Another rough week for the Big 10.
There were a few exceptions such as Ohio State. After losing at home to Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes may have gotten the message and stepped up their game against a really bad 0-3 Kent State. Ohio State beat Kent State 66-0. The Buckeye defense just pulverized them allowing just 126 total yards and picked off 3 passes. What fans watched this game did see the emergence of future super star true freshman Linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Hinesville, Georgia. McMillan had 7 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Buckeye fans need to be excited about this kid. He’s going to be a great one and we saw a bit of that on Saturday.
On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes had 628 yards of offense. JT Barrett hit 23 out of 30 passes for 312 yards and a record 6 Touchdowns.
Curtis Samuel rushed for 100 yards and 2 Touchdowns off of 15 carries.
While this game was exciting for Buckeye fans, we have to remember that this was Kent State.
Nebraska also won big at 55-19 over Fresno State. But, like the Buckeyes it might be a mistake to get too excited about this win since Fresno is 0-3 and has been blown out in all 3 games.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong completed 12 out of 21 passes for 260 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Heisman candidate Ameer Abdullah ran for 110 yards on 19 carries and crossed the goal line once.
Michigan bounced back from last week’s disaster against Notre Dame with a 34-10 win over Miami of Ohio. Of course, like Ohio State’s and Nebraska’s opponents Miami is 0-3.
Devin Gardner was 13 out of 20 passing for 184 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Running Back Derrick Green ran for 137 yards and 2 Touchdowns off of 22 carries. Super star Wide Receiver and
Michigan’s best player Devin Funchess missed the game with a leg injury. Hopefully, for Michigan’s and Funchess’ sake it’s not too serious.
Tight End Jake Butt helped ease the loss of Funchess a little with 3 catches and 1 Touchdown.
Head Coach Brady Hoke is getting testy with the media which means he is feeling the pressure. Personally, I don’t think Devin Gardner is the answer at Quarterback for the Wolverines.
Penn State moved to 3-0 with a win over Big 10 newcomer Rutgers, 13-10. Rutgers dropped to 2-1 and lost their first ever Big 10 game.
Penn State won’t go undefeated but I have all the faith in the world in Nittany Lion coach James Franklin and he will have them hitting on all cylinders really soon and watch out Big 10 and the nation. Christian Hackenberg had a phenomenal true freshman year and he is taking up right where he left off if not even better. He was 25 out of 44 passing for 309 yards but he had no Touchdowns and the Lions do not have much of a running game right now. Rutgers held them to 64 yards rushing. Geno Lewis and Daesean Hamilton combines for 14 catches and 212 yards receiving.
Rutgers Quarterback Gary Nova had a bad day throwing 5 Interceptions. Rutgers only had 294 yards on the day and only 102 rushing yards. This was a defensive battle, with Penn State barely getting by. Penn State has a favorable schedule with a couple of easier games ahead before they get into the meat of their season with Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.
Rutgers has a rough road ahead.
Now for the bad news, Indiana lost 45-42 to Bowling Green and the other Big 10 newcomer Maryland lost to the Big 12’s West Virginia 40-37.
One time semi-powerhouse Iowa lost to in state rival Iowa State. Iowa’s offense is anemic as usual and Iowa State improved to 1-2 on the season.
The Big 12’s TCU pounded Minnesota, 30-7. The Gophers looked bad. One of the few bright spots for Minnesota is linebacker Damien Wilson.
Illinois was hugely disappointing and got hammered by Washington, 44-19. The hopes were high going into Seattle and they were out of it right away. Illinois Quarterback Wes Lunt never really got it going.
Purdue got roughed up by old nemesis Notre Dame 30-14, but that was expected. Purdue Running Back Raheem Mostert is the fastest player in the Big 10 and has enormous potential. Purdue Center Robert Kugler may be the best in the Big 10. Ryan Russell and Jalani Phillips are potentially great
Defensive Ends for the Boilermakers. Purdue, to their credit, held Notre Dame pretty much in check. The Irish only rushed for 139 yards and 1 Touchdown.
Purdue is a great university and I would love to see them get it together and have a great football team as well. The Big 10 desperately needs some schools like Purdue, or Indiana, or Illinois to make some moves.
Michigan State and Ohio State held the Big 10’s biggest chances for the new playoffs this season. But, both of them have taken it on the chin with early season losses and the Big 10’s reputation may be too bad to get past those losses this season. If Michigan State wins out, it’s still going to be hard to get past the fringe teams like Oregon or any of the Pac 12 or Big 12 schools.