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No B1G statement: Tigers roar back, top Badgers

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Ahead of the first-ever College Football Playoff, the Big Ten has two non-conference games in which to make a statement to the committee that will select the four teams that will take part in the mini-tournament: Week 1, Wisconsin vs. LSU, and Week 2, Michigan State vs. Oregon.

Shortly after midnight, Wisconsin officially fumbled away the conference’s first opportunity.

After taking a 17-7 lead into the halftime locker room, and pushing that lead to 17 early in the third quarter, the Badgers watched helplessly as the Tigers outscored them 21-0 the remainder of the second half to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  A wide asleep Tiger offense abruptly awoke in the third quarter, aided in large part to a pair of key losses to Wisky’s defensive line.

The Tigers opened the game with eight of their first nine offensive series consisting of four plays or less.  Six of those drives ended in punts, one a turnover and the other an 80-yard touchdown pass.  From the third quarter on, however, it was like someone flipped a switch on LSU’s offense as the Tigers scored points on their first four drives of the half — two field goals, two touchdowns — to turn a 10-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead midway through the fourth.

Conversely, the Badgers’ offense suffered from a serious case of second-half narcolepsy, aided in large part by a suffocating Tiger defense.  After giving up 202 yards of total offense in the first half, including 173 on the ground, LSU allowed just 116 the rest of the game.  The Badgers were highly ineffective in the passing game, totaling a meager 50 yards in the air.

Tanner McEvoy aided the Tigers’ cause greatly as the Badgers quarterback, who was a starting safety last season, threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions.  The first of those picks led to the go-ahead, and what turned out to be game-winning, touchdown.

In the end, the more talented, athletic team won out.  It was, though, a missed opportunity for a Big Ten team to show that it could not only play with, but beat one of the best the the SEC has to offer.

And, if MSU goes down in flames like UW did Saturday night?  The Big Ten could very well find itself on the outside of the inaugural playoff looking in.

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47 Responses to “No B1G statement: Tigers roar back, top Badgers”
  1. realfootballfan says: Aug 31, 2014 12:49 AM

    Say whatever you want about Les Miles, the guy wins big games. He always seems to find a way with his teams.

  2. moneymike23 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:54 AM

    All I can say is wow at Tanner McEvoy!!!

    8/24, 50 yrds and 2 ints…I don’t think I have ever seen a stat line like that before. Ray Charles probably has better accuracy than this guy. Okay, he is a mobile QB but what is the point if he can’t throw.

    Stave should be starter and they would have probably won this game if he started.

  3. crawfish2011 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:57 AM

    Wisconsin’s QB is terrible

  4. lsuzilla says: Aug 31, 2014 12:59 AM

    I’m a LSU homer but the Wisconsin defense list two players before and after halftime I think that helped a lot. Our QBs are hot garbage.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 1:31 AM

    @crawfish. Your QB is not exactly lighting the world on fire…

    Wisconsin looked like the better team for most of this game but they went not a shell in the 3rd and let LSU back in the game. Credit to LSU though for fighting through a pretty bad offensive performance and finding a way to win.

    The atmosphere was electric though. The Jump Around was awesome and the LSU fans were so loud. So obnoxious though!!! Good game to watch though.

    SEC had a pretty good weekend overall.

  6. badgerbuck says: Aug 31, 2014 1:52 AM

    Wisconsin has two quarterbacks which means they have none and after this performance they may be in for a long year.

  7. sportsinhd says: Aug 31, 2014 2:22 AM

    LSU was ranked 13, Wisconsin was ranked 14, LSU won by four points. Shouldn’t that have been what we were expecting? Wisconsin lost by four points, not twenty. The Big 10 certainly didn’t get embarrassed today.

  8. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 31, 2014 2:52 AM

    Great comeback by LSU. Congrats, you beat a great coach.

  9. southernpatriots says: Aug 31, 2014 3:15 AM

    LSU’s coaches kept the game plan, stayed with it. It wasn’t working in the 1st quarter, or second, or much in the third, but by the middle of the third started to work and built through the final quarter. The rookies made some rookie mistakes and did not play up to their potential.

