Last week: 12-0
Saturday, September 7th
[My picks in bold]
Cincinnati @ Illinois | 12:00 | ESPN2
Navy @ Indiana | 6:00 | BTN
Missouri State @ Iowa | 12:00 | BTN
Notre Dame @ Michigan | 8:00 | ESPN
South Florida @ Michigan State | 12:00 | ESPNU
Minnesota @ New Mexico St | 8:00 | BTN2Go
Southern Miss @ Nebraska | 6:00 | BTN
Syracuse @ Northwestern | 6:00 | BTN
San Diego St @ Ohio State | 3:30 | ABC/ESPN2
Eastern Michigan @ Penn State | 12:00 | BTN
Indiana State @ Purdue | 12:00 | BTN
Tennessee Tech @ Wisconsin | 12:00 | BTN
Well, if you're Brian Kelly, it certainly isn't going to be the game going on in Ann Arbor at 8:00 PM.
I honestly think Ohio State is just trolling everyone when they play down to their opponent regardless of how bad their non-conference schedule is. With that, I'll resist the urge to place Ohio State on upset alert.
Nebraska and Michigan State both played uninspired football in week 1, but I have to think one or both of those schools could be as bad as advertised last week. Maybe we'll know this Saturday.
Snoozer of the Week
Indiana State was demolished by Indiana last week, and Purdue barely showed up against Cincinnati. It might be fun to tune in just to see this train wreck.
We're only one week into the 2013 season, so I will refrain from making any sweeping statements about how good or bad the league is looking. It would be nice to see more marquee games among the elite schools in the conference, but that's a bigger topic for another time.
Week 2 sees only one matchup worthy of national interest and we're going to have plenty to say about that game in the next couple of days. Aside from Michigan-Notre Dame, most of the rest of the league is paying for wins, so we'll see how that goes. Cincinnati at Illinois could be a good game to watch as it's the only one I think the Big Ten could lose this weekend (aside from Michigan, I'll admit).