It may be Sunday, but the stock market is open at Saturday Tradition.

This is your weekly recap of the Big Ten’s biggest movers in either direction each given week.

And since we want you to become informed investors, we won’t just recap the obvious — we’ll tell you whether this movement will be permanent, or just a temporary illusion.

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1. Nebraska’s pain threshold

If there were a character who survived being tortured in every single “Saw” movie, that person would be a fan of the 2021 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

This time it was a 35-28 loss at Wisconsin that featured a missed pass interference call on Nebraska’s final offensive play. Which, because this is torture, isn’t even a unique theme!

Of course, even if a flag flew for pass interference, there is still a better-than-decent chance the Huskers would have found some even more excruciating way not to get into the end zone. Because that movie has been playing all season.

Buy or sell: Buy.

With Scott Frost assured of another season, Nebraska’s pain might not even have peaked yet. By this time next year, Husker fans could be capable of gnawing off one of their limbs to escape some sadistic trap without hesitation or feeling.

2. CJ Stroud, Heisman candidate

Stroud has been a bit of a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate to this point, as he has put up big numbers against underwhelming defenses. And Michigan State is the most underwhelming defense he has seen yet — the Spartans are 130th in FBS against the pass. Dead last.

Voters will be willing to ignore a detail like that, though, because Stroud would be hard-pressed to replicate Saturday’s stats in a 7-on-7 tournament.

The freshman was 32-for-35. He threw for 432 yards. And 6 touchdowns. And he was glued to the bench come the middle of the third quarter, because this thing was already in the books as Ohio State cruised to the 56-7 win.

Buy or sell: Buy.

In a year without any slam-dunk candidates, Stroud almost certainly clinched a place on the stage in New York City barring a nightmare against Michigan next week.

3. Braelon Allen, Heisman candidate

The hottest running back in the nation is in the Big Ten. But he doesn’t go to Michigan State.

Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen romped for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns against Nebraska — including a 71-yarder and a 53-yarder that provided the winning margin. Allen, a freshman who is still just 17 years old(!), has rushed for more than 100 yards in 7 straight games.

As a very direct point of comparison, Kenneth Walker III was limited to 61 yards on 19 carries by the Huskers.

Buy or sell: Sell, until the offseason.

Allen’s surge comes too late to make a dent this year. He was never part of the Heisman conversation, and voters tend to be swayed by the best player on the nation’s best team rather than seeking the actual best player in the country. Wisconsin’s rough start to the year takes that out of the equation.

However, Allen figures to be one of the top candidates when betting opens for the next Heisman winner this offseason. Trouble is, he won’t even be the favorite from within his own league — that’ll be Stroud.

3. James Franklin’s agent

His name’s Sexton. Jimmy Sexton. And all he does is make his clients (and himself) rich.

Franklin signed with Sexton in October, which was a pretty clear signal something big was about to go down. And after Saturday’s 28-0 win over Rutgers, Franklin hinted that a contract extension at Penn State is likely the thing that’s about to go down.

Buy or sell: Buy.

It is always good to be Jimmy Sexton, the absolute king of finesse. Just ask Texas how things are going with Sexton client Steve Sarkisian.

Franklin hasn’t struggled enough to get placed on the hot seat at Penn State, but another underwhelming season in 2022 probably would have placed him in that position heading into ’23. Instead, he’s apparently about to earn more time when it should be pretty clear to all that LSU and USC just aren’t that into him.

4. Michigan’s balanced offense

Back in September, Michigan was the most run-heavy team in the country that wasn’t a service academy. But it turns out Jim Harbaugh was simply laying the foundation for an impressive offensive structure.

Cade McNamara went 21 of 29 for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns in Michigan’s 59-18 rout of Maryland on Saturday, with the Wolverines piling up 503 yards of total offense. It was McNamara’s fourth straight game with more than 200 passing yards and at least 28 attempts.

Buy or sell: Buy.

McNamara isn’t the focal point of Michigan’s offense, and he isn’t being asked to be. What’s important is the fact he’s forcing opposing defenses to respect the possibility of Michigan going to the air and preventing their running game from being stuck trying to hammer away against 8-man boxes.

The Wolverines actually have a chance against Ohio State next week because they won’t be one-dimensional.

5. Wrigley Field, football venue

The pictures say it all, so I won’t waste your time with many words.

Buy or sell: Buy.

If you can wriggle out of a game at Ryan Field, which is usually overtaken by visiting fans anyway, you do it.

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6. Wrigley Field, football field

Cool experience in the stands. Slightly precarious experience on the actual field.

Buy or sell: Sell.

Many of the issues with footing were on the new sod laid over the Wrigley infield. And though comparing these two ballparks is the ultimate sacrilege, maybe they’d be better off playing this thing Oakland Coliseum-style and just keep the dirt out there.

7. Kenneth Walker III, Heisman candidate


If Michigan State could have kept it close enough to make running the ball relevant, Walker still might have salvaged his candidacy with a Herculean effort in a losing cause. But when you’re down 49-0 at halftime, running the ball is asinine. So Walker finished the biggest game of the season with 25 yards on just 6 carries.

Buy or sell: Sell.

It’s over. It shouldn’t be, but that’s just the reality of how most Heisman voters think. This was the game every Heisman voter was watching, and Walker vanished. Not through any fault of his own — at 4.1 yards per carry, he might have still done something special had this game been close.

Alas, he may now have to close out with an epic showing against Penn State in order to simply get invited to New York as a Heisman finalist.

8. Nebraska’s special teams

No individual unit has spent more time in the “Stock Down” section of the stock report than Nebraska’s special teams.

They still stink!

The Huskers also muffed a kickoff return, forcing them to begin a drive at their own 6-yard line. It’s pretty darn hard to start a drive inside your own 10 from a kickoff return if there’s no penalty involved.

But Nebraska special teams stays finding a way.

Buy or sell: Sell.

This game was decided by the final play, but fittingly the opening play is the one that provided the final margin on the scoreboard. It’s extraordinary how bad Nebraska is in this one specific phase of the game.

9. Rutgers’ offense

The Scarlet Knights had 160 total yards at Penn State — 3.3 yards per pass, 2.1 yards per carry, 10 punts. Zero points.


Buy or sell: Buy.

Things seem grim now, but the Scarlet Knights get to close the season against Maryland’s sieve defense. And a win means a bowl berth.

That bowl game probably won’t end well because of this offense. But getting there for the first time since 2014 is enough of a goal for this season.

10. Indiana’s everything

A week after getting rolled 38-3 by the aforementioned Rutgers offense, Indiana was run over by Minnesota for a limp 35-14 loss in the home finale at Memorial Stadium.

Even Tanner Morgan nearly passed for 200 yards on the Hoosiers. And if you’re a regular in this space, you know what we think of Morgan’s skills.

Buy or sell: Sell.

This is, without question, the most disappointing college football team in the United States of America. It seems impossible to remember now, but Indiana actually entered the year in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 1969. Now they’re a loss at Purdue from going winless in Big Ten play for the first time since 2011 and only the second time since 1995.

There were a lot of terrible Indiana football teams that still managed to find one conference win in the years in between.