It was an upset that nobody not even the great Joe Paterno saw coming. This past Saturday the mighty Nintny Lions fell to unranked Iowa for the second consecutive time in two years. However this year was different, this year Penn State lost by 11 in stead of a point. What does this say about Penn State? Does it tell us they were overrated? Does it tell us that Iowa is better than everyone gives them credit for? Or was the weather the biggest problem for Happy Valley? Honestly many can give their views on how they lost but one word sums it up, turnovers. Interceptions, fumbles and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown does not help a win make. But now with Penn State falling to 15th and Iowa ranked two seeds higher also including Ohio State at 9th and Michigan now at 22nd 4 teams remain in the top 25 for the Big Ten the question is, who's the most worthy candidate at this point for the title?
Of course it's now the 5th week in and still it might be too early to tell. Ohio State gets the shutout against Illinois who didn't play a good game at all with Juice Williams not 100% healthy. Michigan passed Indiana but not by much and a win by a questionable call was not what Rich Rodriguez was thinking about when Michigan took the field for their first home opener. Wisconsin took a good margin of a lead against Michigan State but the lead seemed to losen after the Spartans came back only losing by 8 points. And of course the big stunner Iowa's 11 point win to beat Penn State. Right now Michigan sit's in a 4-0 1-0 season so far after 4 weeks. An improved and impressive turn around from a dissapointing 3-9 season from last year's 2008 season.
Some believe Michigan's not ranked high enough since they are undefeated but the schedule and last year's ranking didn't help going into 2009. Now that the Wolverines are 4-0 many believe Michigan not Michigan State has the advantage going into East Lansing this year. So far Michigan has shown they can get the winning points late in the game to bottle the win. The question is now can they play as good on the road as they do at home to go 5-0 2-0? This Saturday in East Lansing, we will find out. As for the Big Ten many starting to believe with Penn State's drop, Iowa's rise and Michigan's current undefeated season will the Big Ten championship feature Michigan as a contender? It's too early to tell now but right now things are looking very decent for a Michigan favor if things stay for the Wolverines the way they are now.