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Big 10 Report

   by ASA - 09/08/2010

Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Marshall, 45-7

The Buckeyes delivered a complete performance in dismantling Marshall 45-7 on Thursday night. Heisman candidate QB Terrelle Pryor picked up right where he left off last season (17 of 25 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns) and led OSU’s offense to 529 total yards. Defensively the Buckeyes shutout Marshall’s offense (Marshall scored one special team’s touchdown), allowing just 199 total yards and forcing 3 turnovers.

Next up: vs. No. 13 Miami (FL), Saturday – 2:40 PM CST – ESPN
One of the marquee matchups of week two brings the Hurricanes to Columbus for the first meeting between these two since the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which gave Ohio State their last national title. Miami brings their own Heisman contender to town with QB Jacory Harris (12 of 15 for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns) and a stout defense (allowed 110 total yards to Florida A&M). OSU opened as 8.5 point favorites. Get your popcorn ready.

Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0, 0-1 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Eastern Illinois, 37-7

As expected, Iowa dominated week one opponent Eastern Illinois to open a year filled with high expectations. Quarterback Ricky Stanzi was extremely efficient – 18 of 23 for 229 yards and a touchdown – and running back Adam Robinson tacked on 109 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Iowa’s defense also shined, allowing just 157 total yards and 6 first downs.

Next up: vs. Iowa State, Saturday – 2:30 PM CST - ABC
Iowa opens as 13.5 point favorites. The Hawkeyes have held in-state rival ISU out of the end zone for 14 straight quarters and have outscored the Cyclones 53-8 the last two years. The visitor is 6-2 ATS in the past 8 meetings and Iowa State is 10-2 ATS the past 12 meetings.

Wisconsin Badgers (1-0, 0-1 ATS)
Last week: Defeated UNLV, 41-21

The Badgers made a few big mistakes early on against UNLV and took just a 3-point lead into halftime. They were able to pull away in the second half behind running backs John Clay, Montee Ball and freshman James White (combined for 261 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 5.9 YPC). Quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 15 of 20 for 197 yards, but threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

Next up: vs. San Jose State, Saturday – 11:00 AM CST - ESPN
Wisconsin aims to shore up a few mistakes against at home against a San Jose State team that lost by 45 points to Alabama in Week 1. Wisconsin opens as the heavy favorite of 37.5 points (largest point spread for the Badgers since 2006).

Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0, 0-1 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Youngstown State, 44-14

Penn State overcame a slow start (trailed Youngstown State until 1:40 remaining in the 2nd quarter) to get a big win in week one. True freshman quarterback Rob Bolden looked like a star in the making, completing 20 of 29 passes for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns. But Big Ten player of the year candidate RB Evan Royster was running behind sketchy offensive line play all game long and managed just 40 yards on 11 carries.

Next up: at No. 1 Alabama, Saturday – 6:00 PM CST - ESPN
Penn State will be a regular season underdog (opened at +10.5) for the first time since 2007 when they travel to play the defending national champs. These two storied programs haven’t met since 1990 when Joe Paterno was still at the ripe age of 64.

Michigan State Spartans (1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Western Michigan, 38-14

Michigan State established the run in a big way Saturday. Running back’s Le’Veon Bell and Edwin Baker combined to run for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 27 carries. The defense forced three turnovers and allowed just 14 points and was fierce against the run, holding Western Michigan to just 85 yards on 32 carries (2.7 YPC).

Next up: vs. Florida Atlantic, Saturday – 11:00 AM CST – ESPNU
This game will be at Detroit’s Ford Field. Michigan State opened as a 28.5 point favorite against FAU (1-0) but don’t overlook the Owls. FAU traveled to UAB as 13 point underdogs and won, 32-31. FIU quarterback Jeff Van Camp threw for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Michigan Wolverines (1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Connecticut, 30-10

Head coach Rich Rodriguez saved his job for at least one more week thanks to an electric performance by QB Denard Robinson. Robinson completed 19 of 22 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown and ran for 197 yards and a touchdown. Not sure if Robinson can carry the ball 29 times per game, but his week one performance was VERY promising for Michigan fans.

