Week Two : The Big Ten's Big Three

Big Red Report takes a look around the conference.

Oregon State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Saturday @ 12 PM ET
Madison, Wisconsin

After demolishing UNLV last week, the Badgers will look to extend their 29-straight regular season non-conference game win streak against the Beavers.

This game won't be easy for Oregon State because the Badgers have won 10 straight games at Camp Randall Stadium, and since 2002, the Badgers have never been anything less than 2-0 heading into the third week.

Montee Ball is coming off a tremendous game in which he accounted for 130 all-purpose yards, while his running-mate, James White, compiled 181 total yards; the duo combined for five total scores.

These are two teams going in opposite directions. Wisconsin is fresh off an impressive win, while Oregon State was stunned by Sacramento State by a score of 29-28. The Beavers do have a veteran quarterback in Ryan Katz, but he suffered a tough outing last week so expect him to bounce back in week two, or else freshman Sean Mannion will overtake for him the second straight week. OSU will be without James Rodgers as he will miss his second straight game, giving Wisconsin a huge boost on the defensive side of things.

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 23 Penn State
Saturday @ 3 PM ET
State College, Pennsylvania

There are many storylines in this one. In what will be the first time Alabama has visited Happy Valley since 1989, the Nittany Lions are still confused as to who exactly is their starting quarterback.

Last week, Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin both failed to impress as the duo combined to just throw for over 100 yards against a weak Indiana State defense. Now they must somehow find a groove against one of the best defenses in the nation.

Luckily for Penn State, Silas Redd is easing the loss of Evan Royster – ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the opener.

The Lions will have to find a way to stop junior running back Trent Richardson, who rushed for three touchdowns in the opener. Similar to PSU, the Crimson Tide are unsure as to who is starting under center. A.J. McCarron racked up 226 yards and one touchdown in extended time while freshman Philip Sims compiled 73 yards with two picks. There could possibly be four different quarterbacks used throughout Saturday's game.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Saturday @ 8 PM ET
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The first meeting between the two storied programs under the lights at Ann Arbor is bound to create excitement. Michigan, who is one of 10 teams to have a winning record against the Irish, is coming off a 34-10 win over Western Michigan, while Notre Dame is will look to bounce back this week after a 23-20 defeat to South Florida.

Quarterback Denard Robinson was held under 100 passing yards last week while only rushing for 46 yards on eight attempts. Look for Michigan to utilize Robinson's skill set more this week and attempt to create open field situations for him. Notre Dame's Tommy Rees played well despite the loss, finishing with a 151.4 rating with two touchdowns; Dayne Christ, on the other hand, was 7-15 with one interception. Expect the Irish to rely heavily on Cierre Wood, who ran for 104 yards and one touchdown last week, early on as they hope to create more openings for their quarterbacks to find.

- Josh Harvey -

Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for BigRedReport.com. His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine. Previously, his stories were featured on PonyStampede.com, covering SMU athletics.
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