Big Ten Needs B1G Games Every Week

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Saturday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) It’s Week 2 of the college football season.

And it’s weak, too.

On Thursday, Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette wrote, “Only three games nationally qualify as marquee status: Notre Dame-Michigan, South Carolina-Georgia and Florida-Miami. After that? Ick. The fourth-best game of the day might be Coe College at Monmouth.”

Locally, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein called this week’s slate of Big Ten games “generally hideous.” And outside of that Wolverines-Fighting Irish matchup, they really are.

Cincinnati vs. Illinois would be good – if Illinois was. The rest of the schedule is a wreck of games that includes: Navy at Indiana (the game is already taking on water), Syracuse at Northwestern (Jim Brown doesn’t play for the Orange) and Minnesota at New Mexico State (Aggies just lost 56-7 to Texas).

It doesn’t get any better with San Diego State at Ohio State (Aztecs were just drilled 40-19 by FCS Eastern Illinois), South Florida at Michigan State (Bulls lost 53-21 to FCS McNeese State), Southern Miss at Nebraska (Eagles have lost 13 straight, including last week to Texas State), Missouri State at Iowa (’nuff said), Eastern Michigan at Penn State (EMU is 0-31 vs. the Big Ten), Indiana State at Purdue (ISU lost 73-35 to IU), and, finally, Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin (Tech will start the game down by four TDs).

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