Week 3 in the B1G was electric! In case you missed any of the action, let’s dive into the weekend’s review + what’s to come in week 4.
Week 3 Recap:
Ohio State found new gear: Ohio State finally showed up. Kyle McCord is starting to ball out, and of course, Marvin Harrison Jr. had another 70+ yard touchdown.
JJ McCarthy & Michigan Struggled: Michigan, like some other top 10 teams, had a tough week. Despite being 40+ point favorites against Bowling Green, they trailed longer than expected. McCarthy threw 3 picks and seemed to struggle against a weaker opponent.
Rutgers is no longer a bottom team in the B1G: Watch out, Rutgers is having a sneaky good season. They’re 3-0 and have a big game at The Big House this weekend.
Indiana & Purdue are ATROCIOUS: Honestly, I don’t know how both these teams have fallen off so hard. There doesn’t seem to be any hope for either program this season. It’s unclear whether it’s coaching or a lack of talent on each roster, but both Indiana and Purdue are at the bottom of the B1G.
Mel Tucker actually fired: We all knew it would happen, but Mel Tucker has officially been fired for cause at Michigan State.
Week 2 Power Rankings:
- Michigan 3-0
- Ohio State 3-0
- Penn State 3-0
- Iowa 3-0
- Rutgers 3-0 ⬆️
- Maryland 3-0 ⬇️
- Wisconsin 3-0 ⬆️
- Illinois 1-2 ⬆️
- Michigan State 2-1 ⬇️
- Minnesota 2-1 ⬇️
- Nebraska 1-2 ⬆️
- Purdue 1-2 ⬇️
- Indiana 1-2 ⬇️
- Northwestern 1-2 ⬇️
B1G Player of the Week: Kyle Monangai
Rutgers running back, Kyle Monangai, put up video game numbers rushing for 143 yards on 16 carries with 3 touchdowns in their win against Virginia Tech.
Week 3 Preview:
Game of the week: Iowa at Penn State
Obviously, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State is the best game of the week, but with five B1G matchups, we have to go with the best in-conference game, which is Iowa at Penn State. Iowa travels to Happy Valley for Saturday night’s White Out in a battle of two undefeated teams. Iowa will need to keep this one low-scoring because as soon as PSU scores more than 25, it’s over. I’ll be in Happy Valley for the game and am excited for another beautiful White Out.
Upset of the week: Rutgers at Michigan
I’d love to see it, and I think it’s possible. Rutgers has been playing good football, and Michigan’s rocky start last week against Bowling Green showed they are beatable. Rutgers has performed well against Top 5 B1G teams before. With a noon kickoff, this feels like an upset waiting to happen.