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Around the Big Ten | Matchups, power rankings for Week 2 of the college football season

Football reporter Cooper Worth previews this weekend’s matchups and updates the Big Ten’s conference power rankings.
Grace Smith
Michigan running back Blake Corum scores a touchdown during a football game between Iowa and No. 4 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Corum took 29 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. The Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes, 27-14.

Power Rankings 

  1. Michigan — The Wolverines are poised for another big season. 
  2. Ohio State — It will take a few games for the offense to click under McCord.
  3. Penn State — The Nittany Lions had a decisive win over a regional rival. 
  4. Wisconsin —I could unfortunately see Wisconsin finishing near the top of the rankings as the season progresses. 
  5. Iowa — Fans got a glimpse of an explosive offense on the heels of transfer additions. 
  6. Illinois —The team looked slightly suspect in their 30-28 win over Toledo. 
  7. Maryland — This is the season Taulia Tagovailoa comes into his own for the Terrapins. 
  8. Minnesota — I really hope Oakley Sunglasses sponsors P.J. Fleck. 
  9. Michigan State — Spartans need a strong rushing attack this season. 
  10. Rutgers — I can’t see Rutgers moving too much in the rankings this season.   
  11. Purdue — The Boilermakers are feeling the absence of key personnel from last season.
  12. Nebraska — Will this be the year Nebraska returns to greatness? I certainly hope not. 
  13. Indiana — Hoosiers looked better than expected against the No. 2 team on the list. 
  14. Northwestern — They have bigger problems than football to deal with. 


Memorial Stadium: Indiana State (0-1, 0-0) @ Indiana (0-1, 0-1)

Where/when to watch: Friday at 6 p.m. on BTN | Line: IU -32.5 | O/U: 42.5

My grandfather went to Indiana State, and bonus points for being the home of Larry Legend, but I think Indiana bounces back off a decent showing against Ohio State.

David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium: Illinois (1-0, 0-0) @ Kansas (1-0, 0-0)

Where/When to watch: Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 | Line: KU -3 | O/U: 57

I don’t see Kansas starting hot like it did last season, but this could be the sleeper game of the week. 

Ohio Stadium: Youngstown State (1-0, 0-0) @ No. 5 Ohio State (1-0, 1-0) 

Where/when to watch: Saturday at 11 a.m. on BTN | Line: OSU -41.5 | O/U: NA

The Penguins suffer enough in this world, so I’m really hoping they got a good check for this. 

Beaver Stadium: Delaware (1-0, 0-0) @ No. 7 Penn State (1-0, 0-0) |

Where/when to watch: Saturday at 11 a.m. on Peacock | Line: NA | O/U: NA

In what world does a lion face off against a hen? Shame on Penn State.

Folsom Field: Nebraska (0-1, 0-1) @ No. 22 Colorado (1-0, 0-0) 

Where/when to watch: Saturday at 11 a.m.on FOX | Line: CO -3 | O/U: 58.5 

There is a good possibility Travis Hunter scores both on offense and defense this game.

Lane Stadium: Purdue (0-1, 0-0) @ Virginia Tech (1-0, 0-0) | Line: n/a

Where/when to watch: Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 | Line: PU -3 | O/U: 48

I think the Boilermakers edge this one out on the road following a tough Week 1 loss. 

Michigan Stadium: UNLV (1-0, 0-0) @ No. 2 Michigan (1-0, 0-0) 

Where/when to watch: At 2:30 p.m. on CBS |Line: Mich -38.5 | O/U: 58.5

Another warm-up game for the Wolverines in the absence of head coach Jim Harbaugh. 

Jack Trice Stadium: Iowa (1-0, 0-0) @ Iowa State (1-0, 0-0)

Where/when to watch: At 2:30 p.m. on FOX | Line: Iowa -4 | O/U: 36.5

It’s been too long since another blunder on ISU’s behalf when it plays Iowa in Ames. 

Spartan Stadium: Richmond (0-1, 0-0) @ Michigan State (1-0, 0-0)  

Where/when to watch: At 2:30 p.m. on BTN | Line: NA | O/U: NA

The Spiders have screwed me too many times in March Madness brackets. 

Ryan Fueld: UTEP (1-1, 1-0) @ Northwestern (0-1, 0-1) | 

Where/when to watch: At 2:30 p.m. on BTN | Line: UTEP -1.5 | O/U: 39.5

After everything the Northwestern faithful have been through these past 12 months, a win over UTEP is needed. 

Martin Stadium: No. 19 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0) @ Washington State (1-0, 0-0)

Where/when to watch: At 6:30 p.m. on FOX | Line: WI -4.5 | O/U: 58.5

The spirit of the late Mike Leach will be in Martin Stadium Saturday evening for this showdown between two Air Raid offenses. 

SECU Stadium: Charlotte (1-0, 0-0) @ Maryland (1-0, 0-0) 

Where/when to watch: At 6:30 p.m. on NBC | Line: MD -24.5 | O/U: 51.5

Charlotte’s head coach hits the field dressed like my dad mowing the grass on a Sunday afternoon, so I’m rooting for the 49ers on this one. 

Huntington Bank Stadium: Eastern Michigan (1-0, 0-0) @ Minnesota (1-0, 1-0) 

Where/when to watch: At 6:30 p.m. on BTN | Line: MN -20.5 | O/U: 48.5

I’m expecting Minnesota to be more effective on offense this week. 

SHI Stadium: Temple (1-0, 0-0) @ Rutgers (1-0, 1-0)

Where/when to watch: At 6:30 p.m. on BTN | Line: RUT -8.5 | O/U: 44.5

Can an owl nest inside the armor of a Scarlet Knight? Asking for a friend.

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Cooper Worth, Pregame reporter
Cooper Worth is a Pregame Reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is also earning a minor in communication studies and an entrepreneurial management certificate. This is his third year at the DI, previously serving as a News Editor and as a News Reporter covering local government in Johnson County for the DI. Cooper interned for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa during the summer of 2023 as a general news reporter.
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.