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Who? What? When? Where?

College Football Recap Week 2

Who?

I might have to rename this honor the “Keith Wenning stat update” as the Ball State quarterback did it again yesterday.  Wenning threw up 325 yards passing and two touchdowns in BSU’s 40-14 victory.  Through two games this season Wenning has thrown for 665 yards, 5 touchdowns and has a ridiculous 165.8 quarterback rating.  The Cardinals are 2-0 which is the start to this season they expected.  Wenning and company are looking to turn this into a record breaking season in Muncie.

What?

Nate Sudfeld will be the starting quarterback for Indiana moving forward.  Sudfeld entered the game after the Hoosiers went three-and-out and four-and-out in their first two series.  He went 31-42 for 362 yards and four touchdowns.  IU dug themselves a 17 point hole against Navy and were never able to pull out of it.  That was not the fault of Sudfeld and the offense who nearly scored every time, but the defense could not stop the Midshipmen triple option.

When?

Ricardo Allen saved the day for Purdue with 19 seconds remaining to seal a 20-14 victory over Indiana State.  The Sycamores were driving with a chance to tie and take the lead at the Boiler 36-yard line when Allen dove in front of a Mike Perish pass attempt.  This game was tight throughout but Purdue came through with their first win of the season and the first for Darrel Hazell in West Lafayette.

Where?

Where has the defense gone for Notre Dame?  The Irish were torched on Saturday night as Michigan hung 41 points on them.  ND was the number one scoring defense in the country last season allowing just 10 points per game.  The final scheduled match up between these two teams at the Big House was a high scoring contest, but Michigan’s Devin Gardner stole the show.  Gardner went over, through, and around the Notre Dame defense throwing for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns plus rushing for 82 yards and another score.  Notre Dame will need to sort these issues out as they continue their Big Ten swing playing at Purdue in another Saturday night prime time game.

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Who? What? When? Where?

College Football Recap Week 1

Who?

Keith Wenning and Tommy Rees set a high standard for their 2013 seasons.  Wenning went 24-40 for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns as Ball State beat Illinois State 51-28.  Maybe even more astounding is the fact that the Cardinals trailed 21-9 late in the second quarter before scoring 42 consecutive points.  Wenning and company have some high expectations this season especially on offense and they did not disappoint.  Rees set a career high with 346 passing yards.  He was very efficient only needing 23 passing attempts to get there.  He completed 16 attempts with three going for touchdowns.  This was a great opener for Rees who is back in the starting role for the Irish.

What?

The Indiana offense came into the season expecting to be explosive.  In their Thursday opener against Indiana State, they set a school record with 73 points.  The Hoosiers rolled up 623 yards of total offense on their way to scoring nine touchdowns.  The quick strike ability of the offense was in full affect.  This was all done with a three man QB rotation.  Tre Roberson got the start and threw for two scores.  Then the offense really took off when sophomore Nate Sudfeld stepped in.  He went 12-17 for 219 yards and a very impressive 4 touchdowns.  IU will lean heavily on the offense this season to put up major points and they showed that ability in a big way.

When?

Most of the early season games for the in-state schools are not huge heavyweight battles.  The one big exception is next week when Notre Dame travels to Michigan.  This is the last scheduled meeting for these long time rivals.  Notre Dame is moving to the ACC in all sports other than football but with that agreement the Irish will play five ACC schools each year.  The annual match up for these two schools was a casualty of the move.  This will be a top 20 match up with emotions running high.  The last time the Irish traveled to Ann Arbor it was a primetime classic with Michigan scoring a touchdown late for a come-from-behind win.  This one is shaping up to a be another late night thriller.

Where?

Where did Purdue go at halftime in Cincinnati?  Darrel Hazell’s first game as Boilermakers head coach started off slow, but in a tight contest.  The end result however was a blow out with the Boilers on the wrong end.  It was a 7-7 game before Cincinnati scored a touchdown with just :17 seconds remaining in the first half taking a 14-7 lead to the half.  That score started a Bearcat onslaught of 35 straight points resulting in a 42-7 victory.  Purdue never found a rhythm offensively and when Cincy gained the momentum the Boiler defense had no answer.  This was a disappointing opener for Hazell.  The new pro-style offense he is installing never got off the ground and turned the ball over four times.  The 35 point loss was the worst season opener for Purdue since a 52-14 loss at Michigan State in 1996.  PU will look to get on track next week when Indiana State comes to Ross-Ade Stadium.

