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Looking Around the Conference (Legends Division)

Nebraska was not the only Legends Division member to pull out a win on Saturday. A couple of teams struggled, but only one team did not pull out a win. Here is how those teams did, and their next opponents.

Iowa 1-0 (0-0) vs. Iowa State 1-0 

Last week Iowa struggled against a very game, Northern Iowa team. Despite being down to the bare minimum at the running back position, sophomore, Damon Bullock rushed 3o times for 150 yards, and 1 score. Bullock could be the player Iowa needs to build their offense around, because James Vandenberg average completion was for 3.9 yards a pass. The Hawkeyes clearly have not found a replacement for Marvin McNutt.

Iowa State beat former Husker quarterback, Cody Green and Tulsa last week by a score of 38-23. Senior  Cyclones quarterback, Steele Jantz could be a star in the making. He went 32-45 and two touchdowns. Jantz did have an interception, but he also scored one touchdown using his legs. The Cyclones combined for 160 yards rushing, and three touchdowns. Despite Jantz playmaking ability, the Cyclones will have to be a run first team.

Prediction 

Iowa State 31, Iowa 20

19. Michigan 0-1 (0-0) Vs. Air Force 1-0

It gets a little easier for Wolverine fans. Air Force will be a formidable foe, but they are no Alabama, who Michigan started the season against. It didn’t go to well for Brady Hoke and company. The Wolverines were routed, 41-14 by the defending National Champs. Luckily for Michigan’s defense, Air Force runs a run-firts style offense. Similar to Alabama. Now the Crimson Tide don’t use the triple option like the Falcons, but the triple option is always tough to stop, and will need a lot of attention to detail, but I think the Wolverines defense should be up to the task.

Air Force beat on Nebraska’s week four opponent Idaho State, by a score of 49-21. They compiled 626 yards of total offense. The one down fall is they did give up, 431 yards. 365 yards came through the air. That is something that needs to be fixed.

Prediction 

Michigan 42, Air Force 21

11. Michigan State 1-0 (0-0) At Central Michigan 1-0 

Michigan State struggled against Boise State. The Spartans leaned heavily on sophomore running back, Le’Veon Bell. The co-Big 10 offensive player of the week rushed 44 times for 210 yards, and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell showed flashes of brilliance at times, but also looked like a first time starting quarterback at others. Maxwell completed 22 of 38 passes, 0 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.

The Chippewas struggled against FCS, Southeast Missouri State. They beat the Redhawks 38-27 at home. The Spartans will obviously be a more formattable foe. Running back Zurlon Tipton rushed 17 times, for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff threw for 171 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.

Prediction

Michigan State 49, Central Michigan 21

Minnesota 1-0 (0-0) Vs. New Hampshire  1-0

The Golden Gophers struggled in week 1 against UNLV in Las Vegas. The Rebels pushed the gophers to a triple overtime. Minnesota responded, and got Jerry Kill his first win on the road as the Gophers head coach. Senior quarterback MarQuies Gray completed 17-30 passes, for 269 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The dual-threat signal caller also rushed the ball 17 times for 68 yards.

The Wildcats beat Holly Cross 38-17 in their openers. Three different quarterbacks saw the field on Saturday for New Hampshire. James Brady completed 13-17 passed, for 300 yards and, 3 touchdowns. He will be the starter against Minnesota, and has the ability to light up the score board.

Prediction

Minnesota 24, New Hampshire 14

15. Nebraska 1-0 (0-0) At UCLA 1-0 

The Huskers opened the season very impressively on offense. The Blackshirts were not nearly as impressive. Redshirt junior quarterback, Taylor Martinez may have thrown his hat into the Heisman race with 5 touchdown passes on Saturday. Senior running back Rex Burkhead sprained his MCL in his left knee in game one against Southern Miss. He will not need surgery, and is day to day, but will likely not play against UCLA. The player to watch for against UCLA is running back Braylon Heard. I think he is poised for a big game.

UCLA opened the season with a 49-24 win over the No. 120 ranked defense national in 2011, in the Rice Owls. The Bruins but together 648 total yards. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 214 yards, on 15 carries, and 3 touchdowns. Brett Hundley went 28-21 passing for 202 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 pick. The one thing that UCLA struggled with, they turned the ball over twice. That is something Nebraska can capitalize on.

Prediction

Nebraska 38, UCLA 17

Northwestern 1-0 Vs. Vanderbilt 0-1 

Northwestern jumped out to a huge 35-6 lead over Syracuse, then almost lost to the Orange. If Northwestern lets the Commodores stay in this game, they are going to lose. Junior Kain Colter completed 14-21 passes, for 135 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The dual-threat signal caller rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries, he also rushed for a score. Colter got slightly dinged up on Saturday. He will need to stay healthy for the Wildcats to win on Saturday, and I don’t see that happening.

Vanderbilt pushed No. 9 South Carolina to the limit. This Vanderbilt team has all the potential in the world. Jordan Rodgers completed 13 of 23 passes for 214 yards, and 1 touchdown. He put up numbers like that against an SEC defense. Senior running back, Zac Stacy could have a huge day against Northwestern.

Prediction 

Vanderbilt 31, Northwestern 24

By Jimmie Allen

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