Big Ten teams in Big Ten Play after four weeks in 2010

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October 27, 2010 at 10:30a
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Everything in this post should be taken in context of the schedule played so far. 

 

 

week1

week2

week3

week 4

ILL

OSU

@PSU

@MSU

IND

IND

Mich

@OSU

 

@ILL

IOWA

PSU

 

@Mich

WIS

MICH

@IND

MSU

IOWA

 

MSU

WIS

@Mich

ILL

@NW

MIN

NW

@WIS

@PUR

PSU

NW

@MIN

PUR

 

MSU

OSU

@ILL

IND

@WIS

PUR

PSU

@IOWA

ILL

 

@MIN

PUR

 

@NW

MIN

@OSU

WIS

@MSU

MIN

OSU

@IOWA

 

 

With that in mind here are the offensive yards per carry (YPC) and yards per attempt (YPA) through week 4.

Last week Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin looked to be the most well rounded offenses in the big ten this season.  This week Ohio State looks almost as good as MSU and Wisconsin after taking out a year’s or a week’s worth of frustration on Purdue.  Wisconsin is done with the portion of their schedule where they play competent defenses with just Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern left to play.

The Iowa defense has had back to back dates with two of the Big Ten’s best offenses and came out of it looking very much like Michigan State did.  Ohio State’s rush defense answered the bell, holding Purdue to just 1.1 yards per carry last Saturday.  Illinois is very quietly putting up a solid defensive season. 

 

This analysis likes Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio State.  Iowa has a questionable running game, Wisconsin’s pass defense looks vulnerable.