The Illini didn't have a game this weekend, but the rest of the Big Ten saw action. The games went pretty much how they were supposed to, but Michigan almost lost again. They had to make a substantial comeback to beat an 0-2 UConn team that lost to Towson at home 33-18.
Michigan (4-0) 24 UConn 21
They have to lose one of these eventually right? Michigan has been walking on thin ice. People can make fun of them, and they should. Michigan Men are the worst, but they are still 4-0, and are still one of the better teams in the Big Ten.
Minnesota (4-0) 43 San Jose State 24
I'm reminded of the 2011 Illini when I think of this Gopher team. Yes they are 4-0, and they look very good, but they haven't played anyone. Thanks to that fact they will make a bowl game, but this team is not as good as they appear to be. They start Big Ten play next week against Iowa before playing Michigan and Northwestern. They are about to find out how good they really are.
Notre Dame 14 Michigan State (3-1) 13
This game only featured 474 yards between both teams. It was painful to watch. Michigan State was on the wrong side of four defensive pass interference calls. I thought the Spartans were the better team in this game, but they let Notre Dame have too many second chances.
That defense is still fantastic. It should keep the Spartans in most games in the Big Ten.
Iowa (3-1) 59 Western Michigan 3
The Hawkeyes returned two punts AND two interceptions for touchdowns against Western Michigan. They now enter Big Ten play on a three game winning streak.
The real question I have is how many wins does Kirk Ferentz need to keep his job?
Wisconsin 41 (3-1) Purdue 10 (1-3)
After the way the Badgers lost their last game, the Boilermakers had no shot. Wisconsin punished Purdue on the ground for 388 yards and 5 TDs.
My Melvin Gordon draft crush is growing stronger. I think he may be the best running back in the country, even over Todd Gurley.
Ohio State (4-0) 76 Florida A&M 0
Kenny Guiton set an Ohio State record with 6 TD passes as the Buckeyes embarrassed Florida A&M. Guiton has looked great in relief of Braxton Miller, so great that some are wondering if the Buckeyes should stick with him.
Those people are dumb. Make no mistake, Braxton Miller will start when he comes back. He is a better player and a better fit for the Urban Meyer offense.
Nebraska 59 (3-1) South Dakota State 20
Nebraska started off poorly without Taylor Martinez, but they found their grove and romped the Jackrabbits. The defense gave up 465 yards in the process. With the way the defenses are looking, has the Big Ten turned into the Big 12?
Missouri 45 Indiana (2-2) 28
Everyone should have seen this coming. Indiana cannot stop anyone, and Missouri has been one of the most efficient offenses in the country under Gary Pinkel. The Tigers gained 623 yards on the Hoosier defense.
Indiana is going to regret their loss to Navy. Missouri was always going to be a tough game to win, but now they have to go 4-4 in conference play to get to a bowl game. With that defense, it's almost impossible for them to do so.
Penn State 34 (3-1) Kent State 0
Penn State rebounded from a loss to Central Florida with a shutout this weekend. The Nittany Lions' defense held Kent State to under 200 yards. Penn State fans have nothing to complain about.
Northwestern 35 (4-0) Maine 21
This marks the second straight week Northwestern has failed to beat the spread. Their collapse is imminent.
The NURDS have no chance to make a bowl game.
(In all honesty, beating the spread doesn't matter, and the Wildcats look to be on their way to another double digit win season.)