Here’s a look at how the Big Ten fared in week 3:
Penn State 24 Kent State 0
Michigan 42 Massachusetts 37
Ohio State 43 Ohio 7
Illinois 28 Northern Illinois 22
Purdue 24 Ball State 13
Wisconsin 20 Arizona State 19
USC 32 Minnesota 21
Northwestern 30 Rice 13
Michigan State 34 Notre Dame 31 (OT)
Indiana 38 Western Kentucky 21
Arizona 34 Iowa 27
It was good to see Michigan handle adversity well. They could have gone into panic mode after trailing 17-7. Instead, they came back and executed well offensively. However, it’s also apparent the defense needs much work. While it was a win, the Wolverines may have to rely on its offense to win the majority of their games.
Minnesota played much better this week. After having a tough week both on the field and off, it’s commendable how hard they played. They should keep their heads up and use this game as motivation to build on for the rest of the season.
The top teams in the conference had an odd week in special teams. Both Iowa and Ohio State had punts blocked. Iowa gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown. Ohio State would have given up one as well except a penalty called it back. Finally, Wisconsin gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and if it weren’t for Shelton Johnson, Arizona State would have had another. On the plus side, the Badgers blocked an extra point that would have tied the game. Still, it’s weird when each of the top three teams has weaknesses in their special teams.
Speaking of special teams, Michigan State had the call of the year. Their fake field goal won them a huge game on the national stage. Unfortunately, after the game Dantonio suffered a heart attack. The good news is doctors expect him to make a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I wish him a quick recovery.
Perspectives from Big Ten country:
Purdue came up with their second win of the season defeating Ball State 24-13. With many offensive players out due to injury, the defense took the bulk of the work writes Purdue Examiner Robert Blackman.
Penn State bounced back after a tough loss to Alabama, beating Kent State 24-0. Despite the win, the offense turned in a sluggish performance writes Penn State Examiner Kevin McGuire.
Ohio State turned in another impressive performance. Though their special teams continue to make mistakes, their defense forced turnovers and the offense continues to put points on the board.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Examiner Joseph Gunther writes that Minnesota stayed in the game for three quarters before losing to USC 32-21.
Indiana won their second game this season by relying on the arm of Ben Chappell writes Indiana Hoosier Examiner Jeff Curts. Chappell finished the game with 366 passing yards.
Iowa Hawkeyes Examiner Troy Hyde writes bad special teams play doomed the Hawkeyes in their 34-27 loss to Arizona.
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