Today’s column from CBS Chicago …
(CBS) Its Leaders are lagging. And its Legends?
Well, they look like anything but.
But, hey, the Big Ten still has a full slate of football games to play Saturday. So, aren’t you just teeming with excitement?
If not, and instead you’re thinking, gee, I sure seem down in the dumps about the state of the Big Ten a whole lot sooner than normal – usually that takes until bowl season – well, it turns out that you have darn good reason.
Because, right now, with a 16-8 record overall and only five unbeaten teams – a pair of them being, ahem, Indiana and Minnesota – after just two weeks of games, the Big Ten is indeed off to its worst start in quite a while. And by the looks of it, the season could fizzle out before the conference games even begin next Saturday.
On Wednesday, Steve Greenberg of the Sporting News weighed in with his weekly assessment of the Big Ten and wrote that the part of the league that’s currently “Falling” is, “the league’s reputation. Again.”
Greenberg went on to explain, “This race we all looked forward to in the Legends Division? Well, it may still go down to the wire, but it’s not going to capture the imaginations of college football fans around the country, that’s for sure. Michigan – which struggled to beat Air Force a week after being pummeled by Alabama – clearly isn’t an elite team, nor is Nebraska (lost at UCLA) or Iowa (lost at home vs. Iowa State). Wisconsin’s loss at Oregon State was no less disappointing. Just how big of a dud will the Big Ten title game be?”
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