Week 4 Recap: is the Big Ten Weaker than Usual?

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Week 4 Recap: is the Big Ten Weaker than Usual?
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The question in this article's headline has to be asked as the Big Ten starts its conference schedule.

The numbers may not look bad, since Big Ten teams are 34-12 after four weeks of non-conference games. It's just the games they've lost and how they've played that is bothersome.

For example, name another conference where the two leading rushers are quarterbacks?

Sure, Michigan's Denard Robinson (see picture) and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez are gifted athletes, but they cannot be compared to Big Ten alumni and NFL stars Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Robinson is No. 4 in the nation in rushing with 552 yards, and Martinez is No. 18 with 421 yards.

Where's Montee Ball, James White, Edwin Baker, Le'Veon Bell or some of the other highly touted Big Ten running backs? The No. 3 rusher in the conference is Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, and he's one yard behind his quarterback. No other runner in the Big Ten has over 400 yards rushing.

As we review Week No. 4, let's look at some other potentially disturbing trends?

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