Week 3: Big Ten Review

September 17, 2012

College Football

With a weekend of mostly easy match ups for the Big Ten the record doesn’t prove impressive, rather things look more disappointing when you notice that the Spartans, one of the highly favored teams of the Big Ten, fell in poor fashion to the Fighting Irish at home.


Week 3 Big Ten Record 10-2


Minnesota 28 Western Michigan 23

Nebraska 42 Arkansas State 13

Ohio State 35 California 28

Illinois 44 CSU 0

Purdue 54 Eastern Michigan 16

Northwestern 22 Boston College 13

Penn State 34 Navy 7

Michigan 63 UMass 13

Wisconsin 16 Utah State 14


Indiana 39 Ball State 41

Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 20

Best Win: Nebraska over Arkansas State. Nebraska fell out of the top 25 last week after losing to UCLA which appears to be a decent competitor this year so for them to bounce back from that loss was good to see. They had impressive performances by some of their players and finished off Arkansas State by a 29 point difference.

Best Win Honorable Mention: Penn State over Navy. Penn State desperately needed a win and they finally got one this past Saturday against Navy. Hopefully for them they can keep their momentum and this win won’t be their last.

Worst Loss: Michigan State’s loss to Notre Dame. Michigan State was considered one of the best teams out of the Big Ten but they didn’t look impressive in anyway against #20 Notre Dame. Having absolutely no touchdowns and only one field goal Michigan State looked weak against the Fighting Irish, especially offensively. The Spartans will have a week to try and regroup before they have their first Big Ten showdown against Ohio State at home.

Most Improved Performance: Looking at some of the higher stats in the Big Ten for Week 3 I came across Nebraska’s Ameer Abdulah’s numbers. With a steady increase in his number of carries, his total yards and his longest run he had a total of 30 carries 167 yards 2 touchdowns and his longest run was 45 yards, I give him the Most Improved title this week because of his continual improvement. He also had 2 receptions for 39 yards.

Most Impressive Performance: Reilly O’Toole has had to step in for Scheelhaase and he did well this past Saturday with 333 yards and five touchdowns against Charleston Southern. The Fighting Illini look to be in good hands as their starting quarterback has to temporarily step off the field this season.

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3 Comments on “Week 3: Big Ten Review”

  1. Matthew Milko Says:

    Can’t wait for that Ohio State/Michigan State game, two best teams in the B1G squaring off and hopefully I will be there in person.


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