19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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Indiana Hoosiers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: UConn, Sept. 21
Game Before: Ohio State
Game After
: at Michigan State

UConn isn’t going to start challenging or the College Football Playoff, but it’ll be better. Indiana can’t blow this off with the Big Ten opener against Ohio State before and a date at Michigan State to follow.
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Maryland Terrapins

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Temple, Sept. 14
Game Before: Syracuse
Game After
: Penn State

Temple on the road will be really, really dangerous early on in the Mike Locksley era. The Syracuse game will be enough of a fight, and there’s a week off after playing the Owls to get ready for the Big Ten opener against Penn State.
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Michigan Wolverines

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Indiana, Nov. 23
Game Before: Michigan State
Game After
: Ohio State

There just isn’t more of a sandwich possibility than this for the Wolverines. The Michigan State game is at least coming off an open date, but the pressure will be on for the Ohio State game – duh – to close things out. There can’t be a hiccup in Bloomington.
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Michigan State Spartans

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Illinois, Nov. 9
Game Before: Penn State
Game After
: at Michigan

There’s a week of at the right time before hosting Illinois, but the the Spartans have to play Ohio State and Wisconsin on the road and Penn State at home before dealing with the Illini. The trip up the road at Michigan comes right after.
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Ohio State Buckeyes

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Miami University, Sept. 21
Game Before: at Indiana
Game After
: at Nebraska

It’s the game the Buckeyes will likely forget about. The Florida Atlantic game to kick things off will get plenty of attention – thanks, Lane Kiffin – and the Cincinnati battle against Luke Fickell will be a big deal. And then comes the Big Ten opener at Indiana, followed up by a dangerous date with Miami University. Again, it’ll get forgotten about with at Nebraska and Michigan State to follow.
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Penn State Nittany Lions

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Indiana, Nov. 16
Game Before: at Minnesota
Game After
: at Ohio State

It’s letdown time, The Indiana game isn’t the home finale – that’s Rutgers a few weeks later – and it comes after playing at Iowa, Michigan, at Michigan State, and at Minnesota. The road date at Ohio State follows up the the date with the Hoosiers.
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Liberty, Oct. 26
Game Before: Minnesota
Game After
: at Illinois

It’s stuck right in the middle of the Big Ten season. Rutgers can’t take anyone lightly, and Hugh Freeze’s Liberty team is coming in for more than just a paycheck. The Scarlet Knights get Minnesota before and at Illinois after. For just about anyone else, this is an easy part of the slate.
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Illinois Fighting Illini

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Eastern Michigan, Sept. 14
Game Before: at UConn
Game After
: Nebraska

Eastern Michigan was able to tag Purdue early on last season, and this time around it’s not going to be intimidated in any way by going to Champaign. Going to UConn the week before shouldn’t matter for the Illini, but the Big Ten opener a week later against Nebraska will be a big deal.
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Iowa Hawkeyes

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Middle Tennessee, Sept. 28
Game Before: at Iowa State
Game After
: at Michigan

The Middle Tennessee game comes after a week off, but it also comes after going to Iowa State, and having to deal with a trip to Michigan followed up by Penn State. The Blue Raiders are going to be good enough to pull this off.
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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Georgia Southern, Sept. 14
Game Before: at Fresno State
Game After
: at Purdue

Minnesota didn’t have any problems with the Georgia Tech option offense to close out last season, but this year, it’ll have to get ready for what Georgia Southern brings after traveling back from Fresno State. There’s a week off to follow, and then comes the Big Ten opener at Purdue.
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Nebraska Cornhuskers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Maryland, Nov. 23
Game Before: Wisconsin
Game After
: Iowa

If all goes according to plan, Nebraska should get off to a decent start. But late in the season, to win the West – or be in the mix – it’ll have to beat Wisconsin, and it’ll have to take down Iowa. Both games are in Lincoln, but there’s a trip to Maryland in between them.
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Northwestern Wildcats

Letdown/Sandwich Game: UNLV, Sept. 14
Game Before: at Stanford
Game After
: Michigan State

Northwestern is one of those programs that seems to find ways to lose an early game it shouldn’t – once in a while. Last year, it was a collapse at home in a loss to Akron. This time around early in the season, UNLV might just be that game coming after a trip to Stanford and before the Big Ten opener against Michigan State.
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Purdue Boilermakers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Illinois, Oct. 26
Game Before: at Iowa
Game After
: Nebraska

It comes in a no-man’s land on the schedule. Four games are played before the date with Illinois, and there are two more to follow – there’s just no break. The focus can’t be won playing Nebraska the following week, and there can’t be any hangover – one way or another – after going to Iowa.
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Wisconsin Badgers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Illinois, Oct. 19
Game Before: Michigan State
Game After
: at Ohio State

There are several big moments on the slate, and not looking ahead to the Ohio State game is going to be one of them. The Badgers have to play Michigan State the week before going to Illinois – the first road game in six weeks.
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