.

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