Wow. What an incredibly crappy weekend for the Big Ten. The conference lost it’s two highest profile games as Ohio State suffered a 31-16 beatdown against Oklahoma and Nebraska gave up 42 first-half points in a 42-35 loss to Oregon. Ohio State lost so badly that they are the subject of this week’s TWIS, and it’s beautiful. If you want to feel better about yourself, get over there and read that.
Northwestern got embarrassed by Duke 41-17, and they were supposed to be a potential contender for the Big Ten West title. And one week after playing highly ranked Washington tough, Rutgers lost to Eastern Michigan.
Check this out about Eastern Michigan:
The Eagles were 0-58 all-time against power conference teams. They are now 1-58. And yes, Rutgers counts.
Iowa outlasted little brother Iowa State, winning 41-44 in overtime, while Minnesota smashed Oregon State 48-14. I’m not sure what Gary Anderson was thinking when he took that job.
Who looked good?
Wisconsin. Jonathan Taylor had 223 yards in a 31-14 win over Florida Atlantic. He had 135 yards and two TDs in the first quarter. Wisconsin did what they normally do - run over their opponent repeatedly until they’re worn out and crushed. If Taylor’s performance wasn’t enough, Chris James had 101 yards to go along with it.
Michigan looked okay... their offense is sporadic, their defense is decent. Their quarterback, Wilton Speight drives me nuts. The guy throws a bullet on one pass, then the next is off flying over Connecticut. You can never tell if he’s actually throwing to a receiver or throwing the ball away - it looks the same.
Penn State looked decent enough against Pitt. And while I didn’t watch them, Maryland destroyed Towson 63-17, and Michigan State beat Western Michigan in a game I thought might go against them.
Purdue, yes PURDUE, looked great on Friday night against Ohio, winning 44-21. Are they the most improved team in the conference? Purdue gets Mizzou this week, and things aren’t going that well there.
Highlights of Michigan State Spartans beating Western Michigan Broncos - The Only Colors
The Spartans have found a winning formula: Lewerke and a strong defense.
Wisconsin football: Takeaways from Badgers’ win vs. Florida Atlantic - Bucky's 5th Quarter
One last look at Week 2.
Indiana 34, Virginia 17: Three Things - The Crimson Quarry
Indiana dominated in all three phases of the game for their best road win since Missouri.
Minnesota Football vs Oregon State: The Elite, The Bad, and The Ugly - The Daily Gopher
The offense was good. The defense was good. The Gophers might have even found their quarterback.
Three up, three down from Northwestern's loss to Duke - Inside NU
The bright spots are tough to find.
Defense falls apart in brutal loss to Duke - Inside NU
The 21-point Blue Devil spurt that followed Jared McGee's ejection doomed the Wildcats.
Ohio State failed to maximize scoring opportunities against Oklahoma - Land-Grant Holy Land
Holding Oklahoma to 31 points is acceptable; only scoring touchdowns on 25% of red zone trips is not
Oklahoma beats Ohio State with passing attack, pass defense - Land-Grant Holy Land
They'll want to forget about this game as soon as humanly possible in Columbus.
4 things we learned from Ohio State’s loss to Oklahoma - Land-Grant Holy Land
Buckle up, there was a lot learned after the Buckeyes performance against the Sooners.
Oklahoma vs. Ohio State 2017: Blowout by OU could’ve been sooo much worse - SBNation.com
Let’s hand out some Team of the Week honors.
Wilton Speight should take note of Baker Mayfield’s tough performance - Maize n Brew
Mayfield had a performance that could help Wilton Speight and any other quarterback grow at the position.
What Ohio State needs to do with J.T. Barrett - Land-Grant Holy Land
But if we’re going to do it, let’s make sure we have all the facts.
Oklahoma vs. Ohio State 2017: Baker Mayfield explains planting flag - SBNation.com
The Sooners rolled in Columbus, then rubbed it in.
It’s 2017, and Illinois has the best fanbase in college athletics. - The Champaign Room
No, it’s not a hot take.
Missouri defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross fired by coach Barry Odom - SBNation.com
Things could be better in Columbia.
Can a football defender throw equipment at a pass? - SBNation.com
Meet "unfair acts," the obscure rulebook item that prevents players from just doing whatever.
Then There’s This:
Someone posted this in a game thread this weekend. I thought it was very good, so I didn’t want you to miss out!