Under the lights at Michigan Stadium part III. With the Notre Dame rivalry no longer Michigan had to pick another opponent to play for their annual Under the Lights game. Penn State was next on the list and after the recent issues with back to back losses and other issues it was an interesting game. The student sections boycotted the opening kick off showing the stands empty on national television.
After getting home late from the Toledo vs Cincinnati game, I was in Bowling Green as the Indiana Hoosiers where in town. It’s very unusual for a Big 10 team to visit a MAC school and usually when they do it doesn’t end well for the Big 10. Bowling Green defeated Indiana on a last second touchdown to win 45-42.
The Toledo Rockets traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at Paul Brown Stadium. Since Nippert Stadium is under construction all Bearcats home games are being played at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel, who is a transfer from Notre Dame came to play and prove that he is a NFL caliber quarterback.
Last night I kicked off sixth year covering college football and the Virginia Tech at Ohio State game lived up to the hype. Unranked Virginia Tech traveled to Columbus to face the #5 Buckeyes who lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the season due to a shoulder injury.
I witness an amazing sunset, a LeBron James sighting and high tempo offenses battle it out. Virginia Tech’s quarterback Michael Brewer handled the 107,000 screaming fans like he practices in the atmosphere ever day.
I am about to board a flight to Tampa to shoot the Carolina Panthers at Tampa Buccaneers games, so enjoy the photos.
The Little Caesars Bowl also know as the Pizza Bowl, is played in Detroit, Michigan. I know most college athletes don’t think anything of Detroit and would rather be at a bowl game in Florida or California but the Little Caesars Bowl never disappoints. There are currently 11 NFL players who have played in the bowl game and this year there will be a few more added to the list. My main focus of the night was Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald who is the brother of Archie Donald who I played football with at Toledo. It’s crazy how small the football community really is. Here is a random stat for you, there are only 1,700 players in the NFL.
Following the MAC Championship in Detroit, I headed over to Indianapolis for the Big 10 Championship between the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans. Everyone was expecting Ohio State to come into the game and take away any chance Michigan State had, but Michigan State came to battle. They wanted to show the entire country they deserved to be in Indy.
The game was loud and full of intensity which made for some awesome photos! Enjoy!
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 24-1 under head coach Rod Carey. The went a BCS Bowl game last year and lost to Florida State. Going into the 2013 season Northern Illinois was expected to win the MAC and bust the BCS for the second straight year. To make the game even more interesting Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is second in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Bowling Green put a stop to Northern Illinois’s streak with a final score of 47-27 and Jordan Lynch Heisman hopefuls.
Teddy Bridgewater is considered the most pro-ready among the draft-eligible quarterbacks, he threw for 255 yards and three TD passes; two of the scoring tosses came in a six-minute span in the fourth quarter in which Bridgewater took over and showed why NFL teams covet his talents.
I also learned last night he is one of the most humble college athletes I have been able to cover. He is extremely close with his mother who is hugging him in the picture above.
The Ohio State vs Michigan game is said to be one of the greatest rivalries in college football. The past few years, Ohio State has been dominating Michigan 9-1 dating back to 2004. Everyone though the 2013 matchup was suppose be a complete blowout since Ohio State has won 24 straight games in a row. Michigan showed up to play, but fell short by one point.
Football is back during the week, the MAC has been playing weekday games for a few years now. Ohio University would take on Bowling Green in the chilly temperatures of 22 degrees. Let’s just say it was cold and a blow out. The final score was 49-0. Enjoy!