4. The Really Big Thing Was …
The Big Ten is playing football again.
Maybe you’re old enough to remember a time when parents were protesting outside of Big Ten headquarters.
Kevin Warren was the worst commissioner in the history of leaders, the multi-billion dollar Big Ten’s feelings were hurt after the scorn and ridicule on social media, there was a phone call from a president, recruits were going to stop coming to the conference, there were hashtags with sayings about playing, and …
The Big Ten kicked off a college football season, and despite everything going on in the real world, it actually was fun. And that’s supposed to be the point.
Put aside everything else for a second – how much of a blast was it to get worked up over something stupid like an inexcusably bad missed call in the Indiana – Penn State game?
How amazing was it to watch Justin Fields hit 20-of-21 passes as Ohio State beat Nebraska?
Michigan and Minnesota played in the cold of all-things-cliche Big Ten football weather, Purdue’s win over Iowa was exciting, Rutgers won a game thanks to 193 Michigan State turnovers, Northwestern found an offense in the blowout win over Maryland, and Wisconsin was totally dominant in the Friday night 45-7 win over Illinois.
It all started as the college football world was introduced to Graham Mertz, the Badger quarterback who torched the NFL-defensive coached Fighting Illini for a 20-of-21 day with the one misfire a dropped pass, and …
2020 decided to have its say on Sunday night as word came out that Mertz tested positive for COVID-19. He needs to be tested again to see if he’s okay – of course, the only thing that matters – or to see if it was a true positive meaning he’ll have to sit out for 21 days.
Oh, this will be one interesting next eight weeks of Big Ten football.