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tBBC Around the B1G!: Week 3 Edition

Brandon Zimmerman

Around the B1G!: Week 3 Edition
Brandon Zimmerman
via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
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Week 2 of the B1G non-conference slate was a little rough. After coming up with numerous big wins in the first week, the second week saw a loss to some school called Illinois State and semi high-profile losses to North Carolina and Pittsburgh. Let’s go ahead and dive in feet first into our beloved conference.

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

Last Week: Lost to North Carolina, 23-48. Illinois actually hung with North Carolina well into the fourth quarter…only trailing 31-23. After a Wes Lunt touchdown pass to Mack Hollins, UNC proceeded to go on a 17-0 run to close out the game. Lunt struggled this game as he only threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Ke’Shawn Vaughn had 116 yards on only 15 carries but 65 of those yards came on his first carry of the game which he took to the house.

This Week: Illinois will face-off against Western Michigan… who has already taken down one B1G foe this year (Northwestern).

Indiana (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Ball State, 30-20. This was a tale of two games as the Hoosiers came out and dominated the first three quarters jumping out to a 30-0 lead before Ball State was able to rattle off 20 straight points. Quarterback Richard Legow had a nice bounce-back game after his first start throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Hoosier running back, Devine Redding, added 110 yards on the ground while averaging a modest 4.2 yards per carry.

This Week: The Hoosiers turn their attention to the undefeated Wake Forrest Demon Deacons who is coming off of a big win against Duke.

Iowa (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Iowa State, 42-3. The Iowa Hawkeyes were in control of this game from the start. They jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead before ISU was able to kick a field goal. Those would be

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 10: Running back LeShun Daniels #29 of the Iowa Hawkeyes rushes up field during the first quarter in front of linebacker Josh Jahlas #31 of the Iowa State Cyclones on September 10, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

the last points the Cyclones scored while the Hawkeyes tacked on 28 more. C.J. Beathard was very good out of the quarterback position completing 19 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. The dynamic duo of LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley combined for 161 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. The vaunted Iowa defense had one interception and three sacks.

This Week: The Hawkeyes host five-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State.

Maryland (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Florida International, 41-14. Just as they did in week one, the Terrapins used a variety of players to form a pretty good rushing attack. Nine different players carried the ball with four of them tied for the team lead with eight carries. As a team, Maryland ran for 239 yards on 45 carries. Quarterback Perry Hillis had a very good day throwing for 210 yards and three touchdowns while adding 52 yards on the ground.

This Week: The Terrapins head back to Florida for the second straight week to face the UCF Knights who won ZERO games last year…but hey be impressed Michigan beat the crap out of them last week. #septemberchamps

Michigan (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat UCF, 51-14. The #SeptemberChamps were at it again flexing their muscle and riding the waves of awesomeness to a huge victory over a national powerhouse. Quarterback Wilton Speight stayed in through most of the fourth quarter in an attempt to solidify his position as the latest #SeptemberHeisman to roll through Ann Arbor. Speight threw the ball 37 times for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Michigan’s amazing defensive line gave up 275 yards rushing to UCF.

This Week: Michigan hosts Colorado who is 2-0 and averaging 50 points per game.

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

Last Week: Bye Week.

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

Minnesota (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Indiana State, 58-28. The Minnesota offense was running on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 38-7 lead at halftime and coasted to a relatively easy victory. Quarterback Mitch Leidner threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Running backs Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary both had pretty good days. Smith ran for 74 yards and a touchdown but McCrary was the one who stole the show. The junior, who had two carries the week prior against Oregon State, had 176 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries.

This Week: Minnesota hosts Colorado State.

Nebraska (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Wyoming, 52-17. The Nebraska offense continues to look more and more impressive as they move to 2-0. After going into halftime only winning by 10, the Cornhuskers outscored the Cowboys 35-10 in the second half. Tommy Armstrong threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns but did have an interception. Although the offense was impressive through the air, the rushing attack left something to be desired as they only ran for 138 yards on 3.2 yards per carry.

This Week: The Cornhuskers host the Oregon Ducks in what should be a high-scoring affair.

Northwestern (0-2 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Lost to Illinois State, 7-9. I’m not even sure what to say about Northwestern at this point. They lost in week one to a decent-ish Western Michigan team which was kind of embarrassing but not a huge deal. Then they come out this week and lose to Illinois State an FCS school.

This Week: The Wildcats continue to look to get their first win as they welcome Duke.

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 10: Saquon Barkley #26 and Chris Godwin #12 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks off the field after losing 42-39 to the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 10, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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

Last Week: Lost to Pittsburgh, 39-42. As demoralizing as this loss was for Penn State, they did show some heart coming back from being down 28-7 to make this a game. Saquan Barkley racked up four touchdowns but could only manage 85 yards on the ground. The Penn State defense did a good job against the pass but their inability to stop the run is what cost them the game. Pittsburgh was able to rush for 341 yards on the ground while averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

This Week: The Nittany Lions host Temple where they seek some revenge for last year.

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

Last Week: Lost to Cincinnati, 20-38. After getting their first and likely only win last week, Purdue returned to their ways losing to the Bearcats. David Blough had an amazing day throwing the ball, if you are willing to completely ignore his FIVE interceptions, as he threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns.

This Week: The Boilermakers face off against the Nevada Wolfpack.

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

Last Week: Beat Howard, 52-14. A huge congrats to Chris Ash picking up his first win as a head coach. Rutgers actually trailed in this one 14-0 before firing off 52 straight points to put the Bison down. The Maryland defense held Howard to 253 total yards and caused four fumbles.

This Week: Rutgers hosts the New Mexico Rebecca Lobos.

Wisconsin (2-0 overall, 0-0 conference)

Last Week: Beat Akron, 54-10. The Badgers piled up 586 yards of total offense in a route of the Zips. Wisconsin used an extremely balanced approach (294 rushing yards/292 passing yards) in celebration of not having to face LSU’s defense again. Amazingly, Corey Clement stayed healthy for another game as he ran for 111 yards on 21 carries. Former Buckeye Warren Ball had 71 yards on seven carries for Akron.

This Week: Wisconsin will face off against Georgia State.


Ohio State 0-0 2-0 Iowa 0-0 2-0
Michigan 0-0 2-0 Nebraska 0-0 2-0
Maryland 0-0 2-0 Minnesota 0-0 2-0
Indiana 0-0 2-0 Wisconsin 0-0 2-0
Michigan State 0-0 1-0 Illinois 0-0 1-1
Penn State 0-0 1-1 Purdue 0-0 1-1
Rutgers 0-0 1-1 Northwestern 0-0 0-2

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