There are a couple of nonconference tests and rivalry games on the Big Ten schedule this week, but this week is more about recovery.
The brand took a hit with decisive losses by Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan to high-profile opponents, and the Spartans have this Saturday off. The Buckeyes and Wolverines host teams from the Mid-American Conference.
There were some shaky wins last week, too, with Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois barely getting by lower-tier foes.
But, hey, there are plenty of games left.
The postseason outlook already brightened since that rough weekend. Penn State learned it will be bowl eligible, with the lifting of NCAA sanctions stemming from the child sex-abuse scandal revealed three years ago.
>>Terps To Wear "Star-Spangled" Uniforms
(College Park, MD) -- Maryland's football team will be sporting new "Star-Spangled" uniforms for Saturday's game against West Virginia at College Park. Under Armour designed the uniforms to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the National Anthem. Words to the poem that inspired the song are written on the helmet and both shoulders. The helmet logo features an outline of Fort McHenry and the famous flag that flew through the night of the battle.
Saturday is 200 years to the day that soldiers successfully defended Baltimore from the British bombardment during the War of 1812. Maryland also announced today that Under Armour will continue to outfit the university's men's and women's varsity athletic teams for the next ten years.