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Week 2 Big Ten Rankings & Recaps


What happened in all the Week 2 Big Ten games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Big Ten rankings and analysis.


Big Ten Week 2 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes

How are the Big Ten predictions so far? SU: 21-5, ATS: 13-6

1. Ohio State (2-0)

Final Score: Ohio State 48, Tulsa 3
Prediction: Ohio State 48, Tulsa 17, Ohio State -28.5
Up Next: at Oklahoma

Quick Take: This D is absolutely humming with six takeaways while allowing just 189 yards of total offense to a Tulsa attack that’ll finish the season among the best statistical teams in the country. The offense was fine, but it didn’t have to push too much after a sluggish start – the defense took care of business.

2. Michigan (2-0)

Final Score: Michigan 51, UCF 14
Prediction: Michigan 44, UCF 6, Michigan -35.5
Up Next: Colorado

Quick Take: The run defense might not have been the brick wall it should be – allowing 275 yards and two scores – but the biggest problem was a ground attack that went absolutely nowhere. The UCF defense should be solid all year, but to run for 119 yards and average under three yards per pop is a problem. Wilton Speight’s 312-yard, four-score day overcame the problems. Basically, Michigan didn’t play all that well and still came up with a blowout.

3. Wisconsin (2-0)

Final Score: Wisconsin 54, Akron 10
Prediction: Wisconsin 41, Akron 13, Wisconsin -25
Up Next: Georgia State

Quick Take: The defense allowed a field goal and didn’t let a dangerous Akron passing game get off, the running game looked like the Badger running game, and outside of Corey Clement hurting his leg, it was a nearly-perfect game. There wasn’t any letdown after the LSU performance with everything clicking. Wisconsin played like an elite team is supposed to against a team like Akron.

4. Michigan State (1-0)

Up Next: at Notre Dame

5. Iowa (2-0)

Final Score: Iowa 42, Iowa State 3
Prediction: Iowa 34, Iowa State 16, Iowa -15
Up Next: North Dakota State

Quick Take: That’s more like it. The defense did a far better job of tackling, C.J. Beathard was fantastic, and the running game rolled with LeShun Daniels taking over the game. It might have been an emotional rivalry game, but the Hawkeyes were controlled and workmanlike in their domination. After a rocky Week One, Iowa looked like it’s supposed to at just the right time.

6. Nebraska (2-0)

Final Score: Nebraska 52, Wyoming 17
Prediction: Nebraska 45, Wyoming 17, Nebraska -24.5
Up Next: Oregon

Quick Take: Don’t let the final score fool you – it took a while for the Huskers to get the job done. Tommy Armstrong bombed away, but while it was nice to know the passing game could fly when it had to, running for just 138 yards and averaging 3.2 yards was a problem. Against Oregon, the Huskers will need to go on long, sustained drives. They’re not going to get the six takeaways the came up with against the Cowboys.

7. Penn State (1-1)

Final Score: Pitt 42, Penn State 39
Prediction: Penn State 19, Pitt 17, Penn State -6.5
Up Next: Temple

Quick Take: What happened to the run defense? The Nittany Lion defensive front couldn’t handle all the change-ups, sweeps, and power runs the Panthers cranked up on the way to 341 yards on the ground. On the plus side, Trace McSorley looks like a keeper – bad interception to end the fun and all. It might have been a tough loss, but there’s hope. The D will come around, and now Penn State has an O.

8. Minnesota (2-0)

Final Score: Minnesota 58, Indiana State 28
Prediction: Minnesota 37, Indiana State 13
Up Next: Colorado State

Quick Take: Yeah, Mitch Leidner threw four touchdown passes as the Gophers coasted, but what they really needed to do after the Oregon State was run the ball. Kobe McCrary rumbled for 176 yards and two scores, the offense ran for 292 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry, and the O line started to work. Now the Gophers have a deep looking backfield.

9. Maryland (2-0)

Final Score: Maryland 41, FIU 14
Prediction: Maryland 37, Florida International 20, Maryland -10
Up Next: at UCF

Quick Take: Zero. That’s how many turnovers Maryland have given away in the first two games, and it’s amazing how different the team is when it’s not screwing up. It’s playing with more offensive confidence, Perry Hills is throwing the ball well, and there couldn’t be a better way to start the season and the D.J. Durkin era. This is the team you want to see if you’re a Terp fan.

10. Illinois (1-1)

Final Score: North Carolina 48, Illinois 23
Prediction: North Carolina 31, Illinois 20, UNC -8.5
Up Next: Western Michigan

Quick Take: Illinois might have a phenomenal defensive coaching staff, but the pieces aren’t there yet. The line couldn’t bother the Tar Heel skill players enough to make a different, and the offense couldn’t seem to get any sort of control after a good first quarter. Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran well, and Wes Lunt threw two touchdown passes, but he wasn’t accurate enough. What’s Lovie really going to have a problem with? 13 penalties for 99 yards.

11. Indiana (2-0)

Final Score: Indiana 30, Ball State 20
Prediction: Indiana 38, Ball State 17, Indiana -17.5
Up Next: Wake Forest

Quick Take: Take the win, but hate the finish, and hate going 2-for-13 on third downs and 0-for-2 on fourth downs. Indiana was rolling right along with a terrific defensive effort and three touchdown passes from Richard Lagow, but the letup came too quickly with Ball State rallying back in the fourth to make it a little bit interesting. Considering the problems others had with the MAC this week, though, IU will obviously take the relatively easy win and a nice 2-0 start.

12. Northwestern (0-2)

Final Score: Illinois State 9, Northwestern 7
Prediction: Northwestern 27, Illinois State 17
Up Next: Duke

Quick Take: Oh, Northwestern. Really? This was supposed to be a dangerous game, but the strides made in the passing game against Western Michigan went bye-bye with a 17-of-41 Clayton Thorson day, while the offense showed how things won’t go anywhere when Justin Jackson, who left with a leg injury – 11 carries for 39 yards – isn’t producing. The D is doing its job, but it hasn’t paid off.

13. Purdue (1-1)

Final Score: Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20
Prediction: Purdue 45, Cincinnati 42, Cincinnati -6
Up Next: Nevada (Nov. 24)

Quick Take: Really, Purdue? Five interceptions?! The Boilermaker passing game roared in a comeback attempt with David Blough bombing away for 401 yards, but pick after pick allowed the Bearcats to take over the game. The D wasn’t a prize, either, getting ripped to shreds by the balanced UC attack. The week off comes at the wrong time – the team needs to get back on the field in a hurry.

14. Rutgers (1-1)

Final Score: Rutgers 52, Howard 14
Prediction: Rutgers 41, Howard 13
Up Next: New Mexico

Quick Take: After five lousy quarters, Rutgers finally managed to wake up with Janarion Grant rolling with a kickoff return for a score sparking the 52 unanswered points. He scored two more times on the ground, and the defense relaxed and dominated, but going forward, Chris Laviano has to be sharper. He threw three touchdown passes, but completed 11-of-22 passes for just 137 yards with a pick.