After every game and every week, it’s almost impossible to not make judgments based on what just happened.
USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach included some Big Ten mentions in her Week 7 “snap judgments,” bringing up Ohio State and Michigan State.
Though Ohio State went to a hostile environment at top-10 Wisconsin and won in overtime, Auerbach wrote that the Buckeyes appear “beatable.”
She acknowledged that Wisconsin is perhaps the most playoff-caliber team that will not actually make the College Football Playoff. But she said Ohio State looked vulnerable on defense against Wisconsin’s jet sweeps, and the Buckeyes’ passing game struggled again. Ohio State and Michigan both beat the Badgers by 7, but she said Ohio State struggled more against Wisconsin.
Then there’s Michigan State. Auerbach said the season can now officially be called a “disaster.”
Here’s what she said about Michigan State:
The Spartans are 2-4 and in danger of missing a bowl game after a 54-40 loss at home to Northwestern, a surprising and rather inexplicable fall from grace for a program that’s been among the sport’s elite the last six years or so. Michigan State, after all, won the Big Ten and made the Playoff last season.
The numbers don’t think highly of the Spartans, either. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Michigan State a 7 percent chance to make a bowl game.
According to the FPI, Michigan State (2-4) has a 7 percent chance to make a bowl game. pic.twitter.com/JVMbmPlowI
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) October 16, 2016