Families all around the nation are getting back from their vacations. The youngins are back to school where they belong learning and stuff. With those pesky little kids out the door, Mommy and/or Daddy can now start the time-honored tradition of day drinking just enough so it doesn’t limit their ability to go pick up the kids. Only to start the vicious cycle all over again the following morning.
Here in the Buckeye world, things aren’t really much different. We all have just finished our amazing vacations where the superspeed Hype Train took us all around the country. From Texas to Maryland to California, the hype train really seemed to be somewhere new every day. It was hard to keep up with, but our conductor (or maybe he is the caboose), Tony, kept us constantly going. One thing is for sure, Buckeye nation kept the day drinking going throughout the summer, and for that we tip our hat to you all.
With all of that necessary intro paragraph crap out of the way, let’s get to the point. At Around the B1G, I’m going to bring you a brief look at what is going on…around the B1G. I really hope you understood that before I explained it so eloquently.
We will look at what the team did the week prior, who they are facing the following week, and unfortunately I will also jump into the recruiting world a little bit.
Anyways, let’s get B1Gging.
Illinois (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: I’d assume Lovie Smith had his guys practicing or something along those lines, but you are never really sure with the old Fighting Illini. Hopefully, receiver Mike Dudek is able to put together a full season after already tearing his ACL twice and being forced to miss the remainder of the season twice. You hate to see a student athlete go through all of that.
This Week: vs Ball State
This Week in Recruiting: Last week, Illinois received a commitment from 3-star OT Braeden Daniels out of Texas. They sit at 13 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 83.46.
Indiana (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: Indiana really should have thought out this firing thing a little better. You have one of the best offensive coordinators in the game as your head coach. You have a perennial powerhouse in your conference. This perennial powerhouse desperately needed a competent offensive coordinator. Oh by the way, you start the season against this same perennial powerhouse. So what do you do? You fire this offensive coordinator and surprise surprise he signs on with said perennial powerhouse as their new offensive coordinator. You made your bed Hoosier peeps…
This Week: vs (2) Ohio State
This Week in Recruiting: Last week, Indiana received a commitment from 4-Star RB Ronnie Walker out of Virginia. He is the 13th-ranked RB in the nation. They sit at 15 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 84.25.
Iowa (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: They better have spent time shoring up that pass defense. Coming in hot is Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who skyrocketed up mock draft boards with an impressive 2016 showing where he threw for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns. We’re all ignoring the fact he threw 15 picks against subpar competition, but yeah he is a future #1 pick or something. I mean I don’t mean to be mean, five picks in one game against Nebraska is totally normal with the amazing secondary they had last year.
This Week: vs Wyoming
This Week in Recruiting: Last week, the Hawkeyes received a commitment from 3-Star CB Donald Johnson out of Indiana. They sit at 12 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 84.78.
Maryland (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: Maryland is in a tough spot because they really do not know what to expect with Texas. Common sense would tend to dictate that if you combine a great offensive mind and semi-decent offensive talent, you’ll have a pretty good offensive football team. With Texas, though, you just never know what to expect. Two consecutive coaches have come in and completed their version of cleaning house. The first one flopped, but I don’t think Tom Herman will. Maryland doesn’t know what to expect…hell Tom Herman probably doesn’t know what to expect.
This Week: at (23) Texas
This Week in Recruiting: Maryland did not have any commits this week. They sit at 20 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 86.56.
(11) Michigan (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: These scumbags spent the past couple of months trying to do anything in their power to become relevant. Whether it was a trip overseas where the coach thought it would be a great idea to play football in a mall, or becoming a freaking highlighter for the first game…Harbaugh was trying to keep the Michigan brand on the tip of your tongue. Heck, he even is in the middle of a public pissing contest with some random New Jersey newspaper trying to convince them he does not have a football roster. The guy is awesome and pathetic at the same time. Luckily for him, the guy on the other sidelines was incorrectly thought to have posed naked with a shark and has quite a few players suspended. It is a regular crapshow in Dallas on opening weekend.
This Week: vs (17) Florida in Dallas, TX
This Week in Recruiting: Michigan did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 13 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 90.04.
Michigan State (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: I think this is one of those teams where everyone is curious to see where they wind up. This past off-season was an absolute cluster for Mark Dantonio and his staff. After surprisingly finishing 3-9 last season, the Spartans must battle losing several expected starters such as WR Donnie Corley after numerous players were suspended. They had a few good recruits come in, like Matt Dotson (TE) and Antjuan Simmons (LB), who could help, but you just don’t know if that will be enough. Michigan State has to be looking at 7-5 as their goal for this season to be considered a success.
This Week: vs Bowling Green
This Week in Recruiting: The Spartans did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 15 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.66.
