Every Big Ten team has a game in the books now. Here’s what we learned.
We knew Purdue and new coach Darrell Hazell had work to do coming into the 2013 season but— wow. Rob Henry and the Boilermaker offense had nothing, and their defense had even less, in their 42-7 loss to Cincinnati.
-Purdue should have an easier time with Indiana State next Saturday, but they’ll need a lot of improvement just to even compete with Notre Dame on the 14th and with the Big Ten during conference season.
-Penn State may have found their quarterback for the next couple of seasons. True freshman Christian Hackenberg had a solid performance against Syracuse, completing 22 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Nittany Lions to a 23-17 victory over the Orange. Things will get tougher for Hackenberg before they get easier; he’ll struggle against Big Ten opponents, but he has a lot of potential as a future long-term starter.
And the Big Ten is truly lacking right now in pure passers, so ...