To no one’s surprise, the Big Ten Conference dominated the college football weekend again. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and, now, Nebraska defeated non-conference opponents to improve the B1G overall record to something like 504-3. Now, one of those loses was Iowa, who lost to National Champion/Power North Dakota State at home when they were favored by 18 points, the only true blemish for a B1G power thus far.
Ohio State routed Oklahoma on National TV at the same time Sparty cruised past Notre Dame after dropping 36-straight points on the Irish. I said it was a must-win weekend for the B1G, and the teams delivered.
Michigan started slow but ended up blowing out the Buffaloes from Colorado, and Nebraska became the favorite in the B1G West after upsetting Oregon. Wisconsin struggled for much of the day, but took home an important W before now facing MSU, UM, OSU, and Iowa in four consecutive weeks (they will lose all four).
It really, really sucks Iowa lost because now there could be chaos if the Hawkeyes manage to win the West again and make the Big Ten Championship Game. If they somehow could upset Ohio State, Michigan, or Michigan State, the conference would be shutout of the College Football Playoff. Not to mention, a win over Iowa in the title game this year will not be of the same importance as a win over last year’s undefeated squad. Huge loss for Kirk Ferentz and his new contract.
Onto my list of contenders…
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
Notice I did not include Louisville, who will not make the College Football Playoff because they will either lose to Clemson or Houston. They’re irrelevant, and I don’t believe the hype. They were not on my original list and I will not include them now. They remind me of Utah last season, who started hot, routed Oregon, but ultimately fell apart in a resemblance of what will happen to the Cardinals.
The Big 12 might as well cancel their season. Completely meaningless at this point. TEXAS IS BACK, FOLKS!