This would be the calm before the storm in the Big Ten, as division supremacy will reveal itself in the next two weeks, Ohio State vs. Michigan State and Nebraska vs. Wisconsin.
The expectations for Purdue under second-year head coach Darell Hazell weren’t high after winning just one game last season, but it is fair to say the team is disappointed with their 3-6 start. They have played better than their record indicates.
The Badgers had just scored, going up 27-0, and a desperate Rutgers looked to drive down the field and stay in a game that was getting out of hand. On the first play, quarterback Gary Nova dropped back and was dropped by redshirt sophomore Vince Biegel, who jumped up, celebrating yet another sack, with his mullet flowing in the wind. Biegel is one of many freshmen and sophomores making plays for the Wisconsin defense.
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Cornerback Sojourn Shelton made it clear in 2013 that he joined the Wisconsin football team not to patiently wait behind veteran members of the secondary for playing time, but to immediately step into a starting role and establish himself as one of the best players on UW’s defense.
As the regular season continues to head down its final stretch, the landscape of college football remains in relative disarray. With Ole Miss’ loss to LSU, only three unbeaten teams are left, and numerous conference races are still completely up for grabs.
The biggest development from last week was the clear establishment of a big four for the conference, resulting from a convincing beatdown by Wisconsin. Michigan State and Nebraska also impressed, while Ohio State let things get a little too close for comfort.
Rutgers’ inaugural Big Ten season looked at first to be one to remember, but it is quickly turning into one the fan base will want to forget. The Scarlet Knights (1-3 Big Ten, 5-3 overall) have gotten clobbered in their last two games leading up to their contest against the Badgers.
As teams across the country enter the second half of their schedules, there might be more questions now than there were at the beginning of the season. Races for several conference titles and the Heisman Trophy remain wide open, and the College Football Playoff picture is still very much unclear thanks to a logjam in the SEC West. Here are some of the biggest games to watch this week as the college football season enters its home stretch.