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Inside the Man Room

College football is here so it is time for my season preview.  The Man Room this week is completely filled with college football talk and nothing else.  I break down all four of the FBS schools as well as several other in state schools.  Plus Jeremy Gray from IU joins me to preview the Hoosiers’ season.

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Inside the Man Room

Football is the topic of choice this week in the Man Room.  I take a look back at the Colts’ preseason opener.  Notre Dame is the second college football team we talk about in our preview series.  Pat Doherty from the Regional Radio Sports Network joins me to talk about the Irish.  Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer or @IndySportsCrew.  Subscribe to Indy Sports Crew podcasts on iTunes.

Rise and Fire

The NCAA Tournament is here.  Get yourself prepared for the first weekend of games with my analysis of the four Indiana teams in the field.  IU, Butler, Notre Dame, and Valparaiso each have differing situations but some deep run opportunities are there.

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Inside the Man Room

This week we make a call to the bullpen and bring in the big right hander from Arkansas, Jon Pratt.  JP is filling for the Coach as he preps for the semi-state this Saturday.  We talk all hoops this episode.  Thoughts on IU’s Big Ten Championship and their prospects for March.  Valpo wins the Horizon League title to earn their Big Dance ticket.  Plus other basketball chatter.

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Inside the Man Room

Join us this week in the Man Room as the Coach and I really go in depth with some basketball talk.  Dare I say even some “chalk talk”.  The main focus is college basketball with some big games this week for Notre Dame, IU, and Indiana State.  We also give a special shout out to the Shakamak Lady Lakers with coaches Troy Fougerousse and B.A. Shipman.  Follow us @thadvandeventer, @C_K_42, and @IndySportsCrew.

Inside the Man Room

We’re back!!!  After a short time off due to the holidays and the birth of Graham, the Coach and I are back in the Man Room talking basketball.  We had a ton of college basketball action to catch up on.  Indiana and Butler are both in the top 10 plus other teams playing well.  Listen and get ready for the weekly podcasts once again.  Follow us on Twitter @thadvandeventer, @C_K_42, and @IndySportsCrew.

Rise and Fire

Statewide Round Ball Round Up

Just as we did last year at the start of each month we will run through the Division I college basketball programs in the state to get you caught up on where every program is.  This month I waited an extra week as this completes the first full month of games.  So lets get started.

Indiana

The Hoosiers are ranked #1 in the nation and through their first nine games have shown no reason why they shouldn’t be.  IU has won all nine games this year by an average of 31.7 ppg.  The schedule has not been loaded with top notch competition but in the three games so far against BCS conference teams Indiana has handled all of them with double-digit victories.

Indiana has showcased numerous offensive weapons as they have five players averaging double figures.  The Hoosiers lead the country in scoring with 89.1 points per game.  Cody Zeller, the preseason National Player of the Year, leads the team in both scoring and rebounding at 15.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg.  IU has one more game against a solid opponent left before entering conference play as they will take on Butler next Saturday in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is the only other ranked team in the state coming in at #22 right now.  They have rolled through the first month of the season with a record of 8-1.  Their signature win thus far is a home victory over then #8 Kentucky 64-50.  The Irish dominated that contest and showed that Coach Brey’s squad has the tools to compete with top competition.  The question that still exist for them however is if they are just a home team or if they are able to play the same way on the road.

ND is lead this year by the same guy that lead them last year- Jack Cooley.  Cooley is averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.  They have also shown a balanced offense having three other players scoring in double figures (Jerian Grant, Eric Atkins, and Michigan State transfer Garrick Sherman).  For Coach Brey however this may finally be the team that can some noise in March.  The Irish’s next game is against Purdue in the Crossroads Classic.

Butler

Butler has been a little under the radar to this point even though they are 7-2 with several good wins.  Butler showed what they are capable of at the Maui Invitational.  The Bulldogs beat Marquette on a last second Rotnei Clarke trey and pounded North Carolina on their way to the title game.  There they lost to still undefeated Illinois.  

