Sun. Sep 22nd, 2019

BIG Ten Power Rankings Week 2

By Ryan Clark

West:

1.  #17 Wisconsin (2-0) obliterated Central Michigan 61-0.  Jonathan Taylor rushed for 102 yards and three TD’s, while Jack Coan went 26-33 for 363 yards and three TD’s.

2.  #20 Iowa (2-0) defeated Rutgers 30-0.  Nate Stanley went 16-28 for 236 yards and three TD’s, and the ground game netted 194 yards.  But, the Hawkeyes only went 2/13 on 3rd down conversions.

3.  Purdue (1-1)  beat Vanderbilt 42-24.  Elijah Sindelar went 34-53 for 509 yards and five TD’s, and ran for another score.  Rondale Moore caught 13 passes for 220 yards and one TD.

4.  Minnesota (2-0) beat Fresno St 38-35 in 2 OT.  Tanner Morgan went 16-23 for 234 yards and two TD’s, while Mohamed Ibrahim and Rodney Smith combined for 149 yards and two TD’s.

5.  #25 Nebraska (1-1) lost to Colorado 34-31 in OT.  Adrian Martinez went 16-26 for 290 yards, two TD’s, and one INT.  The Huskers led 17-0 at the half, but let this one slip away in the 2nd.

6.  Illinois (2-0) defeated UConn, 31-23.  Brandon Peters threw for 227 yards and four TD’s.  The Illini defense held UConn to 10 total yards rushing, and Oluwole Betiku Jr got 3.5 sacks.

7.  Northwestern (0-1) had a bye this week.

East:

1.  #5 Ohio St (2-0) shut out Cincinnati 42-0.  Justin Fields went 20-25 for 224 yards and two TD’s and ran for two more, while JK Dobbins rushed for 141 and two scores. 

2.  Maryland (2-0) blasted #21 Syracuse 63-20.  Josh Jackson went 21-38 for 296 yards three TD’s, and one INT.  The rushing game amassed 354 yards and six TD’s.

3.  #15 Penn St (2-0) defeated Buffalo, 45-13, after being down 10-7 at the half.  Sean Clifford went 16-22 for 279 yards and four TD’s, while John Reid got a momentum-turning pick six in the 3rd.

4.  #19 Michigan St beat Western Michigan 51-17.  It would seem the Spartans found their offense, as Brian Lewerke went 23-32 for 314 yards and 3 TD’s, while Elijah Collins rushed for 192 yards.

5.  #7 Michigan (2-0) beat Army 24-21 in 2 OT.  Zach Charbonnet rushed 33 times for 100 yards and three TD’s, while Shea Patterson went 19-29 for 207 yards and zero TD’s.

6.  Indiana (2-0) hammered FCS opponent Eastern Illinois 52-0.  Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix Jr combined for 441 yards passing and 4 TD’s, while the defense held EIU to 116 total yards of offense. 

7.  Rutgers (1-1) lost to Iowa 30-0.  On the day, they managed only 125 yards of total offense and five first down, while committing three turnovers.