Part Two of Roundtable Wednesday is up with the Big Ten Roundtable with questions compliments of JB from There Is No Name On My Jersey. In case you missed it, make sure you go read the Week 1 roundup from Around the Oval.
Clearly, Week 1 was a huge week for upsets with Appalachian St. beating Michigan and Clemson beating FSU (though if that really shocked anyone I'd be surprised). What are your upset games for Week 2 and why?
I think South Carolina is going to give Georgia all they can handle this weekend. The Ol' Ball Coach is settling into his third year with the Gamecocks. The talent he has recruited has started to mature. They were close to pulling out some huge upsets last year. This is the year they get some. If I'm the Dawg's, I'm really worried about this weekend.
What do you think about the BTN? How'd it look? How were the announcers? Did the first weekend change your opinion of the BTN?
I have Comcast. I don't get the Big Ten Network. (grumble grumble...)
Now that we're a game into the Season evaluate the Big Ten's strength.
I think as a conference we're doing fine. It sucks to be Michigan right now, but that shouldn't reflect on the rest of us. Wisconsin beat Washington State who plays in a BCS conference last time I checked. Penn State and Ohio State took care of their business in convincing fashion. Everyone else won except for Illinois and Minnesota. It's too early to throw the Big Ten under the bus just yet, but I think going forward some damage has been done and they better start beating some ranked opponents outside of the conference. Michigan can do a lot to reverse the damage they caused by beating Oregon this week.
You know, when you think about it the Big Ten got themselves into this mess. They market Michigan and Ohio State so much more than the other schools. They created this monster that is the Big Two and everyone else. Now that Michigan has fallen from grace and Ohio State is in a rebuilding year the entire conference is taking the hit. It's possible that this year we could have a team go undefeated and not play for the national championship because the media will perceive them to be a team that ran through a weak conference. But like I said before, as a Penn State fan I'm just focused on our business because that's all we have control over. Let's just win all our games and see what happens.
And that's a wrap for the Big Ten Roundtable. Go check out TINNOMJ to pick up the links to other Big Ten blogs as they participate. Then check back at the end of the week to read his roundup of the answers.