After a pair of wild weeks on the subject of the top of the Substantial Ten power rankings the first three weeks, the uneven play persevered in Week 4.
First, most groups at the top struggled to prance the ball, from Penn Pronounce, to Iowa, to Michigan, to Michigan Pronounce. All four groups didn’t precisely put away perceived lesser opponents in dominant sort, however all four live undefeated and are living to struggle another week.
Ohio Pronounce returned to bear, passing and speeding and playing protection (for the first time all season!) nevertheless it did so against lowly Akron — a MAC crew that most efficient has a spend over mediocre FCS program Bryant — so that doesn’t of route shriek us mighty about the Buckeyes’ trajectory.
Meanwhile, though some groups lost — Rutgers (3-1), Nebraska (2-3), Illinois (1-4) — they showed struggle and heart in programs we haven’t seen this season. Minnesota followed up a spend at Colorado by shedding to a rotten Bowling Green crew. Wisconsin let Notre Dame prance wild (no longer literally) in the fourth quarter in a blowout spend favoring the Irish.
It modified into as soon as a wild week in the Substantial Ten. Here is the put every crew ranks after four weeks of play.
Sorry Northwestern, despite the spend, you’re peaceful sitting in the bottom space.
Indirectly, we seen aged South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski, however he most efficient managed 88 yards on 12-of-20 passing. Where the Wildcats were astonishing modified into as soon as in managing 373 speeding yards — an spectacular feat no subject the opponent.
On the other hand, that opponent modified into as soon as Ohio, one in every of the worst groups in the Mid-American Convention. The Bobcats managed 169 yards thru the air and 179 on the ground.
Northwestern did obtain its 2d spend, however after the losses to MSU and Duke, there’s cramped that indicates that the Wildcats could be competitive now that it’s location to commence Substantial Ten play in earnest. It travels to Nebraska this week to struggle for the bottom of the West.
Another crew that drops with a spend, however c’mon Indiana — you were supposed to be amongst the conference’s most efficient, no longer eking out wins at Western Kentucky.
Yes, the Hoosiers took down the Hilltoppers, however they flirted with being the Substantial Ten’s worst crew as WKU led late in the game. Michael Penix Jr. bounced relieve, passing for 373 yards on 35-for-53 passing. Stephen Carr managed 109 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, whereas Ty Fryfogle managed 98 yards on 10 receptions.
On the other hand, IU gave up 365 yards passing to the Hilltoppers and survived, 33-31 — no longer befitting of a crew with the preseason expectations bestowed upon the Hoosiers.
So, for now, Indiana is in the penultimate space with Penn Pronounce up subsequent.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
What in the world, Minnesota? You followed up a 30-0 spend at Colorado most efficient to come relieve dwelling and lose to the staunch worst MAC crew? One contrivance or the other, Bowling Green managed to spend the game despite most efficient passing for 170 yards and speeding for all of 22 yards. Tanner Morgan threw two interceptions whereas the ground game did continue to prepare decent pickups by Treyson Potts.
However you can’t lose to the MAC, no longer to shriek the worst crew in that conference, and request of to be a contender in the conference.
If the Gophers didn’t hang a abundant nonconference spend remaining week, they would deserve to be ranked decrease. A outing to Purdue is up subsequent.
Illinois Combating Illini
Yes, despite a loss, we’re moving Illinois up a pair spots. The Illini, by all accounts, must peaceful hang lost abundant to Purdue. They’re 1-4 on the season, which isn’t mountainous, however they’re lastly displaying some staunch struggle, significantly on protection and in the prance game.
The quarterback play by Brandon Peters peaceful leaves mighty to be desired, however the Illini held Purdue to factual 38 yards speeding — though they allowed Jack Plummer to circulate for 277 yards. Freshman RB Joshua McCray rushed for 156 yards on 26 carries. We’re of route seeing some lifestyles from Illinois the past few weeks. With the final obtain of 13-9 Purdue, the Combating Illini are no longer an straightforward out anymore.
They hang Charlotte subsequent, a crew that took down Duke in Week 1.
