Looking back ... and ahead
As expected, it was pretty much a ho-hum weekend for the Big Ten. Illinois struggled as I predicted, but aside from the rotten eggs laid by Minnesota and Indiana, everything else was according to plan. Which begs the question... I know the league will go to nine conference games in the fairly near future (THANK GOODNESS) but can we all agree - no more FCS games and let's sprinkle in a conference game early so we get some games that matter sooner rather than later?
Penn State may have found a QB. Illinois, despite a struggle, is 4-0 for the first time since 1951. Michigan State leads the nation in total yards per game allowed. Yep, trust me, they do. Michigan is 4-0 again. Ohio State found some offense, sort of. Iowa and Wisconsin routed lesser opponents. Nebraska looked good at what might be one of the most gorgeous stadiums I had previously never seen.
Sorry but Minnesota and Indiana flat suck. I feel for Coach Kill, who is going back to get these seizures in order but really? Losing at home to - albeit a good - North Dakota State? And Indiana goes to North Texas and falls short in a rally against maybe the worst team in FBS? Talk about dragging down a conference!
Big Ten play finally kicks off and there are some dandies. Phats was gutsy enough to let his gold and black homerism shine through in the IU upset loss pick and with his 9-1 record gets to pick again on the home page. Thank goodness for league play. Let the fun begin!
Penn State at Indiana
Minnesota at Michigan
Northwestern at Illinois
Michigan State at Ohio State
Nebraska at Wisconsin (Game of the Week)
Notre Dame at Purdue