Well folks, this weekend was a success in more ways that one. I had made a promise on The Sons of Schmidt that if Ohio State lost to Maryland…I would personally ban myself from Ohio Stadium. Thank the good lord that I don’t have to break that promise because SPOILER ALERT…I totally would have.
Another weekend passed by and no one still has any clue of who is decent in the middle part of the conference. Honestly, the only thing we found out last weekend is that Michigan does not belong in the upper tier. I don’t care how many sports sites try to convince you Michigan State is good, just know this, they really aren’t.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t care if Michigan loses every game. I know the argument “we need them to be good” …no, Ohio State doesn’t NEED anyone to be good. They are self-sustaining commodity. Teams like Purdue and Michigan need the B1G to be good. Ohio State would be just fine in a bad conference (see every year from 2000-2016).
Right now; it is Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin sitting on top of the Iron Throne. Outside of that, you have Michigan, Michigan State, and maybe Iowa fighting for that second-tier crown. The rest are just versions of Purdue in different uniforms.
Illinois (2-3 overall, 0-2 conference)
Last Week: Loss at Iowa, 45-16. The Jeff George Jr. era has officially arrived for the Illini and it resulted in another loss. The sophomore threw for 246 yards but he added in 3 interceptions which put a damper on his debut. The Illini were able to rush for 200 yards on 6.7 yards per carry but for some reason decided to throw the ball 45 times. At this point, I’ll probably just send Lovie Smith a text and tell him to feed the ball to guys like freshman Mike Epstein 40-50 times a game and ease the throwing game into things. There is no need to throw the ball almost 50 times when you’re averaging almost 7 yards per carry.
This Week: vs Rutgers
This Week in Recruiting: The Illini did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 14 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 83.59.
Indiana (3-2 overall, 0-2 conference)
Last Week: Win vs Charleston Southern, 27-0. The big thing to watch in this game was how freshman Peyton Ramsey would look as the full-time QB. The move to bench senior Richard Lagow was surprising but it makes sense for a team not competing this year. Ramsey had a great game, albeit against lower-level competition. On the day, he threw for 321 yards, added 54 rushing yards, and 3 total touchdowns.
This Week: vs Michigan
This Week in Recruiting: Indiana received a commitment from 3-star defensive end Madison Norris out of Indiana. They sit at 16 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 84.17.
Iowa (4-2 overall, 1-2 conference)
Last Week: Win vs Illinois, 45-16. As Ohio State can tell you, sometimes you need a good match-up (or 4) to get your team right. Iowa had lost a few games in a row and Illinois was this team for the Hawkeyes. Senior Akrum Wadley had a nice bounce-back game rushing for 115 yards. Sophomore Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Josey Jewell added another 10 tackles which gives him 70 on the season.
This Week: Bye Week
This Week in Recruiting: Iowa did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 13 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.38.
Maryland (3-2 overall, 1-1 conference)
Last Week: Loss at Ohio State, 62-14. The Terrapins ran into an absolute buzzsaw last weekend in Columbus. I was not convinced the Terrapins would be able to move the ball at all but geez even I was surprised. The Terrapin offense was not able to get anything going as they only had 66 total yards of offense. Defensively, the Terrapins spent the whole first quarter talking crap to the Buckeye fans behind their bench and forgot to actually play defense. Seriously, that defense was a complete mess. There were players fighting, players shoving coaches, and security was called. This all occurred in front of D.J. Durkin’s wife who sat two rows in front of me…the Terrapins defense is a joke.
This Week: vs Northwestern
This Week in Recruiting: Maryland did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 20 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 86.55.
(17) Michigan (4-1 overall, 1-1 conference)
Last Week: Loss vs Michigan State, 14-10. As I mentioned above, I will never stop enjoying when Michigan loses. When they lose to little brother, it is even better. I was not surprised Michigan State’s defense was able to shut down the anemic Wolverine offense but I honestly didn’t think the Wolverines would lose. Senior John O’Korn looked pretty craptastic throwing for 198 yards and 3 interceptions. The Wolverine defense did their part holding the Spartans to 252 total yards. If the Wolverines can ever figure things out on offense, the defense will be able to take them places. With that said, I don’t think the offense will ever get better with O’Korn at the helm. The Wolverines may struggle for their normal third place finish this season.
This Week: at Indiana
This Week in Recruiting: Michigan did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 14 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 89.81.
(21) Michigan State (4-1 overall, 2-0 conference)
Last Week: Win vs Michigan, 14-10. If I told you the Spartans would have to go into Ann Arbor without L.J. Scott, I think everyone would assume this would be an easy win for the Wolverines. Somehow the Spartans were able to generate enough offense to get the job done. I guess you’d have to say sophomore QB Brian Lewerke had the best day offensively but that was even a stretch. Lewerke had 94 yards passing, 61 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns. Somehow this was enough to lead his team to a Top-10 victory.
