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Big Ten Superlatives: Week 9

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Michigan continues to show they are a harmless little bunch.

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While the weekend slate looked much more promise three weeks ago, it was still a pivotal day in the Big Ten.


Team That Is Quietly Having A Good Season: Minnesota

The Golden Gophers were victorious once again on Saturday, defeating Northwestern 41-14 to move to 6-2 on the season. It’s been a weird year in Minneapolis, losing to Ohio State in close fashion on opening night and then getting upset against Bowling Green. But the rest of the season has been great, with Minnesota picking up wins against Miami (OH), Colorado, Purdue, Nebraska, Maryland, and Northwestern. Sure, not exactly the creme de la creme of opponents, but if you were a Minnesota fan heading into the season, you probably would have taken a 9-3 or 8-4 season. With Illinois, @Iowa, @Indiana, and Wisconsin left, the latter seems like a worst case scenario. Nice job by PJ Fleck.

Team That Might Have To Finally Accept It Isn’t Going To Work Out: Nebraska

I know that we as Penn State fans have some sort of ill-will toward Nebraska for 1994. But man, just think of what they are going through. Your former QB leads a G5 school to an undefeated season, he comes back to Lincoln to lead the program to its former glory — and then he literally can’t even get Nebraska bowl eligible in four seasons.

That’s tough for a fan base to go through — especially one like Nebraska that has been told for the previous decade that they will never be the “Nebraska” they think they are again. Like Scott Frost was their savior, and he failed in the most spectacular way possible. T’s and P’s to the Cornhuskers.

Made Me Feel Better About Penn State Of The Week: Michigan

As I have said since I joined BSD way back in June 2016: the Michigan Wolverines are a harmless bunch. They proved that on Saturday, going up 30-14 on “little brother” Michigan State, only to lose 37-33.

I mean, it’s almost like I root for Michigan because that’s how snake-bitten they are. It’s astounding how they find ways to lose games.

LOL Of The Week: Iowa

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Snap Infraction Of The Week: Ohio State