    All the guys and gals here did not give up and believed they could do it.

    How many times has Miles lead LSU been behind in the 4th quarter and won the game?

    “…The team is resilent!”–Les Miles in after game interview.

    Allons les Tigres!

  10. barkleyblows says: Aug 31, 2014 6:57 AM

    Good. Wesconsen sucks!! Stave is terrible and this other guy is just as bad.. Not sure how anyone could say Wesconsen would’ve won if stave started.

    On Wesconsen!!

  11. barkleyblows says: Aug 31, 2014 7:03 AM

    See what happens when you actually play someone Wesconsen fans? You lose!!

    Not shocking at all. Wesconsen sucks!!

    On Wesconsen baby!! On Wesconsen!!

  12. mtheparrothead says: Aug 31, 2014 7:19 AM

    Well it’s good to see you don’t only troll michigan articles. The trailer parks across Ohio were on their collective knees against navy today. Wouldn’t be trolling too much.

  13. rjbailey says: Aug 31, 2014 7:48 AM

    Reblogged this on Locating Frankenstein's Brain.

  14. gatiger says: Aug 31, 2014 8:20 AM

    Are we already discounting Ohio State. They did come back and win against Navy. Navy is definitely one of the top…academy schools. Sorry, almost couldn’t finish the sentence.

    Seriously, how does Navy hang at all with OSU. If you believe any of the recruiting stuff, Urban has 5 and 4 stars all around him.

    Oh well, back to topic. On Wisconsin!

  15. wick0926 says: Aug 31, 2014 8:46 AM


    I don’t know if there is a bigger douche of a troll on here than you!

    I have no clue who you actually are a fan of, but damn you are a complete idiot.

    Congrats you finally got to me and I had to respond, but F.U. continue to sleep with your right hand

  16. germanflats13a38 says: Aug 31, 2014 8:56 AM

    What is up with the “Wesconsen” verbiage?

  17. thraiderskin says: Aug 31, 2014 9:13 AM

    I’m not sure what Barkleyblows’ issue is or why he he cant spell Wisconsin, but that was a good game. Its a damn shame they (UW-M) lost those two d-linemen, but what hurt them most, was how stale the offense became late in the game.

  18. uwsptke says: Aug 31, 2014 9:16 AM

    Melvin Gordon was healthy and only touched the ball three times in the second half (one of them being the 63 yard scamper to start the half). And just two touches after? That’s coaching malpractice.

  19. dmvtransplant says: Aug 31, 2014 9:57 AM

    This is why I hated the idea of a playoff, a team loses in the first week and somehow an entire conference is to blame. Teams 13 & 14 played and the difference in victory was 4 points and somehow now no one in the B1G has a chance really?

    This is like a couple of years ago when Geno Smith was the best QB in September and the Heisman favorite than, October hit and all that hype went away. You have no idea, what LSU or Wisconsin will look like in November so let’s just want till than to see. I really hate this playoff idea, but not as much as the BCS.

    Side Note: And I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. LSU hiring Cam Cameron didn’t learn from the Baltimore Ravens, they had to fire him to win the Super Bowl. His offense last year only won a bowl game against Iowa by a TD and needed 3 quarters to get going last night. A better offensive team, would have won that game last night and exposed Cameron’s bad game-planning.

  20. jackrabbitz says: Aug 31, 2014 10:18 AM

    Mr Taylor, you sound like a LSU alum.

  21. John Taylor says: Aug 31, 2014 10:46 AM

    Dammit!!! Finally, after nearly six years, someone has caught on and revealed my true collegiate colors. Damn you and your dastardly detective skills…

  22. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 31, 2014 11:29 AM

    jackrabbitz: JT is a tOSU alum/fan, but a very balanced writer.


    Another great come back for a LSU-Miles team.

  23. Deb says: Aug 31, 2014 11:33 AM

    Game of the day!!!! I’m a diehard Tide fan, but watching LSU lose was so depressing … and then BOOM!!!

