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Let's forget about Iowa's woes on the football field for a bit and see how the other half lives. Take a tour around SBNation's Big Ten blogs.
MICHIGAN, LIKE IOWA, IS (2-2). It was an awful night for senior quarterback Denard Robinson. He had a hand in five of Michigan's six turnovers (four INTS, one fumble). The Wolverines lost to Notre Dame 13-6 and for the second time this season looked inept on offense.
THERE'S ALSO THIS BIT OF NEWS.
Notre Dame is exercising a 3-year out in their football contract w/ Michigan. The teams' last game vs. each other will be in 2014.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 25, 2012
MICHIGAN STATE SURVIVED A SCARE WITH EASTERN MICHIGAN. It was close early but MSU and Le'Veon Bell pulled away. The Only Colors breaks down the Spartan offense and of MSU's 72 plays, 46 were designed to go to Bell or wide receiver Dion Sims. TOC goes further and notes that of the 46 plays to Bell or Sims MSU gained an average of 7.8 yards. Of the 26 plays MSU went elsewhere, 2.8 yards per play. Notre Dame shut down Bell and beat the Spartans. The template is there, they lack playmakers (for now).
EAST LANSING WILL HAVE SPECIAL GUESTS THIS WEEKEND.
We’re heading to East Lansing to see the Ohio St. Buckeyes take on the Michigan St. Spartans! See you Saturday Sparty! bit.ly/GameDayOSUMSU— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 23, 2012
NORTHWESTERN ROLLED IN THEIR FINAL B1G WARM-UP. There's still things for the Cats to work on per Sippin' on Purple. In their 38-7 win, Northwestern had a chance to play a lot of players and get a good evaluation before the real season starts.
THE GOPHERS ARE 4-0. They've won five in-a-row if you date back to last season. The Gophers have an improved defense and thus far are allowing only 16.8 points a game. The hot start has Minnesota earning votes in the coaches poll. They are proud of their possession of the pig and players are reminded of it every time they walk into their locker room.
THE BUCKEYES MAY BE THE BIG TEN'S BEST TEAM. They will face their first real test on the road this week against Michigan State. Ted Glover writes that through OSU's first four games there's "still troubling patterns." Jordan Hall continues to improve and the Buckeyes absolutely have to find another option to Braxton Miller for rushing the football.
PENN STATE HAS LIFE. It was a rough start but the Lions aren't going away anytime soon. Matt McGloin is thriving under direction of new head coach Bill O'Brien. PSU opens Big Ten play at Illinois and Black Shoe Diaries takes a look at the stat comparison for each team.
IF OSU ISN'T THE BIG TEN'S BEST TEAM, MAYBE NEBRASKA IS? The Cornhuskers rolled FCS Idaho State in old school Nebraska fashion. It wasn't Tom Osborne's but nearly every able bodied Nebraska rusher got his chance. Nebraska will have their chance to revenge last season's loss in Madison. Corn Nation had a chat about it. They're pretty excited about their chances.
THE BADGERS SURVIVED UTAH STATE. The also survived UTEP with a new quarterback and Montee Ball suffering a concussion. Melvin Gordon was the next man-in made the most of his opportunity. Chris Borland earned Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. The Badgers are getting ready for Nebraska, they have a full breakdown of the Huskers on Bucky's 5th Quarter.