Let’s face facts: Wisconsin is rotten and it will peaceful feel rotten.
The Badgers are now 1-2 with losses to both groups it’s confronted with a pulse. This time, it lost to what has regarded love a mediocre Notre Dame crew in Chicago, nevertheless it modified into as soon as the contrivance they lost that’s stunning. Wisconsin took a 10-10 tie into the fourth quarter most efficient to acquire blown off the enviornment in the final 15 minutes in a 41-13 loss. Graham Mertz done 43.9% of his passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and a rotten four interceptions whereas the protection held the Irish to 239 yards passing and most efficient 3 yards speeding. So the speeding protection continues to be amongst the most efficient in the country, however there are some of route abundant complications in Madison — significantly on offense.
Undefeated Michigan involves city subsequent licking its wounds reasonably after a conclude game against Rutgers, however brooding about the put the Badgers take a seat, it’s a powerful proposition to request of them to abruptly flip issues around.
Yes, we’re moving Nebraska up after a loss, nevertheless it modified into as soon as yet another conclude loss — in time beyond regulation at Michigan Pronounce — that has us taking a scrutinize at the Huskers as a threat in the Substantial Ten West that factual can’t conclude.
The Cornhuskers had no enterprise shedding as they had a 20-13 lead and the ball late in East Lansing. However a punt return by Spartans WR Jayden Reed tied issues up and a dear obtain-six by Adrian Martinez gave MSU the ball with of challenge to spend in time beyond regulation. This comes a week after Nebraska hung powerful at Oklahoma.
Every game has been conclude. Every loss has been by a obtain. However at 2-3, Nebraska can’t obtain out of its hang contrivance. If it could per chance per chance put together a game with puny errors, then per chance it could per chance per chance of route create one thing.
A no longer-so-factual Northwestern is up subsequent.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is undoubtedly improved, and Saturday modified into as soon as proof. Yes, it dropped a local after falling to three-1 on the season, however after it regarded love the Scarlet Knights were about to be blown out in Ann Arbor, RU fought its contrivance relieve, moving the ball with ease against Michigan whereas maintaining the Wolverines scoreless in the 2d half of.
The Scarlet Knights outgained Michigan, 352-275, however a late Noah Vedral fumble — the first turnover of the season for RU — sealed the game for the dwelling crew.
Overall, Rutgers is playing sound football in all three phases. And it fought till the discontinue, despite the indisputable fact that the first half of made it leer love it modified into as soon as getting out of abet watch over early. It can per chance shock some groups this season. It hosts Ohio Pronounce subsequent.
Positively didn’t request of Purdue to be sitting at 3-1, however right here we are. It couldn’t prance the ball a lick against Illinois, nevertheless it handed for 277 yards between Jack Plummer and Aidan O’Connell whereas maintaining the Illini to 275 yards.
The Boilermakers were conclude to being 4-0 if they can hang obtained at Notre Dame a week in the past, however on condition that they had a significantly better displaying than Wisconsin did, transitive property suggests that Purdue is in significantly better standing than the Badgers. That and the obtained-loss file.
A outing to Minnesota is up subsequent.
The most efficient offense in the Substantial Ten is relieve after a lackluster displaying remaining Friday at Illinois. Again, playing a MAC crew, Maryland performed love it modified into as soon as playing a no longer-so-factual opponent.
Taulia Tagovailoa threw correct thru Kent Pronounce, selecting up 384 yards on 31-for-41 passing, with three touchdowns and an interception. Dontay Demus Jr. modified into as soon as, over again, his favourite blueprint, with 108 yards and a touchdown on four catches. The operating game picked up 142 yards and two touchdowns.
However the request peaceful remains the defensive aspect of the ball.
The Terps surrendered 308 yards passing and 150 yards speeding, however didn’t enable the Golden Flashes into the discontinue zone however as soon as en route to 37-16 spend.
Maryland is 4-0 however has a horrifying job information superhighway hosting No. 5 Iowa subsequent.