    Regular CFTers will understand this:
    packerbadger, that is called heart. You wouldn’t understand because the Wizard didn’t give you one.

    Never thought I’d say this but Geaux Tigers!

  24. Deb says: Aug 31, 2014 11:41 AM

    It’s nothing against the Badgers. Wisconsin played a great game and looked terrific. They can be proud of their performance.

    People who don’t post here regularly have no idea how really vicious some fans are. You can support your team without making ridiciously bigoted comments about everyone who lives in another region. People like barkleyblows (who’s usually spewing his venom at SEC fans) and packerbadger are just sad, twisted people. So I can’t help being delighted when a troll’s team loses.

  25. packergator says: Aug 31, 2014 12:08 PM

    “Say whatever you want about Les Miles, the guy wins big games. He always seems to find a way with his teams.” -realfootballfan

    Unless of course he’s playing Alabama for the national title – then he gets goose-egged.

  26. packergator says: Aug 31, 2014 12:09 PM

    So Deb, do you think the Tide can find a pass rush before the end of Labor Day weekend?

  27. barkleyblows says: Aug 31, 2014 1:10 PM

    On Wesconsen baby!!!!

    Another loss in a big game. Atleast it wasn’t a Rose Bowl!!

  28. Deb says: Aug 31, 2014 1:22 PM

    @packergator …

    Sure hope so. Posted during the game yesterday that I wondered if our fans were searching the route between Tuscaloosa and Atlanta to see if our defense was sitting on the side of the road somewhere. They improved some by the end of the game, but … yikes!

  29. wisbadgfan says: Aug 31, 2014 5:09 PM

    We do need an explanation on why Gordon disappeared in the second half. I like Clement but in Gordon we have a possible Heisman contender.

    The Badgers need to get something out of their wide receivers—-this has been a problem for the last few years other than Abby.

    I don’t know whats with Stave—-some conjecture is that is still having injury problems. Lets hope we can get some of the kinks ironed out soon.

  30. pack13queens0 says: Aug 31, 2014 11:41 PM

    This was supposed to be the Badgers year to go 15-0 & win the National Championship. I’m still convinced they’ll win 11 straight before the Big Ten Championship & win that as well. Hopefully that’ll be enough to get a Top 4. They’ll get payback on LSU should they meet again.

  31. dhardy8207 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:27 AM

    Oh where is that SEC troll packerbadger? I ‘m shocked he isn’t on here slamming the LSU and blabbing some insane reason that Wisconsin lost…

    Ah well, at least they still dominate in hockey!

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 2, 2014 12:44 PM


    I agree. They have a very real chance at winning out. Their schedule is set up for it for sure. No Mich, Mich St., or OSU.

  33. manik56 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:47 PM

    LSU beat Wisconsin. The SEC did not beat the BigTen. Wisconsin’s loss doesn’t eliminate anyone (including themselves) from anything. This conference pride stuff is just silly and as overplayed as the playoff hype.

    This was actually written in this week one game recap:

    “And, if MSU goes down in flames like UW did Saturday night? The Big Ten could very well find itself on the outside of the inaugural playoff looking in.”

    Can we just enjoy the games and stop saying such black and white things things?

  34. tigersgeaux says: Sep 2, 2014 10:31 PM

    Digital recorders and DVDs are great. I was able to watch the LSU v. Wisconsin game all the way through and rewind and watch several plays more than once.

    Les Miles pulled another one out of his hat, or under his hat. Great call, even with the wrong personnel in the game. I have seen quite a few of these games where Miles and his coaches pull out the game in the 4th quarter, but I have not gotten used to it.

    46 consecutive non conference wins for LSU. A good game and a good tune up game, several more coming before we face MS State.

  35. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2014 3:22 PM

    That’s 46 consecutive REGULAR SEASON non conference wins. I know they lost to Penn St. and Clemson recently in bowl games.

