One week is in the books. There was good, and there was bad. Good: Northwestern went to Cal and rallied for a big comeback win. Bad: Purdue looked awful in a rout at Cincinnati. Here are my thoughts, ruminations, honors, grades and numbers from an exciting and eventful opening week around the Big Ten.
Today is College Colors Day, the day when people across the nation dress in their college school colors to celebrate the beginning of a new college football season. To be fair, the season kicked off Thursday night, with Indiana and Minnesota rolling to victories, and it continues tonight. But it’s all about celebrating that first Saturday of the season on the last work day of the week.
What a way to start. Indiana scored its most points since 1901 (76) in its 73-35 season-opening victory over Indiana State on Thursday night. As it is, the Hoosiers’ 73 points set a Memorial Stadium record and marked their highest total in the modern era.
We knew it was only a matter of time before a player was ejected as a result of college football’s new rule on targeting a defenseless player, and it happened on the season’s first night. Indiana State’s Carlos Aviles was booted for his hit on Shane Wynn during a punt return in the third quarter. Aviles wasn’t the first player ejected under the new rule, actually, as Tulane and Missouri State had players tossed earlier in the night.
Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs in Thursday night’s record-breaking 73-35 victory over Indiana State. The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.
Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post.