Big Ten teams went 9-4 in Week 2 (Michigan State was off), with some of the conference’s best players having big performances.
ESPN went through the week’s slate and pointed out some standouts — and not all were from winning teams.
Jesse Temple led off with Rutgers’ Janarion Grant, who returned a kick 84 yards for a TD and also had 106 receiving yards and two TDs. Rutgers trailed Howard 14-0, but Grant helped the Scarlet Knights score the final 52 points in the game and give coach Chris Ash his first win.
After a quiet season debut against Fresno State, Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. took off with 377 passing yards and 3 TDs (and one INT) against Wyoming. He had only 108 passing yards a week ago.
Both Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Minnesota’s Kobe McCrary did well to lead the conference’s running backs. Though Barkley and Penn State lost to rival Pitt, Barkley scored five TDs on only 22 offensive touches. Meanwhile, McCrary and Minnesota are 2-0 after the RB ran for 176 yards and two TDs.
Finally, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin all had stingy defenses on Saturday, with the three teams allowing only 16 total points.