After an impressive win in our B1G opener for the season, the Buckeyes have the week off to rest up and prepare for Homecoming next week, which will culminate in the game against Rutgers, our first ever matchup against the Scarlet Knights. The merits and disadvantages of having a bye week at this point in the schedule are a topic for another day (LGHL's own Chad Peltier touched on it briefly here). At this point, though, all we can do is hope that the team uses the break wisely while we spend the day watching football. (If we're being honest, that's probably what the team is doing, too. That and playing Xbox.)
Who should I watch this week instead of Ohio State?
Since the Buckeyes are off this week the biggest game in the conference is most likely between the Wolverines and the Nittany Lions. Penn State is coming off a rather tough loss to Northwestern, who beat them 29-6 last week. Penn State's offense failed to make it to the end zone a single time, despite the fact that they had 14 first downs, almost 500 yards of total offense, and possession of the ball for nearly half the game. Michigan, on the other hand, is a complete hot mess at the moment. The Big Ten team with the best all-time record, number of Big Ten championships, and number of national championships is currently 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the B1G. This will be a big game for both teams, as a win here will be very decisive for either one. Penn State needs to prove that Northwestern was a fluke, while Michigan needs to show the conference and the nation that they aren't a complete train wreck and can still make something of this season.
For Buckeyes fans, this game is a good one to watch, because both of these teams are still on our schedule this season, and both of them have been known to bring their A-game against Ohio State. Penn State will be our first true road game test at the end of this month, and Michigan is, well, Michigan. Neither of these games will likely be easy for us. We'd best see what we'll be going up against. The game will be at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 (channel 1302 on Time Warner Columbus/Delaware) as well as online at Watch ESPN.
What about GameDay?
The folks at ESPN apparently had such a great time in Mississippi last week that they've decided to stay for another week. (Either that or they got lost. It's just as likely.) The gang will be spending the day in Starkville, MS, home of
Ned Stark Iron Man the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The No. 3 Bulldogs take on the No. 2 Auburn Tigers at 3:30 p.m. If Twitter has been any indication, then this one will be worth watching for the signage alone.
So we talked about Penn State and Michigan. What about the rest of the conference?
Sadly, there isn't too much excitement going on in the B1G this week (unless someone pulls off something craaaaaaaaazy). At noon we have Northwestern at Minnesota, Indiana at Iowa, and Illinois at Wisconsin. At 3:30, Michigan State visits Purdue, and then we have the PSU-Michigan game at 7 p.m. Thankfully, there's plenty of exciting games happening outside of the conference, so if none of these games do it for you, check out the chart below to find one that's more to your liking.
If you have any questions for next week, let me know.
|Sat, Oct 11, 2014||Time (ET)||TV|
|Rice @ Army||12:00 PM|
|Louisiana-Monroe @ Kentucky||12:00 PM||SECN|
|Cincinnati @ Miami (FL)||12:00 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|(1) Florida State @ Syracuse||12:00 PM||ESPN|
|Indiana @ Iowa||12:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Northwestern @ Minnesota||12:00 PM||BTN/BTN2|
|(13) Georgia @ (23) Missouri||12:00 PM||CBS|
|West Virginia @ Texas Tech||12:00 PM||FS1|
|Illinois @ Wisconsin||12:00 PM||ESPN2|
|Middle Tennessee @ Marshall||12:00 PM||FSN|
|Tulsa @ Temple||12:00 PM||ESPNN|
|Texas @ (11) Oklahoma||12:00 PM||ABC/ESPN3|
|Duke @ (22) Georgia Tech||12:30 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|Buffalo @ Eastern Michigan||1:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Miami (OH) @ Akron||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Massachusetts @ Kent State||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Bowling Green @ Ohio||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Arkansas State @ Georgia State||2:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Western Michigan @ Ball State||3:00 PM||ESPN3|
|New Mexico State @ Troy||3:00 PM||ESPN3|
|Louisville @ Clemson||3:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Virginia Military @ Navy||3:30 PM||CBSS|
|Boston College @ North Carolina State||3:30 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|North Carolina @ (6) Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC|
|(8) Michigan State @ Purdue||3:30 PM||ABC/ESPN2|
|(9) TCU @ (5) Baylor||3:30 PM||ABC/ESPN2|
|Toledo @ Iowa State||3:30 PM||IAST|
|(2) Auburn @ (3) Mississippi State||3:30 PM||CBS|
|(12) Oregon @ (18) UCLA||3:30 PM||FOX|
|North Texas @ UAB||3:30 PM||AMSN|
|Liberty @ Appalachian State||3:30 PM||ESPN3|
|Chattanooga @ Tennessee||4:00 PM||SECN|
|(16) Oklahoma State @ Kansas||4:00 PM||FS1|
|Central Michigan @ Northern Illinois||5:00 PM||ESPN3|
|(7) Alabama @ Arkansas||6:00 PM||ESPN|
|Washington @ California||6:00 PM||PAC12|
|Idaho @ Georgia Southern||6:00 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|Penn State @ Michigan||7:00 PM||ESPN2|
|FIU @ Texas-San Antonio||7:00 PM||FCS|
|(19) East Carolina @ South Florida||7:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Houston @ Memphis||7:00 PM||CBSS|
|LSU @ Florida||7:30 PM||SECN|
|Charleston Southern @ Vanderbilt||7:30 PM||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|Old Dominion @ UTEP||8:00 PM||AMSN|
|Connecticut @ Tulane||8:00 PM||ESPNN|
|(3) Mississippi @ (14) Texas A&M||9:00 PM||ESPN|
|Air Force @ Utah State||10:15 PM||ESPNU|
|USC @ (10) Arizona||10:30 PM||ESPN2|
|Colorado State @ Nevada||10:30 PM||CBSS|
|Wyoming @ Hawaii||11:59 PM|