It was a really, very complicated week, not simply within the Massive Ten, however throughout school soccer.
Week 2 was full of huge upsets throughout the game, with groups like Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and Florida happening. Alabama most likely ought to have misplaced to Texas on the highway, however managed to tug out the last-moment win. Within the Massive Ten, Nebraska misplaced to a crew it ought to have crushed handily, Wisconsin misplaced to a Energy 5 crew, however one it ought to have crushed handily, Northwestern misplaced after it appeared the Wildcats had turned the nook, and Iowa misplaced to rival Iowa State. Nevertheless, Michigan received huge, Ohio State regarded higher than it had in Week 1, as did Penn State and Michigan State. The opposite groups did what they have been alleged to do.
However the place are every of the 14 Massive Ten groups when it comes to pecking order? Now that we’ve seen at the least two video games from every, the complexion of the convention is turning into extra clear. Our up to date Massive Ten energy rankings are under with one more change on the No. 1 spot.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2)
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This was simply embarrassing for Nebraska.
Georgia Southern has a historical past of taking down groups who’re on the decline (ahem, Florida), however this could not have been an in depth sport. But, the Huskers received outplayed, despite the fact that it was an in depth sport. The protection gave up 642 whole yards, together with 409 yards passing. Quarterback Casey Thompson put up some good numbers, but it surely wasn’t sufficient.
Now, with Northwestern having misplaced to Duke, that Week 0 loss seems to be even worse than earlier than. It’s received to be solely a matter of time earlier than Scott Frost is ousted from his alma mater at this level.
Northwestern Wildcats (1-1)
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It appeared that Northwestern had turned the nook offensively and had grow to be a nouveau choose to problem within the Massive Ten West.
Effectively, about that…
Although the rating ended up being shut, Duke jumped out to a commanding lead on the heels of a balanced run-pass assault. Ryan Hilinski managed 435 yards within the move sport, however with solely 76 yards dashing, the Wildcats took a step again.
Duke is perhaps 2-0 now, however this was a sport that Northwestern needed to win, contemplating the Blue Devils are seen as a bottom-dweller within the ACC. What does that make the Wildcats? One thing related within the Massive Ten.
Indiana Hoosiers (2-0)
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We’re being admittedly harsh to Indiana right here, on condition that the opposite groups who confirmed improved effort and which might be undefeated on the season are rated greater. However we nonetheless have to see extra from the Hoosiers after final yr’s debacle. And we’re nonetheless unsure they may beat any of the groups listed forward of them (besides Illinois, who IU beat in Week 1).
Connor Bazelak was strong for the second-straight week, and the run sport actually received going in opposition to Idaho. However the Vandals opened up a 10-point lead which it took into halftime, and the Hoosiers needed to rally. They did so admirably, successful the sport by 13 factors. However a 13-point win in opposition to Idaho isn’t precisely awe-inspiring for a Massive Ten crew, particularly one within the East.
Iowa Hawkeyes (1-1)
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The excellent news is that Iowa lastly scored a landing. And the protection continues to be fairly good.
However that’s about it.
The issues over the Hawkeye offensive assault this offseason have confirmed themselves warranted. Iowa’s offense is, certainly, offensive. With 58 yards dashing and QB Spencer Petras going 12-for-26 for 92 yards and an interception, it’s tough to think about Iowa doing a lot to any respected Massive Ten crew, lest the Hawkeye protection discover methods to attain. Iowa State didn’t do something significantly particular or notable — Iowa is possibly simply that unhealthy in the mean time.
Fortunately for U-I, so are lots of the Massive Ten groups it’ll face this yr.
Wisconsin Badgers (1-1)
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This can be an overreaction, being that Washington State is now 2-0 and is in a Energy 5 convention. However contemplating Wisconsin has greater aspirations, shedding to, at worst, a middle-of-the-Pac-12 crew doesn’t bode effectively for the place the Badgers are as of present.
What’s worse, it was a former U-W participant who dealt the cursed blow.
Nakia Watson scored twice in opposition to his former crew, and that was about all WSU wanted. If you take a look at the statline, the Badgers gained greater than the Cougars, however when it got here to scoring, Washington State did just a bit bit extra — and on the highway.
With video games developing in opposition to groups like Ohio State and Minnesota, it’s tough to ascertain that Wisconsin will find yourself with lower than three losses after a sport like this.
Illinois Combating Illini (2-1)
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Due to a stifling protection, energy working assault, and competent passing, Illinois seems to be prefer it has turned the nook within the Massive Ten West. Maybe the loss to Indiana was an aberration, particularly contemplating the Illini regarded in cost by means of many of the Week 1 sport.
This week, Illinois took down Virginia, definitely not an amazing crew within the ACC, however one which was at the least on par with the place the Illini are. And Illinois received convincingly.
