Big Ten Football
The bummer about Wisconsin being on the weak side is they never seem to have those big games on the schedule like yesterday's Michigan/MSU. Kind of a boring schedule this year actually for the Badgers and the buzz is not really there. Other than Alabama, there really hasn't been a game that makes you super excited. Iowa. Maybe.
You put an Ohio State on the docket any week and immediately there is more interest. I think next year's schedule UW finally gets some of the better teams from the other side. Will be nice to play Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State again. Just makes it more interesting.
Edit: Oh my goodness. If you haven't seen the Badgers schedule for next year yet....take a look. Much better Big Ten competition. Gonna be fun.
This year is a strange year in the Big Ten. Michigan State and Ohio State either seem disinterested or they simply aren't as good as we all thought. Ohio State, in particular, has loads of talent and shouldn't be playing like they are playing.
Michigan is the biggest story though. Can't believe how they are playing. I really thought Northwestern was the real deal. And maybe they are. But, c'mon. 38-0. Never saw that coming. Harbaugh and Meyer were the two biggest victories for the Big Ten the last couple of years. Both have elevated their programs significantly in a short time.
Iowa is a surprise and seem like a solid Top 20 team but just not sure they would do well in a major bowl game if that does happen.
Wisconsin is clearly looking for their offense to come around. But, this might be the best defense at UW in a long time.
Is Minnesota ever going to turn that corner? And, Penn State looks good once again. It's horrible how unbalanced the two sides of the Big Ten are if you look at the teams in each division-both short term and long term, just doesn't make sense.
It's reported that Braxton Miller re-injured his already surgically repaired throwing shoulder in practice yesterday. tOSU has absolutely NOBODY who can fill in at any type of a productive level if he is lost for any length of time.
On a more nationwide note: The first Top 25 of the year came out and there are 8 teams from the SEC on it. Arkansas is not one of them. I know the pre-season polls are complete BS as not a single team has played a down yet. There should not be ANY polls until at least Oct. 15.
I think Ohio State will beat Clemson. Iowa probably won't be able to keep up with LSU, but will LSU be very motivated? Hard to say. They are used to bigger and better things. Wisconsin/South Carolina-I guess I see SC with a slight advantage. Missouri would have been a better matchup for Wisconsin. I love the way Michigan State is playing, but I love the way Stanford is playing even more. They whipped Arizona State last night. Michigan should be able to handle Kansas State even though I have thought Michigan is overated all year. Minnesota should beat Syracuse which will help Minnesota continue to build their program and Nebraska will get romped by Georgia. Ok, those are my thoughts....what about the rest of you?
No matter how much you don't like certain Big Ten teams, wins are good for the conference and will always help the perception of the Badgers. Especially if the Big Ten is able to beat some SEC teams, which will not be easy.