The improvement this year has come from the additions of Clarke and freshman Kellen Dunham who give the Bulldogs the outside shooting they missed last year.  Clarke (17.3 ppg) and Dunham (11.0 ppg) have allowed the offense better spacing opening the post and driving lanes for Andrew Smith, Khyle Marshall, and Roosevelt Jones.  Butler has played a tough schedule so far to get prepared for their new conference the Atlantic 10.  The Dawgs will get their biggest test next Saturday against #1 Indiana.  This will be a good game for both teams as it will be an offense versus defense battle.  Butler’s defense has been very good and very physical while as we talked about before IU leads the nation in scoring.

Purdue

Matt Painter has a young team this season and they have started off slow.  The Boilers are just 4-5 and coming off a very disappointing loss at Eastern Michigan.  They lost that game 47-44 shooting a dismal 29.8% from the field.  Purdue has been very up and down as you may expect from a young team.  They have looked good in a few games (Clemson and UNC-Wilmington) while really struggling in others (Bucknell, Oregon St., and Eastern Michigan).

The biggest bright spot for Purdue is their work on the boards.  They have out rebounded every opponent this year and rank eighth nationally with 44.2 rebounds per game.  Terone Johnson and A.J. Hammons have been their most consistent scorers.  Johnson is only Boiler averaging double figures at 13 a game.  Hammons as a freshman is becoming a reliable post presence.  He is putting in 9.3 points a game and six rebounds.  Purdue only has three games remaining before the conference schedule hits so they have limited time to get it straightened out before going against the top league in the country.

Indiana State

The Sycamores are in a similar situation as Purdue in that they have a young squad.  Coach Greg Lansing is relying heavily on Jake Odum to steer his ship.  Just as the Boilers, they have had their ups and downs early on.  After dropping their opener at UCLA, the Trees won four straight games.  They have dropped their last two however which were a tough overtime home loss to #25 New Mexico and yesterday on the road at Morehead State.

Sitting at 4-3 right now the Sycamores are starting to gear up for Missouri Valley Conference play.  ”The Mayor” Jake Odum leads the team in scoring 15.1, assists 4.4, and steals 1.6.  They will rely on him all season to put them in positions to win.  Gonzaga transfer Manny Arop has been a nice addition as well even as he is learning to fit in.  Arop is putting in 10.9 points and pulling down 6.4 rebounds a game.  Moving forward in the MVC they will also need freshman Khristian Smith (from Pike High School in Indianapolis) to continue to improve as he is starting to score more consistently at 9.4 ppg.

IUPUI

The Jaguars have had a rough start to the season.  Not only in the win-loss column but also on the health front.  The Jags have started off 3-8, but have not been able to put consistent line ups on the court.  Yesterday in their game at Western Kentucky, IUPUI made the trip with only eight scholarship players able to play.

The largest bright spot and possibly surprise has been Mitchell Patton.  Patton is second on the team scoring 14.6 points and rebounding 5.7.  He is struggling with a lower leg injury right now, but the improvement he has made from his freshman year to now has been impressive.  Purdue transfer John Hart leads the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg.  For the Jags right now the biggest thing is getting healthy.  It is going to be tough but in a one bid league they need to focus on getting back on track and peaking at the right time for the conference tournament.

Ball State

Billy Taylor’s team is off to a 4-4 start, but the Cardinals are still trying to find their offensive rhythm.  They are only scoring 62.4 points per game.  Finding buckets consistently has been a major issue for the Cards.  Majok Majok has been a big contributor so far.  He is averaging a double-double at this point with 13.1 points and 10.9 rebounds.  The Cards are going to have to work inside out a little more to open opportunities for Jesse Berry and Jauwan Scaife.  They have four games remaining before MAC play begins with a major test coming against Purdue on December 18.  The Cards dropped their other big match ups this year against IU and Butler.  A win against Purdue to boost their momentum into the conference.

Evansville

The Purple Aces have been playing some good basketball even with an injury to star Colt Ryan.  The Aces are 5-4 but have lost tough road games to Notre Dame and Colorado State.  They also dropped a home contest to very good and underrated Murray State.  Once completely healthy the Aces should be a player in the MVC this year.

