The football world has turned on its ear. Michigan is 0-2 for the first time since 1988 and only the tenth time in its history - all others coming between 1883 and 1959! Toss in an abysmal Notre Dame squad that is also 0-2 and we have the two winningest programs in college football history sitting at 0-2 at the same time for the first time - EVER!
Memo to the pollsters - this is why we should scarp the preseason polls. They are way off base. No way Michigan was the fifth best team heading into the season. Now that it has been proven out, this is the perfect proof that the polls should kick in AFTER week three, when we have a much better gauge on who is worthy of such hype and praise.
Michigan has had all of the attention - rightfully so - for their epic upset loss and week two thumping, but meanwhile, the rest of the Big Ten is off to a pretty good start. The other ten squads brought home victories on Saturday, even if they weren't all pretty.
- Illinois shut out Western Illinois 21-0 but struggled more than it should have.
- Indiana had to hold on to win at Western Michigan, but improved to 2-0 with a nice defensive performance.
- Iowa hammered Syracuse and proved that the old adage that teams often show the most improvement between week one and two still rings true.
- Michigan - Dead horse. Been there done that. Next.
- Michigan State handled a game Bowling Green team with a stout second half defensive effort and a mega fourth quarter grinder of a drive.
- Minnesota almost played victim to a MAC school at home on successive weeks, going to three overtimes to hold off a frenzied comeback from Miami-OH.
- Northwestern staged its own great comeback in beating Nevada to get to 2-0.
- Ohio State forced 14 punts out of Akron and cruised to a 20-2 win.
- Penn State is probably the most impressive team so far, but hey, they've beaten up on two of the worst teams in football this year - with no apologies to any rogue domers or fans of field goal Jesus reading this blog.
- Purdue is right behind the Nits in terms of impressiveness, but who have they played? Still, 2-0 is 2-0.
- Wisconsin survived UNLV. Must have been too many distractions in Sin City for the Badgers to handle the Rebels like they should have!
Players of the Week:
Offense - Curtis Painter, Purdue QB - 6 touchdown passes, 348 yards passing and a 77.6% completion percentage.
Defense - Indiana Team Defense - 5 turnovers, 5 sacks in taking over a potential trap road game at Western Michigan.
Special Teams - Ken Iwebema, Iowa - Not one, but two blocked field goals in Iowa's romp.
Get Gamm Winner:
Only one person saw Michigan staying down after the Appy State loss. BruceS went 11-0 to win the second week of Get Gamm and nudge to the top of the standings. Bruce, send me your picks by Thursday sometime.
This week's schedule:
Buffalo at Penn State
Pittsburgh at Michigan State
The Citadel at Wisconsin
Illinois at Syracuse
Akron at Indiana
Duke at Northwestern
Central Michigan at Purdue
Iowa at Iowa State
Notre Dame at Michigan
Ohio State at Washington (Tiebreaker)
Minnesota at Florida Atlantic