It hasn't been the kind of start the Big Ten wanted or expected. After going 8-1 in bowl games last season, expectations were high for the league but through three weeks, the results haven't lived up to the hype. Last Saturday, seven Big Ten teams lost to unranked non-conference opponents. That had not happened since 1936. The biggest disappointment was Wisconsin. The Badgers, heavy favorites in the Big Ten West and a national title contender, lost at home to BYU. Wisconsin will try to recover, on the road at Iowa Saturday night in a key divisional game.
As we know in Columbus, it hasn't been all bad for the league. The 3-0 Buckeyes got a marquee win, rallying to put away TCU 40-28. Additionally, after struggling in week one to beat Appalachian State, Penn State has won its last two by a combined score of 114-16. The two teams seem destined for a collision course a week from Saturday in Happy Valley.
Former Illinois and NFL running back Howard Griffith, a co-worker of Stan Jackson's at the Big Ten Network, joined Stan and me on "The Drive" Tuesday to talk Big Ten, Buckeyes and Urban Meyer. You can check out our conversation here.