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Welcome to the Big Five! This is my weekly column discussing and take-ing on the top five headlines, news items, storylines, etc. of the week. Feel free to comment on my thoughts either below, on Twitter, on Facebook, or…shoot us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – We’ll make sure to bring your comments up in the next podcast.
1. Here come the Buckeyes
Penn State won big on Saturday in Test 1 of the season, which turned out to be not much of a test at all. The same can’t be said for its matchup next week against Ohio State in Columbus. GameDay will be in town for the Big Ten’s biggest game until the Big Ten Championship.
Since its defeat to Oklahoma, the Buckeyes have wowed, but against soft competition: Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska. J.T. Barrett has resurged, much to the chagrin of Michael. But next Saturday will show us if Ohio State’s improvement has a base on a national level.
If Penn State wins, James Franklin will have another chance to run his mouth, much to the chagrin of Michael. Michael doesn’t like many people across the Big Ten.
We’ll have Pat Murphy from Bucknuts/247Sports on the podcast Tuesday to talk about this game, so feel free to check that out when it comes out.
2. Going blue
Michigan…..oh how far you’ve fallen. I’m not necessarily going to judge its 42-13 loss to Penn State because its what I expected, but the Wolverines are falling further and further in the Big Ten East. They were at least supposed to compete with Penn State at the beginning of the season. Now, the best case scenario for Michigan may be a four-loss season.
Now the Wolverines have Rutgers this upcoming Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have won two consecutive contests now. I know, it’s weird. But Michigan will hit rock bottom with a loss in this one.
3. No offense allowed
If you thought Northwestern vs. Iowa had no offense, wait till Northwestern vs. Michigan State this week. In their last four games, the Spartans have played a 17-10 contest, a 14-10 one, a 30-27 one and a 17-9 game.
Northwestern’s scores haven’t been that ugly, but its offense stoops to the level of its opponent quite often. Michigan State’s defense is good, Northwestern’s offense is inconsistent. There won’t be many touchdowns in this Saturday’s contest.
4. RIP Purdue … Week 3 – Week 8
What the hell Purdue. I mean, seriously. The Boilermakers lost to Rutgers? After its 35-3 victory over Missouri, they looked primed to fast-track their rebuild. Now, absolutely not. Purdue looked brutal and its schedule now has zero guaranteed wins.
No. But if they beat Michigan, maybe.