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Topic: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2

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847badgerfan

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2019, 09:27:39 AM »
They do get ________ this season, in Champaign, but not Indiana.

They also get UNL, UM, UW and NU at home. If they can somehow start 4-0, those apathetic fans will start showing up to games.
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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2019, 09:36:32 AM »
I had to double-check that, and you're right.  They do get RU at home so that's a likely win.   So that's a good base of 4 wins.  They go on the road for Purdue and Minn, and get Northwestern at home.  I think they can go 1-2 against those guys.

So 5-7 is very possible for the Illini, anything more would be gravy.

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2019, 09:48:15 AM »
They do get ________ this season, in Champaign, but not Indiana.

They also get UNL, UM, UW and NU at home. If they can somehow start 4-0, those apathetic fans will start showing up to games.

LOL, you are sticking to your pledge about ______ !  I admire that!

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2019, 09:53:14 AM »
Out of curiosity, I can't seem to put my finger on UMD's sudden offensive explosiveness.  It might be smoke and mirrors (putting nearly 80 on Howard isn't all that hard, and it's possible that Cuse may be taking a step back this year), but it's not like Coach Locks has a proven track record of coaching success.  The Terps are rarely hurting for playmakers, but they always seem to have had a hard time getting out of their own way.

Did Locks get some new coordinators?  Or is he taking more of a "hands off" approach and letting his assistant coaches do their thing?  Whatever it is, they're looking good so far.  It'd be interesting to see when they play a team with a good defense (and maybe Cuse still does).

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2019, 09:57:32 AM »
Out of curiosity, I can't seem to put my finger on UMD's sudden offensive explosiveness.  It might be smoke and mirrors (putting nearly 80 on Howard isn't all that hard, and it's possible that Cuse may be taking a step back this year), but it's not like Coach Locks has a proven track record of coaching success.  The Terps are rarely hurting for playmakers, but they always seem to have had a hard time getting out of their own way.

Did Locks get some new coordinators?  Or is he taking more of a "hands off" approach and letting his assistant coaches do their thing?  Whatever it is, they're looking good so far.  It'd be interesting to see when they play a team with a good defense (and maybe Cuse still does).
It's because they have a legit quarterback for the first time in a while.  I love me some CJ Brown and especially high school state champion wrestler Perry Hills (and who doesn't dig Piggy, the ultimate team player), but they weren't complete QBs.  That's the single most important difference.

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2019, 11:17:15 AM »
Illinois may be improved, but I think they need to win at least 5 games for Lovie to stick around another year.  EMU isn't an automatic but it's a should-win.  They don't have Rutgers or even Indiana from the East so it's hard for me to see them doing much better than 4-8 this year.  The West has gotten tougher.

They do get ________ this season, in Champaign, but not Indiana.

They also get UNL, UM, UW and NU at home. If they can somehow start 4-0, those apathetic fans will start showing up to games.
I was going to point out the same thing @847badgerfan pointed out, they do get Rutgers and at home, on November 2.  That helps.  In spite of that, Illinois has a tough schedule for a bottom-feeder because their next two easiest conference opponents (per last weeks Power Rankings) are #12 Purdue and #10 Minnesota and both of those games are on the road.  They do get #8 Nebraska and #9 Northwestern at home but those might be too good of opponents for them to beat even at home.  I don't know, those two haven't looked good so far. 

Illinois' B1G schedule by last weeks Power Ranking:
  • #2 Michigan, Home:  Too tough, even at home
  • #3 Wisconsin, Home:  Too tough, even at home
  • #5 Michigan State, Away:  Probably too tough, especially on the road but with MSU's offensive woes you never know. 
  • #6 Iowa, Away:  Too tough especially on the road. 
  • #8 Nebraska, Home:  This will likely be a must-win for Illinois to go bowling. 
  • #9 Northwestern, Home:  See above
  • #10 Minnesota, Away:  I'd like Illinois' chances a lot better against the Gophers at home. 
  • #12 Purdue, Away:  I'd like Illinois' chances a lot better against the Boilermakers at home. 
  • #14 Rutgers, Home:  Should win. 

