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tBBC Around the B1G: Week 2 Edition

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Brandon Zimmerman

Around the B1G: Week 2 Edition
Brandon Zimmerman
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Week one of the season was a resounding success for not only the Buckeyes but also the Big Ten. We know how the Buckeyes did but if you haven’t read Shannon’s recap you are missing out. Around the B1G, things went pretty well as only two teams lost. This is us shaming you Northwestern and Rutgers!

Best winning % by FBS conference thru Saturday's game for Week One: 1. Big Ten 86%. 2. AAC 83%.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 4, 2016

With Ohio State and Michigan showing their dominance and Wisconsin pulling off the upset against LSU, things are starting to look up around B1G country. Let’s take a look at how everyone did:

Illinois (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Murray State, 52-3. Don’t look now but Illinois looked like a full-fledged football team on Saturday. We haven’t seen that for about ten years. Quarterback Wes Lunt completed 15 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn struggled to 49 yards on 17 carries but Reggie Corbin (7-71-1) and Kendrick Foster (4-118) picked up the slack. On

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 28: Wes Lunt #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini passes under pressure from Deonte Gibson #13 of the Northwestern Wildcats at Soldier Field on November 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

defense, the Fighting Illini’ held Murray State to 165 total yards.

This Week: Illinois welcomes North Carolina who is coming off of a tough loss against Georgia.

Indiana (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Florida International, 34-13. Running back Devine Redding paced the Hoosier offense rushing for 135 yards on 22 carries. At his first game at the helm of the high-powered Hoosier offense, Richard Lagow threw for 240 yards and one touchdown while completing passes to eight different players.

This Week: The Hoosiers host Ball State which sounds more like a horrible high school joke than a football team.

Iowa (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Miami of Ohio, 45-21. C.J. Beathard was in prime Beathard form as he Craig Krenzel’d his way to 192 passing yards and one touchdown en route to a victory. Running backs Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels Jr. dominated the ground game as they combined for 204 yards on 22 carries and added four touchdowns. The most shocking part of the game was how easily the Miami passing offense moved the ball against the vaunted Hawkeye secondary. Billy Bahl was able to complete 19 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. This was supposed to be the Hawkeyes strength.

This Week: The Hawkeyes have their annual rivalry game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Maryland (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat those pesky Howard Bison, 52-13. In the first game of the D.J. Durkin era, Maryland came out firing on all cylinders as they went into halftime leading 35-0 before shutting things down. Offensively, the Terrapins were actually led by their rushing attack where nine players joined forces Power Rangers style and led the team to 315 rushing yards. Defensively, the Terrapins held the Bison to 269 total yards.

This Week: The Terrapins head south to take on the same Florida International team who lost to Indiana last weekend.

Michigan (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Allegedly the greatest football team ever assembled, the 2016 Michigan Wolverines started off their latest rendition of the September championship and September Heisman hype machine as they beat those pesky Hawaiian Islanders, 63-3. Wilton Speight received the nod at quarterback where he completed 10 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns in limited action. As a team, Michigan was able to put up 306 yards rushing by 11 different players. Michigan did a great job of rotating some of those young guys in early.

This Week: Michigan hosts the UCF Knights.

Michigan State (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Furman, 28-13. This was not a very good performance for the Spartans but a victory is all they needed. Tyler O’Connor received the start at quarterback and threw for 190 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Ohio native LJ Scott received a bulk of the carries at running back gaining 105 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, the Spartans held the Paladins (yes that is real) to 87 yards on 33 carries.

This Week: Sparty travels to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Minnesota (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Oregon State, 30-23. Minnesota was in for a dog fight against the Beavers but was able to rally back from six down in the fourth to score 13 unanswered points. Quarterback

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 01: Mitch Leidner #7 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers looks for an open receiver in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at TCF Bank Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Mitch Leidner had a solid but not spectacular game throwing for 130 yards, rushing for 76 yards, and adding two rushing touchdowns. Running back Rodney Smith added 125 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

This Week: Minnesota hosts Indiana State.

Nebraska (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Fresno State, 43-10. Nebraska looked impressive as they rattled off 29 unanswered points to pull away from the Bulldogs in the second half. In the most shocking thing on Saturday, quarterback Tommy Armstrong did not turn the ball over. Nebraska relied heavily on their ground game, running the ball 51 times for 292 yards while only throwing the ball 13 times for 114 yards. The Cornhusker rush defense was superb holding the Bulldogs to 31 yards on 26 carries.

This Week: The Cornhuskers hosts Wyoming.

Northwestern (0-1 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Lost to one of the directional Michigan’s (the western variety), 21-22. Quarterback Clayton Thorson (196 passing yards) and running back Justin Jackson (124 rushing yards and three touchdowns) played great but did not receive much support from their offensive teammates.

This Week: The Wildcats look to get their first win as they welcome Illinois State.

Penn State (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Kent State, 33-13. The Trace McSorley era has begun in College Station as the team tries to move on from Christian Hackenburg while refusing to move on from the Joe Paterno era. McSorley combined for 256 yards (209 passing/47 rushing) and added two touchdowns through the air. Running back Saquon Barkley was held to 105 yards on 22 carries.

This Week: The Nittany Lions travel to Pittsburgh.

Purdue (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Eastern Kentucky, 45-24. Quarterback David Blough had a good game as he threw for 245 yards with three touchdowns (one passing/two rushing) and an interception. Running back Markell Jones ran for 145 yards on 24 carries. As a team, the Boilermakers ran for 261 yards and four touchdowns.

This Week: The Boilermakers welcome the B12 hopeful Cincinnati Bearcats.

Rutgers (0-1 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Lost to Washington, 13-48. It was not a surprise how this game turned out as the Chris Ash era started off pretty roughly. Running back Josh Hicks had 70 yards on 14 carries to lead the ScarLoLet Knight offense.

This Week: Rutgers welcomes the Howard Bison.

Wisconsin (1-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat LSU, 16-14. In one of the biggest upsets of the day, another one of Alabama’s dingelberries took an out-of-conference loss. Finally healthy, Corey Clement ran for 86 yards and a touchdown as the Badger offense did just enough to take the victory. Quarterback Bart Houston was very inconsistent but threw for 205 yards and had a few huge throws down the stretch. On the

GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 03: A Wisconsin Badgers fan celebrates during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field on September 3, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

defensive side of the ball, the Badgers “held” Leonard Fournette to 138 yards but zero touchdowns.

This Week: Wisconsin welcomes Akron to town led by former Buckeye Warren Ball who had 110 yards rushing in his first start.


Ohio State 0-0 1-0 Iowa 0-0 1-0
Michigan State 0-0 1-0 Nebraska 0-0 1-0
Michigan 0-0 1-0 Minnesota 0-0 1-0
Penn State 0-0 1-0 Wisconsin 0-0 1-0
Indiana 0-0 1-0 Northwestern 0-0 0-1
Maryland 0-0 1-0 Illinois 0-0 1-0
Rutgers 0-0 0-1 Purdue 0-0 1-0

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