Around the Big Ten


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1) Ohio State: Where does J.T. Barrett fit into this offense when it’s not blowing teams out? Or better yet, when will the Buckeyes not blow teams out? In the NFL?

2) Michigan State: If the Spartans lose to Oregon, Urban Meyer has a place for Connor Cook in his offense.

3) Wisconsin: Alabama reminded us that Wisconsin sits on the wrong side of the Big Ten’s national relevancy line, along with 85 percent of the league.

4) Minnesota: The Gophers have played eventual national champion Ohio State and preseason No. 2 TCU in the past year and came within 7 points of both.

5) Northwestern: The Wildcats beat Stanford, which is basically their big brother. That puts them in the middle of the Big Ten.

6) Iowa: The season-ending injury to Pittsburgh running back James Conner marks the end to the slightest bit of legitimacy to Iowa’s nonconference schedule.

7) Rutgers: It turns out Kyle Flood may be just as scummy as every other coach in America.

8) Nebraska: The Hail Mary loss to BYU is exactly why Mike Riley’s life should be made into a cartoon.

9) Maryland: That was a gutsy 50-21 victory they pulled out over the storied Richmond Spiders, but I’m not sold quite yet.

10) Michigan: And we are somehow shocked that Harbaugh can’t win without recruits. He’ll get there, just slip into a coma for the next year or two if you’re a Michigan fan.

11) Illinois: I think it fits in nicely with the Big Ten West.

12) Penn State: Christian Hackenberg resembles the fourth-round draft pick Bill O’Brien saw in him.

13) Indiana: It won. By 1 point. Against Southern Illinois.

14) Purdue: One pick-six on the first play of the season, bookended by one to end the game, thus ruining the spread for the poor souls who bet on the Boilermakers to cover.

Offensive Impact player: Braxton Miller
Any questions surrounding Miller’s role in Ohio State’s offense were answered Monday night. Meyer wasn’t kidding when he called his former quarterback an “uncommon player” at the Big Ten media days.

Defensive Impact player: Joey Bosa
Bosa had 13.5 sacks in 2014, and he’s back for more after his one-game suspension. In the unlikely event that Hawaii can slow down Ohio State’s offense, Bosa’s pass-rushing effort will be much appreciated.

Game to watch: No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State
Sparty needs a win not only to prove it belongs in the top five but also to prove to America that the Big Ten has more than one relevant team (but fewer than three).

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