Stud freshman D.J. Balentine is leading the team in scoring (12.1 ppg).  Balentine was an Indiana All-Star last year and after a slow start has really taken off.  With Colt Ryan (second on the team with 11.6 ppg) back, UE looks to get back on track.  We will learn a lot about where they are at the final week of December as they will play at Butler the 22nd and at #16 Creighton the 29th.

Valparaiso

The Crusaders are off to a solid start at 6-3.  Bryce Drew has his team playing well even in their three losses.  Losing at two NCAA tournament teams from last season in Saint Louis and New Mexico.  Drew always lays out a non-conference schedule that is challenging for his team and gets them ready for the Horizon League.

Valpo returned their top two scorers from last year in Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk.  So far this season they have not disappointed.  Broekhoff is averaging 17.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg and will be a candidate for Horizon League Player of the Year.  Van Wijk is a big key for the Crusaders.  If he can stay out of foul trouble, Valpo has a solid team and will be able to win a lot of ball games.  The Crusaders should be challenging at the top of a very competitive Horizon League.

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Rise and Fire

Who? What? When? Where?

College Football Recap Week 13 (or Notre Dame Edition)

Who?

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has taken the Fighting Irish to the National Championship game.  In just his third year at the school, Kelly has turned the program around and changed the fortunes of the most recognizable college football institution in the country.  The Irish were not expected to be in this situation at the season’s outset, but coach Kelly remade this team.  The Irish became a physical team relying on the run game and defense.  This was not Kelly’s M.O. coming to Notre Dame.  He was known as an offensive guy who utilized the spread offense to out score his opponents.  This season however he was smart enough to play to his team’s strengths and now they have earned the opportunity of playing for ND’s first national championship since 1988.

What?

The Notre Dame defense has been one of the most surprising things in all of college football this season.  The Irish defense has finished their regular season second nationally in points against average (10.3 ppg).  ND has played this season in an old fashioned style depending heavily on the defense.  Manti Te’o and the boys did not disappoint.  The most points they allowed in a game was a 26 point effort by Pittsburgh in triple overtime.  The play by the defense was without a doubt keyed by their leader Te’o.  Te’o leads the team with 103 tackles and seven interceptions.  He also has 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two fumbles recovered.  Without a doubt Te’o will be in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony and his defense will be showcased in the title game.

When?

Notre Dame coaches have had a great history of championship third seasons under the golden dome.  Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, and Lou Holtz all won national titles in their third season guiding the Irish.  Brian Kelly looks to join the pantheon of legendary ND coaches this year.  Kelly has the Irish on the precipice of hoisting that crystal football.  They are the only undefeated team in the FBS ranks and are awaiting to find out who their final opponent will be.  Kelly has turned Notre Dame back into the winning program many have hoped for.  They have the chance now to put his name down with the rest of the legends in South Bend including Mr. Rockne himself.

Where?

Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida is the location the Irish will take the field against the SEC Champion with the national championship on the line.  Notre Dame has played in some big games but without a doubt this will be the biggest contest since 1993.  Notre Dame will look to do what they did following the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and that is rush the field to celebrate an undefeated season and national championship.

Other Notes from the Final Week

The Ball State Cardinals won their sixth straight game to finish the season 9-3.  BSU took down Miami (OH) on Friday 31-24.  Pete Lembo has completely turned this program around and back to where it was a few years ago under coach Brady Hoke.  Lembo’s Cardinals finished second in the MAC West and third overall in the conference.  Now Ball St. will wait to see what bowl game they will get invited to and who their opponent will be.

Purdue beat Indiana for the second straight season.  With their third straight victory, the Boilers became bowl eligible.  They finish the regular season 6-6.  Although Purdue beat IU again and will be going bowling, that was not enough for coach Danny Hope to stay on board.  Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke announced this afternoon that coach Hope will not be returning and will not coach the bowl game.

The Marian University Knights have advanced to their second consecutive NAIA Football Championship Series semifinal.  Marian beat fellow in-state NAIA power St. Francis 45-34.  The Knights lost last season in the semifinal round to St. Xavier.  Next Saturday Marian will travel to #2 rated Missouri Valley College with a trip to Rome, GA and the NAIA title game on the line.

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