Week two of the college football season came and went, and there are some representatives from the Big Ten that are happy it’s gone.
The Big Ten was nothing short of awful on Saturday, and the conference may have eliminated itself from the College Football Playoff already. The scores and outcomes of the games below should explain why I suggest that.
Penn State 21 Akron 3
Christian Hackenberg threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns, but had some head scratching throws. While he racked up solid numbers, he also threw two interceptions in the Nittany Lions second straight win.
Central Michigan 38 Purdue 17
Purdue continues to be Purdue on Saturday, giving up 155 yards rushing to former Wolverine, Thomas Rawls. This may have been the most embarrassing performance by any member of the Big Ten in Week 2, as the Chippewas roll.
Rutgers 38 Howard 25
Gary Nova looked calm and collected in his second game of the season, completing fifteen of nineteen passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns. Paul James added forty-three yards on thirteen carries and a score as the Scarlet Knights take care of business in Piscataway.
Illinois 42 Western Kentucky 34
Illini quarterback Wes Lunt threw for a whopping 456 yards against the Hilltoppers, and added three scores on thirty-five completions. Illinois survives a scare against Western Kentucky and improved to 2-0.
Nebraska 31 McNeese State 24
We were about twenty seconds away from seeing another FCS school defeat a Big Ten school. Ameer Abdullah saved Nebraska from certain shame on a fifty-eight yard touchdown with just twenty seconds left in regulation in a tie ball game. The Corn Huskers survive and also improved to 2-0 so far this season.
Wisconsin 37 Western Illinois 3
The scoreboard suggested a rout by Wisconsin, but that was not the case for much of the first half. Leading only 9-3 at halftime, Wisconsin scored twenty-eight straight and took care of business in Madison to earn their first win of the year.
Maryland 24 South Florida 17
Maryland escaped this one with a victory after C.J. Brown threw for 201 yards and two scores on Saturday in their come from behind victory against the Bulls of South Florida.
Iowa 17 Ball State 13
Iowa trailed late in this game, 13-3, but mounted a comeback lead by Jake Rudock. He threw two touchdown passes in the final three minutes of action and helped Iowa remain undefeated.
Minnesota 35 Middle Tennessee 24
David Cobb ran all over Middle Tennessee and accumulated 220 yards rushing on the day. Cobb also was responsible for two scores and the Golden Gophers won their second straight game on Saturday.
Northern Illinois 23 Northwestern 15
In a game that was scoreless in the first half, Northern Illinois took care of business in the second half of their upset of Northwestern. In the loss, Trevor Siemian threw for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Oregon 46 Michigan State 27
The Spartans looked like the best team in the conference early in this one, but Oregon proved to be too tough of an opponent. The Ducks exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second half as Oregon ran away with the game after halftime. Marcus Mariota was explosive in this one, ending the game with 318 yards on 17 of 28 pass attempts. Connor Cook was also a key player in this game, totaling 343 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had a pair of interceptions. Jeremy Langford also had a nice game, he racked up eighty-six yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Notre Dame 31 Michigan 0
In a game that had all the pageantry, one team had all the momentum. Notre Dame showed up to this one and it seemed like Michigan never did. Everett Golson torched the Michigan secondary all night and finished with 226 yards and three touchdowns in the Fighting Irish‘s win in South Bend. Devin Gardner was a non-factor and threw for just 189 yards and threw three interceptions. The Irish rolled all night in this one, and made mince meat of the Wolverine secondary. This was the first time since 1984 that the Wolverines were shutout in a game.
Virginia Tech 35 Ohio State 21
The Hokies were on a business trip to Columbus, and they came out on top. It was a close one, but the Hokie defense proved to be too much for Ohio State’s young offense. Although they came back from a fourteen point deficit, the Buckeyes could not swing the momentum in their favor enough. J.T. Barrett was sacked six times threw three interceptions to his lone touchdown pass. This will be a tough one for Buckeye fans to swallow. They are 1-1.