Ohio Pronounce Buckeyes
Here’s more love it, Buckeyes. However alas, it took a game against lowly Akron for Ohio Pronounce to leer one thing love itself.
Every thing modified into as soon as better — offense, protection. With Kyle McCord playing for an injured C.J. Stroud who modified into as soon as on hand in an emergency, the aged 5-star flexed, going 13-of-18 for 319 yards — an unheard of 17.7 common. The trio of TreVeyon Henderson, Grasp Teague and Miyan Williams led the speeding attack which put up 237 yards. With the exception of McCord’s interception, there modified into as soon as cramped rotten in the game.
Nevertheless it modified into as soon as Akron.
Serene, can’t fault Ohio Pronounce for dealing with enterprise — lastly. However we’ll want to leer more than one game sooner than we are able to shriek with straightforward job that the Buckeyes are the class of the Substantial Ten this year.
Michigan Pronounce Spartans
There modified into as soon as a level the put it seemed unheard of that Michigan Pronounce would live unblemished, nevertheless it came across a potential to tie the game late and beat Nebraska in time beyond regulation. It hadn’t managed a first down in the 2d half of whereas the Huskers perceived to circulate the ball with ease. However the Spartans capitalized on errors and took the game.
After taking a scrutinize dominant in the first three video games, MSU regarded human over again, very equivalent to its brethren to the east in Ann Arbor. Serene, the Spartans stand pat having survived a game that it per chance must peaceful hang lost. The protection remains suspect having surrendered 255 yards passing and 187 yards speeding. Treasure Michigan, it didn’t ride as it had been with Kenneth Walker III being held to factual 61 yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Payton Thorne regarded merely OK in the game.
MSU must peaceful give a seize to to 5-0 subsequent week as it hosts Western Kentucky.
The state of Michigan colleges continue to repeat every other as the Wolverines dominated the first half of against Rutgers, going into the locker room up 20-3, however the offense did subsequent to nothing in the 2d half of. Rutgers stormed relieve 20-13 and had sizable alternatives as its offense drove the enviornment with seeming ease, however the maize and blue managed to dwell on, thanks to a securing a late fumble to seal the game — the Scarlet Knights’ first turnover of the season.
Michigan remains earlier than Michigan Pronounce fully due to it beat an undefeated Rutgers crew in comparison with a 2-2 Nebraska crew. However there are now questions about the viability of the prance game, the passing game and the protection after an inept 2d half of, even supposing the Scarlet Knights are vastly improved.
The Wolverines shuttle to Madison subsequent week to face a 1-2 Wisconsin crew.
Iowa continues to spend, nevertheless it does so in uninspired sort. No subject being the No. 5 crew in the country, the Hawkeyes simply beat a lesser opponent for the 2d-straight week — this time Colorado Pronounce, 24-14.
However this week, it went into the half of down 14-7, however stormed relieve in the third quarter to spend a 21-14 lead. A crew that all the time leans on its speeding attack, the Hawkeyes most efficient managed 54 yards on 32 carries, whereas Spencer Petras handed for 224 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The protection modified into as soon as stellar, most efficient allowing the Rams to amass 240 yards complete.
Serene, for the No. 5 crew in the country, Iowa isn’t dominating. Yes, it’s a ways winning, nevertheless it appears to be like love a crew could per chance lastly spend it down if it would spend again of a lackluster efficiency.
Iowa goes to Maryland subsequent.
Penn Pronounce Nittany Lions
Maybe it’s a letdown after an emotional ‘white out’ game remaining week against Auburn in prime time, however Penn Pronounce didn’t precisely dominate — on the scoreboard, at the very least — FCS-diploma Villanova. Yes, the Nittany Lions obtained 38-17, however, despite having a loaded operating backs room, they most efficient managed 80 yards on the ground. Sean Clifford did circulate for 401 yards on 19-for-26 passing and the protection allowed 222 yards passing and 58 yards speeding
Serene, you’d are attempting to leer more of a dominant efficiency against an FCS opponent. Regardless, Penn Pronounce holds onto the conference’s top space.
The Nittany Lions host Indiana subsequent in another prime time game on ABC.