    There are some good teams in that run too… Oregon, TCU (TCU was coming off an 11 win season when this game was scheduled), Washington, North Carolina…

  36. tigersgeaux says: Sep 4, 2014 10:15 AM

    Thanks for adding to my post information that I only knew in part. The guy at LSU that schedules came to our town with some other guys and was talking about scheduling. He said it is much tougher than anyone realizes since most teams refuse to schedule LSU–this includes USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, (and a few others I can’t recall right now). The most common reason: “Our conference schedule is tough enough, and we don’t want to add another tough game to our schedule…”

    And LSU does NOT have a tough conference schedule? Every year playing A&M, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida, regularly playing Georgia.

  37. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 5, 2014 10:30 AM

    Anyone who thinks LSU doesn’t have a tough conference schedule isn’t looking.

    The SEC West is EASILY the toughest division in football.

    #2 Bama
    #5 Auburn
    #9 A&M
    #12 LSU
    #15 Ole Miss

    1/3 of the top 15 reside in the SEC West. 40% of the top 5….

    I seriously doubt FSU… or ANYONE for that matter could run the table in this division…

  38. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 5, 2014 12:38 PM

    looking forward to B10s best.. MSU… playing Oregon

    If MSU loses I think it is over for B10 this year… I am rooting for MSU as I am not a fan of Oregon

    I think OSU is the single biggest fraud in CFB…. they never play anyone OOC and manage their schedule and then rely on entitlement to try and ruin the NC race

    I expect my MD to have much better opportunity to do well in B10 than in ACC… much lower talent, part in skill positions, in B10 than powers in ACC

    I don’t think B10 has much chance of getting in the 4 team playoff, unless an unbeaten MSU… don’t think other teams have schedule even if unbeaten to be chosen over other top teams with same record.. or even a top team with 1 more loss against a better schedule….

    to fairly include B10 champ… and B12 in most years… there really needs to be an 8 team playoff.. or 16

  39. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    B10 and B12 are very weak football conferences

    and anyone being honest knows this

    SEC does not look as strong this year but is unquestionably the best…… I think GA comes out…. my question, will a 2nd 1 loss team, like Bama, be “allowed” in the 4 team playoff as they probably should be….. particularly over a “toke” B10 or B12 team (unless MSU or OU run table and look real)

    my picks… as of now…will be wrong, always someone who jumps up each year..

    P12 champ
    2nd SEC team

  40. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 5, 2014 12:50 PM

    with OU and MSU getting in over 2nd SEC team if unbeaten

  41. tientzu1 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:13 PM

    Did this dude say they never play anybody out of conference? Are you serious?

    Last 10 years – 2014 VaTech, 2013 Cal, 2012 at Cal, 2011 at Miami, 2010 Miami, 2009 USC, 2008 at USC, 2007 at Washington, 2006 Washington, 2006 at Texas, 2005 Texas… Mind you these games are schedule years in advance so you cannot predict what the teams will be like at gametime…please come with facts

  42. tientzu1 says: Sep 5, 2014 2:24 PM

    typo…2006 at (2) Texas not Washington, 2005 (2) Texas

  43. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 5, 2014 4:04 PM

    Yes I said OSU tries hard to manage schedule and never plays anyone OOC….. your isolated examples are pathetic…. my basic claim is absolutely true..

    OSU should be treated as a midmajor in assessing bowl worthiness…… as long as the B10 is weak and their OOC is weak….. look at last year… it would have been downright criminal for an undefeated OSU to have been considered for NCG… we all knew what they were, they played no one…. and we did find out what they were.. but what if they beat that one conf team and finished unbeaten……. ALL us CFB fans would have been ripped off and we would not have had a real NCG

  44. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    how is OSU different than.. say… the MAC champion? other than history…. we need to move away from entitlement in this country

  45. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 6, 2014 3:28 PM

    this ranking of B10 teams needs to stop!!!!

    what a joke that Nebraska is ranked….. absurd

    If MSU, confs lone hope… unless MD comes on… loses, this conf should not be dignified any longer and no team should be ranked…. we need to move away from this entitlement stuff

  46. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 6, 2014 3:54 PM

    shame on OSU for hiring a guy like Meyer.. but it is very easy to see why he found a way out of SEC and went B10

  47. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 7, 2014 12:06 AM

    B10 made a major statement today!

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