Between games every week, we’ll get you caught up on what’s happening in the Big Ten. Here are five storylines from across the conference to keep an eye on heading into Saturday’s contests.
Quarterback Adrian Martinez’s knee injury does not appear to be as serious as the Cornhuskers initially thought. Head coach Scott Frost told the Omaha World-Herald the true freshman is day-to-day and there’s a chance he plays against Troy. If he is unable to go, walk-on Andrew Bunch, who replaced Martinez in the fourth quarter of their loss to Colorado, will start. The only other quarterback on Nebraska’s roster eligible to play is true freshman walk-on Matt Masker, who would serve as Bunch’s backup.
Rutgers (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten):
After leaving last week’s game against Ohio State with a shoulder injury, Scarlet Knights quarterback Artur Sitkowski is participating in practice and seems to be healthy. Every sign points to him starting at Kansas. According to nj.com’s Keith Sargeant, the true freshman was involved as the team began installing their game plan on Tuesday, another indication he will be out there against the Jayhawks.
Purdue (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten):
Discipline is the theme of the week for Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers. They’ve already complied 180 yards in penalties over their first two games, something Brohm stressed in his press conference leading into their matchup with Missouri. Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier also reported that Brohm is considering making changes in the secondary and along the offensive line. A variety of players are expected to rotate at those positions throughout the game. David Blough and Elijah Sindelar are competing for the starting quarterback spot and a decision won’t be made until game time.
Ohio State (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten):
The Buckeyes enter their top-25 showdown with TCU 2-0 on the season, outscoring Oregon State and Rutgers by a combined 95 points in their first two games. With Urban Meyer set to return in week 4, Barton Simmons wrote a piece for cbssports.com discussing interim head coach Ryan Day. Under Day’s guidance, Ohio State is averaging 64.5 points per game and leads the nation in completion percentage. Facing the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth provides the 39-year-old with a tremendous opportunity to showcase his coaching abilities.
Following his 204-yard rushing performance in the Hoosiers’ win over Virginia, true freshman Stevie Scott figures to play a prominent role when they host Ball State. While the likes of Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard had terrific individual seasons in the backfield for Indiana, they’ve struggled to find a consistent running back to build around. IndyStar columnist Gregg Doyel made the case this week that Scott and the Hoosiers’ other young weapons on offense are becoming an exciting foundation for the program moving forward.