Snap Reactions: Is McGloin best QB in Big Ten?

Throughout Saturday’s Big Ten football action, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions from every Big Ten game. See his immediate thoughts from Penn State’s easy road victory at Iowa in this post.

Penn State 38, Iowa 14
1. Penn State continues to impress, winning its fifth game in a row with an convincing 38-14 win at Iowa. The defense has exceeded expectations and seemingly improves each passing week, limiting the Hawkeyes to 191 yards. Is this really the same crew that couldn’t get off the field in the season opener vs. Ohio?

2. Penn State’s Matt McGloin may be the top quarterback in the Big Ten. Yes, he’s a different type of quarterback, a more traditional, drop-back passer. But no Big Ten signal-caller is passing better or leading better at this point. McGloin deserves consideration for Big Ten offensive player of the year honors. On this night, he hit 26-of-38 passes for 289 yards with two scores and no interceptions.

3. Iowa’s offense continues to struggle and never may get on track. Even in the win at Michigan State last week, the Hawkeye attack was sluggish. Tonight, the Penn State defense smothered Iowa, making this a blow out and casting doubt in giving Iowa its first Big Ten loss. James Vandenberg hit 18-of-37 passes for 170 yards with a touchdown and two picks.

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men’s basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, read all of his work at btn.com/tomdienhart, and subscribe to his posts via RSS. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below and read all of his previous answers in his reader mailbag section.

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