Every Sunday, after an entire Saturday’s worth of college football, we'll take a look around the Big Ten. As the conference as a whole fights as respectability in the non-conference, or as its power dynamics shift on a week-to-week basis in this fall, we'll follow every team and try to piece togather the puzzle that is the 13-week-long season all the way up until Indianapolis.
Here are the top three storylines from Week 2:
1. Blue bloods continue to impress
Ohio State picked off four passes and returned two for picks as the Buckeyes rolled 48-3 over Tulsa. Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, Wilton Speight looked really good in his second start for the Maize and Blue, throwing for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Iowa also joined the blowout party, defeating Iowa State in “El Assico”. C.J. Beathard threw for three touchdowns.
2. Penn State loses shootout
The Nittany Lions looked left for dead after a slow start, but thanks to four Saquon Barkley touchdowns and a 332-yard day from Trace McSorley, Penn State nearly came back to beat Pitt. James Conner continues to be one of the best stories in sports, and he rumbled for 117 yards and one score on the ground and 29 yards and one score via reception. This website is bad.
3. Illinois gets rolled up by North Carolina
If we can’t be happy about Northwestern, we can be happy about Lovie Smith and Illinois giving up over 450 yards of offense and nearly 50 points. North Carolina scored 48—24 in each half—and had little trouble with the Illini, who only scored 23 all game.
- Wisconsin continued its impressive start, beating Akron 54-10. The best news for the Badgers is that Corey Clement is looking very healthy with 111 yards and two scores
- Tommy Armstrong, Jr. scored four total touchdowns and Nebraska had five interceptions as the Cornhuskers beat Wyoming 52-17.
- Rutgers trailed 1-0 to Howard before reeling off 52 straight. Howard is really bad.
- First round pick Mitch Leidner threw four touchdowns and Minnesota beat Indiana State 58-28. The Gophers are 2-0.
- Maryland is looking like a real football team. The Terps had 238 yards through the air and 239 on the ground. THAT’S balance.
- Purdue lost to Cincinnati 38-20 and the Boilermakers’ SB Nation blog wants Darrell Hazell fired. Good times in West Lafayette.