Here is a link to last week’s list.
- Iowa: They have done all that they could do in three games; win em all. Those wins came against teams ranked #17, #9 and #4. Let the rest of the nation piss and moan; the Hawkeyes are #2.
- Ohio State: The Buckeyes did to Maryland what Iowa did to Maryland, only more so on offense.
- Penn State: Either Penn State or Iowa has the best defense in the league. Hopefully Sean Clifford will not be out too long, but that’s the fifth starting quarterback that Iowa has sent to the bench in six games.
- Michigan State: Their defense isn’t as fearsome as it often was under Mark Dantonio, but their offense is a big-play juggernaut and yesterday they had a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver. It was just the fifth time in FBS history that has happened.
- Michigan: Somehow, Michigan was able to avoid choking at Nebraska. Wait, we know how; the Huskers committed an unforgivable turnover with just a few minutes left and with the game tied, in Lincoln.
6. Nebraska: Look, this remains a bigger indictment of the Big Ten West than it does kudos for Nebraska, but the Huskers let another one slip away yesterday. However, they did give up over 200 yards rushing and 255 passing to Michigan. Still, and right now, I am more ‘concerned’ with Iowa’s trip to Lincoln than I am with Iowa’s trip to Madison…just barely.
7.Wisconsin: Graham Mertz got the start after getting hurt last week against Michigan. He was 10 of 19 with 1 INT and no touchdowns. Good news for him, the Badgers ran for 391 yards against an overmatched Illinois team, and then the Badgers great defense held Illinois to 93 yards….total. It’s not often a Big Ten team fails to gain 100 yards, but this Illinois team is not likely anything like what we thought it could be after its week one win over Nebraska.
The teams in bold are still on Iowa’s schedule, and the Hawkeyes have three of them at home, with just one roadie at Northwestern. But again, Iowa’s done the heavy lifting on its schedule and trips to Madison and Lincoln won’t be foregone conclusions…the trip to Evanston rarely is, either. America can keep whining at how Iowa gets lucky this or gets lucky that. It ain’t luck, it’s Iowa.