A weekly look at the Big Ten following this weekend’s season openers.
1. Ohio State (1-0, beat Buffalo 40-20) – The Buckeyes remained unbeaten under coach Urban Meyer with win although this game almost was closer.
2. Michigan (1-0, beat Central Michigan 59-9) – The Wolverines did exactly what a Big Ten team should do to an inferior squad.
3. Wisconsin (1-0, beat UMass 45-0) – Badgers posted dominating win to kick off Gary Andersen era and had three tailbacks surpass 100-yard mark.
4. Northwestern (1-0, beat Cal 44-30) – Collin Ellis’ two interception returns for TDs helped Wildcats overcome loss of Kain Colter in road win.
5. Nebraska (1-0, beat Wyoming 37-34) – The Huskers survived, but defense proved again to be an area of concern by allowing 602 yards.
6. Michigan State (1-0, beat Western Michigan 26-13) – MSU’s defense was as advertised, but offense displayed the concerns that surrounded it last year.
7. Penn State (1-0, beat Syracuse 23-17) – Led by true freshman QB Christian Hackenberg, the Nittany Lions posted the home victory.
8. Indiana (1-0, beat Indiana State 73-35) – Hoosiers nearly set school’s all-time scoring record in dominating win over the FCS Sycamores.
9. Minnesota (1-0, beat UNLV 51-23) – Special teams and defensive scores helped Gophers pull away for home win.
10. Iowa (0-1, lost to Northern Illinois 30-27) – Kirk Ferentz was already on the hot seat and the home loss to the Huskies did nothing to help his cause.
11. Illinois (1-0, beat Southern Illinois 42-34) – The Illini survived a late threat to hold on for win over the FCS Salukis.
12. Purdue (0-1, lost to Cincinnati 42-7) – Looks like Darrell Hazell’s debut season could be long one if things don’t improve for the Boilers’ offense.