Don’t Hate the Player: NCAA ’13 Week 10 Preview

WNUR Sports Social Media Director Cameron Songer (@CameronSonger) previews the week 10 match-ups around the nation and takes a look at where the virtual Northwestern Wildcats stand.

Even though Northwestern has a bye this week, the simulated show must go on. While Northwestern players rest their pixelated legs for the home stretch of the season, here’s a recap of the season so far and the action going on around the country.

Northwestern Update:

The virtual ‘Cats are 6-3 with a 4-1 mark in conference. They started the season 1-2, with a pair of close home losses to Vanderbilt and BC. Northwestern then ripped off five straight wins, including a 14-point beatdown of then-ranked. Nebraska. Last week, the virtual ‘Cats were embarrassed, 38-0, by Iowa.

Big Games This Week

Virginia Tech @ #10 Miami: Virginia Tech wins, 38-31

#5 Oklahoma @ Iowa State: Oklahoma wins, 41-10

TCU @ #14 West Virginia: West Virginia wins, 38-28

Tulsa @ #1 Arkansas: Arkansas wins, 28-19

#8 Texas @ Texas Tech: Texas Tech wins, 20-16

#25 Nebraska @ #2 Michigan State: Nebraska wins, 38-6

#15 Virginia @ NC State: NC State wins, 45-19

#21 Missouri @ Florida: Missouri wins, 17-13

#19 Alabama @ #4 LSU: LSU wins, 24-17

#17 Oregon @ #11 USC: USC wins, 28-27

#12 Oklahoma State @ #3 Kansas State: Kansas State wins, 23-17

Around the Big Ten

The marquee game in the Big Ten this week was Michigan State, which had just moved up to #2 nationally, hosting Nebraska. The Huskers shocked the world by handing the Spartans their first loss. Elsewhere in the conference, Iowa handled Indiana and Ohio State thrashed Illinois. Penn State’s struggles continued with a loss at Purdue, while Michigan shut out the Golden Gophers in Minnesota.

With three weeks left in the season, Wisconsin leads the Leaders division with a 3-2 conference mark. Ohio State is 4-2, but ineligible for the postseason. Illinois and Purdue follow at 2-3 in league. On the Legends side, Michigan State leads with a 5-1 league record. Northwestern and Iowa are both 4-1, with Nebraska at 3-2 and Michigan at 2-3.

Heisman Top 5:

Knile Davis, HB, Arkansas

Malcolm Brown, HB, Texas

EJ Manuel, QB, Florida St.

Marcus Lattimore, HB, South Carolina

De’Anthony Thomas, HB, Oregon

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