Big Ten Week Three Preview

D1A Rugby: Big Ten Week Three Preview

Two weeks into the season, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin lead the conference with two wins each. Ohio after a week one bye is also undefeated. Illinois has managed a 1-1 season so far, while Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue all hope to find their first win this week.

Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all take advantage of a bye week to rest up before they take on Ohio State, Indiana and Minnesota, respectively.

Iowa vs. Ohio State

After letting a close match against Michigan slip away, the Iowa Hawkeyes will look for redemption and their first win of the season when they travel to Columbus, OH this week to play the Buckeyes. Iowa’s 19-35 result with Michigan was a marked improvement to their week one loss to Illinois, 45-0, and they will look to continue their improving form against #20 Ohio State.

Ohio State defeated Purdue 52-12 in week two after their week one bye. A hat-trick from Jojo Eramo and Nate Grose’s decisive try to cap the match saw the Buckeyes win their first game of the season. Ohio will want to take care of business this week before they go on the road for three weeks.

The two teams have not met each other in conference play for the past two years and will surely look to impose their style of play on the game.

Indiana vs. Purdue

Purdue defiantly drew the most difficult start to the season as they have had to face two D1A Top 20 teams in two weeks and will face their third in #6 Indiana. Week one and week two losses to #19 Wisconsin, 79-8, and #20 Ohio State, 52-12, mean Purdue will be hungry to improve.

After two decisive wins against Michigan State, 73-0, and Illinois, 80-7, Indiana should expect high production from its play makers Teddy Terezis and Jake Hidalgo to continue their dominant trend through the conference.

When the teams met last year, Indiana rolled Purdue 92-0. Purdue will surely look to improve on last year’s result when the two face off in West Lafayette, IN.

 

Michigan State vs. Minnesota

Minnesota, disappointed with their week one loss to the Wolverines, had the opportunity to use their bye week to focus before their opening home game against the Spartans. Their last meeting’s score ended 65-5 in favor of Michigan State and will only be more incentive for Minnesota to earn their first conference win.

Michigan State has already faced two of the conference’s best, #6 Indiana and #19 Wisconsin. The Spartans will take what they have learned to Minneapolis, MN when they too look to mark their first win.