Big Ten football — where literally everything can change in a week.

A week ago in this space, it was noted that Mel Tucker needed to find a star who would make Michigan State fans stop talking about the player who was no longer there — wide receiver Keon Coleman, who is breaking out at Florida State.

And Tucker may have found him in quarterback Noah Kim, who completed his final 17 passes in a 45-14 win over Richmond. Kim was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

But that may be the last Tucker sees of him. As the world now knows, Tucker is on an unpaid suspension until a Title IX hearing next month, the outcome of which could lead to his firing.

One only hopes the Week 3 headlines are about what happens on the field.

Here’s 1 B1G thought ahead of every game.


Virginia (0-2) at Maryland (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. ET, FS1

B1G thought: The Cavaliers are among the worst teams in the Power 5, though at least they might be better than rival Virginia Tech. Expect Maryland to play with more focus in the first half after spotting Charlotte an early lead last week.


No. 7 Penn State (2-0) at Illinois (1-1)

When: Noon ET, FOX

B1G thought: This game is still in the Big Noon Kickoff time slot, but after the Illini lost at Kansas last week the network decided to keep its pregame show in Boulder for another week. But is not having Urban Meyer in town really a loss for Champaign?

Another thought: Penn State was also ranked 7th in the country the last time these teams played. It took 9 overtimes for Illinois to pull off a 20-18 upset. Expect it to be a bit higher scoring with Drew Allar involved.

Louisville (2-0) vs. Indiana (1-1) in Indianapolis

When: Noon ET, BTN

B1G thought: This would be irony, right? The Hoosiers are facing former Purdue coach Jeff Brohm in the natural midpoint between West Lafayette and Bloomington. And Louisville has to drive past Bloomington to get there.

It would also be ironic for Tom Allen to get his 2nd win over Brohm but earn no Old Oaken Bucket for the effort.

Georgia Southern (2-0) at Wisconsin (1-1)

When: Noon ET, BTN

B1G thought: Beware. The last time the Eagles entered a red-clad Big Ten stadium, they ended Scott Frost’s coaching career. No outcome can endanger Luke Fickell in his first month, but with a win here Georgia Southern gets to claim itself as a bona fide B1G killer.

Western Michigan (1-1) at No. 25 Iowa (2-0)

When: 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN

B1G thought: Iowa, which has yet to score 28 points in a game this year, is favored to beat the Broncos by 28.

Just some friendly advice for you.

Minnesota (2-0) at No. 20 North Carolina (2-0)

When: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

B1G thought: Could be fun to see what Tyler Nubin and Minnesota’s secondary can do against stud North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye and the Tar Heels’ wideouts. But how will the offensive line fare against a UNC defense that has 20 tackles for loss through 2 games?

Northwestern (1-1) at No. 21 Duke (2-0)

When: 3:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network

B1G thought: A year ago, this was the game where things really began to click for first-year coach Mike Elko’s Duke program. Can interim coach David Braun’s Wildcats return the favor in Durham?

Hey, it’s just a thought.

Virginia Tech (1-1) at Rutgers (2-0)

When: 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN

B1G thought: The Hokies, not a known B1G expansion candidate, jump into the Big Ten for the 2nd straight week. Last week, they were limited to 11 rushing yards in the best performance by a Purdue run defense since 1988.

Rutgers’ run defense is currently allowing 40 yards per game. I do not expect Virginia Tech to score a touchdown.

Western Kentucky (2-0) at No. 6 Ohio State (2-0)

When: 4 p.m. ET, FOX

B1G thought: The Buckeyes have allowed 10 points this season yet have still dropped 3 spots in the polls. Tough crowd!

This matchup won’t provide an avenue to upward movement, but the offense should have chance to break its seemingly expected barrier of 40 points against the up-tempo Hilltoppers.

No. 8 Washington (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0)

When: 5 p.m. ET, Peacock

B1G thought: Former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix comes back to Spartan Stadium for 1 last opportunity to torture the Spartans. The Huskies are heavy favorites for good reason — but expect Michigan State to be playing with a heavy dosage of emotion with their coach sidelined.

Northern Illinois (1-1) at Nebraska (0-2)

When: 7 p.m. ET, FS1

B1G thought: Matt Rhule finally makes his home coaching debut against the only team in the country weirder than the Cornhuskers.

Northern Illinois opened the year with a road win over an ACC team (Boston College), then followed it up with a home loss to an FCS team (Southern Illinois).

I guarantee this game will be abnormal in some fashion.

Bowling Green (1-1) at No. 2 Michigan (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. ET, BTN

B1G thought: This is the game former Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer should actually attend on Saturday. And maybe he still could. The sight of Meyer prowling the sidelines as a program guest might send some shivers down the spines of fans at the Big House.

Nothing else about this matchup figures to do so.

Syracuse (2-0) at Purdue (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC

B1G thought: If this is anywhere near as wacky as last year’s meeting, NBC has made the right choice for primetime viewing. The Orange and the Boilers combined for 791 yards of offense, and each team scored a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of an eventual 32-29 Syracuse win. Though this time around we could probably do without the 212 combined penalty yards.