College football Week 2: More football, please

The Big Ten definitely had a better first week than the SEC East.

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College football Week 2: More football, please

Penn State head coach James Franklin speaks during the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Penn State head coach James Franklin speaks during the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Katina Zentz

Penn State head coach James Franklin speaks during the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Katina Zentz

Katina Zentz

Penn State head coach James Franklin speaks during the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, July 19, 2019.

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Big Ten Schedule

Saturday, September 7

Cincinnati vs. No. 5 Ohio State

 11 a.m. | ABC

Justin Fields looked impressive in his Buckeyes debut. Let’s see how he does against an opponent other than Florida Atlantic.

Army vs. No. 7 Michigan

11 a.m. | FOX

 Both teams were among college football’s best defensively last season, so Jim Harbaugh’s golden-boy quarterback will be put to the test. Army took Oklahoma to overtime last season — could an upset be brewing in the Big House?

Rutgers vs. No. 20 Iowa

11 a.m. | FS1

 Iowa looks to move to 2-0 on the season against a Big East foe. Wait, Rutgers is in the Big Ten now. We can pretend they are not.

No. 21 Syracuse vs. Maryland

11 a.m. | ESPN

Will Maryland top the 79 points they put up in the opener? No, it will not.

Vanderbilt vs. Purdue

11 a.m. | BTN

Purdue was one of only two Big Ten teams to open their season with a loss (looking at you, Northwestern). Rondale Moore is one of the best players in the conference, but that didn’t stop the Boilermakers from losing to Nevada. Side note, Purdue lost to a Mountain West team to open the season but dismantled Ohio State last season.

Central Michigan vs. No. 17 Wisconsin

2:30 p.m. | BTN

The over/under for Jonathan Taylor touchdowns in this game will be set at roughly 5.5. Taylor has more than 4,000 rushing yards in his college career and should be running all over the field again in this one.

No. 25 Nebraska vs. Colorado

2:30 p.m. | FOX

Will this be the game where Scott Frost’s dynasty and culture change really starts to take over? It’s supposed to at some point, right?

Illinois vs. Connecticut

2:30 p.m. | CBSSN

The Illini won a game in Week 1. Good for them. Wins will be hard to come by for Illinois the rest of the season.

Eastern Illinois vs. Indiana 

2:30 p.m. | BTN

The Eastern Illinois head coach used to coach at Northwestern, so he is very used to beating up on Indiana. Might be tougher at Eastern Illinois, however.

Buffalo vs. No. 15 Penn State

6:30 p.m. | FOX

Will Penn State top the 79 points it scored in the opener? Well, it has a better shot than Maryland. This game has a very good chance of getting ugly.

Western Michigan vs. No. 19 Michigan State

6:30 p.m. | BTN

Michigan State gets a night game at home against an in-state rival. Just not the in-state rival anyone actually wants to see it play.

Minnesota vs. Fresno State

9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota narrowly avoided being upset in Week 1. Can the Gophers win in a less dramatic fashion in Week 2? The bigger question is: will you stay up to find out?

Power Rankings

1. Ohio State

The Buckeyes will be No. 1 until they figure out which mediocre Big Ten team they want to lose to this season.

2. Michigan

Can we skip to Week 4 when the Wolverines play Wisconsin?

3. Penn State

I still can’t believe Trace McSorely isn’t a Nittany Lion anymore.

4. Iowa

Nate Stanley continuing to rock the goatee can only mean good things for Iowa.

5. Wisconsin

Most underrated team in the Big Ten.

6. Michigan State

Michigan State being at No. 6 is an indication of how deep this conference is.

7. Nebraska

This program won a lot of games in the ‘90s.

8. Northwestern

The Wildcats need to figure ways to put points up on the board.

9. Maryland

This is the point on the list where the teams are no longer good.

10. Indiana

The most average football program in the Big Ten.

11. Minnesota

“I’m gonna row ‘til I can’t no more.” – P.J. Fleck, probably.

12.  Purdue

The Boilermakers are going to waste having Rondale Moore, aren’t they?

13. Illinois

Illinois started its season with a win. The season is already a success.

14. Rutgers

Does any other conference want to make a trade?

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