The Illini are 2-0 and should beat EMU this weekend.  If they do, they'll only need three B1G wins to go bowling.  The problem, as I see it, is that I only see one probable B1G win (Rutgers).  Thus, they basically need to win two out of @UNL, @NU, vMN, vPU and I think that is a very tall order. 


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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2019, 11:19:13 AM »
On a side note, while watching the Army - Michigan game it was mentioned that UM hasn't won a B1G championship since 2004?  I had no idea it had been that long.  It made me think I have been overrating them for years due to their helmet status. 
You have been, they are not really a helmet anymore, just living on reputation.  There are High School Football players this year who were not yet born the last time Michigan won a Conference Title and only a few college seniors were alive the last time Michigan won an NC.  ;)

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2019, 11:20:30 AM »
It's because they have a legit quarterback for the first time in a while.  I love me some CJ Brown and especially high school state champion wrestler Perry Hills (and who doesn't dig Piggy, the ultimate team player), but they weren't complete QBs.  That's the single most important difference.
Thank you for clarifying, I was wondering as well.  I haven't done rankings yet and Maryland is tough to rank.  At this point we are still early in the season so I try not to overreact too much to the first couple games but Maryland has looked like a B1G-E contender so far.  

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2019, 11:28:38 AM »
I had to double-check that, and you're right.  They do get RU at home so that's a likely win.  So that's a good base of 4 wins.  They go on the road for Purdue and Minn, and get Northwestern at home.  I think they can go 1-2 against those guys.

So 5-7 is very possible for the Illini, anything more would be gravy.
Akron is horrible.  In their other game so far they lost to UAB.  

UCONN is horrible.  In their other game so far they struggled with FCS Wagner.  

EMU is horrible.  In their two games so far they struggled with Coastal Carolina and lost to Kentucky.  

Rutgers is horrible.  We all know this.  

I'm with you, they NEED five wins.  Beating the four above teams simply doesn't prove anything and is something that any random guy hired to coach Illinois aught to do without breaking a sweat.  IMHO, if they go 4-8 their coach should be fired because it would be difficult for the replacement to be worse.  

They need a minimum of five wins because that is the minimum to have defeated at least one opponent with a pulse.  

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2019, 11:33:54 AM »
Thank you for clarifying, I was wondering as well.  I haven't done rankings yet and Maryland is tough to rank.  At this point we are still early in the season so I try not to overreact too much to the first couple games but Maryland has looked like a B1G-E contender so far. 

It's just my opinion, of course.  Josh Jackson isn't going to win the Heisman, but he can do everything that a D1 team needs from the quarterback.

Let's see how they do at Temple; like one of the Iowa posters pointed out, the Terps have started out hot a few times recently and then faded away.  Last year Temple came to College Park and beat the tar out of a 2-0 team.  So I agree that it's too soon to annoint them as a contender.

It's nice to be in the rankings though; first time since Fall of 2013 (a one-week stay, ended by a 0-63 game at Florida State).

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2019, 11:42:21 AM »
13. Purdue - SEC SEC SEC
12. Illinois - 
Did you mean the order in which you listed them:
  • #12 Purdue
  • #13 Illinois
Or did you mean the numbers you used:
  • #12 Illinois
  • #13 Purdue
?


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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2019, 11:44:28 AM »
9. Northwestern - enjoy your rest
9. Indiana
Also, you have two #9's.  Did you mean the order in which you listed them:
  • #9 Northwestern
  • #11 Indiana
Or did you mean something else?


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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #40 on: September 09, 2019, 11:49:43 AM »
I did it this week, but could you kindly number your rankings in future weeks please?  It makes it a lot easier for me to avoid errors when entering votes.  

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Re: B1G Power Rankings, Week 2
« Reply #41 on: September 09, 2019, 11:51:29 AM »
Wisconsin
Maryland
MSU
Michigan
Ohio State
Penn State
Iowa
Purdue
Northwestern
Nebraska
Minnesota
Indiana
Illinois
Rutgers
See my post to @mcwterps above, please kindly number your rankings in future weeks.  

 

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