Big Ten East Trap Games For 2017
Every team has to survive a scare if it want’s to stay in contention for the biggest of goals. It’s no different in the Big Ten. What sneaky game on each Big Ten East Contender’s 2017 schedule could be more than expected?
We know about the games circled and starred on the calendars, but more often than not, teams fail to meet goals and aspirations because of one or more slip-ups elsewhere. Here is the biggest trap game for every Big Ten East team expected to contend in 2017 (sorry Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers).
Come back tomorrow for the West Division trap games.
OCT. 15 AT INDIANA
The Wolverines’ trip to Bloomington screams trap game. Indiana will be coming off a by week, and the game sits in-between games against arch-rival Michigan State at home, and on the road against defending Big Ten champ Penn State.
You know there will be some physical ailments coming out of a donnybrook against Sparty, and might there be a wee-bit of peaking ahead to Penn State? We’ve seen it before, especially with a team that lost so much leadership from 2016.
SEP. 2 VS BOWLING GREEN
Yeah it’s a MAC squad at home, but don’t sleep on this year’s version of the Falcons in this matchup. Bowling Green has a chance to rebound and be a bowl team, and there’s that dreaded sleepy noon kickoff for the first game of the year.
Oh … then there’s the off the field stuff for the Spartans. If Michigan State is going to have a bounce back year, it takes care of business here. If there is a 2016 hangover though, look out for a little MACtion fever to take hold.
AUG. 31 AT INDIANA
Indiana again? Yes. While it’s Ohio State traveling to Bloomington to take on a basketball school, this one has a piece of cheese baited in Cream and Crimson for several reasons. In fact, pay no attention to the Scarlet and Gray man behind the curtain with a 21-game winning streak over the Hoosiers.
It’s game one of the season where things aren’t exactly well-oiled, it’s on the road, and it’s an Indiana team going against its former head coach turned Buckeye offensive coordinator — Kevin Wilson. Add that to the reality that the Hoosiers have played Ohio State tight the last few years and Urban Meyer better have his team ready to hit the ground running.
NOV. 25 AT MARYLAND
Penn State won’t catch anyone by surprise in 2017 after what took place last year. Not that it matters. The defending league champions have a schedule that looks more like an uphill climb than a jog down the frozen treat isle.
So who could blame human nature for a bit of an exhale after games on the road against Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Ohio State, combined with games at home versus Michigan and Nebraska? An improving Maryland team will be waiting in the weeds to close things out in College Park where a weary and tired Nittany Lion team could come in with a meekish roar.
Phil Harrison is the lead Big Ten Writer for College Football News. Catch his opinion and analysis all year long.