Last week, the conference as a whole scored the most amount of points collectively since becoming a 14-team conference (552). This week, they followed up that showing by scoring 517 points, the second most in a week as this 14-team group. To make things more impressive, Michigan State had a bye week and Northwestern (one of the projected top teams) scored just 7. If N’Western was living up to their potential and the Spartans played, last week’s record may have been short lived.
This conference has been scoring at will and these types of totals are easy to reach when 8 of the 13 teams playing score 40 or more points.
The Ohio State defense has also been putting up impressive numbers. They have accounted for three touchdowns already this year, which is more than three FBS teams to this point, and just as many touchdowns as eight others. I think it’s safe to say I would not want to be Oklahoma‘s offense this week.
The Silver Bullets from Columbus aren’t the only defense putting up nice numbers though. Their rivals from the north are keeping opponents out of the end-zone too.
This graphic says it all. Two teams that historically pride themselves on defense have started the year with a bang and it will be fun to see where they go from here.
Other Big Ten defensive numbers:
- There are four FBS teams with two or more interceptions returned for a touchdown. Ohio State, Michigan, and Indiana make up three of the four (Alabama is the other).
- Three teams have seven or more interceptions through Week 2. Ohio State and Nebraska, and Cincinnati make up these three.
The Big Ten is standing out so far on the defensive side of the ball in addition to its offensive explosion through the first two weeks. We will now see some of the top teams in the conference get tested for the first time. Can the defenses stay strong?
- Ohio State at Oklahoma (Sat, 7:30 PM ET, FOX)
- Iowa vs. North Dakota State (Sat, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN2)
- Michigan State at Notre Dame (Sat, 7:30 PM ET, NBC)
- Nebraska vs. Oregon (Sat, 3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Enjoy this weekend of football people. It should be a good one.