Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dynasty Update: Welcome to the B1G (3-5)

EDIT: I think I should take a sec here to clear something up: This team is bad. I imported Eastern Michigan's roster to make this the rebuilding job it truly needed to be to be loyal to the show, which leaves the Eagles as a D overall with D's in both defense and offense. So, you know, bad. I'm playing an online dynasty on All-American difficulty - yes, I'm scared of Heisman - and the gap in talent is starting to show.
After a nice tune-up game against Akron, Minnesota State kicked off conference play with four straight losses. The Eagles led Penn State 13-3 at halftime, but couldn't keep up, eventually falling 16-13. The competitiveness of that game excited many in the Screaming Eagle fan base, but any positivity was washed away by two back-to-back home ten point losses against #3 Ohio State (27-17) and #4 Nebraska (31-21). Spirits were low the next week as State went on the road to #12 Wisconsin and it showed. The Badgers pounded the Eagles, grinding out over 300 rushing yards and holding the MSU to under 200 yards of total offense in a 31-13 shellacking. The Eagles now sit at 3-5 (0-4) and Hayden Fox is two losses away from having a losing season. While it's understandable he would struggle, finishing in the cellar of the conference will certainly count against his job security. On the upside, the hardest part of the schedule is over and State gets Purdue, Illinois, and Northwestern up next; the three teams have a combined 5 wins so far in 2011.

High-caliber programs like Nebraska and Wisconsin have proven a bit much for lowly Minnesota State.
2011 Schedule (3-5, 0-4)

Baylor W 24-20
at Missouri L 14-17
Ball State W 31-21
at Akron W 42-0
Penn State L 13-16
Ohio State L 17-27
Nebraska L 21-31
at Wisconsin L 13-31

Remaining Games:

at Purdue
at Northwestern
at Michigan State

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