Three Big Ten teams are still undefeated nine weeks into the season and Michigan is now 6-2. All 14 members of the Big Ten were in action this past week and a few programs really sent a message, including Michigan. Here's a look at the Big Ten's winners and losers from week nine.
Beating a top ten team by 31 points is not easy but that's exactly what Michigan did against Notre Dame in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Outrushing the Irish 303-47 is one of the more impressive stats from the game with both Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins eating up yardage from start to finish. The Wolverines played a complete game and looked as good as they have under Jim Harbaugh in the rivalry matchup.
Eight up, eight down. The Fighting PJ Flecks are still rowing and now sit at 8-0 after pounding Maryland, 52-10. This year's start for the Gophers is the best in school history and really sets up a massive matchup between them and Penn State in a couple of weekends with both teams coming off of a bye.
The Buckeye machine continues to roll after absolutely manhandling a highly ranked Wisconsin team, 38-7. The level of talent on OSU's roster is second to none and they are absolutely firing on all cylinders. You could make an argument that they have the best offensive weapon at quarterback in the country in Justin Fields and you could definitely argue that they have the best overall defensive player in the country in Chase Young. They're dominating, and a 31-point win over maybe the second best team in the Big Ten shows just how good they are right now.
At the beginning of the year it looked like Maryland found something in new head coach Mike Locksley and transfer quarterback Josh Jackson but after getting destroyed by Minnesota to the tune of 52-10, the Terps are now 3-5 and might not win another game with Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State still on the schedule. They might just pop up in this category a couple more times before it's all said and done.
Sparty is now 4-4 after getting beat 28-7 by Penn State in East Lansing. Michigan State continues to struggle mightily on offense and can't seem to score against anyone with a pulse. Head coach Mark Dantonio is spouting off very depressing quotes as it seems like the end is near for him. Sparty might just show up in the loser category again before 2019 is over as well.
Poor Pat Fitzgerald. He's as likable as any coach in the conference but he's struggling in a big way in 2019. The Wildcats are now just 1-6 after a 20-0 home loss to Iowa and aren't showing many signs of life. They have some beatable opponents left on their schedule but it's been a rough go for the Cats this year.
Did I miss anyone? Who else would you put in either category? Comment below!!!