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Week 2: Big Ten Football Review

September 10, 2012

College Football

Big Ten Big Loss Weekend

Week 2 was a devastating week for the Big Ten conference. Going 6-6 with multiple upsets causing two of the five ranked Big Ten teams to drop out of the poll. Wisconsin and Nebraska lost two close games but as we all know close doesn’t count, especially against unranked teams. Now Michigan State (10), Ohio State (12), and Michigan (17) are the only teams from the conference still ranked in the top 25.

Wins:

Minnesota 44 New Hampshire 7

Ohio State 31 UCF 16

Indiana 45 Massachusetts 6

Michigan 31 Air Force 25

Michigan State 41 CMU 7

Northwestern 23 Vanderbilt 13

Losses:

Penn State 16 Virginia 17

Purdue 17 Notre Dame 20

Iowa 6 Iowa State 9

Wisconsin 7 Oregon State 10

Nebraska 30 UCLA 36

Illinois 14 Arizona State 45

Best Win: Northwestern over Vanderbilt. Any win over an SEC team is always good in my book, even if it’s not the power house programs. This was the best Big Ten win for me because I wasn’t expecting Northwestern to pull it off. Vanderbilt did almost overcome South Carolina in week 1, so Vanderbilt seems to have a decent program this year. Northwestern was able to beat the Vandals which has to be a good boost for their program. The win gives the Wildcats a 2-0 start to their 2012 season.

Best Win Honorable Mention: Michigan over Air Force. Michigan really needed a win after their brutal loss to Alabama in week 1 but facing the triple option attack is not an easy task to take on. One of the best things I saw during this game was seeing true freshman Devin Funchess have a strong performance. This is an athlete that has a great opportunity to contribute a lot to the Michigan Football program. This game was not the best performance by the Michigan defense but they have had their hands full for week 1 and then to turn their focus against the triple option in their second week. I’ll also give a shout out to Indiana for proving me wrong and beating Massachusetts on the road, another honorable win. Congratulations Hoosiers at starting your season at 2-0.

Worst Loss: Wisconsin’s loss to Oregon State.  13 ranked Wisconsin arrived in Oregon with a narrow win the week before and they left with a narrow loss and a dismissal from the AP poll. It was disappointing to see how this game turned out as one of the power -house teams of the leaders division got toppled by an unranked team. I was considering Nebraska for this category but I took into consideration that they were missing their starting running back Rex Burkhead when they lost to UCLA.

Most Improved Performance: Andrew Maxwell (MSU) After throwing for 248 yards and having 3 interceptions in his starting debut against Boise State playing against CMU was probably the best thing for Maxwell in week 2. He improved to 275 passing yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Most Impressive Performance: Denard Robinson (Mich) Denard had the most total offensive yards for a single player in the entire Big Ten this past weekend with 426 total yards, 218 rushing and 208 passing. He had two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs. Another impressive player was another quarterback, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. He had 296 total yards, 141 rushing and 155 passing with three rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown.

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