Week three of Big Ten football is this Saturday and there are a few games to keep an eye on. More than half of the teams are still undefeated, and there is a lot for the teams to still showcase. While some teams, such as Ohio State, are playing should-win games, a few match-ups are up in the air.
Penn State vs Auburn
Penn State University is set to travel to Alabama to face undefeated Auburn this Saturday. Penn State currently stands at 2-0. They are also ranked on the AP Top 25 poll for the first time this season at 22. There have already been logistical issues for Penn State, such as construction at the airport causing delays. They are also the first Big Ten team to play at Jordan-Hare Stadium, making them adjust to a setting they have never been to. Penn State is looking to prove that they are a top NCAA team, but there are questions that still remain. 24-year-old quarterback, Sean Clifford remains the starter, but fans call for Freshman Drew Allar, who remains on the bench.
Rutgers vs Temple
Rutgers University is currently 2-0 and looking to continue their win streak. Last year, the Scarlet Knights made a bowl game last minute. Texas A&M had to pull out due to COVID-19, leaving Rutgers to fill in their place. Currently, Rutgers Football is looking to prove that they are a competitive team. The Scarlet Knights are headed to Temple University with high hopes. Last year, Rutgers won 61-14 at home against Temple and looking to do the same this Saturday.
Purdue vs Syracuse
Purdue currently stands at 1-1 and looking to improve their record this Saturday against Syracuse. Their one loss comes from a close game against Penn State University in week one. Purdue’s team is often ignored by college football fans; however, they have shown the past two years that they are competitors. Last week, Purdue beat Indiana State 56-0. Syracuse currently stands at 2-0, and it is crucial for Purdue to beat them to show how competitive they truly are.
Honorary Mention: Michigan vs Huskies
This Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines play at home against the Connecticut Huskies. While this is seen as a should-win matchup for Michigan, that does not mean it is not an important game to watch. Before the season began, Michigan coach, Jim Harbaugh stated that there would be a competition at the quarterback position. With week three ahead, Sophomore quarterback, J.J. McCarthy is set to be the starter against Connecticut. This is McCarthy’s chance to show why he is the starter, against a team Michigan should beat.
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