Minnesota (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: Minnesota will be a fun team to watch this season as they have the high-energy P.J. Fleck calling the shots. With a pretty good backfield duo of Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, the Golden Gophers will put up some decent offense. I don’t think they are a serious threat in the west this year, but they are a team to watch in the future.
This Week: vs Buffalo
This Week in Recruiting: The Golden Gophers did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 23 boat rowers in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 84.17.
Nebraska (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: Nebraska is convinced they have finally found their QB with Tanner Lee strutting in from Tulane as God’s gift to pocket passing. As a sophomore, Lee guided the Green Wave offense as he threw for 1,639 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. That, my friends, is who they are pinning their hopes on. In Buckeye Nation, we are distraught that a guy who threw for 2,555 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions came back because he “can’t throw”…please have a second to pray for those Nebraska fans. As the South would say, “Bless their souls.”
This Week: vs Arkansas State
This Week in Recruiting: The Cornhuskers did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 10 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 89.41.
Northwestern (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: I’ve mentioned it a few time on The Sons of Schmidt, I am a huge fan of the Northwestern offense this year. Justin Jackson is going to end the year passing Archie for the #2 spot on the all-time B1G rushing list. He is quietly one of the best RBs to come through the B1G in a while. Add in Clayton Thorson at QB and the Wildcats will be off and humming on offense. Early-season back-t0-back games against Wisconsin and Penn State will decide how good the Wildcats will be this year.
This Week: vs Nevada
This Week in Recruiting: The Wildcats did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 15 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.52.
(6) Penn State (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: I keep telling myself, “self…you really shouldn’t be this bitter towards Penn State,” but ultimately I am bitter as crap about how last season’s game went down. I don’t care what my inner-Brandon says and I am okay with that. I think Penn State is an absolute farce and this year will show how crappy pathetic average Trace McSorley really is. My inner petty self wants nothing more than for October 28th to get here and for the Buckeyes to drop 70+ points on these frauds. DISCLAIMER: I really like Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki.
This Week: vs Akron
This Week in Recruiting: The Nittany Lions did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 23 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 90.70.
Purdue (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: This is the year David Blough really emerges onto the scene as a legitimate future high-round draft pick. Blough finished up his sophomore campaign last year with over 3,300 yards passing and 25 touchdowns. I mean, if he was on Nebraska they would think they had the next Joe Montana and they were winning it all. Honestly though, I think the marriage of Jeff Brohm and David Blough will really give Purdue their next very good quarterback enroute to winning two games.
This Week: vs (16) Louisville in Indianapolis, IN
This Week in Recruiting: The Boilermakers did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 21 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 82.40.
Rutgers (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: I feel like every time someone is forced to talk about Rutgers football it turns into some giant diatribe about something and nothing all at the same time. It’s like every time Shannon chimes in during Tony’s show. (Editor’s note: !!) Instead of talking about those Scarlet-color-stealing foosball players, I’m going to use this time to promote the greatest thing around. Come check out the O-Zone Radio Network where we have four awesome shows. Gerd comes in hot every show with Accost the Field where he gives you the behind the scenes looks at all things Buckeyes. Next, we have Joe Dexter and Clair Crawford with Oh! Hail! No! where this rambunctious duo tells you how it is. Sliding into third, Shannon Sommers and Chip Minnich host The Silver Bullets Podcast where they discuss all things Ohio State and bring on a few special guests to get you ready for the upcoming weeks showdown. Finally, Mike Meals and I host The Sons of Schmidt Podcast where we do some semi-informative types of things but mainly come up with funny commercials. So come listen for a few minutes and wait around for the commercials. Also, you should listen to us because Mike is stuck in Houston and his house is flooded. We will gladly take sympathy listens and follows…we really aren’t too good for that.
This Week: vs (8) Washington
This Week in Recruiting: Rutgers received a commitment from 3-Star DE Matthew Thomas out of New York. They sit at 20 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 83.28.
(9) Wisconsin (0-0 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last Week: Wisconsin is the team to beat out in the west, but things will not come easy for the Badgers. Alex Hornibrook should be solid at QB even if it is just in a Craig Krenzel-type of way. At RB, they will lean heavily on the trio of co-starters Bradrick Shaw, Chris James, and Jonathan Taylor (Thomas). Defensively, they should be solid like always, but the losses of Jack Cichy and Zack Braun at linebacker will sting a little. Lucky for the Badgers, they churn out college linebackers like Michigan churns out November losses. (Editor’s note: !!!)
This Week: vs Utah State
This Week in Recruiting: The Badgers received a commitment from 3-Star safety Reggie Pearson Jr. out of Michigan. They sit at 18 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.27.
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