Next up: at Notre Dame, Saturday – 2:30 PM CST - NBC
Michigan opens as a small underdog (+3.5) against Notre Dame (1-0) and new head coach Brian Kelly. Michigan defeated the Irish in 2009 on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in the game. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the past 8 meetings and the OVER is 7-3 in the past 10 meetings. The dog has covered 12 of the last 14.

Northwestern Wildcats (1-0, 0-1 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Vanderbilt, 23-21

The Wildcats never trailed against Vanderbilt but seemed fortunate to escape Nashville with a victory. Vandy failed on a two-point attempt with 2:25 remaining in the game and Northwestern escaped with a victory. Running back Arby Fields had 10 rushing attempts for -7 yards (!) and NW was out-yarded 432-365. New quarterback Dan Persa was extremely efficient, completing 19 of 21 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Next up: vs. Illinois State – Saturday, 11:00 AM CST – Big Ten Network
This is the first meeting between the two teams. Northwestern is 15-1 vs. FCS opponents with their only loss to New Hampshire in 2006. Illinois State finished 6-5 last year, including a 45-17 loss to Illinois.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Middle Tennessee State, 24-17

The Gophers held the ball for an astonishing 45:34 in their comeback win against the dangerous Sun Belt opponent. They scored 10 points in the 4th quarter, including their game-winning touchdown with 3:09 remaining. Running back Duane Bennett had 187 rushing yards and fullback Jon Hoese ran for 3 scores.

Next up: vs. South Dakota State – Saturday, 11:00 AM CST – Big Ten Network
Last year, the Gophers (-17) barely escaped with a win against South Dakota State, winning 16-13. They’re aiming for a more convincing win against SDS and should again see success on the ground (SDS allowed 231 rushing yards to Central Florida in their opener, losing 7-38).

Purdue Boilermakers (0-1, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Lost to Notre Dame, 23-12

Purdue is in a rebuilding year and looked relatively inconsistent against Notre Dame. New QB Robert Marve – transfer from Miami FL) had his ups (23 yard touchdown run) and downs (2 Interceptions). They had a +9:55 time of possession advantage, but only converted on 5 of 17 third down attempts (29%).

Next up: vs. Western Illinois – Saturday, 11:00 AM CST – Big Ten Network
Western Illinois totaled 569 yards in their 45-0 win against Valparaiso in its opener, but they are 0-10 all time vs. BCS schools (losing by average of 25 ppg). Robert Marve and the Boilers offense should have a big game at home against this FCS opponent.

Illinois Fighting Illini (0-1, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Lost to Missouri, 23-13

Illinois held a 13-3 lead at halftime and it looked as though they would end their three year losing streak against Missouri. They surrendered 13 points in the 4th quarter and lost control of the game. Redshirt freshmen Nathan Scheelhaase looks more like a running back (76 rushing yards) than a quarterback (9 of 23 for 81 yards and 3 interceptions).

Next up: vs. Southern Illinois – Saturday, 6:30 PM CST – Big Ten Network
Southern Illinois is typically one of the nation's top FCS programs (finished 11-2 last year and #6), and the Salukis would love to upset the state's top public school. SIU defeated Quincy College 70-7 in their opener, scoring 7 touchdowns on the ground.

Indiana Hoosiers (1-0, 1-0 ATS)
Last week: Defeated Towson, 51-17

Indiana didn't miss a beat without All-Big Ten wide receiver Tandon Doss (missed game with groin injury) as quarterback Ben Chappell threw for two scores and running back Darius Willis ran for two scores. Their defensive performance threw up a few red flags, however, allowing 227 rush yards and 392 total yards.

Next up: bye week

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