Big Ten Football: 5 Things We Learned from Week 2
With Week 2 of college football underway, there were some fantastic games with Big Ten teams which should give us an insight into five things to look for in the following weeks.
Michigan had a huge game against Notre Dame and with quarterback Denard Robinson at the helm, the Wolverines should enter the tougher part of their schedule prepared. The Wisconsin Badgers have continued to improve their stock after demolishing their opponents with a very strong offense that could take them to a National Championship game.
The Nebraska Huskers are going to be another very formidable opponent who are looking to shut down the Badgers so they can take control of the Big Ten in their debut year. Lead by Taylor Martinez, the Huskers are going to make things very tough on any opponent they play.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking to bounce back and prove they are still a dynasty to be reckoned with after some offseason problems.
Lastly, the Michigan State Spartans are looking to bust into the spotlight after some huge wins and a very impressive defense. Look for the Big Ten to have some incredible games this season and in the weeks to come.
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After probably the best game of the week Michigan came out on top of Notre Dame in a nail bitter that came down to the last seconds. What we learned from this game is that Michigan is never out of a game.
After being down 24-7 going into the fourth quarter Michigan turned it around only allowing Notre Dame one more touchdown and scoring four touchdowns themselves the game winning touchdown was scored with only two seconds left.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson proved that he is able to make big plays in big situations like when Michigan head coach Brady Hoke gave Robinson the go to try and score instead of forcing the game into overtime with a field goal.
Robinson is going to need to come up big like he did in this game especially when they get deeper into their schedule and play teams like Michigan St., Nebraska and Ohio St.
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The Wisconsin Badgers are a team that is on the rise. Lead by offensive powerhouses Russell Wilson and Montee Ball the Badgers as of right now are the team to beat in the Big Ten.
The Badgers have blown out every team they have played so far and they look very strong offensively and defensively. The Badgers have an fairly easy schedule until Oct. 1 when they will be facing arguably the toughest team in their regular season in the form of Nebraska.
The Badgers need to keep playing like they are and they will find themselves on top in the polls. The Badgers have the ability to be in a national championship if they continue to keep putting up points.
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New to the Big Ten is Nebraska. Nebraska a very solid team who are the Badgers biggest threat at the moment.
Not only does Nebraska have a very solid defense they also have solid offensive players in quarterback Taylor Martinez who is leading the team in passing and rushing. Martinez is very versatile and quick on his feet making him very dangerous.
Nebraska is a threat every time they get the ball and has the ability to put up points every possession. Much like Wisconsin, Nebraska has a fairly easy schedule until they play Wisconsin which will put Wilson to the test and could determine where both teams finish this season.
Look for Nebraska who is currently ranked No. 10 to move up over these next few games in preparation for a huge game on Oct.1.
Ohio State Buckeyes
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After off season troubles the Ohio State Buckeyes are looking to prove they are still a team to be reckoned with. After a close game against Toledo which came down to the last second Ohio State is going to need to bump up their game.
What we learned is from this game is that Ohio State is going to have a hard time keeping up with teams like Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State Spartans.
Ohio State has tough game against the Miami (FL) and a solid Colorado team. Ohio State is going to need wins in these games if they want to stay where they are on the polls. They are going to need to prove themselves before going up against the bigger and better teams of the Big Ten.
Michigan State Spartans
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For a team who has not been given a lot of coverage the Michigan State Spartans have done very well and should be a very tough team to beat. Michigan St. has blown out both of their opponents and in their game yesterday the Spartan defense not only held Florida Atlantic scoreless but only allowed one first down and 48 total yards in the entire game.
The Spartan second and third string defense is just as good as the starters which is very promising for later in the year and for years to come.
Michigan States defense is going to need to keep up the good work against which should be an easy opponent in both Notre Dame and Central Michigan. Then the real test will come for the Spartans when they play the toughest part of their schedule which includes games against Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska consecutively.
If the Spartans can pick up some wins against these tougher teams the Spartans should roll into the bowl games with ease.
Look for Michigan State's defense to increase the Spartans stock in the weeks to come making them a very formidable opponent.