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What The Heck Is Going On?

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Ok, let's see if we can figure some things out. Purdue loses by 20 to Penn State, wins by 13 at Minnesota and follows that up with a home loss to Wisconsin, a team that won at Mackey Arena for just the second time in nearly 40 years.

Illinois gets blown out by Purdue on the road, making the natives restless in Champaign. The fans wanted Bruce Weber's hide. Only now, they find themselves tied for the Big Ten lead two weeks later after beating Ohio State.

Iowa wins games at Wisconsin and Minnesota, only to get crushed by Ohio State at home and then post a double-digit home win over nationally-ranked Michigan.

The media in Minneapolis point out that perhaps Tubby Smith's time has come to an end as head coach of the Golden Gophers. That was before Purdue whipped Minnesota to drop the latter to 0-4 in conference play. Minnesota then wins back-to-back games on the road, including a defeat of seventh-ranked Indiana in Bloomington.

Northwestern takes down Michigan State, which was previously unbeaten in the league.

On and on it goes. Where it stops, no one knows.

One common theme in the league so far has been unexpected tremendous individual efforts. Brandon Paul of Illinois against Ohio State, Davide Curletti of Northwestern against Michigan State, D.J. Byrd of Purdue against Minnesota, Billy Oliver of Penn State against Purdue. Just to name a few.

Even in the Ohio State blowout of Indiana, Lenzelle Smith Jr. put up 28 points against a four-point scoring average. Weird stuff, if you ask me.

Purdue's loss at home to Wisconsin was a blow to the team as it competes for a Big Ten championship. With road games remaining at Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Northwestern, it will be safe to say that the Boilermakers will be undersogs in each of those games.

An upset or two and an unbeaten slate at home from here on out leaves you with about six losses. With the way the league is this year, who knows what could happen?

That's all guesswork, though, and we've seen how that's been playing out these days. Florida State beats North Carolina by 33? Louisville goes down to Providence by nearly 40? What the heck is going on?

I talk to a lot of experts these days, and they always seem to know what's going happen after the fact. Tell me something before it happens, and you might get a little more street cred.

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