Big Ten East Power Ratings: Week 2
No. 1 Michigan Wolverines
Week 2: No surprise that Michigan opened their season with a dominating victory over Hawaii. What was surprising was the performance of their offense. Many expect that Michigan's defense will need to bail out the offense if they have playoff aspirations, but the offense looks to be legit after putting 63 on the board. I know it is Hawaii, but 63 is still 63. Michigan gets UCF at home next Saturday and shouldn't have any issue improving to 2-0.
No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes
Week 2: Ohio State outclassed Bowling Green in every phase as they hung 77 points on the Falcons. @J.T. Barrett was the story as he combined for a school record seven touchdowns (6 pass, 1 run). The Buckeyes get Tulsa on Saturday afternoon in Columbus and they will improve to 2-0 with ease. Ohio State's Week 3 road trip to Norman lost a little bit of luster over the weekend as the Sooners were beaten by Houston.
No. 3 Michigan State Spartans
Week 2: The Spartans drop a couple confident points this week as the Spartans needed their full attention to knock off a Furman team that finished in seventh place in the Southern Conference in 2015. I am sure Sparty will recover and "a win is a win" theory is needed in East Lansing this week, but I still forecast an off season for Michigan State this year. Michigan State has a bye week during Week 2 and then it is a road trip to Notre Dame.
No. 4 Penn State
Week 2: Will Penn State be Penn State again this year. A boring team that will just figure out a way to win 6-8 ball games and get overhyped? That may be the case as Penn State needed a strong second half to turn a 16-13 halftime lead into a 33-13 victory. Penn State should be solid on defense but they will need to prove they have an offensive pulse consistently if they want to stay just below the Big Ten East heavyweights. The Lions will be tested next week in a huge game with Pitt.
No. 5 Indiana
Week 2: I am still putting Indiana on a breakout season in 2016 despite needing a 22-point fourth quarter to knock off Florida International in a rare road opener for a Big Ten school. For Gopher fans it must have been tough to see Tegray Scales, a projected future Gopher a few years ago, sail into the endzone with a late Pick 6. The Hoosiers get Ball State at home next Saturday and that could be a sneaky test for IU.
No. 6 Maryland
Week 2: The D.J. Durkin era got off to a great start on Saturday with a blowout victory of Howard. Yes, I know it was Howard but some teams would struggle to score 52 points against a high school team. Maryland travels to Florida International for a Friday night game during Week 2 and the Terps should leave with a 2-0 record. Wait a minute...how did Florida International pull off opening their season with two Big Ten teams at home?
No. 7 Rutgers
Week 2: As expected the Scarlet Knights were destroyed over the weekend as they road tripped to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. Rutgers scored the games last 10 points just to make things look a little better, if that is possible in a 48-13 defeat. Rutgers should feel better about themselves during Week 2 as they switch with Maryland and host Howard.
*DTCR: Division Title Confidence Rating