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Ohio State's Opponents in Week 2 and Big Ten Power Rankings


In week 1, we took a look at Ohio State’s opponents in their season openers. Today, we do the same for this past weekend.

  • Buffalo got steamrolled by the Baylor Bears 70-13. Baylor scored 56 points in the first half
  • California, this week’s opponent, will be previewed in much greater detail, but California won very unimpressively against FCS Portland State. Cal allowed over 550 yards, but put up over 600 themselves. The final was 37-30.
  • Florida A&M lost 27-7 to Tennessee State. Not looking good for the Rattlers when they will visit the Buckeyes in 2 weeks.
  • Wisconsin won another game against a much lesser opponent, Tennessee Tech, 48-0. The Badgers have not allowed a point this season, but face a west coast road test against Arizona State this week.
  • Northwestern won the “Journalism Bowl” against Syracuse 48-27. Northwestern has scored over 44 in each of their 2 games this season and their 2-QB system of Cain Colter and Trevor Siemian appears to have some promise. Their play is setting up a big time game in Evanston to start the month of October against the Buckeyes.
  • Iowa was unimpressive in their victory against Missouri State, but won 28-14. Jake Rudock struggled again, throwing for less than 200 yards and an inteception. Mark Weisman exploded for 180 yards and 2 TD to keep Iowa from being upset.
  • Penn State was led by an impressive effort from freshman Christian Hackenberg and topped Eastern Michigan 45-7. Hackenberg threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. RB’s Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton, and Akeel Lynch combined for 259 yards and 5 TD.
  • Purdue squeaked out a 20-14 victory against an Indiana State team that allowed 73 points to Indiana in week 1. Purdue has a huge test against Notre Dame this week and will need to play better than they have the last two weeks to be competitive in the game.
  • Illinois surprised some by defeating Cincinnati by a count of 42-17. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for over 300 yards and 4 TD, while the team ran for over 200 yards. Illinois is a team that is flying under the radar and could upset a ranked Washington team this weekend.
  • Indiana lost at home to Navy 41-35. Navy ran for 444 yards on 70 carries (a 6.3 yard per carry average) scoring 5 TD. Meanwhile, starting QB Nate Sudfeld threw for 363 yards and 4 TD and may have won the QB competition with Tre Roberson who only attempted one pass.
  • Michigan, lastly, won their showdown with Notre Dame 41-30. Gardner carried Michigan throwing for 294 yards and 4 TD while rushing for 82 and another score. Gardner did throw an interception in his own end zone as well. Notre Dame’s last chance ended when Tommy Rees threw a red zone interception, his second pick of the game. Michigan moved up to 11 in the AP poll and 12 in the Coaches Poll.
  • OSU opponents combined: 8-3 (4-1 vs FCS), 1-0 vs ranked opponents. Michigan, Northwestern, and Wisconsin are ranked, while Illinois and Penn State also received votes.

One last note, Husker Corner ranked Ohio State #1 in their Big Ten Power Rankings. The full rankings can be seen here.

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