This Week: at Minnesota
This Week in Recruiting: The Spartans did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 18 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.75.
Minnesota (3-2 overall, 0-2 conference)
Last Week: Loss at Purdue, 31-17. As I mentioned last week, Minnesota is a very bad football team. If my word wasn’t enough, you can see that they lost to Purdue by two scores and come to a pretty safe conclusion. The tough thing is this, I think the Golden Gophers should be a pretty decent team. They have a strong defense and two very good running backs in juniors Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks. What is holding them back is the horrible quarterback play from senior Conor Rhoda. Through five games, Rhoda is only averaging 157 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception per game. That is not ideal for any offensive success at all. Against Purdue, Brooks and Smith led the way by combining for 204 rushing yards.
This Week: vs Michigan State
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 84.30.
Nebraska (3-3 overall, 2-1 conference)
Last Week: Loss vs Wisconsin, 38-17. Well the time has finally come. After over six weeks of railing on Tanner Lee for his poor play, he now gets to meet the Buckeye buzz saw. I am fully convinced he is either throwing for 400 yards to spite me or he will throw for 100 yards tops. There isn’t going to be an in-between. Lee had a solid game (by his standards) on Saturday against the Badgers throwing for 262 yards and ONLY 1 interception. Running back Tre Bryant was once again out and senior Devine Ozigbo stepped in again and produced rushing for 112 yards. Senior WR Stanley Morgan had another great game with 115 receiving yards which includes an 80 yard TD reception.
This Week: vs Ohio State
This Week in Recruiting: The Cornhuskers received a commitment from 3-star defensive end David Alston out of Minnesota. They sit at 11 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 89.14.
Northwestern (2-3 overall, 0-2 conference)
Last Week: Loss vs Penn State, 31-7. The Super-Duper Underachieving Offense Tour made its way back home to take on Penn State. Seniors Clayton Thorson and Justin Jackson did not disappoint as both of them had another well below-average game. Thorson threw for 142 yards and 2 interceptions while Jackson only managed 66 rushing yards. On a positive note, the Wildcats defense was able to hold Saquon Barkley in check only allowing 84 yards of total offense to the future Heisman winner.
This Week: at Maryland
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 85.57.
(3) Penn State (6-0 overall, 3-0 conference)
Last Week: Win at Northwestern, 31-7. The Nittany Lions could not have asked for a better start to the season. They won all of their games, they’re healthy, and they can rest. The real test starts now for the Nittany Lions as they face Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State in consecutive weeks after the bye week.
Against Northwestern, the Wildcats followed suit with many others and sold out to stop Saquon Barkley from dominating the game. Once again it forced Trace McSorley to win the game for Penn State and he did throwing for 245 yards. I’m going to be very interested to see if McSorley is able to do that over the next three games against top-notch defenses.
This Week: Bye Week
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 90.65.
Purdue (3-2 overall, 1-1 conference)
Last Week: Win vs Minnesota, 31-17. The curious case of David Blough continued into this game. The 3,000+ yard passer from one year ago threw another 2 interceptions before being relieved of his quarterbacking duties. Sophomore Elijah Sindelar came in and had a great day throwing for 248 yards. After fighting back from injury, Senior RB Markell Jones was finally healthy and had 52 rushing yards and one touchdown.
This Week: at Wisconsin
This Week in Recruiting: The Boilermakers did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 22 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 82.57.
Rutgers (1-4 overall, 0-2 conference)
Last Week: Bye week. The Scarlet Knights and the Fighting Illini face off in what has to be the worst match-up ever. Seriously, I’m not even going to pretend like this is interesting. If you are even tempted by this game on Saturday, please call someone to help you.
This Week: at Illinois.
This Week in Recruiting: Rutgers received a decommitment from 3-star WR EJ Turner. They sit at 18 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 83.28.
(7) Wisconsin (5-0 overall, 2-0 conference)
Last Week: Win at Nebraska, 38-17. Freshman RB Jonathan Taylor did what he does best, rushing for 249 yards on 10 yards per carry while adding 2 touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who is lined up in the backfield, the Badgers are going to pound the ball at you year after year. Against the Cornhuskers, the Badgers ran the ball 49 times and only threw the ball 17 times. The Badgers and Taylor have shown they are a pretty formidable force this year on offense. They will be tough for whatever team meets them in the B1G championship.
This Week: vs Purdue
This Week in Recruiting: The Badgers did not receive a commitment last week. They sit at 19 members in the 2018 class with a 247Sports Composite average of 85.38.
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