We see the patterns for Bret Bielema’s squad. If he can stick with it, and even get extra from quarterback Tommy DeVito, there’s a (maybe exterior) shot to win the West this yr.
Purdue Boilermakers (1-1)
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To be honest, this was a a lot completely different opponent, dealing with an FCS crew in comparison with Penn State final week. However Purdue did all the things it was alleged to do, particularly per week after it snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The passing sport labored, the working sport labored, and the protection pitched a shut out.
We’ll have to see extra from the Boilermakers, but when they’ll proceed to construct on this win, it may problem for the wide-open West.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0)
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Began from the underside, now we’re right here.
It might need been in opposition to a college most individuals have by no means heard of, however Rutgers completely destroyed Wagner. A few years in the past, such a win wasn’t precisely sure.
The protection was dominant, the offense put up large dashing numbers and the move sport labored. It actually appears as if the Scarlet Knights are turning the nook.
OK, let’s not get forward of ourselves, as a result of RU is within the Massive Ten East, and it nonetheless must take down at the least one of many huge canine for some actual legitimacy. However it appeared as if 1-2 in nonconference was a risk, and now the Knights are 2-0, with a winnable sport at Temple subsequent week.
Progress is progress and kudos are as a result of crew in New Jersey.
Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
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Maryland falls a spot by means of no fault of its personal, it’s extra about what the groups across the Terrapins did.
The Terps dominated a foul Charlotte crew with large numbers by means of the air and on the bottom. Nevertheless — and it’s a giant nevertheless — the protection didn’t look fairly as stellar because it did in Week 1 in opposition to Buffalo. The 49ers managed practically 300 yards by means of the air, although Maryland did maintain them to below 100 on the bottom.
It’s one thing to construct on, however we’ve seen this script play out 1,000,000 occasions, haven’t we, Maryland?
Michigan State Spartans (2-0)
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The Spartan protection stymied a foul Akron crew on the bottom, holding the Zips to only 26 yards dashing on 27 makes an attempt. That’s much more prefer it, as is the shutout, in comparison with what we’ve seen from MSU not too long ago on that facet of the ball. The frenzy sport for Michigan State toppled 200 yards as Jalen Berger led the way in which.
Nevertheless, the transfer up could possibly be short-lived if MSU falters when it travels to Washington subsequent week. However the Spartans did what they have been alleged to and stay undefeated.
Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)
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FCS crew alert, however you can’t deny 679 yards of offense whereas holding the opponent to lower than 200 yards of protection.
Minnesota completely rolled Western Illinois and received all the things going — from the run to the move and all the things on the defensive facet of the ball.
It seems as if the Gophers are the crew to beat within the West, and given the schedule, they could get to the highest with little resistance. Kudos to P.J. Fleck and firm, as a result of nobody in that division needs to meddle with Minnesota in the mean time. We’ll see how they do in opposition to Colorado subsequent week.
Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
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Enjoying a MAC crew in Ohio, Penn State overmatched the Bobcats because it ought to have. And the largest optimistic is that the Nittany Lions could have all of a sudden found a run sport.
Freshman Nick Singleton lived as much as his lofty recruiting rating, amassing 179 yards whereas scoring twice. The quarterbacks mixed for 388 yards by means of the air in a romp that was by no means in query.
Don’t look now, however PSU is getting again into kind.
Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)
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Ohio State strikes again right down to No. 2 for a few causes. No. 1: the move protection regarded awfully sketchy at occasions in opposition to Arkansas State. No. 2, and that is huge: the shine from the win over Notre Dame utterly went away when the Combating Irish misplaced to Marshall in Week 2.
Additionally, it took some time earlier than the Buckeyes pulled away from ASU, simply earlier than halftime. However it was a sport, and it very effectively may have been extra of a sport if the Purple Wolves scored touchdowns as a substitute of area targets. Credit score Ohio State, particularly because the offense finally got here alive. However it took some time to take action. This crew has questions, however given those that have been supposed to check it — Iowa, Wisconsin — it very effectively may get to the ultimate sport of the yr earlier than any of them are answered.
Michigan Wolverines (2-0)
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Let’s not get too far forward of ourselves — Hawaii is possibly the worst crew within the FBS. However with J.J. McCarthy below heart, Michigan regarded flat-out sharp offensively, and dominant defensively.
The ultimate rating, 56-10, doesn’t point out how lopsided this one was. The Wolverines took a 42-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and began rotating in gamers who usually don’t see the sphere.
The massive story right here was McCarthy, although. He was exact, together with his solely miss being a drop by the receiver. He earned the beginning job and regarded elite within the course of.
Once more, we’ll should see it in opposition to a protection price a salt — which he received’t see in Week 3 when he begins in opposition to UConn, nor in Week 4 in opposition to Maryland — however Michigan seems to be like a crew with only a few flaws, and has received convincingly in opposition to two overmatched groups.
In the mean time, the one query is: how a lot will the Wolverines win by?